Sometimes in life, you’re so busy running around that you don’t take the time to slow down and just enjoy a great meal with friends.
You normally don’t ever see me go into detail about who I’m eating with but I felt on this one excursion it would be cool if you got a peek into who I share my meals with.
How we all ended up in St. Pete Beach at the same time was pure coincidence though:
Fred (my cousin who you may recognize from my Social Media feed as Chunktronics or from his gigs as a line cook at Pincho Factory, Jersey Dawg, El Rey de las Fritas & now Palomilla Grill)
John (my former boss at MetroPCS & also one of my closest friends) planned to drive up to Tampa to eat at the Columbia Restaurant. It was an incredible meal that I have yet to document on the blog but I really need to.
Alex (owner of Palomilla Grill) was planning to take the weekend off to relax and made plans, you guessed it…to visit the Tampa Bay area.
Nedal (owner of Pincho Factory) was on business in Orlando. just about an hour and a half from us.
Barry (owner of The Magic Box Food Truck & son in law of El Mago de las Fritas) was also in town that weekend selling Fritas at one of the Breweries but he didn’t arrive till the following morning after this late night affair. He did, however, make it to the lunch at the Columbia.
We (Fred, John and my wife Marcela, last but certainly not least) had been staying in St. Pete Beach for about a day when Alex (with his Wife, Mom, and Son) arrives in the late afternoon. We were all hanging out when Nedal called me to say he was in Orlando and coming over to have dinner with us. The weather was terrible and we headed out to eat at the Waffle House across the street from the hotel so he met us there. Alex and fam decided to go elsewhere.
Everyone reconvened in our hotel room later and as usual, food was on our mind. It was late-ish (11:30PM) and we wanted to go out and eat somewhere aka anywhere that might be open. I find Slice of New York online and see that it’s open till 4AM.
The ladies (& child) stay behind talking as the 5 of us are off with the hope that we’re not disappointed.
As we’re parking I realize we’re less than a block from the Frog Pond where Marcela, John and I had eaten a killer breakfast just a few months before.
There was not a soul inside of Slice of New York when we walked in but deliveries were going out every 5 to 10 minutes or at least it seemed that way.
We ordered a good majority of the menu but didn’t veer into sandwich territory, that’s for next visit (hopefully).
The food was great to excellent. If you asked anyone who was at the table they’ll tell you that the Lasagna was the best dish by far, I’m in total agreement with that thought. Nedal and I both had a particular obsession with the Buffalo Chicken Chunks, damn those were good. John really dug the Toasted Ravioli and I faintly remember Alex and Fred keeping their eyes fixed on the Sausage and Peppers.
Check out what our spread looked like.
In between conversations we munched, laughed and just enjoyed each other’s company. When you add delicious food to that mix, it can’t be beaten.
Slice of New York
595 Corey Ave St Pete Beach, FL 33706