Just returned to Hartford from a two-day weekend anniversary eating spree. Aside from noshing on goodies from Sullivan Street Baking (@ W. 47th and 11lth), Amy's Bread (chocolate/cherry rolls), and Laduree (assorted macarons), we chowed down at Danji (lunch), Boulud Sud (prix-fixe dinner), Nougatine (prix-fixe lunch), Sushi of Gari (W. 46th Street), and INK48 (breakfast).
Here's a short wrap-up:
Danji: Our lunch at this tiny, innovative Korean restaurant was a treat. The very small portions were still big enough for the 2 of us to share, so we enjoyed each morsel. The tofu/scallion dish, pork belly sliders, and rice bowl of the day were delicious. Our waiter was a bit aloof – but the food made up for him.
Boulud Sud: Our Friday night pre-theater prix fixe dinner was outstanding. The food was absolutely delicious, the portions were enormous (according to my standards), the breads were unique, our waitress and servers were warm and friendly (even after we had to switch tables a few times). All in all, our total dining experience was so relaxing and positive that we'll definitely return. After dinner, I recommended it to about 6 people - and one friend rushed to try it out (1/8) for Sunday brunch. She texted me that it was "really good." I thought it was better than good - definitely worth every penny.
Nougatine: I hosted my sister and brother-in-law for a double birthday lunch (1/8) and we all had delicious prix fixe meals. Our table was perfect, our waiter was as helpful as can be with food issues and all-around care - and the entire dining experience was relaxing and festive. The food was delicious (it's my umpteenth lunch there in the past few years) - and the birthday candles on the desserts were a great touch. I can't find one negative thing to say, which is a testament to the consistent service and food. We all left with smiles on our faces and very full bellies.
Sushi of Gari (theater district): This is our 4th time at Sushi of Gari, so we had high expectation; they weren't met. First off, we couldn't sit at the sushi counter (which I'd asked for in my Opentable reservation). The table offered was against a wooden barrier (my second of the weekend!), which was unacceptable to me. When I asked to move, I was told no. My husband spoke with the manager, who let us to move. Our Omikase tasting was fair, b/c there was nothing outstanding to knock our socks off. Our young waiter was delightful, though - but whomever was making our sushi must've thought we were run-of-the-mill "American" sushi-eaters, because the Japanese young women sitting next to us (at the table I rejected) got much more interesting selections than we did. We won't be returning.
INK48: breakfast was very good. My 2 poached eggs were served over a huge serving of baby cauliflower, turnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts (Nougatine served tiny ones, too - must be the new thing), and broccoli. Granted, we're talking major gas-producers, but the overall taste was yummy. The whole grain toast and jam were also tasty. Not as cheap as the on-the-road Starbucks oatmeal I always eat when I'm traveling - but the splurge was worth not having to walk outside to forage for my breakfast.
Sullivan Street Bakery
533 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
Sushi of Gari 46
347 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036
653 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023
864 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021