I just got back from 6 great days in NYC. I was again reminded why it's such an amazing city and became even more jealous of the quantity and quality of food that you new yorkers get to indulge in. Here are a few of the things that I ate:
Locanda Verde- Loved it! What a great restaurant. We went for dinner on Thursday night and arrived at 10. There was 4 of us so we just ordered a shitload of food and shared everything. My highlights were the ricotta bruschetta, the burrata with roasted peppers and escarole, the tagliatelle with sweet peas and fava beans, and the pork chop that came with cavello nero and white beans. The food was tasty, the service was great, it was a really fun night.
The Meatball- This was not one of the places I had planned to go to, but a friend of mine convinced me to go with her. I went in with low expectations mostly because it seemed kind of gimmicky to me. But I was pleasantly surprised. I had the classic beef meatballs with tomato sauce which they served on some braised green beans with chickpeas and onions. We shared a side of polenta that was silky smooth and rich and cheesy just like it should be. And for dessert we shared an ice cream sandwich that was vanilla ice cream between 2 honey graham cookies. it was an awesome meal and it was cheap, $66 for both of us including a beer and a bottle of wine.
Katz's- I have been to Katz's before and liked it but i was a bit disappointed this time. I got a meat platter with corned beef, pastrami, and brisket. Maybe I just should have stuck with the sandwhich. oh well.
Esca- I was planning on going to Lupa for lunch but I was in midtown and decided to walk by Esca and see if there was any room for me. i was solo and wasn't really dressed for a nice lunch. They ended up sitting me at a table beside a table of 4 rich housewives from New Jersey who were freaking hilarious. While I was in my army shorts and baseball hat, they were covered in diamonds drinking champagne and telling each other what kind of car their husband drives! Anyways I had a great lunch, I ordered the crudo of the day and the special pasta which was House-made Bucatini with Octopus and Tomato. The noodles were perfect, chewy and firm. and the octopus was tender. Even though I got some funny looks I still really enjoyed my lunch.
Grimaldi's- Had a really good pizza after waiting in line for an hour. It was tasty but I'm not sure if it was worth the wait. There are too many fun things to do in new york to waste my time standing in line!
The Spotted Pig- We went late at around midnight on friday and got a table upstairs. It was my second time at the spotted pig and it is still my favorite place in New York (granted I've only been to about 10 restaurants in the city!) It has such a cool vibe there, unpretentious and almost grungy. But the food is what i really love. We had some oysters to start that were great. Then we shared the gnudi which are ridiculous, and the seared mackerel, mozzarella with nettle pesto and some of the deviled eggs. As I was walking out of the restaurant to leave waiting for my friends outside, a pissed drunk Mario Batali walked outside and I got to shake his hand. Being a cook that was pretty big for me. He could hardly walk he was so wasted and then he proceeded to get on his vespa and zoom away!
The Dressler- We went for dinner to The Dressler in Brooklyn on Saturday night. It was really cool spot. I liked the old school kind of vibe in there and the food was good throughout. I had an amazing starter, rabbit and morel ragu. it was packed with rich mushroomy flavor. Then I had black sea bass with swiss chard some kind of puree i think it was celeriac. For dessert a chocolate souffle cake. i would definitely go back.
I feel like I got a good sample of New York food on this trip. Obviously there were about 50 more places that i wanted to check out but I also had a wedding to go to and i drove to boston to see the canucks and bruins game. i can't wait to go back!
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The Meatball Shop
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