Leper and Mr. Nelso, thank you for your suggestions--I had a fabulous trip!
As soon as we checked into our hotel room on Friday, my boyfriend and I headed towards Salumi, stopping first at Cherry Street Cafe for a great cup of coffee that I sorely needed after catching a 7:00 flight that morning.
There was already a long line in front of Salumi by the time we arrived (around 12:30), but we were assured that the food was worth the wait, and boy was it! I had the pork cheek sandwich (a special that day), and my boyfriend had the porcetta. The sandwiches were perfect. The meat was moist and full of flavor. The bread was crusty but soft--the way it absorbed and melded with the meat was wonderful. The sandwiches were each topped with a great mix of onions and peppers. I will definitely miss Salumi!
For dinner, we went to Matt's in the Market, which had a cozy, laid-back vibe. I had the halibut, and my boyfriend had the tuna (a special that day). Both pieces of fish were great, though comparable to fish that I have had in New York. My halibut was served with asparagus and some wonderfully sweet roasted new potatoes. We shared the bread pudding for dessert (well, I ate most of it...). Also a great dish, and dissimilar to bread puddings I have had in the past b/c it was more bread-y and less pudding-y. I preferred the Matt's rendition to others.
The next morning we headed to the Market for breakfast. I enjoyed a slice of the Tarte Belle-Helene at Le Panier. My boyfriend had a chocolate croissant. Both were fresh and very good. Coffee was at Caffe Del Arte, also a wonderful place.
Dinner that evening was at the Capital Club (per friends' requests/recommendations). We shared some of the small plates, including two flat breads (2 small pitas with some toppings--unremarkable), prawns (good), a middle eastern plate (great baba ghanoush), and a few others I'm not recalling. This was certainly not a stand-out meal, but it was just fine.
Unfortunately, the latter half of the weekend was consumed entirely with wedding festivities, so I didn't get to try the other places that were recommended to me, but the places I did try definitely whetted my appetite for another trip to Seattle!
Thank you again for your recs, and I'll be glad to return the favor on your future trips to NY!
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