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Trip report: Alder, Russ & Daughters, Gramercy Tavern, Ma Peche, Annisa, more

DottieMay | Jan 10, 201509:43 PM

We arrived in NY for a few days with no reservations - but it was the first week in January and thus a pretty slow week. It did limit us to places we could get reservations at easily and not necessarily what I would choose had I done so weeks/months in advance...but still okay!

Alder, dinner: I get that not everyone digs this spot, but we had a good meal. Pub cheese (tasty!), pigs in a blanket (nothing special), frog leg wonton (the broth was fantastic), french onion soup rings(nothing special), and rabbit sausage (fine!). It didn't blow us away like the first time we went to WD50 though.

Russ & Daughters, early lunch: Salmon spread with waffle chips (he chips were too delicate for the totally fantastic spread) and the Shtetl - smoked sable with goat cream cheese (delectable).

Schillers Liquor Bar, snack: The Best Mussels We've Ever Had In Our Life. That is all.

Ma Peche, dinner: It was good. Not special, but good. Great fried chicken and lobster fried rice. Everything else was just fine. I don't think the rolling carts quite worked - but we've been spoiled by a better iteration of this at State Bird Provisions in San Francisco.

Gramercy Tavern Dining Room, lunch: We had the tasting menu and it was completely and totally goddamn delicious. Service was perfect, drinks were yummy. And the food was out of this world. Our favorite place the whole trip.

Heath (the restaurant at Sleep No More), dinner: Except for the terrine board, the food was mostly forgettable. But the ambience was so very wonderful and it overall got us in the mood for the show.

Annisa, dinner: Really good! The amuse bouche was very special (pepper/anchovy teeny tarts). The soup dumplings with foie gras were very good but a little awkward to eat (too big!). We also really liked the sea bream with kabocha and endive. And the dessert of butterscotch pecan beignet and bourbon milk ice was delicious too. The service was a little odd, and I found the dining room to be on the boring side but overall - a lovely little place.

That's all folks!

Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum,
Russ & Daughters
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