I finally made it to Serendipity! Last night we went to the opera to see Seance on a Wet Afternoon, and we went out for a serious ice cream sundae afterwards (as evidenced by these photos... however, I regret not holding my hand next to it to prove the enormity of it all). We got the Forbidden Broadway Sundae... huge piece of chocolate fudge cake, mounds of ice cream, overflowing hot fudge, and topped with whipped cream. The two of us couldn't come close to finishing it. I didn't even realize that they had a full lunch and dinner menu. The decor in there is like a very small and cozy mashup of wonderland and your gramma's house. I'm so going back.
I've been wanting to go to Beauty & Essex for months! Allie surprised me with birthday dinner reservations and took me out to celebrate. In case you've been under a rock, Beauty & Essex fronts as a tiny pawn shop on Essex St on the LES...
...but you walk past Dorothy's red shoes, vintage vinyl and the owner's guitar collection, and step through that back door into this:
The dining room is stunning! There is also a beautiful bar and lounge space, but we sat in the dining room and had a fabulous dinner. We ordered a bottle of prosecco and split the grilled apple pizzetta- a rectangular thin crust pizza with smoked bacon, bleu cheese and truffle honey. Sooo good! The menu is designed to split, but since I don't eat fish and Allie doesn't eat red meat, we ordered our own entrees. She ordered the branzino and I got the filet... both amazing. This was hands-down my favorite meal so far in NYC! Allie asked the waiter to bring over a molten chocolate bread pudding with a candle in it... we were already stuffed but the dessert was too good to pass up a few bites. It had a crisp shell on the top and was over-flowing with chocolate sauce and melting hazelnut ice cream. Delish! We hit up the ladies room on the way out to see if the rumors were true (It is! They totally serve champagne in the bathroom, ha!) and we were on to our next adventure of the evening...
Last night I went out with my new sweetie for restaurant week. We went to Riverpark, Tom Colicchio's place tucked into a very desolate little corner of Manhattan. The street can't be found on Google maps, but if you follow E 29th St to the East River, you'll find it when you can't walk any further. The restaurant is situated in the lobby level of a medical building, so an enormous and empty office-esque reception area must be crossed to get to the restaurant. The restaurant itself though is very pretty-- leather banquettes and surrounding glass make the place sparkle at night. We were early for our reservation, so we got a drink at the bar first. Their menu of house cocktails was tempting, but I went with a glass of prosecco. Before we finished our drinks, we were seated at our table. I, as previously mentioned, am not as adventurous with food as I'd like to be. My first course, therefore, was a salad-- I don't eat seafood, and taking a bite of the pork belly was quite enough for me. For my main course I ordered the pork chop with a brussel sprout apple hash, which was fantastic. For dessert I got cinnamon panna cotta. It came with rosemary ice cream, which was very unusual tasting-- not bad, but definitely not like anything I'd ever tasted before. Add a couple glasses of wine and we had a really fabulous evening! I never get to dress up and go out to nice places (damn economy...) so this was a huge treat. Restaurant week has been extended through the end of February, so make your reservations!
My college roommate Katie was in town this weekend for a visit, and we made our regular trip down to Little Italy for the evening. After walking up and down Mulberry Street and being propositioned by Italian waiters outside every restaurant there is, we chose Giovanna's- a hole-in-the-wall authentic Italian joint with a hearty menu. We opted out of the wine (since a night of barhopping was on the agenda) and indulged in fresh bread with a garlic olive oil (I joked about bringing this home with me... unbelievable oil blend, yum!) and huge portions of pasta and chicken parmigiana.
And as always, any trip to Little Italy is incomplete without a trip to Ferrara's cafe and bakery for dessert! Cannolis and palmiers, please!
photo via http://thepondatbryantpark.com
My mum came to the city with a few friends for the day to do some sightseeing and hang out. I got to pick where we had lunch, and since we were near Bryant Park I brought the ladies over to Celsius. Last year I went ice skating at the pond and stopped in at Celsius for a drink afterwards. The atmosphere there is fabulous, with gorgeous lighting and views of the park and skating rink. While we were waiting for a table I ordered a snowcap to warm up-- yum! I was amped to try 'em for lunch, and with five of us, we got to split a few different plates.
I got the BBQ chicken sandwich, and had some of the macaroni and cheese. Totally hit the spot. Their menu is fairly small, but still has a decent variety-- mostly comfort food, which is my fave. Can't wait to get my ice skates sharpened and hit up the rink And I'll definitely be dropping by Celsius again-- maybe this time for dessert!