Pig Spotted

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The Spotted Pig, trendy mainstay of the West Village has been the fodder for recent #MeToo due to bad behavior by restaurateur duo Mario Batali and Ken Friedman. Friedman’s chef co-owner April Bloomfield has parted ways with him after pretending to be oblivious to the debauched behavior in the venue’s upstairs after-hours. Drugging and raping staff. Allegedly.

News today that another woman is going to partner with Friedman to revive The Spotted Pig. Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones & Butter and decades-acclaimed Lower East Side gem Prune. A renegade rebel from lobster fiascos at upscale camps in the Berkshires, to line chef at Curtis & Schwartz Cafe in Northampton while at Hampshire College, as told in Table’s Edge. This is an interesting decision. But. Hey. Go Gabrielle! You are a survivor. Let’s see how it works out.

 

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Holiday Tastes

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Theater. Family. Friends. Local dining. Cooking in.

Christmas Eve lobsters at Alicat & Joe’s. With Chris, Joey, Ben, Jake. Fab!

Pre-theater Bobby Van’s on 50th is just above the Times Square fray. Yet close enough to walk to see Farinelli & the King, The Parisian Woman, or Meteor Shower. The food is only average, but it’s lively and fun. Plaques at our corner table featured Eric Trump and Michael Flynn. Collusion!

For a quick walk and the best burgers and burritos in town, A.G. Kitchen remains a consistent favorite. Uptown a bit The Milling Room proved to be better than the first time we went. Cod perfectly cooked, duck dishes excellent. A large interesting space and a rare UWS find.

Not as successful, Italian restaurants in the ‘hood. Tried Pappardella for a family dinner. Crowded, noisy and lousy over-frozen shrimp. Pasta is okay. Pomodoro also on Columbus friendlier but inferior food quality & sauces.

Autumn Palate

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It’s not that we don’t go out to eat much. It’s that we rarely find the experience blog-worthy. Neighborhood restaurants remain just okay. And. Citarella’s food is just too good. Check out RecipeDetours.com.

Although brunch at Tavern on the Green’s outside garden was excellent last week. On a balmy beautiful Saturday. Eggs Benedict with potatoes perfect. Ambience sublime in late October. A rare treat with friends.

And Harbes Family Farmstand on Long Island’s North Fork in Mattituck has even better Apple Cider Donuts than Atkins Farms Country Market in Amherst, Massachusetts. Which is saying something.

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For our Fall sojourn to Gramercy Tavern, to celebrate Dr.Husband’s birthday, we enjoyed another parade of delicious masterful creative blends of tastes. Wines well paired.

Marinated Scallop, Yellowfin Tuna, Watermelon
Champagne Billecart-Salmon very brut

Lobster, Peaches, Pickled Peppers, Basil
French Chardonnay substituted for Riesling

Cod, Zucchini, Poll Beans, Dill
Chardonnay, Mattiasson, Linda Vista, Napa 2015

Squid Ink Lumache, Rock Shrimp, Mint, Sungold Tomatoes
Rouge Frais, Corsica, Sciaccarellu, 2015

Wagyu Beef from Vermont?!, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Grapes
Syrah, Cote Roti France, Michel et Stephanie Ogier, 2011

Caramel Pears, Toffee Sauce, Walnuts, Cheddar Ice Cream
Sherry, Spain substituted for Cyprus dessert wine

Seasonal Tasting

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Perfection again. Gramercy Tavern. Photos by Susie.

Marinated Fluke
Grapefruit, Cucumbers and Basil
Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Vacheron, Le Paradis, Sancerre, France 2015

 

 

Lobster Salad
Spiced Carrots, Rhubarb and Barley
Chardonnay, Arnot-Roberts, Watson Ranch, Napa Valley, California 2015

Hake
Asparagus, Guanciale and Yogurt
Grüner Veltliner, Jäger, Smaragd Achleiten, Wachau, Austria 2015

Spinach Tortellini
Maitake Mushrooms and Pickled Ramps
Nebbiolo, Ar.Pe.Pe., ‘Stella Retica’ Sassella Riserva, Valtellina Superiore, Italy 2006

Pasture Raised Beef
Charred Onion, Wild Rice and Green Garlic
Tempranillo, Senorio de P. Pecina, Reserva, Rioja, Spain 2006

 

Gramercy Bday 2017

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gramercy-cakeGramercy Tavern. Dinner tasting menu. Wine pairings. With my favorite two guys. Best gift!

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Ciao Da Silvano

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Da Silvano closed this week. Arrivederci to an Italian classico. Dating favorite in Greenwich Village from back in the early ’80’s. And many times since. Outdoor sidewalk people watching. Cozy indoor ziti al forno. Abalone was the best thing ever. Can still taste it. Extinction now for both.

Recalls the fall of another landmark Italian trattoria from my youth. Wedding eve fest capped decades of vino and festas at the Grotta Azzurra on Mulberry & Broome in Little Italy. From the days of Enrico Caruso. Grapevines and arches. Closed for six years. But. Just looked it up. It’s open again. Who knew?