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.
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.
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
Perfection again. Gramercy Tavern. Photos by Susie.
Grapefruit, Cucumbers and Basil
Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Vacheron, Le Paradis, Sancerre, France 2015
Spiced Carrots, Rhubarb and Barley
Chardonnay, Arnot-Roberts, Watson Ranch, Napa Valley, California 2015
Asparagus, Guanciale and Yogurt
Grüner Veltliner, Jäger, Smaragd Achleiten, Wachau, Austria 2015
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
UWS’s landmark gathering spot the latest to close its doors. Isabella’s shuttered for good yesterday after decades of meeting, greeting and eating. One of the few outdoor cafes left where you could sit in the sun. Not blocked by shade of ugly dank scaffolding. Sad.
Gramercy Tavern. Dinner tasting menu. Wine pairings. With my favorite two guys. Best gift!
Blood Orange, Fennel and Pumpkin Seeds
Riesling, Martin Muthenthaler Ried Bruck, Wachau, Austria 2012
Celery Root, Leeks and Caviar
Chardonnay, Walter Scott, Vojtilla Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains, Oregon 2013
Cabbage, Cashews and Pickled Ginger
Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon, Clos Floridène, Graves, France 2013
Arugula, Bone Marrow and Crispy Gremolata
Champagne Christophe Mignon, Pur Meunier, Brut Nature Blanc de Noirs, Festigny, France
Red Onion, Black Truffle and Lemon Confit
Niellucciu, Clos Canarelli, Corse Figari, France 2012
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?
Lots of restaurant experiences in past several weeks. Favorite spot to hang on a beautiful Fall day~ Tavern on the Green outside bar. Resort in the Park.
Other faves. Mermaid Inn. 88th & Amsterdam. Best little necks. A.G. Kitchen. Columbus Avenue staple in the ‘hood. Fresh & good. Isabella’s. Fun outside people-watching next to Natural History Museum. Scene better than cuisine.
Just okay. Cafe Luxembourg. Upper Broadway. A bit dated. Untitled at the Whitney in the Meat Packing. Uninspired space in a touristy vibe. The Ribbon. Near the Dakota. Dark more winter cozy. Back room better. Tessa. By the Beacon. Uneven and unmemorable. With the requisite scaffolding.
Won’t go back. Motorino new pizza parlor uptown. A bit soggy thin crust. Cafe Frida. Mexican with no flare. Cesca. Dingy room. Canned Italian.