Sunday, July 24, 2011

As promised NYC eateries...part DEUX

Aight, so I received a couple of recommendations from a Pittsburgh friend (shout-out to you Goldberg) about places to try out.  On a Monday, (since Van was at work) I took myself out to breakfast at the Clinton Street Bakery Co. & Restaurant in the east village.  The wait was still an hour, on a Monday morning- but I hoped that it would be worth the wait.  Once I was seated,  I ordered a mimosa and potato pancakes with smoked salmon, caviar and lemon creme fraiche.
I brought one home for Van- but I was thrilled with my choice.  So tasty, with fresh and local ingredients- definitely worth the wait.  Can you tell that I am a sucker for beautiful presentation of food as well? Apparently the pancakes and waffles are amazing too. They are on the list of what to try next...
A few hours later I had my "lunch" at the Nolita dessert spot, Rice to Riches  This is literally a made-to-order rice pudding dessert bar.  Uh-mazing.  After sampling several flavors I chose the Panna Cotta flavor with peaches on top.  Soooooo sinfully good.  I also learned that you can literally ship rice pudding to anywhere in the country.  *Hint* If anyone is looking to buy me an early birthday present, message me for my address.

  I am a sucker for design, and the interior was interesting too- very contemporary with clean lines.
The highlight (eatery) of the second visit was a restaurant called Blue Hill in Greenwich village.  I can't even describe how delicious the food was- fresh, local and organic, they have their own farm. Exquisitely prepared, beautiful presentation, perfect portions, great service- we were happy.  Check out the cutest sliders that you have ever seen in your life, these were a freebie appetizer.

I then went on to have an heirloom tomato salad, the chicken breast and rhubarb with ice cream.  Chicken breast can generally be boring and dry- but this was perfect.

Sorry for the darker images, but I didn't want to embarrass myself with a bright flash in this restaurant. The atmosphere was intimate, and the restaurant was below street level- very romantic, dark and cozy.  Perfect date night location.
Ok- I am going to end with my McSorley's Old Ale House experience.  We went with our friend Max, after Ipuddo (the second time.) This bar is an intriguing OLD Irish watering hole- can you tell by the name? They only serve two drinks- both beer: light and dark.  Thank God I was told this before I went in.  I ordered a "light" and the beers come in two small glasses.

Until next time NYC. I love you, but it is so easy to spend lots of money. Then again, I suppose if you are going to splurge- then Manhattan is the place to do it. I am going again in August. Stay tuned. Also, I promise to do a "fashion" blog sometime this week with my findings: think independent designers, vintage Chanel and PinkyOtto.

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