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.
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.
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.
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.