Hope everyone enjoyed the 4th of July weekend. We stayed in the city, something I love to do on holidays. Empty restaurants, quiet streets, peace in NYC. Very rare.
I’m heading to Washington DC next weekend for the Fancy Food Show with Lisa of Chambre de Sucre. This year’s line-up of vendors look especially impressive and I’m excited to see the DC convention space (the show used to be at NYC’s Javits Center). I was in DC with Pierre two months ago and we had an amazing time thanks to everyone’s suggestions on where to eat.
This time around, I hope to visit all the places we didn’t have a chance to visit in May. If you have more restaurant/food tips, please let me know :)
At Maialino, we couldn’t get enough of the fresh pea agnolotti with mint and almonds. The photo above is a half portion, we split dishes with cocktails at the bar. Can you believe the bar there was nearly empty? I wish it was like this every weekend! No waiting for seats, no crowds, and always great service.
On another afternoon we met friends at David Burke Kitchen at the James Hotel. We were just in time for the sliders and beer special they started this week. $15 for beer and six sliders. A good deal considering…
…the enormous serving size! I thought it would be small ($15 just seemed like too good of a deal) so we placed two orders. Needless to say, we were stuffed. They don’t even tell you it comes with fries, complete with tangles of fried herbs and jalapeños. That’s just an extra bonus. Two each of fried oyster, tuna, and cheeseburger sliders. The presentation is decidedly poolside-cheesy, but it made me smile.
Sunday afternoon I met Shann for lunch at Kin Shop. They do a great lunch deal – three-courses for $20, and it’s offered on the weekends. Above is one of the entrees, a spicy jungle curry soup with bamboo shoots, pickled green peppercorns, romanesco cauliflower, bitter melon, and wood ear mushrooms. Zagat has the current lunch menu (not available on the Kin Shop website).
Similar to Otto, the restaurant part of Balthazar feels touristy, but the bar is a completely different (wonderful) experience. We don’t get to Balthazar as often as Otto, but when we do, it’s always the same order. Some habits are meant for keeping. Escargot and steak frites. Simple and consistent.
Cheers to the start of a productive week!