Otto & Retipping Shoes

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 11comments No tags Permalink 0

Life is the funniest thing I know. You must already be aware that life encompasses the strange and odd and wonderful all at once. But I never cease to blink in wonderment each time it takes me by surprise. Enroute to the shoe repair shop with Steph, we came across a fact. It was an utterly unexpected fact revealing a surprising side to an individual. That fact tripped upon another, shedding light upon something we had previously agreed would never be answered. It’s ridiculous how small and crazy, absolutely crazy, this world is. And with all that considered, after colliding into a fantastical coincidence the day prior, life is indeed wonderful…or as Steph decided after we dropped off our heels to be retipped, “I love life!”

Hours before, I was at Otto for a long and lazy lunch. I love Otto as much as I love life. Now, now you might think that is exaggerated, but no, it is the honest and complete truth. I love Otto most in the afternoons, weekends or weekdays. I love it just the same during peak dinner hours, though get irritated by the crowds. I’ve never been a fan of crowds or big groups in general. Dining in big groups is the worst form of dining.

On that afternoon I nestled into the corner bar seat closest to the windows and counted exactly five other people seated along the bar. One couple sharing gelato and a bottle of wine, a young boy around 21 with the Olive Oil Copetta, and two older males dining alone, one in a business suit, and another in a white button down and jeans. I browsed the menu for items anew and realized that I had not yet tried the brussel sprouts before! And because what has never been tasted must be had, a dish of the brussel sprouts vincotto was soon set in front of me. I tucked each half away, one by one, over the NYT and Daily News, which bore the dooming proclaimation of “777” in bold letters.

Then I moved on to the carbonara which only gets better with every visit. The one pasta dish I would gladly eat on a daily basis. Rich, eggy and marked with salty bits of pancetta, the carbonara is better shared, but unless you have to worry about slinking into a corset post-lunch, there’s no reason you can’t down it alone.

And then dessert. The caramel coppetta is my current affair. A deep wonder composed from a base of chocolate crumbles, a generous round of caramel gelato and coffee bourbon sauce. Sliced bananas, buttered pecans and a lush pipe of mascarpone crema brought dessert and that midday meal to the sweetest, most satisfying end possible.

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NY, NY 10003
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  • K and S
    November 30, -0001

    mmm everything you had sounded so delicious, we had the same headlines here!!

  • Front Studio
    October 1, 2008

    Have you tried making the carbonara yourself? I tried Mario Batali’s recipe and it comes out shockingly good (although never as good as at Otto’s). AND it’s easy to make.

  • tamakikat
    October 1, 2008

    Mmm. I’d go just for the dessert alone. It sounds and looks soo good.TK

  • The bereater
    October 2, 2008

    Otto is easily one of my top 5 go-to Spots in the City. I’ve had almost everything on the menu and I agree, the, the Carbonara is outstanding, though I can’t say I order it as much as I do the Siciliana since I can’t quell my obsession for its minty magnificence.I am also a huge fan of Lupo (and Babbo) for that matter. I am looking forward to finally writing up Otto, but in the meantime, check out my review of Lupa… blog!The

  • Darien
    October 3, 2008

    i love you kathy!!!! your blog always makes my day :)

  • epicurious eateries
    October 3, 2008

    Kathy! I am so jealous of your glamorous lunches, but I can’t wait to eat dinner with you soon!

  • Sara
    October 6, 2008

    This looks amazing, I am jealous!

  • Jeannie
    October 6, 2008

    Hi Kathy, I think I saw you in the elevator on friday afternoon. I wanted to say hi but there were others in there so I didn’t want to speak up. Inspired by your previous post, I had the sesame ice cream at sundae and cones on saturday. yum! But definitely does not compare to europe :(

  • Charlotte
    October 7, 2008

    Otto’s is amazing.I’ve been a regular reader of your blog for years now, and I have to say, you have the best life!

  • curious eater
    October 7, 2008

    Hello, I have been reading your blog for years now and wanted to say your post about Claude was very touching. It made me seek him out two year in a row for breakfast when I visited nyc.It is a real shame he is closing. Thank you!

  • anonymous
    October 10, 2008

    hmmmmmmm…furiously reading between the lines!

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