Weekday Notes

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6comments No tags Permalink 0

This week, thus far? Delicious.

Wonderful meals from the past few days. Wonderful meals NOT accompanied by a camera. No photos makes me sad, but that meant I could dine bringing only a clutch and heels. It felt very lovely to not lug around a big bag!

Notes for myself. To remember. No photos, but letter records.

Wednesday night at Indochine with new friends. Seared filet mignon. Wine. So much wine. And fried guava pastries, coconut cream, warm chocolate cake. Creme brulee. Classics. A midnight meal. Drinks at Cooper Square Hotel to finish.

Thursday night at Mercer Kitchen. Duck confit and wild rice. Fries passed over from a friend’s steak dish. Black truffles and fontina pizza. A table of twelve with the same number of wine bottles to match. Yet another chocolate cake, this one with toffee crunch ice cream. And a very memorable lilikoi souffle…made me wish for Hawai’i on that warm evening. Drinks at La Esquina, dancing at 1 Oak. Slept very soundly.

And then there was tonight: Gramercy Tavern with P. A 90 minute wait, thank goodness for lovely spring weather and good moods, time went by fast. To drink: Sole Storm for P, and Fig 75 for myself. Clink, cheers! To eat: lamb parppadelle, celery root soup with fried oysters, hanger steak accompanied by spaetzle and curly endives, striped bass with potatoes, leeks, and cabbage.

And then dessert! There was that oh-so lush lemon bread pudding. A side of caramel ice cream and salted almonds. And then the classic German chocolate cake with milk chocolate coconut ice cream. The bread pudding stole the show.

Lunch at Viet Cafe in Tribeca with the Sonia, the sweetest broker in our office with a sweet tooth to match. A lunch break turned into a two-hour Friday luxury. With weather this nice, it’s hard to stay in the office. Good thing my work allows plenty opportunity for fresh air. I found myself inspecting the roof of a UWS townhouse yesterday morning. The sun was bright, and aside from slight paranoia that the other broker would push me off the roof, I couldn’t help but think hey, this is my job? How awesome is that.

And now? Off to sleep. Noelle is visiting for the weekend!

430 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-5111

Mercer Kitchen
99 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-5454

Gramercy Tavern
42 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-0777

Viet Cafe
345 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 431-5888

  • K and S
    March 20, 2010

    sometimes it is best to leave the (big) camera at home :)

  • anonymous
    March 20, 2010

    I envy that you get to sample so much great food up there in NYC! I've been to the city a few times and always look forward to finding the hidden gems of culinary goodness.Although I guess I can't complain since we have a pretty great selection of eats back home, too :)Always enjoy reading your blog, keep it up!

  • Cleone
    March 20, 2010

    oh how i miss NYC. sounds like a great week you had! Happy Macaron Day!

  • Tasty Trekker
    March 21, 2010

    Really the bread pudding stole the show? I love love love thier German Chocolate Cake. I must now try out this pudding!

    March 22, 2010

    nice blog!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    March 22, 2010

    Hey Kat!Yes, I definitely agree! :)Hey Dale!Most people would be envious of the bounty we have in Hawai'i! Am going back in a few months…looking forward to trying out some places I've yet to visit…Mitch's Sushi is at the top of that list! :)Hey Cleone!Happy Macaron Day! Best holiday yet! :DHey Tasty Trekker!Man, I liked them both, but the pudding was the highlight! I think it is a relatively new dessert? Haven't seen it on the menu before (I also have not been back for awhile). It was perfect for that warm night…tart, tender, refreshing…everything I wanted!Hey Aruna!Thanks! :)

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