NYC: The Holiday Weekend

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 5comments No tags Permalink 0

Jacques in Soho

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 :)

We hung around the neighborhood all weekend, reading at cafes during the morning and lunch, napping at home in the afternoon, and back out for late dinners at the bar.

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.

Make sure you ask for extra bread to soak up all that garlic butter.

Steak done rare, and if you’re lucky enough to get the right bartender, they’ll give you both maître d’ butter and béarnaise sauce. Usually you have to pick one or the other ;)

Cheers to the start of a productive week!

  • anonymous
    July 6, 2011

    You just made me look like a happy hour guru for the friends this Saturday. David Burke Kitchen, here I come! Thanks, Kathy!

  • anonymous
    July 6, 2011

    We went for the $15 slider specials, too! Did you go on Saturday? I wished I did (but busy that day) because I really wanted to dine al fresco. You're right. My mom did NOT expect the fries! Which sliders did you like the best? Did you pair with ale? :)PS Chef Burke was there when I was there!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 6, 2011

    Hi Christine! Glad to help!! ^_^ It's a great deal…and be sure to go hungry. Was seriously huge. Hi Kim! Ahh so cool! I was there Saturday around 4pm. I'm usually crazy about fried oysters, but like the tuna one best in this case. And yes, the ale for sure!!

  • Tasty Trekker
    July 13, 2011

    What a fabulous weekend of food. Is there anything better than having places like Maialino and Balthazar for yourself ? I went to Pearl and literally got a table upon walk in. Never does that happen! Thanks for the David Burke tip too- looks great!

  • anonymous
    August 3, 2011

    beautiful post i like your this great post amazing keep it up for most good post

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