Friday, October 18, 2013

Eating in NYC: Day Four

Sunday morning, I got the ladies on the subway to head down to CraftBar in Chelsea for brunch. A few of us are big Top Chef fans, and we wanted to eat at one of Tom Colicchio's restaurants while up there. 

We ordered  a crock of biscuits and sausage gravy for the table. This Southern girl was a little skeptical about this, but it was absolutely divine. I'm pretty sure we scraped it clean.

Most of us ordered the Eggs Norwegian, which consisted of a split English muffin, poached eggs, cured salmon, dill hollandaise sauce, potatoes, and mixed greens. I've never considered myself a big fan of Eggs Benedict, but I loved this twist with the salmon. It was a very rich dish, but the potatoes and salad cut that when eaten all together. And, isn't it gorgeous??

After a few hours of shopping in Soho, we headed to Little Italy for a late lunch/snack. If you want an authentic pizza experience in New York, in my opinion, the place you go should look like this:

At Pomodoro, another local recommendation, I ordered a slice of pizza with fresh ricotta. The dollops of cheese were deliciously creamy, and we all agreed that the crust was pure perfection.

Back at our hotel, sitting in our usual post-shopping, pre-dinner cocktail spot, we changed our plans for the evening. 

We had reservations at Maze by Gordon Ramsay at the London NYC Hotel...but we decided to make it easy on ourselves on our last night by just walking next door to Bobby Van's Grill

I'm sure Maze would have been great (Amy and I particularly wanted to try both the risotto and scallops, in honor of Patrick and his love for Hell's Kitchen), but this turned out to be a good impromptu choice. 

I'm still thinking about our appetizer, days later: Sweet Chili Tossed Calamari, served with a peanut dipping sauce. 

For dinner, I ordered the Bobby Van Steak Salad, which featured chopped romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes and slices of medium-rare filet mignon, lightly tossed in a roasted shallot dressing.

We had a yummy breakfast at Bond 45 the next morning, and then we headed back to Birmingham (a few pounds heavier!).

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