Checked into Trump - 32nd floor Suite with a full view overlooking the entire city. Posh is an understatement

ABC Kitchen

What a great way to start a food and wine "time out" from reality trip - Why not go to the #1 rated Restaurant in the country by James Beard?
10pm reservation - I flew in late so perfect - The place could have been tricky to find but the miracle of a smart phone is priceless.  I ordered an Alsace Pinot BLanc to break in the taste buds - I sat down to a large dining room that made it feel like you were sitting in a park - the ceiling was dark as the night sky.  There was driftwood everywhere to make it feel like trees - the kitchen was not really in full view as the massive dining room contained the restaurant.  I didnt feel like I was crowded like most EVERY other new York thing - hotel rooms - restaurants - bathroom etc as no one wants to waste space as real estate is insane.  The lighting (which I believe (as Em does) is the one of the most important keys to great ambiance) was awesome - like hanging lantern lights on a perfectly clear night - the only thing I was missing was the big dipper!

The food - wow -
Starting with house favorite - roasted beets with homeade yogurt
fresh pulled mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes and sea salt
chicken and pork sausage with radish, jalepeno and house made grain mustart potato salad
Tuna sashimi with mint and ginger
roasted corn with manchego cheese, jalepenos and lime
Every single dish was fresh, local, organic, flavorful and delcious - He wasnt afraid to use spice and I loved it there - Loved it

LUNCH - Osteria Morini - specializing in Emilia Romagna food in Italy (coming from there just weeks before I was in)
I had a great bubbly made with Pinot noir that was quite rare - they also had a dry lambrusco flight I was dying to try.
I did the prixe fix lunch
whipped ricotta cheese with pesto, walnuts and summer peas - amazing flavor- the peas were fresh as if it was picked seconds before - the ricotta was satisfying like a cold glass of milk
Then a medium cooked sea bass with hericot verts with salsa verde - flavorful
olive oil cake with just picked strawberries and Marscapone and vanilla bean whipped cream - this marscapne was so outrageously heavy but tasted as light as air - really amazing dish - one of the best desserts i had all week

Dinner at Bar Boulud - Daniel Bouluds amazing casual cool resto - I was blessed with amazing conversation - some of the best Ive had in months....its always great to eat with other people that appreciate food and wine as much as you do. My most enjoyable night in many ways, food - wine - flavor - conversation - funny laughs and pancake hands :)
first bottle   - DOMAINE TRIENNES, VIOGNIER "SAINTE FLEUR" 2008  this was vibrant with pear and ripe peach flavor and there was acidity to hold up that alcohol (which sometimes doesnt happenin Rhone Viognier) It was a crowd pleaser by all
Now first appetizer of the Gods has come out - the table is silent (im thinking - "hello lover - come to mama")
deliciously devine - pate -
 head cheese -
 jamon -
rabbit and carrot -
 fig and duck -
 foie gras and truffle -
 pistachio, caviar,
 beef cheek -
apricot and foie gras encroute (OMG) -
 lamb and sweet potato

Then we devoured a special (the last one) slow braised pork belly- smoky like a campfire
the chef sent us 4 gorgeous langostine/prawns - the meat was sweet and smoky - the heads after you sucked them out were gelanous and
I had duck - with braised swiss chard with a hint of garlic and roasted radishes - the pan sauce around it was intoxicating like the smell of your old boyfriends cologne.
we had a great bottle of GSM then another bottle  - 06 LAUREL GLEN SONOMA CABERNET SAUVIGNON "COUNTERPOINT" 
it was a full bodied chewy treat with a boatload of alcohol - it stuck with you like after you rinse with listerine

Dessert wasnt my fav - apricots and chocolate just dont mix for me
Great night and still trying to figure out why I woke up with dreams about wine whores :)

Spent the day at Central Park - walking - ate berries with marscapone for breakfast - 
FIG AND OLIVE for lunch - i had mixture of crustinis -
* my fav by far - Mushroom, Truffled Artichoke, Parmesan - flavor was something I want to taste forever
*Roasted Bell Pepper, Ricotta, Caper - sweet and smoky
Crushed Tomato, Olive Oil
*Manchego, Fig, Marcona Almond - great together
Bresaola, Goat Cheese, Black Olive
Prosciutto, Ricotta, Fig, Olive, Walnut 
Crab, Avocado, Cilantro, Pine Nuts 
also Sesame Tuna Tartar  with Chive, Shallot, Cucumber - fresh and lively with herby and sesame finish
BEEF CARPACCIO -Filet mignon, 18 year old balsamic vinegar, baby arugula, parmesan – Truffle Olive Oil - another flavorful and mouth blowing combo - sweet, peppery and rich and round - SPECTACULAR- reminded me of spain all over again

Dinner - Marc Forgione - the new Iron Chef this year with the faux hawk -
I wont go into too much detail - The food never came together - the restaurant was brilliantly lit, great atmosphere- my server was not up to par (at all) and the food (every dish which I had many) was missing something on every dish or it just didnt mesh together correctly.  boo - didnt enjoy and a lil bummed but it could have been an off night - I will just not ever go back - Its bound to happen with 5 great meal to get a bummer one - I'm lucky to have had the others!

 BRUNCH
La Boqueria Spanish Tapas
Ensalada de Remolacha - Spinach salad with roasted beets candied walnuts, goat cheese
Pintxos Morunos - Seared lamb marinated in lemon and cumin, “salsa verde”- fresh and zesty
Bombas de la Barceloneta - Two beef and potato croquettes, “salsa brava,” garlic all i oli - perfectly hollowed out potatoes shoved full of beef then flash fried with a garlicky, creamy and spicy sauce - really simple but so full of flavor!
Salteado de Setas - Sautéed wild mushrooms, Manchego cheese - threw these on the beet salad for an awesome treat

It was awesome to go to NYC on a stellar summer weekend - met great friends - we broke bread and talked food, wine and fun.  I read a book, took 4 baths (one for over 2 hours and I was like a huge prune) I went to see the progress on the twin tower memorial - walked Central Park, shopped in So Ho and chelsea and 5th ave, ate in Little Italy, ate by the Lincoln Center, went to Times Square with all the chaos and funny street acts, went up on the Rockafellar roof and saw amazing pics of the city - ate in the Flat Iron District and walked through Hells Kitchen.  NYC is a city full of life and energy.  You can feel it shake you in the streets, you can hear it all night long with horns honking and people yelling, you can see it with the twinkling lights and the brake lights of all the yellow cabs, you can smell it throughout the air - a mix of gas, food, sweat, stink and life!
I love it - I will be back - I will eat drink see and live it all again.

Madonna sings "i love NY" and shes right-  If you cant stand the heat then get off my street!




 


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