So this is like a week in review of marathon eating... these past few weeks have actually been a little food crazy with restaurant week, plus with my girlfriends all having free time that lines up, there have been a lot of great meals.
Me and my girlfriends finally made it to our long time standing brunch date. With all of our crazy schedules, traveling, and dealing with night shifts, meeting up gets to be a little tough. Whenever we find an open weekend we all book it and stick to it even if it is a few weeks out.
We headed to Asellina in Murray Hill for a more laid back slightly boozy brunch... I mean it is New York and lets be real, every restaurant seems to manage a boozy brunch deal. Plus, Asellina has great food so that is an added bonus.
Instead of standard rolls, Asellina starts you off with an olive oil loaf. It was a perfect start to brunch as it was the perfect mix between a breakfast cake but appropriate if you were ordering lunch. As we arrived on the later side, all of us immediately gravitated towards everything on the lunch menu.
I balanced out my mimosas with a delicious proscuitto pizza. I'm a sucker for wood burning pizzas and this one was pretty great. The pizza came with a fried egg and black truffles... pretty much to die for.
My friends ordered the baked pappardelle with bolognese and bechamel sauce. Just look at that cheesy goodness melted over the top and the perfect crisp from the oven... noms... I will definitely be ordering this in the future.
Such a fun brunch with great friends, food, and laughing. Can't wait to book another one, hopefully sooner than a month out this time!
C and I headed out for our traditional restaurant week dinner date. Please note this pic is not from the restaurant week dinner... but from another dinner during the week (serious foodies, we have a problem) but I just really liked it of him so I thought I would share it anyway. :)
C and I have a tradition of going to Atlantic Grill for restaurant week. We first discovered Atlantic Grill for my birthday a few years back, and were immediately in love with the food but not with the bill... $$$... At a place where it is encouraged to order a few small starters, entrees, and cocktails, AND where the general clientele is on the more matured end, AND when the restaurant is located on the Upper East and West sides of Manhattan... pretty good sign there is a hefty price tag. So coming for restaurant week is perfect for us.
I started off with the hamachi maki roll... kind of really love that name.. which was a play on sweet and spicy. The yellowtail goes great with the sweet mango, and the spicy sauce just makes it to die for.
C ordered the green gazpacho with a crabmeat salad on top. The soup was perfect for the warm evening, very refreshing and bursting with flavor. Obviously I stole a bite or two...
For my main dish, I ordered the cod with mashed potatoes in a balsamic reduction. The cod was cooked perfectly and the potatoes were creamy and rich.
C had a show stopper of a main dish. He ordered the hanger steak with a corn succotash in a parsley and lemon sauce. This was probably the best item of the night.
We also ordered up a side of truffle french fries... not on the menu but these are so flavorful and delicious we couldn't pass them up. Can you tell now how much I like truffles?
For dessert, I had the summer fruit upside down cake with peach sorbet. This was a very simple cake but the peach sorbet was delicious and the fresh strawberries were a nice finish to the meal.
C went with the more decadent option, a chocolate torte with chocolate ice cream and sweet cherries. His was actually very surprising, as the cake had a very light creamy texture where you could taste the different chocolates incorporated in the dishes. He was very content to say the least.
The west side restaurant is probably a little more laid back then the east, probably due to the size and design of the place, it is just a little more modern. Both restaurants are equally good, serving up their famous fish dishes at both so if you are ever in either neighborhood I highly recommend checking it out.
After dinner we literally had to walk it off, and finished the evening with a casual stroll... very slow moving... I love New York especially in this perfect summer weather we have been having. If you are in the area, tonight is the last night of Restaurant Week so head out and try something new! Happy Eating!