Saturday, September 15, 2007

Brunch at Sarabeth's

Mr. T's sister and her husband were going out of town the same weekend my parents were coming in. They offered their apartment to my parents for the weekend and my father couldn't have been happier. He's always loved the Upper West Side and it's more "refined" atmosphere.

So Saturday morning I woke up and took the long trek from my apartment to meet my parents for brunch at Sarabeth's. As I walked up Amsterdam Avenue I could already see a crowd of people waiting on the sidewalk out front a block away. Luckily my parents had arrived and put their name down 20 minutes before. When I showed up it was only about a 5 minute wait till our table was ready.

I was just going to get a coffee to drink, but it being Saturday brunch and all, I asked for a mimosa. Instead of orange juice though I got it with their special flower juice. This is a blend of orange, fresh pineapple, banana and pomegranate juice. The juice was very good but thick. They give you a small bottle of champagne and the fruit juice separately which was great so I could control my own juice to liquor ratio!

Everything on the menu looked so good but I decided to go for the Popeye Eggs.

This was scrambled eggs on English Muffins with black forest ham and sauteed spinach. The eggs were the best I have ever had. They didn't feel really fluffy when I cut into them but the taste was extremely light and buttery. The English Muffins were about twice as thick as your normal store bought ones. This dish could have easily fed two people and then some.

The only thing on the plate I didn't like were the pickled tomatoes it came with on the side. Besides that everything else was stellar.

My father decided to go for the pancakes.

Wow..the pancakes were huge, soft rounds of goodness. The bananas seemed like they were caramelized a little which really brought out the sweetness and the pure maple syrup just sealed the deal.

I would go back to Sarabeth's for brunch in a heartbeat, even if I had to wait an hour.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

My Birthday Dinner

For my birthday dinner this year I really wanted to go all out and try one of the few 4 star restaurants in NYC. After a LOT of going back and forth I finally decided on Jean Georgeand I am so happy that I did!

This will not be a long post and there are not many pictures because I decided that being my birthday, I would relax and just try to enjoy the evening, me & Mr. T. Cameras are great but sometimes you want the experience to be all your own- you know?

I will say that everything about the meal was fantastic. The servers were always there filling water, wine and making sure everything was okay but without being intrusive.  Our food was spectacular from start to finish and I couldn't have been happier.  I actually only took 2 pictures that night- my first course and last.

Here are my Blue Fin Tuna Ribbons that came with just the right spice to the ginger sauce and just the right amount of cooling avocado to make the dish silky and luxurious.The other highlight dishes of the night were my rack of lamb that was cooked to perfection with just a hint of mint sauce and Mr. T's turbot that came served table side with a fantastic ch√Ęteau chalon sauce.  The best for for me though, being the dessert freak I am, was the finish. We had to choose either a chocolate, strawberry or mixed berry dessert. Here's is my chocolate masterpiece:

There are actually four different desserts there, each one seemingly becoming more delicious than the last. It was beautiful!  I didn't think I could have another bite after this but then they brought out the petite fours and marshmallows followed by some exquisite chocolates with the check. I thought I had died and gone to heaven!

So my birthday meal was complete success. Jean George is just one of those places that make you feel special the moment you step in the door. I couldn't have asked for a better birthday!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Le Miu

Mr T & I stumbled across this sushi place a little over a year ago and had a fantastic meal kind of on a whim. We were in the area with his sister and brother-in-law this week and decided to check back and see if our second meal would live up to the first one.

When I got the menu I quickly noticed that the $50 tasting menu we had the first time had now raised in price to $55. This is not uncommon, especially since this place was relativity new when we first but I was a little surprised. Nonetheless, we all ordered it because I remember thinking we had gotten a great deal last time.

Our waiter came over to get our drink menu and we ended up getting into quite a discussion with him about good beers to have with our meal. Being into beer as much as I am it was nice to have a waiter who understood that beer can match a dish just as well, if not better, than wine.

We got our drinks and waited only about 5 minutes before our first dishes started to come out.

The first course was a trio of mini appetizers.

The first was an oyster that had an incredible ponzu jello sauce on top. I have never been a big fan of oysters but this one may have changed my view on the little suckers. It was really incredible. I only wish I had gotten my camera out before I gobbled it up- oops!

The second was tuna tartar topped with a soy foam and caviar. This was alright but I'm honestly kind of sick of the whole tuna tartar thing. I feel like this item has been played out in every Japanese place.

The third was a fantastic corn and crab salad that was perfectly refreshing dish for such a steamy summer night.

The second course was four different kinds of new style sashimi.

The new style sashimi is one of the reasons I love this place so much. It's pieces of sashimi that each have a different sauce to complement the fish. My favorite was the yellowtail with jalapeno and barbecue sauce.

The third course was a hot entree from the kitchen.

This was an Alaskan King crab cake. This actually sounded a lot better than it actually tasted. The dish was good but I think the great flavor of the King Crab was masked by the bread crumbs and spices. The last time our hot entree was their Rock Shrimp Tempura which I thought was better than Nobu's, so I was a little disappointed in this dish.

The fourth course was the sushi platter with miso soup.

The sushi was all very fresh and it was nice to see some different pieces of fish that you don't always see on a sushi platter such as the Uni and Unagi. Mr. T's brother-in-law is a huge Uni fan and ended up eating everyone's at the table!

At the end of the meal you are offered a scoop of vanilla or chocolate Alphabet City ice cream topped with fresh strawberries.

For $55 we all agreed this is still one of the best deals in the city. The fish is fresh and interesting, the space is cool and it just has a nice neighborhood vibe about it.

On the way out the bartender even gave us a name of a couple new bars in the area that recently opened where we could score some good beers. All around just a great dinner. If you're in the area I highly recommend checking this place out.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Belgian Frites

Some Pomme Frites from one of my favorite bars in NYC- Vol de Nuit.

One of these and a glass of Leffe Brun make for a perfect Saturday afternoon!