A few restaurant notes of late...went with Nate and Neil last night to the Breslin at the Ace Hotel before a birthday party. It wasn't on my radar, but Neil knew it was the same chef/owner as the Spotted Pig. As the NYT put it in its June 2010 review:
This is the Breslin on a Thursday night, a warm, crowded and vaguely British barroom off the lobby of the Ace Hotel: a bedlam of gastrotourists and scenemakers. It’s Hogwarts for hipsters.
Nowhere in New York right now is the fetish for pork fat and dairy flavor more on display. April Bloomfield, the chef and an owner, is exhausting gallbladders nightly.
Ha, I didn't read that until now, but I couldn't agree more! It was really rich, heavy food -- kind of like the Spotted Pig. How do these places stay open all year? I only like this kind of fat food in the winter...
Anyway, we had several appetizers, including the scottish egg, and some kind of fried lamb dippers. There were some amazing brussels sprouts, I believe with caramelized onions and pancetta (it's been almost two weeks, forgive me).
At $2.50 a pop, this is probably something one should learn to make but (a) that seems like a disaster waiting to happen and (b) it's more fun to try all of the different flavors.
Moving on...last Saturday night was dinner at Olives. Meghan and Drew were in town! Drew surprised her with a weekend getaway and made plans so she could see all of her besties. How sweet is he?? I was in charge of making a reservation...naturally I consulted with Neil, who'd recommended Olives when he and Nate ate there several months ago.
Christine had the pork chop...
As I've said before, I continue to be so delighted with the number of friends who come into town and keep my social calendar full!