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Friday, December 14, 2012

Adventures with Travey

On this cold December about a summer flashback?

When I was prepping for my Spain trip, I woke up one Saturday and walked from my place to the South Street Seaport (I went the long way around Battery Park, so I think it was a good four-mile warmup). Travis met me at the water, and we rode the free Ikea Ferry to Red Hook for lunch and urban exploring. We sampled what is supposedly "the best" key lime pie at Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies. Then we pretended we were at the beach and feasted at Brooklyn Crab, where Travis channeled his hometown roots to show me how to eat crabs like a Maryland native.

Reflecting on this is a bit bittersweet, as you may know Red Hook sustained a lot of damage in Hurricane Sandy. I just looked at the website for Steve's pies, and they are back in business after a rough couple of weeks, with more repairs to come. The crab shack looks over a huge Fairway supermarket that I believe was completely flooded, with all of the inventory discarded.

Here's hoping Red Hook is returning to normal and sunnier days like this one last August are in store again...

Dinner at Marea

Adam and I decided to treat ourselves to a phancy weeknight dinner recently. We hit Marea on Central Park South and scored two great seats at the bar right before it started to fill up. 

Each of us opted for the four-course prix fixe. The menu was rather overwhelming, so I just asked the waiter to choose my dishes. We added on this starter, which is one of their signatures: 

RICCI: sea urchin, lardo, sea salt

I didn't take my camera, so all of these photos are from their website. This was my main course:

CAPESANTE: seared sea scallops, roasted cauli ower, capers, endive, currants, bagna cauda

However, Adam and I both agreed his roasted guinnea hen with porcini, sunchoke, brussels sprouts, pearl onion, and apple blew the scallops out of the water. When the waiter tells you to order the guinnea hen at a seafood place, you know it's good stuff...

Other dishes included
POLIPO: grilled octopus, smoked potatoes, pickled red onions, radish, chilies, tonnato

FUSILLI: red wine braised octopus, bone marrow

SPAGHETTI: crab, Santa Barbara sea urchin, basil

Our desserts were:

piedmont hazelnut, dark chocolate, grapefruit, anise mascarpone
huckleberries, ricotta crema, candied squash, sicilian pistachio, lemon sorbet

Should have snapped a photo of those, as I couldn't find the images on the website. Nevertheless, the Huckleberry tart was the clear winner in the dessert category. Definitely a big weeknight splurge, but it was truly a memorable meal and just such a treat! Adam is a wonderful dining companion, always up for anything. We have another special meal planned for Tuesday, and I will try to do a better job on photos, not to mention more timely posting...