I have written before about the numerous times I and we have been to NYC even before the kids both lived there- so we really rarely do touristy things and we often just walk the city- I was struck as I took some of the photos contained in this post by how similar my subjects are here to those of when I am traveling- store windows and markets - interesting buildings or little things that catch my eye along the way-
I have long since stopped carrying a camera to NYC but that doesn't stop me from taking photos (thanks to smart phones) and so it is easy to share the experience of the city (really THE city- when it comes to the US) -
so this day we headed south to one of our very favorite spots- Gotham Bar & Grill for their lunch- they have a nice prix fixe there as well-
Phil ordered from the regular menu and started with the always fab tuna tartare-
I did the prix fixe and started with the gazpacho of heirloom tomatoes
Phil had the duck and I had a second starter of the chopped salad- although it just looks like a jumble in the photo it was very good...
Phil's Clafoutis and my chocolate cake (intense flavor but light texture)
then on to some outside time on another glorious day-
our view of the water tower sea...
this evening- we entertain Maryanne and Jeremy stops by as well- before our 8:45 reservation at Degustation!
the entire restaurant is a sushi bar style dining experience - maybe seats 16 people max- we met Jeremy's friend Jenna at the restaurant and waited a brief time and took our places- before the incredible dining experience began- a truly worthy meal- small plates but amazing flavors packed into small packages!
ooops- I lied about the oyster at NoMad - that one had mignonette granite - this was the one with the mignonette foam!
the char which they graciously substituted for me and Jeremy and Jenna instead of the lamb-
palate cleanser of pop rocks (yes you read it correctly) and a berry-
the amazing dessert of French toast brulee (I will come back for this a thousand times- oh yum yum yum!) oh and the best thing- it was served with smoked maple syrup - kind of a bacon-y sort of flavor- OMG!
you can't see so much in this photo but the three chefs prepared everything right in front of us- the grill chef was at our end of the "bar" and the sous chef was just down a bit and the guy who worked the fresh stuff beyond him- they worked with an incredible focus and it was like a ballet to see them prepare the meal for us... really great dinner!
so back "home" tomorrow is another day- good weather predicted and good food continues....