Scarpetta

It’s been years since I last dined at Scarpetta! So glad to finally be back again with a fellow pasta lover. We knew exactly what we wanted, so we kept it real simple: mozzarella in carrozza (fried cheese) appetizer and the signature spaghetti with tomato and basil as our entrees. If you have never had Chef Scott Conant’s spaghetti, I urge you to try it at least once in your life. Without a doubt, it is one of the absolute best pastas on the planet. So incredibly simple and so insanely delicious! It really doesn’t get much better than this dish. Throw in the best bread basket you’ll ever experience at a restaurant (it’s a mix of housemade veggie and meat stromboli, focaccia, and ciabattini) and you’ve got a seriously spectacular carb fest. Now that I’m full and happy, it’s time for my nap. :)

Scarpetta355 West 14th Street (at Ninth Avenue)

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Bread Basket: Stromboli, Focaccia, and Ciabattini

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Mascarpone Butter, Caponata, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Mozzarella in Carrozza with Stewed Tomatoes

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Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil

Cipriani – Wall Street

I haven’t been to Cipriani Wall Street in a long time, and I’ve really missed it. I was in the mood for some good Italian food so I popped in on this gorgeous summer evening for dinner on the outdoor balcony. I love to eat outside when the weather is cool and breezy! There are certain items that are my go-to dishes at Cipriani: the grilled salmon with a side of veggies & arborio rice and the pappardelle with veal ragu. The salmon is consistently amazing and grilled to perfection and the pappardelle is literally to die for! I also love Cipriani because the staff are always incredibly friendly and make us feel welcome every time we are here.

Cipriani: 55 Wall Street (between William & Hanover)

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Love the breadsticks!

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Fried Calamari

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Grilled FIlet of Salmon

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Pappardelle with Veal Ragu

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Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini

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Arborio Rice

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Beautiful outdoor dining on the second floor balcony

The Growler

I checked out The Growler for the first time and it quickly became my new favorite neighborhood spot. Great craft beers, delicious food, and a laid-back vibe. What more could I want? As an added bonus, they played an awesome mix of rock and classic country music, which I totally dig. A friend and I both ordered the Thirsty Dog Orthus Belgian Dubbel — we absolutely loved it! I’m looking forward to making my way through all of the craft beers that are on tap here. We chowder down on some really good eats: fried pickles, Kobe sliders, salt and pepper wings, and mac & cheese. Everything was delish! We finished off the meal with a nice Saison — one of my summer favorites. You can bet that I will be back real soon!

The Growler: 55 Stone Street

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Thirsty Dog Orthus Belgian Dubbel 

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Fried Pickles

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Kobe Sliders

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Salt and Pepper Wings

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Macaroni and Cheese

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Saison

Left Bank [movie night]

To celebrate summer in NYC, one of my favorite restaurants, Left Bank, is showing classic movies every Sunday until the end of August. Chef Laurence Edelman will be serving up some special dishes to complement each of the films — and there will be yummy seasoned popcorn to munch on! I was super psyched to check out the screening of Back To The Future with my bestie, SaraDish. We arrived early to get our grub on before the movie. We sipped on a specialty cocktail, appropriately named “The Flux Capacitor”, and shared several scrumptious dishes: Provençal fish soup with rouille crouton and gruyere and flourless Swiss chard cake with sliced radish and mustard. During the movie, we got hungry again so we ordered the special entree: tuna melt with pancetta and Parmesan fries and indulged in some profiteroles with vanilla ice cream. All of the food was absolutely amazing! I’m seriously obsessed with that fish soup. I had such a blast sitting with SaraDish, Chef Laurence, and his adorable mom while watching one of my favorite movies and feasting on great food. Thank you, Chef L, and your awesome team for an incredibly fun evening! (Before I left, I couldn’t resist ordering the Capricci Bolognese to go — and I ended up munching on it as a late night snack. SO GOOD!)

Left Bank: 117 Perry Street (at Greenwich Street)

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Left Bank Picture Show

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Tonight is Back To The Future!

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Chef Laurence outside of Left Bank

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Provençal Fish Soup with Rouille Crouton and Gruyere

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Flourless Swiss Chard cake with Sliced Radish & Mustard

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Movie night popcorn

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I love this movie!

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Special entree: Tuna Melt with Pancetta and Parmesan Fries

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Profiteroles

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Take home pasta: Capricci Bolognese, Pork and Beef Ragu, Parmesan

Betony [lunch]

So happy to be back at Betony! I was thrilled to see lots of new dishes on the menu and couldn’t wait to try as many as possible. Our amuse bouche was a green tomato gazpacho with pumpernickel — a creative and refreshing start to a delicious lunch. The first course included the pig’s head terrine with mustard and salsa verde (one word: awesome) and asparagus velouté with green garlic and pumpernickel (smooth and velvety with a hint of tanginess). My entree was exquisite: poached tilefish with saffron and fennel. The fish was incredibly moist and tender — it literally melted in my mouth — and the broth was heavenly. I think I need a gallon of that to go, please. Sadly, we had to cut our lunch short due to time restrictions, but I will definitely be back soon for dinner and some of Eamon Rockey’s famous milk punch!

Betony:  41 West 57th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue) 

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Green Tomato Gazpacho with pumpernickel 

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Pig’s Head Terrine with mustard and salsa verde 

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Asparagus Velouté with green garlic and pumpernickel 

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Poached Golden Tilefish with saffron and fennel