Distilled [brunch]

Had a blast with my family during our girls brunch at Distilled! We shared lots of laughs while enjoying cocktails and wine (and for one us, scotch :) ) . We also feasted on delicious food, including warm biscuits with honey butter, smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, the Franklin burger, and the Complete Breakfast Sandwich (two sunny eggs, bacon, cheddar). Definitely one of the best breakfast sammies out there. So rich and satisfying. Someone spotted the cinnamon coffee cake on the menu and we tried to order it, only to learn that they had run out and were baking another batch. After about an hour, we were rewarded with the most amazing coffee cake ever. Totally worth the wait! In between, we were graciously given¬†seven tasty shots by our awesome server, Alysse. Then as we were wrapping things up, we received seven MORE shots — this time, picklebacks! Nothing like a little moonshine and pickle juice at three o’clock in the afternoon. ūüėČ ¬†My sister and I ended up taking a few for the team and believe me, we were glad to do it. Big thanks to the Distilled team (Chef Shane Lyons, Benjamin, Alysse, etc.) and an even bigger thanks to my amazing family for treating me to such a fun and boozy brunch!

Distilled: 211 West Broadway (at Franklin Street)


Gruet Sparkling Pinot Noir


Seasoned popcorn


Warm biscuits with honey butter


Smoked Salmon Scramble with salmon roe


The Complete Breakfast Sandwich (two sunny eggs, bacon, cheddar) with tater tots and spiced ketchup


Close up of that awesome breakfast sammie


Cinnamon coffee cake. BEST EVER.


Nothing like a pickle back shot (or 7) after brunch. Moonshine & pickle juice rock!


Distilled [brunch]

The Harrison [dessert]

After a delicious dinner at Telepan Local, we walked down the block to The Harrison for dessert. I absolutely adore Pastry Chef Colleen Grapes and am a huge fan of her phenomenal pastries! My friend and I satisfied our sweet tooth with a warm chocolate mi cuit with chocolate ice cream and cocoa nib streusel (absolute chocolatey heaven), bourbon butterscotch budino with espresso granita and fresh cream (bourbon and butterscotch is a winning combination — I’m obsessed!), and a special rhubarb and apricot dessert with a crispy crumble on top (loved the combination of flavors and textures). It’s always a pleasure to see Chef Colleen and indulge in her amazing creations. Huge thanks to her for these sweet treats!

The Harrison: 355 Greenwich Street (at Harrison Street)


Bourbon Butterscotch Budino with espresso granita & fresh cream


Warm Chocolate Mi Cuit with chocolate ice cream and cocoa nib streusel


Rhubarb & Apricot dessert

The Harrison [dessert]

Telepan Local

When I heard that Chef Bill Telepan opened a new restaurant in TriBeCa earlier this year, I was really excited and couldn’t wait to try it. I finally made it to Telepan Local for dinner and ¬†had a wonderful meal full of fresh vegetables (and some meat, too). The atmosphere inside the restaurant was casual and relaxed, and I am a big fan of the small plate format because I love trying a little bit of everything. My favorite dishes of the night: foie gras hammers (tiny bites of pure bliss), roasted beets with ricotta & honey (great mix of sweet and savory), Brussels sprouts with fingerlings and coddled egg (beautifully cooked), and pigs in a blanket (a favorite from childhood that I still love today). ¬†There were so many more dishes that I want to taste, so it looks like I will be returning to TL for another meal in the near future. A big thank you to one of my best friends for a tasty belated birthday celebration!

Telepan Local: 329 Greenwich Street (between Duane and Jay) 


Carrots, feta & oregano 


Foie Gras Jammers with apricot jam 


Pigs in a Blanket with honey mustard


Roasted Beets, house ricotta & honey


Cauliflower Gratin, cheddar & breadcrumbs


Broccoli Rabe, white anchovy, egg yolk & parmigiano 


Grilled Beef Short Rib with spicy fermented cabbage


Brussels Sprouts, fingerling potatoes & coddled egg


The dining room

Telepan Local

Locanda Verde

I absolutely love Italian food, so it’s no surprise that I am a fan of Locanda Verde. I dined there twice in the last week — ¬†just couldn’t get enough of it! The sheep’s milk ricotta and the steak tartare were the dishes that I enjoyed the most. The ricotta was thick and creamy, yet fluffy — I could have made an entire meal out of it. I’m obsessed with beef, especially when it’s medium rare to raw. Yes, raw — and this steak tartare was a delicious balance of meaty, nutty flavors. The homemade pastas were incredible, too. I had Lambrusco (sparkling red wine) for the first time here at Locanda Verde, and it has become my new beverage of choice. Try it if you get a chance:¬†Lini Lambrusco Brut NV.

Locanda Verde: 377 Greenwich Street (at North Moore)


Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with sea salt and herbs


Steak Tartara Piedmontese with hazelnuts, truffles and crispy guanciale  


Salumi Misti


Pappardelle with Bolognese ragu

Locanda Verde