Left Bank

Executive Chef & Owner: Laurence Edelman
Cuisine: Modern American with European Influences
Vibe: Casual / Cozy / Neighborhood feel
Location: 117 Perry Street (at Greenwich Street)
Website: Left Bank

It’s always great to be back at Left Bank, especially with wonderful friends like Ziggawow and SaraDISH. Many thanks to Chef Laurence Edelman for saving three handmade pork and shrimp dumplings for us — they are the best! I’m a huge fan of Chef L’s pastas, too, and the capricci pomodoro was incredible. I scarfed down the whole bowl and almost ordered another one to take home. Thank you, Ziggawow, for treating me to an early birthday dinner!

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Roasted beets, Swiss chard, and poppy creme fraiche 

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Pork and shrimp dumpling

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Capricci Pomodoro with burrata, anchovy, and basil

Left Bank

Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with bone marrow at Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen? Tonight we are celebrating a very special family member’s birthday — and he absolutely loves the Blue Ribbon bone marrow! So do I. 😉  Two orders coming right up! There is something so incredible about this bone marrow — no matter how many others I try, it remains the best I’ve ever eaten. No contest. The onion marmalade is superb, and complements the marrow beautifully. This time around, it came with bacon bread. Did you catch that? BACON BREAD. Who’s the genius that came up with such a brilliant idea? Sinfully unctuous bone marrow + onion marmalade + bacon bread = the perfect bite! We also had a delicious cheese plate, Blue Ribbon’s famous fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, an ice cream sundae, and an old fashioned root beer float. What a wonderfully satisfying meal! As an added bonus, we were sitting downstairs — right next to where the bread is baked. Smells like heaven!

Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen: 35 Downing Street (at Bedford)

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Grayson (Meadow Creek Dairy), Manchego aged 14 months (La Mancha, Spain), Delice de Bourgogne (Saligny, France)

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Bone Marrow with onion marmalade and bacon bread 

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Close up of that amazing bone marrow 

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Bone close up

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The perfect bite

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Why doesn’t all bread have bacon in it?

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Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy

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Ice Cream Sundae

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Root Beer Float

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Perks of dining downstairs — the bread station is right next to us

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The smell of baking bread is intoxicating!

Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen

Monument Lane

So excited to be back at Monument Lane, and even more excited to introduce this awesome spot to my beautiful sister! We are in luck tonight because it’s Whiskey Wednesday AND Chef Steve Dustin is doing a Summer Barbecue Series. On the menu: Beef brisket with cornbread and corn on the cob. There’s nothing I love more than a fatty piece of juicy brisket! :-) We started out with a nice whiskey flight — bourbon for me, scotch for my sis — before chowing down on some amazing eats. Totally loved the chilled canteloupe soup, crispy pork belly, heirloom tomatoes, duck confit, beef tongue, roasted eggplant, summer squash, and, of course, the beef brisket! I’m so proud of my sister for trying the beef tongue — she loved it! I always feel right at home when I’m at ML, thanks to Chef Steve’s insanely good food and his awesome team. Thanks again for a wonderful meal!

Monument Lane: 103 Greenwich Ave (between West 12th and Jane Street)

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Bell’s Oberon Ale

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Crispy chickpeas

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Bourbon Tasting for me

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Scotch Tasting for my sister

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Amuse bouche: Chilled canteloupe soup

Crispy Pork Belly, blueberry compote, cornbread crumble, pickled onion

Heirloom Tomatoes, frisée, red onion, mint vinaigrette

Duck Confit, crimini, scallion, lentil salad, spruce gastrique

Heritage Pork Tongue, soft farm egg, radish, shallot, purslane, salsa verde

Summer Barbecue Series: Beef Brisket with cornbread and corn on the cob

Roasted Eggplant, Basil & Grana

Grilled Summer Squash with Almond Pesto

Monument Lane

Corsino Cantina

It’s been way too long since I last ate at Corsino Cantina. My foodie bestie, SaraDish, and I popped in today and had the pleasure of dining al fresco. We love to people watch, especially on a gorgeous day. 😉  Since we both love Italian food, it was easy to decide on what to order: ricotta & honey bruschette (if I see this on a menu, I will always get it), prosciutto di parma & melon (a must have if you like sweet and savory), brisket meatballs (a no-brainer — I am obsessed with meatballs) and the whole wheat trofiette with summer squash & basil pesto (we weren’t sure how this whole wheat pasta would taste, but it was amazing! I would totally order this again… and again). Such a yummy meal — we will definitely be back!

Corsino Cantina: 637 Hudson Street (at Horatio Street)

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Ricotta & Honey Bruschette

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Prosciutto di Parma with Melon & Balsamico

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Whole Wheat Trofiette with Summer Squash, Basil Pesto, and Toasted Walnuts

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Brisket Meatballs, Tomato Gravy, Ricotta & Basil 

Corsino Cantina

Left Bank [happy hour]

Happy hour at Left Bank totally rocks. Narragansett beers for $4 and scrumptious eats for $20 (an app + a pasta or two small plates + an app). What a steal! We feasted on Chef Laurence’s amazing Mongolian fish dumplings and perfect spring pastas (Potato Gnocchi and Spaghetti al Limone). Love ya, Left Bank!

Left Bank: 117 Perry Street (at Greenwich Street)

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Mongolian Fish Dumplings with lemon and scallion

Spaghetti al Limone with garlic and grana

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Potato Gnocchi, fava beans, sunchokes, spring garlic & chili

Narragansett Beer

Left Bank [happy hour]

Monument Lane

So happy to be back at Monument Lane with a good buddy of mine who is also a big fan. We arrived in the late afternoon and started off at the bar with bourbon flights consisting of Bulleit, Cisco Nor’easter, and Jefferson’s. Good stuff. With our bourbon, we munched on crispy chick peas with red pepper flakes — one of the best bar snacks I’ve ever had! Before moving to a table for dinner, Chef Steve Dustin brought us down to the kitchen to check out an enormous 300+ pound pig that they had just received. The pig was so huge that it had to be cut in half in order to fit on the shelves in the walk-in refrigerator! Chef Steve and his team utilize every single part of the pig and come up with creatively tasty dishes in the process. Pretty awesome. Back in the dining room, we feasted on one delicious dish after another, beginning with roasted hazelnuts & black garlic purée, Brussels sprouts & Bosc pears, house smoked Catskills trout, escarole & black kale and heirloom carrot soup. That’s quite a few appetizers! We then enjoyed the golden tilefish with watermelon radish & lobster rosemary butter, spaetzle with brown butter & sage,  and the special of the night, steak tartare with pickled ramps, which was mixed table side by Chef Steve himself. Along the way, we washed all of this amazing food down with Capt. Lawrence Imperial IPA (a great recommendation from our server) and Bedell Cellars Gewurtztraminer (a treat from AGM Morgan — he’s the best)! A sweet and savory pumpkin cheesecake with graham cracker crust was the perfect end to this fantastic meal. Morgan joined us when we were done and introduced us to a local rye whiskey, McKenzie, which we both loved. Big thanks to Chef Steve, Morgan, and the amazing ML team for a phenomenal evening of good food, good drinks, and good company. Looking forward to the Barbecue Dinner Series coming this summer!

Monument Lane: 103 Greenwich Ave (between West 12th and Jane Street)

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Bourbon flight (Bulleit, Cisco Nor’easter, and Jefferson’s)

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Crispy chick peas with red pepper flakes

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Capt. Lawrence Imperial IPA

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Amuse Bouche: Roasted Hazelnuts with black garlic puree

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Brussels Sprouts with Bosc Pears

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House Smoked Catskills Trout wih lemon zest, fried shallots, watercress, pecans, and horseradish creme fraiche

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Escarole & Black Kale with soft egg, American grana, croutons, and garlic-anchovy dressing

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Special of the night: Steak Tartare with pickled ramps

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All mixed up! Steak Tartare with pickled ramps

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Heirloom Carrot Soup, ginger, roasted Fugi apples, and preserved Meyer lemon oil

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Bedell Cellars Gewurtztraminer

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Golden Tilefish, watermelon radish, green kale, cabbage, and lobster-rosemary butter

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Spaetzle with brown butter & sage

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with graham cracker crust & strawberry preserves

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Thanks, Morgan, for introducing us to this rye whiskey!

Monument Lane

Left Bank [happy hour]

I have been a big fan of Left Bank for a while, and they just gave me a reason to become an even bigger fan:  HAPPY HOUR! Every day from 5 – 7pm.  That’s right, every single day of the week. There’s lots of awesome specials, including 1/2 price wine and specialty cocktails and $2 beers (those prices make me happy). :)  If you start getting hungry after all that drinking, there’s a happy hour menu that gives you an app & a pasta or two small plates and an app for only $20.  Yes, please!  I enjoyed several cans of Narragansett (knowing it was only $2 made it taste even better) and shared the lobster puffs with champagne cream and strozzapretti with lamb sugo, caramelized onions, and pine nuts with my colleague. We threw in a chocolate brownie a la mode afterward just for fun.  Chef Laurence Edelman came by to say hello and brought us some of his amazing dumplings — Thank you so much, Chef! And thanks to our fabulous Louisiana bartender, Claiborne. We’ll be back again soon!

Left Bank: 117 Perry Street (at Greenwich Street)

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$2 cans of Narragansett 

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Lobster puffs with champagne cream

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Strozzapreti pasta with lamb sugo, caramelized onions, and pine nuts

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Chocolate brownie a la mode

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Thank you, Chef Laurence, for these delicious dumplings! Juicy pork & beef filling… Mmm mmm good. 

Left Bank [happy hour]

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

I’m really excited to be dining at One if By Land, Two if by Sea for the very first time! I have heard so much about this timeless New York staple and know that it is better than ever now that the Chef Colt Taylor is the executive chef. I had the pleasure of meeting and sampling Chef Colt’s delicious food at the James Beard House over the summer and at From Farm To Tray, a sustainable food benefit for Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen back in May. I was thrilled that Chef Colt was there tonight! We enjoyed a variety of incredible dishes, of which my favorites were the hamachi crudo, country pate, lobster bisque, and Loch Duarte salmon (with super crispy skin :)). What an incredible feast! And wasn’t over just yet. We must have sampled every dessert on the menu, all of which were creative and amazing. An enormous thank you to Chef Colt for such a magnificent meal!

One if by Land, Two if by Sea: 17 Barrow Street (between West 4th and 7th Avenue South)

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Hamachi crudo with winter radish, Korean chili flake, and citrus nuoc cham

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Roasted Heirloom Beet Salad, pecan streusel, rose water, and chèvre

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Country Pate, turnip, celery root, baguette

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Salsify Lobster Bisque with brown butter, cognac, and pumpkin seeds

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Loch Duart Salmon with crispy Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and shiitake vinaigrette

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Braised Snake River Farms Short Rib, flavors of pho, grits, watermelon radish

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Wild Boar Bolognese, watercress, maitake, castelmagno

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Bedell 2010 Musée

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Gianduja Spumoni, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, and sangria

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Citrus Meringue, yuzu creme, blood orange, and jasmine granita

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Tasting of Chocolate — varying degrees of cocoa

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Spiced Pumpkin Soufflé with cinnamon anglaise and bourbon molasses

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The main dining room

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View from the upstairs dining room

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

Monument Lane [lunch]

Stopped in at Monument Lane for lunch with a co-worker. It’s rare that we have the time to step out for a real meal, so this was quite a treat for us. I chose the soup & half entree combo for $15 — a great deal for both the quality and quantity of food served. I had one of the best soups of my life: celery root with chives and country bread croutons. It was creamy, silky, smooth, and incredibly flavorful. I couldn’t get enough! That was followed by a hearty portion of the pork schnitzel with braised kale, carrots, and parsnip mash. The pork was crispy and delicious and perfectly complemented by the tasty vegetables. My lunch companion ordered the burger, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Lunch at Monument Lane rocks!

Monument Lane: 103 Greenwich Ave (between West 12th and Jane Street)

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Celery root soup with chives and country bread croutons

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Heritage Pork Schnitzel, braised kale, heirloom baby carrots, parsnip mash, and spiced vinegar

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The dining room

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The bar

Monument Lane [lunch]

Monument Lane

So glad that I recently discovered Monument Lane, a casual neighborhood restaurant in the West Village. Executive Chef Steve Dustin uses fresh ingredients from local farmers who promote sustainable practices and is always creating new dishes, depending on what’s in season. Fun fact: ML is named after the road, Monument Lane, that existed back in the 1700’s & 1800’s, now known to us as Greenwich Avenue, where the restaurant is located. My dining companion and I sampled a few different alcoholic beverages, starting with a Bronx Brewery Pale Ale, a cask ale made especially for ML and served at room temperature (loved it) and ending with a couple glasses of bourbon and a white rum distilled in Brooklyn called Owney’s. We’re normally not rum fans, but Owney’s was super smooth and tasted great with nothing added to it except a single ice cube. For dinner, we enjoyed a variety of tasty dishes: honeycrisp apple salad with smoked trout mousse (amazing), corn risotto with bacon and mascarpone (our favorite dish of the night), crispy pork salad (my first time eating pig ear — it was delicious!), and the grilled half chicken and pan-roasted hake (both were incredibly fresh and flavorful). A big thank you to Morgan, the AGM, for all of his awesome recommendations and introducing us to Owney’s! Can’t wait to meet Chef Steve Dustin next time. :)

Monument Lane: 103 Greenwich Ave (between West 12th and Jane Street)

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Bronx Brewery Pale Ale (primed with caraway and crystal hops for Monument Lane)

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Honeycrisp apples, watercress, smoked trout mousse, pink peppercorn, shallots, and pecan vinaigrette

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New Jersey Corn Risotto, shiitakes, house bacon, mâché, mascarpone, and toasted pumpkin seeds

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Crispy Pork Salad, chopped farm egg, sliced pig ear, breakfast radish, and chili-lime vinaigrette

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Grilled Half Chicken, sweet corn, summer squash, treviso, and smoked tomato purée

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Pan-roasted Hake, lobster mushrooms, sugar snap peas, new crop apples, and heirloom carrot

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Bourbon Sarsaparilla Float with pistachio ice cream

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The dining room

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The dining room

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Owney’s white rum 

Monument Lane