NYC {july} Summer Dining

2010/09/16 § Leave a comment

Here is the second installment of my summer dining adventures…

ABC Kitchen at ABC Carpet & Home.

Photo from starchefs.com

I’m dreaming of a country house like ABC Kitchen.  With its magical, twinkling lights.  Clean, white lines.  Wildflowers.  Oh, the food?  Yes, it’s  in-season, local fare.  Fresh and absolutely delightful wood-fired fiddlehead ferns, pretzel-dusted calamari, fluke with grapefruit and cavatelli with snap peas.  Rhubarb crumble that taste of flowers and peanut and salted-caramel ice cream with caramel popcorn (which was complimentary as we were not originally seated where we wanted to be).

Photo from starchefs.com

Whether for lunch or dinner and even tea, this was certainly a favorite summer dining destination.

LANDMARC at the Time Warner Center.

This was my go-to place for brunch, late lunch or early dinner when living at the Upper West Side, especially when most other restaurants are closed in between lunch and dinner.  A favorite is the Salade Nicoise.  The tuna is always perfectly seared and the greens, haricot vert, eggs, olives and anchovies give it just the right balance of flavor and freshness that I like in a salad.  Roasted bone marrow with country bread paired with mimosas is a decadent brunch course.  Steamed mussels is a treat any time of the day.  Went back with a friend for very late lunch and enjoyed the salade, the mussels  and grilled chicken ciabatta with roasted peppers, smoked mozzarella and caramelized onions.  I also love the caramel giveaways….try to hoard as much as you can when you get the chance.

iCi at Dekalb Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

The iCi summer garden is a cool, shady haven on warm days. Seem to have brought every single visiting friend here as it’s always the perfect spot  for slow, leisurely dining.  It is never  too cramped or too noisy.  One hears birds chirp and leaves rustle. Early weekend mornings, in fact, are rather quiet and I feel as if am in my own backyard garden (if I only had one).  But even if I had my own backyard garden, probably would still frequent iCi for their crusty, flaky, melt-in-the mouth croissants/pain au chocolat, poached eggs with anson mill’s grits and truffle dressing and the thick slabs of bacon.

LOCANDA VERDE in Tribeca

The “green inn” has that perfect combination of warm, dark wood, lots of  light, great, lofty ceilings, and gleaming industrial accents making it both rustic and shiny.  It’s a wonderful place  for brunch especially later in the day when it isn’t so full and bustling anymore.  I’m sure there are other really good items in the menu but might never get to try them as  am truly addicted to the sheep’s milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast. It’s absolutely divine.  End up ordering it everytime I go and either “scampi and grits” or the uovo modenese, which just rounds up a perfect meal with coffee and Bloody Mary Della Casa.

SHO Shaun Hergatt at the Setai

Photo courtesy of bjoku.com

Everything we had here was sublime.  Carpaccio of Black Angus Beef  with Fried Capers and Ginger Vinaigrette.  Crispy Skin Amadai with Edamame Puree and Pickled Daikon.  Peach Tarte Tatin with Mascarpone Ice Cream and Pistachio Crumble.  All perfectly prepared and beautifully presented.  We were seated near the glass-enclosed kitchen where we can see the chefs working meticulously.  The place was modern but with asian touches and had an impressive wall-to-ceiling glass corridor filled with wine bottles.  This is the first on my list of restaurants to visit again when back from long trip.


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