Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hudson Eats is a Food Court

And that ain't bad. But it is a food court, and don't think it is something else.  When you think of food courts, you think of Ranch 1, Wendy's, Nathan's, Manchu Wok, and maybe, if you are lucky, a random Philly Cheesesteak spot. What you don't think of is every awesome artisanal food spot in Manhattan condensed to 1 location, each with its own outpost.

Head down to Brookfield Place.  And by head down, I could not be more literal. This building is in Battery Park City, by the Manhattan Sailing Club.  Take any subway, and you are still a 12 minute walk away. Already, this place seems like a hassle.  I think it will do well with a few downtown offices and the new opening of the 911 Memorial Museum, just 7 minutes away on foot.

When you walk in, you realize you are in a food court. Unlike Gotham West Market, which feels like a cafeteria, this definitely resembles a mall. The difference between a food court and a cafeteria may not seem like a real thing. A food court is a series of restaurants in one location, and you pick a place to get your food. A cafeteria feels more like a place where you would take a tray and grab a few things. Although each place at Gotham West Market has its own register, you do feel like a beer from one place, ramen from another, fries from a third, and coffee from a fourth make up your meal, whereas Hudson Eats feels like each person in a family grabs what they want and meets up at a table.

Scope it out.  All of the names are familiar.  You have Black Seed Bagels, which judging by my last post, you know I skipped.  Umami Burger is going to be a huge hit here, but was sadly closed the day I went, since I went on day 2 of this food court. Dos Toros Taqueria has a prominent spot, across from Skinny Pizza, a NJ pizza spot and Num Pang, the best banh mi sandwich in town. For basic sandwiches and salads, you will find Tartinery and Olives (not affiliated with Todd English's restaurant). And for your usual Seamless type restaurant, you can hit up Chop't or Dig Inn, the healthiest choices, which are not far from your treat of a Sprinkles cupcake.  Top it all off with a grilled cheese sandwich from Little Muenster, and you should not be lacking in choices.

We opted for Dos Toros Taqueria to start, and ordered a taco. Sadly, they were out. We got a quesadilla, which resembled the quesadilla I've had from their 13th street location. Their quesadilla is kind of a smaller burrito. I prefer my quesadilla's to be flat and cheesy, not plump.  But it still tasted good.

Next, we selected Skinny Pizza, on the strategy that it was one of the few places we could not find anywhere else in Manhattan.  A BBQ chicken pizza slice and mushroom slice later, and I had no regrets.  Both were pretty good. They may not stand out as great NYC pizza, but the price was right.

Is Hudson Eats a destination? If you have access to Union Square, you can hit up Dos Toros, Umami, and Num Pang without a problem (well, maybe a small wait at Umami).  It really makes sense if you are in the area, and want to enjoy water views!

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lavender Lake - Your Outdoor Destination

It's the summer, so we love to read about all of the best bars in the city. Lavender Lake takes the cake for outdoor fun in Brooklyn. Off the beaten path, perhaps, you take the F to Carroll Street and walk 10 minutes.  It is not far, but it is in the opposite direction of the rest of Carroll Gardens fun. This spot is a destination, with not much else around it to seek refuge in case of crowds.

Here is the trick.  This bar opens at 2 p.m.  If you arrive by 4 p.m. on a weekend, you are almost guaranteed a table in the backyard. With burgers, fries, and crispy brussels sprouts, the food will keep you there as you sip on $6 beers or $4 narragansetts, which is my cheap beer of choice.

You will get great service, fun crowds, and nothing at all douchey. In a year, this place will be overrun with vineyard vines jerks, so get it while you can.

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl

Friday, June 13, 2014

Black Seed Bagels - Not Jumping on that Bandwagon

Sorry to be contrary, but Black Seed Bagels just ain't my jam, or rather, cream cheese.  This new bagel shop opened in Nolita back in April, much to the city's excitement.  Finally, Montreal style bagels are coming to NY!  Wait, why do I care about that? I live in NY, so I probably want a NY style bagel. But I am open to new things, and change, and yada yada yada.  With a day of errands ahead, why not get a Montreal style bagel in my system?

The sun was shining. The birds were chirping. And there was NO line. I heard this place sports a long line, so I was happy to get right to the front.  They offer five different flavors of bagels, which is about 20 too few for me. Although I am an whole wheat everything girl at heart, I dabble in my bagel flavors. Sourdough bagels fulfill the fancy in me.  Salt bagels just scream unhealthy, and I scream hooray! Pumpernickel makes me feel like I am branching out. Sesame bagels with several sesame seeds rock my world. Multigrain makes me justify all the drinking I did the night before. Egg bagels are just flat out delicious and deserve more street cred. What is that - an onion bagel? Hey, I am down for offending people with my breath all day. Heck - put scallion cream cheese on that sucker.

Everything bagel won out over the very few choices at Black Seed, while my friend opted for sesame seed. If you go everything, you might as well throw in the towel and order scallion cream cheese.  My friend went for veggie cream cheese.  Each bagel was $1.50, with spreads coming in at $1.75.  Say hello to the $3.25 bagel, which is not uncommon in NYC.

We waited at least 10 minutes for this bagel. Clearly, they want you to have the freshest bagel imaginable.  They called my name, and I unwrapped my bagel with my teeth because I was starving. My first thought, and yes, that's what she said, is "wow this is small!"  Granted, every large bagel I eat puts me under for about 7 hours, but I like it that way. But maybe each small bite would be worth it.

My teeth started chomping at this bagel, and it was...slippery. This bagel came fresh out of the oven, so it was extremely hot, causing the cream cheese to be somewhat melty. This is NOT my jam.  My cream cheese should be like a deli meat - on the bagel, in a chunk.  A slight meltiness is sexy, but I shouldn't be licking cream cheese off of my fingers. That is not sexy.

Overall, I do not want this Montreal style bagel. It is too small. It is too hot. And it is no better than any other bagel, so why am I going out of my way to spend the same amount of money on a smaller, not tastier, bagel?

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Red Rooster

For some, life above 100th street is like leaving the island of Manhattan.  For others, it is their university, their home, and the source of great culture and beauty.  I have not ventured up their as often as I should, and Red Rooster gave me a reason to turn it around.

Red Rooster is Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant, who you probably know from the Food Network. This Southern comfort restaurant right off of the 2/3 train. If you are new to this neighborhood, I promise you won't get lost since you can see it as soon as you emerge from underground.

Armed with a reservation, and the desire to dine al fresco, we were seated at a table outside.  Moments after placing an order, the rain came down fast and furious. We were moved downstairs to the Supper Club, at a small sort of high-top table, with side by side chairs. It was more like a mini bar.  I was comfortable there, as was my friend Meghan, but I feel that some would not have enjoyed the arrangement. Considering the circumstances, I was pleased with the table. Beware folks - you may be able to dine al fresco at a restaurant, but you take on the risk of bad weather.

Preparation can be key when tackling a menu, and luckily, a co-worker had been the night before and coached me. She said that there is not a big distinction between the appetizer and entree sizes. This is also reflected in the prices, where a small app is $11 and a large app is $17, and a small entree is $19 and a large entree is $27. She told me to approach the menu by looking at what I really wanted, and be menu category agnostic.

Oysters & Wings take the top spot on the menu, as they should, since this combination is super delightful, obscure, and a match made in heaven.  The oysters are fried, and not quite as crunchy as I would like on the outside, but melt in your mouth good.  Wings are a food that I simply crave on a daily basis, as well as oysters.  Who knew I should combine them?

The other appetizers consist of a few salads (no thanks) and some bigger items like Chicken & Waffles, which is a perfect example of an appetizer that is more like an entree. We passed on the rest of the appetizers and opted to order 3 entrees.  Leftovers are always good, so why not go for the gold?

Yardbird is what people are talking about on Foursquare, so I ordered that obviously, and with a side of mashed potatoes, I was confident in its delightfulness. The Catfish, with cheddar grits, had Southern comfort written all over it, and became a must have for me.  Pasta may not call out to you at a Southern restaurant, but Oxtail Pappardelle combines two of my favorite things - Oxtail and Pappardelle.

They coursed it out, by bringing the Pappardelle and the Oysters & Wings first, followed by the Catfish and Yardbird.  The Oysters and Wings were a delight.  And the Pappardelle was perfect. With a great sauce, a nice chunk of bread, and meat, it was perfection.

Out came the Yardbird and Catfish.  Although tasty chicken and potatoes always win me over, I couldn't stop clawing at the Catfish, and spooning grits into my mouth over and over.

We couldn't eat all of the $80 worth of food we ordered, but it tasted great the next way.  I highly recommend this spot to kick back and take a trip uptown that takes you down South.

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

This is a large risotto ball

When you start down the arancini track, you never go back.  It's a fried risotto ball, and comes in all sorts of varieties.  Terroir sports several types, including beet risotto balls, one of my favorite dishes in the city (which is weird, since beets are not on the top of my tasty list).  

This particular arancini is from The Ritz Carlton in Aruba.  May not be accessible via subway, but its luscious looks should leave you wanting to hunt for the best arancini.  Sometimes, they come plated like above, as a full appetizer.  Other times, they are fried on the smaller side, so you can pop them in your mouth for fork-free risotto pleasure. 

Where do you go for delicious risotto balls?

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Away I go!

I am off to Aruba tomorrow for a week with my Mommy!  We usually go in January, but we postponed this year because my brother and his wife decided to have the most adorable, most fun, little (well actually, he's kind of big) baby boy in January. Literally, this baby has turned my world upside down.  I am so obsessed with him.  I watched this video of him sneezing maybe 10 times one day because it was so cute.  I've never known that many babies, so it is very new for me, and I can't believe how quickly I turned into someone who talks about bottle feeding and finds great enjoyment in putting together baby furniture.

I will be off the grid for the week, bar hopping through Aruba.  Yes, my Mom and I bar hop many nights. But we also have a reservation at a new spot, White Modern Cuisine, and we are re-visiting Carte Blanche, a 14 seat 5-course dinner that we went to 3 years ago.

Have a delicious week!
NYC Menu Girl

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mexico City Burger at El Toro Blanco

The Burger Brigade strikes again, this time at El Toro Blanco.  We headed downtown, from our Bryant Park office, to Houston and 6th avenue, to eat a $16 burger.  As we come up from the subway, the sun is shining, one of the first beautiful weekdays of spring.  Passing people walking their dogs, NYU students filming a project, and groups of school children on a trip, we finally arrive at El Toro Blanco, a restaurant with ample outdoor dining space.  It was just one of those Fridays that you just couldn't be happier to be alive, so adding a cheeseburger to it would definitely be the icing on the cake (the mustard on the hot dog? the hollandaise sauce on the eggs benedict?).  

We ordered 6 Mexico City Burgers, medium rare.  It is the only burger on the menu.  As part of Burger Brigade, we really like to try a restaurant burger.  A lot of restaurants offer one awesome burger, and we like to see just how awesome it is, as opposed to going to places that only serve burgers.  We mix it up though, and don't discriminate.

The server dropped our burgers and we all took our first bite.  We always take the first bite at the exact same time. Is that creepy?  I think it is adorable.  This burger ROCKED.  It is so juicy.  The pico de gallo is so great that you wonder why you haven't had it n all of your burgers.  And the chipotle dusted waffle fries are a great accompaniment.  They could have been cooked a little longer, but no biggie. I am big on fries, and I think these hit it out of the park because they really were a a match with the burger.  

I ate the whole thing and was full for approximately 9 and 1/2 hours.  My co-worker had to unbutton her pants in a meeting because she was so full.  Could a dainty lady split this burger with a friend? Definitely.

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl  

Monday, May 5, 2014

Riposo 46

Whenever someone starts a sentence with "I know this great place in Hell's Kitchen," I usually stop listening.  The thing is, there are so many great places in Hell's Kitchen, but I have to walk past the Times Square madness to get there, so it loses its appeal.

Last week, my mom asked me to join her at Riposo 46, pre-theater, on 46th and 9th.  I waded through the tourists on 42nd, and headed north on 9th avenue.  I passed some places I've been to before, and remembered how much I loved 9th avenue.  It has such a great stretch of bars and restaurants.

My mom was sitting in the window, starting on the wine.  I looked around this restaurant in half a second because it is very tiny.  It's a wine bar, with a few tables, and seating at the bar.  When we arrived at 5:30, it was relatively empty, and by 6:15, it was packed and you couldn't get a seat.

The menu consists of flatbreads, paninis, charcuterie, cheese, and small plates.  We ordered the asparagus and the mushroom flatbread.  It turns out that there was a special on the flatbreads and bottles of wine.  Sweet!

The asparagus app came out, and it was super tasty, covered with cheese.  The flatbread arrived a little bit later.  It was cooked perfectly, super tasty, and tasted great the next day when I had a leftover slice.

Basically, the menu at Riposo 46 is all I need in life.  Yes, I love awesomely unique plates with weird ingredients.  But most days of the week, I just want a tasty pizza, a cheese plate, a bottle of wine, and great company.

I highly recommend this if you are in the area.  But go early, or go when the shows start.  If you arrive right at 7 pm, you may be out of luck.

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Free Hot Dogs, Free Pretzels, Free Skeeball

Every Tuesday, you can get free hot dogs, free pretzels and play skeeball for free, at Full Circle Bar in Brooklyn.  The beers are $3 until 9 p.m.  The well drinks are $4.  I mean - don't you want to spend every Tuesday here?

I went a few Tuesdays ago, and had the best time.  I played skeeball by myself while I waited for my friend.  I had 2 vodka sodas, coming in at $10 with tip.  And I ordered a free hot dog.  Some people said - I bet that hot dog is gross and sketchy.  Well, I thought it tasted just like the hot dogs at the local ball park when I was kid.  Were those any good?  They weren't great, but they hit the hot dog spot. And when they are free, you leave your snootiness at the bar.

As we were leaving, trivia was starting!  Hanging out at Full Circle Bar is like going to the best warehouse loft apartment party ever - with free games, free food, and cheap drinks to boot.

I think I'm mad I told you this secret.

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl

Monday, April 21, 2014

Deal Alert: Celeste on the UWS is hellah cheap

My friend Caitlin recommended this Italian gem on the UWS, and seeing as she also recommended Italian gem Spasso in the West Village, I trusted her judgment 5000%.  The nerves set in though when I realized I would have 6 people attending a dinner at a restaurant with no reservations.  After reading several reviews, and this riveting article on Serious Eats, it's clear that Celeste has a following, and that showing up with 6 people on a Wednesday could present long waits.

Of course, I was proactive and called ahead. They said that I should come in early to put my name down, and that they for sure would not seat us until we were all there.  I trekked to the UWS to arrive at 6:30, to meet the guy I spoke with on the phone. I told him we planned to eat at 7:30. He said great - we will seat you when you are all here.

To pass the time, I went to The Tangled Vine, my favorite UWS wine bar. I want to live there. The people are great. The arancini balls cannot be beat, alongside tasty happy hour wine.   And the waiters are hot, so there's that.

At 7:30, I arrived back at Celeste, and 5 of 6 of us were there. We waited in a little corner, and my dear friend who was going to get us a table told us that once the 6th was there, they were going to bring in tables to the corner we were waiting in.  Yes, this place was already packed and no, they don't have a bar to wait at, they just have a corner.  But at least that corner fit 3 2-tops for us to sit at.

The 6th arrived just moments later and they brought in the tables. We opened the menu, and I started at the wine list.  Several bottles here are between $27 and $32.  For a girls night out, this is perfect.  Getting a $31 bottle of cabernet and a $28 bottle of sauvignon means that everyone is spending less that $10 on wine.  That price can't be beat.

As for the food, most of the pizzas, pastas, and starters, are between $11 and $14, another great price range.  We ordered 2 salads, an order of the mussels, 2 pizzas, and a pasta.  Everything was great. Much to my surprise, I would say the salad was really the best.  Very fresh, with great ingredients. The pizza was also delightful.  And the pasta was something I definitely wanted more of.

The bill came, and we each owed $34.  For 2 hours of fun, several plates of food, and two bottles of wine, we all left satisfied and happy.

If you want to check out Celeste, you better get there early, or else they will put you in the corner.

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I'll Have Half

The Bryant Park area is not the most food truck dense part of town. There are some good ones here and there, but not much to write home about (not that anyone writes home anymore).  The jewel by my office is Phil's Steaks, a philly cheesesteak truck.  My discovery of this tasty truck came when I asked a a co-worker if I could have one of his fries, a daily thing, and it was one of the best fries I had tasted in awhile. He said he got it from Phil's Steaks.  Intrigued, we setup a lunch date and headed to the truck.

Phil's Steaks has a variety of options, from cheese whiz, to provolone, veggie, and special. You can order a 6 inch or a 10 inch.  The provolone 6 inch is $7.95 and the 10 inch comes in at $9.95. Most people might think to order the 10 inch since it is really a better deal.  But the 6 inch may be the size you actually want, so even though it is slightly higher priced per inch, it is friendlier on the waist line.  

One friend ordered the 10 inch, and the other asked to split a 10 inch with me.  With fries on the side, it was definitely a big enough lunch.  Jay and I felt very full after fries and 5 inches of steak, and Mo felt like he needed someone to wheel him back to his desk after the 10 inch and fries.  What was great was that I knew I could go back by myself and get a 6 inch, just enough lunch.

The next day, I found myself at the new schnitzel place on my block, called Schnitz.  I ordered a $10 chicken schnitzel on a pretzel roll. When it came out, I thought, WOW, this is way more food than I want to eat.  I ate half, waited an hour, and ate the other half, and automatically regretted it. I should have saved the half for the next day.  What would be even more amazing though is if I could simply order half of the schnitzel sandwich.

My hunch says that a lot of places are not going to start offering half portions, although I think it could work in certain situations. At the steak truck, you are charging more than half price, so there is a financial profit there.  And people pay for self control. Of course, you could order a 10 inch and save half, but that requires your ability to say no to the second half, which is very, very challenging.

If you are looking for some ways to cut back on excess, and save some cash, just have half, and save the rest.

How much would you pay for self control?

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl

Monday, April 7, 2014

Little Prince French Onion Soup Burger

The latest adventure of the Burger Brigade took us to SoHo, to try Little Prince's French Onion Soup Burger.  At a whopping $18, expectations were high.  Previous visits of the Burger Brigade include Lafayette and The Marrow, two very premium Manhattan burgers.  The bar has been set quite high. 

Upon arrival, after a cab ride with some very strange music, we were seated in the very small dining room.  The waiter brought us the menus, but we barely accepted them, knowing that we wanted four burgers, medium rare.  

When the burgers arrived, the patty being held by a fancy english muffin, with a tasty set of fries on the side, we did a burger cheers with the buns and took our first bite.  Since it is a french onion soup burger, it had emmental cheese and caramelized onions.  I can't say the flavors exactly matched french onion soup, but they were definitely good.  The fries were extremely tasty, and I had no trouble taking them all down. 

This burger wasn't quite as good as the ones at The Marrow and Lafayette, but it was definitely very tasty, which I noticed by the fact that I was the first to finish.  I also think it didn't match in price, meaning that $14 would seem more appropriate.

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I Made That: Stuffed Squash

This post comes at a somewhat untimely moment, as we move into spring and our winter squashes will leave us behind.  But there is still some time!

Mark Bittman put a recipe for stuffed Butternut Squash in the Times, so I decided to give it a whirl. After chopping off the necks and slicing the Butternut Squash down the middle, I already knew I was in for a treat.  Once you hollow out the bases, you realize that you have a perfect base for stuffing. Before I even made the stuffing, I started dreaming of what I could stuff this with in the future.

I roasted the bases, and they came out perfectly.  You take the skin off, so you can eat the whole thing. The stuffing consisted of mushrooms, more squash, and the seeds.  It came out pretty nicely, but I would have love to add some cheese, bake it again, and have a cheesy dish.  Overall, they made for pretty satisfying lunch dishes.

Armed with inspiration, I started going to town on google, looking for more stuffed squash recipes. I came across one for stuffed acorn squash, a squash I became familiar with during a January cooking adventure. This recipe was slightly different because you do not remove the skin, and instead stuff it and eat out of the squash.  I was cooking dinner for my Mom, and thought I would give this a whirl.

Boy, was this dish easy.  After slicing the squash in half, I simply roasted it on both sides, once with oil and another time with butter and balsamic.  I made kale and pecans on the stovetop, which took very little time.  After stuffing the squash, I added some parmesan cheese and put it back in the oven. The flavors were great.  More importantly, the presentation was beautiful.  I would love to serve this to dinner guests in the future just because it's so beautiful.  Quinoa would make a great addition to this dish, if you wanted something a bit heartier.

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bill's Bar & Burger

My first trip to Bill's Bar & Burger was back in November 2009, over 4 years ago.  The burgers and fries were tasty, the atmosphere great, and all around, a positive experience.  I've returned a few times since, and it always leaves me satisfied.

Last year, my company hosted a 2 hour happy hour at the Bill's Bar and Burger near 30 Rock.  They passed trays of wine and beer, sliders, and a few other bites.  It was a good time, and we did not hesitate to book it for another party this year.

Upon walking in to the party, which was hosted in the basement space of Bill's, I was greeted by several servers, one of which had wine, another of which had beer, and a third of which had buffalo chicken bites.  With two choices of beer, I started with a pale ale, and quickly reached for the buffalo chicken bite. After taking a bite, I told the server that I intended to eat several of them, and that if he sees me, he should not hesitate to come my way.

After eating three buffalo chicken bites, a tray of mini corn dogs came out.  We devoured those, and grabbed more of the chicken bites for in between.  Then out came the tater tots.  I could eat these apps all night. I didn't have to though, because they were setting up a slider station, with chips, guac, and salsa. Although the food was good last year, the way this food was presented was perfect.  Having the sliders out as a permanent fixture meant eating one when needed, which came after the 4th beer.

As I mingled with co-workers, I saw some people drinking bottled beer.  Turns out that the passed beer is just an easy way to make sure everyone has a beer, but you could also go to the bar and order a beer, from a list of what seemed like 40-50 beers!  They had tons of beers on tap, and even more bottles.  I had an Allagash White, an Ommegang Witte, and a few more.

What really impressed me was the service.  There was at least 10 waiters to our 80 or so guests.  One guy was kneeling at the end of the table, chatting with us, and so a server brought him a chair.  And then the servers started taking drink orders. It was an open bar, and instead of expecting people to get their own beers, they were happy to get one for you at the bar.

The servers ended their night with a bang, by passing out milkshakes!  We had several.

If you are looking for a great place to host an event in Midtown, with awesome food, amazing hospitality

Monday, March 10, 2014

Union Square Greenmarket Revisited

I went to the Greenmarket on Saturday.  How could you not when it was 50 degrees outside?  It is so glorious when the first hint of Spring comes in March. You can feel the outdoor brunches, picnics at Central Park, and sundresses coming to you.  It's the beauty of the changing seasons.  As we wait for spring, people anticipate that rejuvenation they need.

I have the great pleasure of eating lunch with 6 or so co-workers everyday in the pantry.  We like to say that we eat like civilized people, at a table, and not at our desks. Some of us are a bit gourmand as well, so it's not quite as easy to eat your stuffed butternut squash at your desk. But as soon as it warms up, these lunches will move to Bryant Park. It changes the whole day.  It's refreshing, relaxing, and almost feels indulgent.

On that glorious Saturday, I was a little hungover, but I needed to get out of the house, so I went to the post office, Trader Joe's, and then strolled around the market. I wanted to make another kale salad. With the determination to become a better cook, I find that making the same recipe with different variations is really helping me learn.  It's committing the steps to memory.  And it's giving me the chance to learn from the mistakes of my first attempt and improve on them in the second attempt.  By the end of 2014, I may only have 10 recipes perfected, but at least I'll have a repertoire of dishes.

Pink lady apples called to me. The market has so many colorful fruits and vegetables that you can't find anywhere else. I found a different kind of purple potato, and thought that a green, pink, and purple salad sounded glorious. The best thing I bought though was a bottle of wine. As I was browsing, I saw a sign for Anthony Road Wine Co.  I visited this winery in the Finger Lakes back in November and it was fabulous.  They have stand at the market every Saturday.  I tasted a few wines and selected a Devonian white, which had been released just a few days prior.  How nice it was to leave Union Square with vegetables and wine!  It really can be a one stop shop.

With spring on the way, I imagine even more trips to the market.  I am excited for a seasonal market change, with new sources of cooking inspiration.

Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl