Eating Well in New York

South Pacific

So far our vacation has been fantastic. Seth and I are back on Long Island now, after spending the weekend in New York City.

Friday night we went to Chef Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin. It was delicious beyond words. I don't remember what Seth ordered but I had:

First course: Six oysters on the half shell
Second course: Zucchini blossoms stuffed with peekytoe crab, in a black truffle sauce
Third course: Surf and turf: tuna and kobe beef and kimchi, with a lemon brown butter emulsion
Fourth course: Cheese plate (six different cheeses)

After dinner we saw South Pacific, which was everything I imagined it would be. It was funny and heartwarming and joyous. If you are planning to visit New York anytime soon, don't miss this show.

Seth buying drinks before the show

The next day we slept in (12 hours!) and hung out and walked a lot and ate at Zarela, a Mexican restaurant in midtown. I was really looking forward to eating there and it was good, but not as good as I hoped.

I was disappointed to learn that they don't cook everything in lard. The tortillas are made with lard and the beans have lard, and some of the desserts.

But sadly, everything is fried in vegetable oil. Including the chips.

That said, I was bold enough to order the calf's liver — and I'm glad I did.

Hígado Encebollado – Pan fried liver marinated in pickled jalapeño juice and Worcestershire sauce. Served with onions and bacon.

I absolutely loved this. And honestly, I did not think I would. But it was really really good! I want to learn how to make it at home. I promise I will post the recipe when I do.

The next day we ate lunch at John's Pizzeria on Bleeker Street. Best pizza in Manhattan, in my opinion. Mainly due to their wood-burning oven. You just can't do a crust like that without that oven.

That night we met friends at a little bistro in the Village called Lucien. I had the duck liver pate (mmm — more liver!) and a fabulous plate of duck: magret and confit of duck on a bed of spinach, figs, and turnips. Plus a cheese plate.

We also went outlet shopping on Long Island. I am actually going to be able to finally put my maternity clothes away. I'm not back to my pre-pregnancy size, but you know what — who cares? I'm planning on getting pregnant again in the next year or so anyway so I might as well just be happy as I am for the time being.

After shopping, we went out and I had a giant plate full of lobster and mussels — it was fantastic!

Oh, and here's the roast pastured chicken Seth's mom made us the first night we were here:


Doesn't that look fabulous? It was so good! Tonight she grilled some grass-fed steaks outside. They were terrific. We also made chocolate ice cream one night.

We are eating so well and getting lots of rest. And Kate's walking up a storm. Oh and we've been playing a lot of Upwords. I love that game!

I think we're going swimming tomorrow. And we're going to play Wii Fit.

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3 thoughts on “Eating Well in New York

  1. I’m glad you all had a good time. Thanks in advance for the Hígado Encebollado recipe. I would like to know how to make that. And congratulations on sleeping in for 12 hours! That sounds heavenly.

  2. I am up late trolling through the archives looking at food and thoughts past…I wonder if you get posts if they are tacked to OLD blogs? If you get this one and you get to NY again…google Bone Marrow at the Blue Ribbon…this place is open at three in the am and later….and is THE spot it seems for some amazing version of marrow bones served with brioche and a french-type sauce…bloggers raved about it, and my friend has been there. “If you like that sort of thing…well, yes it probably is the very best in NY. And it is reasonably priced too.” Seems TOTALLY like something you two would like….Chow Ciao. Di

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