Hello! So it doesn’t look like I’ll be cooking particularly frequently this summer. It’s hot…cooking just adds to the heat. But I’m more than happy to go dine in air conditioned restaurants, and over the past couple of weeks, I’ve revisited a few places I loved the first couple of times around.
1 – Otto: I took my family here post-graduation ceremony (during which I was drenched and from which I caught a cold…), convinced that Michelle would love it here. Sadly, everything was over salted, poorly presented, and just not nearly as good as I remembered it… I also found it funny how the waitress immediately removed the wine glasses from me and my sister…
One Fifth Ave.
2 – Peasant: My first time at Peasant, I loved the rabbit gnocchi but hated the pretentious Italian-only menu that needed to be translated by the waitress. The second time around … I was super excited to come again as I had become a huge fan of Jonathan Waxman (owner) while following this season’s Top Chef Masters. I liked Dan’s smokey pork dish a lot but my rabbit gnocchi didn’t live up to my memories. But on the plus side, we got a nice view of the wood burning oven, and they finally decided to provide translations on the menu.
194 Elizabeth St.
3 – Spice Market: Of the three, this restaurant fared best in my book. Rather than order apps and two entrees, we decided to order a bunch of appetizers and one entree for my bday. I loved the coconut tea and appetizers (minus the lobster roll) but I found the short rib entree to be “meh…Alex can make better at home”. The chicken samosas though were particularly outstanding as were the beef skewers and the wings! I’ll definitely be back…maybe next year during Malaysian Restaurant Week (apparently, yes there is such a thing – June 14-20 2010).
403 W. 13th St.