A is for Amazing...
B is for Breathtaking...
C is for Culinary Masterpiece...
Going out to dinner used to be a frequent indulgence for my husband and I. Since having our daughter almost three years ago, we don't get the opportunity to go out as much as we would like, and we keep our special "alone" dinners reserved for our birthdays and our anniversary. This year, for our 4th wedding anniversary, we decided to try a restaurant that had long been on my list of places I wanted to go: Michelin-star Chef Jean George Vongerichten's ABC Kitchen in NYC's Union Square.
As a Health Coach, I love a restaurant that boasts a "seasonal menu, that is locally focused and globally artistic, and cultivating a healthy relationship on our tables for the planet." Reading a description like that makes me almost as happy as hearing the words "free shoes"! ABC Kitchen is located inside of the ABC Carpet & Home Store on 18th Street, and the lovely white-washed wood interior intrigues the dining guests as to what wonders can be found inside the store.
Shopping aside, it's the food that nearly brought me to tears. I can't believe I waited for my anniversary to finally go to this extraordinary restaurant. We started out with glasses of cold, crisp prosecco and debated over the menu like two wild animals, finding it so hard to choose because we wanted...well, everything.
Choosing a bottle of delicious sauvignon blanc was the easy part! After much deliberation we decided to share a variety of different plates. We started with the homemade ricotta with strawberry compote with grilled bread, and then the pretzel-dusted calamari, with marinara and mustard aioli. I would eat that homemade ricotta everyday and never get bored. And being self-proclaimed "pizza fanatics," we had to order the grilled pizza of tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil, and were thrilled at the thin, crisp slices we couldn't help but swoon over. We then split an entree, which knocked the socks off of us - the black sea bass with chillies and herbs, baby market potatoes and spinach. We finished up with the infamous sundae of salted caramel ice cream with candied peanuts & popcorn, whipped cream and chocolate sauce, and just drooled over the lusciousness of the dish.
I died and went to food coma heaven.
I mean it. I couldn't even move after we finished dessert, I was so full on a physical and mental level. My happiness was bursting out of me the way I was busting out of my pants...! So while it was super indulgent, I felt so good about eating food that is local and organic and prepared with the consciousness of the diner and the environment in mind. It was a luxurious, mind-blowing experience that I look forward to enjoying again...and before my next anniversary, that's for sure!
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