48 Hours in NYC

I love New York for two main reasons.  One, it keeps some of my favorite people on the planet, like my fashionista/foodie twin Steph, who drags me around the city in search of hummus, truffle omelettes, and cream-drenched chocolate cake (you heard me).  Two, it's the place where, at one o'clock in the morning, if you want a civilized glass of Madeira and a cheese plate, you may have it.  

You may then also sleep in the next day, walk to the east river and have cheap lobster for lunch because it's restaurant week.  You may also stop along the way for a cupcake the size of a hub cap.  Who knows.  It's New York.  Thus were the lazy, gluttonous, perfect two days I most recently spent in NYC.  Ah...


Brunch at AQUAGRILL, a seafood spot in the East Village.  Crab Cake Eggs Benedict.  Shut up.

A "dirty" cupcake from SWEET REVENGE, which we picked up to fuel us for our walk to Chelsea Market, where we were collecting supplies for dinner (homemade truffle & wild mushroom pappardelle).

Shopping at BUON ITALIA in Chelsea Market.

Our first stop at CASELLULA CHEESE & WINE CAFE.  This was my first experience with their ridiculous chocolate cake, over which fresh heavy cream is poured.  You don't even understand.

As if CASELLULA'S chocolate cream cake weren't enough, our Madeira and orange muscato were served with goat cheese chocolate truffles.  Did you hear me?  Goat cheese.  With chocolate in it.  I'm pretty sure Steph's trying to kill me.

The best thing about these two days was that they were unplanned.  Spontaneity really is the hallmark of a New York lifestyle, and often the wellspring of culinary magic.  (BTW — that's just a nice way of saying you can be a total pig and still feel good about it.)


Lunch at THE WATER CLUB on the east side.  Views only New York knows.

Lobster bisque.  I have no words.

Lemon garlic shrimp with lobster ravioli in a brown butter sage sauce.

The Lobster Lunch.  With lemon butter and truffled mashed potatoes.  Can you stand it?

Scallops with cauliflower and citrus salad.  Crazy good.  The best roasted cauliflower I've ever had.

Creme caramel and a classed-up rolo sort of dessert.  Both good.  The winner was the coffee gelato dessert, courtesy of the chef.  I would go back just for that.

The most important thing to understand about this picture is that this was my second trip here in only two days (CASELLULA again).  Do you see the remarkably decadent chocolate cake at the top of the picture?  And the little jug of cream next to it?  Yeah.  Next time I'm getting video of the server pouring the cream over this thing.  I nearly wept.


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