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Gordon Ramsay: Chef’s Table

The best dinner ever. A preview:

Nobu New York

Pooh and I had to give up our Perry Street reservations due to my calendar dyslexia, thinking a friend’s shower is on Saturday when it is actually on Sunday.  We were very sad about not enjoying another Restaurant Week meal before the promotion ended.  But, Pooh did some lurking on OpenTable.com yesterday and got us last-minute lunch reservations at Nobu!  Someone must have just canceled because they were all booked up.  He works in the FiDi and was able to escape for an hour (or two, hehe) to enjoy really good Japanese food.

We went to the original Nobu (on Hudson).  There are two other locations in NYC, Nobu Next Door and Nobu Fifty-Seventh.

Rock Shrimp Tempura with Creamy Spicy Sauce

Black Miso Cod
(I was so hungry, I took a bite of this and then realized I hadn’t yet taken a picture!)

Assorted Sushi

Soy Cheesecake with Pear Compote

Pooh’s coworker had advised him to get the Rock Shrimp Tempura and not the other appetizers.  Which were a sashimi salad and a mushroom salad.  I am usually adamant about ordering different things to try, but in this case the two other choices seemed pretty ordinary, so shrimp it was for both of us.  Out of the three entrée choices, I knew I wanted the Black Miso Cod, which is pretty well-known as a Nobu dish.  It would be a shame to eat at Nobu and not have the raw fish, so Pooh got the Assorted Sushi plate.  The other entrée we didn’t order was Beef with Anti-Cucho or Teriyaki Sauce.  Yeah, I have no idea what anti-cucho is.

I loved it all and am excited we got to knock another NYC dining institution off our list!!  As I was writing this post, I checked the pictures I took of the menu…wow, the Black Miso Cod is normally $25 alone!  Maybe the portion sizes are different when it’s not prix-fixe, but regardless, the 3-course $24.50 Restaurant Week Menu was a steal!

Serendipity in NYC

No, not Serendipity 3…or even the 2001 Cusack/Beckinsale flick (although that movie will always hold a special place in my heart because Beam dragged me out to see it with her the night before my LSATs, as a way to get my mind off of the test and just R-E-L-A-X).

ser⋅en⋅dip⋅i⋅ty
–noun
1. the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.

I stumbled across a folder of my photos from our fall trip to NY, and found this from the Guggenheim:

It makes me laugh because it was SO cold and rainy that day, and we were SO miserably hung over from a rousing night in K-town the night before. Apparently, Roo had taken the camera at some point on Friday and messed with the settings, so there is an entire series of photos that came out completely overexposed. It wasn’t until Saturday evening that I realized! The photo turned out pretty cool, though! Is it too late to claim it was done on purpose in pursuit of a great shot? Hey, WHY NOT!

Kittichai

Today, Pooh and I went on our first NY Restaurant Week excursion to Kittichai for lunch.  We think this may be our first time (ever!) participating in this twice-yearly event.  Located in the Thompson Hotel in Soho, Kittichai features Thai-Fusion cuisine in a warm, dark wood, fabric-draped setting.

Kittichai had been running a $20 prix-fixe brunch/lunch menu and today was the last day (it goes up to $24 tomorrow).  You could choose to do brunch, which featured 1 course and 2-hour unlimited cocktails (lychee bellini, mimosas and bloody marys) OR the 3-course lunch.  We both chose the lunch menu, and ordered all different items – all the better to try a bit of everything!

Make-Your-Own Drink:  Thai Iced Tea and Thai Iced Coffee, with mini carafes of cream and simple syrup

His:  “Meing” Style Salmon Tartare with Limestone Tartlet

Hers: Steamed Mussels in Sour Curry Broth

His: Crispy Catfish, Shanghai Shoots, Pickled Cucumber and Red Pepper

Hers: Braised Beef Brisket, Edamame & Celery Root Puree, Lemongrass Thai Bird Chili Jus

Ours: Coconut Tapioca Pearls, Passion Fruit Sorbet & Banana Spring Roll

I often have a case of “grass is greener on the other side” and will usually think that Pooh’s dishes are better than mine.  This time, I liked both apps but preferred his entree to mine.  The dessert though..I loved mine, though that was largely because it is one of those throw-back, nostalgic desserts for me.  It is actually a really simple homey concoction that would likely never be served in an upscale restuarant in Asia, but is “exotic” here in the States.   Hm, need to find recipe…

All in all, this yummy experience made us resolve to particpate in every NY Restaurant Week from now on.  When is the next one?

Why I Love Happy Hour

Reason 1: It turns a bad day into a tolerable one and helps shorten what feels like the longest-week-ever.

Reason 2:  It’s a good reason to visit Mad for Chicken.  Korean fried chicken and beers bring people together.  We bond.

[2 Blue Moons + 1 GreyGoose shot + 5 Chicken Wings = Happy Leeetz]

Reason 3: It makes you less shy about wandering the Korean super market looking for bottles of soju.  Then, asking various Korean people where else to find soju.   Why doesn’t H-Mart sell soju??  (PS – Go to Woorijip)

TGIHH.  Thank God It’s Happy Hour.