We started with quite a meal at Daniel—Daniel Boulud’s flagship that was recently re-appraised with yet another four star rating in the New York Times. In fact, Frank Bruni’s review surely offers far more thorough description than I can offer—so I refer you to the January 21st NYT review. We spent over four hours with a six-course tasting menu (to which was added a truffle course and a cheese course, as well as wine-pairings). Everything was perfect. (Although…the
For Saturday, while I spent a full day and night on call at the hospital, Ashley did an amazing job arranging a tour of Brooklyn—her own little grey line-esque route. We reserved a Volvo zip car, which Ashley skillfully guided through Manhattan, across the Brooklyn bridge, and in and about Brooklyn after brunch at Public in NoLiTa. She came fully armed with a packet full of information about the neighborhoods that we frequently walk though: DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Park Slope, and Red Hook. Along with some stops to take in the views or read a little borough history, she brought them to Jacques Torres for some very rich hot chocolate, to Fairway Market to pick out provisions for dinner and sample the lobster roll, and to Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies to pick up dessert. Unfortunately, the trip was poorly photo-documented so the memories of those involved will have to suffice. When they returned to our apartment that night, the three of them got down to business, turning out delicious pizzas from
On Sunday, when I wasn’t on call, we all had a lovely time visiting some excellent restaurants and taking in a Broadway show. After breakfast at Balthazar and gelato at Grom, we saw Billy Elliot at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. It did not disappoint. Though both Ashley and I have grown up loving musicals, recently those which
After the play, we went to dinner at Five Points, one of our favorite seasonal restaurants in lower Manhattan. Ashley’s elementary school cohort, Shana, and her husband, Jason, took us when we first moved to the city and it has always provided great food and atmosphere. Everything was delicious.
All in all, an excellent visit and were so glad they could come!