On Friday Rachel and I went to New York City for the day. We spend the day eating and drinking our way through the East Village and ended with dinner at Les Halles.
We first went to Chelsea Market to explore and have lunch. We both love Tom Yam soup so we were excited to have some at Chelsea Thai. It was delicious, full of shrimp and mushrooms! Later in the day we went to McSorley’s Old Ale House, the oldest saloon in New York City and you can tell by the decor. The walls are covered with pictures and saw dust covers the floor. They only serve two types of beer here; light or dark. And they give you 2 beers per order (and only $5 per order!) They were both good, but I preferred the dark. We then went to Blockheads for bulldogs! A Bulldog is a frozen margarita with an extra shot of tequila and a baby corona on top! It was dangerous, but gave us our second wind!
After Chelsea Market we went to Magnolia Bakery. Everything looked delicious, the cupcakes were mouthwatering, but we decided to try the red velvet cheesecake. OMG it is seriously the best dessert I’ve had in a long time! Even better than the peanut butter dessert from the night before! I will be recreating that cheesecake very soon!
While we were walking through the East Village I was talking to Rach about how great it was that Brad Goreski had joined the Kate Spade team. Look what we ran into at the same moment! The Kate Spade Bus! The bus is a pop-up store as well as a stage for the Vivian Girls.
After a little shopping we went to Les Halles for dinner I started off with the signature Les Halles cocktail which had champagne, St Germaine and soda with a lemon twist. I love St Germain, which is an elderberry liquor which goes well with champagne. I was excited to see it on the menu.
We had originally made reservations with the intent on having their restaurant week menu, but after taking a gander at the main menu, we ditched that idea real quick.
We started with Portuguese Mussels with chorizo and Escargots in garlic butter. They were delicious, especially their sauces, excellent for dipping your bread in!
I had the the Steak au poivre with Frites. It was peppery and tender! Rachel had the Magret de Canard, sauce grenade , which was a roasted duck breast with a rich pomegranate sauce, turnip & potato gratin. The duck was tender and the gratin was rich and this dish made me love duck even more. I had only had duck previously in Asian dishes so I enjoyed the French preparation. After we finished our bottle of wine I thought I couldn’t eat another bite, but then we were shown the dessert menu. We finished our meal with Creme Brûlée and coffee.
We had a great day in NYC and we were lucky to have such great weather!