Thursday, September 24, 2009
When choosing my restaurant week restaurant this year I was very picky and considered a few options. Noble American Cookery stuck out because of their website to me, I'm all about aesthetics. It was simple and the food looked beautiful. I then happened upon chef Cameron's blog where i read " Local farms who practice sustainability...I want to emphasize and encourage their usage on the menu. Our resources are the heritage of the restaurant. I want to be responsible. I want to limit waste, recycle, support. This is American Cookery. This is Noble." I fell in love (i'm into being environmentally sustainable and conscious) and the restaurant luckily lived up to my expectations. We arrived and there was a bar sort of seating area attached to the front, adorable, and we were taken upstairs. When we looked up we saw the glass between the rafters and thought it would be a great location during the day to see the sun and sky right through the ceiling. Our server came to greet us right away and was attentive and friendly. After we ordered the bread man came over and gave us three selections of breads for us to choose from ( sourdough, baguette, and olive oil) we each chose a different one. Our appetizers arrived being; heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, garden chili in a 50 year sherry and a crab puff, roasted bluefoot mushrooms with kobocha, mizuna, dried tomato and a pumpkin vinaigrette, and arctic char(fish) with sliced garden vegetables and corn juice. For our main courses we had a pork chop with potato dumplings and a tomato preserve, roasted valley chicken over summer squash casserole, and pan-roasted wild east coast striped bass with purple potato salad and virgin sauce. For dessert we had strawberry shortcake on a lemon biscuit and champagne sabayon and a chocolate lava cake with peanut butter inside with a side of pb marshmellow and berry sauce. Everything was amazing, our server was attentive, my friends also had coffee which they said was good, the ambiance was great, not too loud, not too quiet, beautiful furniture. As a whole the experience was wonderful. My friend and I have a rule not to go to the same restaurant twice but I will definitely break that rule for Noble.
Posted by Victoria Peter at 12:33 PM
Friday, September 18, 2009
This little cafe caught my eye when I needed to kill some time in New York before I got on the subway. The Cosmopolitan Cafe was a small place that only took cash, adorable. Small tables, old style cash register, very nice and personal service. I ordered a turkey blt which was beautiful as you can see. Although it looked awesome the taste was so-so. On the negative side the bread was very tough and the avocados were not ripe. On the positive side the salad on the side was delicious as well as the lettuce used in the sandwich and the dressing on the salad. I would go again and try something else though the atmosphere was definitely the best part.
Seven friends and I just went to The Palm for restaurant week ($45 including tax and tip for an appetizer, entree and desert). In order starting the lobster bisque, chicken parmesan, with the linguine on top, fliet mignon, 16oz. NY strip steak, straws with cottage fries, salmon, crab cakes, and key lime pie. All of the portions were distastefully large, especially for a tasting promotion. Neither of my friends (who are big eaters) could finish their chicken parmesan. Except for the portions it was a good meal, the salmon was good and the crab cakes although a little wet were excellent. The chicken parmesan was nothing special, i was told the steak was amazing, and the lobster bisque was also very good. The key lime pie was hard to enjoy because it was so large but what i ate was good and unlike most of the key lime pies I have seen in the past. It was a good meal, nothing too special but worth the money.
I've been here before, we needed to get out of NYC quickly so i suggested Wendy's, my mother was appalled and we went to Pietrasanta and order two dishes and it was just the right amount of food, simply delicious and way way better than Wendy's. We ordered the Linguine Con Pollo and Fettuccine Di Spinaci Con Melanzane. The pictures were taken after the eating started because I was outside talking on the phoen when everyone started digging in.