Monday, June 23, 2008

New York City

This is a VERY delayed post on my trip to NYC, work has been N-U-T-S.

So - NYC was wonderful... I carried around my list of GF restaurants but for some reason we were constantly running late, that we couldn't make it to any of the places! Bummer, but that's OK. We made a real effort to get to Babycakes, but it was just too far away from where we were, and we were going to see a movie while it rained.

We DID eat at Babbo though.... It was a beautiful restaurant, good service, wonderful wine, great company of course, the food? Eh. 

So disappointing.... And we were SO excited to eat there. 

To begin, we got there late. It was raining, taxi's were very hard to come by so we didn't get there until about 10:30 - the maitre d' gave us a disapproving look - but we were able to sit & eat at the bar which was fine. Oh, and we didn't have a reservation, we called two months ago and couldn't get one, but they let us know there were tables available.

We spoke with the sommelier & picked out a very delicious Schioppetino from Italy, and kept perusing the menu. I had heard that Mario Battali keeps gluten free pasta at all of his restaurants, so I was looking forward to ordering pasta for a change! I spoke with our server about getting gluten free pasta and he thought it was not a good idea, said the sauce didn't work as well with the GF pasta, and that I should really try something else that was naturally GF to really get the full experience.

I heard what he was sayin' - I checked things out, but I kept thinking it would be nice to get a pasta... I brought it up again, and he said, again, that he didn't think I should get it.  Sort of strange right? Well, I was in a good mood, and happy to be at Babbo, and didn't feel like arguing, so I just got a fish dish for my main course, and a sampling of cured meats for my entree. I also shared a bit of grilled artichoke with my friends.

Here's the deal. The grilled artichoke was the best thing I tasted, and it was just rubbed in some olive oil. My plate of meats & olives was OK. The salumi was great -- there was also tongue, which I tried and didn't really like, there was thin sliced lard which was just weird & not tasty -- and I figured I couldn't go wrong with the marinated olives... but sadly, they did not taste good, and something was wrong with them because they were rock solid.

My main dish was a fish with some tomatoes on top - totally forgettable. I can't even remember what kind of fish it was. It was also tiny & didn't have anything with it, and cost about $40.

Dessert though, now that was yummy -- we got an assortment of sorbets & gelatos:
sorry for the terrible pic, but I took it with my phone...

Anyway - it was too bad. I didn't let it ruin my night, and we didn't discuss that we weren't lovin' it until the next day. I feel like if I HAD gotten the pasta I would have been happier, since it's such a treat to eat pasta out, even it tasted bad I would have liked the fact that I ordered it. 
The bill was really the kicker - you don't even want to know how much money a dinner for 3 is there. Yowzah.

So -- next trip my goal is to get GF pizza....


m.Ismail said...

nice article. daily living is never old. everybody will love it to know more about other xperience. especially food... hmmmm yummmy..

Jenny said...

I heard of this place called Flatbread Pizza and the closest one to us is in Bedford, MA. I met a girl a couple weeks ago that told me they serve GF Pizza. (her Dad has Celiac) I emailed them on the 17th but have not received a response. It would be a bit of a drive but totally worth it, if I could ever get an answer! May be better to just call them and find out.

Allie said...

How far is Bedford? If it's not too far, I say we go!

Julia said...

Hi Jenny and Allie!

Funny to hear this since I am going to Flatbread tonight. I had heard about it and someone confirmed the gf pizza for me so I am trying it out. Bedford is about 30-40 min from Boston. I will give you girls the full report tomorrow!

Hope all is well!

Allie said...

thanks Julia! Can't wait to hear all about it!

sadly, i'm craving pizza and I JUST ate lunch.....

Jenny said...

Hey Julia! Let us know how it is!! If it's good Allie we will definitely go!