Our last weekend as residents of New York City – the past two years went by so fast and we’re going to miss so much, but we also can’t wait to get back “home.” We’ve had so many homes over the past five years – but our house in Somerville really is where we feel at home most. I wish we could take all our friends (and our favorite restaurants) in NY with us, but our friends will always have a place to visit in Boston and we’ll be back to visit as much as we can.
Work Friday night was fun – and a late one. I got a lot of advice and tips for success that I will remember for a long time. Saturday, Jason and I headed into the city to run errands. We headed uptown to some shops and then down to SoHo to Sur La Table and one of Jason’s favorite stores, Jeremy Argyle. We then walked around Union Square looking for artwork for our house – no luck though. Saturday night, Jason and I met up with one of his colleagues and had dinner at Tribeca Grill. We were all pretty hungry by then and had an amazing meal. We started dinner with a few appetizers, including the charcuterie plate, braised short rib pierogi, and jumbo lump crab cake with creamed corn. It was such a great start to our meal. For dinner, I had the monkfish, which was served with lobster and shrimp raviolini, tomato confit and artichokes. It was sweet and buttery and delicious! We had a great night.
On Sunday, I had brunch at Locanda Verde with my friends Jennie and Taryn. We started the morning off with cocktails (what else do you do at brunch!?). We all had the citronata, made with aperol, lillet and aranciata. YUM – so refreshing!
While waiting for our table, we had the Pastry Misti Del Giorno which included olive oil coffee cake, a bacon polenta scone and a blueberry buttermilk doughnut We also had an order of sheep’s milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast. Every table gets a plate of rosemary focaccia too – we were on carb overload, but loved every second of it!
We each ordered something different for brunch. I had the Wood-Fired Uova Al Forno, with corona beans, mozzarella and black tuscan kale. It was lava hot fresh from the oven and had cheese melted on top. I would love to try and recreate this at home.
Jennie had the Zucchini Frittata with roasted tomato, goat cheese and basil.
Taryn had the Soft Scrambled Farm Egg Crostino with leeks, mushrooms and speck. The eggs were cooked exactly how I would make them – it looked delicious.
Brunch was great – if you’re ever looking for a great place with a fun atmosphere, fantastic drinks and food, try Locanda Verde.
After brunch, Jason met us in town and we did some browsing at one of my favorite stores, Anthropologie! I need a dress for a wedding later this month and they have great dresses. I didn’t find anything yesterday, but I’m going to check out some other stores. Jason and I left Anthropologie and walked around the Flatiron and Grammercy neighborhoods, ending up at Friend of a Farmer restaurant. It was like being inside someone’s country home – and was busy with brunchers. It was so hot out, we ordered a couple of cocktails. I had the Lychee Lemonade and Jason had the Pear and St. Germain Lemonade.
In the spirit of eating out, Jason and I went to our favorite restaurant in Williamsburg for dinner Sunday night, Miranda – we also have no food and all my cookware is packed up! I’ve written about Miranda before – chef Sasha does Italian Latin fusion at its best. We love the atmosphere, the people and of course, the food. We started with Grilled Baby Octopus served over an arugula, avocado and cucumber salad, and the day’s ceviche special, made with bay scallops, shrimp, mango and lime!
The pasta is amazing and all homemade. For dinner, Jason had the garganelli with peas, longaniza and fresh mozzarella. I had the grilled skirt steak with shallot agrodolce (“sour sweet”) and roasted fingerling potatoes and carrots. Both dishes were amazing and the service, as always, was great. Our server suggested a dry rose that went beautifully with both dishes. For dessert, we split the special, a black plum and nectarine upside down cake with vanilla gelato!
Finally, to top off our weekend, we met friends Tim and Michael at Viva El Toro in Williamsburg for a nightcap before heading home. It was so nice to see them and catch up before heading back to Boston.
It was such a perfect weekend, filled with good friends, great weather and excellent food! Today and the next couple of days will be spent packing and moving back to Boston!