Well we officially live in NYC now and we're excited to share all the great food experiences we are sure to have. So without further ado, let's get started with two places we visited in the first week.
On our very first night in town we headed down the street to Sushi Samba which had been highly recommended to us. We started our Latin/Japanese fusion experience with the lime and sea salt edamame, then ordered a couple of the rolls they had on special. We accompanied our dinner with a couple of their virgin drinks which we requested de-virginized. All in all a great dining experience, especially if you are starting to get bored with traditional sushi.
Part of Tom Colicchio's Craft family of restaurants, 'wichcraft is more accessible financially (although still not cheap), but still prides itself on its use of simple, wholesome ingredients. They have locations all around town, but the one around the corner from us is currently the only location that serves dinner. We ducked in here one night after being attracted by their 'Patio Now Open' sign since it was one of the first nice, warm nights of spring. We were seated at a teeny table on a rather small and very dark outdoor space. Within a few moments we also realized that we were being dripped upon by God knows what. With encouragement from the diners next to us, we made the executive decision to move inside. From that point on our dining experience became quite pleasurable. We started with pear, gorgonzola, and walnut on grilled bread, moved on to a sweet potato au gratin style dish with ricotta, and finished with beef short ribs. I enjoyed the portion size of each small plate and to me they were well worth the price. As we were eating I remarked on how each dish encapsulated the spirit of "good" food- simple, fresh, high quality ingredients exquisitely paired and prepared well. It wasn't until later that I found the association between the Craft restaurants and found their mission statement. While we are going to try as many places as we can during our residence in The Big Apple, this is definitely a place we want to come back to.