I’ve got a giddy-little-school-girl-crush on New York City. Last week, we had a three day bi-coastal love affair, and now that I’m back to sucking up smog in LA, I’m craving just one…more…night…
Sure the trash-lined streets and stinky subways were irksome at times, but the late-night last calls (4 a.m. what!) and amazing eateries sure made up for lost ground.
That was for the best though: I was dressed to impress for my chance meeting with one of my chef-idols, Wylie Dufrense. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw him running wd~50’s kitchen (Aren’t celeb chefs supposed to be off jet setting, recording TV series or something?). Naturally, I coaxed the manager to let me sneak a peek into the kitchen and take a pic with him. I had too–the tasting menu at wd~50 deserved a handshake.
Each course of the tasting menu was a little guilty pleasure that tapped into childhood memories and sensory reflections of meals past. It was an experience that will be kept in the vault of my memory bank for years to come
Wylie’s wacky cuisine was the furthest away from classic we veered though. Some of the other ridiculously delicious NY goodies I sampled included Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin (phenomenal seafood), McSorley’s Old Ale House, Katz’s famous combo pastrami/corned beef reuben, Esse Bagel, Carnegie’s pastrami, and of course the ubiquitous dirty water dog.
Here are some shots of my favorite dishes. If you’re still hungry, check out my Flickr gallery of NY.