Weeks like this remind me of why I love New York. Far too often we get caught in our day-to-day routines, and forget the amazing places and friends here on our little island. More than ever, this holiday week gets crazy – buying gifts, planning trips, and in the restaurant industry, it’s one of the busiest weeks of the year. While we are all giving and receiving over the holidays, lets remember what we already have. Here’s a few of the reminders I found over the last few days:
– Greenwich Village
If you haven’t been to Warehouse Wines on Broadway & 8th, this is a must to check out. They buy direct, so the selection changes frequently, and there are often bargain finds (it’s somewhat the TJMaxx of wine). Since it’s on my walk to work, I check in pretty frequently. This week I found 2003 Bordeaux, by Chateau de Lamarque, priced at $10.99 (?!). Had to try it, and while probably in it’s last good year for drinking, it’s earthy, and leathery, with some fruit still hanging in there. Lots of people tend to think that lower priced Bordeaux must be garbage, but there is a growing scene for mid-level producers, making great wine, and looking to gain a market share in the States. Lets not forget why Bordeaux became so popular in the first place… the wines are awesome!
Stopped through this (somewhat crazy) neighborhood during my Christmas shopping to pick up one of these sesame balls. Warm, glutinous, sweet, and savory – totally worth a try if you never have. A favorite from my time in San Francisco, it was great to find a comparable version here!
Got invited by a good friend to stop by the pre-opening of Lobster & Burger – the first US location of this British group of restaurants. As assumed there is lobster, and burgers, …and that is all. An excellent concept, the bar program is strong, the food is delish and fast, and as we found out , the case of giant lobsters is a huge hit (as we found out ourselves, after 20 mins of staring at it). Kudos to the team here, things are looking good.