personal best = nyc

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hey hey,

it’s been a whirlwind week here in the apple….but i’m surviving! (sort of)

weather wise, a impromptu lightning storm kicked off my week, and endless gray skies convinced me i was really in the san francisco bay.

work wise, my first work trip with the g-a-p was thrilling and overwhelming down to the minute. working on the holiday season is always a sensory overload…..and add a new job and brand into the mix and wow! what a terrific ride….

food wise, since my brain was zapped after looong work days, i defaulted to a handful of my reliable, fun faves. and my wonderful girlfriend, J suggested i recap my nyc foodie adventures, so this post is dedicated to her!

cool & comfy atmosphere and classic mouth watering menus, here are a couple of my “personal bests” i visited this week and ones i constantly crave.

brass ring – keith mcnally’s balthazar

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with my hotel around the bend, it’s hard for me not to eat here every day. i’m a sucker for brasseries, and balthazar is the one for me in nyc.

my classics?
savory french onion soup,
perfectly prepared steak tartare,
a bar steak & bernaise sauce from heaven,
profiteroles & warm chocolate sauce that defines bliss,
and a blueberry ginger champagne cocktail to sip throughout the night.

and that’s just for dinner! i am also in love with their brunch….an all time best.

rebirth of cool – freeman’s

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this hidden gem has sparkled for me since it opened its doors in 2004. retro champagne glasses, majestic taxidermy and a backdrop of downtown cool kids make it superfresh. and the food? devils on horseback, truffled mashed potatoes, golden crisp roast chicken and so much more.

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noodle stories – momofuku & ippudo

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i’ve had a love affair with noodles since i was a little peanut, which explains my weekly craving and consumption of noodles in all shapes and sizes.

ramen noodles are my favorite by a mile, and exceptional ramen houses are virtually non existent outside of japan.

except when momofuku’s talented young asian chef infuses the best organic ingredients into his ramen.

and when ippudo, a famous japanese ramen house, sets up post in the east village! woo!
it may be pricey for a bowl of ramen, but it’s much cheaper than a flight to tokyo 🙂

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stay tuned for more….

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