October 28, 2012

ABC Kitchen (NYC)

We wanted one fancy meal in New York City that wasn't going to break our wallets and I suggested ABC Kitchen. Co-owned by acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (most famous for his 3 Michelin star eponymous restaurant Jean George), ABC Kitchen was awarded the Best New Restaurant of 2011 by the James Beard Foundation. Accolades aside, I was very much attracted by the beautiful space and elegant farm-to-table concept.
Everything here was extremely pretty and I particularly loved the beautiful plates!
Bread was served cold with some sea salt, olive oil, and pickled radishes. When we asked if we could have warm bread, the staff actually had it grilled for us!
 Jeremy and I shared pretzel dusted calamari ($14) as our appetizer, served with marinara and mustard aioli. I didn't think the calamari was amazing, but I did enjoy the mustard aioli quite a lot.
In comparison, my friends' housemade chicken and pork sausage ($15) was better received, and it was served over a delicious warm potato and whole grain mustard salad. I had a sample and really liked the salad.
One of the most impressive plate of food to arrive was undoubtedly the wood oven roasted maine lobster ($39) with oregano and lemon-chili vinaigrette. There was definitely a good amount of lobster!
Kasha and bowtie pasta with veal meatballs ($24). We didn't enjoy this one as much because of the sour taste. 
 Jeremy ordered spaghetti with squash blossoms and pistachio pesto ($24). For me, this was quite disappointing. I wanted to be wowed by the pistachio pesto, but it sadly didn't live up to my expectations. This was one dish that sounded a lot more delicious on paper than it was in actuality. 
Luckily, my own entrée- roast suckling pig ($34)- was a hit! Half the table ordered this as our main. The juicy suckling pig was topped with an incredible bacon marmalade, which added a pleasantly smokey sweetness that complemented the meat very well. I had no trouble finishing my plate at all. The side of grilled baby leeks were also quite tasty.
One friend also ordered a side of mashed potatoes with sea salt ($6) because he wasn't quite full. They must've put a pound of butter in the mashed potato, as it was superbly rich and smooth. To quote my friend, this was "the best $6 I've ever spent". I think he wants to come back and just eat two orders of this for dinner.
And finally it's dessert time! I'm never one to turn down dessert, so between two couples we sampled two desserts. Our choice was the salted caramel ice cream sundae ($13) with candied peanuts and popcorn, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. I love salted caramel anything, really, and in this sundae it was simply divine!
We also tried the strawberry honey shortcake ($11) strawberry sorbet, buttermilk lemon sorbet. The strawberry and lemon sorbet had a nice tartness, and I liked that the shortcake wasn't overly sweet. This was a great, lighter alternative to the decadent sundae.
On the balance, I was quite pleased with my dining experience at ABC Kitchen. Not every dish was amazing, but there were some pretty impressive food that made us very happy. Besides, the restaurant itself was so very lovely and beautiful that I could easily overlook some minor shortcomings. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area!
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  1. I hope they have a low sugar content. Ever since I got pregnant, I had this sugar-craving overdrive. It takes all will for me to stop myself.

  2. For someone who eats kosher, my friend finds it hard to stop the craving for these food. I would love to try these, but maybe after I take her to a kosher restaurant.



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