Learning My ABC’s

lunch - restaurant - salads - travel

When I lived in New York City, I spent 80% of my time in Union Square. And whenever I think 14th Street, ABC Carpet and Home comes to mind.

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This home furnishing store has been around since 1897. I’ve never actually bought anything there (it’s crazy $$$) but I always liked walking around for inspiration

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In 2010, Chef Jean-Georges opened ABC Kitchen in the back of the store. It was crowned Best New Restaurant of 2011 by the James Beard Foundation

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Understandably, reservations for a place like this can be really tough. But I managed to snag one for noon today!

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There is a special lunch prix menu, but neither of us were hungry enough to order from it

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I went with a salad of Roasted Beets, Housemade Yogurt

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Abe ordered a pizza – the most expensive one on the menu…

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…listed as “mushrooms, parmesan, oregano with a farm egg”…

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…but there were definitely a lot of other things going on in there. I asked the waitress, and she told me there was a garlic olive oil base, with fontina cheese.

Uh…why leave that info off the menu (it’s more important than “oregano”)?!? I know people who are allergic to garlic, and dislike fontina. Luckily, neither Abe nor I are one of them – this was one of the best pizzas we’ve ever eaten and worth every penny!

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The crust gets kinda soggy and must be eaten with a fork and knife

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Abe gave me a whole 1/4 of his pie in exchange for a few veggies

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My salad was small but packed a punch…

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…who knew yogurt, olive oil, and beets were soul mates?!?

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Used three pieces of bread to sop up the remaining sauce (there was a lot left)

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More pink in the sip I took from Abe’s Cherry Citrus Soda. That was worth the price tag ($5) as well.

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We spent the next hour walking off our meal! Crossed the next item off my tourist to-do list:

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The High Line is a public park opened in June of 2009. It runs along the West Side between 10th and 11th Avenues, from The Meatpacking District all the way to West 34th Street.

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Tons of places to sit and chill:

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Would be lovely to grab a snack from nearby Chelsea Market, eat and watch traffic here. Unfortunately, that will have to wait. There’s not enough time/room in my belly this trip!

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  • http://ehomnick.wordpress.com Emily

    You’re going to all my favorite places in this city! ABC is so fun. I’ve never eaten there, but have spent much time ogling $120 bath towels.

  • http://www.therunawaymama.blogspot.com Jen

    I always loved walking through ABC. You’re blog and pics make me want to get back to NYC ASAP!

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      girl – it is SUCH a different city from when we lived here. the zen palate is now a TGI FRIDAYS!!!!

  • http://lowandbhold.wordpress.com lowandbhold

    I love beets so much. Looks great!

  • AshinMT

    Ahhh! I saw that park in the National Geographic a while ago and have been wanting to visit it since! Looks amazing and what a too cool for school way to utilize the old interstate (i think it was a interstate or something)!

  • http://www.cksmetalart.blogspot.com Cindy

    Somewhere between last nights food orgy and today’s lunch, I think I’ve decided I don’t like you very much. ;)

  • http://www.sweetbuttertoast.net Ren Ren

    The pizza looks delicious.

  • http://www.thetravellingtastebuds.com Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds

    That pizza looks so good! If I ever make it out to NY… I’ll have to make a stop by ABC Kitchen :)

  • http://gravatar.com/pure2rawtwins pure2rawtwin

    love beets, that salad sounds amazing. I have been to a few restaurants and surprised that they do not list everything for a dish, but sure glad you guys liked the pizza!

  • http://cinnamonbums.wordpress.com Natalie

    oh man i still havent visited the highline – i was living in new york when it opened and its on my to-do list (and ive definitely been to new york 10+ times since it’s opened and still havent gone!)

    i loved the ambience of abc kitchen!! the roasted beets + yogurt were so good, and my dad ordered that pizza and loved it. next time youll have to try the dessert though, they are the bomb!

  • http://outtomunchnyc.com Ada

    Yay,so glad you got to try ABC Kitchen! I’ve heard really great things about it, but it’s SO hard to get a reservation, you really lucked out ! Enjoy the rest of your time in NYC:)

  • http://www.masterofherromaine.blogspot.com Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine

    The beets and yogurt look super interesting…I want to create it for myself!

  • http://www.everydayfoodie.ca Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    :-) New York is the greatest! I am in LOVE with East Village.

  • http://goodstuff.wordpress.com/ Liz

    The High Line is something I’ve been dying to check out since it appeared in Nat Geo. (ARGH. ABC KITCHEN DOESN’T TAKE RESERVATIONS A MONTH IN ADVANCE. CUR. SES. I MUST HAVE YOU, BEET SALAD.)

    Thanks for taking pics of the menu- roasted carrot and avocado salad, think that would go with Rockfish? (Making dinner for a friend tomorrow and that just sounds… dec.a.dent.)

    So out of curiousity, do you find the vegan offerings in NYC comparable or better to those you get back in Cali?

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      hands down, los angeles has it all over NYC when it comes to the vegan food.