Learning My ABC’s

June 24, 2011

in 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.


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


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


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


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


I went with a salad of Roasted Beets, Housemade Yogurt


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


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


…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!


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


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


My salad was small but packed a punch…


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


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



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


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


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.


Tons of places to sit and chill:


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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