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.

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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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