Grand Central Terminal – Market
So, one of the only sad parts about moving away from the West Side is being further away from Chelsea Market. I ADORE that market and truthfully would look to find a job in that building down the road (cough, Food Network I’m talking to you, cough) just to be in that vicinity. My mom, while stumbling around our new area in Midtown East, fell in love with the market inside of Grand Central Terminal – WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT?! It’s nowhere near as expansive as Chelsea but it’s unreal in regards to quality of fresh fish and fruit. I know now where to go after work en route home to get freshly caught fish – delish.
Who knew I’d fall in love with a sushi joint, located nowhere near my work, job or boyfriend that features vibrating massage chairs in replace of actual chairs? The sushi, when it boils down to it, is extremely fresh and affordable. I love their Scallop and Chicken Teriyaki and a bunch of their Sashimi including the Fresh Scallop and Yellowtail. Jon likes the more obscure rolls that I have a roll or two to try but stick to the boring basics I always do when it comes to sushi. Their Bento Box, I must admit, is a ridiculous steal – for less than $20 you get 3 rolls, rice, soup, a teriyaki or tempura dish of choice and sald – insane. DO IT.
Tamarind – Flatiron
I don’t like Indian food really. I have something against it, why? I am not all too sure. I think it’s because most of the dishes involve coconut milk or a yogurt/cream based cause which will cause my stomach tons of pain. I did, however, agree early last summer to a first date at Tamarind. Oddly enough, I fell in love with the restaurant — Indian food as a whole, however, I’m still warming up to. I recently went back with a media colleague of mine and had yet another amazing dinner there – we both had the Crab Soup with Nutmeg, Ginger Juice and Safron as an appetizer and then the Tamarind Seafood Platter with Scallops, Shrimp, Lobster, Salmon and Sea Bass. We also had the Garlic Naan which was incredible. For non Indian lovers, you must try Tamarind (either in TriBeca or Flatiron) immediately.
Park Avenue Tavern
So now that I’ve moved further from my go-to-daily joint, Chelsea Grill (insert violin), I need to find a new spot in my new location. While I’ve been to Park Ave. Tavern with clients before, I haven’t ever dined there. While it’s an amazing after work drink spot, I wasn’t over the top impressed with my dinner, neither was Jon, for the price we paid and the extremely loud ambiance. I had the Caesar to start with a Roasted Halibut entree — fingerling potatoes, red pepper, artichoke hearts in a white wine sauce. Jon had the Burger with Gorgonzola and an aioli sauce. It was decent but I don’t think that’s the spot I’ll be frequenting (often alone by choice) all too often.
Equinox Gym – Park Ave.
I succumbed, thanks to many people’s opinion, to joining Equinox. It’s only been a week but my “purchase” couldn’t have been more satisfying. As all of you know, I’m trying to branch out of my typical workout routines and thought that joining a gym with some great classes would be a big motivator to do so. I did Spin for the first time in over a year on Wednesday (GO ME!) and I have to admit, it kicked my ass. I thought after minute 11 about the ways in which I could leave, but luckily, the instructor’s enthusiasm and kick-butt attitude literally kept me going when I thought I couldn’t. I stayed even through the post-work out stretching! I would ideally like to do a class or two a week — keep that up and I’ll be able to cross it off my little old bucket list. Also, the workout spaces and the spa are just incredible. Excited to start my time there, definitely.
I’m a bit surprised with how just decent Fred’s was – it was a “stumble upon” pick but it had a lot of potential. The Cinnamon French Toast was good, but it could have been a lot richer of a taste seeing as that they used Challah instead of white bread. My eggs with cheese, were well.. just that, some eggs with Cheddar cheese. I don’t adventure it out really during breakfast I stick to eggs, fruit or toast usually. The $15 brunch did come with a “strong” Bloody Mary so I heard so I guess all in all it wasn’t a bad pick I just don’t think it was anything worth re-visiting — minus the really adorable dog themed interior with framed pictures of cute dogs surrounding the whole entire restaurant.
There are a ton of great spots in Chelsea, but Jon and I wanted to try something new this past weekend. Jon got the burger with capers and red onion with fries and I got the Boullabaise of sorts. Mine was very good and visually appealing – I think the best part of the lunch was the customary baguette with a great aioli. I’d like to go back for dinner, order the French Onion and some other good looking entress and then come back with a stronger opinion – lunch to me is the most boring meal of the day so I tend to never review where I head for lunch. A salad here.. a wrap there… a soup here. You get the picture. Dinner and breakfast, however, are totally different ball games.
Live Jazz at The Kitano Hotel
BREAKING NEWS: I found a live jazz spot, with AMAZING wine, literally a block or two away! I couldn’t be more proud of my little finding — the jazz/music is located upstairs in the Kitano Hotel. Every night there is either Open Mic, Piano or Jazz open to the masses. They say you need reservations but you can wait and get seated mid-show or during artist changes if you’d like. The Chardonnay they offer from Alexander Valley, 08′ is incredible – we down glasses unintentionally, whoops? The bar menu is oddly enough a mix of sushi (fresh) and American food. We ordered the Margherita Pizza last night with Shiitake Mushrooms, Arugula and Sauteed Onion – WOW. The music is also amazing – it really varies from artist to artist which makes it always exciting to pop by and hear what’s playing.