Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Gotham Bar & Grill
Ate at one of the nicest restaurants in the city with one of my favorite professors from college, who's taken a spin into town for spring break. (Remember that? I could use a spring break right about now, Cancun or no.) Needless to say, one of the best meals I've enjoyed in a long, long time. The wine, the food, the service, the atmosphere, the decor and of course the conversation. Some great pinot noir while not the best I've ever had, still up there. Risotto which I've been craving for a while now, with wild mushrooms and rabbit sausage. (My first ever rabbit.) Then organic chicken breast with root veggies and a truffle flavored potato side. Every bite worth taking and enjoying. Crusty bread. Lots of delicious NYC water, as my ex-prof noted. A magnificent and rich but not too rich chocolate cake cooled down by an oval of banana ice cream. Decaf cappuccino for me, swirled to perfection, watching the big-gauge granules of brown sugar sink into the pinwheel of foam. And six petit-fours, of which we could only manage ... four, being sated so well. My stomach aches slightly from eating so much but in a good and satisfied way. The only sad part of it all is that such culinary pleasure and intellectual laughter and friendly insight passes so easily, like a quaffable wine down your throat, and then it's gone.