This is one-handed typing here, so I'll be brief.
I've had a bunch a great meals in the past few weeks, but no time (or ability, thanks to my recently repaired ligaments). Here are some truncated thoughts on the standouts:
- Spigolo: This Upper East Side italian redefines neighborhood italian restaurant. Pastas (which are small) and desserts are the things to order here; gnocchi, papparadelle and donuts specifically. It does not come cheap and it is worth it.
- Mercadito: I anxiously awaited our reservation here on Avenue B and was disappointed. Food was fine, again small portions, but lacked the kick that Mexican should have. Drinks, cucumber margaritas especially, rocked.
- Highline: This restaurant answers the tired Meatpacking District question - where without the big spend. Thai food here was indeed delicious and reasonable. Everything was good and gave us fuel for a late evening. Stay away from the underage lounge, however.
- Cookshop: My new fave in Chelsea and all over town. Snacks, starters, mains and dessert were perfect. The only flaws were the sides which were too oily around the table. My short ribs fell off the bone and my grilled squid was not overly rubbery. Try the sundae for the dessert. And check out the mighty fine bus boy (Taye Diggs in training).
Until we eat again, KLB