World Trade Center Memorial

I wanted to see something “new” today, so we went downtown to check out Hudson Eats, the new food at Brookfield Place. I think this used to go by the name World Financial Center.  In addition to the restaurants, they are building out the high end retail so it should become a shopping and eating destination.  I’m pretty sure the French marketplace (along the lines of Eataly) is opening down here as well.  We had BBQ at Mighty Quinn’s, after deciding if we want to get Blackseed Bagels we would do that at the original in Nolita.

Then we were so close to the new Freedom Tower, we decided we had to walk across the street to the memorial with the fountains and pools.  It’s really worth the visit.  You forgot what a footprint the 2 buildings had.  In the picture showing the square, the tourists are around the edge at the top.  We walked around Wall Street, then headed home.  All a bit spontaneous, but it was good to see the city.

Taking the Cole Haans out to Brooklyn

These were a gift to me back in February of this year.  Cole Haan Lunar Grands – a leather wingtip upper and funky Nike sole in bright green.  Comfortable and stylish!  Of course, I’ve been in search of the right pant to wear with them.  I finally found a pair of cropped pants I like this week.  I just had such issues with how they fit in the waist, hips…

Anyway, I wore these with a pair of “matchstick” jeans from J Crew.  Not skinny, but slimmer at the ankles.

I took this look out to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for dinner.  Note the plaid shirt.  Mark made us reservations at Le Comptoir.   It was so quiet when we got there, but was busy busy soon after.  We shared the charcuterie with cheese and had the foie gras creme brule on the side.  Savory and sweet!

And then we finished off the evening with drinks at Hotel Delmano.  A thyme infused beverage for me, and a spiced apple one for him.

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria on Great Jones

Sunday.  In need of somewhere tasty for lunch post Warby Parker try on session.  Destination:  Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria on Great Jones Street.   It’s so warm and inviting once you step inside.  The ceiling is copper tiles which creates this warm glow over everything.

We stopped in here while walking by not that long ago and bookmarked it.  Part grocery at the front, communal tables in the back.  It’s just such a great setting and really yummy food.  I had the porchetta sandwich.  The pork was so flavorful, with just the right amount of tasty pork juice to soak into the bread.  Yes, greasy fingers, but it was oh so good.

M had the short rib sandwich.  And we started with fried artichokes.  We couldn’t even finish our sandwiches.

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NY Restaurants: Danji

If you can tell, I’m a list person.  I document the wines we drank.  The doughnuts we ate.  This year I decided to work my way through Adam Platt’s Top Restaurants in New York.  He’s the food critic at New York Magazine an published the last list 6 years ago.  We’ve already been to a few, but to be fair, we might have to go back so the visit is in 2012.  Let me just say now, we might have to space out Per Se, Daniel and Le Bernadin.  Not all on the list are really expensive, there are a lot of great places that are pretty reasonable.

First Stop:  Danji on Jan 5th (yes, a little late with this post)

I’ve read about this place a few times.  Then Mark’s “in the bar/liquor business” friend mentioned he went here during his last visit to New York.  I learned about Fernet Branca from him and order it every time I see it now. It’s the “bartender’s handshake”, well loved by bartenders. It’s a great after dinner aperitif.

Danji is tucked away in a small spot on 52nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen.  And it’s packed.  It’s traditional Korean with a spin, a little modern and “street food” like.  We shared a few small plates.  Everything was so incredibly tasty.  Lots of flavor.  We had the spare ribs, the Korean bacon “paella”, salad, fried tofu (this was a freebie because we had to wait so long and it was soo good).  And the chicken wings.  I think these were my favorite.  I hate skin on chicken, but this was crisp and covered in spice.  I’ll sum it up by saying everything was excellent.

Washed it all down fruity soju, which I decided was Korean sangria.  Now the question is…what is next??