Tuesday, August 28, 2012

La Serre

We had finally gotten through all of the leftovers in the fridge when I asked my wife what she would like to do for dinner. She replied "we should probably eat that steak from Friday, even though I don't want to." "I ate it for lunch," I quipped. "Oh thank goodness," she said. I asked where we should go and she said she felt like Italian food. My wife is pregnant and her tastes vary more than usual, just recently she told me that she didn't like Italian food. I think she is the only person in the world who doesn't like it, until recently. I suggested La Serre, which in the interest of full disclosure is owned by a friend of ours. For some reason we don't go to La Serre very often, yet every time we leave I say we should go there more.

It was a lovely evening so we decided to sit outside, which we had never done before. It was very quiet other than the band from a neighboring restaurant, which was a pleasant surprise. We ordered two salads and an order of escargot. The fellow with whom we were eating, we'll call him Fred AcNamara, has ordered them before and both times been disappointed because they come with a cognac sauce instead of in the shell with garlic and butter, as I believe they are traditionally served. (I think he secretly wants to act out the pretty woman scene with the escargot projectile.) My wife had the Papardelle Carbonara, which was delicious. I guess the papardelle refers to the thick fettuccini that is used in the dish. Apparently the name comes from the verb pappare, which means to gobble up. Fred and I both had the Lobster & Crab Ravioli and his wife had the crab cakes. The crab cakes were delicious, but quite rich. The ravioli was excellent. It is made with egg and squid ink pasta, which is delicious and gives a nice visual with the white top and black bottom. It is prepared with a butter sauce and roma tomatoes. For dessert we had chocolate mouse, key lime pie, and an Italian creme cake. All three were delicious, I am always fond of key lime pie, as one can never go wrong with a graham cracker crust. A very enjoyable meal was had by all and the bill was quite reasonable (about $50 per person) we thought. I would certainly recommend La Serre to anyone looking for French or even Italian cuisine, since they serve both. Oh, I probably should have mentioned that part.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Eat It Alert!

The location formerly known as The Miss Albany Diner will become an Italian restaurant named Sciortino’s after the owner's grandparents. I was sad to see M.A.D. go, but it's nice to see that the place will be open again. See the post here

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Blind Literally Leading the Blind

Eating whilst blindfolded is all the rage these days. And "Dans le Noir?" (which they translate as "In the Dark," when it should be "In the Dark?") is a restaurant concept that takes the blind thing to the extreme. All blind everything!

New York, NY-March, 5 2012-After Paris, London, Barcelona and St
Petersburg, Dans le Noir? opens its fifth restaurant in New York
City. Dans le Noir? enhances the patrons other four senses with the
ultimate experience of dining in the pitch-black dark. Convinced that
distinctiveness creates value, its founders and teams prove it daily
with 50% of staff with heavy disabilities.

Entering the lightless dining room, guests are guided to their seats

by a team of expert guides, most being blind. In New York City, Dans
le Noir? works closely with two local foundations "Visions and
Services for the Blind" and "Lighthouse International" to hire its
blind staff.

With its official opening on February 27th, Dans le Noir? has been

busy booking reservations as this groundbreaking concept reaches the
restaurant world of the United States. Located at 246 W - 38th Street
in the heart of the "Fashion District", not far from Times Square,
Dans le Noir? intends to be one of the most fashionable new addresses
of the Big Apple. This New York venue is managed by Marco Valente, a
New Yorker who has been in the restaurant business ten years with
starting his own restaurant at 19 years old.

The developer of all the Dans le Noir? branches has unique in its

blood, Ethik Investments an elite, independent and innovative group
of companies founded in France in 2003. The group is also developing
event and consulting activities worldwide and expect a growth of more
than 30% with an expected turnover between 9 and 10 million (USD)
this year.

Reservations: booking-nyc@danslenoir.com
Ph: (212) 575-1671
Website: www.danslenoir.com

Friday, February 3, 2012


The Miss Albany Diner, or MAD for short, is closing its doors. Since the death of her husband Cliff, Jane Brown has been trying to sell the business. Some entrepreneurs who own a nearby club have scooped up the building, but not the business, name, or recipes. I really loved this place and I'm sad that it's closing on February 10th. Any time I was in my hometown, I would meet friends there and enjoy some MAD Irish Toast (Texas French toast filled with pecan cream cheese, drenched in Irish whiskey butterscotch sauce) or MAD Eggs (curried eggs served over butterflied English muffins).

It was an institution and will be sorely missed.