So about that dinner last night. I try not to blog as a summary of events or a review of something specific, but in this case I must digress. ABC kitchen is in the Flatiron district near the famous ABC textiles purveyor (thus the name). The chef/owner is Jean George Vongrichter who has been a famous NY and Chicago restaurant veteran. His recently opened “Pump Room” in Chicago has been heralded but has gotten in my estimation mixed reviews. ABC Kitchen is the restaurant that it is modeled after and it still is one of the hardest places in NYC to get into from what I am told. With the bar set very high we dined there last night. I asked the concierge at our hotel if he thought he could get me a reservation and he said “almost no chance”. I called a friend back in Chicago connected to Jean Georges but got voice mail. I then did what any self respecting Maitre D’ would do. I called the restaurant around 4 as the night door staff was coming on and explained my desire to get in tonight and that I would “truly appreciate it” if you could squeeze us in (code word for “give you money”). Ot still amazes me that so few people don’t get the fact that you can get into pretty much anyplace with a smile and some courtesy and a little “appreciation”, but I digress further.
Dinner was amazing! Crab toasts with lemon aoili, roasted butternut squash with parmagiana and pupmkin seeds, Roasted carrot salad with watercress and avocado, ricotta ravioli, brussels sprouts with thyme and garlic and perhaps the finest dessert I have ever had….salted caramel ice cream sundae with caramel and buttered popcorn, peanuts and hot fudge. We drank a bottle of Sancerre. It was one of those magical meals you get once in a great while when all the stars line up. Didn’t hurt matters that we just heard Tony Bennett sing live on stage at the Late Show with David Letterman.
It’s moments like this that I am truly reminded that I have a VERY CHARMED LIFE!