My husband and I went with our high school junior to visit colleges over spring break along the East Coast, which included a visit to New York City. We researched and toured many bastions of higher education, but for me a big part of the trip was the food. If I had my way, I would have made reservations months in advance for some of the places that I have yearned to try. But for this trip, I needed to be more flexible. We ate on the fly with no reservations and had some great meals. On our last night in New York City, we had our favorite meal. We walked from 30th Street to 16th along the High Line, caught a spectacular sunset over the Hudson River and walked over to the Chelsea Market. This indoor food hall, similar to the Ferry Market in San Francisco, has existed for fifteen years and has more than thirty-five vendors (I can see a thriving marketplace like this in Austin some day). That is where we found The Green Table. This very special restaurant "reflects what’s freshest at local farms and greenmarkets" using vendors throughout the Hudson Valley. We were seated within 30 minutes and we started with a Grilled Kale Caesar with anchovy dressing and baked egg in brioche. This dish was as beautiful as it was delicious (the lighting would not allow a decent photo). The "egg in a hole" presentation of the baked egg nestled inside the crunchy brioche was a show stopper. For entree I had the Farro Risotto with black barley, butternut squash, fried mushrooms and pepitas. This perfectly cooked farro, served in an individual size cast iron au gratin type dish, was flavorful and earthy. My husband had the Chicken Pot Pie with local chicken, organic vegetables topped with a flaky pâte brisée crust. I did not get a bite since he polished it off so quickly, but he assured me it was quite good; the best pot pie of memory. My son had the GT Burger with Wrighteous Organics beef, house made kimchi, tomato relish, bacon, on an Amy's roll with a side of Patatas Bravas (small fingerling potatoes that had been seasoned and roasted). A classic with a modern twist. Again, no bite for me, but it it got two thumbs up from someone who was not sure if he would like kimchi. For dessert we split the Apple Tart with cheddar brisée crust and buckwheat ice cream. It sounded unusual, and was highly recommended by our waitperson. The apples were wonderfully prepared and seasoned, the crust was flaky with the slightest hint of cheddar and the ice cream (although without any discernible buckwheat flavor to me) was so creamy and fresh. This farm-to-table restaurant was a definite highlight and the perfect ending to our New York visit. (Cathy)
The love of food and how it can bring people together led to the creation of this blog. As a mother of two grown boys, who have left the nest and occasionally return, I noticed a common occurrence-- there is usually someone at home who is hungry.
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