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Plan my weekend in Manhattan

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Mark from Plano, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. romafan

    romafan Well-Known Member

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    My wife and I also spent a wind-addled, rain-soaked weekend in Manhattan, staying at the Soho Grand and basically within the neighborhood save a couple short excursions for dinner. I'm not sure why I'm reporting this here, but we had a great time, rain-ocalypse and all!

    After arriving late on the delayed shuttle from Boston, we found our way to the Aroma Kitchen and Wine Bar by 11pm. Amazing, terroir-driven, all-Italian wine list and some really wonderful food. We drank more than ate.

    Denim run on Saturday - my wife scored a pair at the Jean Shop and I went somewhat more downscale with those new Levis 514 Japanese selveges. Wow, I love these jeans. And for 30% of the cost of Jean Shops!

    Stopped for lunch at a Soho wine bar that was serving 2002 Brunello by the glass (Boom?). Had 3 glasses before it hit me that I probably should've just gotten the bottle.

    Aldea for Saturday night, at the Chef's bar. Sea urchin toast just OK (heavy-handed wasabi nearly obliterated the urchin flavor); foie gras amazing, arroz de pato comfort food heaven, and those little donuts... oh my god.

    Balthazar bakery and shopping at Daffy's on Sunday. A quick, but unmemorable stop at Felix for lunch (my wife's tartare was nice) ... and the inevitably delayed shuttle back to beantown where I got to experience that storm all over again on Monday.


    Aroma on E. 4th(? - around the corner from B-Bar)? This place is a little (and I mean little) gem. Very good food. We/ve had a couple of dinner parties downstairs in the more capacious private room. You did well to find this spot!
     
  2. gomestar

    gomestar Well-Known Member

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    Any suggestions for non investment-grade Brunellos?

    2004 has some excellent stuff that is drinking well young. Some of my likes have included La Colombina, La Gerla, and more expensive but fantastic and will also age well Poggio Antico.
     
  3. Ricardo Malocchio

    Ricardo Malocchio Well-Known Member

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    Aroma on E. 4th(? - around the corner from B-Bar)? This place is a little (and I mean little) gem. Very good food. We/ve had a couple of dinner parties downstairs in the more capacious private room. You did well to find this spot!
    That's the one! We'd hoped to dine in the Farmhouse room, but it was closed by the time we arrived. Turned out great, though, as Jeff was a wonder at the bar. I think the somewhat late hour and the bad weather really made it an especially intimate experience without the issues of an overcrowded tiny space. We loved it.

    (And, of course, I loved the wine list: http://www.aromanyc.com/winelist/winelist.pdf )

    Thanks for the rec Gomestar! Do you recommend trying the rossos di montalcino?
     

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