One Day, Two Notable Restaurants

Morning! I woke up today thinking it was Saturday and wondering why my alarm was going off so darn early. Aw man, two more days and then we’ll be there.

Yesterday I had quite the foodie day. We had a special celebratory work lunch and then my mom came into the city to have dinner. Both restaurants I went to were pretty great, so I figured it was worth a recap.

First of all, my day started out again with a walk in the park with Katie. Creepy, bad picture below. Clearly neither of us know how to look at a camera at 7am:

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We stopped again at Le Pain for coffee after a good walk. There was this dog waiting in line that cracked me up. “I’m next, thank you”

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For lunch, one of the people at my company took us out to L’Entrecote for the real Steak Frites. This place has one thing and one thing only on their menu. And they definitely do it right.

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Once you sit down, you order how you want your steak: Blue, Rare, Medium or Well Done. That’s all, your order is placed. They bring out a green salad, and then shortly after, you get this:

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Not the prettiest picture, but wowwzzaa this was good. The green sauce is their “special sauce” which makes them famous. Apparently, the original Paris location has a constant line around the block to get in.

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They give you a second helping on both the steak and the frites. I could barely finish one serving!

And we all ordered dessert. I stayed healthy knowing I was headed back to my office (and also had a glass of wine at lunch… such a treat! 😉 )

Raspberry Sorbet

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Just a few hours of work later, and I was off to meet my mom for dinner. My mom is up on the NY restaurant scene and knows about more great restaurants in the city than I do. She recommended that we go to the Plaza Hotel near Central Park and check out the Todd English Food Hall. Of course, I trusted her recommendation.

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There is my beautiful mama! 🙂

When you walk into the Plaza Hotel, you go downstairs to the food hall which basically reminded me of an indoor market. There were stands for different types of food & desserts, and some local vendors who even have stations set up.

Luke’s Lobster!

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You can either grab something quick at the stations (would be a great lunch option if you work close by), or you can go into the Todd English Food Hall restaurant which is located in the back. It is the only actual restaurant down there.

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My mom and I ordered a flatbread (tomato sauce, mushrooms, onions, chicken, parmesan, basil) and the the Lobster Roll from the Sushi Bar. A side salad with shaved grilled corn as well.

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The food was all delicious, but the flatbread was definitely the best choice.

BUT, afterwards, we were lookin’ for some dessert and stumbled across the most ridiculous frozen yogurt station. called YoArt. This was the only frozen yogurt place that I’ve ever seen to date that tops 16 Handles.

LOOK AT ALL OF THE TOPPINGS!

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These toppings weren’t your average fro-yo toppings. They were gourmet. Salted caramels, chocolate covered goji berries, Ghirardelli chocolates, chocolate covered gummy bears, etc. The list runs on and on.

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My mom and I loaded up (sorry no pic), but our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. We couldn’t fit too much in but it was still the perfect end to the delicious foodie night. I would definitely head back to the Todd English Food Hall in a heartbeat. There are so many things to try there and much of it is very reasonably priced. It’s a great lunch option, or a place to go grab a coffee and a dessert with a friend. Not to mention the wide range of items on their sit down dinner menu that I would love to try.

Thanks for coming in, Mom! 🙂

Overall, yesterday was a day filled with some fulfilling morning exercise and amazing food. Not all days are quite like that, but I’m thankful for the ones that are!

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