New York City foodie

24 Jan

by Green Gourmet L

My friend (J) and I went to New York City a while back and we treated ourselves to a fabulous dinner in TriBeCa at a cozy Italian restaurant called Locanda Verde.

A locanda is a local spot to eat and drink and stay over if you want. Verde means green and we love that at Green Gourmets. Works for me!


We ordered an amazing bottle of Italian red wine, similar to Amarone but a little cheaper. If you ever see this in the store, snap it up! You’ll be happy you did.

Allegrini ‘Palazzo della Torre’ 2007

2003 Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre 750ML

The food was amazing, to say the least. Thanks to my always trendy NYC friend for the great recommendation. One of the plates that we just had to try was the Pumpkin Agnolotti with brown butter, sage, and amaretti cookies. Housemade, light as air ravioli filled with a pumpkin mixture and topped with amaretti cookie crumbs that was the best balance of savory, sweet, and rich. I think my friend and I actually stopped talking for a minute to catch our breath after the first bite.

Not to mention that the entree was an amazing spiced duck that had a layer of carmelized pomegranate syrup/duck fat. With faro, kale, and fresh pomegranate seeds. Need I say more? Duck fat.

Celebrity Sighting: This will make you realize that I am truly a food nerd. We were in Chelsea Market and saw the one, the only…Susie Fogelson. That’s right- judge for Next Food Network Star. And she looks exactly the same as she does on TV.


After dinner, we picked up another wonderful bottle of wine that reminded us of Wine Club. Our wine club did an “upscale night” where we all chipped in and got wines that were around $50. It was just as good as I remembered.

2009 Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend

The Prisoner is a red blend from Napa (tastes mostly like a Zinfandel), tastes of dark fruit, coffee, and Napa dust. The bottle says so. And I believe it is the best bottle of wine to share with a great friend, in a hotel room in Seacaucus New Jersey, at the end of a fabulous trip to NYC. Cheers!


2 Responses to “New York City foodie”

  1. Non-Gourmet J January 24, 2011 at 8:52 AM #

    I am so glad you found the name of that wine – I am definitely going to have to look for it now.

    I stop breathing just THINKING about how good that dinner was! Getting us to stop talking is certainly no small feat, so that tells you right there how incredible that meal was.

  2. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods January 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM #

    Sounds like a fabulous trip! Love the celebrity sighting. Way to go!

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