NEW YORK, NEW YORK: #LABORDAYWEEKEND - PART II/IV
Let’s explore the Brooklyn. The day was perfect, sunny and pleasant to walk around D.U.M.B.O - Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This place is beautiful, full of art galleries, cool stores and very good restaurants.
We walked a lot over there and we got the Jane's Carousel, built in Philadelphia in 1922, it was restored and opened in 2011, in Brooklyn. It's lovely! From there, we decided to cross the famous Brooklyn Bridge. The walk is very worthwhile, anyway, it isn't often that we have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the Statue of Liberty and the East River.
Our next stop was The High Line Park, in Chelsea. The place is a disabled high rail train, which was converted into a beautiful hanging garden. The ride is very nice, with some exhibits and cafes, it is worth going up and enjoy this example of sustainable urbanism.
After this walking tour, we stopped at Eataly. What’s an amazing place?! Eataly is a Italian gastronomic complex, which arrived in New York in 2010, led by renowned Chef Mario Batali. Inspired in large department stores, all of the products in the counters, shelves, bars and restaurants are ingredients that come from Italy (in the case of processed products) or are produced and processed according to Italian traditions. In addition to the restaurants, ice cream parlors, market, warehouse and bookstore there is a school that offers courses of Italian cuisine. It’s awesome!
We chose to have lunch at Birreria, which stay in a charming rooftop. Needless to say, we loved everything! For starters we had Shitake fried. Delightful. And what about the traditional bagel with butter and oil? Speechless! As a main dish, Andrei chose grilled duck breast with vegetables and I grilled Portobello mushrooms with whipped goat cheese and beets. Really amazing! To drink, he had Dogfish beer and I an Italian sparkling wine. Eataly, is definitely a must to go when in New York. Eataly - 200 Fifth Ave.
Near Eataly in a square in front of Flatiron Building, there is a food truck that sells wafers of Liège. Guess what? We stopped there, course! And had the best waffle with caramel and ice-cream - Wafels & Dinges.
Then, only a siesta at the hotel to recover us for dinner! After all, life is too short to not eat well!
Nello was our choice of the night! I was excited to know this super commented Italian restaurant, which is located on the Upper East Side, noble area of NY. The restaurant is frequented by top New Yorkers and celebrities, like Beyonce and Jay Z. All that I like! Is one of the few places where you can have tables on the sidewalk. It’s a boutique space, the decor is elegant, based on wild animals. The ambiance is great, the service is perfect and the food, hmmmm delicious! Their couvert are delicious spices snacks, that we loved. Andrei had an ossobuco with wild mushrooms and I had a truffle risotto. Both absolutely delicious! For dessert we ordered crème brûleè. To keep track of everything, a Bordeaux Grand Vin Margaux 2010. The restaurant is perfect, from start to finish! Surely we’ll come back there many times. Tip: go without worrying about the value, because it is one of the most expensive in Manhattan. Eat well is priceless! Nello-696 Madison Ave.