torrisi / new york

last night after blogshop, james and i went to torrisi, for our good bye dinner in new york. i had read about it here and added it to my to do list in ny. we went early and were lucky to get a table, as they don’t accept reservations. during the day its a deli sandwich spot, and at night they have a set menu that changes every day. it’s my kind of place, brick walls decorated with italian products, a cosy atmosphere, fancy but informal.

the best part? dinner itself – a home made warm mozzarela, followed by three other starters to share, my favourite were the sea scallops with fermented rabe. For pasta we had gnocchi with katz pastrami with a great mustardy flavour, and as a main dish a very light striped bass with pickled tomatoes. From the selection of pastries we had for desert…I am still thinking of the chocolate mint patties…yumm!

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da conch shack

we always love going to da conch shack, its the perfect spot to take our guests for a meal and it truly gives you a caribbean feeling, right on the beach with the perfect view.

plus, the food is amazing, you can eat everything conch; stew, curry, fritters, cracked and salad. i love the cracked conch for starter and the blackened snapper, locally caught snapper with a delicious spicy seasoning – and the fried plantains…so yummy!

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craving the dutch

and their delicious cornbread – they serve it in lieu of a bread basket.

i went to the dutch for lunch whilst in new york last month, we had the kuroyaki fish and the sloppy duck sandwiches for lunch – a m a z i n g – and will have the soft-shell crab sandwich next time for sure!

i am definitely going back to this “american cooking with new york soul” restaurant.

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green bean / providenciales

last weekend we had a funny episode – funny if you’re in a good mood when it happens! we were about to use our oven at home…and completely forgot to check inside before turning it on – we had to quickly turn it off before burning and melting the instructions inside a plastic cover left inside!

we decided to forget the oven incident and try prime for dinner.

prime is green bean during the day, and it turns into prime at night. with candles and seating area outside, it’s really nice and easy going. the perfect dinner spot close to home.

james had the best steak in the island, it comes with a fresh and deliciously well dressed salad. i had sliders but was aiming for the empanada with pico de gallo – sadly they had ran out of, so I’ll have to go back to try these.