Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Trip to NYC (Winter 2012)...DAY 5: Dinner at Barbuto

Another busy day at NYIGF (trade show) today!
So many (really cool) people came to our booth to check out our authentic Iga-yaki donabe, and they all loved it so much. So, we were very happy.

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After the show, we went straight to dinner...we had a reservation at Barbuto (by Chef Jonathan Waxman) tonight. It's a cool restaurant in Meatpacking Distrct, and I was looking forward to tasting authentic Italian there. My aperitif Negroni relieved some stiffness from my body. haha.

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Salumi (prosciutto di parma & spicy coppa), Fritto misto (crispy winter vegetables & lemon herb aioli), and gnocchi con zucca (roasted acorn squash, brown butter, sage & pumpkin oil).

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Three of us had different main courses, and we ended up shareing them:-) They were Merluzzo arrosto (roasted cod, cannellini beans, bacon & kale), Manzo ai ferri (grilled hanger steak, wild mushrooms & rosemary cream), and Dorado ai ferri (grilled whole sea bream, citrus, wild arugula & almonds). The fish was especially nice...the fish meat was so pure and juicy...I wanted Kamado-san rice to go with it! I was so craving.

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Wines of the night were 2009 De Forville, Barbera d'Asti (Piemonte), and 2007 Paolo Bea, Sanvalentino IGT (Umbria) (Sangiovege, Montepulciano, and Sagrantino...small producer, biodynamic, unfiltered). Dolci wer Torta (lemon-pistachio-mascarpone layer cake), and budino al cioccoiato (Italian chocolate pudding & whipped cream).

The food was quite good, and I enjoyed the casual laid-back atmosphere (almost like in LA). I got so full again.