An Hour and a Half Today at 19th & 9th
- MMRuth Mar 26, 2008 05:18 AM
I'm going to have an hour and a half to "kill" in this area while the dog gets groomed. Last time I had lunch at Bergamote, and also checked out the butcher one block north, which was wonderful and I plan to stop in today. I'll explore, but also wondered if anyone had suggestions of markets etc. that I shouldn't miss, or that are worth a visit and perhaps a place where I could have a quick lunch on my own.
Edit - I might head down to Chelsea Market and check out Buon Italia ...
Well, I first walked down to Chelsea Market and checked out Buon Italia - I was quite impressed, lots of interesting products, great prices on San Marzano tomatoes, they had guanciale, two kinds of pancetta, bottarga and much more. Since I'm going to Arthur Ave. next week, though, I didn't pick up much. Then headed to The Lobster Place and had a lobster roll for lunch - $16 - not particularly noteworthy and I wouldn't go back for one. Wide fish selection, but not all of it looked so fresh to me. I realized what I don't like about Chelsea Market - in a strange way, it seems oddly sterile to me. I'd much rather go to Di Palo or Arthur Avenue than Buon Italia for example. Very convenient though for those who live in the area.
I then headed back up 9th Avenue, picked up two beautiful and well priced dry aged ribeye steaks at Chelsea Court, browsed in a couple of the house/tableware stores (big sale at Cafetiere), then on to Billy's. Horribly hot inside as they had to keep the door closed due to sidewalk jack hammering. Had thought about a slice of coconut cake, but the meringue icing was sliding down the sides, so went with a banana cake cupcake. I liked the cake itself, which I ate walking down the street - moist, flavorful - but the icing was a bit sweet for my liking. I still had some time to kill, so went to Bergamote for a decaf latte and two pates de fruit and sat on the bench outside with my coffee. Ate the lychee pate de fruit when I got home - very very nice. Saving the pear one for some time when I don't feel on a sugar high as I do currently!
Thanks for all the advice.
I forgot to mention the bite of Fat Witch Bakery (is that right?) brownie. I was leaving Chelsea Market and could "feel" someone walking on my heels so to speak, in a rush, so I moved out of the way and she blithely walked into the bakery, picked up a toothpicked brownie sample and continued on her way! So, I had a bite as well - only half the sample - very fudge-like brownies, and I prefer cake-like ones.
P.S. I certainly did enjoy the cupcake and did, while walking down the street, lick the icing off my fingers since I did not have napkin with me. Next time, if I have utensils, I might just eat a little less of the icing!