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Just a good report on our day in the city last Saturday. We went in to see a show, Anything Goes. We both thought it very good.

Day started with brunch at Locande Verde, we got the suggestion here and it was a good one. We started with the fresh sheeps milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast. Oh, man was that good. I've been craving it ever since. I might have like the toast to have a stronger orange flavor, but that is minor.

The bread that came to the table was focaccia with carmelized onions. I am not normally a fan of focaccia as I find it heavy and greasy. This was light as could be with a super crispy crust and was not greasy.

My friend had the lemon ricotta pancakes. Boy were these delicious. They were lemony and rich with ricotta flecks. Only quibble here is if the pancakes had that crispy edge that would have been even better. Still I'd order them if we went back.

I had the hazelnut crusted french toast. It was good but the pancakes were better.

We rolled out of there, wandered and found ourselves in Jacque Torres chocolate shop. We each got two. I love chocolate so no matter what I'm happy. These were good. I particulary liked the chai tea spice one I had, it was subtle but nicely spiced with a slight afterburn. Caught a cab up to the theater and had time to kill. Wandered into Byrant park and stopped at the little outdoor bar for a drink. The drink was not memorable but the setting was fun. There was a lovely breeze and people watching was great. A good spot to remember.

After the show went back downtown to the Standard for a drink. Friend had a Pimms cup and I had a Penny drop which is their version of a moscow mule. Ginger is my thing right now so I look to any ginger drink. It was quite good. Siting outside this is another great people watching spot. My one question is, what is with the dresses the waitstaff wears? I thought they were seriously ugly, looked they should be waitressing at a HoJos.

Dinner was at Barbuto, we both wanted to try the chicken they are known for. While my friend loved it, I thought it good but not stellar. The skin was not really crackly crispy like I was hoping. Flavor was good and chicken moist. The potato side dish was good. I think it was a baked potato that wasa smashed and deep fried, then sprinkle with parm and herbs. Very tasty. Jonathon Waxman was there and was quite personable. I did like the restaurant, the staff were friendly, and the service good.

Lastly we walked to Sweet Revenge. Friend wanted to go there as she liked the idea of pairing cupcakes with wines. I had heard that it was just okay. Place is tiny but that was fine. I was surprised that they only had 5 flavors to choose from. I realize they may have had many more during the day but thought that on a Saturday night they'd be busy an want a better selection. We got one to split, a coconut cupcake. They paired that with a vanilla bellini which was sparkling wine with vanilla syrup. It was sickeningly sweet on it's own but paired okay with the cupcake. I didn't love it though. As for the cupcake, probably up there with the worst I've ever had. The cake itself was dry, tough, dense and just not good. It did have decent coconut flavor but still was terrible. The icing while coconutty was extremely sweet. I didn't even finish my half of the cupcake and I always finish cake. I should have listened to the reviews and gone elsewhere.

Still all in all a great day in the city.

Thanks all for your help and suggestions.
KathyH

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Jacques Torres
350 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Barbuto
775 Washington St., New York, NY 10014

Sweet Revenge
62 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

The Standard Biergarten
848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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