Monday, August 24, 2009

Pearl Oyster Bar

I can't believe it has taken me this long to write about Pearl Oyster Bar. I've already sent multiple people here; if I haven't told you already, you should know that Pearl Oyster Bar has an amazing lobster roll.

A group of us went today to celebrate Kavi's birthday.

The rolls come overstuffed with large chunks of sweet lobster dressed in a mayo-based sauce. The roll is moist and buttery. The shoestring fries are crispy. Nothing more needs to be said. Except that the Butterscotch Praline Parfait is really good.

Watch out - they are closed on Sundays, and Dave and I have seen many an angry and hungry would-be diner shake their fist at the storefront before stomping away.

Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia St.
New York, NY 10014

Trattoria Spaghetto

West Village is pretty touristy. It can get mildly annoying at times, such as when the sidewalks get clogged with slow-moving out-of-towners. But Dave and I recently realized that we can embrace the tourism and make ourselves feel like we are on vacation in our own neighborhood.

For instance, take Trattoria Spaghetto. It is a super-touristy restaurant located on the corner of Carmine and Bleecker. Sometimes they have one of those people soliciting customers the way they do in Little Italy. The food is utterly unremarkable. But, it is pretty cheap and you can sit outside and enjoy watching the neighborhood in motion.

And even better, it is the idea of eating at Trattoria Spaghetto. Locals don't eat here; only tourists do. So when we eat there, it's like we become tourists, and then all of a sudden, we're not medical students and residents anymore with exams and presentations, but regular people visiting the West Village, New York City, having a nice time.

Trattoria Spaghetto
232 Bleecker St (at Carmine)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-6752

ChikaLicious Dessert Bar

Those glorious post-call days! Kavi, Fleurise, and I were all post-call on the same day. After ramen at Minca, we were all loathe to go home, and so we decided to go to ChikaLicious Dessert Bar. The funny thing about this place is that it acts like a restaurant, but for just dessert. So you can get a Prix Fixe for $14 that comes with an amuse bouche, your choice of dessert, and petit fours. You could also get this menu with a wine pairing. I can't exactly remember what we all got (Fleurise did get some fizzy cocktail in a tall glass that was fun to look at and refreshing to drink), but it was all really good.

We didn't have a camera with us at the time, but we improvised a sign and took a picture at work to commemorate our trip. Not quite the same, but better than nothing. And you can see how happy we were to have gone there!

204 E 10th St
New York, NY 10003