Foodie Fridays: ABC Kitchen

Way back also in February (it was a busy month!) we went to ABC Kitchen.  Jen had been talking up ABC Kitchen for a long time-it’s near her work and it’s apparently the restaurant the celebrity chefs go to (see my post on Elizabeth Falkner).   Jen has had a reputation of picking very cute restaurants with not so great food but with this restaurant and Beauty and Essex, she’s redeemed herself greatly!

Jen at ABC Kitchen entrance

Jen at ABC Kitchen entrance

The restaurant is very beautifully designed, straight to the entrance.  It’s also attached to a store which has an eclectic arrangement of furniture, jewelry, housewares and other stuff.

ABC Kitchen Collage

The one inconsistency was that the music didn’t seem to fit with the decor.  But the food more than made up for that!

We started with drinks.  Jen and I had a blood orange Bellini:

Blood Orange Bellinis

“A real panty dropper”-Jen as she enjoyed her second.

Russell enjoyed a Sour Cherry Old Fashioned and didn’t seem quite as excited as Jen but still enjoyed it.

We then shared several appetizers: line caught tuna sashimi with fresh ginger and mint,  housemade ricotta yogurt with apple compote, roasted beets with homemade yogurt, wood oven roasted sunchokes hazelnuts and herbs, roasted kabocha squash toast with fresh ricotta and apple cider vinegar and roasted butternut squash with goat cheese, hazelnuts and spicy onions:

ABC Appetizers

I personally found the squash with the spicy onions too spicy for my taste but loved the kabocha squash and the sashimi.

For our main courses Jen and I split a burger and Russell had the ricotta ravioli.  It was all very good:

Cheeseburger with rosemary herbed mayo

Ricotta Ravioli

 

We then split desserts:

Red Wine Poached Pear with housemade gianduja ganache and hazelnut ice cream

Red Wine Poached Pear with housemade gianduja ganache and hazelnut ice cream

Honey Cheesecake Tart with grapefruit candied kumquats, meyer lemon buttermilk and blood orange sorbet

Honey Cheesecake Tart with grapefruit candied kumquats, meyer lemon buttermilk and blood orange sorbet

Sundae with salted caramel ice cream, candied peanuts and popcorn with chocolate sauce

Sundae with salted caramel ice cream, candied peanuts and popcorn with chocolate sauce

All the desserts were delicious but I was completely in love with the sundae-the salty and sweet was AMAZING!

And one final shot of glamorous Jen looking super hot:

Glamour Jen

The food was definitely wonderful-Jen has redeemed herself in restaurant findings!

 

 

Meeting a Culinary Idol

On Monday night I went out to dinner with my usual crew, Jen and Russell.  We went to ABC Kitchen-an amazing restaurant that I will blog about later on.  I was busy taking pictures of the beautiful tableware and the interesting elements of the restaurant when Jen and Russell started poking at me.  Seated at the next table over was my personal culinary idol, Elizabeth Falkner.

For those of you who don’t know, Falkner, has competed on a variety of cooking shows including Top ChefThe Next Iron Chef and Iron Chef: Redemption.  It was during The Next Iron Chef where she came in second to Geoffrey Zakarian that I fell in love with her.  I was devastated to learn that she had restaurants open but only in the Bay Area.  Imagine my thrill when she was on Iron Chef: Redemption (which she was sadly thrown off way too quickly) and I discovered she was opening a restaurant in Brooklyn.  It is high on my list to go to Krescendo, a southern Italian influenced restaurant, although I’ve not gotten the chance to go yet.

I was completely star-struck seeing her and tried to get a picture of her by taking a picture of Jen:

A picture of Jen with Elizabeth Falkner in the background!

A picture of Jen with Elizabeth Falkner in the background!

So clearly that picture didn’t work so well.  Well at a certain point the person she was with left to go to the bathroom or something and I went over and told her what a big fan I was.  Jen came over and took a picture of the two of us.  I told her that I had yet to go to her restaurant but that I really wanted to and that I was blogging and writing about restaurants that I went to.

Me with Elizabeth Falkner

Me with Elizabeth Falkner

Jen did a fabulous job of taking a picture and afterwards, as she was leaving, Elizabeth came over and gave me her card.  I am not generally star-struck by meeting famous people, I also tend to be somewhat oblivious-I’ve only noticed famous people when there is a big crowd (for example I saw Jessica Alba once at a Starbucks in New York but really only because the paparazzi was following her) but Elizabeth Falkner is really someone I admire and feel that she has a unique talent that I would like to emulate.  I hope one day I am half of the amazing and creative chef she is!  She was very gracious and sweet and I very much look forward to eating at her restaurant in the very near future.