Yesterday was a very productive day! I had was out all day and have many stories to share with you.
First, I went to Mercer Kitchen in Soho for brunch for a birthday party. I have been there several times but for lunch or dinner and it is one of my favorite places in New York. However, I was a bit disappointed yesterday. I ordered the Organic Omelette with Spinach and Gruyere cheese. The omelette was not as flavorful, it was too plain. However, some of my friends ordered the Mercer Burger and the Eggs Benedict and they were delicious, and the french fries were to die for! At least, I ordered the Belgian Waffle with Berries for desert, which brighten my day, but still not memorable.
However, I do not want to make this experience change the incredible memory I had when I went there for lunch. I had the Prime Niman Ranch New York Strip with gingered shiitake mushrooms and caramel soy infused sauce and french fries. One of the most unique flavors I have tasted in New York City. Absolutely loved it and will go back to have it again! Highly recommend it!
I have been thinking about what could be my first post for the blog. I wanted to both introduce myself and talk about one of my experiences that stood out in the past weeks. I have been looking back to the pictures I have taken since I moved to New York and all I could see was snow, snow and more snow! However, there was one experience that made me forget about the snow storm going on that weekend…. and it was going to Bagatelle, the Saint Tropez inspired restaurant in One Little West 12th street.
I did not know about what I now call the “Bagatelle Indulgent Brunch experience”, I was taken there as a surprise, and I absolutely loved it! Not only it has an exquisite brunch menu with a french twist, but also an after-brunch party experience that many clubs in New York wished to have. I ordered the Braised Beef Short Rib Croissant with smoked mozzarella and a sunny-side up egg, and the delicious Nutella home-made French Toast with fresh raspberries served with maple sirup. I highly recommend both. Then, I moved to the bar for a drink and shortly after, to my surprise, the “restaurant” turned into a club! Suddenly, it got dark; samba dancers and drummers accompanied the dance music played by the DJ; everyone was dancing and eating and drinking…. everyone was having fun.
What I loved about Bagatelle is that it is still a reasonably small restaurant so once it turns into a club, it is not overwhelming. In fact, it remained exclusive and unique. It kept its singular appeal. Now, I can only say that if Saint Tropez is like that…. I really want to go!!
I cannot wait to go back, even if it is snowing outside!
….and btw, yes, that’s me!
Outfit: Total Look from ZARA