I was able to check out the Murakami Exhibit at Gagosian on it’s last day in NYC. The sculptures were my favorite pieces, namely the silver piece entitled Invoking the Vitality of a Universe Beyond Imagination. Murakami seems best known for his work with Kanye West and Louis Vuitton, but I think his personal works are clearly more extensive.
The pizza here is out of this world. Last time I ordered vodka pizza with pepperoni, this time I had to try the smoked salmon pizza (mascarpone, onions, mozzarella, tomatoes, dill) and it was phenomenal. The rice balls are also a must.
235 Mulberry St.
New York, NY 10012
My cousin works at Le Bernardin in NYC – a triple Michelin-starred french restaurant originally helmed by Gilbert le Coze and now Eric Ripert. I sat at the bar because otherwise the meal would’ve been upwards of $1000+ and I have yet to win the lottery. The service is friendly (even before they knew I was my cousin’s cousin) and not pretentious at all. Restauranteurs take note.
Their cocktails are delicious – my favorite being the Immortal Highlander – 2nd photo (Highland Park 12 year Scotch, Oloroso Sherry, Amaro Montenegro, Heering Cherry Liqueur). Their manhattan (pictured in first photo) came in a close second. The bar bites of popcorn, candied walnuts and seaweed covered pretzel sticks were never-ending – showing how good the service is. It’s like bottomless pasta at Olive Garden but about a million times better!
The tuna tartar (not pictured) was as fresh as ever as were the freshly shucked oysters.
My favorite of all was the Tropical Pavlova (Caramelized Passion Fruit Pavlova, Exotic Fruit Salad) deliciousness. The Pavlova melts in your mouth and the fruit salad brings together all the flavors of the pavlova, fruit salad and sauce together. Heaven is how I can best describe this dish.
Stay warm NYC.