Today, despite the snow and "winter storm WARNING" from the news I took the afternoon off work and headed into the city to meet up with an old friend from high-school. Its amazing how fate works; not having spoken in the last 17 years or so, we found each other on facebook and were shocked to find that we had both moved to the NY area in August 2007. That was the first of many likenesses. After chatting via email over the last couple weeks we decided to hook up in person for a late lunch in the city. Which leads me back to the first sentance of this entry... in the city you do not, can not cancel reservations--so we braved the snow and sleet (in our fashionable boots no less) and we were so glad we did! It wasn't so bad anyway--the temps had warmed up to the mid 30's.
For lunch, we took advantage of the final days of the famous Restaurant Week in NY where you can dine at many FABULOUS places and choose appetizers, main courses and dessert for a low LOW price (for NY standards). Today we chose the Fig & Olive. There are 3 of these in the Manhattan area, but Ang chose the one in the hip neighborhood that is the Meatpacking District. We had grand plans of shopping, window shopping, eating and visiting, but we had so much fun getting caught up--we stayed at the restaurant and visited the entire time! Our waiter Jonah was quite charming (an aspiring actor as most waiters are in the city, or as he called himself, an INspiring actor) and the atmosphere was very modern chic. The food was some of the best we have had. I had raw tuna with a cilantro based sauce for my app and Ang had some sort of triangle shaped chicken creation. We both had the mushroom penne (it had a much fancier name, but that name escapes me now) for the main dish and then the best fig tiramasu I have ever eaten. I think Tom and I need to hit this place up soon so he can try it out.
Here are some pics!