You might think after the Chocolate Show we were chocolated out. In a way, yes. I was done eating it for awhile. But I was hardly sick of it. And there was no way I was going to New York without a stop-in at Jacques Torres. Yeah, he had a booth at the Show, but I wanted to go to his store. It was like coming home.
Now might be a good time to say we did a lot - and I mean A LOT - of this:
So. We got to Baluchi's and guess what? They are closed from 3-5pm, after lunch and before opening for dinner. And it was exactly 3 o'clock. And we were really hungry for something savory! So we consulted the map and Brian's list, and headed over to Macbar (in Nolita), a tiny gourmet mac & cheese bar. Just what the doctor ordered.
Despite the bright yellow storefront, we walked right past it and had to consult the address to actually see it - it was so small! But super cute, warm, and also shaped like a macaroni noodle on the inside.
Billy's for some cupcakes.
But our disappointment was brief because we had dinner reservations at Artisanal Bistro (just in case we didn't get tickets.) Which was, as you might guess, amazing. Granted, our waiter was a little odd and aloof, and we debated whether his French accent was real or not, but the food spoke for itself. So perfect to end a long day on our feet. We shared a beet salad (with endive, walnuts and goat cheese) and ordered the artisanal blend cheese fondue for dinner, with bread, chicken, fingerling potatoes, and pears for dipping. Exquisite!
But we weren't wowed by the dessert menu, and decided to consult Yelp on my phone for nearby options. (Editorial: My iPhone was THE BEST part of the trip! Between Google map, Yelp, and the NY Subway app, we were girls on a mission, and usually headed in the right direction!) We found Paris Baguette nearby, which you may, as we did, think is a French bakery. I was so in the mood for an eclair. But I had one more chance to sigh, "Alas!" this fateful Friday. As we got nearer, we realized we were in a "Little Korea" area, and when we stopped into Paris Baguette, we found choices like green tea chiffon cake, "glutinous pastry", and milk bread. Huh. Turns out Paris Baguette "ranks as the top brand in the highly competitive Korean bakery market." Hey, I like an Asian bakery as much as...some other people, but I wasn't in the mood. Slightly deflated, and very footsore, we hobbled into a Crumbs bakery on the way back to the subway, where I got a great hot caramel apple cider, and a mediocre cookie, and we made our weary way back to the hotel, where we called our husbands, I took a hot bath, and we crashed.
Next post: A serendipitous morning, round-the-corner pizza, and my toesies finally get cold!