ABC, 123, You and Me
Today's adventure takes us to ABC Carpet & Home in NYC.
A big old 19th century building converted into a multi level bazaar, filled with handmade china and jewelry, antiques and unique furnishings that occupies 350,000 square feet of retail space.
6 floors for you to explore, filled with wonderful things.
I could spend the day here, and I did.
Great crystal and housewares, one of a kind artisan pieces, stationery, chandeliers and cookbooks.
A feast for the eyes.
Located in a great neighborhood, close to Eataly in the Flatiron district. The Union Square Market is only a block away.
The best part about this building is ABC Kitchen.
Owned by Jean Georges Vongerichten, winner of BEST new restaurant 2011, how is it that I have never eaten dinner here?
Because getting a reservation is like winning the lottery.
So 5:30 pm on a Tuesday winter night it would have to be. Beggars can't be choosers.
This restaurant is one of the original "farm to fork" places in the city, sourcing all of its greens from its rooftop garden or the Union Square greenmarket a block away. Everything is organic and prepared fresh daily with a seasonal menu.
The restaurant is casual, pretty and large, with no pretentiousness.
Mix & match antique china with old silverware.
Little ranunculous floral arrangements (my favorite flower besides peonies) on each table.
The food is the star here.
Roasted carrots w/ avocado, sprouts & creme fraiche.
Homemade spicy sausage w/ roasted potatoes.
A whole wheat pizza w/ dates, bacon & ricotta.
Cavatelli w/ rabbit ragu.
Tuna sashimi in a ginger broth.
Kale salad w/ spicy jalapeno peppers.
A big hunk of delicious ginger cake w/ lemon icing.
and little antique demitasse cups filled with espresso.
If you have one restaurant to visit while in New York City,
Make it here.
35 East 18th St. (between Broadway & Park Ave)
New York, NY 10003
phone 212 475 5829