Where the Stars Eat
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was recently asked to accompany a group of corporate executives to New York where they would ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. I was documenting the trip and helping to make it as much fun as possible.
It was quite an amazing experience being on the floor of the Stock Exchange. The history, energy, and hundreds of millions of dollars that are made and lost every day was a thrilling experience for me. I was not allowed to use flash while shooting on the trading floor, but basically had no other restrictions. The trip was truly a unique experience, but by the time the group left the city, I was totally spent and in need of a little rest and relaxation.
Much of our time preparing for and executing the trip was spent on the lower West side of Manhattan. The area is now one of the hippest and trendiest areas in all of New York. On this Saturday night we had reservations for one of the newest see-and-be-seen restaurants in the city, Locanda Verde. Although there were no celebrities dining there that evening, the meal started out with a real star, cheese and (garlic) bread. Not only was it beautiful, it was delicious.
We started with the Blue Crab Crostini with jalapeno and tomato. The crab was excellent, with just a touch of heat. The crostini was perfectly crisp and the fresh tomato made a great base for the crab.
The Roasted Sea Scallops with heirloom squash, saffron and giallo sauce was equally impressive. Perfectly cooked scallops practically melt in your mouth, and these did exactly that.
For our entrees, we first chose the Fennel-Glazed Duck with fingerling potatoes, red kale, pancetta and grappa plums. The duck was perfectly prepared, flavorful and the presentation was gorgeous.
One can’t leave an Italian restaurant without sampling the pasta. I ordered the Pappardelle Verde with white bolognese and boy did it hit the spot. House made pasta noodles and a meaty bolognese was just what I was hoping for, and more.
How do you top off a meal like this? Dessert, of course! We chose the Risotto Dolce with blueberries, raspberries and blueberry sorbetto. The “risotto” was more like a rice pudding and the fresh berries were a perfect accompaniment. Oh, let’s not forget the sorbetto on top!