Our trip got off to a great start with dinner the first night in New York. Our flight from Miami got in around 4:30, so by the time we got to our hotel (Hello, Waldorf-Astoria! My sister K went all swanky on me!) we were famished. Of course we had skipped lunch in anticipation of really good food.
Without plans, I emailed friends for dinner suggestions and (after some snippy comments 🙂 about not emailing sooner…) they delivered. The suggestion was Park Avenue Autumn. It is a restaurant at Park Avenue and East 63rd Street, a short walk from our hotel, that changes its decor and menu (and name!) seasonally. It just recently morphed into “Autumn” from “Summer” and since we (mostly me, sis has seasons in Santa Fe, I don’t) wanted to feel fallish, K and I headed over.
(We sat in the banquette right in the middle there.)
The restaurant is beautiful – all coppers, browns, dark leathers, fall flowers – it is hard to believe that EVERYTHING (light fixtures, furniture, art, etc.) changes with the seasons. The very attentive waitstaff showed us the photo proof of this and it can also be found on their website here – go check out the slideshow, it is amazing!
We settled in with glasses of wine (mine was a yummo Decoy by Duckhorn, Chardonnay, 2010) and attacked the bread basket! We ordered and were treated immediately to an amuse bouche from the chef (I LOVE those kinds of touches!).
K had the Cured Lemon Caesar Salad followed by the Potato Gnocchi with Sweet Corn and Truffles that I swear is the lightest/airiest gnocchi I have ever tasted! I had the Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Lobster Crouton (Autumn in a bowl!) and the Miso Brussels Spouts. Delicious! I am not brave enough to photograph my dinners in restaurants (yet), but you can check out the PAA menu here.
We really wanted dessert but just couldn’t do it! Next time, definitely!
I think that one of the best parts about NYC is that you get to walk home after dinner and pretend that you are making a dent in the calories you just ate. 🙂
I just wish I could come back and try all the other seasons too!
Thanks Frank for the great suggestion.