Dying to go back. (Maggie, maybe this should be our next lunch spot?)
The food was delish and the place made for extremely entertaining NYC people-watching — it’s like a little piece of the Upper East Side plopped down in the Flatiron. Sweater sets, oversize handbags, facelifts, and ladies-who-lunch a-go-go. Apparently, celebs, too — Chrissy just *happened* to spy Stanley Tucci‘s name in the reservation book.
We popped in early, sans reservation, and sat at one of the tall bar tables up front — a perch that made the people-watching even easier. But if you want a real table in the main dining room, definitely call to reserve.
On the menu:
Roasted squash toast with ricotta and apple cider vinegar
Mackerel sashimi with ginger and mint
Roasted carrot and avocado salad with crunchy seeds and citrus (surprising and divine)
Smoky lentil soup with herb-infused oil and Parmesan
And, we had no room for it, but of extreme interest for dessert:
Salted Caramel-Peanut Ice Cream Sundae
Here’s what The New York Times had to say about ABC Kitchen…. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable review — let’s just say Sam Sifton had fun with it. And he concedes the food is very good.
Need to schedule a lunch date with a colleague or friend? Want to treat yourself while downtown for a doctor’s appointment? You’ve found your place.