Got up and at ’em by 9 to meet the parents at 10 in midtown. Naturally, Kyle and I stopped at Starbucks en route for some early morning caffeination. Soy misto!! Then we headed to MoMA for the Van Gogh special exhibit. I was so excited! We got into the exhibit by 11 and then checked out the rest of the museum after for a few hours. Then it was lunch time! Since we were already in midtown and only had an hour until Young Frankenstein, we went for a quick lunch at Europa Cafe. I got a tuna salad sando (eek, meat!) on a whole grain roll with peppers, tomato, and alfalfa sprouts. It was the perfect amount.
After lunch we walked to 42nd Street for the 2 pm show of Young Frankenstein. Hilarious! I loved the dirty jokes! True, it was a little awkward to be sitting next to my dad while people were singing songs about sex, but what can you do. After that, we headed off to Union Square so I could show the rentals where I work (and grab a starbucks pick-me-up too). We chatted in starbucks until 7 pm (I wasn’t to concerned since our dinner reservation isn’t until WAY late). Then we headed home to get ready for dinner.
We met up at 9 pm for some pre-dinner drinks at SideBar in Union Square. I eye this place on the way home from work all the time and it always has a fun scene, so I wanted to check it out. It had football and booze, so that’s really all that matters. Our dinner reservation was definitely on the late night (10:15 pm). For dinner we went to Union Square Cafe. We wanted to go to USC and since it has been recommended by everyone under the sun, that’s the only time we could manage. We got several apps for the table including the Organic Kabocha Squash Soup with Toasted Almonds, Rosemary and Mascarpone (I shoved the almonds and cheese aside) which was really good and light. For my entree I got the Pan-Seared Branzino with Olive Oil-Braised Potatoes, Phillips Farm Spinach and Olivada. It was good, and I thought I chose the best thing on the menu until I tasted a bite of my mom’s entree. She got the
Seared Yellowfin Tuna Tonnato, Greenmarket Beet-Watercress Salad and Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette. It was SO good, my mouth is watering just remembering how savory it was. We had a lot of wine with dinner too, and then grappa with our dessert. Talk about gag reflex. Grappa is disgusting! Good thing we got desserts for the table, including the Flourless Chocolate Cake with Espresso Zabaglione AND the USC’s Banana Tart with Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream and Macadamia Brittle. I felt like I was gonna pop after all this food! Kyle and managed to roll ourselves back to the subway and then home, but barely.