SoHo Appy Crawl

We take making a meal out of appetizers very seriously. Having them at multiple restaurants is even better. For this appy crawl, in the heart of Manhattan, we enlisted help from our middle child, Decibel, the black-wearing, taxi-flagging, fast-walking, free-lancing, f-bomb-dropping, urbanite New Yorker.

Feeling generous, we asked Decibel to decide on three restaurants she’d been waiting to visit until Mom and Dad could be there to pick up the tab. She rattled off three so fast that we knew she must have been waiting for us to ask 22 to decide on three restaurants she’d been waiting to visit until Mom and Dad could be there to pick up the tab. She rattled off three so fast that we knew she must have been waiting for us to ask and next thing we knew she was at our hotel room. The girl is like the… CONTINUE READING >>

We take
making a meal out of appetizers very seriously. Having them
at multiple restaurants is even better. For this appy crawl,
in the heart of Manhattan, we enlisted help from our middle
child, Decibel, the black-wearing, taxi-flagging, fast-walking,
free-lancing, f-bomb-dropping, urbanite New Yorker.

Feeling
generous, we asked Decibel to decide on three restaurants she’d
been waiting to visit until Mom and Dad could be there to
pick up the tab. She rattled off three so fast that we knew
she must have been waiting for us to ask and next thing
we knew she was at our hotel room. The girl
is like the wind.

Before we
could catch our breath, we were chasing Decibel around trendy SoHo
— NYC speak for “south of Houston Street.” Attempting
to take in the sights while keeping up a brisk New York gait,
we were abruptly chastised by Decibel:

“Quit looking up — you
look like a tourist!” Apparently, being a tourist is not
the optimal thing.

We arrived
at Aquagrill in the blink of an eye.

Aquagrill
Spring and 6th

The oysters,
oh, the oysters. Veronica was in heaven. She actually wept. We
sat at the end of the bar near the oyster specialist to take in
the full mollusk experience. We were handed a list of oyster choices
— assuming there would be two or three –and were bowled over
at the medieval scroll we were given. There had to be thirty choices!

The specialist,
picking up on Veronica’s bovine look, sweetly suggested that
he choose for her. And choose he did. He shucked those fat bad
boys like the pro he was and whomped down a platter of the most
beautiful invertebrates we’d ever tasted. We might be ruined
for life.

Making our
way through SoHo, past the fashionable shops and even more fashionable
people, it felt like we had stumbled into a Woody Allen movie
— or perhaps “The Devil Wears Prada.” Everyone was
beautiful, dressed to the nines and sporting some serious footwear!
Really? Those girls can walk that fast in those skyscraper heels?
Impressive. Lacking the will to keep up, we sauntered on to our
next destination.

Lure
Prince and Mercer

Walk into
Lure and experience what it was like to spend some time with the
Onassis clan aboard one of their ridiculously fabulous yachts.
Wait — really — it’s a yacht in the middle of SoHo. We
sat and watched the stylish New Yorkers blaze by through the portholes–it’s
seriously groovy.

It’s
a boat in the middle of Manhattan, it’s called Lure, it’s
obviously a seafood restaurant. If the quality of their sushi
is any indication, we’re guessing that the entrée
menu is to die for.

Spring
Pea and White Asparagus Soup

Somehow this soup was frothy AND hot. Had hunks of shrimp (oh
the texture). We tasted mint. Loved it.

Sushi
We had the salmon sushi and the House Roll. This roll consisted
of shrimp tempura and cucumber with an outer rim of spicy tuna
and dollops of yummy sauce. Add the black sesame seeds in the
rice and you’ve got the makings of one fine roll. Decibel deemed
it “freakin’ awesome” and Decibel knows her sushi.

The stunningly
huge wine list reads like a juicy romance novel. It had to be
removed from Veronica’s sweaty hands by management. We have
all kinds of inappropriate adjectives we could use here, but let’s
leave it at sexy, shall we?

We elected
to do a bit of a digestive stroll. It led us out of SoHo proper,
but still within appy crawling distance. We were fortunate enough
to experience a true NYC moment. This sign was found outside a
posh shop — not exactly something one would see in say, Sheboygan.

The best part?
This guy sat down at his computer, chose a font, laid it out nicely
and nestled it into a protective sleeve to save it from the elements.
BRA-VO pissed off New York City bike dude!

Decibel’s
next suggestion was tapas, ba-by! A restaurant sanctioned appy
crawl if there ever was one–tapas are small portions–so order
away!

Café
Español

Bleeker and Thompson

Decibel walked
into Café Español and immediately pegged it
for a great place to go on a date. It WAS pretty cute.

The
menu contains five types of sangria–white, red, cava, mango
and strawberry. We tried the red and it was delicious, but
— careful — it’s very strong. Order by the glass, just
to be safe. Don’t eat the fruit if you want to be able to
walk out the door unaided.

Pimientos
de Piquillo

Roasted spicy sweet peppers–yeah! These were REALLY good

Spanish
Olives

Wonderful combo–some
stuffed with nuts or pickles. Pimentos and capers, oh so yummy.

Tortilla
Espanola

Very authentic egg and potato “omelette”

Champiñones
Rellenos

Mushrooms stuffed with bland bread crumbs or what tasted like
bland bread crumbs anyway. Skip this one.

Vieriras
en Salsa Verde

Also not good. Scallops–only fair–and the sauce was bland. Really
didn’t stand up well to the evening’s previous shellfish
experiences.

Nata con
Nueces

Saved the day–vanilla ice cream with a caramel ribbon topped
with caramelized walnuts. Caramel. Goooood.

Also see:
The
Appy Crawl Philosophy
, All
Appy Crawls

David & Veronica,
GypsyNester.com


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