Locanda Verde (Robert DeNiro's place) was right down the block from Bubby's. The waiter told me he'd turn a blind eye if I took a picture (he was adorable) but if his manager saw I would more than likely be scolded about violating the "no pictures" policy. I tried to pick and choose what photos to take in case I was reprimanded. So I bring you my selection, first the Uovo Modenese with cotechino hash, spinach and tomato hollandaise. A loose translation would be a cross between hash and eggs benedict, made with house-made cotechino, spinach, and tomato hollandaise. Let's just say up until today I thought I knew how to poach an egg. It was memorable.
Claremarie chose a Zucchini Frittata with roasted tomato, goat cheese and basil.
Now comes the best part. I'd read reviews of a dessert at this restaurant. A budino. This happened to be Clare's selection - now that's what I call vicarious pleasure. I give you the Chocolate Budino with coffee crème fraiche gelato, hot fudge, and coffee granita. The granita was spread over the top of the dessert - it looked like crystalized ginger. It was impressive. She loved it.
My choice? The peach and plum crumble. It didn't disappoint. I love a fruit dessert.
The building was brick walls covered in art. I asked about the art . . . Robert DeNiro's father is the artist. It was fun.
Later we had a tour of some famous sights. The Dakota Building as in John Lennon and Rosemary's Baby...
The Manhattan Temple...
Beautiful Central Park . . . I really want to go back there and spend some time in the park. If the weather would only cooperate.
It's hotter than blazes. No words.