narcissa

narcissa || 21 cooper square, ny ny 10005 || (212)228-3344

a new, sophisticated, delicious addition to the east village is that of narcissa, located inside the standard hotel in cooper square. as you make your way to the restaurant, you’ll be sure to find some notable decor reminiscent of pleasant pastimes…

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take a little journey into the time machine

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atoms + molecules + the love you had for the periodic table

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forgive me, i’ve forgotten what cocktail this was, but surely i started with the whiskey option and it was fabulous.

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take me to tulum. tequila-based. delish.

the menu is sure to be satisfactory, carefully created by a michelin star chef, john fraser.

the dish that stood out:

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barley risotto with littleneck clams.

i usually cringe at the thought of risotto because i internally calculate how many more minutes of cardio i must do to work it off + the sloth-who-overdosed-on-heavy-cream feeling afterwards, but this…bravo mister chef! it was the perfect rendition of risotto.

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beet salad – solid. great.

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tuna sashimi jalapeno in a cucumber-basil water

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fluke crudo. light and refreshing.

now for the mains i tried…

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herb-roasted duck breast. wonderful. must-get especially if you love duck.

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maine scallops. flavored well but i always prefer scallops raw over cooked, so i can’t say i loved this. anyone with the same preferences should request it to be seared instead.

and finally, dessert…

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riesling poached white peach on a vanilla cream + pistachio amaretti. so delicate, so pretty.

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assorted fruit plate. perhaps one of my favorite fruit plates as of late, since they include a more interesting selection than what you can find in the normal household.

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photobooth downstairs? why not.

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tricky stairwell you must trek in order to use the loo? sure, but first, lemme take a full-body selfie, because i can’t guarantee i’ll be ok afterwards

cheers to narcissa for a delicious dinner!

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dear irving

dear irving || 55 irving place, 2nd floor, ny ny

crystal crystals, everywhere, and there’s even delicious cocktails to drink.
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this new addition has stolen a piece of my heart. its aesthetically pleasing decor is on point, reminiscent of its older sibling & also a longtime favorite of mine, raines law room, with the extra glitz from the curtains of sparkling crystals literally everywhere. think the cosmopolitan hotel in vegas, or hotel lisboa in macau.
20140922-165646.jpgit is a speakeasy-esque themed non-speakeasy, with no hidden entrance but a glamorous celebration of the great times after the silly ridiculous prohibition era, with carefully crafted libations of course. bravo to interior designer, delphine mauroit — inspired by the film “midnight in paris,” she takes you on a time travel from the jfk times to our favorite gatsby, then abe lincoln, then finally marie antoinette.
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definitely try the “whiskey business: rye, anchilo chile liqueur, cinnamon, lemon, angostura bitters for those who like a kick, a whiskey backbone with a smoked pepper pop”
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great thing is there are more food options than raines…and did i read foie gras parfait? needless to say, i will be returning to try more.
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you don’t even need to go far for a decent selfie. tabletops are mirrored.
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the buzzers for each table light up when you ring the “bell” at your table when you need service. 20140922-174311.jpg
[new york] girls just wanna have fun…& crystals & delicious cocktails & great food & just everything really.

thank you to the team behind raines for this beautiful piece of work.
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