Our first meal during this New York City weekend was brunch at abc kitchen with Mr. and Mrs. HaveShoesWillEatandTravel. This was particularly exciting because they live in Chicago and happened to be in NYC the same weekend we were! Adding to the excitement was the fact that Mr. Shoes didn't know we were meeting them for brunch because it was a surprise birthday weekend for him!
abc kitchen is brought to you by the famous Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The restaurant is filled with local, salvaged, recycled, and reclaimed materials. Plates -- as modeled by Ms. Shoes and Mr. Monkey -- are flowered and purposefully mismatched. Quite the eclectic look all around.
The beauty of the food at abc kitchen lies in its simplicity. There are no muddled flavors here, only superb ingredients and superb preparation.
Crab toast with lemon aioli ($15).
Line-caught tuna sashimi marinated with ginger and mint ($16).
Chicken liver toast ($11).
Brunch Special #1 ordered by Ms. Shoes.
Brunch Special #2 ordered by Mr. Shoes.
Roasted black sea bass with chilies and herbs, spinach, and basil ($29).
Scrambled eggs, crispy oysters, and hot sauce butter ($21).
The sharing continued during desserts!
Toasted almond panna cotta, rhubarb jam, and crumble ($11).
Salted caramel ice cream, candied peanuts, popcorn, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce ($13).
abc kitchen deserves all the love it gets. Our meal was excellent and was made even better by our fun, youthful Chicago versions of us. It was a blast brunching with you again, Mr. and Mrs. Shoes!
Bonus: ABC Carpet & Home (the awesome furniture place connected to abc kitchen) tweeted this post!