Husband had heard about this one, but we just happened upon it, one afternoon, between tours. It was swanky, suave, chic. Packed with the high-paid business men and women of NY on their lunch break. I ordered the skirt steak panini which was more like a skirt steak toasted sarmie. But with chunky crisp potato wedges, and lightly dressed salad it made for a perfect lunch. All served up on a wooden board. Husband was feeling a bit more ambitious and ordered the 'fixe lunch' or set menu. He ate a delicious gazpacho soup, a good-looking paella, and a chocolate mousse. The bites that I had of his were scrumptious.
10 East 52nd Street, Manhattan, NY (212) 319-2002
When we first walked past this spot in the West Village we knew it was a winner. As big fans of the scrummy rice dish, this sounded just like our kind of spot. So, when we found ourselves in the West Village a few days later, bellies-rumbling, feet-sore and risotto-calling, we knew it was time.
Mmm...Saturday afternoon. Hungry. The day is hot, but the wind is blowing, just like it does at the ocean. We sit down at a roadside restaurant in Aistoria and order dish after dish of delicious seafood. It feels even more like we could be by the ocean. What a feast!
33-07 Ditmars Blvd Astoria, NY 11105 (718) 545-8666