Official Man-Date June 2010. Last night Dan arranged an amazing meal and night out for Tanner and I. At 7:45 we piled into a cab and headed across town in a cab over to Chelsea, where we were dumped out at the base of a large set of stairs. As it turns there is an amazing raised park that runs through Chelsea and into the West Village called Highline Park! The city has converted the old raised train tracks that ran through that part of town into a beautiful green walkway. The architecture, foliage, and view is incredibly stunning! As you wander through the raised park you get to take in the city all around, the river a block away with sailboats skimming by, and you are surrounded in lush flowering plants, it is surreal!
After this wonderful and appetite inducing walk suspended amid the city we descended once again to ground level the the front door of our next dining adventure, Colicchio & Sons. Tom Colicchio is the owner of the Craft Restaurants, Founder of Gramercy Tavern, and the Head Judge on Top Chef! I have been trying to eat at one of his restaurants for ages, almost as to size up his expertise in order to better understand his critiques of the Top Chef contestants. Dan had made reservations at Colicchio & Sons for us, and had also prepared a three bottle wine tasting, for which Tanner had the corking fee waved since he began his culinary exploits at Gramercy Tavern with Tom Colicchio. The space at the restaurant was amazing! A towering ceiling and enormous space which is divided in the center by a two story glass wine cellar, separating the lounge from the main dining room. Huge two story floor to ceiling windows overlook the river. The decor is modern but not obnoxious. Just a really cool place.
We began with a glass of champagne in order to toast to a guys night out, and the dove into our tasting. Dan had sought out three vintages of the same wine in order for us to do a vertical tasting, Hanzell 07,06, and 05. Amazing wines on there own accord, but such a cool thing to taste the different years right next to each other! Obviously similar, but shockingly different. Really great wines. As we tasted we scrounged our way through a couple of course, Ricotta Ravioli with morels; Halibut with Artichokes, being my choices. Capping everything off with a great cheese plate. It was a fabulous three hour meal. It feels so nice not to be rushed, and to savor every bit of your meal. Also interesting is the attention you give your food when you start to think about having to recreate something like it someday, I now over scrutinize everything.
After we left the restaurant we caught a cab back to the East Village for a night cap at a new bar Summit. Great cocktails and beer selection. As we sat down to enjoy our negronis and something infused with coca leaves… we were browsing through the menu and found out that they exclusively sell Dan’s salami! Suddenly Dan was a celebrity to the staff behind the bar, and proceeded to take shots with the owner. After that we had all had far too much to drink and headed on our way back home. All and all it was truly a phenomenal summer night out with the guys.
Here are some last pictures for you that we took somewhere on our walk home. Tanner found a tree that he liked and had me take a couple of pictures of it, and for some reason everything seemed to come together to produce these. How it happened I have no idea.