When I get home from a long trip, I usually like to nest and cook at home. But this week, my favorite food writer and good friend Carrie Vitt of Deliciously Organic was in town, and we also had a double date with Good People that had been planned for weeks. So when I drove up from Colonial Williamsburg, I drove straight to meet Carrie at Prune in the East Village. Because of how popular Prune is and how much press it's received due to its excellent, talented chef Gabrielle Hamilton, I thought it was going to be a typical New York hot spot-dark with loud music, where you can't move without bumping into someone.
It was tiny, but light and a casual bistro-style place with amazing food. I tried bone marrow for the first time, and got grilled head-on shrimp and a lentil salad. Of course, good company makes any dinner better!
The next night was far from healthy but one of the best dinners I've had in New York recently. Best thing is that it is in my neighborhood, the West Village. I interviewed Top Chef: Just Desserts judge Gail Simmons last week (to be posted soon!) and she mentioned Kin Shop as one of her favorites. Owned by Season One Top Chef Winner, Chef Harold Dieterle has created a Thai menu where every dish is familiar and completely new at the same time. I could go on about the spicy duck laab salad, fried broccoli & chinese sausage, and crab noodles. Tough to get a reservation but easier to get in during lunch.