Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Food Tuesday-Restaurant Tour

And so the food tour begins..

When the weather heats up, I come out of hiding and spend more days exploring restaurants than I do in my own kitchen. This weekend was the kickoff of my Summer dining tour, which I'll be sharing in Food Tuesday all season. Most will be in NYC but as I travel, so will the series. I'm kicking things off with Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar. 

Location: Brookfield Place, 200 Vesey St. (Battery Park City). They also have a location in Hell's Kitchen (308 W. 58th, btwn 8th and 9th Ave)

Atmosphere: You can sit at any table or high top marble counter but there is more energy at the bar in front of the Itamae preparing everyone's food. Our experience was made more entertaining by sitting there. 

Service: I found the staff very attentive. The ordering and checkout process were simple. The wait staff handled everything on a tablet and the food preparation begins. We never felt ignored or sat too long without someone clearing a platter or refilling a drink They were excellent.  

Price Point: $$$ 

Deals: During Happy Hour, you can get $5 handrolls and two for one sake. They have a weekend Happy Hour, which is pretty rare. 

Our Meal; We shared 2 California rolls, 2 yellowtail and avocado hand rolls, 2 Ebi Tempura rolls and an order of Usuzukuri (Binnaga) (albacore with sesame mayo). We drank Mutsu Otokoyama sake.

Any cons? The only drawback I can think of is the restaurant doesn't have outdoor dining but it is encased in wall to wall windows on two sides (the rest is open to the shopping center) so you can feel and enjoy the sun. You can also order your sushi to go and head downstairs where there are plenty of tables with a great view of the Hudson.

Bonus: While you're at Brookfield Place, make sure to visit Le District. It's a little culinary heaven with everything from a bar to a confectionary. We opted for coffee and a coffee eclair. It was the perfect sweet bite to end our day.  

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