ABC Kitchen – Restaurant Review

As promised from my previous post on The Honest Co. event I attended with Jessica Alba, I swore I would write a post about our amazing dinner at ABC Kitchen in NYC.

 

I read about ABC Kitchen in a magazine that was talking about their Salted Caramel Sundae. Which of course sounded amazing to me so I put it on my “to-do” list for when I’m in the area to check them out.

 

When I was invited to the Mom Trends event for the launch of Jessica Alba’s new company The Honest Co. I was thrilled to find out the event was going to take place at ABC Kitchen. I told my hubby he was coming with and we would have dinner there after my event. I couldn’t wait. Could I order the sundae for my appetizer, entrée and dessert? Would that be wrong?

 

The staff was super nice from David the host, to our servers. They were fantastic.

Our server brought out the Roasted Kabocha Squash Toast, Fresh Ricotta, and Apple Cider Vinegar which melted in your mouth. It had everything, sweet, salty and just super savory. We loved it.

We wanted to start with the Pretzel Dusted Calamari with Marinara and Mustard Aioli. Let me say that I am not a fan of calamari at all. I never order it but my husband loves it. After looking at their menu I had the feeling I would like theirs. Often times I find people don’t cook it right and the texture is too chewy and just bad so I never order it. This was AMAZING! I wouldn’t say I will order calamari anywhere… but I will order it at ABC Kitchen for sure. They do it right and the aioli sauces were amazing. The mustard might be my favorite as it had a wasabi flavor to it which I thought paired nicely with the calamari.

For my entrée I chose the Fried Organic Chicken with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce Butter. Incredible! My husband loved it too! It was fried perfectly all around. Crunchy goodness but yet perfectly moist inside. The collard greens were cooked perfectly and the hot sauce butter… yum. If you are craving something fried this is for you.

My hubby ordered the Roast Suckling Pig with Plum and Smoked Bacon Marmalade and Braised Turnips. Again it was amazing. The pig just fell apart, no knife needed. It melted in your mouth. It was sweet with a slight tang to it. I never order pig but when we return this is what I’ll be ordering.

We also tried the sunchokes. What’s a sunchoke? I asked that question myself. It is a hybrid of an artichoke and a sunflower. The texture is that of an artichoke and the way it was prepared had a smoky flavor. Very yummy.

 

Ok desserts… I’ve gotta say everything we ordered was absolutely amazing. But I was really there to try the sundae.

Here’s the scoop on the Sundae – Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Candied peanuts & popcorn, Whipped Cream & Chocolate Sauce. I mean really! It was insane! Salty, sweet, creamy, yummy goodness. The only bad thing about this sundae was that I couldn’t finish it. Everything we ate was so scrumptious (and I was saving room) and I couldn’t finish it. But it was incredible. Everything I imagined and then some.

My hubby ordered the Chocolate Cake with Malted Chocolate Ganache & Toasted Marshmallow Icing but debated over the warm doughnuts. The chocolate was very good. I love marshmallows and thought the icing was sublime. It reminded me of a meringue.

But… our server also brought us out Warm Doughnuts. Some might say doughnuts? Who cares! No really these doughnuts aren’t just any doughnuts. They are lighter than air, puffy, delectable pastries. According to my hubby “They are the best doughnuts I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of doughnuts”. They really were. We got 3 doughnuts. One with chocolate frosting, another with concord grape jam frosting and a pumpkin cream stuffed doughnut with cinnamon sugar on the outside. That one was our absolute fave!

 

 

We had the most amazing meal with incredible service at ABC Kitchen and can’t wait to return. Now I know why it’s a hot spot amongst all the celebs (Hugh Jackman, Jessica Alba, Parker Posey and more). That’s right! The celebs love this place and who can blame them. Oh did I mention I was sitting next to Parker Posey? Super cool chick who I hope gets on Twitter and Facebook soon. After all there is a Facebook Fanpage devoted solely to getting Parker Posey on Facebook. Plus I think her posts would rock.

 

If you are in the city you MUST check out ABC Kitchen. If you live in the city call them NOW and make a reservation. I promise you will love it.

 

Visit http://www.abckitchennyc.com/ for more details.

 

*Disclaimer- I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

 

 

 

Best Ingredient Goes to Honey Bunches of Oats!

 

Wednesday night I had the wonderful opportunity to hang out at the Marina Maher Communications offices in NYC and watch the People’s Choice Awards, sample some amazing food from Honey Bunches of Oats and try the new wine Entwine by the Food Network.

 

I had such a blast chatting with fellow influencers at the MMC offices and especially chatting it up with the MMC staff. They really have the sweetest gals working for them. (I’m looking at you Samara, Kristen, Taylor & Ashley.)

 

I love award shows the fashion, beauty and bantar. Who doesn’t? Kristen and I noticed a trend in the mesh sleeves and mesh dresses with lace overlays. The MMC sent around a ballot for us to vote on who we thought would take home each category. Needless to say I think I lost every category.

 

Honey Bunches of Oats , yes the cereal, had tons of food on hand. Yes I said food! Appetizers, desserts, you name it you can make it with Honey Bunches of Oats. It’s not just for your milk anymore kids. It’s an ingredient!

 

Here are some of the great recipes you can try at home with Honey Bunches of Oats.

 

 

My personal faves were the mousse and the caramel squares. They also had an amazing crabcake with a chipotle sauce at the party that was too die for.

 

While I may have failed guessing who would win each category of the night I came out a winner because I learned so much about Honey Bunches of Oats.

 

Best Ingredient goes to Honey Bunches of Oats!

 

Follow Honey Bunches of Oats on Twitter @HBOats!

 

Read the Fruit Blends Fact Sheet HERE and the Honey Bunches of Oats press release HERE.

Mani’s, Muppets & Moi with Bliss Spa

Tomorrow the long awaited Muppets movie “The Muppets” hits theatres and I was amongst the first to see it.

Thanks to Bliss Spa I attended a screening premiere last night in NY with my hubby as part of a Twitter contest @BlissSpa sponsored. I was thrilled because I’ve been a huge Muppets fan since I was a kid.

When I entered the theatre we were greeted with Sofia Mini champagne and brownies. AND mani’s! Yes you heard me right Bliss Spa brought in their talented manicurists to give all the guests mani’s with the new Muppet’s collection by OPI. I opted for Pepe’s Purple Passion. I love the deep dark purple with little flecks of glitter. It’s perfect for the holidays! All the colors from the new collection were gorg it was hard to choose just one.

Pepe’s Purple Passion from OPI’s Muppet Collection

The film itself was better than I could have ever imagined. I loved the weekend’s growing up as I would sit with my hair in curlers, eating popcorn while watching The Muppet’s on TV. The guests, the banter between Kermit & Miss. Piggy, the music, I loved it. This film reminded me so much of why I loved them to begin with.

Since kids nowadays aren’t as familiar with The Muppet’s as us thirty- something’s I thought it was a great introduction to The Muppets for kids these days. It introduces the characters in a newer way. The film also recaps on things we recall from watching it on TV and also adds lots of pop culture references and includes a plethora of surprise celebrity guests. The Muppet’s are back! And better than ever in this new film. My hubby and I loved the movie!

Swag

Bliss Spa also provided us with a swag bag filled with their famous Lemon & Sage Body Butter, Dale and Thomas Kettle Corn, Glaceau SmartWater and a recipe for Lemon & Sage popcorn. Yum!

Start off the holiday weekend right and take a lil break and check out The Muppet’s tomorrow!

A special thanks to Bliss Spa for including moi in the night’s festivities.