Yesterday, Post hosted a food event with Tipsy Parson, a Chelsea-based NYC restaurant that specializes in soul food. Combining recipes using Post cereals like Shredded Wheat, Honey Nut Shredded Wheat, and Grape-Nuts, they came up with healthier versions of the most popular comfort foods and gave us a firsthand look on just how delicious it can still be (think Thanksgiving recipes).
And what’s better than having the food come to you? We were invited to Condé Nast’s Bon Appetit Test Kitchen (just a few floors down from me!) to taste some of the mouth-watering recipes they had in store for us.
If I could create the perfect lunch spot, it would have the following:
Fresh and flavorful ingredients
A gourmet approach to the food – in concept and execution
An affordable price-point (under $14, with lots of options somewhere around $5-$10)
Prime real estate – walking distance to cute shops…and close to a Barneys
A talented, yet humble chef who is recognized for his skills, as well as his charm
Needless to say, this is a tall order. So, I was surprised to discover that something like this actually exists, when I was invited to a tasting at Cabbage Patch in the 90210.
The Meatpacking District may be best known for its night life, but that culture totally spills into their restaurants. There are doormen, lines, people dressed to the nines and menu prices that lets you know you’re paying probably as much to eat as you are to be seen eating there. Needless to say, God forbid you lose your reservation because now you’re all dressed up and stuck with a minimum two-hour wait at all the restaurants in the vicinity. That’s kind of what happened to us — only our saving grace was Fig & Olive.
After losing our 8pm reservation at Ajna Bar (formerly Buddha Bar…I had no idea they had changed their name either), we were stuck with waiting til midnight for the next slot. Across the street at STK, same story. After wandering a bit, we found Fig & Olive. The maître d’ was so nice and accommodating even though the five of us had just shown up without a reservation on a Saturday night. He said we could wait 15 minutes for an “unorthodox” table inside or a table outside. We opted to sit outside since it was a nice night. While we were waiting, the manager offered us drinks on the house. The service for the rest of the night fit the same standard — it was totally refreshing.