…for the week at Serious Eats New York. Plus ‘Afternoon Tea’ at the Crosby Street Hotel, and ‘Lunch for One’ at Rubirosa in Soho and M. Wells in Long Island City.
Lunch for One: M. Wells…Seared Foie Gras and Scallion Oil on Pullman Toast (it’s only $10!) and…
…Escargots and Bone Marrow with shallots and red wine purée ($9). Here’s the menu for M. Wells. This place is definitely work making a trip out to Long Island City…preferably on a weekday when the wait isn’t too crazy.
Sugar Rush: Michel et Augustin. Dean & Deluca’s recently started to stock biscuits and bars from Michel et Augustin, a brand I first learned about in Paris last year. I’m crazy about these cookies and am very, very happy to purchase them locally! The above box is $3 each for six mini-biscuits.
Petits sablés tout chocolat et cacao / Chocolate butter biscuits; Petits sablés au pavot et à la vanille / Poppy seed and vanilla butter biscuits; Petits sablés aux gouttes de chocolat / Chocolate chip butter biscuits.
They make many other products including these bars that are a cross between shortbread and chocolate bars, with little wells of a chocolate ganache on a buttery, crunchy cookie base. $4 per bar. Petits carrés aux noisettes et chocolat noir / Hazelnuts and dark chocolate biscuit bar.
Petits carrés au caramel, pointe de sel et chocolat au lait / Caramel salt from Guérande and milk chocolate biscuit bar.
Sugar Rush: Ginger Spice and Hazelnut Cake at Duane Park Patisserie. The Ginger is $3…
…and the Hazelnut Cake is $3.50.
Lunch for One: Rubirosa. Black And White Tagliatelle ($16) with Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, and Scallops followed by…
…Tiramisu ($7) for dessert.
Sugar Rush: Buckles and S’mores at Blue Bottle Coffee. These are “Brooklyn Bootleg S’mores” with Mast Brothers Chocolate, house-made graham crackers, and Kings County Distillery moonshine marshmallow ($3).
The fruit filling for the Buckle ($3) changes seasonally, it was pumpkin on my last visit.
Don’t forget to pick up the Biscotti Regina ($1) while you’re at Blue Bottle. Not just any ol’ biscotti, this one has anise seeds, Delaware Phoenix Absinthe, and Salvatore Brooklyn olive oil.
Afternoon Tea: Crosby Street Hotel. $34 a person. The serving above is for two people.
Making our way up from the bottom tier. Four types of sandwiches: smoked salmon and dill; cucumber and butter; egg salad and mustard cress; and roast beef and horseradish. Two types of (gigantic!) scones: plain and lemon-cranberry scones.
Sweets: cocoa tart with fresh berries and lilikoi curd; chocolate brownies with peanut butter mousse and caramel; and red velvet cupcakes with whipped cream cheese frosting.
At the top tier: clotted cream, strawberry jam and orange marmalade.
Sugar Rush: Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea. $8 for a tin of 20 sachets.
Sugar Rush: Li-Lac’s Chocolate Cream Rolls From left to right: Mousse Roll ($2.75) – Soft, whipped light chocolate center, decorated with dark chocolate sprinkles; Hazelnut Truffle Roll ($3.50) – Soft milk chocolate hazelnut paste center rolled in almond dust; French Roll ($2.75) – Soft dark chocolate center with chopped walnuts, finished with dark chocolate sprinkles.