What a steamy weekend we’ve had! I think I spent more time at the beach than my apartment (not a bad problem to have…).
Since my ankle is still on the mend (but doing MUCH better!), I focused on some good cross training and felt no pain whatsoever. Hooray!
- Saturday: 1:10:00 spin bike, 30 mins elliptical; lifting, core work and stretching
- Sunday: 50:00 spin bike, 20 mins elliptical; core work and stretching
I guess this was not a bad weekend to stick to the air-conditioned gym, but I still missed getting in a good long run and some QT in the parks. Oh well, next week!
Saturday evening called for a dinner out with four lovely and awesome ladies, including my pal Darby, who was in charge of picking the restaurant. I knew we were in good hands, and Darby indeed chose a gem – Market Table in the West Village (54 Carmine at Bedford).
Market Table has the kind of restaurant atmosphere I love – fairly quiet, candles, comfortable yet chic. And of course, seriously delicious food. The cuisine was “Seasonal American” with somewhat of a focus on seafood – definitely up my alley.
So the strategy was to skip the app and hold out for dessert. I snacked on a salad earlier in the evening, so I wasn’t totally ravenous when we got there. Darby’s salad made me second-guess my decision:
Grilled romaine a la caesar with anchovies and toasted lemon breadcrumbs. I had a taste, and this was warm and full of flavor. Delicious!
My entrée certainly did not disappoint:
Pan roasted halibut with snap peas, fingerlings, shiitake and fava pesto. The halibut was cooked to perfection, and the shiitakes were tender and full of flavor. A+!
I had to snap a photo of Jennifer’s dish – it also looked superb:
Grilled pork porterhouse with summer squash succotash and crispy onions. Amazing.
More amazing – I had room for dessert. Enter the polka dot cheesecake.
Regular cheesecake with chocolate “polka dots” and a chocolate graham cracker crust. Definitely got some help finishing this one – SO GOOD! (Thanks again, Lynne!)
Another thing I loved about Market Table – the windows! They surrounded most of the restaurant with great views of Carmine/Bedford Streets. I think it may be one of my new favs 🙂
Ever since living on Washington Square West the summer between my freshman/sophomore years of college, I’ve loved the West Village so, so much. The streets, restaurants, nightlife, people, shops of all kinds – sigh. I would love to live there again – the UES pales in comparison (in my opinion). Here are a few reasons why I haven’t made the move:
- Space – I like it
- Umm, moving is expensive
- West Village rent…’nuff said
- Being that far away from Central Park (i.e., my running grounds) give me anxiety
So, someday. But for right now, it’s a fab place to visit (often) 🙂