Hey there. I was in New York City and had two notable eating and drinking experiences. (Well, eating and eating and drinking.) The first was at Corkbuzz Chelsea Market. It’s a nice stop for happy hour amidst the teeming market throngs pre- or post-High Line. Which is a must-do in New York. (Here are some photos.)
I had time for a glass of the 2014 Clos de la Grange Sauvignon Blanc from France’s Loire Valley. Touraine is a spot where where nice Sauvignon Blancs (at a nice price) can be found, but this one is special. It’s made by Francois Chidaine, creator of crazy good Chenin Blanc, so it was a treat to try something new (to me) at Corkbuzz. It’s a less aggressive, more brooding/contemplative type of Sauvignon Blanc. Very serious and memorable stuff. Wine Searcher shows an average of $15 for a bottle, so I’d call it a fantastic value.
My one fancy dinner was at Fung Tu. This was a stupendous meal, one of the best I’ve ever eaten. Just look at the menu. Everything was perfectly cooked and seasoned. I sat at the bar with my friend Kat Flinn (buy her books!) and the service was fantastic. (BTW, this restaurant recommendation came via my friends Katie and Bianca. If you haven’t had Uncouth Vermouth, made by the latter, you are in for a real treat. Buy it, drink it, love it. And do so slightly chilled. The vermouth that is. Well, you should be chill.)
My favorite wines were the Pet-Nat (a fresh and fizzy pink delight), a stellar, perfectly oaked Chardonnay, and a killer Loire Chenin Blanc.
And talk about burying the lede, I was out in New York for a week to find a job and a place to live. STAY TUNED.
P.S.: Right now I’m in the Finger Lakes. Whut. Stay Tuned II.