Breakfast and brunch

Saturday after the wedding was another day of a ridiculous amount of eating. It started out innocently enough. We knew we were going to meet a bunch of folks for brunch at Counter around noon. But both of us are early risers and weren’t going to make it all the way ’til noon. So we went by Cafe Pedlar for coffee again and then got bagels.

Then later we headed over to Counter to meet up with a ton of people. We basically took over the back of the restaurant.

Now, I’ll give them a break on the service since we were such a huge group and arrived in waves. But again the food wasn’t worth the hype. I got the tofu scramble. It’s mostly up under the toast. I will say the potatoes were awesome. Nice crisp on them, soft inside. The tofu scramble was bland and uninteresting. How do you mess up tofu scramble? You can make it an infinite number of tasty ways. It’s inexcusable really.

Kevin thought his french toast was pretty good. But there should have been more of it.

Anyway, my overall impression from my two visits to Counter is that it isn’t worth the hype.

After brunch, we grabbed the rented evening clothes and headed downtown to return them. I’m glad I went with Kevin because I was able to see Trinity Church Cemetery.

Oh, we’re not done eating yet. Coming up, pizza and Veggie Conquest!

NYC Day 1

Oh, hello New York.

We got in Tuesday afternoon after an uneventful flight. We did get shit looks in the Crown Room. They’ll just let ANYBODY join these days. Ha! Anyway, we stayed in an apartment on Clinton @ Delancy and spent most of our time within walking distance. I figured our window would look out on an air shaft, but we actually had a street view:

By the time we got settled, it was time to head out and find lunch/dinner. We decided on Caravan of Dreams. Vegan, kosher, lots of raw, serves alcohol. We started with hummus and sprouted wheat tortillas. I like a thicker hummus, but it was tasty.

Kevin got this peanut fudge smoothie. I think it tasted like a snicker’s bar.

For his main dish, Kevin got the ravioli of the day. It turned out to be mushroom in an almond alfredo sauce. Really nice.

I got the taquitos. Love all the greens it comes with. This is the sort of food I love to eat. It tastes good and is good for you. And you feel good after eating it.

Of course, there was plenty of sugar to come. Somehow we ended up at Lula’s Sweet Apothecary afterward. Vegan ice cream shop? Hell yeah! I had a scoop of coconut fudge on a cone and Kevin got a blizzard made with cake batter soft serve and ginger sandwich cookies. I don’t have to tell you how good that was.

And no, this would not be our only visit here. After this we met up with Matt & Danielle at Counter. They had dinner, I had the dirtiest martini, Kevin got some fries. The drink was nice. Danielle’s pot pie was pretty good, but I like the recipe I make from Candle Cafe’s cookbook better. We’ll hit this place up later in the trip for brunch.

Where did we go next? Babycakes! I didn’t eat any of it that night, but we picked up a couple of cupcakes, banana bread and my favorite thing, a quick bread flavor called cinnamon toast. It had a crunchy cinnamon sugar crust on top. Mmmm… This wasn’t my first visit here either.

After this, Matt & Danielle showed us The Back Room. If you’ve ever wanted to experience a speakeasy, this is your place. I only wish we’d gotten back here to have a drink. Seeing it was still cool though.

How to get to The Back Room
How to get to The Back Room
Entrance is just past the toys on the right
Entrance is just past the toys on the right

Talk about a busy first day!