Last week, Erika was in town from California for work; since we hadn’t seen each other since the wedding, we decided to get together for dinner! Erika keeps tabs on all of the new restaurants in New York (and every where she goes!) so she listed Lafayette as one of the restaurants she wanted to visit. I really wanted to visit, too, so it seemed like it was the perfect place to meet for dinner! I got there after my AKTinMotion class and Erika accidentally went to Commerce instead of Lafayette…she called me and asked if we were still meeting for dinner and I asked her where she was – she said she was at the bar (I was at the bar at Lafayette while she was at the bar at Commerce!) Luckily, we straightened things out and she cabbed it over.
We started with some freshly baked bread and butteR:
For an appetizer, we shared the octopus:
And then shared the tuna nicoise pasta:
The tuna nicoise had canned tuna and fresh tuna mixed with the spaghetti – I preferred the flakey canned tuna to the fresh tuna because the texture and temperature were much better with the canned. The dish was pretty good, but I don’t think I’d order it again.
For the main course, we shared the roasted chicken for two:
The chicken comes with onions and potatoes and has a vinegary sauce. We couldn’t finish so I took it home for lunch the next day (Andrew Carmellini really knows how to roast chickens!)
For dessert, we shared a blueberry dessert with pickled bluberry ice cream, cornbread croutons and a cheese-like ice cream:
It was delicious – a very light and airy dessert that wasn’t too sweet and very refreshing.
After dinner, we stopped by the bakery at the front of the restaurant to pick up caneles!! They sell mini caneles (3 caneles for $4):
They are very miniature but are definitely some of the best caneles I’ve had in the city. We both enjoyed our dinner at Lafayette and then walked home together (rather, I walked with Erika to 14th and then Citibiked home and she went to her hotel!) It was so nice to catch up and to try the new restaurant – I definitely want to take Ken there some time soon.
· September 17, 2013
Last weekend, Ken, my cousin, and I went golfing in Brooklkyn at Marine Park. We played 18 and went to Costco afterwards, so we were starving by the time we go to Pies ‘N’ Thighs. Luckily, the wait wasn’t too long and we were able to sit down after waiting for 20 minutes. I didn’t know they had seating in the back (I’ve always just gotten my food to go or I’ve gotten a seat in the front), but the restaurant has a bunch of tables in the back and they open the back door when the weather’s nice.
We started off with their fried pickles that come with a side of ranch dressing:
They have a cornbread breading and they are crispy and delicious, especially with the ranch dressing with fresh dill.
Andrew and I ordered the same thing – the fried chicken basket with a biscuit and mac and cheese:
And Ken ordered the chicken and waffles:
The waffles were banana bread-like and you could eat them with the chicken or by itself, especially since they topped the waffles with strawberries.
Andrew and I made chicken biscuit sandwiches with the honey butter and tabasco sauce while Ken enjoyed the waffles first and then the fried chicken. Always such a satisfying meal.
We ended with a shared dessert – banana cream pie:
I didn’t like this dessert because the filling was too vanilla pudding-ish, but I was so full from our meal that I didn’t mind.
· September 16, 2013
Under: My Life
Before we headed back to the city, Ken and I ordered some breakfast from Bird on the Roof, a local establishment behind the main street/town center in Montauk. The restaurant is very close to the beach so there are a lot of seagulls in the area…they also like different types of birds, which showed in the decor:
I ordered the pancakes with bananas and chocolate chips:
And Ken ordered the Mexican frittata:
Ken’s frittata came with jalapenos, chorizo, lots of cheese, and roasted red peppers, while mine had an interesting batter and unevenly placed bananas and chocolate chips in the center of the pancakes. We enjoyed the black coffee and the lively ambiance but thought the food was only okay. The servers were all super nice and the cash register looked like it was an antique (it might have been – when the cashier rang us up, he said it had been there for more than 30 years and wasn’t sure how long it had been at the restaurant). A good place for a quick bite, but it gets very busy during brunch time.
After a round of golf, Ken and I showered and got ready for dinner at Inlet Seafood. The restaurant is located in Montauk and looks like you’re entering someone’s home when you walk in – the restaurant is on the second floor and the first floor has tour guides, restrooms, and a patio where you can watch the sunset. We put our names in at the hostess stand since they don’t take reservations, but were lucky enough to snag a pair of seats at the bar, where they serve the full menu.
We started with clam chowder:
The clam chowder wasn’t cream based, instead, it was a light broth with large clams, vegetables, and herbs and spices. Next, we ordered the fluke sashimi, a special they had that night, with cilantro:
The service was very slow, which surprised us when we saw the appetizer – it was literally fluke cut up with one cilantro leaf per piece of fluke.
For our entree, we decided to share the fish and chips:
The Inlet roll:
Crunchy spicy tuna, avocado, and ponzu sauce. We were surprised with the quality of the food – so many people raved about the restaurant but we thought it was very mediocre. The fish and chips were very stale (I think it had been sitting in the kitchen for a while because the batter was very heavy and it was way too greasy). We heard that the sushi there is absolutely amazing and on par with what you get in New York – I thought the inlet roll was okay but pretty flavorless compared to what we get for takeout in the city.
We enjoyed sitting at the bar and people watching but don’t think this restaurant is on our list of go-tos the next time we visit Montauk.
· September 12, 2013
After our lunch at St. Peter’s Catch, Ken and I drove over to the Montauk golf course, Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course. It’s a public course that is one of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever played on (and it’s ranked as one of the top 10 best municipal courses in the US!) Ken and I had a really fun time golfing with two interesting guys – one was on the US Ski Team and is now looking to join a golf tour and the other is an opthamologist with three sons that live in New York (close to us, too!)
The golf course is very well maintained and their golf carts even have touchscreens so you can see how far you are from the greens (one annoying thing: if you go past certain areas and you’re not supposed to on the cart, you won’t be able to go forwards, only backwards…which is why the greens are so nice!) There were a lot of deer there, especially close to 18:
They weren’t afraid of the golf balls at all! At one point, I saw six deer in a sand trap watching us play…it was a bit startling to look up and see so many deer within 50 feet of us! It’s a fun course that Ken and I hope to play again next season (or maybe even this year if we can get out to Montauk again!)
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