This past weekend, my parents came for a Broadway show and a visit. Amongst other things, we (of course) ate our way through Manhattan. After several great drinks at The Macao Trading Co., we headed over to Matsugen for Sukiyaki which was incredibly delicious — the meat was so unbelievably tender and it resembled the closest thing to real Japanese meat I’ve had outside of Japan. As usual, the company was awesome, the service was great and the food was perfect.
The following evening was a feast at another favorite, Eleven Madison Park, for a celebratory dinner (more on that to come!). Like Matsugen, we were not disappointed with the food or service. We dined on several local, seasonal dishes and my ultimate favorite — Aria Cheese from Andante Dairy in Petaluma, CA.
When eating as much good food, as we do while my parents are in town, it is necessary to work it off somehow. So we did just that with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. After a beautiful side-trip through DUMBO and by the Brooklyn waterside, we took the Water Taxi back to Manhattan and were ready to eat again!
For our last meal of the weekend, we went old school with a trip to the newly redesigned Oak Room in The Plaza. The restaurant wasn’t very busy when we arrived for a pre-theater meal so our food came out quickly and ready for us to dig in. Our choices ranged from meat to fish. My mother, knowing the the Oak Room has a reputation for its delicious steaks, ordered one which came perfectly marbled and cooked. I ordered a fish dish which was cooked whole and plated table side. We left feeling full, but not quite satisfied. I was a bit disappointed overall, but mostly with the food — a lot of our sides were very greasy, the entrees were really nothing to remember and the service was just so-so. It was nice to experience the Oak Room, but it appears as though it’s dining glory left when the Plaza Hotel was sold for condos.
After our meal, we made our way to the newly converted Studio 54 for the show Waiting for Godot starring Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin. It was fantastic — a clever and funny story with amazing talent which we were happy to experience. We were also happy to have spent most of the night enjoying Nathan Lane being planted directly in front of us!
All in all we had a fantastic weekend with my parents filled with excitement and food. I hope they left Manhattan satisfied and having had as much fun as we did!