Joel and I have been trying to experience NYC in the summer. That includes eating at restaurants with outdoor seating! We had heard about the East Village’s Motorino Pizza and how amazing their napoletana style pizza was. On a whim, we decided to try the place and it lived up to it’s reputation.
They had a meatball special which Joel and I couldn’t pass up. The meatballs were surprisingly light and covered in a red pepper flaked sauce that paired perfectly with the sweetness from the pork and veal. After meatballs, we started on our simple yet delicious Margherita pizza which was cooked in a wood fire oven and tasted of it. The char on the crust was perfect. The crust was chewy and crispy at the same time. The sauce was the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Covered with a dusting a sea salt, this was one fantastic NY pizza!
After dinner, we headed a bit farther south to an old stand by, Yuca Bar, while we waited to hear from PDT about a seat. Yuca has an open air feel with it’s Avenue A facing windows all completely open. It made for a nice breeze and people watching while we sipped some refreshing beers.
Finally, the call came for PDT. PDT is a notoriously hard bar to get a reservation at. The entrance is through a hidden door in a phone booth at Crif Dogs, a hot dog joint. When we finally got the call, we rushed back and were seated at the long, dark bar. Joel had read about a drink that included a whiskey infused with bacon so he knew what he wanted immediately. I opted for a dandelion infused rye beverage. Both were flawlessly executed by the expert bartender. Served up alongside the beverages was a hot dog made from Crif Dogs, but only available at PDT. We had the Wylie Dog, named for the famed Wylie Dufresne of WD-50 in NYC. It was a juicy dog covered in a sweet tomato relish, crispy onions, and shredded lettuce. The perfect end to a perfect date night!