Date Night Reflections

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Last post of 2015! I can’t believe this year has come and gone. Truthfully, the past 5 years have been a bit of a jam packed blur for me. In the past 5 years I’ve had 6 surgeries, 2 pregnancies which resulted in 3 wonderful children and we’ve moved apartments twice.  So the fact that my husband and I have had 2 date nights this month was truly a gift and made me reflect on all that’s happened.

I first want to give a shout out to my cousin (and NYC Soda Girl Fan) who is home from college and not only babysat for us – allowing us the opportunity for these date nights – but also for my first gift as NYC Soda Girl!  THANK YOU!

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The first dinner we went to was a last minute OpenTable.com  find: Aleo.

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We arrived and saw many actual open tables, which I guess is why it was one of the only restaurants available for a “day of” reservation. We soon learned why.  I’ll of course start with the Diet Coke…not quite sure it was Diet Coke, I even questioned the waitress as to what brand of soda it was – she said it was Diet Coke.  I raised my eyebrow and asked “Are you sure?” She told me it just tastes different because it comes from a fountain.  I had to hold in the laughter…as if “I” wouldn’t know what fountain soda tastes like…and yes, it does taste different from a can – in that it breathes new life into the soda – it doesn’t turn it into a different god-awful beverage.  Clearly didn’t ask for a refill.  I had the Caprese appetizer, which was bland. Then for my entrée, I tried the chicken parmigiana which wasn’t much better.

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Besides the food being so-so, I realized what bothered me most about both dishes is that there were dry flakes on top of everything. It was as if before every dish went out, they opened up a McCormick’s Seasoning bottle and shook on dry nasty flakes. They literally stuck to my tongue at some points!  Oh well, I was just happy to have some time out with my husband, so the dining experience (complete with a server who was always missing) didn’t bother me that night – although we will not be going back!

The 2nd night out we tried a restaurant we had “won” a gift card to at a school fundraising auction.  I say “won” because it means we were top bidder and basically paid the amount of the gift card – but still.  Anyway, the restaurant is called White Street and when you walk in it has a cool vibe – almost like it’s from another time in history – hard to explain, but I’ll link to it at the end so you can check out their photo gallery.  We were seated immediately and from the first second the service was top notch.  The server was knowledgable, prompt and courteous…management stopped by to check on us…and supporting staff was always on hand to refill a glass or clear things away promptly. They all did it in a way that wasn’t in your face, but available when needed – I love that!

The gift card amount was a little more than what we would usually spend at dinner, so we took a few chances and tried some “adventurous” things.  They have a mixologist there, so I tried a cocktail called “Rothstein” it had black bottle scotch, lustau px sherry, valrhona caraibe chocolate and whipped cream – now you all know I only picked it because it had chocolate in it…but I couldn’t drink it.

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I tried a few sips, hoping to take a liking to it, but it felt like thin mud going down.  Our server noticed I wasn’t drinking it and took it off the bill without our asking – so nice.  I did have a nice glass of white wine and 2 Diet Cokes. The soda came in glass bottles with a cup of ice. They were a solid, standard soda experience – no complaints.

I will remind everyone before going further, that I do not have the most adventurous palate. Having said that, my husband and I decided that this menu has inventive and bold flavors.  We can’t say anything was bad – somethings just may have been too interesting for us, lol.

I started with the pumpkin soup which contained apple cider and nutmeg.  All I tasted was applesauce, which I don’t care for. My husband agreed about the taste, but he didn’t mind it and finished the soup for me.  He had the short rib tacos which were plated nicely and that he enjoyed.  For my entrée I had the gnocchi which came with butternut squash, sage brown butter and ricotta salata – I LOVED IT! I devoured the whole thing. We shared an ice cream sundae (with dark chocolate cake, salt caramel & white chocolate crunch) and loved that too! (Note that we asked for just vanilla ice cream – I believe a chocolate mint flavor was offered as well.)

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Very happy to have had another night out AND to have found a new restaurant to enjoy.

Wishing you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! Looking forward to all that’s to come in 2016!

NYC Soda Girl’s Rating

Aleo

7 West 20th St., NYC

“fountain Diet Coke”

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White Street

221 West Broadway, NYC

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