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Grand Banks

We had another one of those only in New York experiences last Sunday. An oyster bar on a docked boat by the pier in Tribecca. What a day!

I have been reading about the expectation for Grand Banks for a while. It was our top priority on the summer to do list. And I wanted to go on an afternoon, to be able to enjoy the sunset eating oysters. What more could you ask for?

So we headed that way around 6pm. I actually had no idea they had such a huge entertainment area at Pier 25: beach volleyball, mini golf, tracking and sprinkles for kids. Amazing. And, right at the end of the pier, on the Hudson River, there it was:

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I love sailing boats. They were a huge part of my childhood, and therefore, a part of me. And I love oysters. And sunsets… Our friends bailed on us, but it wasn’t disappointing at all. It was actually better. ‘Cause it was so romantic as it was.

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We thought we were gonna face a huge line (to be honest, my bf thought it, I actually thought it wouldn’t be so bad), but we got in in around 5 minutes. To get a table is a different story. They said it would take around an hour. But you can sit at the edges or find a spot at the bar. We were able to sit there in 20 minutes.

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It was pretty full, but in a nice way. There was even a dog walking around. Advice for the girls: don’t wear heels. I was yelled at for trying to take a picture from the stairs because it was unstable and I was about to fall. The boat really sways, so beware. But other than that, the environment is great. Everyone is really chilled out, enjoying the perfect sunny afternoon.

Service is still a little confusing, but we have to give them some credit since it just opened a couple of weeks ago. We ordered a red wine and it took over 20 minutes to arrive. Our waitress said it was chilling, but it wasn’t that cool once it arrived. Plus, it was not exactly the bottle we ordered. But it was ok. The oysters, on the other hand, were amazing and just perfect.

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(Can you spot the Statue of Liberty on this photo?)

They usually have four different types, but they ran out of the Cape Cod oysters by the time we sat down. We had two of each for our first round.

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Since we were sitting at the bar where the oysters were being opened, we had the privilege of watching the guys work first hand, and smell the oysters up, close, and personal, of course.

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They have other dishes as well, but we didn’t try them. The ceviche looked really good, tough. It can get pretty pricey, especially if you eat a bunch of oysters, but you basically pay for the whole experience. And it’s worth it. Overall, I’d give it an A+ for the environment. Guys, if you wanna impress your date, take her to this place. You will have the most memorable night ever.

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Grand Banks

http://www.grandbanks.org/

Pier 25, Tribecca
Manhattan, NY, 10013

Hours: Mon-Fri, 4PM – 11PM; Sat-Sun, 12PM-11PM

The Musket Room

We love Broadway shows. I, especially, love Broadway shows. It’s always a great experience, and a truly feel as if I am in a fairytale dream. But whenever we go to Broadway shows, we face a problem, where to eat afterwords? They usually end up late, and most restaurants don’t take reservations after 11PM. So to be able to squeeze a quick bite after our cultural experience, we often eat nearby, trying to get the best out of those Broadway restaurants, which are usually not very good options.

But last Saturday we decided to rush out of the theater and head downtown for a real foodie meal. After all, we hadn’t had those in a little while. But we had no previous reservation, so tried Yelp and OpenTable during intermission to find a nice place. The Musket Room had a 10:45PM slot, but we surprisingly had never heard of the place before. We decided to try it anyway, and I am so glad we did!!

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DC Special: José Andrés’ Food Truck Pepe

So I have been spending my weeks in DC for work. I still go back to NYC every weekend, and still dine out at least twice a week over there. But I do try some nice options in Washington, DC, once in a while, and some of them are worth sharing.

One of the biggest chef’s here is called José Andrés. José Andrés is a Spanish American trained under Ferran Adrià at El Bulli. For those of you who don’t know it, El Bulli was once the best restaurant in the world. To get a sense of how big of a deal this guy is, he taught a culinary physics course with Ferran Adrià at Harvard, a course on how food shapes civilization at George Washington University, and was named dean of Spanish Studies at The International Culinary Center.

He owns a bunch of restaurants, and 6 of them are in DC: minibar (impossible to get reservations, and only has a super expensive tasting menu with 25 small courses), barmini (experimental cocktail bar adjacent to minibar), Jaleo (traditional Spanish tapas with several locations), Zaytinya (Mediterranean small plates), Oyamel (small Mexican plates), and… Pepe!

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Rouge Tomate Cart

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New York has many incredible restaurants. You can eat all kinds of food from all over the world for all sorts of prices. But in certain neighborhoods, it’s harder to find a cheap and sort of healthy eat. The Upper East Side is one of those places. When strolling along Museum Mile or Madison Avenue, you probably have to eat at an expensive bistro or one of the museum’s coffee shops, which are usually nice, but not worth the price you pay. Continue reading

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