Lunch at ABC Cocina, New York

The problem with New York, like a lot of big cities, is that you have to book ahead for nice restaurants.
Ming raved about how amazing ABC Kitchen is and how much she wanted to go (as well as all of us, probably half because she doesn’t then have to pay the bill). Sadly it was all booked up until God knows when, but the absolutely INCREDIBLE Kris got a booking at their sister restaurant for us, ABC Cocina. 

It’s sad that the two pictures of me not looking at the camera were the nicest of the bunch, isn’t it?

My camera is also still fucked and keeps deleting random pictures, so it takes me an extra 2 minute to turn the camera off and on to make sure nothing is gone.

Sadly it deleted most of the pictures of the interior, which was super cool and sexy (yes, restaurant interior can be sexy). At least I got this shot!

Time to browse the food and cocktails.

Oh, the cocktails.

I passed on the cocktails. Yes it was lunchtime on Easter Weekend which really should mean that I should always be that little bit tipsy, but I wasn’t feeling like it. What’s happening? Am I stopping drinking? My little Asian allergic-to-alcohol body would probably rejoice.

See how happy working out and drinking less is making me? I’M AN INSPIRATION I TELL YOU.

Instead, my body has turned to another potent liquid. Hot sauce, which seems to be everywhere in America!

Look how cute this glass bottle is! I’m definitely going to make my own hot sauce and put it in a bottle like that. Everybody, I hope you know what you’re getting for Christmas this year.

As a part of my ‘shit-two-months-until-summer’ regime, Ming booked 6 workout classes in New York in the space of, oh, 3 and a half days. No biggie.

I was also trying to avoid bread, but look how bloody good the one on the right looks!

I had to have a little bit. I broke off the corner for a taste, so at least I was satisfied and knew what it was like.

Now let’s get to the food. It’s very much a sharing-is-caring place, which worked with us. Even if it wasn’t, we would’ve made it a sharing plates place anyway, so it just saves us the trouble and weird looks if anything.

As we do making the most of restaurants in America, we ordered the raw shaved brussels sprouts salad with vermont shepherds cheese and marcona almonds. 

Kris told us we had to order the chicken soup with vegetables and lime too.

What stood out on the menu for me was the baby calamari stuffed with chorizo, celery root, chickpeas and basil.

SO good.

Another of my favourites and must-orders was the crispy fish tacos with aioli and cabbage-chilli pickle. You know I love tacos, especially fish tacos.

And hot sauce. The perfect combo, no?

I’ve decided there’s no way to gracefully eat a taco, and I’m okay with that.

After our sharing plates to start, we continued with sharing for the mains even though the mains are per person.

We were feeling pretty on top of the world with our reasonably healthy eating (ignore yesterdays waffles) so went with two delicious sounding salads.

First, the grilled skin bay salmon salad with radicchio, basil and mustard-cherry vinaigrette.

None of us were expecting a whole salmon on top, but happily surprised. It was super delicious. I’m not usually a fan of radicchio, either.

The second was a crispy chicken salad with salanova lettuce, citrus dressing and market vegetables.

I was super surprised by this one as well, they looked like little chicken nuggets! Delicious – salad leaves could’ve been shredded smaller (I’m being a little bitch now, aren’t I?) but I managed to deal.
All in all, delicious and great ambience. Pricey, but you should be expecting it. If anyone’s been to ABC Kitchen, let me know how it was!


  1. April 9, 2015 / 10:45 am

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