Three restaurants in one night. After a red-eye across country and a full day of media visits, we ate at three restaurants in one night. And I’m not talking about your everyday restaurants, I’m talking about the types of restaurants throngs of people across the country are complimenting. That’s how you start a national media visit with Chef Justin Beckett. Then you wake up and do it again the next day.
This whirlwind experience in New York City began with a running start. While I dashed uptown to discuss Shore Lodge and El Chorro with a contributing writer for several national bridal publications, Chef Justin Beckett and his sous chef, Seth Swartz, headed to Condé Nast to manage preparation for the Café Condé Kitchen Takeover.
With an evening itinerary packed full of eating destinations, Justin warned me not to indulge in the many culinary temptations as I traversed the city. So I did my best to restrain from delicious distractions as I crossed NYC for several media visits. However, I could not miss breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien across from Bryant Park or a “quick” stop by the notorious Shake Shack. Had I known what was in store, I may have held these dining pit stops for another day.
Upon returning to The Archer, our center of operation for the three-day media trip, I had little more than an hour to answer any outstanding emails before reporting to the lobby for day one of Justin’s NYC Eat-A-Thon. I quickly scanned my suitcase and selected the most stylish, food-baby-camouflaging ensemble I could locate for Eat-A-Thon duties.
With no reservation secured, we made our way to Prune, where karma was on our side. Opened in 1999 by chef and owner Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune is consistently recognized by the top culinary publications nationally and internationally. As we arrived, the restaurant’s quaint dining room was packed but we were promptly informed that a reservation for the semi-private dining room had just cancelled. It was ours for the taking and we resolved to salute our turn of luck with a thorough exploration of the menu. Nearly 10 dishes later, we were thoroughly impressed and off to our next location, Acme.
Acme Radish Rendition
Deemed one of the “10 Sexiest Restaurants in America” by DETAILS, the bustling bistro tempted us yet again with the many culinary delights on the menu. We proceeded to order another 10 dishes. And as each plate was delivered, we were wowed by the flavors. Typically I steer clear of radishes, but Acme’s rendition stood out with an oyster-parsley emulsion. The hand-cut fries also pleased our palates with a wild herb mayo that was slap-your-momma good.
By the time we made it to the dimly-lit French Buvette Gastrotheque, Justin’s mighty Eat-A-Thon was testing our wills. Refusing to be defeated, we bellied up to the table and got down to business. Justin quickly ordered a variety of tartinettes, poissions and legumes. Between taking in Buvette’s warm interior and reminiscing on the long list of favorites from the night, we made our way through another table full of dishes – enjoying every bite. Especially the julienned carrots with pistachios and lemon.
Finally we returned to The Archer full, happy and ready to do it all again.
Buvette Gastrotheque Bites