Torrisi Italian Specialties and Kin Shop

One bad post deserves a good one to counteract it I say.  Reading this NYT Magazine article reminded me of our most recent trip to New York (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/magazine/mag-01Torrisi-t.html?ref=dining).  Actually it wasn’t that recent. We didn’t take any photos. I should have written this ages ago.   But we did eat at two excellent locations.  Better late than never right? I will keep it brief but if you find yourself in New York anytime soon you should check out:
Torrisi Italian Specialties: By day it’s a tiny deli.  By night it’s a cramped restaurant that doesn’t take bookings. But it’s still awesome. You stand in line for a table at around 5 pm.  They tell you to come back in 2 to 4 hours (you spend those two to four hours drinking at the Pegu Club).  You arrive and wait a little more. You’re cold.  You’re annoyed.  You’re hungry. Then they seat you. And all of a sudden there’s a ball of fresh mozzarella on garlic toast sitting before you and all is right with the world. It’s just the beginning of a delightful culinary parade.  Save the cheese, the menu changes each night so no point in a play-by-play. If you get any sweetbreads or gnocchi though, you might end up like me and think the whole ordeal of getting a table was totally worth it :). Plus it’s only 50/person bucks for a ton of food and they have the cutest mascot you can imagine.
Kin Shop: The Bob isn’t a huge fan of Thai food but he recently mentioned that this was his favorite new restaurant in quite a long time. Trust me, if you had any idea how hard it is to get him to a Thai restaurant you would realize that’s no faint praise. This isn’t traditional Thai food but I would hesitate to use that awful word … fusion. What it is, is great whatever kind of food it is in a nice atmosphere with charming service. Standouts include the marrow bones, goat curry and the pork part of the fried pork and oyster salad. The Bob also loved the duck breast.  It didn’t really do much for me though which is sad because I usually love me some duck.  But overall, I’d go back in a heartbeat.
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