ABC Kitchen, New York, USA
I made a promise a dear friend, T, that I must visit the ABC Kitchen whilst I was in NYC. ABC Kitchen is tucked away in the back of ABC Carpet and Home, furniture, carpet store and everything else for your home.
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Phil Suarez co-created ABC Kitchen, menu changes regularly and not only is the food sourced locally and sustainably but so are the decors. The tables and chairs, the porcelain ware and baskets are all handmade.
The place was buzzing when we rocked up at 2pm on Sunday, and were told there was a 25 minutes wait. We were happy to put our name down and walk around the neighbourhood which we did.
I love the décor, the sleek glass-top bar, the main dining room was impressive, and although we didn’t get to sit there, it looked quite sleek and comfortable. We sat near the bar, on high chairs and tables, which suited us fine.
The drinks menu was extensive, ranging from beers to organic cocktails, to organic sake and many more. The non-alcoholic options were just as inventive. I couldn’t help but order a non-alcoholic from memory it was strawberry and lime soda which was absolutely refreshing.
Started with bread, it wasn’t toasted but you could tell it was baked early that day and was served with some olive oil.
‘The Mother’ was still feeling queasy and unwell, so he didn’t eat much. He ordered a plate of fresh fruits ($9) – a plate of pear, oranges, apples and grapefruit. It looked rather depressing, considering I ordered something extremely yummy, but he knew he couldn’t stomach anything much.
I wanted something more substantial, house made ricotta ravioli with herbs and tomato sauce ($23). Six perfectly shaped ricotta filled with ravioli, oh my, they were absolutely delicious. The tomato sauce was a little sour but I totally enjoyed it! I couldn’t help but scrape the rest of the tomato sauce with bread. ‘The Mother’ asked whether or not I was going to lick the bowl, if the waiter hadn’t taken the plate away, I may just!
I have heard wonderful things about their sundae – salted caramel ice cream, candied peanuts and popcorn, whipped cream and chocolate sauce! It sounded divine but I knew I would have to finish this all on my own as ‘The Mother’ was not going to have any. I didn’t want to waste the sundae so opt for the seasonal glazed donuts ($10).
Two donuts, chocolate and lemon with herbs, the chocolate donut had my name on it. It was good, seriously good that I could have definitely eaten two of them. I didn’t feel like eating the lemon so took that one home.
I saw other diners having the pizza and salad and it really looked divine! It was a shame that ‘The Mother’ was feeling queasy, I really wanted to try their other dishes. I was tempted to order the akaushi cheeseburger with herbed mayo and pickled jalapenos but it was the ravioli that won me over.
Really enjoyed my meal and no doubt I will be back later again this year when I am in NYC! Definitely worth checking out if you have never been.
Thanks again T for the recommendation!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
35 E 18th Street
New York, NY 1003
Ph: +1 212 475 5829