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Days Fly by – Dawniel and Cyrill Visit

After a busy trip to Seattle, we finally came home and had more visitors from Seattle: Dawniel and Cyrill. Both are fellow foodies, so of course their trip was planned about some restaurants they were dying to try out. Dawniel sent us a wish list a while back, so it was 2 nights of some very delectable meals of copious amounts of food and wine.  Dawniel was a sommelier at the W and she currently says wine, so we had our very own sommelier pairing each course with a wine).

Our first meal was at Peasant. As many of you have seen during trips to this city, most restaurants in NY have some sort of gimmick, which they hope will give them pole position in this very competitive restaurant market. Peasant’s claim to fame is its upscale versions of peasant food, all cooked in either a wood fire brick oven or oven. Nothing cooked on the stove top, salamanders, microwaves or any other sort of heating system.

The food was simply delicious: octupus and a fresh tomato salad for an appetizers, liver and cornish hens for mains but the highlight of our meal were the two pasta dishes we ordered. For pics of our food, see here.

The next night, we went to the more formal Dovetail, on the Upper West Side. Cyrill’s friends Johanna and Andreas, who are here from Germany, joined us for dinner. Much attention is given to presentation, and each meal was beautifully served. The food was very good; I highly recommend all the fish dishes, which to me were the best!


Dawniel and Dies

Dawniel and Dies

Cyrill and me

Cyrill and me

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