Emily's BDay

Don't all girls turning 12 ask to go to the Mercer Kitchen for their birthday dinner? 

5 1/2 years ago we moved back to the city from the suburbs ( the best decision ever for us) and we lived at the Mercer Hotel for 6 weeks before moving into a rental which we then lived in for 3 years.  We have a lot of great memories.  We were starting a new life as a family, we were living in a hotel, the kids were starting a new school, we were eating out every meal and everything was in change. 

Dsc00038 One particular night, the city had literally been shut down due to a huge hurricane.  It was freaky.  We had Kozmo deliver entertainment first thing in the morning.  I miss Kozmo.  Anyway, we ended up eating at the Mercer Kitchen that night - and actually many others - the place was empty.  We were literally the only people in the restaurant.  It was so much fun.  We were in the kitchen, we had a blast with the staff, it was a very memorable night.  I happen to love the kitchen there. It is open and airy and very well designed.

Tonight we had pretty much the same type of experience.  The place was pretty empty.  I am not sure why because the food is still really good.  The portions are much much larger than I remember.  I had the arugula, Parmesan, mushroom salad which is light, simple and good.  The kids had the tuna rolls which are raw with a crispy wrap served with a spicy edaname paste.  A real winner that continues to stay on the menu.  We also had a few shrimp cocktails where you just can't go wrong.  Emily, her bday, ordered her favorite, the roasted chicken.  They roast chicken on a hot flame, rotisserie style, against a wall of fire.  It is very juicy and good.  She also split a pizza with Jessica.  The pizza's are good, especially the raw tuna wasabi pizza.  It sounds weird but it is amazing.  Josh had the lamb chops with lentils and Fred and I each had the Peking duck with a stir fry.  The portions were a bit too large but otherwise, everything was good.

Dsc00039 We celebrated Em's bday with dessert.  Josh made sure the waiter brought a candle.  It was very cute.   Em and Jess had a warm apple tart which was cut up apples sauteed and shaped into a small cylinder and praline ice cream on the side.  Josh went with the cookie plate which is always good. 

Dsc00043 We took a bunch of pictures afterwards and Emily blew out her candles and got an extra wish with an eyelash hanging out on her cheek.  It was a great night.  Happy 12 Birthday EM!

Dsc00041

blog comments powered by Disqus

Joanne Wilson Joanne Wilson loves food, books, and music. She lives in New York City. Her husband Fred and children Jessica, Emily, and Josh are bloggers too. More »

gotham gal updates

RSS    Email updates    Gotham Gal Twitter updates

ask gotham gal

Powered by Formspring.

books of the moment

  • Helen Oyeyemi: Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel

    Helen Oyeyemi: Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel
    I wanted to love this book. There are 3 sections. The first one pulled me in but I found that the second and third were not as interesting. A topic worth writing race issues is interesting but the book rambled. Alas.

  • Andrea Portes: Bury This

    Andrea Portes: Bury This
    A 25 year old unsolved town murder inspires a group of college kids to make a documentary around it with the belief that with the tools we have today that it can be solved. The writing is unique. Rapid short sentences that keeps the reader engaged. Super sad story.

  • Susan Minot: Thirty Girls

    Susan Minot: Thirty Girls
    This is based on a true story of a group of young women who were taken by the Kony LRA rebels in Africa while living and studying at a church. We follow a journalist and her experience on reporting about the girls who have survived by escaping. Learning about their traumatic experiences is heartbreaking. How and why this continues to go on in Africa is mind-boggling. I would have preferred Minot to spend more time with those girls than getting inside the journalists head. Regardless I really am glad I read this book. It is an absolutely worthy read.

  • Anna Quindlen: Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel

    Anna Quindlen: Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel
    A simple story about life, love and art. A 60 year old woman still evolving and finding herself. Really enjoyed it.

  • Jean Hanff Korelitz: You Should Have Known

    Jean Hanff Korelitz: You Should Have Known
    This book comes out on March 18th. The book moves fast with lots of twists and turns. A psychiatrist who has just written about how you should have known you were in a bad relationship finds her husband to not be who she thought he was. The perfect beach read.

  • Bill Bryson: One Summer: America, 1927

    Bill Bryson: One Summer: America, 1927
    My sister recommended this book. What happened that summer from baseball to Lindbergh and aviation to Henry Ford, Calvin Coolidge, Hoover, prohibition, Mt Rushmore, talking movies, theater, Al Capone and the first ponzi scheme. A great historic read.

  • Kim Malone Scott: Virtual Love

    Kim Malone Scott: Virtual Love
    Not sure how I stumbled on this book but I am glad that I did. The book is about a woman trying to figure out her life. She was an entrepreneur and closed her company. She moved to SF to work at Google and run the Ad Sense division. She is in bad male relationships and needs to figure out why so she can get in a good one. There are a lot of thoughts bouncing around her head in regards to her personal struggles. Truly enjoyable well written insightful book.

  • Jhumpa Lahiri: The Lowland

    Jhumpa Lahiri: The Lowland
    I had read both the Namesake and Lahiri's short stories and I felt both of those books were so much better than the Lowland. There was not on character I liked. None of them lived in the future or the present they all lived in the past. Their lives were just utterly depressing. Also the book was way too long. It is certainly a saga about the turmoil in Calcutta in the 60's and the havoc it wreaked on one family in the post. Perhaps if they all had sought therapy then their lives would have been happier. Would not recommend.

  • Liane Moriarty: The Husband's Secret

    Liane Moriarty: The Husband's Secret
    This is a great book for vacation reading. I read it in a day. Engaging characters who are living real lives and each come with their own baggage. I won't give away the premise of the book but I really enjoyed it.

  • Kate Atkinson: Life After Life: A Novel

    Kate Atkinson: Life After Life: A Novel
    I have read most of Atkinson's books. This was an interesting concept. The book mostly takes place during the world wars yet a bit of a challenge to read. It took me a long time to get into the book and then I decided to soldier through. Many of the chapters are essentially redo's of the characters life so that in one chapter they end up dying where in another chapter they continue to live due to a few shifts that take place. Each small decision you make has to do with the life you end lead. Interesting but did not love the book as much as I wanted to.