The ideal day to start writing about food is the day I start a food blogging class at the International Culinary Center in Soho.
Soho, to me, is Dean and DeLuca and The Hat Shop on Thompson. Linda Pagan, The Hat Shop proprieter, is a self-described citizen of the world. I agree. Linda recommended Hundred Acres, a farm-to-table restaurant around the corner from the shop , for a mid-afternoon nosh. Not only were the menu items fresh, seasonal and local she said, the cocktails were phenomenal. Sold.
Not 20 minutes later I was enjoying a Grapefruit Cooler (grapefruit juice, gin, elderflower, lime) and the dinosuar kale, breadcrumb, pecorino and anchovy-lemon dressing salad. This salad is a testament to how simple, high-quality ingredients nuture the body and feed the soul. The French doors were open and as I sat aside the sidewalk enjoying the ambiance, a cool, low-humidity New York breeze circulated through the restaurant. Oh yeah, Yoko Ono was seated at the table next to me. I love New York.
OK, yes, I bought a hat. I already have the Biarritz (ala Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and the Mrs. Peel, a burnt hat with black grosgrain ribbon (remember Diana Rigg in The Avengers?) plus a fabulous black cocktail hat with black feathers and netting. Too cool for words. Well, a sage summer fedora with wide chocolate grosgrain caught my eye; I’ll have it in two weeks.
Hundred Acres, 38 MacDougal, New York, NY 10012 212.475.7500
The Hat Shop, 120 Thompson, New York, NY 10012 212.219.1445