The weekend of the 16th we spent it in NYC, it was fantastic! It started out with a The Veins show on Friday and because we didn't feel like commuting all the way back to Jersey we stayed in a hotel for the next 2 days. I love NYC...as it was expected we visited several vegetarian and semi-vegetarian yummy spots. I am dedicating this post to review these restaurants.
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I ordered the mushroom quesadillas. They were delicious, the right amount of salt, and the sour cream and Pico de Gallo were the perfect complement. All orders come with a side of tortilla chips and salsa.
And for dessert, Mauro ordered the Homemade Caramel Flan, which in my opinion had an excess of vanilla extract (I've had better)
I ordered the Mango Passion Fruit Cake which was delicious! It was a layered cheesecake, the top was mixed with the passion fruit, then it had a layer of regular cheesecake and the traditional cookie crumb bottom.
It came with diced mango on the side.
This day was all a cold Sunday day is supposed to be, a perfect day to stay home with our loved ones and indulge in the small pleasures of life. After all, these are the moments that keep our hearts alive.
This past weekend we got a chance to visit Raymond's from Montclair, NJ.
Many times we passed by and the place was packed, always with people lining out the door. We figured it had to be a great place to eat but with so many good restaurants in this city we thought it wasn't worth the wait. Boy, were we wrong! On Sunday we were surprised to see that there was nobody waiting outside so we decided to go in. We still had to wait about five minutes to be seated (they weren't so slow after all). The place looked small but it certainly held a lot of people. The atmosphere was very comfortable, very homey, like a small diner with very good food (description to come).
|Preparing tables for a party.|
A table with two benches became available on the side and that's where we were directed. The waitress who served us was incredibly courteous and very sweet. We placed our orders and gladly our food arrived after a very short wait.
My brother accompanied us in this culinary adventure, he is a flexitarian, mostly because my mom is a vegetarian so he eats meat whenever he goes out. He ordered the Grilled Ham and Cheese (Gruyere) with fries and he said everything was very tasty.
|I'm sure all that cabbage was responsible for the salt problem :P|
And finally, the best dish ( the only one I could taste!), Vegetarian Tagliatelle and a side of Grits. So let me start with the Grits, being the first time I tasted them and not having any knowledge of the real southern Grits, my humble opinion (and my hubby's) is that they were amazing. They were creamy, buttery and cheesy, heaven in my mouth! I plan to order the appetizer version, Grits with Wild Mushrooms, next time we go (hopefully very soon).
The Vegetarian Tagliatelle were also delicious, my mouth waters just thinking about them. The dish consisted of tagliatelle with arugula pesto, pine nuts, fresh cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. It was a perfect combination, a bit of sweetness and acidity from the tomatoes, earthiness and a touch of bitterness from the pine nuts and the savory saltiness of the feta cheese.
Unfortunately, we had no room for dessert but I'll starve myself if necessary in order to try some next time.
The prices were very reasonable, cheap, considering the quality of the food :)
So, if you ever decide to visit Montclair, try this place, you won't regret it :)