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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Weekend Cooking- Lunch at Nougatine by Jean Georges

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Two of my sisters-in-law and I share a birthday and sometimes the stars align and we can celebrate together. One of my sisters-in-law came to visit yesterday to take The New York Culinary Experience at The International Culinary Center, where the students spend the weekend cooking with 30 of the best chefs in the country. She loves to cook and it is a very thoughtful gift from her family.

Yesterday we visited the Macy's Flower Show, which is a wonderful event that is so welcome after the horrendous winter we have all had. For two weeks, the main floor of the flagship Herald Square Macy's is turned in a Secret Garden with some of the most beautiful floral displays you will see anywhere.

The showstopper is located at the Broadway entrance, and it is a mannequin wearing a stunning red dress made of flowers. If you find yourself in NYC in late March- early April, make sure to plan a trip to this annual show.
Macy's Flower Show
Next, we headed uptown to go to lunch at  Nougatine at Jean Georges, located off Columbus Circle. They do a lovely prefixe $32 lunch and my sister-in-law treated me to a birthday lunch. We toasted our special day with Raspberry Lychee Bellinis, and I started with the Shrimp Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes and Champagne Vinegar Dressing. The flavor of the dressing over the shrimp was fantastic.
Shrimp Salad
For my entree, I chose the Cheeseburger with Crispy Fried Onions and Russian Dressing. It came with a side of crispy, tasty fries and one of the highlights was the homemade pickles that came on top of the burger. The burger was juicy and tasty.
Cheeseburger and Fries
Brigette chose the Organic Chicken with Lemon Meyer and Chili Sauce over a bed of kale. She pronounced it delicious.
Lemon Meyer Chicken
For dessert, we both had the Rhubarb Sorbet, with a nutty crumb topping and they put a cute Happy Birthday White Chocolate decoration with a candle.

We ended our day with dinner at Lusardis, my favorite neighborhood restaurant (actually my favorite NYC restuarant) with my husband, our sons and their girlfriends and it was the perfect ending to a wonderful day.

Macy's Flower Show is here.
Nougatine at Jean Georges is here.
Lusardi's is here.


  1. What a day!! The Culinary experience sounds like such a great opportunity and I've been to both those restaurants….both were delicious! The Meyer Lemon Chicken in particular sounds so yummy!

  2. What a lovely meal! The salad looks yummy and I love that dessert with the special birthday chocolate.

    Happy Birthday to you and your sisters-in-law!

  3. Champagne vinegar dressing - now there's an idea! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  4. Happy birthday to all of you! What a super day. I would have a hard time choosing between your lunches. Yum. I wonder why I've never heard of the Macy flower show... three of my in-laws have worked for Macy's for years (Philly & NYC)

  5. Happy Birthday and such a lovely way to celebrate it!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  6. Bellinis at lunch! How wonderfully decadent! The food looks fantastic. Happy Birthday!

  7. What a lovely birthday celebration! I feel as though I should take notes every time I read one of your posts - I'm sure I'd have a great master plan for a foodie NYC trip!