While it rained off and on all of Sunday, drenching our plans for a fun outdoor BBQ with nabe friends, the evening more than made up for the soggy pre-July 4 urban picnic. Ayhan and I joined Amy Cookie, her man Christian and son Michael at Craft, the ooh la la restaurant at 19th between Broadway and Park, created and owned by TV celeb chef and entrepreneur Tom Colicchio.
We dined, imbibed and salivated for four hours, splitting five family-style entrees, sides, starters and deserts. I thought I was going to weep, it was so damn good. I mean, who the hell ever thought that English peas could be a delicacy?
The most divine item on the menu was actually one our starters: Ricotta Cavatelli & Guanciale, a tender rolled pasta with egg, Italian bacon and creamy cheese. I hope that tonight I will dream about an entire dumpster filled with the stuff, along with a spoon the size of a snow shovel.