Ever since I was little, on almost every (rather frequent) trip up to NYC from the Caribbean, my mother would bring me to ABC Carpet and Home. Sometimes we were picking out items to furnish our own homes, which were frequently decimated by hurricanes. Other times we just went for inspiration, to look. Everything in the store is so beautiful, that even as a child, I usually didn’t mind waiting around for hours (yes, hours!) while my mom did her designer thing. In a way, ABC Carpet and Home almost started to feel like a home-away-from-home to me. So, when I moved to NYC after college, I couldn’t wait to visit and eat in the store’s restaurant, ABC Kitchen. Known for using fresh, often local and seasonal ingredients, I just knew I would love it. Unfortunately, it’s a bit pricey so and it’s constantly packed, so attempts at dropping in, as well as making reservations for specific dates / special occasions, never worked. Finally, when I decided I was moving away from NYC, I got on OpenTable and booked a dinner reservation (a couple months out) for Kiyo and me.
Since it’s in a luxury home-goods store, everything in the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. No detail is overlooked. Note the recycled-paper menus, the gorgeous little bowls for olive oil and salt, and the wooden plate for the bread. The decor is rustic but light and open, creating a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere even in the large dining room.
Ordering was difficult because I wanted it all. I had a drink but I don’t remember what it was because I was too focused on the food.
We decided to share two salads, to begin. This was the best decision; both salads were among the best I’ve ever had. The first I can’t find on their current menu (it was probably seasonal) but it had peas and green beans and was gorgeous.