Lunch at ABC Kitchen. Located in the interiors design store, ABC Carpet and Home, near Union Square, ABC Kitchen was created by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and restaurateur Phil Suarez. Run by Chef Daniel Kluger, in the photograph above, the restaurant won the 2011 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant.
The Produce. ABC Kitchen is an advocate of farm to table, it's focus is to local, sustainable and organic seasonal produce that do not use pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, insecticides or GMOs; meat, fish and dairy products are locally sourced from humanely treated pasture-fed animals.
The décor. The casual décor is rather special and the space was transformed by Paulette Cole CEO and Creative Director of ABC Home, using sustainable, local, artisan indigenous found, salvaged, reclaimed and recycled building materials. I loved the mix of the modern organic handmade porcelain dinnerware and the vintage dessert plates and flatware.
Roasted Beets with Homemade Yogurt. I had lunch with James Beard Award winning cookbook author Susan Simon as we had heard by, word of mouth, how great it was, we both wanted to go and “Check it out.” Resting in an organic handmade porcelain bowl made by local artisan Jan Burtz, the roasted beets with homemade yogurt was very healthy and genuine.
Orange “Creamsicle” Tart. The orange “creamsicle” tart looked so pretty on the vintage dessert plates.
Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Candied Peanuts and Popcorn, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sauce. This was simply delicious. The sweetness of the caramel together with the dark chocolate and crunch of the peanuts and popcorn were the perfect marriage.
The Coffee. Again the use of pretty vintage ware for the espressos. All the coffees, teas spices, organic wines, juices and elixirs are organically cultivated on fair trade cooperatives.