Tuesday, August 13, 2013


This weekend the weather was great and some friends and I spent Sunday afternoon playing in Central Park.  In addition to getting a few mosquito bites: I managed to earn 2 - one on each forearm (which I placed Bandaids on at work today to prevent myself from scratching, and instead ended up looking like a "cutter"), we also got a chance to have dinner in the Upper West Side, where none of us often venture out to.

Our wandering took us to Cafe Fiorello, which is located across Broadway from Lincoln Center, in the middle of a strip that is packed with restaurant options.

I don't entirely remember how we made this choice, but once there, we ordered:

Bowl of meatballs:
(The Meatball Shop downtown on the East side does a better job with these)

Prosciutto plate:

(Paired with some yummy bread)

Jumbo lump crabmeat and avocado salad: with orange segments
(I had envisioned a large bowl full of greens and maybe some crab and avocado sprinkled on top... imagine my surprise when there were no greens and instead just a "cake" of crab and avocado: best surprise EVER, and very yummy)

Arugula and caramelized pear salad: with crispy Italian cream cheese and black currant vinaigrette
(The best part was the crispy Italian cream cheese, which was a good balance to the sweetness of the pears)

[You can just barely see the cheese tucked behind the pears in this pic]

Pappardelle with eggplant parmesan:

Specialty jumbo lump crab steak:
We had no idea what this was until it was served - ended up being about 5 crab's worth of crab meat all lumped together into the shape of a steak

Lobster seafood risotto: with scallops, shrimp, mussels, and calamari
(This looked delicious, but was reported to be over-cooked, resulting in overly-soft/mushy rice)

View of the bar, where the bartenders all wore straw hats:

Overall it was a decent dinner, although not earth-shattering. The bonus at the end of dinner was the opportunity to visit the fountain outside the Lincoln Center and snag some great shots:

 Overall rating: 7.5/10

Cafe Fiorello
1900 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

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