My best friends Nali and Jessi and I went to Lafayette, a French bistro on Lafayette and Great Jones in NoHo, Manhattan--not our usual neighborhood and not our usual fare. Which is the point of Restaurant Week! Lafayette has a bakery in front--and a bar tucked into a corner, from which I ordered a cocktail called the Raspberry Fix.
|My drink, the Raspberry Fix|
It was fizzy and fruity and sweet. I drank that first one wayyy too quickly. Nali tried a sip and said it tasted like Tang. :-) It was on the lighter end of cocktails, almost tasted like soda, and therefore, I was buzzed rather quickly. Nali ordered a mint Julep. Once we were seated in a comfy corner booth, Jess ordered a drink called the French Melon, which tasted much more of lemon than melon, but was pretty yummy. I think we cooed as we took sips of it.
|Jessi's drink, the French Melon|
This was my meal:
Grilled octopus on chickpeas with fennel and two sauces--one of them was pesto. So good!
I also had the short rib ravioli for my entree:
Also super good, but it was about the same size as my appetizer. Just sayin'. This was my dessert, the the almond chiffon cake with raspberries and chantilly cream. The right size for dessert, spongy but not too sweet, and the cream went well with the slight bitterness of raspberries.
Throughout the meal, we also kept checking on whether or not Nali was finished with her drink yet. This is what she was left with at the end of our meal:
However, dinner would never be complete without the often-random and varied conversation and company of my buddies.