I love our local haunts for date nights but it is always nice to mix that up a bit, and living in NYC the options are vast and pretty exciting. About a month ago we had a unique date night experience at The Old Bowery Station, Openhouse's newest space dedicated to great culinary experiences. Hosted by chefs Gregg Drusinksy and Sarah Ashley Schiear (also competitors on ABC's The Taste), the ABODE: home. style. food dining experience included five courses as well as complimentary wine parings to complete the meals.
As professional chefs, Gregg grew up in Cleveland but worked his way through the NYC restaurant world by learning from the best in the culinary business. He was a saucier at Le Bernadin and has been mentored by Jean Georges, Eric Ripert and Mario Batali. Sarah Ashley Schiear puts a delicious twist on classic homestyle preparations experimenting from her own kitchen. She is a self-taught chef and lifestyle enthusiast with a true passion for cooking and entertaining.
With two seatings (one at 7pm and another at 9:15pm), we were randomly seated at a communal table that was beautifully decorated with fine silver and wine glasses. We started with a Fluke Poke, which was with avocado, scallion, ginger and then went on to the delicious miso, black garlic, smoked eel. During that time, the wine was flowing and conservation was starting with the new friends that we meet at our table. That was probably one of the most unexpected parts of the evening. Since we were placed randomly we were able to meet people from all over NYC in various industries with a conversation that started with soup that then covered the gamut of children, NYC life, and of course food! We then add an incredible curry lobster bique and a cumin lamb that was make with yogurt and green olive. We ended the night with an incredible passion fruit panna cotta filled with full and happy bellies.
As an alternative to a traditional dining experience, I loved that Gregg and Sarah came to our tables to speak about the food as well as to ask us what we liked and didn't like. Another bonus for parents is that since the second seating starts at 9:15 you are out by 8:45 - making it a practical options for us tired parents who still want to have fun.
Doing something new and interesting with your partner is always fun, and an evening at ABODE combines delicious food, community and the comforts of home mixed with the "underground flavor of an old New York City subway station."
Momtrends was not paid for this post. We were given a complimentary dinner.