I went with my mom this past weekend to hear a number of NYTimes-sponsored food & wine talks at the Times Center. The first, titled 'The A List', included Alex Guarnaschelli (of 'Chopped' and NYC's Butter), Anne Burrell ('Secrets of a Restaurant Chef'), Anita Lo ('Top Chef Masters' and NYC's Annisa) and April Bloomfield (NYC's Spotted Pig, John Dory Oyster Bar and The Breslin). The panel was wonderful, dominated by talk of inspirational ingredients and scarring memories, as well as sarcastic (though largely well-intentioned) banter between long-time friends Anne and Alex. April was comparatively quiet but, when she spoke, she was fantastic. Two particularly interesting facts: 1) as a child, she wanted nothing more than to be a policeman (and still occasionally finds herself looking longingly at the NYPD), and 2) she used to hate Alex Guarnaschelli, who once fought her (and won) for the last bunch of fava beans at the Union Square Greenmarket.
According to our waitress, waits for tables can be tough. So come early or late, and enjoy.
16 W 29th St (b/w Broadway and 5th)
seasonal frittata with ricotta cheese
ricotta pancakes with macerated market berries and candied almonds