For the Love of Basketball

Or in my case: for the love of visiting NYC. We met up with the b.i.l. and his lovely lady J last weekend to eat our way through the city and watch Michigan crush West Virginia University (sorry b.i.l.).

Thursday night was kind of epic. We went to a place called Atera for  4 1/2 hour food circus with bite after bite of mind-blowing dishes. About 20 courses total. Luckily most plates contained a maximum of 2 bites or I would have been in a food coma by the 3rd or 4th plate.  Instead of a food coma, though, I think we all experienced some food nirvana. If you make it through this whole post, a gold star for you!

Savory macaroons

Savory macaroons

Another "snack"

Another “snack”

Mini lobster rolls. The "bread" melted in your mouth like a macaroon.

Mini lobster rolls. The “bread” melted in your mouth like a macaroon.

 

These were like savory angel wings.

These were like savory angel wings.

 

Pickled quail eggs with bread (mine was a GF cracker). We had a hard time figuring out how the hell they made these eggs.

Pickled quail eggs with bread (mine was a GF cracker). We had a hard time figuring out how the hell they made these eggs.

 

These looked like cigars and had gluten so I had something special this round.

These looked like cigars and had gluten so I had something special this round.

 

My "cigar" was a carrot fruit roll-up. It was ridiculous.

My “cigar” was a carrot fruit roll-up. It was ridiculous.

 

These looked like rocks but were like an airy, crispy nugget.

These looked like rocks but were like an airy, crispy nugget.

 

These "noodles" were like calamari but very, very noodle-like.

These “noodles” were like calamari but very, very noodle-like.

 

Oxtail broth with sea urchin. Oh. mah. gawd! This was out of control.

Oxtail broth with sea urchin. Oh. mah. gawd! This was out of control.

 

Diver scallops with fermented cabbage leaf and miners lettuce.

Diver scallops with fermented cabbage leaf and miners lettuce.

 

Fluke with warm bbq'd onion and emerald lettuce.

Fluke with warm bbq’d onion and emerald lettuce.

 

Lamb tartare. This was phenomenal.

Lamb tartare. This was phenomenal.

 

Pastrami duck heart with tender young veggies and red watercress. I get points for trying this. I donated most of mine to N. He likey.

Pastrami duck heart with tender young veggies and red watercress. I get points for trying this. I donated most of mine to N. He likey.

 

Bread and "butter." This butter tasted like cheese. The boys wanted to eat the whole log. And nearly did.

Bread and “butter.” This butter tasted like cheese. The boys wanted to eat the whole log. And nearly did.

 

"Noodle" in a dashi broth. We think the noodle was something like squid. Really tasty.

“Noodle” in a dashi broth. We think the noodle was something like squid. Really tasty.

 

Brined hake with wildflower honey, sweet potato, yogurt and chickweed. Freakin' awesome.

Brined hake with wildflower honey, sweet potato, yogurt and chickweed. Freakin’ awesome.

 

A terrible pic of the cerleriac with mushroom meringue.

A terrible pic of the cerleriac with mushroom meringue.

 

Roasted quail with fresh peanuts and burgundy cold (I don't know what that means).

Roasted quail with fresh peanuts and burgundy cold (I don’t know what that means).

 

Beef strip with bordeaux spinach. Wow.

Beef strip with bordeaux spinach. Wow.

 

Pear with almond ice milk. The first of several dessert bites.

Pear with almond ice milk. The first of several dessert bites.

 

Banana split with spiced marshmallows and candied parsley root. Again. Seriously?!

Banana split with spiced marshmallows and candied parsley root. Again. Seriously?!

 

Churro with salsify, cinnamon and white cardamom. Who doesn't love churro?

Churro with salsify, cinnamon and white cardamom. Who doesn’t love churro?

 

Truffles. Like we needed more dessert. I guess we did because we ate all of this too.

Truffles. Like we needed more dessert. I guess we did because we ate all of this too.

 

The finale: bourbon cask ice cream sandwich with almond and vanilla. You had me at bourbon cask....

The finale: bourbon cask ice cream sandwich with almond and vanilla. You had me at bourbon cask….

 

Several things about this restaurant: there was no sign out front. That takes some major ballsack. The cutlery had its own wooden holders. I would have stolen my holder  if the restaurant served more than about 12 people at a sitting (ok, maybe I would have….). They also serve their tasting menu with a wine pairing. We just ordered our own drinks this time. The dinner lasted so long that they had to move us to the lounge area downstairs to eat our dessert courses. This is the kind of place that could totally be really stuffy or way too hipster and uncomfortable but chooses not to. The music selections were fantastic and our many waiters had good senses of humor (after a glass of wine apparently I have no qualms about “that’s what she said” jokes–oy vay!). And last: a 3 mile round-trip walk is so good for digestion. I heart NYC.

Random: Saturday late morning we started to see clumps of people with Santa suits on. Wft? Oh, that’s right. It was Santacon. And as the day wore on, they were EVERYWHERE. And they were hammered. Thousands and thousands of Santas.

Santacon 2012. If you are in college then you probably know what this is. I had no freakin' clue.

Santacon 2012. If you are in college then you probably know what this is. I had no freakin’ clue.

 

The basketball game was in Brooklyn so we went early and some NY pizza.

B.i.l. and J pose with the pizza.

B.i.l. and J pose with the pizza.

 

Pizza!

Pizza!

 

And then the game. Gotta love those Wolverines!

Meechigan!

Meechigan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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