Yikes on bikes, where have I been? Well, I had a birthday last week. And as we all know, that means an entire week of celebrations. I traveled and celebrated far and wide. And lucky for you, I’ve documented a lot of the places I ate at and things I did. So in case you were wondering how to have the perfect birthday weekend, let me enlighten you.
The Friend Boy and I tried a new restaurant on Thursday (also known as the day I turned 24). Steel. I think the best part about this restaurant excursion was the three year old we saw throwing a temper tantrum outside the restaurant. His way-too-old-to-have-a-three-year-old-son dad looked distraught and overly pinstriped. By the end of their meal, the mom had her head down on the table. If there was a TV show entitled “Things NOT to Look Forward to”, this would be the opening credits.
If that show had a spin off called “Things TO Look Forward to”, the menu at Steel would be the pilot episode. That menu was robust. Too robust, possibly. They kind of try to trick people with some fancy cook-it-yourself-hot-rock appetizer that has like five boxes around it and is in size 100 bold font. The guy in white Oakley’s next to us ordered it. That should explain a lot. As for moi? I freaked out and ordered everything. My Chilean Sea Bass was the best tasting thing ever. I used to be obsessed with this same dish at Al Bernait’s. But Steel’s version knocked old Al’s out of the park. It had the best miso taste to it. And it was definitely not too heavy.
Friend Boy got two orders of sushi. So, naturally, I ate a lot of that sushi. It was delicious and spicy and way too hard to eat in one bite. Their Uptown roll (get it? because the restaurant is in Uptown… clever!) had snow crab, avocado, spicy tuna and agadama (whatever that is). I also tried their Mt Fuji roll which had shrimp tempura (I love convincing myself that tempura is healthier than fried), cream cheese, avocado, spicy mayo and was topped with crab. Yeah. De-freaking-lish.
Our waiter was almost as cool as our food. Of course I made the mistake of assuming he didn’t speak English. So that wasn’t awkward at all… But he made me feel better by bringing out this awesome dessert.
After dinner at Steel we went to the Bar Belmont. You’ll get to hear about it tomorrow. Hooray!