Thursday, December 23, 2010

Solo At ABC Elixir Bar

I can count on one hand the amount of times I've eaten a meal in a restaurant alone. I constantly see it being done, but it makes me extremely anxious and uncomfortable- culinary immaturity I guess. In the midst of running errands on an empty stomach (fighting the masses for that last perfect Christmas gift), I found myself sitting solo at ABC Elixir Bar, a cozy extension of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s critically acclaimed restaurant, ABC Kitchen. ABC Elixir Bar serves a variety of juices, smoothies, and baked goods, as well as several tempting items from ABC Kitchen's menu.

It may be that the usual crowd was on their way home for the holidays, but I found ABC Elixir Bar's tucked away tables and relaxed, welcoming ambiance the perfect refuge for a solitary luncher. I sipped a tall glass of the yuzu c (orange, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and yuzu) while munching on a roasted carrot and avocado salad with crunchy seeds, sour cream and citrus- all by my lonesome...

ABC Elixir Bar's menu includes cold pressed organic juices, smoothies, coffees and teas, and looks to its neighbor's menu for market driven dishes (to name a few- roasted beets, tuna sashimi, cauliflower soup, spinach and goat cheese pizza, and a sundae that tops salted caramel ice cream with candied peanuts and popcorn, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce)
The yuzu c- maybe not worth the $12 price tag, but it gave me the boost I needed to finish the day's errands
One of my favorite dishes from ABC Kitchen- the roasted carrot and avocado salad