March Un-Madness: Alison Eighteen
The crazy month of March included 80 degree weather and many adventures. One of my favorite new discoveries is Alison Eighteen. I stopped in early one evening on my way home and was delighted to find an expansive, subtlety designed space and a wonderfully-warm staff. My eye did catch the charcuterie carving station on my way in, so I made sure to have a sampling, including some Mortadella (one of my favorite indulgences). This is definitely a spot where you can chill out after work in a low key environment, and enjoy some excellent food. Appetizers include an ample portion of mussels in a slightly creamy broth—the perfect bar snack. The front of the restaurant has a lounge area in front, long bar with banquettes opposite (and enough space in between). The dining room in the back (photo above) has perfectly spaced tables and sweet appointments. The crowd seems to like to dress up a bit, adding to the elegance of the atmosphere. Opening soon, is an enormous downstairs lounge with piano, available for private parties or for just hanging out. Also in this month’s report: a super dinner at Super Linda, Bob’s birthday at A Voce, a delightful diversion at Bowery Diner, an excursion to Darien, CT, and a viewing of fabulous art. See more photos at this link. Photo below: 18th street between Irving and Third Avenue in full bloom.