I have been in a foodie funk lately. Be it the pregnancy or the insane work hours, but eating has been the last thing on my mind. And, then, NY happened. I vacationed in NY for the past week. And by vacationed, I mean I was there for my cousin’s wedding and was busier than when I am at home. That didn’t stop me from eating though. I deemed that there are no triglycerides in NY! Binks and I did everything we could to find little pockets of time to just be alone in the city, away from demanding family. (After the wedding was done, of course).
I try to avoid touristy things when I travel. I hate tours. Nay. I despite tours. My favorite way to travel is to walk around and look around. I have not been disappointed to date.
However, when traveling, I tend to be very tourist-y when it comes to food. With my new-found addiction to Yelp, I was in a rampage in NYC. Except, that ATT service rendered my iPhone a POS in the city. Nonetheless, on the way to find a pizza place, we stumbled upon Carmine’s. Who knew it was a thing?
We went in for lunch. Binks and I usually share when we go out but at Carmine’s, sharing is required. All meals are served family style. The portions are large and the food is quite simply – pretty fantastic.
They started us out with the bread basket. There were wonderful saucy, cheesy pieces of bread that Binks and I quickly devoured around.
I apologize that all you can see are remnants of the sauce. It was THAT good.
We ordered the rigatoni with sausage and broccoli. Hey, I had to get in my veggies somewhere!
It was wonderful and saucy. The pasta – perfectly al dente. The sauce – perfectly FRESH!! You definitely don’t taste tomato paste. And, yes, I have been to places and tasted the tomato paste. Haven’t you?
So, Binks and I usually would have stopped our meal here. But, a couple of things happened. First, the waiter messed up our order. We asked for red sauce, but they brought it out in white. So, no biggie. Second, the waiter spilled water next to me. Mind you, an apology would have been just fine, but these wonderful people not only apologized but also gave us free dessert!
Binks chose the tiramisu. I agreed.
I thought they would bring out a slice of tiramisu. I thought, I should save room for second dessert later (more on this to come soon!). I thought wrong.
When I saw the waiter walk to us with this, I accidentally let out some expletives. It was THAT big. I mean a whole pie plate of tiramisu!! For two of us. Binks and I finished 1/8th of it and was really sad we couldn’t take it home as we were going to be walking around for a bit.
Verdict: The best tiramisu I’ve had in a long time.
Everything meshed together perfectly, the mascarpone with the coffee soaked cake and bites of chocolate shavings. I was in Italian heaven.
Thinking back I should have eaten more of it. Thinking at that time, my pregnancy stretch pants would have busted.
Have you been to Carmine’s in NY? What’s your opinion? Do you dig tours?