Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Girls' Day Out

Last weekend, we FINALLY had decent weather in New York. By decent, I mean 50 fahrenheit, sunny and I could actually walk out without looking like a frozen popsicle. So five girls, including me, went to check out the Brooklyn Flea Market (winter edition) in Dumbo, and of course we planned brunch to start the day. I mean, how can you shop without filling your tummy first?

We met at Superfine restaurant in Dumbo, this place was recommended by New York Magazine. The atmosphere in the restaurant was vibrant, they had a bluegrass band playing on the weekends. There was a pool table & some couches in the waiting area, which I thought was smart. The weekend brunch menu is Southwestern-inspired but the choices are somewhat limited. I ordered the Breakfast Burrito with sausage, eggs, beans, salsa & chilli. The food took f.o.r.e.v.e.r., and we found ourselves screaming to each other because the music was getting loud, my caffeine hadn't kicked in yet and my stomach was starting to growl. Thank goodness for the banana blueberry bread that we ordered, if not I would've turned into Lil' Miss Cranky.

Finally the food arrived. The portion was huge, I devoured half of my breakfast burrito, and I couldn't eat it anymore. Unfortunately, I don't think we were impressed with food. After brunch, we hit the Brooklyn Flea Market in hope that looking at pretty things would make us feel better, and it sure did. I was told that the cupcakes sold at the flea market by Kumquat Cupcakery are AMAZING! By the time we got there, it was sold out!!! BOOHOO....We were in need of some sugar so we decided to check out Jacques Torres Chocolate, which has an outpost in Dumbo. Before we got to Jacques Torres, we saw a little bakery across the street called Almondine, we got sidetracked, and ended up sipping coffee & tea and sharing a couple of croissants at Almondine. Almondine is opened by Hervé Poussot, the former pastry chef at Le Bernardin, and long time business partner of Jacques Torres. The almond croissant was amazing! It was flakey, cakey, crispy all the same time. His signature beignettes were sold out but I was happy with the almond croissant.

On a side note, there is an art installation in Dumbo by Malaysian artist Tattfoo Tan, it's really cool. Malaysia Boleh!
More on Tattfoo's Project

More Dumbo Photos

Address: Superfine Restaurant, 126 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Address: Brooklyn Flea Market (Jan-March), 76 & 81 Front St, Brooklyn NY 11201

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