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The National

My grandma was visiting the East Coast, so it fell to her two city-based grandchildren, Blair and me, to plan her evenings in New York City. The first night, I arranged a dinner at The National, a restaurant in midtown led by celebrated chef Geoffrey Zakarian.

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The National Midtown New York Wanderlust in the City

We were joined by my aunt Mary.

The National Midtown New York Wanderlust in the City

And by my uncle Dick and cousin Marisa.

The National Midtown New York Wanderlust in the City

For our starters, we had the following:

Roasted Tomato Soup seasoned with japanese peppers, herbs, brioche and olive oil.

The National Midtown New York Wanderlust in the City

Curly Kale Salad topped with cherry tomatoes, radish, spiced eggplant and tarragon herbs.

The National Midtown New York Wanderlust in the City

And Ice Cold Watermelon covered in pistachio, celery, pickled rind and gratin blue cheese.

The National Midtown New York Wanderlust in the City

For our main courses, we ordered:

Grilled Branzino served with fennel puree, kale, golden raisins and tapenade.

The National Midtown New York Wanderlust in the City

Grilled New York Strip Steak on potatoes and mizuna salad and coated with a red wine sauce.

The National Midtown New York Wanderlust in the City

Perciatelli Pasta served with scallion, pea pesto, english peas and pecorino.

The National Midtown New York Wanderlust in the City

And Five Spiced Braised Short Ribs with polenta, spicy dates, and marinated cucumber. This is the best dish on the menu, with the meat just melting in your mouth!

The National Midtown New York Wanderlust in the City

For dessert, we were on the same page! We all ordered the Vanilla Panna Cotta with blackberry sorbet and cookie crumble.

The National Midtown New York Wanderlust in the City

The food was delicious, and I absolutely recommend those short ribs!

For gram’s second night, Blair treated her (and us, luckily!) to gorgeous views of the city from his rooftop.

The National Midtown New York Wanderlust in the City

I think we made a good impression, don’t you Blair?

~A

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