After weeks of traveling it is so nice to be back in New York City!
As fun as it is to try new types of food while on vacation, there’s nothing like coming home to old favorites. And, of course, finding new favorites too.
I recently found a little slice of heaven in Hell’s Kitchen, and think you’ll absolutely love it. 44½ is adorable, pink and has beautiful, delicious food. What more could you want in a restaurant?!
The inside is trendy, with pink accents that add a touch of fabulousness to the place.
But as pretty as the inside is, we had to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather by eating in the garden.
Now gardens in New York City aren’t quite like the gardens in other parts of the country, but we still thought this was a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
44½ has the most beautiful gay men I’ve ever seen working there, so if that’s your thing this restaurant is certainly the place to go!
Otherwise if you’re not checking out the men, you can check out their shirts. Each person has a different shirt with one word on the front and a corresponding word on the back. We kept seeing words like “beaten,” “easy” and “hell” and tried to figure out how they were all related.
After several (dozen) paparazzi-type pictures of the staff, we finally had a definitive list of the pairings:
Heaven & Hell
Asian & Infused
Straight & Up
Whipped & Beaten
Toasted & Baked
Shaken & Stirred
Over & Easy
We checked with one of the beautiful waiters, and confirmed that they’re meant to be suggestive food/drink words (like whipped & beaten) or related to the restaurant (heaven in Hell’s Kitchen). Clever, right?!
44½ sells the shirts, so if you want one you can get your own. Just choose carefully. Not everyone can walk around with a shirt that says “Asian” on the front, even if it does say “Infusion” on the back!
We were so distracted by the shirt mystery that our food arrived before we knew it!
We had the Baby Spinach Salad with merlot poached pear, crispy pancetta, poached egg, Maytag blue cheese and herb balsamic vinaigrette. I thought it was so cool how there was a runny egg on the salad, although of course the merlot-soaked pear was my favorite part!
We also had the Jumbo Maryland Crab Cake with avocado corn relish, tempura garlic pickle, pea shoots, sweet mango, granny smith apple, watermelon radish, slow roasted golden beets and pickled ginger vinaigrette.
It is hands down the most beautifully-presented crab cake I’ve ever seen!
And it tasted delicious too!
Now can you see why 44½ is a hidden gem? I just love it!
To find out more information, make a reservation, or buy one of those fun t-shirts, click here.