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Kleinfeld’s Bridal & Zio Ristorante

We recently had two special moments in my friend group: Ann’s engagement and Claire’s new job in Seattle! So to celebrate, we planned an evening of wedding dress shopping (for Ann) and food (for Claire… and everyone else)!

We started at Kleinfeld’s Bridal, a New York institution made famous by Say Yes to the Dress.

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

As Ann tried on dresses, we watched the crew film footage for the show as a circus of brides, tulle, and misty-eyed mothers swirled around us.

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Some girls said yes to the dress.

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

While we just said yes to tiaras!

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Afterwards, we headed to nearby Zio Ristorante for Claire’s goodbye dinner. In the spirit of her Seattle move, she made sure to wear plaid (and we, being New Yorkers, made sure to tease her about it)!

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We started with a massive amount of carbs, as all good dinners should.

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We shared the Caprese Salad, and the mozzarella cheese was perfect.

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And we also split the Calamari Fritti. This dish was so good!

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

For her main course, Ann chose the healthy Branzino which is an oven-baked filet of Mediterranean sea bass with roasted potatoes and sautéed spinach.

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The rest of us decided pasta was in order! Our favorite was the Pappardelle, with homemade ribbon pasta and braised lamb ragu.

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We also loved the Carbonara pasta, which is homemade spaghetti with egg yolk, pecorino cheese and pancetta.

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And the Gnudi was so delicious we gobbled it up in a matter of minutes! This dish has homemade ricotta dumplings, fresh mozzarella and marinara sauce.

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The food here is so good!

Oh and did I mention there was plenty of champagne to go around? We were celebrating, after all!

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

After dinner we said a tearful goodbye to Claire. While we’re excited for her Seattle adventure, New York City just won’t be the same without her!

Kleinfeld's Bridal and Zio Ristorante - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

To make an appointment at Kleinfeld’s Bridal, click here. To make a reservation at Zio Ristorante, click here.

We’re looking forward to Ann’s wedding… and Claire’s return to NYC!

~A

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