I cannot tell you how excited I am to have today off from work. I feel bad because I know some of my friends are at work right now. Sorry! Anyway, I am staying warm inside and catching up on Anthony Bourdain's travels.
Yesterday, my husband and I were out in the city for most of the afternoon and decided to go for an early dinner at Al Di La, one of our, if not our, favorite places in Brooklyn. We figured we had some time until they opened so we went to a bar across the street. It was pretty cool. The Lighthouse Tavern had some regulars there watching basketball and the game, and they had a pool table in the back. We had a few pints and then headed over to Al Di La thinking we would be so early. We get there at 5:30 and the place is packed. Like super packed, so much so there was only one table left in the wine bar. We gladly took it.
I can fully understand why this place is always packed. I have waited 2 hours for a table on the weekend and it's 100 % worth it every time. In fact, for comparison, we ate at the new trendy STK Steakhouse in Meatpacking on Saturday. The atmosphere was cool, trendy, upscale. But the main course - steak - just wasn't great. The appetizers were great and the dessert was good but you would just think that the steak would be amazing considering the whole restaurant is built around the concept. So our dinner at STK with drinks was nearly double our dinner at Al Di La (that included a bottle of wine) and it was 100 times better.
If you haven't been yet, you have to go... but go early. My favorite is the pasta with meat ragu, but the specials are always amazing. They have a winter white salad on the menu right now that is shaved raw vegetables and it's really good. My husband even liked it. Just remember, no reservations and get there early.