Well, not martinis, but I was sampling some pretty amazing drinks yesterday at lunch. Even if you can’t quite afford a meal at Eleven Madison Park, you owe it to yourself to stop by and try their cocktails. Yes, I’m totally serious about that. I know you probably think it’s a wine-snob kinda place, but you’re wrong. The bartender takes his craft really seriously. It’s not the kind of restaurant where I’d feel comfortable busting out the camera, but the cocktails are gorgeous too. I was at Eleven Madison with a new author of mine, chef Mark Peel of the acclaimed Campanile in Los Angeles. It was a real pleasure to meet Mark for the first time. He and countless other chefs are in town this weekend for the James Beard Foundation Awards. I think I’ve already blogged about my two nominees in the cookbook categories, so I won’t go on about those again. If one of the books wins, I’m sure I’ll be blabbing about that on Monday.
Speaking of Madison Park, if you’re reading this now, then you’re already missing out on the Big Apple Block Party. So shut off the computer and head over for some real bbq now.