Wallse, Lupa and La Esquina

Friday night we walked over to Wallse and had dinner.  During the warmer months, they put small tables outside for parties of 2 – 4.  It was a beautiful night.  Also, that particular corner (Washington and 11th) is quiet with just a few people strolling around which makes it even better.

I have always been a big fan of Wallse and last night was just as good if not better.  First of all, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed ( who are big regulars ) were sitting a few seats down from us.  Even though I live in NYC, seeing the local celebs is always an added bonus.  What can I say? 

I had lightly roasted asparagus with a very light vinaigrette with chopped shallots and tiny peas on top.  Next to this on the plate was a small round portion of chopped tuna tartare.  Simple, delicious and perfect for the weather.  For a main course, I had 2 deep fried soft shell crabs with a mango salsa.  Absolutely perfect.  Fred and our friend had a poached tail of lobster in a rich almost sweet tasting cherry broth.  It was like having dinner and dessert at the same time.  Not a big portion but perfect for how rich lobster is.  We bagged dessert but they brought out chocolate dusted almonds and 3 tiny squares of layered chocolate cake.  I could go back again tonight.

After the movies on Saturday night, we walked over to LupaFred loves Lupa and I know many others who do but I have never been that wowed.  We sat at the bar.  The Saturday night crowd is interesting.  I am not sure how many people there actually are from the city but more tourists and people in for the night on the town.  Interesting.  During the week it is probably a tad different.  Regardless, we had some really excellent things and some okay things.

We began with a combo of appetizers.  A small plate of prosciutto which was out of this world, a bowl of sliced octopus with a spicy creamy sauce which was also excellent.  The last antipasti we had was artichoke halves with a mint and citrus coating.  This didn't wow me.  We split the special pasta.  A duck ragu over spaghetti which was excellent.  Lots of flavor and chunks of pulled braised duck breast.  We also split the skate for last which didn't knock me out.  I have always thought the key to Lupa is the pastas and antipasti.  They also have a great selection of wine by the carafe.

Lunch today we in Soho.  We dined outside at La Esquina.  The tacos and upstairs menu is the best part.  I wouldn't eat downstairs in the dungeon but stick to the upstairs.  They also have a nice cafe on the side of the building now and you can also take out.  I had a chicken salad, mexican style.  The boys had tacos.  The food is okay but sitting outside on the street and watching the world go by is always a delight.