I've been so down about everything lately... not feeling well, the up-coming move, the boyfriend drama, etc. So I decided to treat myself... Today I was uptown for a salon appointment anyway, so for lunch I went to check out a restaurant I've heard a lot about. It's called TAO (on East 58th St. & Park Ave.), and it's supposed to be the most popular asian restaurant in Manhattan (not to mention, one of the most expensive!). The atmosphere is what you are paying for, not to mention the fancy food presentation! But I must say, I was impressed!
The restaurant is VERY dark, so it's not particularly picture friendly. However, this is the main attraction of the restaurant... big buddha! (Look close and you'll see it... hopefully!)
I started with the bamboo steamed vegetable dumplings... These were good, although I've had better (YES, at Wild Ginger, lol). And they are overpriced for what you get.
Then I got their imperial vegetable egg roll. Now I know $10 seems outrageous for an egg roll, but this was a HUGE portion. Literally 2 or 3 times the amount of egg roll that you get at other restaurants, so it was actually more of a main course. Plus it was really delicious, so I can definitely justify the high price tag! (I also really liked the duck sauce that came with it. I didn't even touch the spicy mustard sauce on the other side, because I didn't even need or want to!)
But the real star of this show are their desserts... particularly their GIANT fortune cookie. And GIANT is the operative word because this thing is huge. They stuff it with white and dark chocolate mousse and serve it with berries. I have one word to describe this masterpiece... incredible!
Is this restaurant overpriced? Yes. But the food is good and it's a fun experience. Apparently a big scene between Big and Carrie from Sex and the City was filmed here, and I can see why! ;)
After lunch I had an appointment at the hair salon. I've been going to the Roy Teeluck salon for quite a while now. They do a fabulous job and I have been to some of the best salons in the city... but they always give you freebies (like today I got a free conditioning treatment!), and the colorists, stylists, etc. are wonderful! Here are some pictures I took of myself on the cab ride home! (Again the lighting is not great, sorry!)
I also got one last photo of the tree when I passed by it in the cab!
When I got home Peanut was just waking up from his nap...
And later on my Aunt and Uncle stopped by to drop off some Christmas goodies from Upstate (since we couldn't make it this year). Grandma really knows how to bake!
This week I'm going to busy with apartment hunting, and this Friday I'm attending a blog lunch in Soho, so definitely check back for that! That's all for now, my lovelies!