My second birthday lunch with Grandma Ellie

Our very own Dallas spy, Lane Morris Buckman, traveled to New York recently and realized a childhood fantasy – lunch at 40 Carrots in Bloomingdales. “I’ve wanted to eat there since childhood, after reading a book where a little girl and her grandmother lunched there every Saturday. My grandmother, who was a sturdy little thing from Alabama, frequently took me lunch at the Woolworth’s counter in Georgia, and to the cafe in Kirvin’s when they still had one. Bloomingdales was as far away as the Taj Mahal to me.”


Aw… it brought back treasured memories of lunches with my own grandmother! What a perfect post for today. Thank you for another great restaurant spy review, and for giving me a day off on my birthday Lane!

40 Carrots

Bloomingdales

1000 3rd Ave 7th Fl, New York NY10022 (At 59th St)

 

 

By Lane Morris Buckman

 

My best friend and I started laughing when we realized we were literally planning my trip to Manhattan around the places we thought I might like to eat.PJ Clarke’s, Ed’s Chowder House, and her favorite pizza joint were on her list.I was game for anything, but I did have one request, “Lunch at Bloomingdales,” I begged.


So, around noon on a Friday, we queued up behind a very diverse crowd and waited to make my childhood dream come true.And waited.And waited.It took 45 minutes to be seated, during which time, my five-year-old entertained himself (and everyone else) by making faces in the wall mirror, and reciting monologues from Star Wars.

Sandwhich Trio

There was plenty of time to peruse the posted menu, and Amy and I changed our minds a few times before making it to our seats in the cheerfully Easter basket colored dining room.We finally settled on the Sandwich Trio Platter, consisting of classic tuna on an organic pretzel roll, Sonoma chicken salad on onion roll with fresh sage, and egg salad on organic brioche roll, and the Grilled Wild King Salmon served over couscous with cucumber-dill salad respectively.My son ordered the Baked Chicken Fingers, “with lots of ketchup, please.”

Amy’s sandwich trio was adorable.I tasted the fillings and thought the tuna salad was excellent.It was the right balance between wet and dry, and was tangy without tasting fishy at all.The egg salad was nice and mild, and Amy said she liked it even though she isn’t a great fan of egg salad. The chicken salad was very nice, with good sized chunks of white meat, again the right balance between wet and dry.The breads were nice and crispy on the outside, with good, soft centers, so they were easy to bite into and chew.

Grilled Wild King Salmon over Couscous

My salmon was perfect.It was cooked to a medium, with a cool pink center, so that it still flaked nicely.It was a healthy serving, too.I couldn’t eat it all, and left a good quarter of it behind.It was served with couscous, which was a little bland and on the dry side, but that was easily remedied with a good squeeze of lemon juice, and I really enjoyed eating bites of it together with the salmon.The cucumber dill salad was crisp and tangy, and while I might not order it again, I enjoyed getting to try it.

Baked Chicken Fingers

The baked chicken fingers didn’t look like much, but my son gobbled them up so quickly they were gone before I could sneak a taste!However, he was happy to offer me all of his carrot salad.I took a bite of that expecting sweet, and came up pleasantly surprised at the dill seasoning.Like the cucumber dill salad, it isn’t something I would order on its own, but it made a good side dish.

Cucumber Dill Salad

We all shared the fist-sized serving of chocolate frozen yogurt that came with the chicken fingers.It was thick, and rich, and tasted much more like ice cream than yogurt.No wonder people were lined up to buy cups.

My experience at the very kid friendly 40 Carrots was a good one.Everything was cooked well, and the food was great quality.Maybe best of all, 40 Carrots seems to attract all ages.During our seating, the table next to us turned over once.When we arrived, our seatmates were two elderly ladies, who had been eating there for decades.They had lunch and shared a dessert, and had a good laugh over my Texas accent.When we left, our seatmates were two teenage girls, also sharing lunch and a frozen yogurt, who were starting their own dining tradition.We, ourselves, were two moms, probably right in between the ages of our dining partners.And we couldn’t have been happier.

Jewels still eating…

Thanks a million for taking us on this culinary fantasy ride Lane. What hidden gems are you dining at in your town? Would you like to be a Restaurant Spy on Jewels from The Roving Stove?

 

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  • March 9, 2011
    7:05 pm

    I just realized I wrote PJ O'Rourke's when I meant PJ Clarke's. One is an author and political satirist. The other is a restaurant that many politicos and satirists enjoy. I do apologize!

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  • March 9, 2011
    7:28 pm

    Happy Birthday!

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  • March 9, 2011
    7:34 pm

    A wonderful post! Sounds like the type of place I would feel comfortable in and able to find something I could actually enjoy. Bravo Lane! Hope your little one remembers this outing and takes you back when he's older.Much love and hugs to our Julie Anne on her special day. May the year before you unfold with countless blessings.

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  • March 9, 2011
    7:42 pm

    Fixed it Lane – no worries! Thank you for the birthday wishes yellsoftly and Ruthee. I'm having such a lovely one.

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  • March 10, 2011
    6:46 am

    Ohh its really cool to have such amazing post Thanks and regards…

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  • March 11, 2011
    3:24 am

    Really nice review from Lane! She's got me tempted to go there if I ever get to New York.Ruthee Mac

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