[Guest Post] Peter in NY without Me

Graffiti Food & Wine Bar
The Breslin Bar

It may sound strange, but since going out to nice restaurants together is our “thing”, I tend to get very jealous if my husband Peter eats out without me. Especially if it’s a restaurant on one of my “must EAT wish lists”.

When Peter has a business dinner here in town and I’m not going with him, he makes sure to eat somewhere we’ve already been to before. This way he knows what to expect from the restaurant, but it also assures him that he’ll be welcomed home afterwards. But when he’s away on business, I tend to ease up on my culinary envy… or at least I TRY.

Peter’s official job title is “Senior Vice President of Creative Advertising for the Theatrical division of 20th Century Fox”. When people ask me what he does for work, I keep it simple by saying, “he makes movie posters”. What the job actually entails isn’t really all that simple.

Before working with various design firms and print shops around town (as well as his team at the studio), Peter has to travel to film sets to spend time with the film makers, photographers, and of course actors (plus their many handlers)… to GET THE POSTER SHOT. He’s looking for that one image that will SELL the movie, but also other photos for publicity, teaser prints, theater art, billboards, bus shelters, bus sides, standees inside theaters and newspapers (yes, they still print those!).

Peter in NYCPeter recently had to fly to New York to work on “Wall Street 2” (Gordon Gekko is back!). Unfortunately I couldn’t go with him since I need more than a few days notice to organize a house and dog sitter (three needy rescues plus our neighbor’s dog).

When he called from Manhattan on Friday and said he had ordered room service for dinner, I laughed and said: “are you KIDDING me? You’re in New York. Go OUT!”

Since his visit was unplanned, there was no way Peter would get a table at a place like Corton or Momofuku Ko (two of many on my to-do list) so I suggested he try Graffiti restaurant in the village. The restaurant’s chef / owner, Jehangir Mehta, was my favorite contestant on “The Next Iron Chef”. He made each episode so interesting with his cunning and clever moves!

Peter called Graffiti and was told they were booked up, but since he was a party of one the restaurant would accommodate him. After ditching $100 room service dinner, he grabbed a cab and headed for the tiny 470 square foot restaurant, and was shocked to see chef Mehta greet him at the door (since the finale of Next Iron Chef hadn’t aired yet). Peter was seated with (in his words) “three lovely Graffiti veterans: Megan, Marisa and Galit”.

So, there was my husband… out on the town in New York, dining with three women that he just met in a cool village eatery. Was I jealous? You bet your sweet cheeks I was… jealous of the FOOD. I’m sure his “dates” were lovely, but my heart was a little bit broken over missing Chef Mehta’s Braised Pork Buns and Pickled Ginger Scallops!

The next morning Peter called and I almost didn’t pick up (but I did). He wanted to know where he should have brunch that day (he slept in because he was so FULL from dinner) and being the forgiving wife, I suggested April Bloomfield’s Breslin. We both loved eating at the Spotted Pig (also by Bloomfield) a few years back, and the Breslin is her newly opened hot spot.

Peter raved about the succulent Lamb burger, then was off to spend the afternoon with famed photographer Annie Liebovitz, while she photographed Shia Laboef and Michael Douglas.

I know… what a crazy world. I sometimes I forget he’s there to work, not eat.

Peter’s iPhone Photos and Notes:

Peter at Graffiti NYC
Graffiti’s Braised Pork Buns, Apricot Chutney 
Peter’s Notes: I took bad photos (iPhone camera and low light… not a good combo). Thanks Marisa for taking the only decent photo of the night – the braised pork buns (above) which was my favorite bite of the evening!

Peter at Graffiti NYC
Grafitti in iPhone photos! Top Left: Marisa and Megan (Galit not pictured) , Zucchini Hummus Pizza, Pickled Ginger Scallops with Candied Red Chili, The TINY (but amazing) 40 square foot kitchen, Hazelnut Chocolate Caviar Cupcake and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Green Chili Shrimp with Mirin Daikon Moong Salsa, Chef Mehta’s Sister

Peter at Graffiti NYC
Peter with Chef Mehta himself!

Peter at Breslin, NYC
Breslin’s Lamb Burger
Peter’s notes: Crumbles of goat and feta cheeses, thin swirls if small red onions and cumin mayo. Messy juicy good. Didn’t get any on my clothes but I could feel it oozing out the corners of my mouth.

Peter at Breslin, NYC
Breslin Menu, Fries

Peter at Breslin, NYC
Breslin Interior (reminiscent of Spotted Pig)

Graffiti Food and Wine Bar
224 E 10th St
(between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave) 
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-0695

Breslin Bar
Ace Hotel
20 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 679-1939

Thanks Peter! Can’t wait to actually EAT at Graffiti and Breslin SOMEDAY soon!

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10 responses to “[Guest Post] Peter in NY without Me

  1. You two are so cute! 🙂

    I love that your passion for food supersedes everything else. This being the age of the star chaser, your enthusiasm for where he’s eating over who he’s meeting is the best part about you. And it’s your tenaciousness for wanting to taste plates from so many chefs that keeps bringing me back here.

    Peter’s pictures are fantastic, and I love the captions. The braised pork buns certainly do look like the best thing ever! Graffiti looks like a great place to visit in NYC.

    Now, if I can be the movie geek that I am for a second – I can’t wait for Wall Street II. 😉

  2. Love this! Love that you were ‘jealous’ and that Peter ‘ghost blogged’ for you even down to the photos and captions. Now that’s real devotion. The food looks so great at both places and now I am starving. This makes me miss NYC so much. It is so easy to eat well there. Must go back for a food-cation soon! xx

  3. Peter – You’ve got one of the coolest gigs in town and one of the coolest chicks in town too 😉

    Jo – Bravo for getting him to get out and enjoy New York!

  4. Ange

    Wow, I would be jealous too. Jo, you are a great wife and a fantastic blogger. It is funny that you mention Peter’s work, it turns out that my husband works for one of the printing firms that handles the Fox account. What a small world!

    Peter took some fantastic pictures – Bravo!

  5. This post was so cute! I love how he was so conscious of your blog that he didn’t dare eat without your permission and then remembered to take photos for you.

  6. He is a keeper. How cute that he was going to eat room service so as not to experience yumminess w/out you. He’s a great remote blogger/photographer you should send him out “on assignment” more often. 😉

  7. “my heart was a little bit broken over missing Braised Pork Buns”

    this is the funniest thing ever. i keep reading it, thinking of you pouting that you didnt get to eat it, and laughing. LOL!

  8. it must stink having to live vicariously (food-wise, that is) through your husband. i’d feel just as frustrated and sad as you!

    when i read about people’s food travels to nyc, it makes me realize how frustrating it can actually be to live with a middle-class paycheck in a wonderful and expensive city. all these amazing restaurant surround me and we can only afford to eat out a few nights a month. the good thing is, there are many excellent hole-in-the-wall places that we discover as a result. graffiti is a place i’ve been wanting to check out – thanks for the reminder! just added it to my menupages account to remind me.

    i had to google your husband to see what he did (was wondering why he had to meet shia lebouf in a previous post)…. very cool, creative and food-obsessed duo! my kinda couple!

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