For my aunt’s recent birthday, we celebrated at Paradou, a great little French place in the Meatpacking District. I’d come for brunch with my aunt a few months ago and was excited she picked this place for the evening! (Mind you, we brainstormed many, many restaurants before finally deciding on Paradou — an oldie but a goodie! I mean, with ALL the restaurants in NYC it is a hard decision).
My aunt and I were joined by her friends, Patti, the Riz, Debbi and Debbi’s daughter Sarah. I always have such a good time with her friends and was excited to meet Sarah for the first time (who just finished her first year at Cornell!). We had a night of drinking (complimentary birthday champagne cocktails plus wine), great food and good laughter and conversation. We also sat in the back open-air patio area, which was lovely on a warm summer night.
While there were some complaints (a little slow service), the food really was good and it was a wonderful atmosphere to celebrate my aunt’s birthday with good friends!
But, onto the food porn:
The tuna and octopus were amazing on this appetizer plate!
9-spiced Tuna, Blood Orange & Peppermint-marinated Rock Shrimp & Bay Scallops, Boquerones, Grilled Octopus, Fingerling Potatoes, Baby Seasonal Vegetables & Emerald Aioli
I am not a huge fan of foie gras but Paradou has a wide selection of house-made foie so I figured I had to try it!
My Aunt’s main — delicious! Tastes like chicken!
The Riz’s main – only had a bite but so good!
My main – the special of the day. I love soft shell crabs and the couscous was amazing!
Other entrees included the lemon and sage marinated chicken and the fish of the day which was swordfish. We also enjoyed an assortment of crepes, creme brulee and flourless chocolate cake for dessert.
By the end of the night, I was quite drunk (the light weight I am) and pleasantly full and satisfied from a delicious meal!