It's super crazy that we had an earthquake midweek and a hurricane coming soon. Although my segments on HSN are not until next Mon and Tues, I was going to fly out on Sunday. I spent today reworking my schedule as I am now flying out on Sat. Rescheduling isn't usually a problem but when you're days from a show, then prepping for New York Fashion Week each day definitely is super important. But thankfully, in the midst of the madness of schedules, Rita Jammet from La Caravelle (if you have not read about one of my favorite pairings, check out their bubbly in the New York Times article on A Play Date with Champagne and Burgers) reached out and said that we must get together over dinner and wondered about the depth of my palette! I love everything and am always looking for the next best place for a bite!
When Rita suggested Red Farm, I was super pumped as it doesn't even open until Aug 30th and they have spent the past 2 weeks or so with an opening that has allowed friends and family to come and enjoy this new twist on Asian foods! Restauranteur, Ed Schoenfeld, knows a thing or two about restaurants as his passion for creating experiences is definitely apparent but his know how of Chinese food is astonishing! Upon walking into a restaurant that balances communal tables with intimate settings and yet creates an overall warm vibe - you know that this clean Anthropologiesque eatery is going to be amazing. I love that upon entering immediately there were gourmands and luminaries that spanned our favorite culinary magazines, executive chefs, foodie TV personalities on Bravo and Food Network and of course foodie bloggers! It was like a very cool home coming and seeing everyone know one another was definitely exciting. Ed asked us what we were interested in and to be safe, we left it in his hands. I don't have a favorite from the night as each bite was better then the next and I definitely wanted to create a spread of the bites that we enjoyed.
I loved the dumpling dish that had a shrimp Pacman and the little ghosties (not only were they in the correct color but one of the dumplings had shrimp and lychee together - Rita will have to tell you about that but of course it looked amazing) were dumplings - cute and whimsical. The crab dumplings that looked like little sting rays with eyes were dipped into the most amazing sauce that was like a curry of sorts! Smoked cucumber, curried tofu and spring roll pinwheels - were just a few of the tasties that we enjoyed with fab wine. Finally, we had dessert a lychee mousse that made me want to continue eating but I was just way too stuffed!
I love that vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores can come together and have a phenomenal meal and if you love dumplings as much as I do - this is absolute perfection! If tonight is any indication, this spot will be buzzing in the West Village and it seems like you're definitely going to have to have a wait but it is well worth it from a cozy environment, phenom staff and a culinary menu that looks like a food stylist put the finishing touch on each plate!