The Friday before the storm hit, Tom and I decided to take advantage of one of the few days we didn’t have plans and have a date night downtown. We met in TriBeCa at a restaurant we found on Restaurant.com called Trattoria Cinque. Their philosophy is the five best of everything in Italian cuisine, so the menu has five pastas, five dinners, five appetizers, etc. Tom and I both ordered the specials. I had Malfacti – a large gnocchi-type pasta with spinach and a cream sauce. It was a heavy meal, but delicious. (The picture doesn’t do it justice although I did do a double-take when I first saw it.) Tom had the Papardelle of the day, with oxtail ragu. It was very different, but very good – kind of tasted like a sauce made from beef stew.
Overall, the meal was a little pricey even after the Restaurant.com gift certificate, but it is TriBeCa and the atmosphere was great.
Afterwards, we had to walk to SoHo to refill our Nespresso pods (I know, very high class errands to run) so we stopped at a dessert place on the way home that I wanted to try for so long.
Sweet Revenge is a wine and cupcake bar that was featured on Food Network. The menu matches your cupcake to the perfect wine pairing.
I had the “Sweet Revenge” cupcake with chocolate and peanut butter, paired with a Malbec. Tom had the special, Pumpkin Spice, paired with a Malbec as well. (He didn’t opt for the suggested pairing since it was a white wine. You know what they I say, you don’t drink white until you’re out of red.)
I loved the atmosphere – very yuppy and open to the street, with adorable rustic décor. The place was crowded, but they did a great job shuffling people in and out so you had just enough time to sit and enjoy your dessert. And of course the food was great. It was towards the end of the night so I’m sure we didn’t get the freshest cupcakes, but it was still a great way to end a foodie-filled Friday.