Last night I had the absolutely pleasure of dining with the infamous Food Magician.
Yes the man, the myth and the legend himself, graced me with his presence in the heart of Soho at Lure Fish Bar. Below deck in the nautical themed interior emulating the interior of a ship I sat in pure beguilement whilst my mind was blown by both the delicious food and wondrous magic tricks.
Much to many prejudices of New York, proclaiming that all New Yorkers are unfriendly and rude, I am yet to encounter such folk and have been lucky enough to meet such wonderful and friendly people all inhabiting in this fantastic city. Brunch at one spot, coffee at another and dinner late into the evening, yeah I like to eat. As do many of the friends I have made here. And what better to do with these friends, then enjoy each others company over delicious wine and food.
And where better to dine than a hot spot at which both my friend G and The Foodie Magician know just about everyone in the restaurant, from the sommelier to the hostess. Lure is pretty much a second home to them both.
Sadly I wasn't in full blogging action and only took a couple of snaps on my phone - with handy lighting from G, who knows just the spot to capture that perfect Instagram shot (click here to follow me on Instagram @georgiabenj).
A delectable platter of some of the freshest sashimi I have ever tasted and some dynamite rolls which - for lack of a better word - were pretty darn dynamite.
So on this very eve, and seeing as it's The Foodie Magician's favourite, I thought it was appropriate to try uni.
Uni is sea urchin.
That damned spiky thing that you stay well clear of, on the beach.
It is safe to say that I'm also going to be staying well clear of uni on any menu from now on also.
I don't know whether it was the mushy texture, the overtly fishy taste or the fact that I put the entire piece in my mouth
yeah I committed, but it was my very first, and my very last uni experience.
Nevertheless, despite that slight
somewhat nauseating hick up, the rest of the food was finger licking good and I am already looking forward to a return visit.
You can find Lure Fish Bar at 142 Mercer Street in New York or at it's somewhat sunnier location in South Beach, Miami.
Thanks to G and The Foodie Magician for a magical night, and be sure to follow @foodiemagician on Instagram (click here) and check out his blog NYCfoodie.com (click here).