Thursday, October 1, 2009
Bay Ridge will always have a soft spot in my heart. Prior to moving here, my family frequently made car trips to New York, and though Staten Island is a borough (blah, blah, blah) I always felt we were here, in New York when we touched down off the Verranzano into Bay Ridge. It looked like such a mysterious place, and continues to be in my head, now mainly due to the former distance between it and myself-I did live on the exact opposite side of Queens, a straight diagonal even. I have gone there a few times, never getting to see or do much. But when I heard about Robicelli's, a new neighborhood market that had opened, all I could think was "that train ride will take forever, but if the food's good I'll do it." Then Brownie and I met the owners, Matt & Allison Robicelli at the Cupcake Competition, and they were so nice we made pencil plans to go visit them.
All in all, it was a fantastic dinner. I was more than impressed, I was converted. I will absolutely be going back soon with my lady in tow. Thank you to Matt & Allison the gracious hosts, and congratulations on your one year anniversary. Maybe Allison can sell me on Staten Island during my visits! And seriously people, you HAVE to go try that butternut squash soup. It's no joke.
Robicelli's Gourmet Market
8511 Third Avenue
www.robicellis.com; also check out their Facebook or follow their Twitter