When I was in NYC this past weekend, I went to not one, but TWO byobs. In case you’re unfamiliar, BYOs (or BYOBs) means Bring-Your-Own-Bottle, so they are restaurants where you can bring your own wine or beer (or liquor if that’s your style). BYOs are actually not that common in NYC, so it was kind of random to end up at them two nights in a row, but they were both awesome! It was kind of ironic too because completely unintentionally, I did a really great job taking pictures of the people at the first dinner but not of the food, and I did a great job taking pictures of the food at the second meal but didn’t get even one of the people.
The first BYO was Friday night, when I got to see two of my best friends from college that I hadn’t seen in AGES.
That’s me, Linds (who lives in Boston) and Leah (the NYCer). I hadn’t seen Lindsay since our friend Rachel’s wedding last August (!!) and it had been months since I’d seen Leah, so it was a treat.
We went to Fu Sushi in the Lower East Side, which was walkable from Leah’s apartment so another plus.
I did manage to snap this one picture of the seaweed salad I ordered, which was served so pretty in a martini glass.
Besides the seaweed salad, we ordered a bunch of appetizers to share including veggie tempura, fried shrimp dumplings, a house salad and a california roll. I also got a spicy crunchy tuna roll and an eel cucumber roll for myself (YUM), and all of the food was awesome. I HIGHLY recommend this place if you’re looking for good quality sushi at an affordable price, and like to bring your own wine and sake!
Our dinner table:
From the left – Harrison, Leah, Me Linds, and Jordan.
After dinner, we went back to Leah’s place for a little while and then out on the town until really late, which I hadn’t done in a LONG time.
I woke up really early on Saturday morning (7am) despite being out until 2 or 3 (?), and perhaps more shockingly didn’t feel so bad. That changed drastically when I went to a 90 minute yoga class with my sister a few hours later and was doing a lot of inverted postures that made my head pound, but it was worth it.
My parents came to meet us late Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, so we started off the evening with some champagne and cheese.
You know your family is full of foodies when your not quite 4 year old neice and not quite 2 year old nephew like stinky cheeses.
They had both already eaten dinner, but were going crazy for that cheese! We must be related.
Heather ended up getting a babysitter for Claire and Ben and we got to go out to dinner with the five of us (Mom, Dad, me, Heather, Dan). We went to this cute little BYO that was walkable from Heather’s apartment called Petit Crevette.
Oh, hi Dad in the window.
As soon as we walked in, we got a full view of the kitchen which was tiny and completely open – always a good sign that nothing shady is going on!
Instead of having regular menus, the restaurant had menus posted up on the walls throughout, which I thought was a cute touch.
The menu was all seafood, with the exception of one beef burger, so if you don’t like fish, don’t go there. But, if you DO like fish, this place was amazing! We started off with four appetizers to share between the five of us.
And cremini mushrooms.
You probably won’t be shocked to know that the fried oysters were my favorite, but all four of them were awesome. The mushrooms didn’t seem that exciting, but they were VERY flavorful and delicious, and the carpaccios were both so fresh they practically melted in my mouth.
For my entrée, I got the seared scallops in a mustard vinaigrette with double veggies.
These were so sweet and tender, and absolutely delicious. They were supposed to come with mashed potatoes and veggies, but I don’t LOVE mashed potatoes so I went with double veggies instead.
Have you ever been to a BYOB?
If you had to choose between only having beer, wine, or liquor for the rest of your life, which would you pick?
No question for me – wine!