Being that it is currently the year of my sister, with her engagement, wedding planning and now 30th birthday, I thought it was only right I went all out on her cake.
Having “been so busy I completely forgot about my 30th birthday”, we decided to throw a “surprise” birthday dinner/party for the woman of the year.
We decided to host the dinner at Fatta Cuckoo
, a LES hidden establishment, serving up delicious grub.
Owners Leah Tinari and husband, Martin Kirchoff, opened Fatta Cuckoo in 2011. Leah was one of the best hosts we could ask for, personally making sure to check on our table. She also has some amazing artwork she created on display. Here is an example of her work:
The restaurant was kind enough to set up a $70/person pre fixed menu, that including family style apps and entrees, plus unlimited champagne, beer and wine.
Our menu included:
Warm Artichoke Dip w/ Crostini: Tasted good – nothing to write home about.
Salad w/ Fried Goat Cheese: Decent & the cheese was sadly not fried
Mussels w/ Fries: I don’t eat mussels but the fries were great!
Roast Chicken w/ Lemon & Rosemary (gluten-free): Best dish of the night. The chicken was very moist and flavorful
3 Cheese Truffle Mac: Having recently been diagnosed with a gluten allergy, I nearly slit my wrists when this came out. I did try one bite, and it was heavenly.
But the best part of all, was dessert!! Especially since it was hand crafted by yours truly. Behold, chocolate peanut butter cake topped with Reese’s pieces & cups:
The recipe was taken from Smitten Kitchen
, and the decorations were adapted by me.
To my surprise, not only did it look good, but it tasted phenomenal! Super moist, super rich, super delicious.
Sadly, we left half of it there. I told the restaurant they should sell by the slice, or enjoy themselves, just please don’t throw my masterpiece in the garbage.
Pros: Super friendly, small dining area, warm cozy “at home” feeling. Good food & prices
Cons: Some of the blander items could be axed or jazzed up (ie: salad, artichoke crostini)
Fatta Cuckoo: 63 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002, USA