It has been a while since I've had lunch at Mauro's Cafe , esconced in the still cool Fred Segal Melrose complex.
While in NYC earlier this week, I met up with an ex-NY'er friend who is now living in Amsterdam. Since she was staying in the Village , & another friend was coming from the Upper West Side & I was still in Midtown , the best bet as a geographical compromise was EATALY , 5th Ave. & 28th.
I can depend on the Le Pizza & Le Verdure areas of EATALY for vegetarian dishes. The pizzaiolo must hve been in a bad mood that evening as the Margherita we ordered was the soggiest specimen.
If we were all not famished , it would have been sent back. The arugula pizza wrap hybrid was decent.
So for lunch today . I wasn't expecting much from Mauro's. But they had this new Grilled Vegetables & Quinoa plate on the menu. It was very good. The quinoa was warm & the grilled vegetables were extremely firm & fresh.
Quinoa & kale are the new flavorites ; but they have to be treated well in order to coax out their flavor.