When I found out my friend Sarah Ashley Schiear would be a contestant on the ABC cooking showing The Taste, I couldn’t have been more excited! I have been watching and cheering for her each week on Tuesday nights as she advances to the next round, one bite at a time.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit Sarah in NYC at her latest undertaking; ABODE, a pop up restaurant opened in a renovated subway station with fellow team Ludo teammate Gregg Drusinsky.
ABODE combines the talents of a trained chef (Gregg) and a home cook (Sarah)who share a vision for a new type of dining experience: Homestyle meets fine food.
The atmosphere in this supper club style pop up is casual and chic, with subway tiled walls and communal tables shared by guests; lending a true dinner party feel to the experience.
I was seated at the bar, which I later found out was made from recycled bowling alley floor (how cool is that?) which provided the perfect view of the open air kitchen and the chefs at work.
The menu, with complimentary pairings:
Crostini to Start
smoked dungeness crab, avocado
butternut squash, ricotta, pistachio oil
mushroom conserva, quail egg
cauliflower, tangerine, marcona almond
Roast “Bobo” Chicken
crisp-roasted with herbs, bacon and lemon
Peanut Butter Buttercream
Chocolate and Toasted Almond Topped
I found the menu very approachable. The simplicity of the roasted chicken with perfectly crisp skin (Sarah’s home cook approach) combined with the luxurious truffle sauce (Gregg’s Le Bernardin saucier pro skills definitely at work there!) kind of summed up exactly what Sarah and Gregg are all about in the kitchen at ABODE.
Catching up with Sarah, meeting Gregg (who btw is quite charming in person) and enjoying an amazing evening of food & wine made for a memorable experience.
Grab your chance to reserve a space in their upcoming events here on Eventbrite. In the meantime, here’s a quick video for a look at ABODE. –And don’t forget to keep watching Sarah and Gregg on The Taste; they are among the remaining 10 to compete!