Serafina at the TIME Hotel, Restaurant Week NYC

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Serafina at the TIME Hotel, Restaurant Week NYC

I checked into the TIME hotel a couple hours before my meeting with a GMA producer, figuring I’d get some work done in my room. Wrong. The internet was down, but the restaurant on the ground floor had wireless.

With computer case in hand, I entered the restaurant mid-afternoon between the lunch and dinner crowd. The staff warmly greeted me, found an outlet for my plug and did everything to make me welcome.

My thought was to order a small nibble and glass of wine, as I was meeting friends for an early dinner. The waitress handed me the restaurant week menu with details of how, for $25, I could have three courses and two glasses of wine. The salad and wine I was considering came to more than that.

I decided to indulge.

I ordered their chicken salad, listed as an appetizer, yet enough for at least two. Tender slivers of chicken and sun-dried tomatoes, chopped lettuces, pine nuts, golden raisins and grape tomatoes were tossed in a light dressing and topped with almost cracker-like thin homemade foccacia triangles. Delicious.

Although full, I did take a few bites of their vegetarian plate, consisting of roasted red pepper, mushrooms, zucchini and more wrapped inside strands of spaghetti squash, all in a light tomato sauce. I wish I could have eaten more.

I told the waitress to save the dessert to offer to the producer (who gobbled it up!).  All this and two glasses of a decent montepulciano.

What an unexpected delectable surprise.

Note to self: Next time you’re in the city to see a Broadway show…

Serafina, at the TIME Hotel, 224 West 49th Street (at Broadway), New York City, 212.247.1000
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By | 2017-08-31T16:20:49+00:00 February 2nd, 2009|USA Restaurants, xyz misc|4 Comments

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  1. Elaine Taverni April 17, 2009 at 12:21 am

    I had dinner with a friend at Serafina last Thursday (4/6)and had the Gold’s Gym salad pictured above. It was excellent. Wondering if they would share the recipe for the pesto dressing. Our server(a tall handsome black gentleman) was terrific.

  2. Bonnie Tandy Leblang April 17, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Elaine, I will contact the restaurant and see whether they’ll share! Stay tuned.

  3. wendy renda June 7, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I saw co-owners of Serafina on ABCnews yesterday. They made their ceasar /pesto chicken salad and stated the recipe was on the website. I couldn’t find it. Do you have it?

  4. Bonnie Tandy Leblang June 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    (from Bite of the Best) Sorry, we don’t have that recipe for you – I suggest calling the restaurant at 212.247.1000 or emailing them to ask for it!

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