Roasted Vegetable Scone w/ Cr̬me Fraiche Р$6

For nearly 4 years I have lived in Chelsea and for nearly 4 years I’ve had Forager’s Table on my inclement weather list.

I keep this mental note of local eateries that I only wish to visit if the weather is too bloody awful to venture out in.

If it’s sunny and warm, I prefer to travel somewhere else for my meals. Visit another neighborhood. Any neighborhood is better than Chelsea in terms of trendy restaurants or even good food.

The problem is, whenever it’s shitty out, I just want to stay in, not wear pants and order Chinese delivery. Why would I want to go out in that mess?

And why would I want to wear pants??

Well, today’s issue was this. It was freezing cold. Like, insanely cold. But it was also sunny out. The sight out my window belied the horrific wind chill factor.

I was determined to walk the 3 blocks to get some overpriced avocado toast if it killed me (and it jolly well may have).

Forager’s Table, located in the Gem Hotel and attached to the Forager’s grocery store (home of the $15 pints of ice cream and $8 beets) leans towards the healthy side, so their version of avocado toast (the Avocado Tartine) featured all the things that I knew I should be eating whilst ringing in the new year.

Instead of the usual smashed avocado, the bread was topped with some tasty vinegary greens, pickled onions, shaved asparagus and thick slices of avocado. For $2 more, you add the obligatory poached egg. It was all quite tasty, although I would have preferred the bread to me more toasted. It was altogether soft.

Luckily, I had also ordered the quite scrumptious (Sorry, if you can’t tell I’ve been binge watching The Crown on Netflix) roasted vegetable scone. I mean, this is the scone of my dreams if I dreamt of such things. Who am I kidding, I dream of scones like any other red blooded American male.

While the prices here are about $2-3 more than similar eateries, I blame the hotel for that. All hotel restaurants are overpriced and I’m assuming it’s the upcharge to help pay the astronomical rent. Or pay off some hotel mafia guys, who’s to tell.

300 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10011
b/t 9th Ave & 8th Ave

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