I think this year was the first time I intentionally did multiple small birthday celebrations instead of one large one. As we get older, I feel like small birthday get-togethers just work out better for everyone. Besides, even when I did large birthday dinners in the past, people just separated into their own cliques anyway :).
My birthday week started with dinner on Monday at The Ivy with Cat, Shaina & Christine.
Here’s what we ordered:
Duck Prosciutto, Baby Arugula and Parmigiano Reggiano – I thought this dish was surprisingly good but no one else seemed to be a fan.
Penne Pasta – was expensive for being just an OK dish
Homemade Wild Maine Lobster Ravioli – everyone’s favorite! Only problem is that it only comes with 5 pieces of ravioli. Still, it was so good that all of us agreed, instead of the penne, we would’ve rather paid a little more for a second plate of this.
Ricky’s Fried Chicken (Jidori Natural) – not bad but I wouldn’t order it again unless we were doing family style and needed an extra dish
Some other pros:
- everyone gets a free glass of champagne
- beautiful patio seating with fresh flowers and market lights
- complimentary cookies for each guest to take home