It’s been about nine months since I first moved to New York and I have only repeated maybe a handful of restaurants. That handful is all in my neighborhood in walking distance, so it’s really the walkable favorites. New York just has endless restaurants, so it’s hard to justify repeating when there are so many to try. They’re honestly all pretty good, but every once in a while, something really sticks out. That’s exactly what Pinto Garden did: stick way the fuck out.
We went here for a double date (I will continually and unapologetically refer to myself as a “we” because this is about my life with Dave, so let’s get that straight now) and it was a blast. ß That sounded a bit aggressive. Lolol.
Anyway, our friends Erin and Brett came along and the beginning of our meal was the perfect social event: sangria with boozy popsicles. You heard me right! Even the guys hopped on board and were impressed. It was like one of those Pinterest party ideas you attempt and they’re never as pretty as the pictures. To be honest the place in general is very Instagrammable. We sat in an outdoor garden with lots of flowers on the tables and it was bright and airy (great for photos if we weren’t there in the evening). If you were there during the day the greenhouse feel is basically a daylight studio for food photography.
But the Instagrammable aesthetic is actually not why we’re talking about Pinto Garden. I mean, the popsicle sangria is a fragment, but the food is soooo good. It’s a Thai seasonal menu and basically a health food dream. I have this illusion of attempting to lose weight, so when I can order food that feels healthy I always feel like it’s a win. That being said, healthier options don’t always feed my fat kid brain like I want it to and this was the exception to the rule. We had the fresh rolls and mushroom dumplings for the table. The fresh rolls were just veggies stuffed with veggies with a spicy peanut sauce and they didn’t make me angry like veggie stuffed veggies do. I had chicken and rice (also spicy), Dave had a thai green curry pot pie (as awesome as it sounds), and I can’t remember what everyone else had. The flavors were all really complex and spicy, but the good kind of enjoyable spicy, not the please let me die now kind.
We were all impressed and we can add this to the official list of places we need to revisit.