Putting on the Fitz -  The Trendy Vegan: A Lifestyle Blog
Do you ever look for your keys only to find they're in your pocket?  Or your sunglasses when they're on your head?  Trust me...I looked for my cell phone when I was at home the other night only to realize that was the phone on which I was having a conversation!

So when I met a colleague for lunch today and she suggested The Fitz, I was embarrassed.  I have walked by The Fitzpatrick hotel easily hundreds of times over the last 3+ years (as it is a whopping block and a half from my office) but never really realized it was there!

Well, it was a pretty good find.  This narrow space was rather handsome.  We sat in high-backed, well-cushioned leather chairs studded with brass nails, and trimmed in pony houndstooth and a dark, cherry wood frame.  There was plenty of this dark cherry paneling on the walls as well with toille wallpaper accents of humingbirds and branches interspersed between the wood.  I felt like I needed a cigar and a newspaper (and in this weather, a smoking jacket would have kept me nice and warm.)

I never imagined I'd find anything to eat, but for $10.99 (yes, I was in NYC, sitting down, with table service, and it was really $10.99) I enjoyed the express lunch soup and salad/sandwich combination.  I had a very nice, light tomato-based soup similar to a minestrone (though there were parsnips in place of potato which was a nice twist) followed by a sweet corn salad atop roasted portobello mushrooms with mixed field greens.  It was quite good!  And the combination of the corn and mushrooms made this a rather hearty dish, good for a cold winter's afternoon. 

The best part?  There were other items on the menu that could have been modified to suit me but I actually was able to order straight off the menu, no substitutions, nothing to leave off, or any other requests for that matter.  Usually dining with me is like a scene out of When Harry Met Sally (not THAT scene) so this was an accomplishment in and of itself!

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