Taking my daughters for our annual visit to Toys R Us Flagship store in Times Square, I hadn't pre-planned where to eat. I was dreading the thought of a fast-food, greasy and expensive lunch, when I decided to turn east on West 44th Street before crossing over to the famed toy store.
I figured, we'd have better luck finding something edible on a side street than the main avenue in the midst of the tourist trap Time Square.
After passing a deli and a barbecue joint, I spied, what looked like the perfect lunch spot for me and my two girls.
As we entered, I knew we had made the right decision. The decor was warm and inviting with a prominent dark wood bar and distinctly tuscan feel to the color palette and ceramic wall adornments.
With high ceilings, attractively decorated wainscoting on the walls and scattered greenery throughout the interior, our luncheon was relaxing and enjoyable.
Welcomed by a friendly staff, we were pleasantly surprised by our Times Square find.
Osteria al Doge prides itself on its Venetian cuisine, and features a wide array of Italian delicacies on its lunch menu including many traditional appetizers, salads, homemade pastas, fish and meats, pizzas and side dishes.
Our little trio was looking for something light before heading off for a day of toy shopping and the menu had something for each of us.
As usual, my little Kelsey ordered a margarita pizza, which looked, and tasted deepish!! (Yes, I tasted it!!)
I am particularly picky about my chicken as well and this chicken was cooked to perfection - crispy, yet juicy.
I thoroughly enjoyed every bite of my lunch!
Gianna went for the fruit tart. Once again, my spoon made its way to my daughter's dish. I've had a great many fruit tarts in my day, but I can say with all certainty that this one was filled with one of the best custards I've ever tasted. It was smooth and mild, possessing the perfect vanilla flavor. My girls were making fun of me because I kept going on about how luscious the custard was.