It is a very special day today (well April 30th at least).
Today is the birthday of Mr. Bryan "Mochie" Mochizuki.
Mochie is the male version of a "Fran". We love him like family and were excited to get to celebrate him at a birthday brunch the beautiful Hannah planned (aka Fran aka his girlfriend aka one of my best friends).
It was a clashing of the clans as Hannah brought together friends from both sides of their relationship. Overall, it was wonderful to get to put faces to the names we have heard so much about.
Hannah picked Back Forty West as the brunch spot. Back Forty has locations in the East Village as well as Soho. It is a farm-to-table American cuisine restaurant with a southern flare. The East location has an awesome outdoor dining space, perfect for those summer nights. The West location has a farm house feel and a sunlight second floor.
Hannah arranged a family style four course meal for the thirteen person birthday brunch.
Had to get a shot of Hannah & the "birthday boy" looking stunning as always.
Hey! That's my Fran.
Cheers to Mochie! Back Forty has a unique wine selection and really great cocktails.
First out...Sticky Buns & Biscuits.
Next, came the greens...Watercress Salad with apple and radish.
Now for the protein...Fried Chicken and make your own Sliders on biscuits. Yes, you heard that right...more biscuits.
Needless to say, once dessert got to the table, we were stuffed. But, not too full to sing Happy Birthday at the top of our lungs.
They brought out Cappuccino Creme Brulee and Chocolate Mousse.
Not ready to call it quits, we sauntered through Soho into Nolita.
We ended up at The Wren. I love bars like The Wren because they are what I call "fancy casual". The crowd and decor are a bit posh, but the atmosphere is very chill. The same group that owns The Wren also owns a few of my other favorites - Wilfie & Nell and The Penrose.
Mer & I were excited that they had a bottle of orange wine from Channing Daughters. This Ramato is one funky wine, but it tastes great and makes me nostalgic for wine tasting in the Hamptons during the summer. Can't wait to head out there again soon!!
Love these two. Happy Birthday Mochie. Cheers to many many many more to come.