Rian and I arrived for our eight PM dinner reservation at Little Park, dressed in elegant yet billowy attire in full preparation for the meal ahead. This Andrew Carmellini restaurant is known for being a seasonally inspired, farm-to-table, fine dining establishment. As we entered the building, I was immediately aware of the shift in mood from outside to indoors. The fact that this restaurant was able to create an entire aura through its careful design and decoration is an accomplishment that I rarely find. The atmosphere of the restaurant is stunningly beautiful. While the design is minimalist and modern, it is also warm, inviting and comforting. Usually, sparse décor creates a cold or harsh ambiance, but Little Park elicited a completely different vibe through its use of light wood, unique fall floral arrangements, and pale lantern lighting.
We were greeted and seated in a circular booth facing out towards the rest of the space. Rian and I looked at one another and came to the conclusion that the meal would be our indulgence of the year. In celebration of new arrivals and fresh beginnings for a new chapter of our lives, we were going to eat a fabulous dinner washed down with impeccable wine. Our twenty-three year old, line cook income wallets could deal with the repercussions later.