Last night, President Barack Obama took Sasha and Malia to one of New York's finest — and most expensive — Italian-American restaurants: Carbone. Did Barack order the tableside Caesar, the rigatoni alla vodka, and the $64 veal parm? That would've been a perfect order for a Friday night, although at this point we can only speculate as to what the President and his daughters ate. But you can bet that they had a helluva good time — that restaurant aims to please.
The President has a flawless track record when it comes to New York restaurants. Over the past seven years, he's dined at Maialino, Blue Hill, Gotham Bar & Grill, Red Rooster, Daniel, The Nomad, and Estela. Whenever the President eats out in New York, the police and secret service fan out around the restaurant so that it's impossible for anyone to get near it, and last night was no exception:
Obama down the block eating at Carbone. Been there, done that Barry. pic.twitter.com/DcUEptMCi6— jon turnbaugh (@therealj_t) July 18, 2015
One Eater reader managed to snap a pic of the President while dining at a nearby table last night:
After dinner, The President and his daughters got a private, 11 p.m. tour of the Whitney Museum. Here are a few reactions to the scene in Greenwich Village last night from Twitter:
@EaterNY Who is eating on Thompson and Bleecker tonight. HEAVY cop, secret service, swat presence. Carbone's?— Meredith Bagerski (@meggacita) July 18, 2015
Enjoying sushi at Tomoe on quiet Thompson St. Presidential motorcade rolls in. Obama gets out and walks into Carbone! #lovegreenwichvillage— Kal Dolgin (@kaldolgin) July 18, 2015
about 100 cops are on Thompson street between bleecker and Houston. I had my white homeboy ask why. Obama's having dinner at Carbone there— Snorlax Buddha (@snorlaxbuddha) July 18, 2015
President Obama's motorcade cruised by friends & fam dinner at new JG Melon (Bleecker & MacDougal); entire dining room burst into applause.— Andrew Friedman (@ToquelandAndrew) July 18, 2015
Update: Eater sources say that the Obamas and their crew ordered the veal parm, the crab cakes, the porterhouse for two, the spicy rigatoni alla vodka, the meatballs, the lobster ravioli, and a bottle of Fenocchio Barbaresco 2010.
Update 2: A diner shot this video of The President leaving Carbone the other night: