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12.30.2008

Delancey

Is it just me, or is anyone else feeling sort of holiday food’ed out? I never thought I would say this, but if I see another cookie, cake, or slice of chocolate pecan pie, I am going to do something crazy, like look the other way. Today, after lunch, I stood in front of the last of the cranberry upside-down cake from Christmas dinner and, fork poised in mid-air, thought, Nah, nevermind. Sometimes I hardly know myself at all.

So let’s not talk about food right now. Instead, I thought we might have a Restaurant Day. Because a major detail has been decided since I first told you about the restaurant, and we want to share it with you. Namely, the name.



The restaurant is going to be called Delancey. We chose it because it reminds us of New York, and since Brandon’s pizza sensibility is so rooted there, it seems fitting. It’s the name of a street in Manhattan, as well as a subway stop, and though it’s not in a particularly glamorous part of town, when Brandon was living in New York, it was one of his favorite stations: always bustling, packed with all sorts of people going to all sorts of places. Plus, isn’t it a pretty word? To me, it feels kind of classy and old-fashioned, like dark wood and tarnished copper and old men in tweed suits smoking cigars. Not that the restaurant will necessarily include any of those things, but we like the idea.

Also, for those of you who asked and those who have speculated, Delancey will be in Ballard, on 70th Street NW, between 14th and Alonzo Avenues. There’s a sweet little strip of businesses there, and Brandon is thrilled to have snatched a spot among them. Number 1415, to be precise.



I went over to the space a couple of weeks ago, in the midst of the big snowstorm, and I took some photographs for you. The place doesn’t look anything like a restaurant yet, so don’t get too excited. I just thought you might like to see it in all its various stages, from ladders and dust (right now) to the day the doors open (in early spring, we hope). If you’d like to view any of the photographs in a larger size, just click on them.



Right now, Brandon is working on pretty boring things: picking out toilet fixtures, submitting applications for various permits, and scraping down the popcorn ceiling. But I think there’s often something beautiful about boring things, like light fixtures and painter’s tape.



Or a mural of two ships, sailing peacefully across the wall above the main door. Once we start painting, I have a feeling it won’t be there anymore.



There are also lots of buckets. Soon they won’t be there anymore either. I won’t miss them.




Here’s a prep table. It holds the all-important bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. And in the back there, you can see the three-compartment sink that will go in the kitchen. When Brandon brought it from the restaurant supply store, it fit into our friend Bonnie’s car by mere centimeters.



And here are Brandon’s new best friends, a surgical mask and a scraper, his tools for removing the gnarly popcorn ceiling. (He had it tested for asbestos, and it came back safe, so please don’t worry.) They’ve spent lots of hours together, that man, that mask, and that scraper. Personally, I like spending time with the boom box on the chair. While I took this photograph, it played Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” for me.



I think that’s all for now, but when we have more to show and tell, we certainly will. There are more Restaurant Days to come, for sure.

In the meantime, here’s to a warm and bright New Year! I hope your 2009 is even better than you can imagine. Thank you, always, for being here.

103 Comments:

Blogger BaL said...

Hello Molly,

I found your blog at the Pink Peppercorn's blog.

Simply love it!

Even those photos made me imagine how the restaurant will be. I'm quite far away from here you're living however I'm excited to see the final, too :)

Wishing you a happy new year, and all the best with the restaurant...

Cheers from Istanbul!

1:28 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger ka..t said...

Hi Molly. Yes, Delancey is indeed a very classy name. :) Congrats on your new venture!

Just to let you know (in case you are unaware) that your blog was featured as one of the most popular food blog in a local food magazine published by a local supermarket chain here in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This supermarket caters mainly to the western expat community and is very popular due to its informative food-related articles and recipes.

Anyway, wish you a really Happy New Year! May 2009 bring you bigger better things!

1:57 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Victoria said...

I LOVE it.

Delancey.

It's not in my neib (I say that all the time for neighborhood but never had to spell it before!), but it is the subway stop for my butcher, Jeffrey at the Essex Market, and where I get my hair cut, Crops for Girls, so I know it well.

Your project is exciting, and I hope you enjoy this part of it too. You will feel so rewarded the first time you open the door to a finished room.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2009!

2:05 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger maisiehandspun said...

this is amazing for you both.
i love the stillness of the photos you took while the reality is much noisier i'm guessing..
would love so much to help, projects like this make me so excited :O)
hope you're having a lovely christmas. lorna x

3:00 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Philippa said...

Happy 2009 Molly and Brandon - I have a feeling it will be your best year yet!! Thanks for continuing to inspire me with Orangette this year. Blessings and joy for the new year to you both :)

4:28 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger shari said...

hi molly,
thanks so much for the restaurant update. truly exciting, and i adore the name. it does seem fitting! please send my warmest congrats to brandon. i cannot wait to see it all finished (and see the menu!). happy new year to both of you. may 2009 be a fantastic year. xox

5:14 AM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous stephanerd said...

The Delancey is also a bar on Delancey Street...one of my favorites on the Lower East Side...most notably for its rooftop bar, and for its popularity among the Burning Man populace. Not a bad namesake.

5:18 AM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an adventure, Molly. Wish I didn't live half a continent away from your "pizza joint." I love pizza, especially when it is prepared with TLC. The very best of luck and love and all good things in the new year.

5:29 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Oh yay! I can't wait to follow the restaurant story. Happy New Year to you both!

6:25 AM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous nicolette said...

exciting! and a perfect name, that station is truly new york.

6:35 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Alina said...

Great pictures, Molly. Particularly love the chair/boombox/floor debris shot. Tells the story so well! Congrats on the new venture. So exciting.

6:41 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Matilda said...

I'm so excited for the both of you! (Even though I'm a long-time lurker, and random commenter.) Delancey is a great name for the restaurant--thanks for sharing the photos of the process, which I think is beautiful, too. Congratulations and I'll stop by for pizza when I'm in your neck of the woods!

6:46 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Laura said...

What an exciting time for you both! Best of luck with the new venture (with such a great name I'm sure it cannot fail...can you tell I live in New York?). Love your blog as well, both the food and photography are gorgeous!

6:56 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Leah said...

eeee! and shrah!! and doppy dop dop!

and a bunch of other things that are inappropriate but would totally make everyone laugh considering it's only, what, 5 hours away.

Delancey is a PERFECT name. So excited. (Although I admit, you know there's another name I will always love with all my heart, and a theme song I'll never stop singing.)

Talk to you soon... xo!

7:01 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger trupeach said...

glory days, indeed.
so, so, exciting.

7:25 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Leslie said...

I am so with you on the Christmas goodie aversion. When we were leaving OKC to head back to Memphis, I was adamant that I would not take one cookie, one piece of candy back home with me.

Love Delancey! It will be first on my list when I finally make it up to Seattle.

7:28 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger City Girl said...

Hi Molly -- I have been reading your blog for a long time but I think this is my first time delurking. I lived in NYC too, and Delancey was one of my favorite areas -- I used to love going to the Essex market :) Thank you for sharing about the restaurant :)

7:33 AM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous Hillary said...

Thank you for sharing all the details with us - we feel so special! Are you taking reservations yet? :) I like the name!

7:40 AM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous BF said...

what a great name. now you have to rent the 1988movie "crossing delancey" (you know, to do proper research).

also, those photographs are stunning. especially the chair with the radio.
happy new year!

7:41 AM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous Erin said...

How exciting for you both! Love the name. I can't wait until the doors open.

7:43 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger A Day That Is Dessert said...

Very, very exciting, seeing these shots of your dreams coming true! I love the name and location (I'm in Magnolia and Ballard is so easy for us). Happy, happy New Year!

7:57 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger kells said...

Hello Molly!

I love reading your blog.

I must ask- Do the ships need to disappear? They seem so comforting in your photo and like one of those details I would be proud to notice in a restaurant. You know, like when one is sitting absorbed in the good food and conversation, eyes drift around for a moment, and you say to your dinner partner, "Hey, look at those ships. They look like they've been here forever, how cool..."

I realize though that I am observing this from a distance online, I really can't know what they truly look like.

I am making the peppermint bark for my New Year's Day guests. I know that it is more Christmas-y but I think that the deliciousness of them will surpass the time limit of a week.

The restaurant looks and sounds great! Remember to get sleep and just breathe (I spent many, many years in the industry).

Have a great new year! Best wishes from Chicago!

8:04 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Miss Kate said...

Oh, Molly! I am so excited about the restaurant. When I visit Seattle this summer, I hope to get a pizza there.

Until then, best wishes from Wichita, Ks.

8:08 AM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous katharine said...

Happy New Year! I'm actually surprised that Delancey (great name) will be up and running as early as the start of spring - though I'm sure it feels ages away to you. Best of luck with it. Also - what is a popcorn ceiling?

8:11 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Shannalee said...

I love it. All of it: the name, the pictures, the plans. So fun to get to watch it all come together!

And, of course, congratulations, again!

8:18 AM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous Abby said...

Ooh, you should leave the ships. They are beautiful!

8:31 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger janna said...

I love the name -- Delancey -- both elegant and sort of homey-sounding.

And yay to Brandon for scraping off that popcorn ceiling now, while the place is empty. For 9 years in my last house, I looked at the ceiling and wished I could get rid of those bumps. However, it was so messy that it seemed impossible to do while I was actually living there.

8:57 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger gail said...

LOVE the photos! I hope things are going smoothly - I can only imagine how absurdly difficult it is to get (and keep...) everything rolling. Good for you! (BaL - glad you like it!) :)

9:10 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger delphine said...

yay, I'm so excited! Please do keep us updated :)

9:15 AM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous Dancing kitchen said...

I love that you are in Ballard!! Congratulations on the forward movement...I can't wait to visit and try Brandon's creations. Have a wonderful 2009!

9:28 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger susan in seattle said...

I'm one of those lurkers and would just like to tell you what wonderful recipes you share. Whenever I get stuck in a mental rut for menu ideas, I find myself in your recipe index wondering 'what would Molly make?'
Watching the birth of Delancy is going to be such a tease...can't wait to see a menu and, of course, finally place an order. I'm thinking you should try to save the ships for the historical value, if the quality is worth saving. Think fresco walls in Italy.
Best of luck with your endeavor!

9:38 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Kerry said...

That name kicks ass.

10:06 AM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous Jamie said...

So exciting! Can't wait for you to open!

10:08 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Emily said...

I'll make you tickle, make your butt wiggle
You'll tell your friends, and they'll chuckle and giggle
Now this little story's called Delancey Street
It's the place where clothes are bought and people meet

I knew I'd heard a song with Delancey in it, and the above's the best excerpt I could find in the song.

I love the name, very P.G. Wodehouse and brandy and wood-fired desserts. Congratulations on the lovely progress already made!

Happy New Year!

10:11 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Zoomie said...

The name reminds me of one of my favorite movies, a very sweet one called "Crossing Delancey." Rent it and fall in love all over again!

10:32 AM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous Maija said...

Molly, I am with you on sweets overload. I was dying for something salty and savory by the end of this past holiday long weekend, after too many baked goods (although I will never tire of Pearl Bakery's chocolate paninis & gilbassiers, yum!).

Delancey is a lovely name - it sounds classic AND classy, definitely hints of cigars and leather. It rolls off the tongue and is memorable. One of my bestest friends is in Ballard, so I can't wait.

10:55 AM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous Katrina said...

Others have made the connection already, but I love the word Delancey because it reminds me of "Crossing Delancey," which my grandparents watch every New Year's Eve. It's a wonderful, sweet movie, and the word feels grown-up and gorgeous and ... free-spirited in a way, to me. What a wonderful name for a restaurant!

11:46 AM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Molly said...

Aw, this must be so exciting for the two of you! It's going to be so strange when I finally come out to your edge of the world and check it out. :)

12:29 PM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger TinaB said...

While doing ceilings and walls there is nothing like a thick board across a couple of cinder blocks or a couple of coolers. Beats moving a chair perpetually.

12:55 PM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Rita said...

Hi Molly
I've never been to NYC, but I like the name Delancey. I guess the restaurant won't be too far from where I live (Queen Anne) and I'll be happy to be one of the first customers!
All the best and Happy 09!

1:52 PM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous KatyBelle said...

I'm really excited for you both! This is something really special you're sharing with us!

If I ever make it down to Seattle, I really want to check it out!

2:20 PM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger wren said...

Holy comments - anyway i am sure you guys have this all wrapped up but i work with an architecture firm here in the city and know how, ummmm... interesting the permitting process can be. if you guys have any questions i might be able to point you in the right direction at least. good luck! we will be sure to check the place out when it opens as we are pizza connoisseurs.

2:37 PM, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous Gwen said...

Delancey is a wonderful name. Congratulations! I'm so excited for you and Brandon.

3:46 PM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Sarah said...

Oh, I am so excited: Delancey will be just a short bike ride from my house!

Happy new year and thanks for all of the special recipes.

4:51 PM, December 30, 2008  
Blogger Lori said...

Sweet! That is a mere ten blocks from my house. I am so excited I had to delurk.

And I am so done with holiday food.

12:58 AM, December 31, 2008  
Blogger Alison said...

I've been lurking around here for a while now, coveting all the beautiful food you create and wishing I was good enough in the kitchen to replicate it -- and now I want to travel so I can visit the restaurant when it opens! Congrats and best wishes!

6:33 AM, December 31, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a former New Yorker now living out west--never NOT a New Yorker--I LOVE the name Delancey. Just got a new dog and named him Dashiell--like Dashiell Hammett. (We call him "Dash.") But, if the name Delancey was even in my realm of thinking, I might have considered it. Love it, love it.

11:05 AM, December 31, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the name Delancey and I love your blog. Your new restaurant name reminds me of the restaurant in San Francisco named Delancey Street Restaurant in Soma. They do wonderful things there.

1:24 PM, December 31, 2008  
Blogger Sara said...

you know, there is also a delancey in philly. Used to live very near there, always liked the name. It sounds like a prep school girl..."Delancey Sommers", the new girl.

good luck with the place!

2:14 PM, December 31, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch out for trademark protection -- there's a Delancey Pizzaria in LA. Good luck! http://www.delanceyhollywood.com/

3:20 PM, December 31, 2008  
Blogger catherine said...

Good luck with the restaurant! I love the name and also your blog. Thanks for sharing.

Happy New Year!

5:56 PM, December 31, 2008  
Anonymous matt wright said...

fantastic, almost haunting images. Best of luck to Brandon and of course yourself!

9:19 PM, December 31, 2008  
Blogger MC said...

I love the name! It has a great sound to it and the pics are resolutely post-modern. They are great. I wish you all the best, Molly! Also I can't wait to read your book...Happy New Year, MC

7:09 AM, January 01, 2009  
Blogger Kathy said...

What with all these international posters, how lucky do I feel to live in Phinneywood, just a droll away!

10:15 AM, January 01, 2009  
Anonymous Joy the Baker said...

You guys are building something! While it might sound cheesy and obvious, it's pretty amazing! I hope 2009 brings great things and beautiful success for you two. Cheers!

12:40 PM, January 01, 2009  
Blogger Salty Miss Jill said...

Mazel tov and happy 2009!
Looking forward to reading more...

1:46 PM, January 01, 2009  
Blogger Warm Bunny said...

I love the name. I am so excited for you and Brandon. I'm going to eat pizza there someday, I'm sure.

1:51 PM, January 01, 2009  
Blogger Karen said...

Congratulations to you both! I hope I'll make it out that way one day so I can experience Delancey in person. In the meantime, I'm sure the inevitable photos of the restaurant's dishes will have to suffice.

2:29 PM, January 01, 2009  
Blogger Karen said...

The picture with the boom box is just gorgeous! I think you should frame it and put it in the restaurant! I'm so thrilled to be able to continue on your journey with you (without any of the headaches ;)

3:08 PM, January 01, 2009  
Blogger kittymama said...

That was my home subway stop back in the late 80's when the Lower East Side was still a frontier. Brings back some great memories for me. 20 years ago it still had a turn-of-the-century feeling on a lot of the side streets and there were some great old Jewish delis and bakeries amidst the bodegas. Delancey is still a bustling, noisy, multicutural street, albeit with more hipster joints in the area. Great name!

4:32 PM, January 01, 2009  
Anonymous Shelley (Pink House) said...

Awesome! I look forward to visiting this when I come to Seattle next. Love the neighborhood of Ballard and my friend's daughter lives there. I was wondering if the restaurant might be in Freemont. This looks like a great adventure. Good for you too. Love the name.

6:12 AM, January 02, 2009  
Blogger Prudy said...

You should check out the movie "Crossing Delancey." It's clever and full of 80's kitchy charm. Looking forward to good pizza at Delancey in 2009.

6:48 AM, January 02, 2009  
Anonymous stephen said...

and that's precisely why we went to Mexico for the holidays.wanted to get away from it all.. now in Florida devouring pies,cookies, slow cooked meats,thick sauces and buckets of oysters.
love the pizza idea! perfect food for an imperfect economy.
great blog Molly!
Stephen
www.foodblog.com

8:15 AM, January 02, 2009  
Blogger Robin said...

You should take a look at American Flatbread for inspiration. They use as many local and organic ingredients as they can and their pizza is amazing. Their menu has salad (1 kind), pizzas and dessert and their is a line to get in. If you want to come and try it for yourself I would be happy to be your guide. Delancy sounds like a restaurant I will want to visit.

http://www.flatbreadhearth.com/

11:51 AM, January 02, 2009  
Blogger Barbara said...

Molly,
I love the name, it sounds elegant but down to earth. I wish you both lots of luck in this endeavor! Happy New Year!

2:15 PM, January 02, 2009  
Blogger Hungry Oyster said...

I used to got to the Delancey stop all the time when I was working at this law firm nearby...It's a very proud, stately name. And we need more New York Pizza on this coast, to be sure!

2:18 PM, January 02, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a restaurant called Delancey in Hollywood on Sunset.
And they serve pizza.

5:42 PM, January 02, 2009  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

Hi Molly.
I read about your pizzeria on Serious Eats. I know it will be great considering New Yorkers know great pie!
Good luck and I love the name!
Stacey Snacks

7:00 PM, January 02, 2009  
Blogger Ann said...

I drove by the soon-to-be restaurant today; I hope that doesn't make me some kind of a blogger stalker! I look forward to more photos, and I agree, hanging some in the new store, maybe in a spare frame, would be striking and interesting.

Ballard might have pizza, but it could never have enough GOOD pizza.

And I kind of like the goofy ships, too. It IS Ballard, after all.

9:23 PM, January 02, 2009  
Blogger Kristen said...

molly, congratulations to you and your husband on the restaurant. Such a brave thing to do, it sounds like it will be great. If I ever see my self in Seattle I will have to go there.

11:00 PM, January 02, 2009  
Anonymous Melinda said...

Hi Molly, thanks for your lovely post and update to the new exciting development in your life! Your blog and photography have been such inspirations to starting one of my own, and seeing you be so successful at such a young age is very empowering. Thanks again for all your advice and help. Excited to meet you when you get back from Cincinnati!

(ps - I just put my first entry up about Seattle.)

7:36 AM, January 03, 2009  
Anonymous shl said...

Delancey St. leads to Williamsburg bridge, the bridge that links lower Manhattan to Northern Brooklyn. It's very special to me. Also, The Delancey is a fun bar on the Lower East Side.

Your writing and photos are wonderful. Best of luck with your restaurant. I'm sure it will be amazing.

3:06 PM, January 03, 2009  
Anonymous Michele said...

Hello.

I've been following your blog for a while, this is the first time I'm commenting. I think it is wonderful that you are following your dreams....

It is going to be a warm and lovely restaurant!

Good luck!!!

xo.
Michele

8:53 PM, January 03, 2009  
Blogger Dionysus said...

Good luck with the restaurant! I am sure it the food and atmosphere will be perfect.

12:12 AM, January 04, 2009  
Blogger Jess said...

Molly,
Thank you for the pictures and stories so that we're able to trace the life of the restaurant, even in it's womb stage. I'm so excited for you and your husband! It must be thrilling to be starting something so new, and so right! Congrats.

6:21 AM, January 04, 2009  
Anonymous tom | tall clover farm said...

I had flashbacks after seeing your space in all its pre-restoration glory. I was a retail pioneer in the late eighties on First Avenue when The Four Seasons would have been a laughable addition to the neighborhood. I applaud your entrepeneurial spirit, wish you much success, and look forward to crossing Delancey very soon.

8:40 AM, January 04, 2009  
Blogger jora said...

This is so exciting! I can't wait to plan a trip up to Seattle to try Delancey's out... And, yes, great name.

12:05 PM, January 04, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly,
I've been meaning to tell you that the restaurant of yours reminds me of Biga Pizza in Missoula, Montana. You've likely heard of it. My sister had her rehearsal dinner there the night before her wedding. Guests who came from around the globe declared it the yummiest pizza ever.

Hilary
www.smorgasbite.com

1:43 PM, January 04, 2009  
Blogger G. Lee said...

Hi Molly,

I have been a long time reader of your blog, and I've followed your column in Bon Appetit since the beginning. I am thrilled for you and Brandon and your restaurant. Delancey is a beautiful name!

I adore Seattle, and the next time I'm in town, that will be top on my list of places to visit. I'm eagerly awaiting the release of your book also. So many exciting things...it's wonderful!

10:43 PM, January 04, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delancey... You think brass fittings ensconsing a tweedy gentleman at leisure, I think sweaty LESider trustafarian doing key bumps like it's 1985 in a three-story club shaded by the Williamsburg Bridge. To-may-to, to-mah-to? Nevertheless, yours is a lovelier image.
welcome to the neighborhood.

8:18 AM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger alexandra's kitchen said...

So exciting! I cannot wait to visit and eat at Delancey. Happy New Year!

9:52 AM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger Cakespy said...

Very exciting--as a former New Yorker I adore the name and philosophy. Can't wait to eat there!

10:43 AM, January 05, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Late to the column - but I have to add my 2 cents about Crossing Delancey. You must see it - my impression of your blog and of the locale for your new business is that the movie portrays the mood you will achieve.
Good luck!
Jennifer in western Kansas

12:24 PM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger Terry said...

I'm new here - and I really like the idea of seeing the restaurant go up in front of my eyes. I dont' even know where it is yet - but I will read your older posts and find out.

I noticed you must have grown up in OKC. I'm a Ponca girl myself - an old girl, actually.

Decided to forgo gardening by the acre and be a cook with an herb garden.

6:36 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Sandy Smith said...

I love the idea that you and your husband are so involved in every step of the restaurant ~ from your photographs of the crumbled ceiling scrapings to him doing the work himself instead of just supervising it in the abstract. It's a true labor of love! A rare and beautiful thing in this mercenary age!

Cheers,
~Sandy

9:33 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Cassandra said...

just stumbled upon your blog, it's beautiful! check mine out!

12:43 PM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Gretchen Z. said...

Only two blocks from my house - so excited! Between Delancey, Caprice Kitchen and Honore I feel like I live in a culinary mini-mecca. Welcome to the neighborhood.

4:56 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Kelsey said...

Many congratulations to you and the Mr! "Delancey" is a perfect name for a friendly neighborhood pizza joint where, if you go enough times, the servers will know your favorite pizza and might even help you concoct your own.

When I think of Delancey, I think a line from an old song called "Manhattan"--"It's very fancy on old Delancey Street, you know." Not the most substantial line, but still a little something. I love the mood of the song and, if I'm ever in your neck of the woods, I'm sure I'll love the mood of your Delancey!

6:03 PM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger Lael said...

I truly do feel a bit stalker-ish for being so excited about your book AND your restaurant!

But it's been more than a year now since I've followed your blog (and dug up a number of your archives), and you have such a rich ability to achieve the casual and comfortable.

With the freedom to dream about where I want to move come August, the idea of Seattle becomes all the more attractive when I think about frequenting Delancey and supporting Brandon's and your dream.

I have a feeling you'll do just fine without me. All the same, I'll stop by whenever I'm in town.

3:00 PM, January 11, 2009  
Anonymous Tami said...

I'm so excited for both of you, but even more excited for me. Next time I visit Seattle I'll have yet another amazing pizza place to look forward to. The name is very enticing to me too.Looking forward to some great pizza pie.

4:51 PM, January 21, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read your rice pudding article in Bon Appetit. I have stopped most of my magazine subscriptions, trying to "go green", but when my nephews and nieces ask me to buy for girl scouts or whatever club they are in, how do you say no?
I rarely "read" the articles. I usually skim through, then bring it to school the next day and try to recycle. (I am a K-1 teacher)
I found your article to be so touching, it almost made me cry. I happen to love rice pudding. My family owned a coffee shop, and a customer of ours gave us a recipe for rice pudding that I have been using for 20 years. It is my most requested recipe, really easy to make, and delicious.

What made me want to cry when I read your article was the father connection. When I first started making this rice pudding, I liked it OK, but was young and into much trendier desserts. I made it for our older clientele.

My mother died of lung cancer. In her dying days, that rice pudding was one of the only things I could get her to eat. It was easy to eat, and reminded her of many Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving celebrations, where it was always served.

I would be happy to send you this simple, top of the stove recipe that I get many requests for, if you would like it.
Trish

6:26 PM, February 10, 2009  
Blogger Molly said...

Trish, thank you so much for your sweet, heartfelt note. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. What a beautiful memory to have, though, the memory of feeding her rice pudding. When my dad was dying, I fed him a lot of scrambled eggs and Cream of Wheat, and I'll never look at those two foods quite the same way again.

I would love to see your rice pudding recipe. Would you e-mail it to me? My address is cheeseandchocolate (at) gmail (dot) com.

12:05 PM, February 11, 2009  
Anonymous Jen said...

Hi Molly, I just spent a nice chunk of my morning discovering your site. It's lovely. And I live in New York and used to live off Second Ave — love the name Delancey. I have a dear friend in Seattle, and when I make my trip to see her this year, the restaurant will be a pit stop for sure. And I just ordered your book off Amazon! Hope to meet you at the NYC book signing. Congrats on all the great things for your 2009.

7:35 AM, March 06, 2009  
Blogger Marshall Turner said...

Finding out that the house I am moving into is literally around the corner from here makes me pretty happy. I am really excited to be able to watch the birth of the restaurant!

11:46 AM, March 06, 2009  
Blogger Ken said...

I moved my art gallery to Bowery and Delancey b/c it's such a great melting pot of people coming and going. Congrats and I look forward to NY Pizza finally next time I visit Seattle.

3:57 PM, April 06, 2009  
OpenID portlandwedding said...

So cool! Can't wait till it opens.

10:36 AM, April 18, 2009  
Anonymous Jessiev said...

THIS, Delancey, will cause a trip to Seattle (or more) for our family. good luck!

3:57 PM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Kip Beelman said...

Howdy neighbor... I live at 673X Alonzo and have eagerly been watching the progress, but a friend from Portland hipped me to the blog only today.

11:31 AM, May 04, 2009  
Blogger Bryan Ochalla said...

I just found out that the pizza place opening down the street from my house (I live on NW 70th) will be owned/operated by you and your husband! I absolutely can't wait until it opens. You can count me in as a potential customer, that's for sure. Oh, and you'll be in *great* company - right next door to Honore Bakery, surely one of the best bakeries in town :)

8:50 PM, May 04, 2009  
Anonymous Leah said...

I just read your book, which I LOVED, and I am so excited to see you are opening a restaurant right in our neck of the woods. How cool! We live in Fremont/Wallingford, but as you know, it's not too far away. Can't wait to try your brilliant creations.

Oh, and that is a cool little tucked in retail spot in the neighborhood isn't it? Is that where Gracewinds Perinatal used to be?

12:11 PM, May 05, 2009  
Blogger EGK said...

Hello, I'm a new reader. Just started reading your blog and am greatly enjoying your book.
I also love the name "Delancey," that you and your husband, Brandon, picked for the restaurant. Not sure if you knew this, but Delancey is also the name of a street in Philadelphia. By far my favorite street in the city even after having grown up there. It is a short-ish street, runs West to East only a few blocks, and is quietly tucked between the busier streets in the Center of Philadelphia. Old, tall houses lined with old, tall trees. Beautiful homes, wide and majestic, and signifying every cozy classic, old fashioned city life, east coast movie and image that comes when you think of that name.
So I think of the restaurant, Delancey, way far out there on the west coast, the same wonderful feel-good homey things come to mind when I picture myself sitting at the kitchen in one of the old Philadelphia houses on Delancey street. How wonderful it would be to be apart of a dinner party there! I imagine that must be what it's like at your restaurant most nights. :)

7:21 AM, September 17, 2010  
Anonymous David George DeLancey said...

I have done some research on the name DeLancey by study of Bourbon-Lancey France. Ancedius is derived form the naming. Also Ass has been a first name previous and directly from the Ancedius line.

I will have more at www.AncientlyDeLancey.com , perhaps about page two or three, but it will take some time to organize it.

At some time in France Lancy was spelled without the "e" and also without the "y" using the end as nscie ncie nsie and other variations, mostly through Lascie as of without the "n" also from Normandy france prior to 1066 as through the inquiries of the conquering of England through William a cousin to the family of some length.

My find here was some time ago about your new restaurant and firstly was about I think a couple of years ago, hope its still going strong. So today 10-24-2011 my search on yahoo was DeLancey Haunting.

Till Next Time.

Search David George DeLancey for President

7:40 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger David George DeLancey said...

Just passing through. 2:00 P.M. E.S.T. 10/1/2012

11:01 AM, October 01, 2012  

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