Saturday, 27 September 2014

Obama and Michelle's romantic date night in trendy Manhattan tapas restaurant brings traffic to a standstill[Photos]

Spotted: One Instagram user took this photo of the POTUS and FLOTUS dining in tapas bar Estela in New York
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama enjoyed a romantic date night in a small tapas restaurant in New York on Wednesday.
The couple dined at Estela, a tiny tapas-style restaurant on East Houston Street in Manhattan where they ate burrata with salsa verde and bread, two endive salads, and tomatoes and croquettes.
And they even ditched the swanky restaurants at the Waldorf Astoria, where they had been staying in the city for a night at the eatery.
Local residents saw Obama's presidential motorcade speed through the Nolita neighborhood on Wednesday night.
The president's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett also joined them for the night out.
Eyewitnesses told Eater New York that the POTUS and FLOTUS enjoyed a full meal before they returned to their hotel shortly before 10:30pm.
Estela said it was ‘humbled’ by the presidential visit, posting an Instagram shot of the Obama’s order.
The Obamas chose the small restaurant over a host of places on offer at The Waldorf Astoria, including the world renowned Peacock Alley Restaurant, Bull and Bear Steakhouse and Oscar's Brasserie.
Estela, meanwhile, bills itself as being 'designed as an approachable, easy and fun place to go' and says it serves shareable plates of American food with European influences.More pics after cut...

Order: The restaurant said it was ‘humbled’ by the presidential visit, posting an Instagram shot of the order

High security date: Siren-topped cars were stationed outside the low-key eatery as the Obamas ate

Packed: Passers-by said the pit stop caused a backlog of traffic as commuters drove round the security float

Connections: The Obamas' personal chef Sam Kass is good friend with Estela founder Dan Farber 

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