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MADE NICE – FLATIRON – LUNCH

  • August 18, 2017 5:22 am

As far as fast-casual, work lunch spots go – you can’t do better than Made Nice.

From the folks that brought you NYC’s best restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, Made Nice give you a delicious, gourmet, super-fast meal for about $15 bucks.

Here’s how it works:

1. Don’t bring cash. I mean, gross. It’s credit card only, fools. Just walk up to the person with the iPad and give her your order.

2. Expect a line, obvi.

3. Don’t expect to actually eat inside, unless you get there at 11 am or 3 pm.

4. Order your dish to-go and bring it to nearby Madison Square Park and eat on a bench or on the lawn. If it’s winter, see #3 and get there early or late.

5. Portions generally appear to be quite substantial but if you’re really hungry, order the Pork dish. I actually had trouble finishing it! The pork is a large square of pork confit (Fancy pulled pork) atop a nice array of seasonal ingredients. Highly recommended.

5. If you’re appetite is lighter, order anything with fish or veggie. I feel like that’s a given anywhere. So, strike that.

6. Service is extremely fast. You’ll have your food in about 2 minutes and be done about 10-15 minutes later. Even quicker, if you are by yourself. You friendless bastard.

8 W 28th St
New York, NY 10001
b/t Broadway & 5th Ave
Flatiron
(212) 887-1677
madenicenyc.com

“See, this is where you give me a big ass tip!”

COD PROVENǏAL
Seared Cod, Chickpea Purée, Braised Fennel, Tomato, Olives & Crispy Chickpeas
15

BATEAUX DINNER CRUISE – CHELSEA PIERS

  • August 16, 2017 5:18 am

A cruise on the Hudson River around the Statue of Liberty is one of those corny, must-do NYC experiences. Even New Yorkers do it. I think. I hope.

The price may start off reasonable (around $150 pp), but trust me, it will double by the time you’re done with all the additional items (such as a guaranteed window seat for an extra $25 pp and complimentary booze for $65 pp) and dumb things like roses and photos and seafood towers. Ok, not really dumb. Romantic, I suppose. Gross.

These dinner cruises are for anniversaries and birthdays and maybe a Mother’s Day/Father’s Day situation. That’s about it. They’re special occasion cruises. Unless you’re really dying to spend $500 to get a good selfie with Lady Liberty.

The food is decent and ample, no need to really purchase any extra. I do think getting the First Class Upgrade for $65 pp was worth it as long as you’re in the mood to booze hard. If not, don’t bother. Lightweight.

The live music is entertaining but make sure to lower your expectations. It’s like being at a wedding reception where you don’t know a soul and you’re not entirely sure if the lounge singer is for real. She is. And yes, she does look like Tracey Ullman.

All in all, I would highly recommend this cruise. The views of the Statue, the city skyline and the various bridges are spectacular (make sure to do the evening one) the food isn’t bad and the service seemed generally friendly and prompt.

Caprese Skewer

Appetizers (complimentary when you upgrade)

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Lobster Bisque

Miso Glazed Cod

Braised Beef Short Rib

Warm Butter Cake

I think that might have been Tracey Ullman? ?

LOEB BOATHOUSE – CENTRAL PARK – BRUNCH

  • August 14, 2017 5:18 am

Everyone should eat at the boathouse at lease once.

And then rent a boat, I guess. Except, maybe not in the dead of summer, like we did. Idiots. Us, not you.

The food is pricey but it’s surprisingly good for a place with such great ambiance. They could serve you plates with literally nothing on them and the place would still be packed.

If you’re not into food (aka, not human) and just want to have a drink outside, you can head directly to the outside bar.

The fish and chips is surprisingly more expensive than the steak and eggs, not really sure why. Is the fish directly from the Central Park pond? God, I hope not.

Just an FYI, booze is not allowed on the boats. However, if you have the least bit of common sense, you can manage to sneak some champagne on board if you’re celebrating a special occasion or are just an ardent rule breaker.

One simple trick to sneaking something past the check-in guy is to avoid shrieking this exact phrase: “I HAVE BOOZE IN MY BAG!!!”

E 72nd St 5th Ave
New York, NY 10128
Central Park
(212) 517-2233
thecentralparkboathouse.com

Complimentary Banana Bread

Steak Pallard & Eggs – $25

Fish and Chips – $26

BAR BOLONAT – WEST VILLAGE – BRUNCH

  • August 11, 2017 5:17 am

Here’s my very detailed review:

This is a cute place, with decent food at a good price for the area.

Ok, all done!

611 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
b/t Jane St & 12th St
West Village
(212) 390-1545
barbolonatny.com

MERGUEZ BURGER – feta sauce, lettuce, tomato, crispy potatoes, potato bun – 17

BRANZINO – kale, tomatoes, scallions, green harissa – 19

THE SPANIARD – WEST VILLAGE – BRUNCH

  • August 9, 2017 5:32 am

The Spaniard is a beautiful new brunch spot in the West Village that makes a killer cheeseburger and a mind-blowing green Bloody Mary.

That’s really all you need to know.

But I’m bored, so I’ll keep going.

The burger is only $13 and the perfect size if you’re not super starving. It’s beauty lies in it’s simplicity. Two charred patties (love that, why do all these restaurants serve us super thick, barely cooked hamburgers. I want mine thin and charred!) cheese, pickles, shredded lettuce and special sauce. That’s it. No weird ingredients and no slimy tomato.

It’s pretty much perfect.

They’re also known for their Toasts (especially their lobster toast) but we didn’t order one but you should. We ordered the chilaqules, which were just ok. A bit dry and on the small side. I would say go for the burger and a toast and you’ll be on the right track.

The Bloody Mary was packed with spicy flavor, the first sip might knock you out of your seat.

The interior is sophisticated and classy. So many restaurants incorporate a vague or bland design and rely on quirky light fixtures or less is more a bit too heavily. Here, no expense is spared, the walls, the ceiling and the furnishings are all stunning. I was admiring the design for most of our meal.

I also loved how casual and friendly this place was, very neighborhoody and welcoming.

Ok, I’m still bored but now I’m bored of writing. Bye!

190 W 4th St
New York, NY 10014
b/t Jones St & Barrow St
West Village
(212) 918-1986
thespaniardnyc.com

Green Bloody Mary: Tomatillo, Cucumber, Cilantro, Lime, Jalapeño, Worcestershire

Chilaquiles – $16

Smash Burger – $13

ATERA – TRIBECA – DINNER

  • August 7, 2017 5:10 am

Atera is a perfectly fine way to spend a few hours and blow $800 bucks.

I knew that Atera was one of NYC’s more expensive tasting menus, which is why I chose it for my birthday dinner which Sonigram was treating me for! Aren’t I thoughtful??

$275 buys you 19 courses (includes tip but not tax) but if you’re in the mood for cocktails or wine, better get a second mortgage or sell off your most irritating child.

First off, the place is tiny. There’s a large counter surrounding the kitchen and then one table behind it. That’s it.

So, you feel a little on display from the moment you enter the room. On the plus side, it feels like you have 5 private chefs cooking only for you, which is special.

While I really enjoyed the food, I didn’t find it as imaginative or as delicious as Eleven Madison Park or Le Bernardin (which are both less expensive) but I’m still glad I got to experience what felt like a very exclusive experience.

Let’s face it, I’m a big ole snob and this crap is right up my alley.

77 Worth St
New York, NY 10013
b/t Broadway & Church St
TriBeCa, Civic Center
(212) 226-1444
ateranyc.com

Bread Selection

Cauliflower, Coffee, Balsamic

White Asparagus, Quail Yolk, Thyme

Scallop, Celery, Brussels Sprout

Cucumber, Horseradish, Nasturtium

Salmon, Nori, Radish

Aebleskiver, Crab

Waffle, King Trumpet, Cheddar

Golden Osetra Caviar, Pistachio, IPA

Langoustine, Foie Gras, Apple

Turbot, Cucumber, Green Asparagus

Lamb, Snap Pea, Mushroom

Duck, Juniper, Beet

Heart of Palm, Oak, Honey

Madeleine, Black Garlic
Miso Caramel, Chocolate
Sorghum, Peanut
White Chocolate, Black Currant

Strawberry, Rhubarb, Skyr

My birthday treat!

EL CAMION – EAST VILLAGE – BRUNCH

  • August 4, 2017 5:07 am

The first thing I need to address in this blog post has nothing to do with the actual restaurant, El Camion.

It has everything to do with my apparent YELLOW ASS TEETH!

(BTW, they’re all fake. Who know veneers came in BIG BIRD YELLOW??)

When my dentist and I were discussing which shade of white I wanted for my forced-upon veneers (in heavy Persian accent: if you don’t get them now, your teeth will break and you’ll have to get caps and they will look like chicklets. Awful. You don’t want that”) she swayed me away from the brighter, whiter shades. She wanted them to look realistic.

I see her point but I also hate her. Truly, madly, deeply.

If you take a glance at the very bottom of the page, you will see several, shiny, happy, smiley people.

They’re smiling because they have amazing, ghost-white teeth and they feel really bad that Yellow Grin McGee is ruining their selfie! I would be too! I’m the worst.

ANYWAY…..

When JK suggested El Camion, my hopes were not high. No offense JK, but I haven’t had much luck in the NYC Mexican dept. since moving here from LA.

I was happily disappointed!

I’ve had a lot of bummer chilaquiles in my time (including LA) but these were spicy, saucy and came with a ton of yummy shredded chicken. For only $11 bucks. And that includes a cocktail!!

Definitely one of the best deals in town unless you’re a straight up Freegan, digging around in a dumpster. Even then, whatever treasure you find won’t come with a frozen cocktail! It will be all melted and shit!

All in all, I would highly recommend this place for a fun, tasty, cheap boozy brunch. And then afterwards, maybe you’ll end up freebasing Rose wine on a beautiful rooftop…but I doubt you’ll be so lucky.

194 Ave A
New York, NY 10009
East Village, Alphabet City
(212) 533-5436
elcamioncantina.com

Bloody Mary, ect….

Guacamole – $6

I have no clue what this is/was, but I bet it was delicious!

Chicken Chilaquiles $11
shredded chicken, queso chihuahua, tortilla chips, scrambled organic eggs,
salsa verde, crema, pico de gallo

Huevos Diablos $11
two poached organic eggs on habanero-corn muffin with carnitas;
served with chipotle hollandaise sauce and home fries

No, this blurry picture was NOT taken with a flip phone.

The White Teeth Brigade (and Other)

FLUSHING FOOD CRAWL

  • July 28, 2017 5:04 am

In LA, (at least when I last lived there) the best Chinese food could be found in the San Gabriel Valley and it was worth the drive.

In NYC, there is amazing Chinese food everywhere, even around the corner from my apartment. But especially in Manhattan’s Chinatown. There are a ton of cheap, delicious food options there.

However, I wanted to check out the food scene in Flushing, Queens to see what the fuss was about. I tried three of the most popular spots.

WHITE BEAR:

RUE LA RUE CAFE – BRUNCH

  • July 24, 2017 5:04 am

I LOVE THIS PLACE.

I love it far too much to make a “thank you for being a friend” joke.

Like many oldies my age, I grew up with the Golden Girls. So, obviously if someone were to open up a Golden Girl’s themed café (which they did) of course I would go.

I usually tweak all my blog photos before posting (which are always taken with my rapidly aging iPhone 6) using my Photoshop app but I decided not to for this place. I wanted to let the beauty that was Blanche, speak for herself.

Opened by a close friend of Rue McClanahan’s, this place is packed with her memorabilia. Even her old driver’s licenses! There are lots of photos of other cast members but it’s mostly Rue’s stuff.

There is always an episode of The Golden Girls playing on the TV and whenever the theme song comes on, the volume gets turned WAY up. It’s really fun.

The food isn’t bad. It’s just…random.

Apparently Rue used to steam her eggs using her Espresso Machine so those are recreated here. They are pretty good though.

The Betty White Cake was a bit much for one person to consume, but I still did it. It was the least I could do, to honor the late, great Betty White. Oh sorry, she’s not dead yet.

They have cheesecake on the menu (duh) and serve some grilled sandwiches (which are the way to go, really good) but don’t come here planning on some great meal.

Instead, come here for the magic. Since they serve beer and wine, maybe you can create a game where you drink every time Sophia calls Blanch a slut.

4396 Broadway
New York, NY 10040
b/t 189th St & 187th St
Washington Heights
Phone number (917) 521-0820
ruelaruecafe.com

Betty White Cake

Espressed Eggs with Sausage – Apparently Rue used to make these with the steam wand of her espresso machine….

THE RIBBON – UPPER WEST SIDE – BRUNCH

  • July 21, 2017 2:02 pm

The Ribbon is a fine choice for brunch on the Upper West Side.

That may not sound like a rave review, but trust me. That’s my happy face.

Let’s face it, I don’t venture up yonder very often to get my eatin’ on. I have some semblance of taste, after all.

But there are a few decent eateries up north, and The Ribbon is one of them. Plus, it’s pretty spacious so you won’t have to worry about making some silly reservation, like a poor person.

They have some creative and, more importantly, heavy handed mimosas to choose from. So, do that.

The Deviled Eggs with pickled peppers (which I also recently had at Motel Morris) were a nice start but definitely someone in your party should order the Hot Chicken and Cheddar Chive Pancake. That sh*t was truly tasty.

Ok, it’s Friday so I have better things to do than write some dumb blog post. Who has a blog anymore, anyway?? Poor people, that’s who.

20 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023
b/t W Central Park & Columbus Ave
Upper West Side
(347) 504-7541
theribbonnyc.com

Mimosas – $13

Deviled Eggs w/ Pickled Peppers – $7

Smoked Nueske Bacon – $8

Blueberry Pancake – $17

Hot Chicken & Cheddar Chive Pancake – $21