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FRENCHETTE – SOHO – BRUNCH

  • December 8, 2018 5:58 pm

Pork Schnitzel – $34

I have been trying to score a dinner reservation at Frenchette since it opened many months ago.

My lazy way of trying to check out a new, hard to get into restaurant is to wait until they start serving brunch.

And just like many upscale, better-known-for-dinner eateries, Frenchette was completely dead at brunch.

Even when we left around noon on a Saturday, there were only 2 other dining parties there.

Bad for the restaurant, good for me.

At dinner time, I want a little ambiance. I want people to gawk at, fashion to envy and I don’t even mind not being able to hear myself think.

Brunch is a different story.

I want silence. I want a humanless environment.

No one in the restaurant but me and a team of bored, hungover servers?

Deal me in!

At brunch, I’m here for the food. I’m here for the very tasty Pork Schnitzel with huckleberries and German potatoes.

I’m here for that desert-dry looking maple donut that was fantastic.

I’m here for the yummy sausage on pretzel roll and super thin and crispy waffle chips.

The food at Frenchette was much better than some of the lukewarm reviews I’ve read. But I’m thankful for those reviews.

They help ensure a post-apocalypse setting for me to inhale my food in peace.

Life after people?

Fine. As long as there’s schnitzel.

Www.frenchettenyc.com

Maple Glazed Donut – $6

Rose Piscin

Boudin Blanc on Pretzel Roll – $19

 

 

 

CHEZ MA TANTE – GREENPOINT/BROOKLYN – BRUNCH

  • October 19, 2018 7:47 pm

The crispy round disk you are ogling is, what I believe to be, the World’s. Best. Pancake.

It’s certainly the best I’ve ever had, which is all that matters. Let’s be honest.

The falafel and fish and rice dish we ordered were also quite tasty but let’s go back to the pancake, shall we?

I think you get two, but it only looks like one. Regardless, you do not need more than one. This super rich pancake was plenty for the entire table and it’s pure perfection.

When I was growing up, my grandfather would fry up a ton of bacon and then make pancakes in the bacon grease.

As a result, the pancake(s)? were crispy around the edges and were wonderful.

Why aren’t all pancakes crispy around the edges?? Why isn’t that more of a thing? It’s inhumane if you ask me.

Chez Ma Tante (which I think means My Aunt’s House) is hopping, so come early or be prepared to wait. Whatever fate may befall you, it shall be worth it as long as you order those pancakes.

90 Calyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222 b/t West St & Franklin St 
(718) 389-3606

 

 

 

Pick-Me-Up Negroni: tequila, vermouth(s), coffee liqueur, espresso 14

Bloody Maria: tequila, mezcal, bloody mary 12

Kedgeree; curried rice, poached cod, celery salad 20

Falafel with hummus, cucumber and harissa 18

Pancakes 13

 

Welcome to NYC Sweeney!!

KASHKAVAL GARDEN

  • September 26, 2018 9:05 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the world’s worst picture of fondue! (Trust me, there’s more awful pics to come!)

It looks like a sad lemon slice is being fished out of a grimy bucket of clam chowder.

In other words, delicious!

Kashkaval Garden is a bizarre but really fun Bulgarian fondue restaurant that you just have to visit.

Have you ever had Bulgarian fondue before? Liar, you have not.

But you will, once you come here.

The vibe is dark and bustling. Perfect if you’ve got some fugly hair going on or want to hide a hideous pimple. Or just your entire awful face.

The Kale salad seemed obligatory and not very interesting, so just avoid all that noise.

Save room in your fat belly for skewers and the lamb flatbread and some fondue action.

Yeah, I didn’t love the Truffle Fondue. Actually, I didn’t like it. At all. But I do think the Kashkaval Bulgarian cheese one or even the Cheddar and Cider would be much better. I mean, it would have to be. A kick in the face with a muddy boot would be better. Ok, I’m exaggerating. Just ignore me, I’m off my meds.

852 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019 b/t 56th St & 55th St
Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West

    (212) 245-1758

 

 


Kale Salad
$14
With Dried Figs, Walnuts, Pecorino & Lemon-shallot Vinaigrette


Traditional Turkish Lahmajun
$11
Ground Lamb, Onion, Pomegranate

Skewers – 3 for $23
Prosciutto Asparagus, Lamb Kofte & Chicken Adana

JEFFREY’S GROCERY – WEST VILLAGE – BRUNCH

  • September 4, 2018 8:07 pm

Jeffrey’s is a perfectly enjoyable brunch experience.

Charming neighborhood eatery in a pleasant part of the West Village.

If I worked for a legitimate website, this post would be enough to have my fired.

Sorry.

 

172 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014 b/t Grove St & 10th St
West Village

www.jeffreysgrocery.com

 

 

 

 

 

Potato Latkes – $8

Whitefish Toast – $16

Crab and Avocado Toast – $19

Shakshuka – $18

SIMON AND THE WHALE – FLATIRON/GRAMERCY – BRUNCH

  • July 17, 2018 3:54 pm

Hotel restaurants are very consistent.

The décor is stunning, the food is tasty and the prices are high (to pay for the décor and whatever shortfall the hotel is experiencing).

Simon and the Whale (great name) located in the Freehand hotel (one of 1.25 million boutique hotels in NYC that I’ve never heard of) is no exception.

$24 for a burger is standard NYC fare lately, but this one stands out for it’s crispy bun and plentiful green chilies (which aren’t even mention on the menu) and it’s a beaut. The tasty fries appear to be homemade, too.

The fish sandwich was a bit of a letdown, however. Also featured on the dinner menu, this plate is pretty but the sandwich falls apart when you pick it up and the fish is very delicate and not heavily breaded enough to keep it from becoming a big mess of fish and bread on your plate. I also found the fish a bit…..fishy.

Definitely start with the nectarine cream cheese Danish. Even if they’re not serving it. Insist on it or you’ll alert your local congressman!

Service was prompt and friendly and it’s a perfect place for a brief brunch but I think the dinner menu may be a bit more dynamic.

Unless you’re really jonesing for that burger, which is not on the dinner menu.

23 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010 b/t 24th St & 23rd St
Flatiron, Gramercy, Kips Bay

 (212) 475-1924

 satw.nyc

 

Bloody Mary

NECTARINE AND CUSTARD DANISH
$6

SIMON BURGER
jack cheese, tomato aioli, crispy shallot, french fries
$24

FISH SANDWICH
cole slaw, poppy seed challah, arugula salad
$18

EGGHEAD – MIDTOWN WEST – BREAKFAST

  • June 19, 2018 3:03 pm

I’m not sure if Egghead is riding on the coattails of LA’s insanely popular Egg Slut (with their yummy upscale breakfast sammies) or Chelsea’s BEC (less yummy upscale breakfast sammies).

Either way, they have a leg up on BEC because they have a better bun and they also now have fried chicken, which is a tired, tawdry, gimmicky way to lure me into any eatery.

Offer fried chicken atop a garbage can lid and I’ll still poke my head in and see what the fuss is all about.

What all three of these restaurants have in common is they are charging at least double if not triple what your local bodega will charge for a only slightly lesser version.

Now, I didn’t actually consume any of the more popular breakfast sandwich options, so should I even be reviewing this? Some may say no. Some may say much worse than that, come to think of it.

While the fried chicken tenders were perfectly crispy, seasoned and worked well with the relish and soft brioche bun, the egg needed some improvement.

It was served similar to McDonald’s, where you get this preformed disc of overcooked egg with zero gooey egg yolk. I mean, it didn’t render the yolk inedible or anything, I still scarfed down every morsel.

But it took away some of the Instagramness of the whole thing, which is really the only reason anyone under 35 does anything these days.

I think if you were to give someone the option of removing their least favorite arm or their phone, I don’t think it would be a surprise if one armed couture started coming down the local runways at fashion week.

LIONS, TIGERS & SQUARES – CHELSEA – LUNCH

  • May 30, 2018 4:40 pm

While I was waiting for my “pie” at the Chelsea’s new casual Detroit pizza joint, I witnessed many a customer enter, find out they don’t serve slices and then promptly leave.

Their loss!

Sure, while this isn’t where you go for a quick bite for 1 (my sausage and onion pizza, separated into six square slices cost $12 bucks) this is definitely where you need to go if you love Detroit style pizza and you are with a friend or loved one.

And by 2, I mean 1 hungry Bun Boy.

I really had every intention on eating the rest later….but the poor thing was just sitting there….uneaten….waiting to be devoured. I really had no choice!

The pizza was just pure perfection. Just thick enough (like a Sicilian style) to not sit in your gut like a bowling ball like Chicago style. The crust had a slight sweetness to it, which really complimented the sausage and onions. There wasn’t any tomato sauce (which may be a problem for some) but I didn’t miss it.

Damn, I might have to go and get another one today! And share with someone else this time. Someone who’s name rhymes with Fun Foy.

UPDATE: I’m hearing they are now offering smaller sizes for less money!

268 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011 b/t 7th Ave & 8th Ave
Chelsea

BOMBAY BREAD BAR – SOHO – DINNER

  • May 23, 2018 7:26 pm

Peas on a pizza???

Yes. Peas on a pizza.

If you’re a pea-hating Peacist like some folks I know, the photo above might seem like it was ripped from your darkest nightmares.

But it was probably the best thing we ate at the new trendy Indian fusion spot Bombay Bread Bar.

While we did end up trying two types of bread (at the insistence of the restaurant’s namesake), they were just ok and for some reason appeared to be shredded as if by an angry feline which made it quite difficult to eat with other foods.

The chutneys were just ok but they really didn’t have a part to play in the tale of our dinner. We tried to eat them with the bread but they were so strong and we didn’t order any meats to go with them. But maybe that’s our bad.

What you really need to be ordering is the Beat Walnut Raita. A menu item that may be shocking to an Indian food purist (who may also be that pea-hating Peacist we were talking about above) but it was quite delicious and that guy just needs to shut the H up.

Other highlights were the Dal Burrata and the Goan Crab Cakes (order them both!) but the lamb Haleem curry (odd pureed texture) and the apple potato chat were simultaneously odd and bland.

The cocktail flavors were fairly benign but boozy enough where you won’t accidentally gulp them down in a few sips like your thirsty self does at some places that serve drinks in those infuriating prohibition era glasses that look diminutive even in a doll’s hand.

A spooky, possessed Victorian doll with tiny cracked porcelain hands who wants to steal your soul but also enjoys a good cocktail from time to time.

 

195 Spring St
New York, NY 10012 b/t Thompson St & Sullivan St
South Village       

(212) 235-1098

 

Tamarind Margarita
Partida Tequila, tamarind, citrus
$14

Bollywood Swingin’
Beefeater Gin, bay leaf, lime, passionfruit
$12

Laccha Parantha with three chutneys (mango, spicy chili & tamarind)

Beet Walnut Raita $5

Apple & Potato Chat
Sweet onions, chilies, tamarind
$14

Goan Crab Cakes
Avocado, tamarind chutney
$18

Lamb “Haleem” Curry
Mint, lentil, cracked wheat
$14

“Dal Burrata”
Ma ki dal, fenugreek
$16

Mutter Paneer Pizza
Sweet pea & soft paneer, garlic naan
$17

 

COTE – FLATIRON – DINNER

  • May 8, 2018 1:25 pm

 

I swear my favorite new NYC restaurants are all Korean.

The flavors are bold and the vibe is always casual, classy and fun. And I mean classy in the 80’s Klassy with a K sense.

While Cote is definitely on the more upscale side and will cost a few more smackaroos, it’s still all those words I just said above. Don’t make me say them again. Fine, casual fun and KLASSY.

You can go a few routes on the menu, but we all kept it simple and went with the $45 pp meat sampler.

It was plenty of food (especially once we added the kimchi fried rice) and perfect for when you don’t know what you’re in the mood for.

You can attempt to cook your own meat, but the service is prompt enough where you won’t have to lift a single spoiled rich finger.

I don’t know what those amazing chicken tenders are (didn’t see them on the menu) but the bartender gave them to us for free since we had to wait for our drinks a bit before getting our table. They were phenomenal!

Do whatever you have to, to get them. Complain about something, rip out a full clump of your own hair and say you found it in your fried rice. Worth it!

Reservations are a pain in the tokus to get, but I wouldn’t try to show up without one.

 

16 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10010 b/t Broadway & 5th Ave
Flatiron

(212) 401-7986

 

HER NAME IS HAN – MIDTOWN EAST/NOMAD – DINNER

  • April 30, 2018 5:35 am

HNIH is a lively casual hangout for some elevated yet seriously tasty Korean food.

Unlike your average Korean BBQ joint, there is nothing for you to cook. You can relax and have it all served to you like the royal bastard that you think you are.

We started with a carafe of the insanely delicious grapefruit Sowuju (which isn’t really a real word if you Google it, sounds like HNIH made it up) which is a large handful of grapefruit slices marinated in a ton of Soju (the Korean version of Sake – something I just learned while I was Googling that other word).

While I’m sure we ordered all the wrong things, my favorite items were the potato and corn croquettes, the bulgogi (so freaking flavorful) and the sesame ice cream in a field of green tea biscuit crumbles.

We seriously debated on ordering a second one!

Until our complimentary birthday cheesecake came out….

Everyone in the joint had ordered some kind of large format soup, which is fun to eat. However, I found the broth to be a bit one-sided (kimchi overload) and I didn’t really taste the beef.

Something to note: don’t show up without a reservation.  Also, don’t show up early.

There is not a bar to sit at and they’ll probably not be able to seat you early anyway because loud, obnoxious people like us are there and won’t leave until the kitchen staff are cursing under their breath for us to maybe stop it with the 37 selfie attempts.

17 E 31st St
New York, NY 10016 b/t 5th Ave & Madison Ave
Midtown East

hernameishan.com

 

 

 

Before

After   (We closed the place down!)

Grapefruit Sowuju – $36

Boiled Dumplings – $8

Corn and Potato Croquettes – $14

Fire Grilled Bulgogi – $23

Banchan that comes with the Bulgogi

Hot Pot – $35
Pork Ribs, Homemade Kimchi, Potatoes, Enoki, Bok Choy, Korean Gnocchi & Organic Tofu in Beef Bone Broth

Homemade Green Tea Biscuit Crumbs with Black Sesame Ice Cream topped with Dried Strawberries – $9