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MOMOFUKU KO – EAST VILLAGE – DINNER

  • January 20, 2018 5:30 am

 

Momofuku Ko is one of the very few tasting menu only eateries in NYC with just a teeny bit of an edge (they found just the right Spotify radio station that plays the kind of old school punk and vintage alternative that your grandmother can still appreciate), where you can slightly relax and not worry that your every chew or shift in chair will be heard in the stagnant silence of a stuffy restaurant.

The Tasting Menu costs $195 per person (on the cheaper side, comparatively) and it’s just fun and unique enough to not be a series of weird shit that you think you need to pretend to be enjoying.

You’ll actually enjoy this food.

The menu steers towards seafood with a slight Asian slant but they will gladly accommodate allergies or just general aversions to things (I’m talking to you Uni).

8 Extra Pl
New York, NY 10003 at 1st St
East Village

212-500-0831

momofuku.com

FORAGER’S TABLE – CHELSEA – BRUNCH

  • January 1, 2018 8:17 pm

Roasted Vegetable Scone w/ Crème Fraiche – $6

For nearly 4 years I have lived in Chelsea and for nearly 4 years I’ve had Forager’s Table on my inclement weather list.

I keep this mental note of local eateries that I only wish to visit if the weather is too bloody awful to venture out in.

If it’s sunny and warm, I prefer to travel somewhere else for my meals. Visit another neighborhood. Any neighborhood is better than Chelsea in terms of trendy restaurants or even good food.

The problem is, whenever it’s shitty out, I just want to stay in, not wear pants and order Chinese delivery. Why would I want to go out in that mess?

And why would I want to wear pants??

Well, today’s issue was this. It was freezing cold. Like, insanely cold. But it was also sunny out. The sight out my window belied the horrific wind chill factor.

I was determined to walk the 3 blocks to get some overpriced avocado toast if it killed me (and it jolly well may have).

Forager’s Table, located in the Gem Hotel and attached to the Forager’s grocery store (home of the $15 pints of ice cream and $8 beets) leans towards the healthy side, so their version of avocado toast (the Avocado Tartine) featured all the things that I knew I should be eating whilst ringing in the new year.

Instead of the usual smashed avocado, the bread was topped with some tasty vinegary greens, pickled onions, shaved asparagus and thick slices of avocado. For $2 more, you add the obligatory poached egg. It was all quite tasty, although I would have preferred the bread to me more toasted. It was altogether soft.

Luckily, I had also ordered the quite scrumptious (Sorry, if you can’t tell I’ve been binge watching The Crown on Netflix) roasted vegetable scone. I mean, this is the scone of my dreams if I dreamt of such things. Who am I kidding, I dream of scones like any other red blooded American male.

While the prices here are about $2-3 more than similar eateries, I blame the hotel for that. All hotel restaurants are overpriced and I’m assuming it’s the upcharge to help pay the astronomical rent. Or pay off some hotel mafia guys, who’s to tell.

300 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10011
b/t 9th Ave & 8th Ave
Chelsea
https://foragersmarket.com/



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Whole Wheat Wrap – Grassfed Steak, Alderfer Farm Scrambled Eggs, Vermont Cheddar, Heirloom Salsa Verde, Wok Greens
$19

Avocado Tartine – Local Organic Avocado & Asparagus, Spinach, Escarole, Shaved Radish, Chia Seeds, Toasted Filone, Lemon Vinaigrette w/ Sunny Side Up Egg
$18

JONGRO – KOREATOWN – LUNCH

  • December 30, 2017 2:49 pm

While Jongro may not have the tastiest Korean bbq in town, it definitely makes up for it with ambiance (it’s like a little indoor Korean village in there) and that amazing kimchee pancake!

I would actually just go for that pancake and watch my poor fellow diners swim in mediocre meats.

Ok, the meat isn’t really mediocre. it just needed SALT!

Many KBBQ places offer a little dish of salt. This place obviously did not. Which is why it is now incurring my wrath!!

How dare they?

Thank the gods for that kimchee pancake.

Yes, I refuse to spell kimchi correctly. As punishment.

22 W 32nd St
Fl 2
New York, NY 10001
b/t Broadway & 5th Ave
Koreatown, Midtown West
(212) 473-2233
jongrobbqny.com

Kimchi Pancake – $9.99

USDA Prime Marinated Beef Platter – $79.99

THE MODERN – MIDTOWN EAST – DINNER

  • December 13, 2017 11:01 pm

Slow Cooked Sea Bass, Braised Green Lentils, Minestrone Sauce

The Modern is Danny Meyer’s two Michelin star restaurant tucked artfully inside the Museum of Modern Art.

It’s a tasting menu only situation. For dinner, you can choose 4 or 8 courses. But be warned, the courses are pretty sizable and I was full after the 4 course (and a few tiny freebies thrown in).

Basically, even if you’re a little piggy like me, you’ll be satisfied without completely emptying your wallet (only just sort of emptying it).

The highlights were the pumpkin soup with hazelnut foam amuse bouche and the heavenly moist and tender comte crusted beef.

Nothing really was a lowlight, except the apple dessert was slightly forgettable. It just tasted like apples. NBD.

The Modern is definitely worth the splurge (our total bill was $250 each, tips are built into the price and not accepted at the end) for a special occasion meal in a swanky locale.

9 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019
b/t Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave
Midtown West
(212) 333-1220
themodernnyc.com

Foie Gras Tart, Wild Huckleberries, Sunflower Seeds

Sautéed Foie Gras, Pickled Enoki Mushrooms, Roasted Celeriac Broth

Chilled Scallops, Caramelized Leeks, Toasted Pistachios

Pan Seared Salmon, Artichokes Barigoule, Sauce Gribiche

Comte Crusted Beef, Glazed Celtuce Ribbons, Horseradish

Banana Bread Pudding, Armagnac Crème Anglaise, Black Walnut Ice Cream

Apple Crème Fraiche, Marcona Almond Cake, Sage Ice Cream

No clue. Some after dinner treat.

THE GRILL – MIDTOWN EAST – DINNER

  • December 1, 2017 5:26 am

If I were 15 years younger or if were 6 months ago, I would say that my meal at The Grill was delicious AF.

Everyone was super excited when this place first opened (I won’t bore you with the reasons why, aka: I read online that people were excited) so I made sure that securing a reservation here became the order of the day (before bowel movements).

And I was not disappointed. Dining here is truly a bowel moving experience.

OK, I really need to get off that train…..

I’m not someone that gets excited about Prime Rib. In my mind, Prime Rib is what you eat at weddings or what everyone ate at restaurants in the 1950’s.

But at The Grill, it’s the star of the show. Order it. Order it because it’s thick and delicious and is delivered by trolley directly to your table.

First, however, start with a few appetizers.

Start with the AMAZING crab cake (topped with crispy scalloped potatoes) and also get the theatric Pasta a la Presse.

When you order this dish, you’re treated to a live execution of a tasty looking platter of roast chicken, herbs and veggies. The server dumps this perfectly lovely looking dinner into an antique French torture device and squeezes all life out of it until this unique and wonderful essence oozes out and then is tossed with some pasta. You will never taste anything like it.

We ordered the grasshopper pie for dessert because it’s pretty. Not because we were particularly hungry (the complimentary bread basket helped see to that). We actually had no room left in our fat effing bellies.

However, in honor of the Great Gatsby décor and general over the top vibe, we dove head first into extreme and glorious excess.

99 E 52nd St
New York, NY 10022
b/t Madison Ave & Park Ave
Midtown East
(212) 375-9001
thegrillnewyork.com

Nutted Wild Rice – $12

The Seagram Crab Cake

This is the stuff they press to make the Presse!

Pasta a la Presse

Prime Rib – Trolley Service $62

Grasshopper Pie

BAR VIRAGE – EAST VILLAGE – BRUNCH

  • November 29, 2017 5:56 am

I really hate wasting my time writing about boring restaurants.

We came here because the place we wanted to eat at had too long a wait.

In retrospect, I wish I would have waited. This place wasn’t bad, it was just boring.

The most interesting part of the entire meal was the complimentary breakfast bread. But not really delicious enough to write about.

So, why am I even bothering with it??

What’s the point of anything anymore??

Just kidding. I’ll calm down now. However, this blog post is done.

118 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
b/t 7th St & St Marks Pl
East Village
(212) 253-0425
barvirage.com

Grass-Fed Beef Burger
$14.00
onion, tomato, yogurt tahini, parsley, chili oil


Shakshuka
$14.00
Baked eggs and a spicy tomato onion sauce, tahini

4 CHARLES PRIME RIB – WEST VILLAGE – DINNER

  • November 27, 2017 9:44 pm

We all think about different things when we first wake up in the morning.

Some of us think of loved ones or troubles at work.

Some of us need a jolt of coffee before we can properly focus on anything.

Some of us grab our phones like they’re on fire and check Open Table or Resy to see if there are any decent availabilities at our current restaurant obsessions.

This is what I’ve been doing for the past month, with regards to 4 Charles Prime Rib.

Every morning, even though my bladder is bursting, I check to see if just maybe there is a reservation available past 5 pm but before 11 pm. Basically, if you’re 21 or 71 years old, you will have no trouble finding an acceptable time slot at 4 Charles.

I even enlisted my friend from LA to log into Resy.com at 9 PM (midnight in NYC) to see if she could find me a decent slot. No luck!

But because I have the temperament of a 71 year old, I was perfectly fine with eating at 5 pm. It was the day after Thanksgiving, after all, and my stomach was already accustomed to a ghastly amount of food being shoveled inside it at odd hours.

Ok, now that I’ve wasted all my energy on all that, I don’t have many words left for an actual review. Sorry.

The place is very charming. Dark, romantic old basement in brownstone in the West Village. Service is friendly and casual. Food is delicious, absolutely no complaints.

The mushrooms and corn sides are PERFECTION. Either one would be a fine choice but both would be finer.

The burger is the thing to order here (as is the off-the-menu French Dip). It’s a similar burger to their sister restaurant in Chicago, Au Cheval, who makes the best burger I’ve ever chowed down on. And I’ve done a LOT of chowin.

If you’re gonna dive into some actual prime rib, I would suggest the thicker Chicago or 4 Charles cuts, because the thin English cut slices grew cold quite quickly. Not anyone’s fault, just how it works with thinly sliced meats.

In conclusion, come here no matter what sad reservation time slot you get stuck with. 4 Charles is a very special place and, besides, the dining room is so damn dark you won’t what time it is!

4 Charles St
New York, NY 10014
b/t West St & Washington St
West Village
(212) 561-5992
nycprimerib.com

Oysters – $3.95 Each

Elote Style Corn – Chili, lime, cilantro, parmesan – $12.95

Button Mushrooms – Garlic, Thyme, Cream Shery – $15.95

American Cheeseburger – $19.95 (with bacon $3.95) and Egg ($2.50)

Prime Rib – English Cut – $44

EL ATORADERO – PROSPECT HEIGHTS/BROOKLYN – BRUNCH

  • November 22, 2017 5:22 am

El Atoradero is a cute, casual and very popular Mexican eatery in Prospect Heights that served absolutely heavenly refried beans.

They’re tacos were perfectly fine, served on a tasty blue corn tortilla and came with a trio of tasty salsas.

The chicken was the standout, as the carne asada and carnitas were both on the dry side. I feel like dumping salsa on dry meat can only do so much to reconstitute the situation.

I would perhaps steer more towards the enchiladas for a main?

Brooklyn, NY 11238
B/t Prospect Pl & Park Pl
Prospect Heights
(718) 399-8226
elatoraderobrooklyn.com

Michelada

Frijoles Refritos $3

Tacos
Chicken Tinga – $4
Carne Asada – $4
Carnitas – $4

Enchiladas del Dia con Queso – $17

708 Washington Ave

CHELSEA PAPAYA – CHELSEA – LUNCH

  • November 20, 2017 2:31 pm

Today’s blog is actually more of a Blogette.

I refuse to devote anymore than 3-4 sentences to this place. Which means, I only have one more sentence left….

I’ve only had the hot sausage here and it’s shockingly good but I’m always embarrassed to come here so I probably won’t come back The End.

DAILY PROVISIONS – FLATIRON – BREAKFAST

  • November 10, 2017 5:14 am

Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich – $7

I held off on reviewing this place because I wanted to go back 100 more times and eat EVERYTHING on the G-D menu!

But I’m a busy dude and probably won’t be back anytime soon, so I may as well pull the trigger.

This place is the perfect place for a quick breakfast before work.

They also have the best crullers I’ve ever had and their breakfast gougeres are absolutely insane. I could have one daily and not regret it.

103 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003
b/t S Park Ave & Irving Pl
Gramercy, Flatiron
(212) 488-1505
dailyprovisionsnyc.com

Maple Cruller – $3.50

Everything Croissant (stuffed with cream cheese) $4.50

Breakfast Gougeres – Green Eggs & Ham $5.50