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BRINDLE ROOM – EAST VILLAGE – BRUNCH

  • December 7, 2016 2:51 pm

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When anything in NYC is described as “charming” or “quaint”, please interpret that to mean “tiny as hell”.

Which means the Bridle Room is quaint and charming AF! (I hate that I used that expression. But gotta keep up with those dammned millennial’s and their irrational fear of spelling out entire words).

Sure, Bridle Room is popular, crowded, cramped and you’ll wait a while for one of their, like, four tables.

But the food is delicious and quite affordable!

We enjoyed two of their more health conscious menu items (jk) and found them both to be quite pleasing.

But since I ate here so long ago and totes forgot to write this blog, I have NO clue how to describe exactly how I was pleased.

Just know I was pleased, ok?

#SoPleased

277 E 10th St
New York, NY 10009
b/t Avenue A & 1st Ave
East Village, Alphabet City
(212) 529-9702
brindleroom.com

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Red Sangria - $10

Red Sangria – $10

Salted Caramel Donut - $2.50

Salted Caramel Donut – $2.50

Sebastian’s Steakhouse Burger caramelized onion, pickle, fries -  $16

Sebastian’s Steakhouse Burger
caramelized onion, pickle, fries – $16

Biscuits & Gravy, bacon, poached eggs - $14

Biscuits & Gravy, bacon, poached eggs – $14

SCOTTY’S DINER – MIDTOWN EAST – BREAKFAST

  • December 2, 2016 4:51 pm

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Scotty’s is a diner.

They don’t serve “their take” on diner food. They don’t serve a “fun twist” on diner food.

They serve actual diner food.

This means eggs and pancakes for breakfast and pretty much 1,000 other things for dinner. You know, diner food.

The prices might be a few bucks higher than your typical greasy spoon but this place is right near Grand Central Station, so the rich, hurried business people can afford to overpay.

The thing that we all love about diner food is the consistency. We all know what to expect. We all know there will be some severe regrets in our future, mostly pondered whilst sitting in a rest stop bathroom.

336 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016
b/t 39th St & 40th St
Midtown East, Murray Hill
(212) 986-1520
scottysnyc.com

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Not ready for her closeup

Not ready for her closeup

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GATO – NOHO – DINNER

  • November 28, 2016 5:20 am

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Gato means “cat” in Spanish.

I have absolutely nothing humorous or clever to add to that. Just know it. Actually, you probably already do.

Is there a cat theme to this restaurant? I don’t think so.

Ok, this might be the worst blog post to date. I can’t promise I’ll be able to turn things around in the next few paragraphs. But I’ll try.

When we ordered 6 of the Bar Bites items and a side of Brussels Sprouts, our server seemed mildly horrified.

“No entrees? The bites are REALLY small” She seemed personally offended that were intentionally ordering cheap shit with the sole intention of giving her the smallest tip imaginable.

Truth be told, we had a late lunch and just wanted some nibbles and drinks but didn’t want to quarantined to the bar in order to do so. We arrived under the guise of actually being hungry.

The bites were, indeed, small and with a price tag of 3 for $19, they were certainly not the best deal in town.

But they were fun and tasty! And they actually seemed more appealing than the main entrees. I’d much rather spend more money in exchange for each one of my bites to contain different foods/flavors.

Gato is Bobby Flay’s NY baby and, for being around for so many years, it’s popularity has not seemed to wane. Good for you Bobby. If people will continue to pay nearly $20 bucks for three bites of food, than they deserve a place like Gato.

That sentence wasn’t actually intended to be as bitchy as it came off.

324 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
b/t Houston St & Bleecker St
NoHo
(212) 334-6400
gatonyc.com

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NORA GREENHOOK GIN, GRAPEFRUIT, CELERY, THYME, LEMON - 16

NORA GREENHOOK GIN, GRAPEFRUIT, CELERY, THYME, LEMON – 16

Brussels Sprouts, pomegranates, pistachios —14

Brussels Sprouts, pomegranates, pistachios —14

Lamb Tenderloin, salsa verde

Lamb Tenderloin, salsa verde

Eleven Layer Potato, caramelized shallots, fried sage

Eleven Layer Potato, caramelized shallots, fried sage

Meatball, tomato-piquillo sauce, goat cheese

Meatball, tomato-piquillo sauce, goat cheese

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SESSANTA – SOHO – DINNER

  • November 24, 2016 5:18 am

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I don’t know what/where South Village is but this place is basically in SoHo, so let’s just move on.

Here are two reasons you should hate me right now.

Tonight at Sessanta, we consumed not just one, but TWO Veal dishes. Who does that?? Who eats a Veal Buffet??

Awful people. That’s who.

But my lord, both of those cruel dishes were delicious! I’m sorry. Haters gonna hate anyways. Now you have two legitimate reasons.

Now, I maybe eat Veal (Yes, I’m going to continue to capitalize it, poor things) once a year, maybe every other year? And I always feel (sorta) bad about it.

Veal kind of tastes like a cross between beef and chicken. And it’s just so damn good.

The meatballs were heavenly, all moist and…vealy.

The Veal Milanese was absolute crispy perfection and you get a huge chop for the $37 price tag.

The Tuna Crudo? Just ok. A little lacking in the flavor department.

The linguine was also just ok, and a smidgen TOO al dente.

I guess what I’m saying is, either come here to dine on poor, defenseless baby calves (a**holes) or don’t come at all (everyone else).

60 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
b/t Spring St & Broome St
South Village
Phone number (212) 219-8119
sessantanyc.com

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Complimentary Cheese and Olives

Complimentary Cheese and Olives

VEAL MEATBALL tomato sugo, thyme 10

VEAL MEATBALL tomato sugo, thyme 10

TUNA CRUDO oranges, pistachios, pickled red onion 19

TUNA CRUDO oranges, pistachios, pickled red onion 19

LINGUINI A.O.P. garlic, olive oil, peperoncini 18

LINGUINI A.O.P. garlic, olive oil, peperoncini 18

VEAL CHOP MILANESE piccata sauce 37

VEAL CHOP MILANESE piccata sauce 37

OLMSTED – PROSPECT HEIGHTS/BROOKLYN – DINNER

  • November 20, 2016 3:20 pm

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Is Olmsted charming?

Yes.

Does Olmsted have good food?

Yes.

Is Olmsted just a wee bit pretentious and on-trend?

Yes.

Is Olmsted worth the 2 month reservation wait?

No.

We only tried three dishes at this impossibly hot hotspot and all three were tasty and totes creative. And they grow a lot of their own ingredients in the super cute backyard garden, which is a perfect spot for a drink amongst the plants.

Did anything blow us away? Not really. But it didn’t disgust us either, so there is no reason for you guys NOT to go. By all means, do your thing. Go and enjoy and not be disgusted, too.

Just don’t kill yourselves to get here.

And if you’re disappointed, go and get a slice of pie at the pie store next door. Drown your ennui in baked happiness.

Oh, one more thing! The lamb porchetta below looks absolutely revolting. The dish is blanketed in fig leather, which makes it look like you’re dissecting some purple squid. But it’s good! Do not be alarmed by the pic!

659 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
b/t Prospect Pl & Sterling Pl
Prospect Heights
(718) 552-2610
olmstedNYC.com

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Gobi Pakora Cauliflower - $8

Gobi Pakora Cauliflower – $8

Lamb Porchetta - Figs, Coffee, Fennel - $23

Lamb Porchetta – Figs, Coffee, Fennel – $23

Garden Kale Crab Rangoon - $13

Garden Kale Crab Rangoon – $13

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KEEN’S STEAKHOUSE – MIDTOWN WEST – DINNER

  • November 17, 2016 10:11 pm

Prime T-Bone Steak  $56.00

Prime T-Bone Steak
$56.00

For me, the best part of all steakhouses are not the steaks.

The steaks aren’t even the second reason I come to steakhouses!

I just go nuts for the iceberg wedge and the Manhattans!

I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a disappointing cocktail at a steakhouse. I think serving a delectable adult beverage might actually be a legal requirement. Steaks, on the other hand…I’ve been sorely disappointed on that front, many times.

I guess if you serve a damn fine drink, no one will be sober enough to notice that the steak is ice cold in the center and just set you back $75.

Keens is a really old (opened in 1885) joint in lower midtown (is Lower Midtown a thing? I guess this is considered Midtown West) and I do think it’s the best steakhouse. Of course, I’ve really only been to three others but it’s got the best ambiance. You’d be surprised at how hard it is to come by dark wood and leather booths at a steakhouse anymore. Many have such a cheap, corporate vibe to them.

Like someone stripped all the “fun” out of a Ruby Tuesdays and doubled all the prices!

I won’t be drooling over every facet of the steak because I didn’t have any. I will just say Keens is the place to go if you want that Steakhouse Vibe and actually get your money’s worth.

Plus, they have hundreds of pipes stuck to the ceiling, so….there’s that.

72 W 36th St
New York, NY 10018
b/t Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave
Midtown West
(212) 947-3636
keens.com

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Complimentary Bread and Veggies

Complimentary Bread and Veggies

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

ceberg Lettuce Wedges, Blue Cheese Dressing  with Chopped Tomatoes and Bacon . . . add 4.00 $13

ceberg Lettuce Wedges, Blue Cheese Dressing
with Chopped Tomatoes and Bacon . . . add 4.00
$13

Baked Idaho   $9.50

Baked Idaho
$9.50

Our Legendary Mutton Chop   $52.00

Our Legendary Mutton Chop
$52.00

Key Lime Pie - $12

Key Lime Pie – $12

Hot Fudge Sundae - $12

Hot Fudge Sundae – $12

PIZZA 23 – CHELSEA – LUNCH

  • November 7, 2016 2:52 pm

Lasagna Pizza

Lasagna Pizza

Pizza 23 is your average local slice joint (albeit, a step up from those super divey places where, at first glance, you’re not entirely sure what kind of service the establishment provides until you actually see the pizzas. Is this a barber shop?…oh no, it’s pizza).

I only get the lasagna pizza here. Is it because it’s that good? Not really. I just never know what else to get. I should learn to calm down and just order a plain cheese slice.

They’re always so good. There is nothing like a good slice of “regular”, as the locals call it. Sometimes simple is best.

But the second my brain sees any sort of toppings, I immediately say “Screw your regular slice!” (usually out loud) and always order the flashiest one I can find. Must be the LA in me. Which is why I’ll never be a local.

268 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011
b/t 7th Ave & 8th Ave
Chelsea
(347) 745-6938

HAO NOODLE AND TEA – WEST VILLAGE – BRUNCH

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Expensive Chinese food riles people up almost as much as expensive Mexican food.

“WHY??” People protest!

Chinese food should be under $10 and include egg drop soup and an egg roll! Always!

And when it doesn’t? All hell breaks loose.

Hao Noodle is a very lovely, spacious Chinese eatery in the West Village that serves tea in delicate glass containers that I was 120% certain I was going to break. How one did not end up on the floor, shattered to bits is anyone’s guess.

Was it expensive? On the higher end, yes. Not too bad though. Was it delicious? Well, it was very tasty. Which I believe is a step down from delicious.

Yet, still worth trying. We tried 3 dishes and had some tea and got out of there for $25 each, including tip. Not too bad. But we were not stuffed to the gills, in a MSG-ridden coma, like usual.

For some, this would be considered a Chinese Food Fail (CFF).

401 6th Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 633-8900
madamzhu.com

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Bacon Shu Mai

Bacon Shu Mai

Les Shan Chicken

Les Shan Chicken

Minced Pork Noodles

Minced Pork Noodles

ELLEN’S STARDUST DINER – TIMES SQUARE – DINNER

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I recently read an article describing the top 10 places in NYC that you should AVOID. And whadya know? Ellen’s Stardust Diner is one of them.

Yes. It’s 100% tourist attraction. There is nothing for a jaded New Yorker foodie.

But I came here when my mother and sister came to visit recently, so it was the perfect opportunity!

Was the food as bad as I was expecting? No. Did the cheese sauce on the nachos have a frightening pink hue? Yes. Was it still tasty? Yes.

The waitstaff all sing Broadway showtunes. That’s Ellen’s schtick. That’s why you’re waiting in that long ass line outside. And they’re really talented, I was shocked. I definitely expected more amateur karaoke action.

What is certainly hilarious is watching the servers ring up customers orders whilst sing and doing a little jig while bringing waters to a table. They definitely try their best not to appear bored but they clearly have all done this before. They are just this side of being over it.

A tip bucket will make it’s rounds but we happened to miss it during our meal.

Ellen’s is definitely an entertaining experience if you’re in the right mindset. If you’re a New Yorker wanting really good food and maybe have a hangover? Well, you wouldn’t be coming near Times Square anyways, now would you?

1650 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
b/t 51st St & 50th St
Theater District, Midtown West
(347) 504-6517
ellensstardustdiner.com

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Stardust Nachos with Chicken - $15.45

Stardust Nachos with Chicken – $15.45

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Norman Rockwell's Turkey Dinner - $17.95

Norman Rockwell’s Turkey Dinner – $17.95

Banana Split

Banana Split

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SPICE MARKET – MEATPACKING – DINNER

Spicy Thai Slaw, Asian Pear, Crispy Shallots, Mint - $10

Spicy Thai Slaw, Asian Pear, Crispy Shallots, Mint – $10

***THIS PLACE HAS CLOSED***

For a few years now, Spice Market had been my go-to restaurant to take out of town guests who wanted to go somewhere special or nice.

The food is fantastic, the place is gorgeous, the servers are prompt and friendly and…well, isn’t that enough for you???

Well, you can forget about all that now. The Spice Market has closed and will probably turn into a Dean and Deluca or something.

I am grateful I got to dine here on the final night of service. The staff were in party mode but still served us that exact same Asian fusion fare (I especially loved their spiced chicken samosas) as quickly as they could.

I won’t bother describing the food because you can’t have any unless you fly your ass to Qatar or Mexico to visit their other locations. And if you go, bring me back some of those samosas!!

403 W 13th St
New York, NY 10014
b/t Washington St & 9th Ave
Meatpacking District, West Village
(212) 675-2322
spicemarketnewyork.com

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Papadam (Complimentary)

Papadam (Complimentary)

Avocado Onion Ring Salad

Avocado Onion Ring Salad

Spiced Chicken Samosas with Cilantro Yogurt - $12

Spiced Chicken Samosas with Cilantro Yogurt – $12

Charred Chili Rubbed Rib Eye Skewer - Thai Basil Dipping Sauce - $16

Charred Chili Rubbed Rib Eye Skewer – Thai Basil Dipping Sauce – $16

Cod with Malaysian Chili Sauce & Thai Basil

Cod with Malaysian Chili Sauce & Thai Basil