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ROBERTA’S – BROOKLYN / BUSHWICK – BRUNCH

  • February 22, 2017 5:35 am

Roberta’s is a legendary Brooklyn pizza spot that many foodies often tout as one of NYC’s best pizza.

Usually tied with Di Fara’s as THE best.

Of course, that was before the arrival of Emily and Emmy Squared….

Anyhow, Roberta’s is still a solid choice for a yummy, Neoplitan-esque pie and definitely worth the trip from an outside borough.

There are a few Roberta’s outposts to choose from (such as the food hall near Grand Central Station) but the original has the most character and is still, despite it’s hipster (do we have a new term for that yet??) clientele, relatively casual and affordable.

I mean, it’s pizza. Unless you put Uni, white truffles, lobster or gold flakes on it, the price tag won’t usually be too high.

My pizza, The Famous Original, looked almost too simple. Was there anything even on it??

Yes. There was plenty, a**hole.

Good pizza doesn’t need a ton of toppings. Toppings are to disguise shitty crust. Sorry, I mean sh**ty.

You can flavor your crust perfectly without an actual meat or veggie.

The Famous Original was just that: good sauce, a few nice cheeses, herbs and chili flakes and you’re done.

I ate the whole damn thing without a single regret.

They have a substantial menu for brunch but I can never stray from their pizzas. If you live in the hood and have been a few times, than maybe order some egg dish or pancakes or something.

But ONLY after you’ve already tried a few of their pizzas. That’s an order.

Famous Original – Tomato, Mozzarella, Cociocavollo, parmiagiana, oregano, chili – $15

Speckenwolf – Mozzarella, Speck, Crimini, Onion, Oregano, Black Pepper – $17

HAROLD’S MEAT + THREE – TRIBECA – DINNER

  • February 20, 2017 5:57 am

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The food at Harold’s is good and all but here’s the real reason you need to get your ass there NOW!

They serve complimentary CORN BISCUITS!!

Light, flakey biscuits (they weight negative ounces!) studded with bits of corn!!!! Why have I never seen these before??

I’m actually pissed at every other restaurant I’ve ever been to before this. How dare they??!

Now, as the title suggests, you pick your meat and you get three sides for free.

The sides were the least impressive thing about the joint. They were just normal sides I’d make at home if I was on a diet. The mains, the deviled eggs, the biscuits, the cocktails and the ambiance are why you come here.

Give the sides to a homeless person on your way out.

And tell the waiter that you dropped the entire basket of corn biscuits on the floor and require an immediate replacement.

2 Renwick St
New York, NY 10013
b/t Canal St & Holland Tunl
South Village, TriBeCa
(212) 390-8484
haroldsmeatandthree.com

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The Recurring Dream

The Recurring Dream

Deviled Eggs w/ Bacon - $9

Deviled Eggs w/ Bacon – $9

Veal Meatballs “Parmesan” .................... $24

Veal Meatballs “Parmesan” ……………….. $24

Brussels Sprout Salad / Sautéed Spinach / Cucumber Salad / Broccolini

Brussels Sprout Salad / Sautéed Spinach / Cucumber Salad / Broccolini

Curried Lamb Shank ............................ $26

Curried Lamb Shank ………………………. $26

Potato Salad and Mac and Cheese

Potato Salad and Mac and Cheese

Complimentary Pistachio Soft Serve at the end of our meal. I could eat this all day.

Complimentary Pistachio Soft Serve at the end of our meal. I could eat this all day.

POK POK – BROOKLYN – BRUNCH

  • February 18, 2017 5:26 am

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Pok Pok started as an insanely popular restaurant in Brooklyn that slowly started taking over the country.

The only thing that matters here is their fish sauce chicken wings.

Nothing else you order matters, so don’t sweat it.

Get those wings and you’ll be all set. Checked off the bucket list.

The other items we ordered were tasty (could have been spicier) and I love their Drinking Vinegar (they sell it by the bottle, sweet and sour elixir that goes excellently with sparkling water (and booze, don’t forget the booze).

I do think the Brooklyn outpost has tons more charm and character. Also waiting 2 hours for a table can elevate the dining experience a bit more and we walked right into this place (granted, it was as soon as they opened and we had a reservation).

117 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
b/t Kane St & Irving St
Columbia Street Waterfront District
(718) 923-9322
pokpokny.com

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Tamarind Whiskey Sour   Tamarind, fresh lime juice, palm sugar and bourbon on the rocks. $13

Tamarind Whiskey Sour
Tamarind, fresh lime juice, palm sugar and bourbon on the rocks.
$13

Free Nuts!

Free Nuts!

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Neua Naam Tok  18 Spicy Isaan flank steak “salad” with fish sauce, lime and chili powder dressing, shallots, lemongrass, mint, cilantro and toasted rice powder. You’ll want to get some sticky rice, it’s hot. Try it with Beer Lao!

Neua Naam Tok 18
Spicy Isaan flank steak “salad” with fish sauce, lime and chili powder dressing, shallots, lemongrass, mint, cilantro and toasted rice powder. You’ll want to get some sticky rice, it’s hot. Try it with Beer Lao!

Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings (Available spicy) 16 Natural Draper Valley chicken wings marinated in fish sauce and sugar, deep fried, tossed in caramelized Phu Quoc fish sauce and garlic and served with Vietnamese table salad. Based on Pok Pok PDX cook Ike’s recipe from his home in Vietnam.

Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings (Available spicy) 16
Natural Draper Valley chicken wings marinated in fish sauce and sugar, deep fried, tossed in caramelized Phu Quoc fish sauce and garlic and served with Vietnamese table salad. Based on Pok Pok PDX cook Ike’s recipe from his home in Vietnam.

ATOBOY – FLATIRON – DINNER

  • February 17, 2017 5:58 am

Korean Tasting menu!

Atoboy is fun, casual, delicious and CHEAP!!

$36 for 3 courses! And trust me, it’s plenty of food.

This place is awesome, definitely on my top 10 favorite NYC restaurants….this week. Check with me next week and it will be 10 all new places.

43 E 28th St
New York, NY 10016
b/t Madison Ave & S Park Ave
Flatiron
(646) 476-7217
atoboynyc.com

FLUKE
Moo radish, Pomelo, Sesame seed

TARTARE
Beef, Oyster, Potato

CORN
Taleggio, Bacon, Doenjang

SUNCHOKE
Oyster mushroom, Black truffle, Orange

BRISKET
Foie gras, Ginger, Garlic

CHICKEN
Spicy peanut butter, Garlic

TRESTLE ON TENTH – CHELSEA – BRUNCH

  • February 15, 2017 5:59 am

Don’t come to Trestle on Tenth.

Why?

Because it’s just fine.

And you’re in NYC for some reason, you don’t got time for fine! You want amazing!

Because you’re high maintenance like that.

242 10th Ave
New York, NY 10001
b/t 25th St & 24th St
Chelsea
(212) 645-5659
trestleontenth.com

Oysters
big rock from cape cod*
$3.00

autumn soup with smoked pork broth, chicken, mustard greens, roasted parsnip, and herbs
$10.00

butter lettuce with crispy bacon and buttermilk dressing
$10.00

orecchiette with pork bolognese, porcini mushroom, broccoli rabe and parmesan
$16.00

CLAUDETTE – WEST VILLAGE – BRUNCH

  • February 13, 2017 12:01 am

Claudette is a charming modern French cafe near Washington Square Park that is the perfect place for brunch.

If you’re already in the area.

If you’re not, I’m sure there’s another equally charming French eatery righ behind. Look, dummy. There. See it?

Lamb Skewers – 14

WILD MUSHROOM OMELETTE • 16
herb sau téed mus hrooms, g arlic
goat c heese

CURED SALMON & EGGS • 19
cured au rora salmon, so ft scrambled eg gs, salmon r oe
crème f raîche, grilled b read

CASA ENRIQUE – LONG ISLAND CITY / QUEENS – BRUNCH

  • February 10, 2017 5:36 am

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Casa Enrique is a highly celebrated, casual but upscale Mexican eatery in Long Island City.

What else is in Long Island City, you ask?

MOMA PS1!

Definitely a good idea to hit both places if you’re going to head out that way. Or don’t, its up to you. I really could care less.

5-48 49th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
Hunters Point, Long Island City
(347) 448-6040
henrinyc.com/casa-enrique.html

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Complimentary puffs with a trio of hot sauces.

Complimentary puffs with a trio of hot sauces.

Margarita

Margarita

Ceviche de pescado - $18 Market fish cooked in lime, onion, avocado, tomato

Ceviche de pescado – $18
Market fish cooked in lime, onion, avocado, tomato

ENSALADA DE BETABEL CON JICAMA Beets, jicama, mint, queso fresco, and lemon vinaigrette

ENSALADA DE BETABEL CON JICAMA
Beets, jicama, mint, queso fresco, and lemon vinaigrette

CHILAQUILES ROJOS Corn tortillas lightly fried in salsa roja, onion, cream, queso fresco, avocado with Chicken.

CHILAQUILES ROJOS
Corn tortillas lightly fried in salsa roja, onion, cream, queso fresco, avocado with Chicken.

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INDIAN ACCENT – MIDTOWN WEST – LUNCH

  • February 3, 2017 5:52 am

Indian Accent is an exquisite restaurant near MOMA that serves an incredible Indian tasting menu.

As with every tasting menu, if the place is opened for lunch, I’m there. The prices are always cheaper.

There are definitely a lot of fusion items on the menu, don’t come here looking for you mom’s fish curry. Your mom didn’t make fish curry? Well, I’m clearly not talking to you.

We started with a baby naan stuffed with blue cheese. 10 more of these, please!!

We also ordered a butter chicken stuffed Kulcha as an additional appetizer, and this was also super impressive. Like an Indian quesadilla.

My first course was this Indian pulled pork and curd rice. Yum.

Then the final course came, and it was half the size of the first course. It was tasty but after only two bites, could I really be sure?

123 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019
b/t 7th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas
(212) 842-8070
indianaccent.com

Mini Blue Cheese Stuffed Naan – Complimentary

Butter Chicken Kulcha

Gluten Free Roti

Sweet Pickle Ribs, sundried mango, onion seeds

Black Pepper Pork, Curd Rice

Braised lamb, prune korma, rajasthani pearl millet khichdi

Chicken kofta, punjabi kadhi, onion pakora

Complimentary Indian Spiced Chocolates

CAFE ALTRO PARADISO – SOHO – BRUNCH

  • January 27, 2017 5:19 am

When people dine in Soho and then Yelp a bad review about it being overpriced, I just have to giggle.

What do you expect???

This isn’t the place to go for a bargain. Soho doesn’t have cheap eats except for a few beloved pizza spots.

Soho has fine dining and sub par dining at fine dining prices.

That’s it.

Cafe Altro Paradiso comes from the folks that brought us Estela. The spot known for the egg sandwich on a poppyseed danish. Yum!

Why didn’t breakfast sandwiches made with sweet pastries take off, after that?? People are dumb, I guess.

Since I was avoiding carbs on this particular occasion, I opted for two of the lighter dishes.

The Fish Crudo (isn’t all crudo made with fish??) and the Fennel salad.

I’m a sucker for both menu items.

Crudo is perfect for an app, since it’s super light but usually features nice bold flavors (and often photographs well).

I LOVE fennel but never buy it at the grocery store since it’s kind of a pain in the ass to prepare.

Fennel salads, however, do NOT photograph well, since fennel is white. And who wants to see that??

CAP’s fennel salad was just perfection. Loads of nice, crunchy fennel, chunks of green olives and little bits of provolone all blanketed nicely in some kind of lemon oil situation. SO GOOD.

Those two dishes (and zero beverages) plus tip set me back around $40 bucks. Not a cheap brunch by any means, but also totally worth it for simple but incredible flavors.

Especially considering Crudo of any kind is never going to happen in my kitchen at home.

Oh, I almost forgot! The swordfish was also very nice. Smaller sized portion but perfect if it’s sandwiched between two larger meals.

Fennel Salad with Castelvetrano olives and Provolone – $15

Fish Crudo with caper berries and horseradish – $18

Swordfish with salsa verde and potatoes – $25

BIRDLAND – TIMES SQUARE – DINNER

  • January 24, 2017 10:17 pm

The original Birdland opened in 1949 a few blocks up from the current location. Named after Charlie “Yardbird” Parker (some jazz guy, probably) Birdland has moved around until settling on 44th sometime in the mid-90’s.

Here’s what everyone wants: some cooler than cool, little unknown dive where the greats are always playing, the booze is cheap and there is no cover.

But this is NYC, there isn’t really anything unknown anymore.

Everything amazing has a line down the block or a 6 month waiting list. There is no undiscovered country of awesomeness left in Manhattan and if there is, it takes too much effort to find it.

I guess there are a ton of great divey Jazz spots in New Orleans…except that might be the only city where the tourists are worse than NYC.

Find an awesome, hidden jazz spot in NOLA and some frat boy is already puking right outside of it.

Birdland, like many popular jazz venues in the city, is quite whitewashed. Very streamlined, organized, clean and, well, white. At least it was on New Year’s Eve.

In fact, the entire 12 piece band was white. I think there may have been one Hispanic guy but only in name.

That being said (which is what I say every time I write a series of disparaging comments about something), all the musicians were terribly talented and entertaining to watch.

It was a highly enjoyable show. Was I pushed, spilled drinks on, was I fighting for a spot and fanning myself into oblivion because I was packed in like newly legal Cuban cigars?

No.

Because mainstream jazz clubs are nicely air conditioned. And I ain’t mad at that.

Another shocking thing I soon found out was that the food was really good!

My Cajun meatloaf was flavorful and just the right sized portion.

Our ricotta meatball starters were also highly enjoyable. Not the moistest things ever, but also a step up from Trader Joe’s frozen ones.

What I was disappointed with was the cocktails.

My Manhattan was not great. I think the proportion of whiskey to vermouth was 50/50.

I switched to wine after that so I can’t attest to any of the others but the list of drink options (which started with the simple, lone word “Margarita”) didn’t give me too much hope.

The $75 cover got us an hour and a half show, and a guaranteed table. I believe it was $50 for bar seating. It’s much more reasonable when some dumb new year’s holiday isn’t getting in the way.

315 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
b/t 9th Ave & 8th Ave
Theater District, Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West
Birdlandjazz.com

Herbed Parmesan Meatballs

Baby Back Ribs

Creole Meatloaf