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AU CHEVAL DINER – CHINATOWN – DINNER

  • March 19, 2019 8:59 pm

Pretty much all of America agrees that Au Cheval makes the best burger in the USA.

But does Bun Boy think so??

Yeah….I guess he does.

As much as I despise jumping on bandwagons or being a sheep, I must agree with the general consensus that this is the best burger I, personally, have ever had.

I’m not sure what the issue is with some critics of the new NYC location.

Maybe they don’t think something as simple as a burger is worth a 3 hour wait?

Sorry but as someone who’s been to the original Chicago location three times, I must say that there is sort of a badge of honor about making an entire evening out of the maybe 10 minutes it will take you to scarf this puppy down.

The deal is the same in NYC as it is with Chicago.

Come early (the NYC location opens for dinner at 5 pm) get in line to put your name down (our wait just to put our name down was about 45 minutes) and then they text you when your table is ready (on a Saturday evening, our table was ready exactly 3.5 hours later).

In the meantime you can be boring and old and just go home and take a nap or you can go out to a few bars and drink the time away.

That’s what we did!

Then you really feel like you’ve earned a juicy, simple and perfect burger. And it’s the perfect soak up the booze meal for your drunk ass.

You can also just come for lunch and probably not wait too long at all.

But what fun is that??

A few notes.

The regular burger comes with two patties. The Double comes with three. Go figure.

Both the fried chicken and bologna sandwiches are both delicious and worth ordering.

The NYC location has a downstairs bar where you can have a drink while you wait and maybe follow our lead and take about 17 very subtle photos of Bobby Flay who’s seated right behind you. Don’t worry, he won’t suspect a thing because you are at an expert at this.

33 Cortlandt Alley
New York, NY 10013 b/t Walker St & Canal St
Chinatown

Www.auchevaldiner.com

Downstairs Bar – Bobby Flay not included

The amazing fried chicken, you MUST order this.

 

JOE & PAT’S

  • January 7, 2019 10:10 pm

Tri-Pie – Tomato, Vodka Sauce, Pesto

Insanely thin crust on a pizza is a rare but beautiful thing.

I really don’t know why more pizzerias don’t attempt it.

You can eat a whole friggin’ pie without really any guilt or stomach distention. It’s a glorious way to feel gluttonous without wanting to pierce your stomach with a fire poker to alleviate the painful bloating.

I’m almost positive Henry VIII would have beheaded far less queens if he had access to some thin crust.

We ordered the Tri-Pie, which is a combo of tomato, vodka and pesto sauces. no other toppings except some mozzarella. The flavors were subtle but still quite tasty.

Not as yummy as Rubirosa’s vodka pizza, but close. And with an even thinner crust, somehow.

A few things to note.

The meatballs are nice but nothing really stands out about them. They could use some fresh herbs.

They charge $2 to add shaved parmesan to several dishes, which seems like a rip off. If you’re ordering a pizza, just note they’ll give you some free pre-grated parm.

Also, the pizzas are quite pricey for being so damn thin – many of the large 16′ pies are near the $30 mark.

Joe and Pat’s original location is in Staten Island, so maybe they had to recoup some of the sticker shock from their new East Village rental.

But think of it like this, $15 per person for one’s fill of a delicious meal isn’t exactly breaking the bank. Just stop comparing it to what you’d spend for a shame ridden night of Red Barron and a pint of Haagen Dazs rum raisin (yes, I’m projecting).

168 1st Ave
New York, NY 10009 b/t 11th St & 10th St
East Village

(212) 677-4992

Meatballs with ricotta – $12

In case you don’t believe how thin this pizza was….

KISH-KASH

  • January 3, 2019 9:59 pm


Chicken Tagine
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$15
olives, three lemon sauce

 

I have the sneaking suspicion that Kish Kash won’t be around very long.

And for no good reason!

I loved it.

The décor is elegant yet casual, the food is vibrant and rewarding and it wasn’t overpriced.

I do think it’s greatest strength will also be it’s downfall.

The menu is quite minimal – Kish Kash specializes in house-made (have you noticed that expression has all but vanished from NYC menus??) couscous dishes.

Not exactly something your average diner seeks out to soothe their aching hangover.

Also, there aren’t really more than 10 things on the menu.

While there is a vegetarian couscous option, there isn’t exactly an omelet or avocado toast to appease those hangry and slightly less than woke friends of yours.

That being said, the couccous is the star of the show. It’s the smallest I’ve ever seen, like beige snow. It’s glorious and a perfect compliment to the lemon and olive accented chicken tagine or the tomatoey meatballs.

Just ditch those annoying friends and come enjoy a meal that’s bursting with flavor before this place inevitably closes in like 6 months or whenever their lease runs out.

 

455 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014 b/t Morton St & Barrow St
West Village

(646) 609-5298


Cauliflower
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$12
pickled raisins, pine nuts, tahini


Mafrum
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$14
spiced ground beef, tomato


Chraime
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$19
spicy fish

 

 

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