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JOANNE TRATTORIA – UPPER WEST SIDE – DINNER

  • April 24, 2017 5:58 am

Joanne’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

Joanne’s is a somewhat tacky looking Italian eatery on the UWS that is more famous for being owned by Lady Gaga’s parents.

However, the decor is not why everyone is coming here. They’re coming here for Gaga. Hint: she won’t be there.

The crowd looked to be 2% locals and 103% tourists (is my math right?) but after trying the food, I’m actually shocked.

THE FOOD WAS REALLY GOOD!

The meatballs were super flavorful and garlicky, the pasta was perfectly cooked and portions were ample.

The drinks were very tasty, a few of their names inspired by Lada Gaga herself.

While there are a ton of good Italian restaurants in the city, there aren’t an equal amount of casual and friendly spots where you don’t have to make a reservation a month in advance.

If I lived closer, I would definitely add this place in my rotation of no-brainer spots to get my grub on.

I can’t believe I got through this entire post without one single Gaga pun. What is wrong with me? Guess I’m off my game. My love game. That’s a Gaga song, right?

70 W 68th St
New York, NY 10023
b/t W Central Park & Columbus Ave
Upper West Side
(212) 721-0068
joannenyc.com

Joanne’s Meatballs – $9

Pasta Bolognese

White Truffle Alfredo

Red Velvet Cake

DENINO’S GREENWICH VILLAGE – WEST VILLAGE – BRUNCH

  • April 21, 2017 5:58 am

Denino’s is a non-descript outpost of the famous Staten Island pizza restaurant.

The pizza is pricy, the interior is dark and boring and the pizza isn’t the most flavorful I’ve ever had.

At each table sits a variety of your tradtional pizza condiments for you to use, and we piled them on high.

In all fairness, we didn’t even try the pizza beforehand. It could have been fine. But why try sitting next to a container of Parmesan and NOT put some on your pizza. Just try it. You will fail.

93 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012
Greenwich Village
(646) 838-6987
deninosgreenwichvillage.com

Sangria

1/2 Special (Sausage and Mushrooms and 1/2 M.O.R. (Meatball/Onion/Ricotta)

PRIME MEATS – BROOKLYN/CARROLL GARDENS – BRUNCH

  • April 14, 2017 5:57 am

I had originally only chosen Prime Meats because it was in close proximity to the mini golf place we wanted to check out.

While the golf place was cute and all, once we got past the slight weirdness of two adult males being in a building chock full of screaming 7 year olds, Prime Meats ended up being the highlight of the afternoon.

Prime Meats does all their own meats in-house. I say “does” because I’m not entirely sure to what extent they handle their meats, so I’m sort of quoting our server.

Was there a slaughterhouse in the basement? One can only guess. Or Google, if you’re less lazy than me.

Once I found out that the hot dogs were “made” there, I knew that’s what I needed to order. Plus, you get TWO of them, which is nice because one is never enough and two is too many, but when given the option, I always err on the side of too man / instant regret.

Sometimes artisan hot dogs creep me out because of the obvious snap of the casing, but the subtle snap of these lil guys was easy to ignore.

The burger was awesome, like the kind of simple burger you’d BBQ on the grill at home. Although, I’m sure the quality of Prime Meat’s burgers are 100 times better than the cheap, on-sale crap you would buy. Because you’re cheap, just face it.

The interior has a nice, dark wood steakhouse feel but it’s super casual so no need to dress up. Also, it’s Brooklyn, so you wouldn’t dress up anyways. Unless you were finding the perfect lumberjack outfit to go with that nappy ass beard of yours.

465 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
b/t Luquer St & 4th Pl
Carroll Gardens
(718) 254-0327
frankspm.com

The Prime Meats 5oz Burger – $14

Hot Dogs – $14

PIG BLEEKER – WEST VILLAGE – DINNER

  • April 7, 2017 5:40 am

Pigs in Parker House Rolls with Pig Beach Mustard Sauce – $9

Pig Bleeker is one of those countless NYC restaurants that look good and taste good but just not good enough to return to.

In a town with so many great restaurants, there is no need to waste one’s time repeating a good one.

The three starters were ordered were all fine. None of them would fall into the “yummy” category and both the chicken and parker house rolls were on the dry side.

The meatballs and brisket ravioli were both really good. Much better than the starters.

Just a smidge below great.

I feel like we also missed out by not ordering a big hunk of meat. That could have been our downfall. Please feel free to fault us for that.

Cocktails were very tasty. The Mint Julep, however, contained only about 4 hefty sips. Big pet peeve of mine.

The other two were much more sizable.

In summary, please reread the first sentence of this review.

Good day to you all.

155 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
b/t Thompson St & Sullivan St
Greenwich Village
(646) 756-5115
pigbleeckernyc.com

Cornbread Madelines – Complimentary

El Dorado & Mint Julep – $13 Each

I’m on Fire – $13

BBQ Chicken Lollipops – $12

Deviled Steak & Eggs – $9

Grandma Val’s Meatballs with Smoked DiPalo’s Mozzarella
$11

Brisket Ravioli with Black Truffle Butter & Barolo
$24

MOMOSAN RAMEN & SAKE – MIDTOWN EAST – BRUNCH

  • April 3, 2017 5:29 am

Momosan serves the most insane ramen dish I’ve ever had.

Ever tan tan (or dan dan) noodle dish is slightly different. They’re all usually spicy and made with ground pork. With slight variations.

Momosan adds coconut milk, curry and red miso to theirs. And you get a few slices of pork chashu in addition to the ground pork. It’s HEAVEN.

Seriously.

And to anyone that made a “it’s too rich/heavy” comment on Yelp? I invite them all to jump off the nearest cliff.

Momosan’s ramen prices are shockingly reasonable considering the place is upscale, we’re in NYC and in midtown. And their $16 lunch special (small ramen, small rice dish and side of kimchi) is a decent deal.

But why would you order a small ramen when you can order a large one?? That kind of thing will never make sense to me.

342 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016
b/t 39th St & 40th St
Midtown East, Murray Hill
(646) 201-5529
momosanramen.com

Carafe of Sake – $37

TETSUNABE PORK GYOZA $10
pork & chive gyoza, ginger scallion sauce,
served on an iron skillet

TONKOTSU RAMEN $10/13
pork chashu, aji-tama, takana, kikurage,
scallion, toasted nori, garlic oil, soy tare

TANTAN RAMEN – $10/13.
spicy coconut curry, pork chashu, red miso
ground pork, aji-tama, cilantro

Tantan Ramen – All mixed up into a delicious frenzy…

DHABA – MURRAY HILL – DINNER

  • March 31, 2017 5:29 am

Let’s face it. Indian food looks like Poop on a Plate.

Slop in a Pot.

Unless you go to a super upscale joint, where they make it look all pretty, it usually is not photogenic.

Dhaba is a solid, and popular choice amongst the plethora of Indian restaurants in the Curry Hill section of Midtown. It’s lively, on the upscale side and the food did not disappoint.

Definitely recommend the Murgh Chutneywala (Creamy Mango Chicken Curry) and the Purani Delhi Ki Papri Chaat (cold dish with crunchy things mixed with yogurt and chutney – weird sounding (and looking) but SO good).

I didn’t bother putting captions on any of my photos, because I honestly can not tell the difference between some of the dishes we ordered.

Also, when you order the side of Roti (sort of like Indian tortillas, much lighter than Naan) make sure you do NOT accidentally request 5 ORDERS of Roti when you meant to order 5 PIECES. They brought us out about 20 pieces of Roti, which they should have known was wrong but they probably wanted a good laugh.

108 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016
b/t 27th St & 28th St
Flatiron
(212) 679-1284
dhabanyc.com

ABC COCINA – FLATIRON – BRUNCH

  • March 27, 2017 5:29 am

Looks scary – tastes delicious

ABC Cocina (and it’s sister restaurant, ABC Kitchen) are both still highly popular after being opened for many years (I have no clue how many and I refuse to look it up. That’s your job!).

However, both feature decors that seem to be stuck in the 90’s. The odd purple lighting reminds me of a trendy gym trying to look like a night club. Super tiny lights everywhere, the kind you see in those upscale ceramics stores that you never go into because why would you?

And it’s all quite overpriced.

However, the empanadas and ham and cheese croquettes were so tasty!!

The shaved Brussels sprouts salad was sort of a let down. just a thin layer of food and a rip off for the money.

The Crispy Fish sandwich was good…but it was missing some kind of kick. Not sure I dug the olive tapenade combo.

If you really want to hit up one of the ABC restaurants, I would suggest ABC Kitchen. Better food and the possibility for a celebrity sighting is much higher.

38 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003
b/t Broadway & S Park Ave
Flatiron
(212) 677-2233
abccocinanyc.com

mezcal lavender negroni – $16
ilegal reposado, vermut

Rosemary and Lime Cooler – $7

gooey spicy ham and cheese fritters 12

shaved brussels sprouts salad, shepherd’s basket cheese, marcona almonds 15

Complimentary Table Bread

spiced ground beef and celery root empanadas with tomato salsa 12

crispy fish sandwich, black olive tartar sauce, chilies, arugula 22

DIRT CANDY – LOWER EAST SIDE – DINNER

  • March 24, 2017 5:28 am

Pina Kale-Ada

Dirt Candy has been around forever and it’s still hard to get a damn table there.

And after living in NYC for three years now, I finally decided to go see what all the fuss is about. I mean, how delicious can a bunch of vegetables be?

Very. Is the simple answer.

I had recently seen a shot on Instagram (sorry, I meant IG for all you millenials who left IG for SnapChat years ago) of the Brussels sprouts tacos and I knew I had to have them.

I mean, how ridiculous. Instead of meat, you’re giving me a handful of Brussels sprouts and charging me $36 for the lot. We’re both assholes at this point, but there was no wavering on the ordering of this dish. It was going to happen.

Upon first glance of the menu, chock filled with words like “KALE” and “CARROT” and “RUTABAGA” splashed about as if this were the flier featuring the artists lineup at Coachella.

I mean, how good could “CARROT” possibly be?? I knew they wouldn’t have been evil enough to present me with a plain, single carrot on fine china. But still. Come on.

And what do you know? CARROT ended up being our favorite dish! After the insane Korean Fried Broccoli (just what it sounds like, covered in a sticky garlic sesame sauce. Order this or die), that is.

CARROT ended up being 3 carrot sliders (yes, thick cooked slices of carrots) with a special sauce on carrot sesame seed buns. Yes, the buns had incorporated carrots. Ingenious.

The Brussels sprouts tacos ended up being super tasty and fun, with over a half dozen little ramekins of fun things to make your own lettuce tacos (Atkins alert!). The Sprouts came out on a sizzling stone, which makes you just want to touch it because you know you shouldn’t. Hint: don’t.

We also ordered this fun Rutabega cake who’s picture did not turn out.

You also must order the caramelized onion chocolate tart. Trust me on this. It works and it’s fantastic!

Two things we were not impressed with: The vegetable monkey bread (bland) and the Pumpkin pad Thai (pretty looking boat of some unimpressive raw veggies and not a ton of flavor).

I can’t speak to the cocktails but I wasn’t really impressed with my Pina Kale-ada. It was fun. Maybe just stick to the wine and pretty much order anything on the menu and you’ll be set.

86 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
Lower East Side
(212) 228-7732
dirtcandynyc.com

Vegetable Monkey Bread – $4

Korean Fried Broccoli $8
BASICALLY IT’S CRACK IN BROCCOLI FORM

PUMPKIN $18
Pumpkin Pad Thai

Carrot $13
Carrot Sliders on Carrot Buns

Brussels Sprout Tacos $30
BRUSSELS SPROUTS ON A SIZZLING STONE WITH LETTUCE WRAPPERS AND ACCOMPANIMENTS

Onion Chocolate Tart $13
Smoked Almond Ice Cream

PIG BEACH – BROOKLYN / GOWANUS – BRUNCH

  • March 20, 2017 5:28 am

Pig Beach is a buzz worthy BBQ place right next to the toxic Gowanus Canal that is worth risking radiation poisoning to eat at.

Well, sort of.

The burger has been splashed all over Instagram for far too long. I had to check it out.

While it was super tasty, it was also super tiny. But it’s not expensive and you’ll probably order some other food, so don’t freak out that you’ll leave hungry.

If you do, that’s on you. Order the amazing ribs as a started and just shut up already.

Pulled Pork Sandwich
$8.00

Baby Back Ribs
championship red sauce & sticky honey glaze
$17.00 $32.00

Pig Beach Burger
house pickles, white american & secret sauce on a martins bun
Single- $8
Double- $11
Triple- $14
Make it a “Briggie”- add pulled pork- +$2

AUGUSTINE – FINANCIAL DIST – BRUNCH

  • March 17, 2017 5:53 am

FIVE BORO COCKTAIL
Plantation 3 Stars, Amargo-Vallet,
Yellow Chartreuse, orgeat syrup,
lemon juice – $17

Augustine is a new FiDi eatery from the folks that brought you the timeless Balthazar and Minetta Tavern. You simply can’t go wrong with any of their restaurants.

They’re all gorgeous, the food is mostly upscale French or Italian and you will not leave without dropping at least $100 a person. Sorry, that’s just the facts.

Unlike the other places I mentioned above, we didn’t really encounter a stand out dish with the exception of the cheese soufflé. That was delicious but a little overpriced at $19 bucks.

I had read complaints about the burger on Yelp so we ordered the Beet Tartine and Duck Confit Salads. While both were good, neither were dishes worth a return visit for.

The space is lovely and the cocktails were potent, but our waiter was truly bizarre. Not sure which combo of meds he was on, but he seemed off in his own world and wasn’t very attentive. I wonder if this lack of attention branched out into his personal life? I fear that his apartment might be a bit of a danger zone of bacteria and magazine hoarding.

But hopefully I’ll never find that out….

5 Beekman St
New York, NY 10038
b/t Nassau St & Theatre Aly
Financial District
(212) 375-0010
augustineny.com

Complimentary Bread Basket

COGNAC NOISETTE
P.F. 1840, Galliano Ristretto, Frangelico, orange juice,
espresso, whipped cream.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

SOUFFLÉ AU FROMAGE
with cave-aged Gruyère, Parmesan
and horseradish fondue.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

DUCK CONFIT SALAD
carnival squash, Madeira-braised
chestnuts, roasted heirloom apples,
frisée salad, hard-cider vinaigrette.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Nutella Madeleine – $2.5