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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

NICKEL & DINER – LITTLE ITALY – BRUNCH

  • November 8, 2017 5:04 am

Nickel & Diner only gets half of it’s name right.

The Diner part, I get. A gorgeously upscale diner from the future, definitely.

As far as Nickel go….we’ll, you’re gonna need a whole crap load of them to pay for your meal.

Actually, it’s not that bad (as long as you don’t go hard on the booze) but if I have nothing to complain about, what is the point of this blog??

So, we came for brunch (the place was dead) and ordered two things.

One was amazing: the Grilled BLT. It was like a heavenly grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and green tomatoes. It was absolute perfection.

The Ranchero Omelette, however…was bland city. Plus it was dense and a bit rubbery.

However, because I did my research ahead of time, I ordered correctly. I mean, omelettes are more bad than good, am I right? That was a jerk move on the part of my dining companion, I think we all can agree.

1 Howard St
New York, NY 10013
b/t Lafayette St & Centre St
Little Italy
(646) 870-6100
nickelanddiner.com

Chestnut Mocha

Grilled BLT — 16
Served on Sourdough. Smoked bacon, heirloom tomato, truffle vinaigrette, baby kale

Ranchero Omelette — 17
Huevos rancheros style. Serrano ham, sour cream, Pico de Gallo, Fresno chili

TALDE – PARK SLOPE/BROOKLYN – BRUNCH

  • November 4, 2017 6:02 pm

Talde might be best known for their pretzel pork and chive dumplings (which are VERY good) but they also can take pride in the fact that they serve the best Pad Thai I’ve ever had!

It’s listed on the menu as a Bacon Pad Thai, so not really a mystery why it’s so damn good. The culprit, Inspector Clouseau, is bacon.

The Breakfast Ramen was enjoyable but definitely the weakest of the three things we ordered.

I don’t get out to Brooklyn nearly enough (mostly because all the restaurants are so cheap, that it seems like a waste of a long subway ride for a quick $10 meal.

Thankfully Talde isn’t that cheap. 😉

369 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
b/t 6th Ave & 5th Ave
South Slope, Park Slope
Phone number (347) 916-0031
taldebrooklyn.com

SMITH & WOLLENSKY – MIDTOWN EAST – DINNER

  • October 30, 2017 5:24 am

I’m going to be honest about something.

The only reason I came to Smith and Wollensky is because it was featured on The Devil Wears Prada.

Otherwise, I couldn’t care less about your run-of-the-mill steakhouse.

Was my Filet Au Poivre cooked to perfection? Yes.

Was my Manhattan perfectly prepared (not really). But was the split pea soup the best dish of the night??

YES!

Even Miranda Priestly would be hard pressed finding fault in that silky bowl of green puke heaven.

797 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10022
b/t 49th St & 50th St
Midtown East
(212) 753-1530
smithandwollenskynyc.com

LE COQ RICO – FLATIRON – DINNER

  • October 27, 2017 5:23 am

Stuffed Brune Landaise Chicken (for 2)
butternut squash, ginger, spinach fricassée
72.

I ate here back in June and completely forgot to write about it. What is wrong with me??

Only when I just walked by the joint a second ago did I realize I never blogged about this lovely and pricey poulty-centric restaurant.

Le Coq Rico has a varied menu all featuring some sort of foul as the star and instead of choosing one of the 6 whole roasted birds (the cheapest was $98 bucks!), we chose a stuffed Brune Landaise chicken for two (for $72 bucks).

The portion was enormous (we took home leftovers) and the starter we choose was this incredibly rich egg and mushroom dish which was as unique as it was fantastic.

Now, unlike some folks, I’m not opposed to ordering chicken at restaurants. I don’t mind spending a certain amount for this simple bird to be prepared deliciously. But I’m not spending $100 bucks for one. Sorry Le Coq.

At least the stuffed bird we ordered had some obvious labor going into it’s preparation. It didn’t stuff itself!

What the hell is Brune Landaise, you ask? Well, let me Google it so I can explain it to your lazy ass.

Actually, since I’m pretty lazy myself, I’m just going to copy and paste what I just found on a NY Post article:

“The restaurant’s top bird is the Brune Landaise — a prized breed from les Landes in southwest France’s Gascony region that Daguin introduced to the US a few years ago, and which she now procures from Mennonite farmers in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County. A close cousin is the rare Plymouth Barred Rock, which is distinguished by its red comb and is also on the menu at Le Coq Rico.

Both varieties live a life far different from their pedestrian counterparts. The hormone-free animals roam about on open farmland, not just a few square yards outside a coop — the pitiable domain of most “free-range” birds. Their diet, in addition to grain, includes vegetable scraps from country markets and commercial kitchens, as well as grass, bugs and even snake fragments they come across.

All of this makes for a bird that’s not only especially delicious but also uniquely nutritious.”

Another selling point is the birds at Le Coq Rico get the luxury of surviving this cruel world for 120 days before they’re executed, unlike your typical organic chicken (85 days) or the bottom of the barrel supermarket one (40 days).

Basically, these chickens have led marvelous long lives before they’re murdered. Which makes these homicide victims much more yummier.

Negroni For Two

“EGGZ”
Slow Cooked
duck egg, baby spinach, chanterelle mushrooms,
lemon & cream emulsion
17.

Stuffed Brune Landaise Chicken (for 2)
butternut squash, ginger, spinach fricassée
72.