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DEL POSTO – MEATPACKING – LUNCH

  • January 20, 2017 4:46 pm

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Del Posto is Mario Batali’s most high end NYC restaurant and if you’re a cheap bastard, the best time to come here is for lunch!

The lunch tasting menu is only $49 as opposed to $100 more for dinner for only one or two more courses.

Also, you can add a portion of pasta for just $10 a person. Definitely do this, ya dummy.

The pasta was the best part of the meal. While I don’t think the 100 Layer Lasagna actually contained 100 layers, it was still a beautiful sight and something one could eat on a daily basis.

I won’t bore you with any comments about the other dishes because….well, I should have posted this a month ago so I totally forget what everything tasted like.

Take that as a critique, if you will.

85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
b/t 15th St & 16th St
Meatpacking District, Chelsea
(212) 497-8090
delposto.com

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BARREL AGED NEGRONI 19 Plymouth Gin, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino & Campari, Aged six weeks in a Tuthilltown Bourbon Cask CRIMSON REVIVER 18 Botanist Gin, Lejay Crème de Cassis, Cocchi Americano Rosa & Lemon

BARREL AGED NEGRONI 19
Plymouth Gin, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino & Campari,
Aged six weeks in a Tuthilltown Bourbon Cask
CRIMSON REVIVER 18
Botanist Gin, Lejay Crème de Cassis, Cocchi Americano Rosa & Lemon

Complimentary Amuse Bouches -

Complimentary Amuse Bouches –

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Insalata AUTUNALE  Robiola Fonduta, Hazelnut & Pumpkin Quince Vinaigrette

Insalata AUTUNALE
Robiola Fonduta, Hazelnut & Pumpkin Quince Vinaigrette

Truffled BEEF Carne Cruda Crunchy Salsify Chips ($15pp)

Truffled BEEF Carne Cruda
Crunchy Salsify Chips ($15pp)

Yesterday's 100 Layer LASAGNE alla Piastra Ragù Bolognese

Yesterday’s 100 Layer LASAGNE alla Piastra
Ragù Bolognese

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Poached Atlantic HALIBUT Sunchokes al Mattone, Sauce Rossini & Watercress

Poached Atlantic HALIBUT
Sunchokes al Mattone, Sauce Rossini & Watercress

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Seared LAMB Chop & Neck Golden Chanterelles, White Beans, Rosemary & Yogurt Sauce

Seared LAMB Chop & Neck
Golden Chanterelles, White Beans, Rosemary & Yogurt Sauce

Coffee PANNA COTTA Cinnamon Cereale & Burnt Orange

Coffee PANNA COTTA
Cinnamon Cereale & Burnt Orange

Apple ARROSTO Grano Saraceno, Fennel & Whipped Cream

Apple ARROSTO
Grano Saraceno, Fennel & Whipped Cream

Complimentary After Lunch Dessert Bites

Complimentary After Lunch Dessert Bites

ICHIBANTAI – EAST VILLAGE – DINNER

  • January 16, 2017 3:41 pm

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Ichibentai’s star dish is this truly frightening fried chicken topped with what looks like curdled cottage cheese. It’s revolting to look at but very tasty to eat.

So, eat it! And stop judging grotesque looking books by their covers!

Located in the East Village, Ichibentai is a ultra casual, high top tables and stools only kind of place with loud music and busy walls and cheap Japanese eats.

Definitely any of the fried chicken dishes are worth ordering and they go good with a beer and sake if you’re feeling frisky.

401 E 13th St
New York, NY 10009
b/t Avenue A & 1st Ave
East Village
(646) 368-9755
ichibanteinyc.com

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ABSOLUTE BAGEL – MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS – BREAKFAST

  • January 13, 2017 5:20 am

Always, ALWAYS a line...

Always, ALWAYS a line…

I firmly believe that Absolute Bagels is Manhattan’s best bagel. Hell, the best in all 5 boroughs!

But is it really? Is it really any better than your really good New York bagel purveyor?

Well?…..

Ok, fine, no.

It’s equally as good as Essa or Murray’s or even Brooklyn Bagel Co.

I think the only thing that really sets these top notch bagel joints apart is their cream cheese selection.

Murray’s has standard, traditional flavors. Tompkins has quirky, over the top flavors (like Birthday Cake).

Absolute has a small selection but they offer a Bacon Cheddar cream cheese that I often crave. Adds just enough flavor to your bagel without overpowering it with an actual slice of cheese or strips of bacon.

The line at Absolute can get pretty long but they’re much more efficient than Murray’s, which takes forever.

It’s located near Columbia University and St. John the Divine Cathedral, so if you find yourself in that hood (and you’re not vegan) add yourself to the line and get ready to carb load for a race you’re not running.

2788 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
b/t 108th St & End Ave
Manhattan Valley
(212) 932-2052
absolutebagels.com

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My Fav - Bacon/Cheddar Cream Cheese....

My Fav – Bacon/Cheddar Cream Cheese….

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everything-bagel

COVINA – FLATIRON – BRUNCH

  • January 9, 2017 5:52 am

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Covina is a perfectly fine, slightly overpriced eatery in Flatiron.

If you’re in the hood and your wallet is healthy, give it a go!

If not, go somewhere else. It’s not like it’s miles above whatever upscale brunch spot is closest to you.

The Burger is the star of the show, here.

It’s part of the current wave of super simple, super moist and delicious “back to basics” burgers that I am loving.

A few years ago, it was all about these gourmet, 6 inch dry aged steakhouse burgers with some trendy ingredient (or none at all) that you had to eat with a fork and knife.

I feel like restaurants have realized that those burgers take too much work when no one really wants all that noise.

Burgers should have cheese, onions, pickles and some kind of special sauce. That’s it. And they don’t have to be a mile high. And they should be juicy AF.

Brooklyn’s Emily and Emmy Squared make NYC’s most perfect burgers, currently. And I see the trend to that kind of simple and traditional (yet with elevated ingredients) burger being featured on every restaurant menu and I ain’t mad at it.

I think the world has seen quite enough of a big ‘ole dry hunk of ground beef slapped on a boring ass bun.

Burgers need to be simple but they DO need to be dressed up a bit. However, they work best in thrift store hand me down’s, rather than whatever the hot trendy outfit is.

127 E 27th St
New York, NY 10016
b/t S Park Ave & Lexington Ave
Flatiron
(212) 204-0225
covinanyc.com

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Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

STEAK & EGGS $28 HANGER STEAK, FRIED EGGS, BREAKFAST POTATOES, BEARNAISE

STEAK & EGGS $28
HANGER STEAK, FRIED EGGS, BREAKFAST POTATOES, BEARNAISE

COVINA BURGER & FRIES $21 SPECIAL SAUCE, AMERICAN CHEESE, DASHI PICKLE ADD EGG +2

COVINA BURGER & FRIES $21
SPECIAL SAUCE, AMERICAN CHEESE, DASHI PICKLE
ADD EGG +2

BAR BOLOUD – UPPER WEST SIDE – DINNER

  • January 6, 2017 3:48 pm

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Daniel Boloud is a famous restaurateur with about a dozen NYC restaurants under his belt and several others around the globe. He’s an empire, I guess.

When I first moved to NYC back in 2014, we hit up his namesake restaurant, Daniel. It was one of the snootiest experiences of my life. We were not impressed.

I was also in a dinner jacket that was FAR too tight, so not loving anything that night.

Daniel has a dress code, Bar Boloud does not. Both places are on the pricy side, but Daniel is definitely the higher end eatery. Go to Bar Boloud instead.

I’ve been to several “Jackets Required” restaurants in NYC, and only Daniel gave me snobbery overload (that’s what I get for venturing to the Upper East Side). The service was also too aggressive (couldn’t blink without someone there to dry my tears) and the food was not worth the blood circulation being cut off in my lower half.

I think I had a temporary case of Deep Vein Thrombosis directly after that meal.

What I liked about the food at Bar Boloud is that, while it was traditional French fare, it wasn’t overpriced and the portions were substantial. Neither of us finished our meals.

And I was dressed in my finest eatin’ pants, so if there were any room left in my belly, I would have filled it with those leftovers.

The French Onion Soup was perfection! Order that, damn you!

The service was far from snooty and it’s just a few blocks from Lincoln Center so it’s the perfect pre/post show dinner.

The best part is you can depart Bar Boloud free from any of those pesky Deep Vein Thrombosis worries.

1900 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
b/t West 64th St & 63rd St
Upper West Side
(212) 595-0303
barboulud.com/nyc

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Oysters of the Day - 6 for $21

Oysters of the Day – 6 for $21

FRENCH ONION SOUP  sourdough croûtons  gruyère cheese $ 14

FRENCH ONION SOUP
sourdough croûtons
gruyère cheese
$ 14

COQ AU VIN  red wine braised chicken  lardons, mushrooms  pearl onions, spaetzle  $30

COQ AU VIN
red wine braised chicken
lardons, mushrooms
pearl onions, spaetzle
$30

DUCK BREAST A L’ORANGE*  potato confit, rutabaga  swiss chard, pink peppercorns  seville orange marmalade $33

DUCK BREAST A L’ORANGE*
potato confit, rutabaga
swiss chard, pink peppercorns
seville orange marmalade
$33

VANILLA CRÈME CATALAN  raspberries, orange confit  sablé Breton $14

VANILLA CRÈME CATALAN
raspberries, orange confit
sablé Breton
$14

CLINTON STREET BAKING COMPANY – LOWER EAST SIDE – BRUNCH

  • December 22, 2016 5:07 am

Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich - $11 (add bacon $2.50)

Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich – $11 (add bacon $2.50)

I know everyone goes gaga over the Blueberry pancakes at this INSANELY popular tourist trap but I really found the breakfast biscuit sandwich to be quite incredible. Eggs were soft and silky and perfect, biscuit was just flakey and tender enough but dry enough to not fall apart) and the tomato jam really brought it all together.

The pancakes were just fine.

What bugged me about them is that they were not chock full of blueberries. The fact that every bite was not bursting with B-Berries, really bugged the F out of me.

Especially for a place that has, in the past, told me the wait for breakfast would be almost 3 hours!! These are NOT three hour pancakes.

But their egg dishes….almost are. Almost.

4 Clinton St
New York, NY 10002
b/t Avenue B & Houston St
Lower East Side
(646) 602-6263
clintonstreetbaking.com

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Farmer's Plate - $16

Farmer’s Plate – $16

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Blueberry Pancakes - $15

Blueberry Pancakes – $15

HEARTH – EAST VILLAGE – DINNER

  • December 19, 2016 5:36 am

Beef & Ricotta Meatballs - $24

Beef & Ricotta Meatballs – $24

Hearth is as warm, cozy and comforting as the name suggests.

403 E 12th St
1st Ave
New York, NY 10009
b/t Avenue A & 1st Ave
East Village
(646) 602-1300
restauranthearth.com

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Mushroom Trifolati - $15

Mushroom Trifolati – $15

Chicken Liver Pate - $16

Chicken Liver Pate – $16

Cacio e Pepe Polenta - $9

Cacio e Pepe Polenta – $9

Hearth

TONY’S di NAPOLI – MIDTOWN WEST – DINNER

  • December 16, 2016 5:30 am

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I was invited to Tony’s for a carb loading dinner the night before she was to run the New York Marathon.

I was loading carbs in solidarity.

Tony’s is one of those massive upscale restaurants in midtown that feels like it can comfortably seat 10,000 people. They serve tasty generic Italian in a upscale generic setting and there is nothing wrong with that. Just like there are many types of Chinese food, sometimes you want Americanized, watered down Italian food served to you by Polish servers. Enjoy the melting pot that is NYC!

147 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036
b/t Avenue Of The Americas & Times Sq
Theater District, Midtown West
(212) 221-0100
tonysnyc.com

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ILILI – FLATIRON – LUNCH

  • December 13, 2016 9:29 pm

Lamb Burger - $20

Lamb Burger – $20

Ilili serves high end Mediterranean food in a high end neighborhood if you’re in the mood for that sort of high end thing.

I work in Flatiron, so while I’m often in the neighborhood, I don’t always want to drop $20+ for a burger during a 2 hour lunch.

Get the picture?

The food was delicious, creative and substantial. The interior was spacious, luxurious if not a bit cold and corporate.

Nothing really bad to say about this place but the stars do have to align a bit in order to make this a good fit.

Or maybe I’m just high maintenance?

236 5th Ave
New York, NY 10001
b/t 27th St & 28th St
Flatiron
(212) 683-2929
ililinyc.com

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Levantine Lemonade - $6 mint, lemon, orange blossom

Levantine Lemonade – $6
mint, lemon, orange blossom

Baba Ghannouj - $11 eggplant, tahini, olive oil

Baba Ghannouj – $11
eggplant, tahini, olive oil

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Batata Harra - $12 cubed potatoes, kouzbara, aleppo pepper

Batata Harra – $12
cubed potatoes, kouzbara, aleppo pepper

Falafel - $10

Falafel – $10

Chopped Salad (Vegetarian) - $15 Chopped Salad  haloumi, avocado, piquillo peppers, romaine lettuce, creamy garlic & herb dressing

Chopped Salad (Vegetarian) – $15
Chopped Salad
haloumi, avocado, piquillo peppers, romaine lettuce, creamy garlic & herb dressing

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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