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TACUBA – HELL’S KITCHEN – BRUNCH

  • March 14, 2018 8:55 pm

 

 

 

Tacuba proves my viewpoint that the only good Mexican in NYC (besides Los Tacos #1 in the Chelsea Market) tends to be these barely authentic, upscale and slightly pricey but fun eateries with expensive décor and delicious margs.

My teeny order of fish tacos might possibly fill up Karen Carpenter (is that too outdated of a reference? I guess if I have to ask….) but definitely plan on ordering something else if you have any semblance of an appetite.

That being said, they were delicious and packed with flavor!

My dining companion loved his Aguachile dish, another super flavorful concoction of lobster and shrimp in a sort of ceviche situation, but get yourself some guacamole or even eat dinner somewhere else if money is tight.

But if money is tight, maybe stay home? I’m not here to preach to you, so ignore me.

The margaritas are only $10 bucks but they’re easily sucked down, so you’ll be on your second before you realize you’re a broke-ass B who should have stayed home.

Sorry, I need to just stop with the judgments. I’ve eaten at plenty of restaurants when the bank account was low. But life is too short to eat at home like some kind of homeless person.

 

802 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019 b/t 53rd St & 54th St
Theater District, Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West

(212) 245-4500

tacubanyc.com

 

DE LA CASA $10 | Pitcher $45
Baron tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime

Aguachile – Lobster, Shrimp, Cucumber-Lime Agua, Jalapeno, Avocado, Red Onion, Cilantro
$15

PESCADO A LA TALLA $16
Fluke dusted in chiles, kohlrabi-habanero
slaw, chipotle aioli

 

 

 

CHUMLEY’S – WEST VILLAGE – DINNER

  • March 1, 2018 6:37 pm

I really love Chumley’s.

It’s got a similar vintage basement pub vibe as 4 Charles Prime Rib but much easier to snag a ressie. Granted, you’ll have to put your credit card down and they’ll charge you if you cancel within 24 hours.

But why would you??

Chumley’s has a burger to rival 4 Charles (a bit bigger and messier) but they also have some very tasty cocktails, super efficient service and some fun, loud music choices. A bit more of a party vibe than 4 Charles.

Also, if you see that Little Gem Caesar on the menu, order it! It’s SO delicious.

 

86 Bedford St
New York, NY 10014 at Barrow St
West Village

(212) 675-208

chumleysnewyork.com

 

       

Storytime . . . . . . . .
ragtime rye, lemon, antica torino, pimms #1, honey, boston bittahs
$16

Ol’ Poet’s Smoke. . . . .
glenlivet founder’s reserve, amaro, lemon, honey, soda
$16
It Happened at Midnight .
highwest rendezvous rye, apple brandy, eiswein, dry vermouth, ginseng, certosa
$16

Little Gem Caesar – $18

Bouillabaisse – $37

86’D Burger – $29mley

FERRIS – NOMAD – DINNER

  • February 23, 2018 4:16 pm

Every single review you will read about Ferris will be much better written than mine will be.

They’ll be using adjectives and analogies and witty breakdowns of each dish. You’ll probably even add a few new tasty nuggets to your vocabulary.

Much of the tone of those nicely written reviews will be lukewarm.

The tone of my poorly written review will NOT be lukewarm. I loved Ferris!

Did I lose you yet?

The menu at Ferris, the new eatery inside the ultra trendy Made Hotel (which looks more like a minimalist Scandanavian furniture show room) appears highly ambitious at first glance.

To blatantly rip off a blurb from The Infatuation’s review “Ferris is a restaurant in Nomad where you can get a very interesting plate of food that you don’t necessarily want to eat.”

The list of menu items does NOT include one single thing you will be craving that night.

If you’re still interested, then perhaps Ferris is for you. Trust me, you will be rewarded for your adventurous spirit!

We loved the ambiance, the service and the food however the cocktails sort of steal the show. Come here to imbibe with a few nibbles (the broccoli, bread and the carrot agnolotti stand out) and it will be the perfect night.

Located in
MADE Hotel

44 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001

b/t Broadway & Avenue Of The Americas
Flatiron, Midtown West

(212) 213-4420

ferrisnyc.com

 

THE NINTH PETAL
GIN. BLANC VERMOUTH. JASMINE.MIRABELLE.

L’AMIE
VODKA. SUZE. FENNEL. GINGER. LIME

EAU DE SPA
MEZCAL. JALAPENO. CARROT. CILANTRO. PINEAPPLE. LIME.

Bread and Butter

One of the Specials – Some kind of bass….

CHARRED BROCCOLINI
timur yogurt, cashew

CARROT AGNOLOTTI
lamb neck, pickled squash

GRILLED MACKEREL
egg yolk, italian plum, ponzu

DON ANGIE – WEST VILLAGE – DINNER

  • February 9, 2018 6:51 pm

Don Angie is 100% the tastiest new restaurant in the city.

If 1000% were a real thing, this would be it.

But 1000% is not real. It’s fake math, people.

I’m trying to find something wrong with this place. Lemme think for a second. Something like a rude hostess, a wobbly table or itchy toilet paper.

Nothing!

Don Angie is the perfect dining experience. *

 

*Sponsored by Don Angie. ***

 

***Kidding.

 

Ok, this review is getting ridiculous. Let’s real it in, Bun Boy!

Now, if you’re an Instagram foodie worth his Maldon Sea Salt, you’ve seen pics of the famous Lasagna.

The somewhat deconstructed monstrocity looks like a savory Cake Roll. Like a sliced up Italian Yule Log. In other words, it looks AMAZING!

But we didn’t order that.

We bucked the trend. We paved our own way.

We ordered a lesser known but equally delicious pasta and a simple yet inventive chicken dish that will completely change your mind about ordering chicken at a restaurant. 1000%.

I won’t bother describing either super flavorful dish, as by now you’ve already stopped reading and are scrolling down to see the pics (or clicking away to your most fav porn site).

Just trust me, the food, the ambiance and the service (and that INCREDIBLE zeppole dessert that looks like HAIRY BALLS) will blow you away.

Is Don Angie the new Carbone? No. Not yet. But it’s a hell of a lot easier to get a ressie here.

103 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014 b/t Jane St & 12th St
West Village  

 (212) 889-8884

donangie.com

 

Margherita
Tequila, Calabrian Chili Honey, Blood Orange, Fennel Liqueur
$15

Garganelli Giganti
Broken Meatball Ragu, Guanciale, Pecorino
$25

Chicken Scarpariello
Blackened Sausage, Capocollo, Anaheim Chilies
$26

Fior di Latte Mochi
Taggiasca Olive Oil, Sea Salt
$5

Honey Zeppole
Sicilian Pistachio, Whipped Robiola
$11

BLUE RIBBON BRASSERIE – SOHO – DINNER

  • January 31, 2018 5:21 am

Blue Ribbon Brasserie is one of those old school, upscale but casual neighborhoody joints that’s been around forever.

In a city where everyone is on the lookout for the hot new restaurant, places like Blue Ribbon are becoming more and more of a rarity.

I think there is something to be said about having a familiar and friendly go-to spot for a guaranteed good meal that is also guaranteed not to have Avocado Toast on the menu.

That is excuse enough to patronize these kinds of spots before they all become extinct.

97 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012 b/t Spring St & Prince St
South Village

212-274-0404

www.blueribbonrestaurants.com

Steak Tartare – $17.50

Beef Marrow & Oxtail Marmalade – $19.00

I have NO clue what this is.

Shrimp Provencal Cheese Ravioli and Spinach – $34

Fried Chicken Mashed Potatoes and Collard Greens – $28.50

DE MARIA – NOLITA – DINNER

  • January 29, 2018 5:11 am

Halibut – $28 Papadum, chickpeas, apricot-mustard chutney, fermented cabbage, curry cultured cream.

De Maria is one of the many trendy NYC eateries serving inventive yet boring cuisine.

So boring it took me 6 months to write this blog. I ate here ages ago. Whatever minor tidbits my brain happened to actually remember at the time have long since blown away with the breeze. I’m the worst, I know.

But so is this place.

Just kidding, it’s not that bad. I just prefer to lean towards the dramatic sometime. You know me. Well, you think you know me.

19 Kenmare St
New York, NY 10012 b/t Bowery & Elizabeth St
Nolita

(212) 966-3058

demarianyc.com

 

 

 

Ceviche $16 – Salmon, Avocado, Dahl, Leche de Trigre

Crispy Stuffed Grape Leaves $15 – Feta, eggplant, almond dukkah

I SODI – WEST VILLAGE – DINNER

  • January 26, 2018 5:12 am

I Sodi is one of those impossibly cute little Italian restaurants in the West Village that you walk by and say “We have to go there sometime”.

You either say it to the person you’re with or say it to a stranger cuz you’re weird, and everyone knows it.

Inside it’s cramped and dark and hot. Romantic, some may call it.

Others may call it a worst nightmare scenario. Especially when you’re a food blogger and all your pictures are royally sucking. And you have a thing with sweating in public. You do it a lot.

Now onto the food.

Was any of it amazing?

No.

Was it all good?

Yes.

Will I win all the blogger awards this year for most in depth food writing?

Probably.

My one critique was with the crispy artichokes. They needed a dipping sauce, dammit.

All the best things in life have a dipping sauce, FYI.

105 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014 b/t Bedford St & Bleecker St
West Village

212-414-5774

isodinyc.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crispy Artichokes

Cacio e Pepe – $18

Stracotto con Polenta – Wagyu Brisket slow braised with buckwheat polenta – $28

TAVERNA KYCLADES – EAST VILLAGE – BRUNCH

  • January 24, 2018 5:21 am

Horiatiki (Greek Salad without the lettuce, basically)

 

The baffling thing about Greek food is that the décor is always cheap and lacking, and most of the food sounds basic enough but then the prices always seem about double of what you’re expecting.

You’re paying as much as a fancy night out when you just wanted a freaking kabob and a greek salad. Or at least I did. And it’s my blog, so forgive me if I don’t always write from your perspective. Sheesh.

The food at TK was good (that lamb chops were amazing) and the portion size of that Greek salad could have easily fed us and our nosey neighbors (I swear they both swiveled their heads our direction each time I took a bite – granted my bites are not human sized).

But I almost feel bitter about wasting all this typing on this boring ass blog that no one reads.

Warmest Regards,

Bun Boy

228 1st Ave
New York, NY 10009 b/t 13th St & 14th St
East Village, Stuyvesant Town 

(212) 432-0011

 

Complimentary grilled bread

Spanakopita –

Grilled Sausage

Lamb Chops

Complimentary Yogurt to finish

TETSU – TRIBECA – DINNER

  • January 22, 2018 5:42 am

Toro & Salmon Nigiri

Masa is officially the most expensive restaurant in NYC.

Now, I’m not one to quabble about cost when it comes to food. I’ll spend enormous sums that I don’t have in order to experience most kinds of culinary pleasures.

But I don’t eat shellfish (except the occasionally crab) so I’m just no fun at your typical sushi restaurant.

And since Masa is an omakase situation (a Japanese expression meaning “I’ll leave it to you”) there is no way in hell I’ll spend $500 and leave it to the chef to bring me all sorts of horrors from the deep.

Like I said, I’m no fun.

Tetsu is the much more affordable, hipper cousin (with a few tattoos, but no tramp stamps) from the Masa folks.

While I see the recent Yelp reviews are slightly less than stellar, I really loved my experience here.

The service was prompt and friendly. Maybe too prompt. Oh well, my seat had no back so there was definitely an expiration date on this meal for my lil ole back.

The famous burger (which is only served between the blue plate special hours of 5 – 6 pm) was really good but super simple. Judging from my picture below, it looked like it was 75% bun, but don’t be fooled. The bun was ultra soft and squished down nicely. This was a delicious burger.

The two meats on sticks were also both delicious.

But the star of the show was the Toro Nigiri. Blew me away. the perfect bite of food. The price is for ONE piece, so remember that when you keep harassing the waiter to come back time and time to bring you more sushi.

For all you see below (two drinks each and almost enough food), the cost was about $109 per person (including tip) so keep that in mind.

78 Leonard St
New York, NY 10013 b/t Broadway & Church St
TriBeCa, Civic Center

212-207-2370

www.tetsunyc.com

Gin Concord Grape
(gin, vermouth blanc, rosemary thyme, frozen grape cube)

Soju Thai Basil
(soju, charteuse, thai basil, lime, togarashi salt)

Yellowtail Tataki & Fried Chicken

Fatty Tuna & Saba (Mackerel)

Bay Scallops & Asparagus

Beef Burger with Fries

Calamansi Basil Sorbet

Olive Oil Cake with Marcarpone

MOMOFUKU KO – EAST VILLAGE – DINNER

  • January 20, 2018 5:30 am

 

Momofuku Ko is one of the very few tasting menu only eateries in NYC with just a teeny bit of an edge (they found just the right Spotify radio station that plays the kind of old school punk and vintage alternative that your grandmother can still appreciate), where you can slightly relax and not worry that your every chew or shift in chair will be heard in the stagnant silence of a stuffy restaurant.

The Tasting Menu costs $195 per person (on the cheaper side, comparatively) and it’s just fun and unique enough to not be a series of weird shit that you think you need to pretend to be enjoying.

You’ll actually enjoy this food.

The menu steers towards seafood with a slight Asian slant but they will gladly accommodate allergies or just general aversions to things (I’m talking to you Uni).

8 Extra Pl
New York, NY 10003 at 1st St
East Village

212-500-0831

momofuku.com