Awesome melty sandwiches in an otherwise sparse area of East Williamsburg. Brunch menu is $10 for a MASSIVE bloody mary, garnished with many pickles, and a variety of options. The turkey reuben is definitely the best move, followed by the grilled cheese.
JG strikes again with an amazing replacement for Pipa.
While I can't say it beats ABC Kitchen - really nothing does - eating at ABC Cocina is going to become a regular occurrence for me. Beautiful decor, quick service, relatively reasonable prices (for fabulous food) and variety.
You'll have to wait a few minutes - it's always hoppin - but the short rib tacos are well worth the wait. Might have been the best bite of anything I've ever tasted. The green beans in romesco are flavorful and healthy, and the guacamole is absolutely necessary, garnished with seasonal seeds like sweet peas. Shrimp Agua Diablo is super, super spicy, but infused with bananas and almonds to cool it down. Mushrooms and goat cheese and the gooey ham and cheese fritters are obviously on the unhealthy side, but good for sharing and balance out the light seafood and veggie dishes.
New York Vintners isn't a restaurant, per se, but we had a fabulous meal there so I feel like this wine store qualifies for a review.
Tucked in TriBeCa, New York Vintners hosts several wine tasting classes per week, all paired with a food theme. This one: Badass sandwiches. Tickets are $75, and it's a perfect event to kick off a bachelorette weekend or birthday party, etc. You get a glass of prosecco, 3 whites, and 3 reds - and 2 dishes - so it's a lot of bang for your buck. The instructors are very knowledgeable, and ask for tons of feedback about what you like/don't like about the wine.
Went for a team bonding event with work, and it was perfect. Everyone was full and feeling great by the end, and you can write it off as an actual "activity" rather than just straight-up eating and boozing.
Didn't get a pic because it was dark, my date didn't know about the food blog yet, and didn't feel like explaining it.
Starting with something that doesn't relate to Tipsy Parson at all - 9th ave is really blowing up. Upon walking up from Greenwich Village, I noticed like 40 spots I wanted to pop into and try. Gotta keep my eye on this area and explore more.
Anyway, Tipsy Parson - went on a Friday night for dinner and drinks, and had a really great time. Service was quick, knowledgeable, and not overbearing, and the ambiance & food were both good. Drank a whole bunch of chardonnay, recommended by the waitress, and had a few of their comfort food appetizer-y dishes. Fried pickles: obviously great. Not greasy and with a light garlicy dip. Mac & Cheese: Looks more beautiful than it tastes, but it's still pretty good. Kale and crispy onion salad - very good. My friend had the catfish - I feel like he liked it enough, but wasn't raving over it.
Tiny two-tops in the front are a casual spot to sit, and aren't too close to your neighbors. My other friend ha gone to brunch here the week before, and said it was awesome as well - I'd come back to check that out.
mmm, noodles. Pok Pok Phat Thai has generated all sorts of buzz for their BK location, so when I was on the LES and in need of some takeout, it was my #1 choice. My friends both had the pad thai - which was peanutty and good - but I went crazy and tried the highly recommended Kuaytiaw Khau Kai.
The words "pork fat" and "cuttlefish" along with a name I've never heard of before didn't scare me, and I'm so glad. Delicious broad noodles, cooked to crispy perfection, with a green onion kick and chicken. Light sauce. Delish.
Photo from site.
Came to Manon on a business dinner, and it was kind of a bummer. The decor: insane, beautiful. Unique cocktail menu, and the food was tasty - but I just don't see it staying open for more than 6 months. At 6:30 on a Wednesday - which I realize is on the early side, but still - it was DESERTED. So awkward being the only table seated in this massive, extravagant meatpacking district spot.
As mentioned, the decor is outrageous. Check it out on their site - wire decorations all over the ceiling, an elevator to the dining floor, tons of glass and colored lights etc etc etc...just highly extravagant, like a Tao or Buddakan...but nobody home to enjoy it!
Tried the spicy mule cocktail - which was not kidding, it was SPICY. My coworker had the green cucumber drink, which is described as including "intense cucumber," and it was. Decent wine list, etc.
On to the food: it was really quite good, which is why I feel like I should give more stars, but gotta follow my gut. The tortellini appetizer is SO small, but is the lightest pasta dish I've ever tasted. Baby cheese-stuffed noodles with lots of crunchy vegetables. The crunch and the lightness are really what stuck with me about this dish. You can eat pasta, and remain very dainty...
The chicken was fantastic too. Not a hint of dryness. Has a fried egg on it and purple carrots. Really, really good - not a boring chicken dish at all.
So, alas - I guess come on a night when it's more bustling.
We were turned away from Macondo, which lost our reservation for a birthday brunch (jerks) and sent down the street to Rayuela, which I assume is a sister restaurant?
I'm actually glad it happened, as Rayuela is much cuter and the food was really good. It's unlimited sangria for $15, and there's 4 different flavors - the guava is by far the best. Our party of 10 got started with this, and tried a bunch of different brunch plates with varying degrees of success.
I got the french toast, as it's stuffed with peanut butter. I usually go for salty/cheese/egg dishes, but peanut butter infusion was too much for me to say no to. And..it was way too intense. It'd be good for 3-4 people to split as a dessert, because it's practically a cinnabon. Not that it wasn't tasty - I just wish I'd ordered something different and maybe had a bite or 2 of the toast.
My friend who was visiting got the Ecuadorian humita - SO good. I have no idea what humita is, but her dish was like a polenta (which I usually hate, but was SO good) Menu lists it as: "soft scrambled eggs with caña de cabra cheese, smoked salmon, and spinach in a truffle-trumpet piquillo and a yellow corn tamal" I'm pretty sure the polenta is the tamal. Spinach was a good addition to the creamy-ness of everything else, and I want to go back to order that specifically all over again.
Eggs benedit, Omlette, and Rancheros were all solid too. There's a tree growing in the middle of the restaurant, and despite that, everything has a super-clean and shiny feel to it. I'd love to come back for dinner/drinks, or would do brunch all over again.
Photo from site.
Had so much fun at Gallow Green on a Friday night. Came for dinner around 9 with 3 friends, and were seated at a small wooden table among the foliage and assorted performance artists.
It has a 20s speakeasy vibe, and a hater would call it Gimmicky or far-too-kitschy, but if you can get into it, you'll love it. It's $$, but not outrageous (was worried it'd be outrageous.) The food was good, the drinks are great, but you're really here for the ambiance.
You take an elevator up to the roof in which a Sleep No More performer asks you creepy questions. When you step out, youll see why it's so popular - the greenery, the old train car, the live jazz, holiday lights, strange decorations hidden around the area...it's just super unique and like nothing else I've experienced in NYC. We had one of the punch bowls, which were fun - alcoholic punch with popsicles stuck in the juice that soak up the booze and are eaten post-meal. The grilled cheese had pecans in it, which I actually loved. Asparagus quiche was highly recommended, but could've done without it. 2 other things also, but I can't remember what...
Definitely come with friends from out-of-town who are looking for a flashy & unique experience. Or, a date would work - but probably for cocktails only just to get the feel of the place.
This Italian spot in Columbus circle somehow manages to be comfy, trendy, and romantic at the same time.
It's dark, and there are hundreds of wine bottles in a glass case at the front to choose from that sit parallel to a long wooden bar with seats on both sides. Great place for a casual dinner and/or wine if you don't feel like sitting down at a formal table.
Behind that, a few two-tops and space for larger parties. Heard the mushroom flatbread is great - didn't get a chance to try it, but loved the gnocchi with tomato and fresh mozz and the rigatoni with lamb ragu. The gnocchi was the lighter of the two, with lots of fresh basil. Could only get through half the ragu, which is probably a good thing. Waiter seemed a little green (was very confused / perplexed when we'd ask for recommendations) but helped us pick a really good pinot grigio blend.
Definitely a solid choice if you're in the area - probably best for a date or with friends, but would work for a business dinner as well.
Came to Jeffrey's with two friends and just went all. out. The cocktails are great, the apps are large, the oysters are AMAZING (I didn't know they really could differ that much from a market-variety oyster...so fresh and delicious) and theres a ton of variety.
Super-cute ambiance, too..not too stuffy, but an upscale vibe. Had the cucumber cocktail - sweet and tasty. Then, some oysters (as I mentioned, fantastic) and the zucchini blossom, which is served with a creamy sauce and is salty and indulgent...The nachos are advertised as a side portion, vegetarian, but every chip is so lovingly dressed with toppings, it's just adorable. A little caviar on toast as a pallate cleanser....and then the skate and fried chicken. AAH..I think the combination of sides and sauces with the entree itself is one of its strongest points. For example, the skate came with crispy chickpeas that kinda tasted like a peanut, and creamy greens, and a bacon creme fraiche. Meat, fish, greens, nuts...all the areas on one plate. I was buzzed and trying to get it all on my fork for the perfect bite.
The service was a tad slow, but we weren't that pissed about it because we were having such a fantastic time and enjoying the food. Can't wait to go back with a client, so I can indulge in 10,000 oysters.