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Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Smith

This venue puts an American twist on the traditional French brassiere. Located in the east village,  it is one of my favorite brunch spots in the city, although, it's a great place for pretty much anytime.

Patrons get a complimentary bottle of house filtered sparkling and flat water.  Such a great touch and I love those restauranteurs out there that are green conscious. Restaurants can really be such a wasteful business and every little bit counts.   Actually this company prides itself on using local, natural and sustainable products whenever they can.


I absolutely crave this soup which is an American twist on French onion soup.  Creamy tomato soup covered and oozing with stringy cheddar cheese.  Make sure you order it!


Roasted Tomato Soup and Cheddar Melt $9


Shrimp Roll with Arugula, Tomato, lemon-black pepper aioli $15

Burger Deluxe with special sauce, sharp cheddar, bacon, the works $15



The Smith
55 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10003
212.420.9800
Monday & Tuesday 8am-Midnight
Wednesday & Thursday 8am-1am
Friday 8am-2am
Saturday 10am-2am
Sunday 10am-Midnight

For information on their new Midtown location go to:  http://www.thesmithnyc.com/


Monday, October 17, 2011

Foie Gras Banned in the State of California

This article in The New York Times got me thinking.  Animal activists have succeeded in getting the state of California to pass a ban of the selling of the long existing delicacy Foie Gras.  The ban passed and will be in effect in 8 months from now.  The same happened in Chicago years before except the ban was later lifted.    I personally feel we have the right to eat whatever the hell we want!  A person in the article said it best, "If these people could have their way we would all be vegans!".  How do the rest of you out there feel about this?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/us/in-california-going-all-out-to-bid-adieu-to-foie-gras.html?pagewanted=all%3Fsrc%3Dtp&smid=fb-share


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Mamma-say Mamma-sah Momofuku!

I had high expectations for this meal as Momofuko has always been hyped up to me by friends who are always saying; "Go there and have the shrimp or pork buns, they are to die!"  We came and I put our name on the list, no reservations at this place unless you want to attend their fried chicken lunch/dinner that is by reservation only.  We waited for about 45 minutes and it was well worth it.  This meal was so flavorful and had so much going on.  The menu changes everyday and the food is extremely fresh and made with care.   Just a little heads up that this is definitely a spot for a casual meal with friends.  It's communal seating and it can get kind of loud when the place is hopping.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with ricotta, avocado, shiso $12

Charred Octopus with pearl onion, mole, zucchini flower $15

Shrimp buns with spicy mayo, pickled shallots, and iceberg $12

Pork buns with hoisin, scallion and cucumber $10

Brussel sprouts with spatzle, sausage and mustard $10

Miso Ramen with smoked chicken, swiss chard and soy egg $14

Ginger scallion noodles with shrimp, pickled shiitakes, cucumber and cabbage $16

Soft serve ice cream lemon and ricotta twist $5

















The shrimp and pork buns were really delicious, although I have to say that the pork buns aren't for everyone.  The pork has about an inch of crispy fat attached to it that is very rich and heavy.  I'm a real meat eater and found it fantastic, however, it can be overwhelming for some.


Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Avenue
NY, NY 10003
212.777.7773

Hours of Operation

Lunch  Monday-Friday 12pm-4:30pm
           Saturday & Sunday 12pm-4pm

Dinner Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-11pm
           Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-2am (12am-2am limited menu only)
         
To view information on all NYC locations go to: http://www.momofuku.com/new-york-city/


Monday, October 10, 2011

The Darby

The Darby is an over the top supper club that once inside one cannot help but feel as if they have been whisked away to an unknown era.  It's ornate decor has a roaring 20's meets futuristic modernism that I have never seen before. To make a long story short...this place is very special and certainly not an everyday dining experience.  All of your senses are stimulated at The Darby as the principals of elegance, food, music and glamour are all brought together in one shot.

There is a lounge in the basement The Darby Downstairs that is completely diverse in design from the main dining room.  Taking on the look of a beehive with walls covered in a honeycomb gold lacquered cage, the room is truly bizarre but chic and with a couple of cocktails...a lot of fun! In this area they offer an extensive cocktail menu, as well as, a light fare menu.



Chef Alexandra Guarneschelli brings on a menu of pretty straight forward American fare.  It's fresh, delicious and pairs really well with the atmosphere...

















       Half dozen oysters $21

Smoked Husdon Valley duck breast with green peppercorns $9 

This was my least favorite dish.  The duck was served chilled and I found the flavor to be bland and the texture unappealing.

The Darby Signature "veal" bacon with homemade red mustard $9


Make sure you try this, it was to die for!!

Homemade ricotta crostini with toasted garlic and king oyster mushrooms $13

Creekstone Farms "Tomahawk" steak for two $100
 Roasted brussel sprouts $8


This menu description of the baked alaska sounds like heaven but we didn't have room to fit it.  Please post a comment on it if you get to try it!













Our check was presented to us in a hollowed out bible box.  Such an awesome little touch!










As for the service...it is 100% on point!  The staff is extremely courteous, helpful and well versed.


The Darby
244 West 14th Street
NY, NY 10014
212.242.4411
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday 6pm-12am
Sunday Closed
http://thedarbynyc.com/


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bill's Bar & Burger

I can't begin to tell you how many late night soirees have ended with a meal at BR guests Bill's Bar & Burger.  I always go to the Meatpacking District location, however, there is another location in Rockefeller Center.  This place has hands down THE BEST BONELESS CHICKEN WINGS EVER!!! Their burgers are juicy, cooked to perfection and do not forget to order the disco fries!!

Holy 6 mile run in the morning to burn off this meal but it is well worth the calories...

Boneless Chicken Wings $7.75

Disco Fries $4.75


Monday, October 3, 2011

Who doesn't love a good pickle?

I have a fever and the only prescription is more pickles!  

I must confess I have a pickle addiction! My refrigerator is always stocked with two to three different types of pickles at a time and I am constantly perusing speciality grocery stores in the city looking for another type of pickle I haven't tried.  

Finally I stumbled upon what I consider to be pickle heaven...


Horman's Best Pickles pitches their tent right on 6th Avenue and Carmine Street.  Whether rain or shine they're there Monday-Friday 12pm-9pm.     All of their  flavors are brilliant and the pickles are as fresh as fresh gets!













This company has put their own stamp on the pickling world with unique flavor offerings such as spicy sour pickles, horseradish pickles, jalapeno pickles and brown mustard pickles.




  
Pickles sell for $5-$6 a pint or $7-$10 a quart...or you can walk away with one on a stick for $1.

Check them out and get away from all of the artificial flavor and coloring that are in the pickles you buy from the grocery store!






Saturday, October 1, 2011

Gotham Bar & Grill

I'm not going to lie...I have been sitting on this review for quite some time and out of sheer intimidation. Gotham Bar and Grill is and will forever remain one of my favorite restaurants to dine at in NYC. I realize this is a bold statement, however, it's safe to say that Chef Alfred Portale has revolutionized modern American cuisine and has executed it so flawlessly that it would be extremely difficult for even the most talented of chefs to top! Make no mistake you will drop a pretty penny in this dining experience (it cost us $150 a head) but it's worth every single cent! You will not come upon a culinary experience like this that often and not many are capable or talented enough to provide it with such impeccable consistency.

At Gotham Bar & Grill you have a choice of ordering a la carte or you may decide to go with the chef's tasting menu ($110 limited availability). During lunch they offer a Greenmarket Fall lunch pre-fixe menu ($25) if you would like the experience at a fraction of the cost.

We decided to go a la carte...

Seafood salad ($21) Japanese octopus, scallops, squid, lobster and avocado












Cold smoked Tasmanian sea trout with baby fennel, celery hearts and meyer lemon pumpernickel croutons ($20)











Roasted Muscovy duck ($39) with a sweet potato, foie gras, kale and bacon sausage in a balsamic vinegar reduction











Truffle crusted Atlantic halibut ($38) Romanesco cauliflower, baby leeks and mushroom fricassee in a verjus emulsion














Look at the presentation of these desserts. Almost too pretty to eat!!























Our server's name was Daniel aka The Colonel and if you want the perfect dining experience you'll request him. He is a restaurant owners wet dream! His timing is impeccable and he possess complete knowledge of what he's selling. He made our evening a perfect one!

Didn't hurt that he brought us this complimentary plate of petite fours with our check. We were a little buzzed by now as you can see. High from the alcohol and drunk from this culinary love fest. :)












Gotham Bar & Grill
12 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 620.4020
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thurs 12pm-2:15pm, 5:30-10pm
Friday 12pm-2:15pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Saturday 5pm-11pm
Sunday 5pm-10pm
http://www.gothambarandgrill.com/