Saturday, November 30, 2013
Back to the classics. While Cafeteria has been around since the 90's, it is far from a has-been. It maintains a popularity and with good reason. American comfort with value. Yes, there may be some attitude, but that is what you are paying for. I was there twice in the last two weeks and satisfied with both meals and ambience. The first time, we were seated by a big, beautiful drag queen and I loved it. The tomato soup with crème fraiche is delish. The biscuits that come with were a great surprise. Big bold flavor. You could go with a soup and half-sammie for $11 and be full. The mac and cheese for $9- cheddar and fontina was quite good. Especially loved the meatloaf with garlic mashed, green beans and tomato relish for $18. The entrees top out at $25 which is reasonable for prime Chelsea/Flatiron. The best part is the seating for four-tops on the corner and by the windowed front. Iconic! GO!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The bagels at Beygl are exceptional, with floavor that you don't find in traditional bagels. The addition of brown sugar plus the kettle boil creates an authentic bagel with a unique flavor. I love Beygl's bagels. The bagels are divided into two types- traditional and artisan. I lean towards the artisan because of their originality. The sea-salt and cracked pepper as well as the rosemary, olive oil are my personal faves. The bagels are baked from light to dark so all bread mavens like myself can find one done to their liking Some yummy spreads and delicious coffee make this a great morning pit-stop, but if you don't live in "the Slope", these bagels are worth the trip. GO! GO!
Monday, October 28, 2013
Pastai is an elegant restaurant on 9Ave. making it's own pastas near enough to Giovvani Rana at Chelsea Market that I was suspicious about it's food. The quality of the pasta and it's preparation is outstanding. The room is oddly configured with the kitchen in the middle, but no matter. The yeasty bread comes out with lovely fruity Italian olive oil. The insalata mista was a fine salad with romaine and radicchio was a fresh treat. We tried the strained pasta which is shredded with a pesto like sauce, the flavor was great, but loving my pasta whole I was not a fan. The buccatini Ametriana was the best buccatini, I have ever tasted. Thicker than most, with the sensational sauce- amazing. GO!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Hometown rocks the Red Hook scene with real deal barbecue with a Brooklyn twist. Sunday sandwiches are served on Caputo onion rolls. Pickles from Brooklyn Brine add mega flavor to the said sandwich. At $11 with a mini potato salad, it is a filling enough portion. Add on sides at $4 for even more Americana fun. The beans with pieces of meat is an intense flavor fest- deep red looking like a mole. Creamy mac and cheese and good smokey collards. There is good beer to wash down all that barbecue, I went with a Shiner from Texas- amber, fruity, and tasty. The spot is still not ready for primetime servicewise, but once they are you can expect warehouse sized crowds for slamin' Brooklyn barbecue. GO!
Do you like custard- I do. There used to be more custard in NYC, now the Shake Shack franchise is the number one custard seller. This is Midwestern style from a genuine Midwestern girl and true Midwestern milk products. Frozen custard is very popular in the Midwest and has a dense creamy texture due to the addition of egg yolks. 5OZ has a smaller batch flavor than Shake Shack. The chocolate is really chocolatey and you could customize your custard with yummy add-ons. Fudge, caramel sauce, fleur de sel, and homemade whipped cream. These extras make you a mad custard scientist and flavor combos comfort and rock your palate. The soothing farmhouse interior has a nice bathroom, plants and lovely place to devour your custard concoction. About $7 with add-ons.
Ganso is a mega popular ramen joint in the once bargain land of Downtown Brooklyn. They also have killer Japanese food and a great lunch special for $12. I have been there twice and both times have had the lunch bento plate. The choices all sound great- Tonkatsu, chicken cooked under a brick with a special sauce, wings, but I had the salmon teriyaki both times. The salmon is of high quality with a sauce that is not over-sweet like some of the cheaper joints. The plate, not box is served with a generous and tasty salad, a Japanese yam, seaweed and rice with black sesames. The food here is a welcome respite from the fast food joints in the area. The mega- thrift Unique or huge Goodwill or emptyish Macy's makes Ganso a fun weekend destination if your not brunching. GO!
Monday, September 30, 2013
Picnic showcases regional American food from the Midwest in a lovely corner East Village restaurant. I went when they were just opened a few days and service was very new, and friendly. Went with a sandwich was one of the best values on the menu. Pulled pork, rootbeer barbecue, corn and coleslaw. One side comes with and I went with sweet potato casserole. $13 for the combo. The sandwich was good, but the sweet potato casserole was velvety goodness. Lots of great American fare on the menu here with good value to boot. GO!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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Thursday, July 18, 2013
The French have landed on our shores and more Maison's will follow with a new one in Chelsea soon. Eric Kayser trained in France and traveled the globe utilizing French training and natural leavening. The breads and pastries are baked by Frenchmen utilizing French techniques and are impressive. Lunch began with a bag of beautiful breads- baguette, an unusual chestnut bread with walnuts colored by turmeric was a sweet, exotic treat. For savory, I went with a corn soup with feta and tomatoes- a light puree with tasty feta, but a little underseasoned with less than crunchy corn. A hot chocolate was a dense French concoction made more summer-like with requested ice. The citron/milk chocolate cookie tasted like a Madeline more than a cookie, but was delicious nonetheless. Pastries look divine, but in the middle of summer, I must postpone major sampling for awhile. The space is very modern with cramped seating. Still- GO! GO!