Monday, August 1, 2016
Gristmill rolls into the 5th Ave line up with serious chef cred. Jake was pastry chef at two big players- Gramercy Tavern & Union Square Cafe. The attention to detail and farm focus knocks this local spot into the big leagues. A fab imported Italian wood burning oven cooks the pizza and roasts the meats and fish. I thought the menu was pizza focused, but is more shareable smaller plates. There is also a flour awareness- utilizing different flours for cooking pizza and breads something I'm personally really into now thanks to Zak the Baker(Miami) & Brooklyn Bread Lab(Bushwick) Ate: Summer squash soup Casio e pepe garlic knot Roasted Pork shoulder Total: $38 The garlic knot made with wheat bread is topped with Grana Padano is hot crunchy & savory. The soup is so fine pureed with crunchy root veg to pick & play with. The pork shoulder with yogurt & mint blew my mind- roasted perfectly pink inside with a little Mediterranean.action it's outside char with the flavor combo was orgasmic. The open kitchen was where I watched the culinary magic, I would imagine their buttermilk blueberry pie is outstanding, maybe next time. Love the Keith Haring sink in the Lou btw. Brooklyn you lucky.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Stunningly sensuous spectacular dining experience. It says French on Yelp, but this is Alsatian food very German influenced. The main dining room is a sophisticated room with round creme. Banquettes and a few artfully placed pillows. This meal was stellar. Ate: Two course savory $52 plus desert $16 plus wine $15 Lunch Dorade with green tomato marmalade w/ coriander fennel foam Young organic poussin w/ licorice jus Decadent blackberry over chocolate mouse & milk chocolate w/ caramel glaze The foods starts coming and doesn't stop. Amuse bouche looks like a beach scene with umbrellas & coconut mango cold soup. The kugelof w/ scallions & fromage blanc is a mix of cake & bread kind of like a brioche. That's the first bread course. The dorade with its foamy top is lick the bowl amazing. The poussin was very good & loved the licorice jus. Second bread was whole wheat ficelle with cultured butter. Dessert was a work of art & the special milk chocolate mousse with caramel was bananas. Not finished, a coconut shell with house made stunning chocolates arrived. #PUREPLEASURE #PERIOD!
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Celebrity driven Jue Lan has that Old Shanghai feel in the Flatiron.Lots of circular velvety booths offer cushiony comfort and clever culinary choices. This is a pricey foray to the upper crust, but worth it if you are so well pocketed. The food is delicious and service attentive as it should be. My entree and veggie came to $36. The green shrimp with spinach and cashews is super duper as was bok chop with ginger. Lots of sumptuous drinks at brunch as well as Al Sharpton and Paul Giamatti this past Sunday. A fine experience at a price. GO!
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016
The only salvation was the free fries that came to the table while waiting endlessly to order. So much ineptitude among very good food. Let's grind out this lunch experience. Ate: Fries Giardanara Fish on a bun with cabbage and tartar sauce Toasted marshmallow milk shake The good: the food is very good. Fries tasted like they were cooked in duck fat. Fish on a home made bun was tasty. Giardinara added a vinegary kick to the savory. The toasted marshmallow was the Star of the Show with house churned ice-cream and a taste that was off the charts. The unfortunate: The Salvation franchise loves the Pod Hotels- this space with 4 booths(the only comfy seething) has slim counters with stools and tables with stools. Not a comfortable dining experience at all. I asked over and over for a table and finally got one, but waiting for my credit card to return for fifteen minutes seemed like an eternity. I would return for the stellar shake though. SLOW GO!
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
El Original is quite orginal in it's gigantic 7000 foot space in the once seedy stretch of 10th Ave in the Skyline Hotel. It's design is sleek while giving a bow to it's Tex-Mex identity it is gorgeous. Sliding windows with booths and generously spaced tables give you a feeling of space in central Manhattan, how rare. The food is authentic and tasty. Start with warm chips with salsa and order the wicked chile con queso. The queso with bits of tomatoes is gooey and the perfect compliment to your chips and the main. I went with the sour cream enchiladas with chicken and refried beans, topped with sour cream sauce and monterrey jack cheese. Wow- there is a flavor goddess in there as this dish packed a flavor punch. Topping off the meal were Texas pralines- a brown sugary concoction with pecans. Tasty, food, in a generous unique space, El Original rocks. GO! GO!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Step inside the budoir like room inside the Ludlow hotel and be prepared for a rare feast.Major food group succeeds in dishing dirty, delicious French and North African fare. The warm flat bread with herby cheese is a cross between a Turkish bread and crepe. I went straight for the main of Black Sea bass, clams in a holy basil pistol served en papilote. I ordered the oven bakeD cabbage with. Both dishes tasted of Marseilles on a warm summer night. The portions are small, but packed with flavor. Dirty or not Dirty French is wicked. GO! GO!
Saturday, January 24, 2015
In a charming brownstowne, Boulevard Bistro awaits. The room is on the first floor of a corner brownstone lined with banquettes and two communal tables and a small bar. This is an intimate space with friendly folks there to please. The biscuit to start is perfect. Dark, hot and flavorful served with a Louisiana can sugar butter- this is addictive. I went with the grouper with corn and tomatoes. The grouper wasn't as satisfying. The corn was not fresh and the grouper was underseasoned to taste. The idea of a great soul food spot in Harlem is so appealing, but foodwise things are a bit uneven. Maple whipped sweets fared better, but I would venture back for the biscuit alone. GO!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Danny Meyer knows how to run a restaurant and Marta is no exception. Housed in the soaring space of the newly renovated Martha Washington Hotel, Marta looks impressive with it's grand, massive and modern pizza ovens. Service is polished as would be expected. You can order a 4 oz beer which is super convenient for a casual drinker. Food has it's stars and it's dim lights. I have eaten here twice and both times were pleased and dissapointed in the same meal. The highlights are the pizza and anything cooked in the oven. The fiore di late pizza with zucchine blossoms and fresh mozzarella soars with it's great cheese and inventive toppings, but it wasn't served hot enough for my pizza taste. The creamed corn arriving in a cast iron skillet is a superstar. A salad of escarole- we asked to substitute blue cheese for another arrived without the blue cheese, but with no cheese and balsamic vinegraitte was a little staid. The pizza bianchi was also tasty. A fish dish arrived perfectly cooked- rare in the middle- fleshy and juicy. Housemade gelato's are a nice finish. GO!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Fall incarnation of Madison Square Eats is on again till October 5th. Still warm days and cooler nights are the perfect time to enjoy this recurring outdoor culinary marketplace in Madison Square Park. Lots of tables under the vistas of the Met Life Building and surrounding park provide an ideal alfresco dining experience. The line-up this fall includes some familiar standards and some new restaurants. Gumbo Bros. brings bold Cajun and Creole flavors to the park. Gumbo with shrimp and spicy Andouille sausage over rice heat things up. The artisanal breads and divine baked goods by Bread Bakery are among New York’s best and most innovative. Try the chocolate babka or three chocolate chip cookie. Roberta’s Bushwick Brooklyn Pizza and their wood fired oven brings warmth and great pizza to the park. Red Hook Lobster Pound is there for the freshest lobster- love the Connecticut roll with butter and lemon only. Meaty meals by Cannibal Beer and Butcher, Arancini Brothers and some Mexican inspired barbecue by Mexicue. More Mexican is served by Calexico. Also at Madison Square Eats are Asia Dog, Tacumbi Taco, Pig and Khao and Nu Nu Chocolates and more. Bring your pals after work to chow down outdoors at Madison Square Park.