Friday, November 21, 2014

Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery

380 Lafayette, NY, NY 10012

Rating: A - Excellent
Visit #: 1
In brief: Even a day later, the cannelle from Lafayette are quite delicious. I loved the burnt exterior and vanilla flavoring. With the additional of Dough, and the strong presence of Maison Kayser, we are starting to get some nice afternoon dessert options up here in the Flatiron. We could use a couple more though, like Lafayette or friend Oro Bakery. Hint. Hint. 11-21 cannelle

Mira Sushi

46 E. 22nd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 9
In brief: In which we try the vegan sesame soba noodles as recommended by Village Voice and find the results just fine. 11-21 Mira Sushi
We go to Mira Sushi alot for a place that we have yet to find something good to eat. It's affordable and less than a block away. What's more to recommend.

Cinnamon Snail

22nd St, close to Fifth Ave, NY, NY 10010

Rating: B - Above Average
Visit #: 1
In brief: The glazed donuts at Cinnamon Snail are similar to Doughnut Plant, so if you like that sort of thing, good for you. In a strict bang for buck evaluation, I might spend my extra bucks at DP instead of the $2 for this smallish one. 11-20 plain glazed doughnut


Zero Otto Nove

15 W. 21st St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 8
In brief: Oh this place, Zero Otto Nove, we love it here. 11-20 Zero Otto Nove
Sometimes I want to go somewhere where the service is impeccable in that old school traditional way but the bill won't kill our wallets, and Zero Otto Nove is it for us. We share the Carmanuccio pizza and an insalata tonno and leave happily satiated. The Carmanuccio pizza is probably one of the better red tomato sauce pizzas you could have. There is just enough melted, grated parmesan to give every bite a taste of the sharpness that cheese brings to pizza, but not so much your stomach feels laden.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Russ & Daughters Cafe, with O

127 Orchard St, NY, NY 10002

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 1
In brief: We finally make it to the newly (ish) opened cafe of Russ & Daughters and are pleased with the results. 11-19 Russ & Daughters Cafe
Pickled herring and cold appetizers is not exactly cold weather fare, or is it, but the new Russ and Daughters Cafe is so charming and weirdly old/new school, that we didn't even notice the arctic temps outside. I loved everything we tried, the rye bread, the chopped liver, the divine matzoh ball soup, the Holland herring, the latkes and even the knishes. The only thing trouble with old school charm is the service is slower than you might want if you had to get back to work. This is a place I wish were in my neighborhood where I could pop by anytime for a perfect bowl of matzoh ball soup and a plate of chopped liver.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Schnipper's

23 E. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 6
In brief: A winning combo in the crispy chicken fillet sandwich and sloppy joe. 11-18 Schnipper's
The only trouble with the crispy chicken/ sloppy joe combo at Schnipper's is the eternal marmite vs. jam dilemma that M. and I had every morning we lived together on Forbes Ave. It didn't matter if you started savory or sweet, it was impossible to decide which to end on. In the winter we would huddled near the toaster oven, usually wrapped in a scarf and woolen hat, waiting for the toaster to pop. Each new piece we cut into half and then half again, never able to decide what to end with.

Monday, November 17, 2014

BXL Zoute, with Sandra

50 W. 22nd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 4
In brief: The service is classically slow in that European mode of things, but a relatively nice place to have Belgian style french fries, they're good, and a properly dressed salad. 11-17 BXL
We had gotten all excited about getting omelets for lunch, but there aren't actually any omelets on the menu at BXL Zoute, I don't know why not. Nothing appealed to M. so I forced her to split a steak frites and house salad. It was a nicely charred steak and the french fries are good so I'm going to say that was a win. This picture looks a lot sadder than it tasted.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Bao

13 St Marks Pl, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 1
In brief: Thank goodness for Bionic Bites, who pointed us in the direction of The Bao11-13 The Bao
It took us awhile to parse the menu and figure out what to try. We ended up with sauteed string beans, wonton in spicy sauce, cucumber garlic and the famed crabmeat pork soup dumplings. Everything was delicious. The wonton shell was delicate with a slight yield and a perfectly balanced filling. The spicy sauce was spicy but not fire engine red. The only sad moment were the string beans, though through no fault of the preparation. The saute part was well done but the string beans themselves were not the best. Everything was so lovely that we will be traveling to the East Village again soon for lunch at The Bao.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Barn Joo

893 Broadway, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 2
In brief: A better experience at Barn Joo than our first try. It helps that the lunch menu is priced a little more reasonably. 11-12 Barn Joo
We split chicken wings and tacos. They were fine. Not good enough to satisfy a true Korean craving, but certainly a nice, and different, option to have in the neighborhood. Next time we might try the sliders, as noted from an initial visit, or the bi bim bap as everyone seemed to be eating today. Oh and the yuzu lemonade that came with our taco lunch special was suuuuper good. Definitely ordering that again.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Forger's City Grocer

233 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011

Rating: B - Above Average
Visit #: 1
In brief: Great taste and texture, a little heavy on the salt and chocolate chips (as you can see from the photo).
11-11 chocolate chip sea salt cookie

Forger's City Grocer

233 8th Ave, NY 10011

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 1
In brief: Lunch is a self service buffet affair, but at night Forger's is a proper restaurant. 11-11 Forager's City Grocer
M. highly recommends going for dinner at the Chelsea branch of Forger's, or even brunch. We stopped by for a slightly above average lunch, which, at the end of the day, is still just a buffet of a couple hot meats, starchy sides and a salad bar. The roast chicken is super delicious with everything else ok. But the roast chicken is so super delicious that it's worth picking up the next time you're hosting a dinner party and are too pressed for time to cook. Or for Sunday suppers like we used to have at my cousin's in France.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Lenny's

16 W. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 7
In brief: The #2 Italian Combo does not disappoint. 11-10 Lenny's
As usual, the #2 Italian Combo from Lenny's, on a hero, utterly satisfies. Afterward we took a leisurely walk to the UPS store on these last warm days of fall. I feel like I keep saying that and that the weather keeps promising to turn cold but it hasn't yet. NOT that I am complaining.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Taqueria Diana, with Gordon

129 2nd Ave, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 1
In brief: A pretty good, sort of Mission style, burrito at Taqueria Diana, though certainly not so earth shattering that it's worth traveling far for.
11-07 Taqueria Diana
The first couple bites I thoroughly enjoyed but after awhile the amount of rice was too daunting. Gordon downed the whole thing but M. and I barely made it through, they're big. Also, if you're looking for a place to sit, the sitting area is limited to a dozen or so bar stools in the back. Despite my petty little complaints, Taqueria Diana is a great choice for Mexican in the East Village. I would go there if I lived nearby.

Ennju

20 E. 17th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 7
In brief: A little bland this time around, but the kara age is a great lunch at Ennju to add to our usual order of salmon skin don. 11-06 Ennju
A long time ago someone ordered the kara age and it was really good, but we had kind of forgotten about it until yesterday's cold wet weather had us wishing for something a little more warming than the usual salmon skin don. We split a small plate of cucumber salads and a huge plate of the kara age (fried chicken) and even though it was on the bland side, we walked out feeling pretty satisfied with ourselves.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Doughnut Plant

220 W. 23rd St, NY, NY 10011

Rating: A- Excellent
Taste #: 10
In brief: We don't need it to be National Doughnut Day to enjoy doughnuts two days in a row. 11-05 glazed vanilla doughnut