Thursday, March 26, 2015

Via Emilia

47 E. 21st, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 6
In brief: M's away, it's rainy and I'm craving comfort in ragu sauce. 03-26 Via Emilia
I can practically track every time M. is away by the amount of tagliatelle al ragu I've had solo at Via Emilia.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Shuka Truck

5th Ave north of 21st St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 1
In brief: I'm amazed at The Shuka Truck, what an unusual idea to create a food truck around shakshouka, mostly because it's strange to imagine a dish that is normally served in cast iron pans coming to you in plastic takeout containers. 03-24 Shuka Truck
Still the plastic container does little to diminish the great tasting eggs coming out of The Shuka Truck. We tried a salad and chips, both quite nice accompaniments to the shakshouka. Definitely looking forward to going back.

Indikitch

25 W. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 5
In brief: Still long lines, still good bang for buck. Some changes to the menu.
03-23 Indikitch
No one can explain why Indikitch needs to use one fry pan per order but everyone who stands in the long line agrees, it just seems inefficient. It's nice to see they're trying some changes to the menu. There is now a mild version of the pork vindaloo, perfect for me because it still manages to have a little kick but not so daunting as the spicy version. They've added dosa's to the menu, which look more like taco's. We didn't try this time, but I wouldn't be opposed to an essay.

Friday, March 20, 2015

New York Burger & Co.

678 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 1
In brief: Wasn't expecting much, just wanted to give it a try, and actually, it was really good.
03-20 NYBurgerCo
I walk past it every day, and never have really wondered about it because I seem to remember people (person) telling me it wasn't very good. That is potentially true I suppose, depending on what you get, and that goes with any eating establishment. But I looked on yelp and people were kind of raving about the Chelsea Burger so that's what I got. I wanted the sweet potato fries too (also recommended highly) but they didn't get that right. I also liked that there's a "mini" option with all their burgers and for $3 extra you can get fries of your choice and a fountain soda. The mini burger wasn't quite enough food, but since it came with fries and a soda which I never drink, it seemed to balance out okay. The burger was flavorful, a little dry for medium, but the 1000 island dressing really nailed it. I'm looking forward to my next visit.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Maison Kayser, mini financiers

921 Broadway, NY, NY 10010

Rating: A - Excellent
Visit #: 2
In brief: I thought last time there were three flavors in the mini financier bags but today we only got two. Sad face.
03-16 financiers

Co Ba

110 Ninth Ave, NY, NY 10011

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 1
In brief: With site meetings in the UES at least once a week, lunch pushes out too late for our usual stroll so we are slowly making our way through some take out places. Co Ba is too far to walk for us, but not to far to be delivered to! 03-16 Co Ba
The banh mi come on traditional French baguettes, which changes the texture a bit, but in a nice way. M.'s tried the pho at Co Ba before and liked it, but this cha ca banh mi (catfish sandwich) is all I've had. It's not bad, I'd try more.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Katsu-Hama 55th Street

43-45 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

Rating: 4
Visit #: 3
In brief: Children (your own) rob you of a peaceful meal
03-13 Katsuhama
Whether you have a moderately well behaved toddler or not, children until I don't know what age will rob you of having a peaceful meal when out with them. This two and little bit year old was already tired but claimed he wanted to go eat tonkatsu. I didn't believe him for a second as this is the same kid who proclaims to like sushi, green peppers and a bunch of other stuff he won't touch, nor does he even know what katsu is. That being said, that's what David and I wanted to eat so off we went. Needless to say, I ate, but it certainly wasn't pleasurable. I did get to eat a mound of cabbage which always makes me happy, as I never seem to be able to slice is as thinly as they do in restaurants.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hill Country, chocolate chip cookie

30 W. 26th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: A - Excellent
Visit #: 5
In brief: To the super nice guy manning the cashier at Hill Country today who offered us a cookie on the house next time we showed up: We'll be back! You can count on a return trip for one of our favorite neighborhood chocolate chip cookies. 03-12 chocolate chip cookie

Izakaya Nomad

13 W. 26th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 5 - Disappointed
Visit #: 1
In brief: How excited we were to stumble across a Japanese restaurant a couple blocks away on 16th St but how terribly disappointed we were by today's service experience. 03-12 Izakaya Nomad
M. and I were feeling hopefully looking at a $12-14 lunch menu at new to us, Izakaya Nomad. But we had a bit of a longer wait than told and ended up at the bar, which is normally quite fine. They even brought out a conciliatory tea, which I appreciated. But then we ordered and went through a small salad and a cup of miso soup and twice more the same question about our order. Now we're waiting. And waiting. And then someone comes out to tell us that the hot stone rice bowl is not possible because there is no more rice. It will take 20 minutes at least. I say, incredulously, no rice dishes at all? I can't have the katsu or anything that has rice in it? He sheepishly says no, only ramen. Which is, of course, not at all what I wanted for lunch. So I grudgingly acquiesce and then we wait. And wait. And wait. 15 minutes later bowls of ramen arrive. I can't say we wouldn't go back, that's how starving for Asian restaurants we are in the Flatiron, but the service experience was so overwhelming disappointing that I find it hard to want to go back anytime soon.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Maison Kayser, eclair mure-framboise

921 Broadway, NY, NY 10010

Rating: A - Excellent
Visit #: 1
In brief: M. always has a hard time photographing eclairs. Their long thing shape makes it hard to do the beauty of this mure-framboise eclair justice. 03-11 eclair mure frambois

Rosticceria @ Eataly

200 Fifth Ave, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 11 
In brief: Despite the long male dominated line (do only guys eat prime rib sandwiches for lunch), the always hectic floor of Eataly and a diminishing sandwich size, the prime rib at the Rosticerra is still one of our favorites. 03-11 Eataly Rosticceria
The Rosticceria at Eataly did away with the two sandwich sizes, which is probably smart for them, but the standard size is just a shade under too small for us to share. We supplemented with an escarole side, which was not a bad addition. The line was especially guy heavy today, probably one lady for every ten men.

Financier

62 Stone St, NY, NY 10004

Rating: A - Excellent
Visit #: 1
In brief: Financier is the master of perfectly priced desserts. They somehow manage to make desserts that are tasty and yet reasonably priced. Certainly they are not breaking boundaries with their apple tart, but the apples were fresh, the crust just right. Yet again Financier continues to impress with its mid-range selection and equally mid-range pricing. 03-10 apple galette

Adrienne's Pizza Bar

54 Stone St, NY, NY 10004

Rating: 1 - Wonderful
Visit #: 3
In brief: We don't get way downtown much but when we do, Adrienne's is hard to resist. Lunch time is packed with the local working crowd and the staff do much to facilitate the relentless flow of pizza tray after pizza tray.
03-10 Adrienne's Pizzabar
Pepperoni is the only way to go here. It's always plentiful and crisped on the edges the way pepperoni on pizza should be. They only have one size and that's a 10-slice tray of pizza, way too much for us but somehow just right for the two fellows sitting to my left. Through the first slice we didn't even speak, the overwhelming joy of a hot crusty, pepperoni laden slice had us in raptures.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Oxido

18 W. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 1
In brief: Welcome Oxido to the hood! We're pretty excited about the real quality stuff going into their burritos and rice bowls. Yay. 03-09 Oxido
Oxido, what is being called modern Mexican in a fast casual format, opened just last week to longish lines and a cheery, ruthlessly efficient staff. M. had the bowl, I tried a burrito and we were both quite taken with the meal. Fast casual yes, but not fast with the taste buds. Everything feels fresh and well considered. We're early fans!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

KOA with Saha



Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 2
In brief: The dining room was warm today, which made for a more pleasant experience
03-05 KOA
We were there not very long ago, and while we try not to repeat our lunch spot much, we couldn't resist since we owed our fabulous friend Saha lunch, and he wanted ramen.
I ordered the spicy Dan Dan Ramen, just because I wanted to explore the menu a bit although I'd be happy sticking to the chashu-ramen. My preference is definitely for the classic, but this was not bad. Spicy, but not overwhelmingly so, just at the edge where it gets too spicy for me. I wouldn't mind trying some of his other dishes, as he was the former Iron Chef Chinese in Japan. I spotted Ban Ban Ji the first time, which made me do a double take as it's one of those classic Chinese dishes that's wildly popular in Japan but I don't see it much here, or at least under that name (this is before we knew the chef was Japanese). Or maybe it'll be the fried rice - I do crave a good Japanese style fried rice.