Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Rye House

11 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 3
In brief: Good solid and tasty lunch today - we felt like we were crashing a man's establishment.
04-01 Rye
We haven't to Rye House in a looong time, we almost forget it's around. Since our last visit, they've added a lunch special which for $16 gets you salad + soup + sandwich, which is really quite nice especially since they serve it in separate courses, but perhaps too much food for us from the looks of it. For the very masculine crowd, it may be perfect. We shared a burger and salad, and both were very good verging on too salty, but enjoyable. The fries were also quite good. I guess we shouldn't wait another year and a half to pay a visit.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ennju

20 E. 17th St, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 8
In brief: We venture out of the comforting salmon skin bowl into new territory. 03-31 Ennju
M. has been wanting to try the curry at Ennju for awhile now and I thought maybe I could assuage a fried chicken craving with some katsu. The bowl comes with an overwhelming egg covering the entire ginormous portion of rice so it didn't exactly fulfill what I was looking for, but the tastes were pretty nice. I don't think I realized before how large the portions are at Ennju. Hopefully next time we will be in the mood to share something. I will be happier coming here when the weather really turns to spring and heavy jackets aren't competing with the already limited space left to the tables and chairs.

Monday, March 30, 2015

New York Burger Co.

678 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 2
In brief: It's strange that outside the establishment there's signs for their chili, but it's nowhere to be found on their menu.
03-30 NY Burger Co
After my recent trip to New York Burger Co, we were tipped on their tasty hot dogs, so we had to go back. I got the chili dog, Y the plain hot dog, and really I think she should have opted for the chili dog. Not too heavy, not too chili-y, or cheesy, just right and filling and the dog was pretty tasty.
I got to try their onion rings which I enjoyed quite a bit, except that they are delicious for only about 30 seconds (they are still pretty good afterwards but cools down way too quickly). Anyway, still a decent fast casual place to have in the hood.


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