Thursday, December 18, 2014

Essigbrätlein

Weinmarkt 3, Nuremberg Germany

Rating: 1 - Wonderful
Visit #: 1
In brief: A tour de force of how powerful vegetables can be in a series of dishes forming the dinner tasting menu at Essigbrätlein. 12-17 Essigbratlein Turnip
12-17 Essigbratlein Sturgeon
It's not lunch, I realize, but our postings these couple of weeks have been so irregular I figure you might enjoy seeing what was on the tasting menu for dinner last night at little known Essigbrätlein in Nuremberg. Not to mention, a girl can only eat so much salami and sausage before wanting something for contrast. The chef has made a name for himself in the exploration of all the parts and bits of vegetables and it shows in the trio of amuse-buches that came out, in the absolutely marvelous green beans or the crispy kale with sturgeon. Attentive service, a small dining room and white wine pairings to match, I was throughly impressed.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Karstadt

Konigstrasse 14 Nuremberg, Germany

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 1
In brief: Think of Harrod's or Dean and Deluca's, and the basement level of Karstadt will feel right at home for you. 12-15 cold cuts
There is no end to the variety of cold cuts and salami in Germany. Across the street from our apartment is a department store and in the basement of that department store, Karstadt, is the most amazing array of cold cuts to choose from. It's not even fancy grocers like Karstadt, but any butcher's or bodega-type store. I could spend days trying everyone and still not get through everything.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Breakfast Club

Schleifmühlgasse 12-14 1040 Vienna

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 1
In brief: The smallest place tucked away on a small street yields a marvelous late morning brunch for some tired New Yorkers in Vienna. 12-13 The Breakfast Club
The posting is irregular here at Lunch Studio but rest assured we continue to eat. This weekend I spent in Vienna with some old friends from New York. Saturday morning there were experiencing strong jet lag waking up so we didn't make it out of the apartment until well after noon. But a little bit of research and we found ourselves at this most charming and small place, titled, aptly enough, The Breakfast Club. It felt like a bunch of friends opened a little restaurant and the only people who go there are their friends or friends of friends. We ordered enough food to fill the entire table and ate and ate and ate until it was all gone. Highly recommended on your next visit to Vienna.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bratwurst Roslein

Rathausplatz, 6 Nuremberg 90403 Germany

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 1
In brief: Because of course I'm super happy if I'm eating sausages. 12-10 Nuremberg
One half of us, the Y half, will be posting from Nuremberg Germany for the next two weeks, working remotely from a rented apartment in the city center. Which also means, the only thing you will see for the next two weeks will be these Nuremberger Rostbratwurst, small thin grilled sausages unique to the city of Nuremberg. For 3 € you can pick up three tucked into a hard roll on almost any street in center city.  They are everywhere. I've had one every day. Last night we went to Bratwurst Roslein, very typical German fare, and I had a plate of them with a mushy potato salad and warm red cabbage kraut.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Baked

279 Church St, NY, NY 10013

Rating: A - Excellent
Visit #: 1
In brief: Look no further for your banana bread craving than Baked. I stopped by the newly opened Tribeca location over the weekend and debated heavily whether or not to try the chocolate chip banana bread. I feared it would be too laden with chocolate or too sweet for our tastes. Lo and behold, it was perfection instead. The slight bits of chocolate balanced the sweetness of the banana and overall it wasn't too sweet at all. Even two days later, it made for a delicious afternoon snack. 12-02 banana bread

Burdick

5 East 20th St, NY, NY 10003

Rating: C - Average
Visit #: 1
In brief: The cannele at Burdick looks pretty enough, and while the crunchy exterior is satisfying, something about the taste is not quite there. 12-03 cannelles

Mizu Sushi

29 E. 20th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 5 - Disappointed
Visit #: 1
In brief: Our expectations were fairly low to begin with, but the lunch boxes turned out even a notch below that. 12-03 Mizu Sushi
When the "entree" portion of a lunch bento box disappoints, there is not much to save the meal. Everything else, the California roll, shumai and salad, was pretty much as you would expect at a place that bills itself as "Japanese and Thai" but is actually a front for sub-par sushi. This is not to say that Mizu doesn't have a bustling lunch service, they do. The tables were filled, take-out orders went out all afternoon. It's just not for us, but we had guessed it wouldn't be.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Homes Kitchen

22 E. 21st St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 14
In brief: Comforting food for a cold wet day. 12-02 Homes Kitchen
I must be stocking up on my Asian food fix before leaving for Germany for a couple weeks. Yesterday we had Japanese, today Chinese, tomorrow I'll have to drag M. up to K-town for kimchi. We often end up at Homes Kitchen on rainy days, I'm guessing there is something subconscious about wanting the comfort of white rice in inclement weather.

Baked

279 Church St, NY, NY 10013

Rating: B - Above Average
Visit #: 1
In brief: I suspect Baked cupcakes should be eaten fresh out of the oven else they do get a little dry over the course of a day. Still I love the smaller sizes and the light as air frosting. 12-01 cupcake

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ootoya

8 W 18th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 10
In brief: As always, a filling and fulfilling lunch at Ootoya. At least from my stomach's point of view.12-01 Ootoya
I figured out the trick to having the mini salmon don at Ootoya and not leaving stuffed full to the gills. Don't eat the miso soup. It's that extra bowl of soup that just tips you over the edge from fully satiated to about to burst. Or maybe that's just me and if you're a big hearty eater you will appreciate the laden trays.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gateau Breton

Rating: A - Excellent
Taste #: 1
In brief: As promised by Heidi, a little time in the toaster oven and this gateau breton she brought over the other day made the perfect afternoon snack. Delish Heidi!
11-25 Breton Cake

Chandni

11 W. 29th St, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 4
In brief: Our happiness knows no bounds at Chandni. Never change. 11-25 Chandni
It's so rare to find a deeply filling lunch for less than $10 that isn't a couple of salad greens tossed together, but Chandni continues to provide heaping plates of chicken curry, vegetable entree of your choosing all on a bed of rice so big the plate threatens to break in half. Even when I add a ginger ale and the irresistible nan, my total bill was still less than $10. Amazing.

Toby's Estate at Club Monaco

160 5th Ave, NY, NY 10010

Rating: B - Above Average
Visit #: 2
In brief: The first time we had the banana bread at Toby's, it was more bread than banana and it's still not as sweet as banana breads tend towards, but that just means we like it more. 11-24 bananabread

Osteria del Principe

27 E. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 3
In brief: Without a compelling lunch special, Osteria del Principe is just another Italian joint offering decent pastas at a price point a smidgeon too high to enjoy daily. 11-24 Osteria del Principe
Though we didn't have pasta yesterday. I like a good bresaola salad, and Osteria del Principe makes a good one, though, as always with salads for lunch, I was hungry by early evening. There is an over abundance of Italian restaurants in the Flatiron, ones that serve good pasta with nice sauces, but that cost upwards of $15 a plate. And every time we eat at one, we can't help but leave wishing a little outpost of Pepe Rosso would come to the 'hood. They would do exceedingly well here.

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