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Eating my way through the Big Apple and around the world.

Always in favor of extraordinary flavor versus saving a few calories, I’m constantly seeking the best restaurants, recipes, and random little food finds. This blog chronicles my discoveries, most of which are located in New York City, the foodie heaven I am fortunate to call home.

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9 November 2009

The Standard Grill, Meatpacking District

On Friday I made the rare proclamation, “I want a burger.” Being in the neighborhood, I decided to try the new Standard Grill for lunch.

This burger was quite possibly one of the top five burgers I’ve ever had in my life. Granted I don’t eat them often, but it was thick, juicy, and came with a large side of perfectly crisp fries. Much, much better than my friend’s turkey club, which could have come from any no name diner.

Other notes:

  • Love the clean brasserie feel. The restaurant gets tons of light (at lunch) and is beautiful.
  • We had great hostesses, but a horrible waitress. Very bad service.
  • The bathrooms! They appear totally unmarked so you have no idea which side is for men and which for women (I just read there is a coin on the floor that tells you). Disaster waiting to happen.

Overall, the food and the fun scene will keep me coming back. Can’t wait to try it for dinner, although the bright, casual lunch will definitely be a redo.

24 March 2009

Vento, Meatpacking District—CLOSED

Vento is not one of my favorite restaurants. I don’t think it is outstanding. I do think they offer solid food at reasonable prices, especially for the neighborhood. And when summer finally arrives, they have one of the best patios in the city.

They’re offering some great recession specials right now, and at these prices, the place is definitely worth a visit. We took advantage of the Sunday and Monday pizza or pasta + wine or beer for $13 (basically a free drink). I had the Linguine Verdi: spinach pasta, chicken, peas, mushrooms, garlic and oil. It was tasty, not mind blowing, but tasty. They’re also running a weekday (including Fridays) three course prix fixe menu for $24.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh