AboutEating 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.
I am an editor at Zagat, but all opinions on this blog are mine and have nothing to do with my employer.
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Come back sunshine! We had mid-70s weather on Friday in New York—what better way to start the 2011 spring season than with an outdoor happy hour. L’Orange Bleue’s charming sidewalk cafe was perfect for flavorful French-Moroccan fare, people watching on chic Crosby Street, and lingering over lipstick-stained sangria glasses. Cheers to soon spending more Friday evenings this way.
Last week I finally got to dine at Osteria Morini, the new “casual” Michael White (of Marea fame) restaurant in SoHo. Never mind that it opened last fall; reservations are still difficult to come by. (Only 10:15 left on a Tuesday nite, a week out? Sheesh!) Lucky for us, the rain played in our favor and we were able to get a walk-in after a short wait.
I’m always skeptical of big name restaurants—and I’m not obsessed with Italian food—but let me tell you: this place is one of my new favorites. Every morsel was delicious, from the carefully selected cheese plate…
…to the most perfectly cooked pasta (that’s the Gramigna: macaroni in a pork sausage and tomato sauce—absolutely mind blowing, despite small portion)…
…to one of the best desserts I’ve ever had: a chocolate/caramel torte with cranberries on top and a scoop of coffee gelato. Worth coming back just for this alone.
I can’t recommend it enough. Delicious food, cozy environment, and reasonable prices for what you’re getting. Already looking forward to my return visit.
Hugs and Kisses green tea (served with rock candy stir stick), hamburger, smoked turkey club with raspberry jam on whole grain bread.
Sometimes you just need a healthy meal, but not necessarily one that tastes like it. Sanctuary T is the perfect place for that. The menu is chock full of organic and vegetarian fare (but also free range beef burgers), and an insane collection of loose leaf teas (I’m guessing somewhere close to 100 varieties). Although the tea is spendy ($10 for a 2 ounce canister), I love giving them as gifts, especially the New York-inspired flavors (SoHo Breakfast, SoHo Chai). The open wall space on trendy but peaceful lower West SoHo tops off the whole experience.
As professed earlier, I’m on a mission to try all ten Keith McNally restaurants. Although I’ve never been overly impressed with any of the ones I’ve visited, the man is just so fascinating that I want to love them all. Unfortunately interesting people don’t always create amazing restaurants.
Scrambled eggs “in” puff pastry, with wild mushrooms and asparagus
Towards the end of April I had brunch at Balthazar. Although I worship its take-out cafe (best croissants, best ginger citrus tea), the brunch menu was extremely underwhelming (only a handful of choices, less than what’s listed on the website) and extremely overpriced (everything around $20). When the food came out, it looked like it had been grabbed off a fast food line. French toast was flopped on a plate with two slices of bacon criss-crossed on top of it; a pile of scrambled eggs with a puff pastry thrown on the side. I have no problem paying good money for good food, but paying $20 for mediocre poached eggs? Never again.
And the service! I understand the draw of this place is the larger-than-life, wide open brasserie, and yes, of course it’s going to be packed. But when a food runner ran into my mom’s chair, spilled her water, looked at it, and then walked away without doing anything, that’s when I vowed I was so over this restaurant.
Grilled asparagus at Pulino’s
But not over McNally yet. Last week I finally made it to his newest venture, Pulino’s. What a difference a couple city blocks make. Although the food wasn’t anything unique, it was good. It wasn’t the best pizza I ever had, but the ingredients were fresh and delicious, and I’d come back if there wasn’t a wait. My favorite part of the experience was the inventive cocktail menu, chock full of liquors and concoctions I’d never heard of. An extra bonus: the staff was excellent. Without us saying anything, a manager came over to fix our wobbly table, and our waiter actually seemed like he was enjoying his shift.
Funghi pizza: mushrooms, tomato, mozzarella, pancetta & grana
Now that it looks like we’re solidly heading into fall weather, it’s time to name my favorite restaurant of the summer. Spring Street Natural isn’t necessarily the restaurant I ate at most frequently, but its healthy, light, sometimes vegan, seasonal food makes the perfect al fresco meal. Not to mention the reasonable prices and great people watching location on the corner of Lafayette and Spring. Here are a few snaps of what I’ve enjoyed.
Apple Carrot Celery Juice.
Vegetable Tofu Cashew Croquettes in carrot ginger dressing, mango slaw, and sauteed greens.
Mixed Berry Crisp with soy pomegranate ice cream. This is the best thing I’ve ever had here, and hands down the best ice cream/gelato/sorbet/icy treat I’ve ever had in my life.
Vegetable Spring Rolls with napa cabbage, carrots, seasonal mushrooms, fresh cilantro and ginger; served with sweet chili-plum sauce.
Breaded Tilapia Sandwich. This is the worst thing I’ve ever had here (way too bland), but as I’ve said before, SSN has the best ketchup in the city. So side of fries + ketchup= Happy Molly.