Here are some fun things my phone saw me eat recently that I’ve decided not to dedicate individual posts to. Enjoy!
A brunch of Croque Madame with a heaping side of perfect French fries at L’Express – a brasserie in the Flatiron neighborhood that so closely resembles Paris with its menu and decor, that it can cure even the bluest of Paris blues.
“World’s Best” Mac & Cheese from Beecher’s that I split on a dinner date with fellow blogger Ishita. (Hi!) Beecher’s is a specialty cheese shop – also located near Flatiron – with a cozy bar/restaurant downstairs where the menu features many of their cheeses. We decided to split a small cheese board and this luscious dish. The broiled penne pasta was enveloped in a mild yet sharp cheese sauce. I don’t know about “World’s Best,” but I have had my fair share of mac & cheeses and this one is definitely at the top of the list.
Radicchio and seared scallop salad with grapefruit and orange segments, cherry tomatoes and blue cheese – a light, springtime dish from one of my Brooklyn favorites, Bar Tabac.
Fried chicken cemita sandwich from Cemita’s at Smorgasburg. “Cemita” refers to a type of sandwich that’s originally from Puebla, Mexico. The amount of layers that they are able to fit between two pieces of bread is unbelievable – black bean paste, crispy fried chicken breast, lettuce, tomatoes, pickled onions, white cheese and avocados. It tasted like, and I mean this is the more flattering way, a high end McChicken sandwich. Hey, maybe I should recreate it as the next Sandwich of the Month?
Brisket and mac & cheese at John Brown Smokehouse. Rene works in Long Island City, Queens and one day, I went to meet him over there after work. LIC is a place I know nothing about and when our stomachs started rumbling, we happened to stumble upon this barbecue place and in we went. The place turned out super cool. You order your food up front and then take it to either an indoor or outdoor table. There’s also a small bar towards the back of the restaurant that serves wine and local beers on tap. And on that particular evening, there was even a live country band!
Although the place was fun and is good in theory, the food didn’t measure up. My brisket was poorly seasoned and on the dry side, and the mac & cheese was way overcooked. Rene got pulled pork and it was served to him practically cold. Surprisingly though, when I came home and Googled the place, I found rave reviews from a variety of credible sources. Hmm…
When this years Googa Mooga was cancelled on the day that we had tickets for, my friends and I decided to make up for the lost calories and headed to our favorite Mexican place, Los Mariachis. Pictured above is the shredded beef burrito, that I generously shmeared with guacamole. What I love about their burritos is that they top them with this amazing tomato broth. The broth makes the burrito a succulent, comforting dish, instead of just stuff wrapped up in a tortilla.
Last week, Rene and I planned to have dinner at Nom Wah. En route, we noticed Joe’s Ginger, an Asian restaurant that had all these Zagat recommendations taped to the inside of the window, which is usually a good sign so we decided to try it. The sesame chicken was your basic take-out style, corn starched chicken. But, it’s the scallion pancake that is the true judge of character of a Chinese restaurant, and this one was a disappointment. What is a chewy, fragrant snack at Nom Wah, was an oily, careless pancake here.
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