|4 rippers - fries, and chili. Dan put lots of relish, which they're known for. The mustard is awesome|
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Dan finally made it to Rutt's. Quick, no nonsense service without a smile Balances out with the delicious hot dogs and fries. Remember - cash only.
Another quick dinner at Top's. As long as you go during the week and before 8pm, it's not crowded and you are seated pretty much as soon as you walk in. I'm going to miss the high quality food here when we move but I guess it will be worth it because there's not too much else around here.
|Lobster mac and cheese. An ambitious appetizer that was giant and was our dinner the next night|
|Short rib grilled cheese with caramelized onions. Sooo rich. A little greasy so then I decided to get salad instead of fries|
|Dan got the shrimp roll that I got last time because it was soo good|
Sejal, Debbie and I finally went to Junoon. The inside was beautiful and very different from any place I've been; looked almost like a temple inside? The food itself was not quite what I expected. The portions were pretty small and I can't honestly say that it was a meal I would remember. I'm sure the food is better than what we had since it has one michelin star, but I've had better.
|Murgh Tikka - tandoori chicken thigh. Very tender. Best part of my meal|
|Oyster Pakora - crispy oyster, lemon, palakwala|
|Eggplant Chaat - crispy eggplant, raita, tamarind chutney, red onion|
|Bagarey baigan - baby eggplant, coconut, curryleaf, peanut, tamarind. Teeny tiny portion|
|Paneer Mirchi Ka Salan - long pepper, paneer, peanut tamarind sauce|
Shahi Lamb Shank - black cumin curry, rose. Tasty and tender but the sauce wasn't so memorable
|Lots of naan at least|
|Some green tea dessert that everyone was surprised was like a sponge cake|
|Spiced Chocolate Cake with milk chocolate sauce, espresso chocolate crumbs, and chantilly|
Pret is fancy now! Lobster for lunch under $10! I forgot to get a separate dressing so just squeezed the lemon, which made me feel kind of healthy because it was a light salad otherwise. I though the lobster portion was generous and loved the avocado with it.
Dan and I went to Marc Forgione's steakhouse restaurant in Tribeca for Restaurant Week. The place itself was pretty db-central, which was unfortunate. The wait took awhile even though it was a random weekday on the early side - so long we almost left. Fortunately we got seated and had a nice meal, though nothing super memorable and nothing worth coming back for except for the complimentary everything biscuits. It's too bad because while everything was generally well done, the main purpose (steak) was just okay.
|Complimentary Everything Biscuits - just like an everything bagel but with the awesome buttery flakiness of a biscuit. Very filling|
|We both got the bacon. Good but already sauced in their MF steaksauce. A little burned too|
|Dan got the Bell and Evans Chicken with natural jus. Good but not as good as the chicken under a brick at Forgione|
|Sunchoked spinach with fontina and smoked salt. Liked that it came in these cute individual all clad pots|
|Potato puree "robuchon" aka basically mashed potatoes|
|My hanger steak - bad pic (so dark) but it was very flavorful and super tender. I was pretty full by this point sadly|
|Blueberry bread pudding that Dan enjoyed|
|My crackerjack sundae with popcorn and ice cream. Cute idea but wayyy too sweet for me|
|Complimentary gummi bears - more thick than normal gummi texture. A nice touch though|
I stopped by Annabella's, which is a diner-esque spot by the law school. It was inexpensive and fresh though a little more bread than filling. I got a safe selection - grilled chicken sandwich with mozz, red peppers, and balsamic. A little too much dressing for me, but still a tasty meal.
Post book club brunch, went across the street to Dominique Ansel bakery. No cronuts because apparently you still have to pre-order them. Still, got some delicious treats and also got to try fresh Madelines while waiting, which were perfectly buttery and moist. I bought a bunch of stuff to share with Dan at home.
|My eclair didn't travel so well ha. A little too sweet for me|
|One of the best Almond Croissants I've had. Very dense though. Half was enough for me for breakfast|
Had some tasty brunch at book club at a French bistro in Soho. They had an amazing poutine special, which is really more Montreal than French. Cute little place and right across from Dominique Ansel bakery where we went after.
|Poutine with duck, gravy, and CURDS|
|Debbie got french toast which looked great|
We went to Porta Pizza for Laura's birthday. It took a really long time to get seated but that was partially because it was a friday night with a big group and no advances rezzie. Pizza was delicious even though it took awhile. I forgot to take a pic of one of the pizzas but I got the more important shot. This is the same place behind Monk Room in Newark. Obviously the environment was better at Porta; I just question the service. But for two people I can't imagine the wait would be too bad because the place is huge. Apparently there's a rooftop which I'd like to visit before the weather gets cold.
|Delicious focaccia. Who knew I liked capers?|
|Incredible Scampi pizza - shrimp, caciocavallo, white wine, mozzarella, garlic, parsley, and lemon. One of the best pizzas I've ever eaten|
Jess, Kavita and I went to Mark Joseph Steakhouse for Restaurant Week and I have to say it was one of the best RW meals I've had. Except that they didn't have working bathrooms, but otherwise it was excellent haha. The steak portion I got was giant. Also their thick-cut bacon app was on part with Peter Luger's. Would definitely come back again. The restaurant is also located near the water by South Street Seaport, so would be nice for lunch when you can walk around.
|My sizzling Canadian bacon appetizer - excellent ratio of meat to fat and super juicy|
|20 oz sirloin steak cooked just as I asked|
|The other ladies got a filet and all entrees came with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes|
|My sides of creamed spinach and mashed potatoes|
I went to Crema for Restaurant Week dinner with Elena. It was a really great deal - three courses from their regular menu of your choosing. Unfortunately some of the flavor combos didn't work for me, but it was a good deal with good service so can't complaint too much. I wouldn't come back though.
|Taquitos de Chilorio - Slow-cooked pork mini tacos chile ancho, jalapeño vinegar, chipotle-cilantro drizzle and crema. Elena seemed to enjoy. I had a bite and the meat was tasty|
|Callo de Hacha con Chile Morita y Mango - Dry scallops pan seared in chile morita, zucchini-sweet corn cake, avocado mousse, mango pico de gallo, chipotle aioli. Elena got this and seemed to enjoy it all. I enjoyed the corn cake a lot|
|Tacos de Carne Asada - Adobo-marinated grilled skirt steak, black beans served in corn tortillas. Very tasty but not super memorable|
|Churros - Cinnamon dusted churros, chocolate and cajeta dipping sauce. Loved both sauces|
|Pastel de Tres Leches - Sponge cake soaked in three milks coconut caramel mango syrup dulce de leche ice cream. Great flavors but we were both pretty stuffed|
I was starting to get hangry and we didn't have anything to cook, so Dan and I went to Top's for a quick meal. Ate a little more than intended but YOLO. Nice balance of fried, fresh and home-y.
|Sampler platter with buffalo wings, mozz sticks, and philly cheesesteak egg rolls. All amazeballs|
|Dan's meatloaf with mashed potatoes and veggies. Very large portion that Dan had for lunch later that week|
|My amazingly fresh shrimp roll! Despite the mayo it was tasty.|
|Close-up. Dan had to help me finish because it was so huge|
|It was also national cheesecake day. This huge piece for $2 or $3?|