Wednesday, June 30, 2010

3 - Good (Contemporary American)

An institution that puts "Good" on its awning better be able to deliver just that - Good food. And, I am happy to report that they have GREAT food. I recently visited for brunch with a group of friends and was able to try quite a few items and my tummy was full of deliciousness afterward. Pancakes with fresh peaches, Hand-rolled orange sour cream donuts, Blueberry almond bread, Pear pecan crumbcake, Basil and goat cheese egg scramble over sourdough with cherry tomatoes, asparagus and pesto, and Banana cream cheese stuffed French toast were among the things I was able to taste. Everything was delish and I am SO glad I was able to taste so many things. I like the decor of the restaurant - it has sort of a modern antique feeling to it...perfect for eating a great brunch!

LAST VISIT: 6/27/2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

3 - Two Boots [Pizza]

LAST VISIT: 6/2010

I LOVE, love, love, love Two Boots!!!! They have fantastic cornmeal crust (and cornmeal isn't always my favorite thing) and their sauce is just a tad spicy, giving the pizza a fun kick. Two Boots has fun topping combinations or you can make it your own way. White pizza, red sauce, tomatoes, Creole chicken, eggplant, etc. YUMMO!!!!!!!!!!!!! This pizza never gets old and I am ALWAYS asking my husband if we can order it! I am not sure it is considered "New York" pizza, but it is my favorite!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

2 - Vegetarian's Paradise 2 [Vegetarian: Pan-Asian & Pacific Rim]

LAST VISIT: 5/2009

For vegetarian food, this place is great! Overall I like the food, however, the ambiance of the restaurant is not my favorite - it is a little dark and a little outdated. I prefer the "chicken" dishes (especially the fried ones) over the "beef" dishes because the consistency and taste seem to be more like the real thing. Their menu is large offering many items choose from.

FYI - just because it is vegetarian doesn't mean it is more healthy. A lot has to go into that fake meat for you to think that it even compares to real meat - that means oil, frying, butter, etc.

1 - Tony's DiNapoli [Italian]

LAST VISIT: 9/2008

Tony's DiNapoli's gives me the ebee jeebees. If you like cheesy, tasteless Italian food then you should try this place. I don't have much more to say about Tony's except their food is not quality and should not be considered good NYC food.

3 - Peanut Butter & Company [Sandwiches]

LAST VISIT: 6/8/2010

PB&Co. is about as simple as you can get as far as restaurants are concerned in NYC. Simple and a tad country. BUT...I love it! I love everything about it. It is easy, inexpensive and just plain fun. Every type of PB sandwich you can think of has been made here. And, it is like taking a trip down memory lane like when mom handed you your sack lunch and you just couldn't wait for your pb&j at lunch time at school.

My favorite creation is The Elvis (A grilled peanut Butter sandwich, stuffed with bananas and honey) with a side of marshmallow fluff. Each sandwich comes fully equipped with ruffled potato chips and carrots. At first thought I was turned off by the sides (still am by the carrots), but once I dipped my chips into my side of FLUFF I was convinced that those chips were the best thing to side by sandwich. If you want a simple PB concocted sandie - head to PB&Co.!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

3 - Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

LAST VISIT: 6/13/2010

HELLO - who doesn't like ice cream anywhere, at any time?!?!!? Listen, unless it is sugar free/fat free I am likely going to rate any ice cream at a 3. Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory's (BICF) selection was especially creamy...perhaps the creamiest I have ever had. I decided on Butter Pecan in a waffle cone...and it was DELISH! I did have an opportunity to sample Peaches & Cream, which was also super yummy. I do have to say that the thick creamy flavor/consistency travels over to each flavor. Each flavor has it's unique taste, but there is a similar after-taste overlay in it all their creams(this was also pointed out by some friends who joined in the BICF glutenous adventure). Needless to say, it melted, contained sugar and a high content of calories and my mouth and stomach were deeply thankful!

2 - Grimaldi's [Pizza in Brooklyn]

LAST VISIT: 6/13/2010

Grimaldi's is famous for the line beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. The line, in my opinion, was super fast. I was with a group of 12 and we were seated in about 35-40 minutes. I have waited longer at restaurants in NYC when I have had a reservation! Once seated we ordered almost immediately and waited maybe 10 minutes for our pizzas to descend upon us. Grimaldi's serves a drier pizza than I like. I almost wish that I had asked for a side of red sauce so I could have dipped my pizza in it. The crust is decent and the toppings are all fresh and of good quality. Overall it was tasty stuff.

This post may or may not help solve the continued debate on the Grimaldi's vs. Di Fara's pizza. Click on this link to see my thoughts on Di Fara's. Listen, both serve a good pizza...the ultra thin crust with a few toppings just isn't 100% my style. If I was eight months pregnant and I had a huge craving for pizza I wouldn't have the slightest idea of making my husband trek to Brooklyn for either Grimaldi's or Di Fara's. They just don't serve what my mouth/stomach require. Needless to say, others think the world stops when you eat their pizza. You have to, and should, go to both places to decide for yourself. They aren't both rated a 2 because I didn't like the pizza, they are rated a 2 because I am not convinced they serve the best pizza in the world (which is the common phrase when hearing about both Grimaldi's and Di Fara's).

In the end...I might say Di Fara's is better...even with the 8 ounces of olive oil... ;)

3 - Tribeca Grill [American Grill]

LAST VISIT: 6/10/10

Okay...look at the picture to the right. That is Goat Cheese Ravioli with Artichokes, Favas, Cherry Tomatoes & Spinach...holy was so delicious I can't even begin to describe it. The goat cheese content was perfect...not too strong and balanced well with the light tomato broth and vegetables surrounding the ravioli. The portion size was fact I had to wave goodbye to the last rav...:(. My husband ordered the Grilled Filet of Beef with Garlic Whipped Potatoes, Sautéed Spinach & Crispy Onion Rings which was also super tasty. You can't go wrong with onion rings on your plate!! Tribeca Grill's space is large and open, yet the bar is in the middle of the restaurant breaking up any cafeteria feel. The brick encasing gives the restaurant a classic, quaint feel. I was happy with my visit to Tribeca Grill!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

3 - Po' [Italian]

LAST VISIT: 6/9/2010

Last night I went to Po' and left feeling full...even this morning I am still full. The prices are reasonable and the portion size is OUTSTANDING, except the fact that you will likely eat it all and be overly full. I ordered the Cavatelli (toasted garlic, broccoli & bread crumbs) and it was OFF THE CHAIN! For an appetizer (on the house) our waiter brought us White Bean Bruschetta which was tasty! The atmosphere of Po' is tiny, quaint and charming. It is a great find in the West Village for sure!

Friday, June 4, 2010

3 - Le Colonial [French Vietnamese]

LAST VISIT: 8/4/2008

My husband took me to dinner at Le Colonial for my birthday during our first summer in NYC. The atmosphere in the restaurant makes you feel like you are in Vietnam. It is a fun environment and surprising that it is on 57th Street in the city! The service is top notch and the food is delish. I have only been once, but I ordered the Com Tho Ga (organic chicken in a clay pot with shiitake, bamboo shoots, Napa cabbage and ginger seasoned rice) and the memory of the flavors was stamped on the taste part of my brain and has stuck with me. This is a great place to feel like you have escaped the city for a mini vacation while enjoying fun, creative food.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

2 - Boqueria

LAST VISIT: 5/28/2010

Boqueria is a fun Spanish Tapas restaurant. The food is good - not fantastic, but completely satisfying and flavorful. It is definitely a great place for Thursday or Friday night dinner. The atmosphere is lively and cute. A great date location. The kitchen is exposed so you can watch the cooking process. I wish I had asked for a seat around the bar of the kitchen...but I still was able to stare from across the restaurant.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

3 - Norma's

LAST VISIT: 5/31/2010

This was some delishsomuch breakfast!!!! Holy mother - you have to really be prepared to take down if you're planning to visit Normas. A few warnings; 1) You will pay a pretty penny for the food you order, 2) You will be there for at least an 45-minutes before you get your food (they want to pace you), and 3) You will feel sick from eating so much post the meal. Everything is worth it...this is a MUST try in NYC. My husband and I ordered and shared the Country-Style Buttermilk Pancakes with juicy Georgia peaches and walnuts and the Crunch French Toast covered with warm caramel sauce. It was a lot to handle and we didn't finish it all, but is was scrumptalicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You cannot go wrong with what you order...I saw many of their dishes being delivered straight from the kitchen and all of them tantalized me and made me wish I had ordered them. GO TO NORMA'S!