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Saturday, July 23, 2016


North 10 St in Williamsburg last week a few blocks from an old fashion church feast that almost took my appetite away is this new arrival headed by a Michelin star chef. Seats outside (for slightly cooler weather...comfortable except for the too hot cafe. My brother and I happened to catch a CBS piece and jumped on the mission to go immediately. Glad we did. They were extremely ready for a new place and the offerings were not disappointing ..especially the rigatoni diavola which had just enough devil to satisfy spicy taste buds. Everyone liked the artichoke and its meaty center. And a small grilled lobster tale would have been a sufficient portion if it weren't so damn good. The olive oil cake and shaved lemon ice were two great desert selections. Wine is too pricey but that wouldn't stop me from going again soon.

Lilia Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

little gem salad


wait for the picture next time...i know the olive oil cake is good

Saturday, July 2, 2016

BEASTS AND BOTTLES on Atlantic Ave in BK

This is my new crush. Roasted Chickens and Ducks and Cauliflower (Not since New Orleans).  A glowing roasting fire that adds no uncomfortable heat on a summer eve. Friendly service and roasted carrots in a nicely spiced sauce ...not too sweet.  Open spaces and many taps and wines. Just
a minute from BKLYN BRIDGE PARK.

beasts and bottles Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hoisin Chicken foreground and Caulifllower

juicy chicken
From the Eye of Jeanne

Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Salud to Catfish and Bushwick

For exercise on Fathers Day we walked Evergreen Cemetery where my brother planted flags on Flag Day as a boy scout. Surprised to find Salud across from the Multi service Center on Bushwick Ave but we had to stop in for a cider and platinos. June was in charge and seemed to be a master at engagement. Great salvaged wood and open air environment with huge beer menu.

 A bakery established in 1945 called Ciros  provided the lemon ice after we visited my birthplace on Harmon . We then moved to Bedford Ave near Prospect place to eats oysters and slaw and veggie jambalaya  and corn bread and crab CATFISH. The craw fish looked great but i was too lazy.
green drink at Catfish


craw fish at catfish

spicy slaw

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Rhinebeck's Route 9 : path to Southern India via Cinnamon

The dining at Local was superb and the room at Rhinecliff hotel and Sunday Jazz brunch was A1...
but the trip the find was Cinnamon for Kerala salad with cukes and peeper and dosa marsala and dosa with curry chicken...hold the onions next time but picking them out was workable and the dishes were almost Flushing good. The mango kulfi was like a creamsicle from heaven.
Chicken curry dosa

long table with stools at Cinnamon

The Local Seafood stew ...chioppo

Cin bar

mango kulfi

Marsala dosa

Sunday, April 24, 2016

ORTOBELLO 64-01 Bay Parkway Bensonhurst Brooklyn

The gold flecked threads in the glassy wall tiles?  The Mom of this Mom and Pop restaurant?
The long table with 14 family members celebrating a birthday? The two wine choices (white and red)?

What was it that made this sweet Italian red sauce emporium bring back the warm memories of Salernos and other Bushwick/ Ridgewood neighborhood places of  my youth. The chef had much to do it a small kitchen but a great salad and good bread kept us going until the linguine putenesca arrived with a plate of chicken parm big enough to feed troop 300 on Stanhope street. The ziti helped fill out the take home bag. I woke thinking of the red peppers in the salad and the olives in the

$9 for a HUGE salad



The view

putenesca and the vast field of parm....and the family of four next to us who also seemed to travel from 1955...they were so engaged with each other ...kept and healthy and passionate orderers and eaters.

Ortobello Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

WILLOW 506 Franklin Ave Bed Sty Bklyn

The table in this intimate sweet restaurant had many sides to accompany the Hanger steak and trout as whole as it could be absent the bones...grilled root veggies and fried Brussels sprouts and scallops and...grunerx2. Related to the Pines on 3 ave and now a stop to make as we walk Brooklyn in the Spring.

fried Brussels sprouts



potato salad


Berry /ice cream dessert

root vegetables

ice cream berries and granola


potato leek soup