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Sunday, September 19, 2021

FLATIRON STARRING MICHAEL MCNEILLY...397 5TH AVE...PARK SLOPE

Go now before you have to wait on line. Here is a secret most people in Austin TX know, this chef can cook! Just opened a pub hub for food lovers and folks who want to take a flight without  going to JFK...a lovely beer flight. But quickly on the food Frank and I ...enjoyed super wings from very fine birds  with saucy personalities. Then there was a burger which was built on a coalition of Bison Elk and Wagyu.
At the table outside was Norma from ACS and a friend and so this is already a crossroads. All the staff must know and like each other because they vibe that way. So glad broadway is back. Will finally see
Music Man in December. For now the show to see and place to be is 5th Ave's Flatiron. 





Friday, May 14, 2021

VICTOR. 285 NEVINS ST A STAR IS BORN


This had been a restaurant in a factory repurposed. AS VICTOR, this space has been reborn as a warm and gracious restaurant with flare.  The smoked paprika shrimp enjoyed with a glass of Albarino was matched by the spectacular  roasted cauliflower .  A salad reinvents what 
was becoming a too predictable Caesar salad.  
cauliflower ..crispie and tasty 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

ESME 999 MANHATTAN AVE. GREENPOINT BK

THE IMPORTANT TOAST
BREWERY
CLAMS

VEGGIE BURGER


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Tutt Appost 289 5th AV .....PARK SLOPE


It has been awhile since I have blogged about restaurants. Not much eating out. Too many great restaurants closing. Too many people out of work. But new restaurants are emerging. And i have been waiting for one that revives the longing to tell all to all. 


I HAVE FOUND SUCH A PLACE.  THEY CALL THEMSELVES A RESTAURANT AND PIZZA BAR. CONFESSION: i didn't have pizza . I did have a tasty tangy beet salad  (Barbabietole) and  the best 

lasagna  I have had for 50 years.  The white Fiano wine was new to me , but we are now friends. This had been a fine place that also made crafty pizzas called Gristmill. I hope the GRISTMILLERS 

are well. They left their hut shaped oven. I hope to return soon to begin sampling the pizzas.



 

LEFT:The back room tent stacked with fire wood for the pizza oven.
Right The LASAGNA (half which i am going to eat now)


UPDATE : LAST WEEK WE RETURNED AND ORDERED A PIE. NOT ALL GREAT PIZZA IS ALIKE. THIS ONE HAD A UNIQUELY CRISPY CRUST AND A SAUCE THAT WOVE OREGANO AND BASIL AND VIRGIN OLIVE OIL TOGETHER IN A WAY THAT MADE YOU THINK"AHHHHH".

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

LE JARDINIER 610 LEXINGTON AVE

OUR 30TH ANNIVERSARY AND THE BEST RESTAURANT FOR IT(THANKS TO PHOEBE AND JONATHAN FOR SUGGESTING).
         SPACIOUS WELL LIT... AND FOOD INSURED AGAINST ANYTHING BUT LOVE.
I LOVED THAT THE WHITE WINE I CHOSE SHARES ITS NAME WITH JEANNE...ROSTAING. SOME OF HER ROOTS ARE IN FRANCE...COTE DE ROTIE? MAYBE. THOUGH I DOUBT THEY ARE HER VINES.
JEANNE SAID EVERY MEMBER OF THE STAFF WAS
AMAZING


BEETS
MOUSSE W DARK CHOCOLATE
CRISP

LOBSTER


A KEY LIME SURPRISE

EVEN COFFEE TEA WERE SERVED IN CUPS
DESIGNED TO PLEASE
(CUP-WITHIN-A -CUP)


ROASTED CAULIFLOWER
WITH TOMATILLOS AND
SUNFLOWER SEEDS AND CURRY
HAPPY

Sunday, November 24, 2019

HOEK PIZZA...117 FERRIS ST RED HOOK

EVERYONE IN NYC HAS THE BEST PLACE NYC PLACE FOR PIZZA...EXCEPT FOR ED LEVINE, THE FOOD WRITER, WHO SENDS YOU TO SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA(I HAVE TRIED IT . AND ASIDE FROM THE 2 HOUR WAIT IT WAS GOOD).  BUT YOU PROBABLY WONT NEED TO WAIT...YET...FOR HOEK, DUTCH FOR HOOK.
               AND YOU WILL HAVE GREAT ROMAN PIZZA INTRODUCED TO US BY SUSAN AND DAVID. SECOND TRIP TO THIS REMOTE/CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE (THINK PRIVATE STATUE OF LIBERTY AND MANHATTAN SKYLINE VIEW ) WAS WITH  TIM AND ANA . UPON ENTERING WE GREETED ANNA THE PROPRIETOR(WHOM I KNOW FROM OTHER WORLDS) AND BEGAN TALKING ABOUT WHAT A GREAT PLACE FOR A PARTY...AND SAID HI TO RESTAURATEUR ANDREA(REMEMBER THE WONDERFUL VAH BEH?) . 
        THE PIZZA IS PIE-LICIOUS...WHETHER THE MARGARITA OR THE TRUFFLE/HAM . OR THE WHITE  ZUCCHINI


WOOD BURNING OVEN





ZUCHINI...ALL SPECIAL THE POLISH /ITALIAN TIRAMISU WAS A ROYAL JOY.   BONUS ALERT : A FEW BLOCKS AWAY IS SUNNY'S ...A MARITIME BAR WITH A 9PM SAT BLUE GRASS JAM. STANDING ROOM VIEW OF A WEEKLY FEST.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

IL PORTO...RISTORANTE&BRICK OVEN PIZZA

THEY HAVE BEEN AT 37 WASHINGTON AVE FOR 11 YEARS AND NOW TEY ARE ALSO NEAR TE NEW WEGMANS. OUR FIRST VISIT WAS AN IMPULSE . LAST NIGHT. A GOOD IMPULSE. CAVERN LIKE SETTING WITH WINDOWS AND A NAVY YARD NEIGHBOR.
BELLA DONNA






AND THEN WE FOUND THERE WOULD BE MUSIC   BY Charlie APPICELLA'S IRON CITY AND JAZZ  STYLINGS  BY MAYRA CASALES  [THURS, FRI,SAT].
DARK AND TASTY BAKED CLAMS...A VARIETY OF PIZZAS....



CREATED A KIND OF PUTTANESCA.



MURAL LOOKS LIKE IT REMAINS FROM IN EARLIER TIME

 


INSALATA DI POMODORO



insalata di pomodoro

spagehetti bella donna