Sunday, January 22, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I don't know if it qualifies at the worst meal ever; but it was pretty bad. My roommate Greg and I decided to grab some sushi at a local sushi spot; but it turned out to be pretty brutal. I usually go to Suteishi, but we took the cheap way out. Suteishi is a bit pricey; but totally worth it. You get great quality fish and good service. At Sushi a la Kawa the food and service both suck. We sat down and waited a good 5 minutes before we asked for water. The waitress then took our order before getting the water. After the water finally arrived we downed it not knowing we wouldn't be getting refills. They also forgot our appetizer, which was probably a good thing in retrospect. When the sushi arrived we were hardly impressed. Greg said he was close to walking out, one of the worst meals he ever had. The food wasn't good and made us sick just thinking about it. "I would throw it up, but I don't want to see it again", said Greg.
That will be my last visit there...
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
North End Grill, Danny Meyer's newest restaurant has finally opened to complete Battery Park City's trifecta (Blue Smoke, Shake Shack, and North End Grill). The space itself is awesome and I have a feeling its gonna kill it. With Shake Shack already bringing in tons of business, Blue Smoke and North End Grill will be great for the area. Being that the kitchen and front of house are still finding there stride, I will just post some pictures. I will say that I had some good food there and the service is shaping up to be nothing less than expected from Meyer. Chef Floyd Cardoz takes the reigns in the kitchen, which is the centerpiece of the restaurant. The beautiful open kitchen is on display and adds to the spaces "wow factor". I'm sure N.E.G. will be a destination spot--not just for the bankers in the area; but for people everywhere. Chef Cardoz is still reveling in his Top Chef Masters title and will be looking to put out food that tops Tablas. I look forward to seeing N.E.G. grow and become one of NYC's great restaurants. They don't have their liquor license yet but its coming soon! They have an eclectic wine list and a very impressive scotch program.
Kortaco, a Korean Taco place near my apartment was a hit. My roommates have ordered a few times since we tried it 2 weeks ago.
Cabana Nuevo Latino in the South Street Seaport was a miss with a sorry selection of booze and a bartender who didn't know how to mix em. Maybe thats a little harsh considering people probably only drink margaritas here. Maybe I should go back for a burrito and margarita. I just get mad when you order something on the rocks and they give you this little ass shot glass with awful ice. Atleast get proper glassware and learn how to make a manhattan. KEither way, I got to hang with my buddy Dan and see an arm wrestling match!
Among the construction on Fulton Street, there's a new bar called The Fulton and its a great addition to the neighborhood. With only a couple trips to The Fulton, it might be the best bar in the area. It doesn't have much competition with bars such as Liams or Lemongrass (R.I.P.) but its definitely a solid bar. The space itself is kind of swanky for a sports bar. Not out of place; but just a bit nicer than the usual dives. Dark fixtures and hot bartenders add to the sexy sports bar vibe. The Fulton has plenty of TVs and a great selection of booze--both spirits and beer. Sorry Ulysses, I think we found a new watering hole.
Staying on the subject of sports bars, Bounce of 21st St is a great sports bar. This is Bounce's second location: the first is on the UES. Bounce is not only great for watching the games, but the atmosphere is pretty cool. Good music will get you dancing on the banquettes and the crowd could get pretty rowdy. So when you graduate from Brother Jimmys, stop here.