Thursday, May 9, 2013

Good Deal

If you're craving a burger on Monday, stop by Burger & Barrel on W Houston and you will not be disappointed. For $22 you can not only have their delicious "Bash Burger", but you can also enjoy an appetizer like a Kale "Ceasar" Salad with white anchovies, toasted hazelnuts, and pecorino. I believe they do this special for both lunch and dinner although the dinner price might increase a few bucks. 

But even if you're not in the mood for a burger, B & B has plenty to offer whether its short rib tacos or southern fried chicken. And don't be afraid to get seafood, owner Josh Capon also owns Lure Fishbar! B & B would also be a good spot for drinks as the prices are pretty good for Soho. Worth checking out for sure.


Patio Weather

Spring is in the air, so its time to start dining outside! First outdoor dining of the season was at Saxon & Parole for brunch. Solid food with good service and great people watching along the Bowery. 

Also had brunch at Tribeca Grill. Wanted to go to Locanda Verde. but it was an hour wait for outside seating, so we settled on Tribeca Grill which is a stone's throw away. Tribeca Grill is part of the Myriad Restaurant Group--who also runs Nobu, Corton, and a few others. The Myriad group was started by Drew Nieporent: one of NYC's most notable restauranteurs. 

The outside seating at Tribeca Grill isn't the best as the tables are kind of cramped together and the awning prevents direct sunlight. In some cases, shelter might be key; but we could have used more sun especially with the occasional strong breeze. 

I thought the food was pretty good and the prices were fairly reasonable--unlike Nobu which could drain your bank account rather quickly. Service was good. All in all, a nice little brunch. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Stand Outs

Sunday's are always a fun day to wander around the city and see where the day takes you. Today it took me to one of my favorite NYC restaurants--Barbuto. Jonathan Waxman's menu at Barbuto reflects both simple and seasonal in the overall genre of Italian. Simple and fresh is best displayed with Waxman's signature roast chicken with a salsa verde. Some might think this chicken is boring; but its among some of NYC's best chicken dishes with its understated beauty. But the chicken isn't the only thing that exudes beauty. Start with some anitipasti like cheese/salumi and/or a seasonal salad. The kale, breadcrumbs, and anchovy salad was a hit at our table last night. The calamari fritti was also delicious--squid served with brussel sprouts! Pastas are always delicious whether its the carbornara at brunch or the gnocci at dinner. Last night I got the spring lamb which our server told us only comes on the menu for about two weeks a year, so I felt like I had to get it and it didn't disappoint. Definitely a great spot, especially in the nicer months because they raise the garage-like doors which spills out onto the sidewalk of the beautiful West Village.

Tortilla Flats
You don't go to Tortilla Flats for the food--you go for the party. It always seems like people are wildn' out here no matter what time of day. Bachelorette party central. 

Blind Tiger
Always a solid selection of craft beers! Fireplace adds good ambiance. 

If you like whiskey than you better check out Maysville. A cool spot to grab a drink after work or late night. Was suppose to have dinner; but they were fully reserved till 9. I've heard pretty good things about the food.

One of Hoboken's most celebrated restaurants serving up South American cuisine. Cucharamama is hugely popular and could probably consider itself a destination restaurant for people living outside of Hoboken. I've wanted to visit Cucharamama for quite sometime; but its not exactly easy to score a table. A few weeks ago, we  called and they had plenty of room; so Stef and I decided to check it out. 

"Still or sparkling", the waiter asked with my reply being "tap water, please". He then went on to tell me that Hoboken's water isn't any good and I needed to get bottled water. I instantly turned off by the service in his rude attempt to up-sell me on water. I later found out that there was a problem with the Hoboken water system (that week) but the server could have given me more texture on the situation. If there's one thing I hate, its up-selling me on water. I decided to drink sparkling water because Stef likes sparkling; but I actually hate sparkling water; so it was a rocky start. I then tried to forget about the experience; but the service just didn't get any better. 

Besides the service, the food was pretty good. The menu was super big and scared me; so I let Stef take the lead because I pretty much eat anything. There was literally over 50+ menu items which made me think of a diner or the cheesecake factory. Large menus make me think poor quality; which isn't always true; but I can't help make the connection--especially when you're one of four tables on a slow Sunday night. 

But again, the food was all pretty good.I'm going to give Cucharamama the benefit of the doubt and say that the bad service was abnormal. I'd try it again --after all we only covered 1/8 of the menu. 

Awesome dinner here for Isabella's birthday. A bit pricey; but solid Stulman spot. Gabe Stulman (aka Little Wisco) has been crushing the West Village scene with favorites such as Perla. Fedora, Joseph Leonard,Chez Sardine, and Jeffrey's Grocery. Montmartre is a french bistro with the menu from Tien Ho who made his name working with the Momofuku empire. All the food was pretty solid, except dessert which is taking the award for worst dessert I've ever had. It was a pot de creme that tasted like fish sauce. I don't know what happened here; but it was pretty gross. Granted the desserts were sent out with the kitchen's compliments; but I would have paid for someone to take that away. I think all the desserts fell short; which was a shame because it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. 

But we did have an awesome 1995 chardonnay from Kalin Cellars. We followed that with a white from Jura which wasn't my favorite; but lets just keep that between us. Not that the Jura white was bad, it just didn't fit into our meal. 

Overall, a great night out on the town. 

Went to Corkbuzz after for Champagne Campaign. 50% percent off champagne after 10pm. Satisfy you're crippling champagne addition at half the price! Definitely worth checking out. Great spot!

Bloomfield Spots

Spotted Pig
Crowded and cramped yet cozy and homey. Good food, not GREAT! For me its more a scene-y NYC gastropub more than a fine-dining establishment its Michelin star would suggest. Waits might be long; but its one of NYC staple restaurants so its definitely worth checking out. The restaurant is one of the West Village spots that reminds of a vintage townhouse.

We started with some "bar snacks" like the deviled eggs and the chicken liver toast--both pretty good. Then we moved onto the a frisee salad with a duck egg, pancetta, and anchovy dressing. But the most anticipated items came last--the burger and the gnudi. People always rave about the burger; but I thought the blue cheese was too much. The beef by itself was so tastey that I would have preferred a more mild cheese so that the cheese complimented the burger. The roquefort was too overpowering and dominated the beef. The shoestring fries with the burger were bangin'. The gnudi was good; but again I don't see how people talk this up so much. Beets with braised greens were sent out complimentary and were pretty solid even though I don't usually love beets. 

John Dory Oyster Bar
Was pretty pumped to try after some great feedback from some friends throughout the years. Walked in and got a table for 4 on a busy night which was cool; but the service suffered because of the crowd. "Are you the only server for the whole restaurant" one of my friends asked our server. "No, but I have a bunch of VIPs", he replied as he seemed was looking around: anxious to leave the table. So maybe there was a celebrity sighting or the guy from Dogfish brewery was right next to us; but then there should be more support  so he could atleast get us  some drinks and take our food order. 

The food was pretty good; although portion size and price didn't match up really well. After the 4 of us racked up a $300 bill, I felt hungry. I was considering a slice of pizza; but I was already maxed out for the night. Some people think its a great place for raw bar and cocktails; so maybe one day I'll give it another try. Again, the food was all pretty good; but I just can't justify that price. If I want to spend alot of money on seafood than I'll go to Le Bernadin. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Favorite Lunch Spots

Visited two of my favorite lunch spots this week. Can you name them?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Great lunch at Lupa--Batali's Roman Osteria on Thompson Street. Some might argue that the old Lupa was better and the place has become tired; but Lupa is still a favorite spot for many New Yorkers. I went for lunch with Matt who used to work there; so they hooked us up big time. The bartender poured some bubbly and the food followed. 

Our antipasti:
Sweetbreads with shishito peppers
Beets and pistacios 
Marinated mushrooms and farro

Our Primi
Spaghetti alla carbornara
Ricotta gnocchi with sausage and fennel
Bucatini all' Amatriciana

All delicious! Definitely worth checking out. I think lunch is a good time to go because you miss the crowds. Also always a good backup plan when you cant get into Ushiwakamuri, Miss Lillys, or the Dutch. Check it out!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


My favorite local sushi spot, Suteishi, was destroyed by Sandy and still remains closed, which leaves me in a sushi crisis. Suteishi fell in the category of great sushi at a great value. Sure, it wasn't cheap; but its not gonna force you to sell your unborn children. The higher end sushi spots of NYC put out some of the best raw fish I've ever eaten; but they're not your everyday sushi spots and thats what concerns me. There's a lack of sushi spots like Suteishi that fill the void of value driven sushi. Maybe I'm a snob considering I stay away from low end sushi spots that have the quality of the rolls you find at your local Duane Reade. If I could afford places like 15 East and Sushi of Gari then I wouldn't be on this rant; but there's noway I could spend 100+ every time I crave sushi. Do you know any good value sushi spots that should be on my radar?

So the other night I was suppose to meet my buddy at Kanoyama in the East Village. Kanoyama has been a sushi spot that has gotten much praise for its fish quality while staying value driven. My friend bailed, so I was left hungry and confused. Where should I go? Should I stay my course and hike it up to the East Village or is there something walkable? After racking my brain, I couldn't think of any sushi in the Financial District, so I immediately thought Tribeca. Brushstroke seemed like too big of a splurge and Sushi Azabu seemed a bit too far considering It was snowing. I then thought Sushi of Gari which is always raved about by sushi connoisseurs. The tribeca location was their most recent addition to their UES and UWS locations. I looked up the menu and it didn't seem "too expensive"; but thats before I sat at the sushi bar upstairs. 

Downstairs, the room definitely needed some remodeling. Carpet floors, cramped, and overlit are the first words that come to mind in describing the room. The maitre d' assumed I ordered "to go" and seemed really surprised when I wanted a seat for one. He then told me to wait while he helped an older couple that seemed more fit to dine at such an expensive restaurant. Upstairs, there was a 11-seat sushi counter that was more my speed--super simply fixtures and soft music.  Sitting at the sushi counter is great because you get to talk to the chef and watch him at work. Unfortunately, I didn't get to do much talking because my chef was too involved with the Japanese couple next to me. But sitting at the counter, you almost feel obligated to get the omakase. So when asked, I agreed and my wallet trembled in fear.  At Sushi of Gari, there's no set price on the omakase so the chef starts cooking for you and you tell them when you are done. Unfortunately for me, my dialogue with the chef was nonexistent and therefore he was just preparing whatever he thought was right. I do love when chefs take  control of the experience; however, I would have like to incorporate some rolls into my experience so I wouldn't leave hungry. And I did leave hungry!

Everything I ate was delicious from blue fin toro to salmon roe; but its just way out of my league. If you ever go to a place like Sushi of Gari, make sure you keep a tab of what you're eating because your bill will certainly surprise you at the end. Seven single pieces of sushi could run you $120, so set a budget with your chef or server. If you don't have a budget, you will love Sushi of Gari. A great place for celebrity sighting (I'm still trying to figure out the guy sitting next to me) and great sushi; but not a place where value hits home. 

Probably won't go back unless I hit the lottery!

Met up with some of the guys at The Fat Radish on Orchard Street for some food and drinks. This is my buddy Tim's favorite local hangout and I could see why. Comfortable in both atmosphere and price. Solid food that probably won't blow your mind; but will fully satisfy you. After The Fat Radish, we went to 169 Bar which is Blake's favorite bar in the city. Described as a tiki bar meets a Western saloon--its a solid spot for cheap beers and whiskey.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Good Eats


Gabe Stulman has another hit on his hands with Perla on Minetta Lane. Perla was cozy and homey, much like  Stulman's other restaurants; however; it had a clubby-ness. We went on the early side of dinner on a Monday; but I can definitely see it becomes a "scene" later in the week. 

We started with crostini with ricotta, honey, and black pepper--a combination that never seems to get old. A foie gras cracker reminded me of a nutter butter but Colette disagreed. We dove right into pasta with a black spaghetti with king crab and cauliflower. They sent us fettucine with a lobster sauce and skate as a complimentary dish. The pastas were both delicious; but I was getting full and we still had our secondi on the way. 

Next up we had the beef rib which paired wonderfully with my Rhone wine. Colette went with a lighter red Burgundy that probably paired better with the quail. The beef rib was super tender and mouth watering; but the quail boasted in levels on flavor. The beef rib came with mushrooms, a sweet onion agrodolce, and a bone marrow brodo. The quail was paired with farro, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and a brown butter sugo. 

With no room for dessert, the only move left was amaro which our server brought us over before me asking. He poured us Montenegro which was a great way to end the meal. The staff was super friendly and professional. Great date spot. 

Mighty Quinn's
Serious BBQ--The Old Way! Low and slow has been a catchphrase in the world of BBQ for quite sometime and Mighty Quinns turns that catchphrase into their motto. Some might say that NYC is slacking in great BBQ places, but Mighty Quinns begs New Yorkers to reconsider. Where do you go for BBQ? Fette Sau is my favorite BBQ place in NYC; but a trip to BK often deters my craving. 

But Mighty Quinn's gives an alternative and could probably be a fill in for my BBQ craving. Kristen and I stopped by for a quick lunch and we got a variety of their BBQ including pulled pork, brisket, and sausage. Close your eyes and this BBQ transports you into the South where BBQ is king. Pickled veggies bring Mighty Quinn's New York twist which was welcomed with all the meat we consumed. 

Mighty Quinn's is a cafeteria style restaurant designed as Quick-Serve Restaurant. Order your meats, sides, drinks, and grab a seat. Staff is friendly and prices are value driven. A great addition to the neighborhood and the city!

Jazz and cocktails = good night

Per Se
I know its early, but definitely the best meal of 2013! Menu coming soon...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Celebrating Life

Thank You to anyone who helped celebrate my 27th birthday; especially if you were involved with that  incredible dinner at The Modern. 

Maybe it was due to the Oscars; but the bar room was dead and I couldn't figure out why. Free corkage (up to 2 bottles) on Sundays, great food, and good service would bring me back more often if it was a bit closer. 

We sat down at a table for seven as the early birds finished their cocktails. A modern take on a classic negroni tasted like a cream-sickle as it went down a bit too easy. Or there was the Beneventano --an aperitif made with aperol, zucca amaro, strega, and soda. But what really got the night "poppin" (pun intended) was the Billecart-Salmon Reserve which was poured for us first thing (even before our water). It might have been a skip in service according to Chase; but who could be mad at that kind of mixup. 

We started off with some charcuterie and cheese while Lauren planned out our menu. Modern liverwurst, finocchiona, quail terrine, Alsatian garlic saucisson, wild boar cacciatorini, dried chorizo, Morcilla sausage, and jamon iberico all graced the plate and went beautifully with a great cheese selection of La Tur, Sainte-Maure de Touraine, St. Nectaire, Quadrello di Bufala, Brie Fermier Jouvence, Garrotxa, Challerhocker, Podda Classico, and Roquefort d' Argental. Hot walnut/cranberry bread kept us reaching back for more.

The switch to a complimentary soup course was a bit sudden; but again who could complain? White bean soup with smoked potato and crispy lentils were individually placed in front of everyone as the two tarte flambee rested in the middle. Although the one with bacon, creme fraiche, and onion would normally catch my eye, the mushroom flambee won my heart. Hen of the woods mushrooms, chive, and Comte cheese gratine made for a crowd pleaser. They also brought out Scottish salmon tartare, steak tartare, and a foie gras terrine. At this point we had been sipping a 2004 Grand Cru Riesling from Dirler while also drinking an orange wine from Sicily. The orange wine from Sicily wasn't the best; but a hell of a conversation starter. 

Next up we went into a fish course with grouper, flounder, cod, scallops, lobster, and yellowfin tuna to name a few. The Alsatian buckwheat spaetzle was a definite crowd pleaser with yellowfin tuna crudo, roasted foie gras, and a black pepper gastrique. My favorite was the slow poached egg in a jar which paired hon shimeji mushrooms and lobster with a sea urchin foam. The Atlantic cod with wild mushrooms and leek "brick" was another table favorite as it brought comfort food to a new level. And this point we were drinking the 99' Maison Leroy. 

The meat course brought an array of beautiful dishes like beer-braised pork belly, duck confit, braised tripe, a lamb duet, and a saffron tagliatelle with cider braised rabbit. Although I don't normally like tripe, the modern's was quite good. Saffron tagliatelle wavered on the lines of "too much" but ultimately showed the kitchen's skill in flavor and technique. A few nods around the table agreed that the meat course was the best; but every course proved to be excellent. And if the food wasn't enough, we had been drinking on  a 1991 Rhone, 1986 Languedoc blend, and 2000 Barolo. 

And if we left after that course, I would have been happy; but we still had more food and wine including what seemed like every dessert on their menu, amaro, grappa, a 2004 Del Forno Valpolicella, and a 1998 Vilmart Magnum to completely cap the night off. Ending with champagne wasn't our original intent; but it turned out to be the perfect ending. We drank alot of great wine, but that chardonnay heavy champagne stole the show. What an amazing dinner with some truly extraordinary people. 

Thanks again,


So sad that 1964 Biondi Santi was corked!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday Funday

The General

The EMM group are behind such clubs as Tenjune, SL, SL East, Revel Nightclub, and Finale. The group also operates clubby styled restaurants like The Catch, Abe & Arthurs, and Lexington Brass. Although its wrong to stereotype, these restaurants are all about the "scene" and not so much about the food.

That seemed more than evident when I went with my friend two weeks ago. We went to EMM's groups latest restaurant venture--The General. Located next to their club Finale on Bowery, The General attracts a celebrity clientele; but is that why you go out? If it is, then you'll probably see Russell Simmons or the girl who plays Nadia in American Pie. Great people watching for sure as this huge spot was jamming on a Monday night. "This place is filled with beautiful people", said Blake and he wasn't lying.

The food wasn't BAD; but one might expect more from the Top Chef winning Hung Huynh. The "asian fusion" menu has anything from sushi to childhood favorites like General Tso's Chicken. One might be thrilled by the possibilities while others might be confused by its lack of focus.

It was a fine experience all together; but nothing that would drag me back.

The night was saved by some apple cider punch and jazz in Alphabet City.

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Marrow

Solid dinner at The Marrow with some friends last week. The meat centric menu is based on chef Harold Dieterle's Italian-German heritage. You might remember Dieterle from Top Chef or perhaps you've visited one of his West Village restaurants--Kin Shop or Perilla. Worth checking out, but probably more likely to go back to Kin Shop.

Nice Little Sunday

Started my day with breakfast at Raffles on Lexington. I don't normally venture  above 23rd St; but I met with Kayte and Trav before they needed to hop a train out of NYC. Breakfast was good, but mostly because of the company; definitely not because of the french toast. We had a great corner spot next to the window allowing us to gaze onto the streets. Service was typical of a diner. We left and headed to Grand Central and drank a few beers while we waited for their train. 

Later that day, i met up with Christa for some food and drinks at Chez Sardine. 

You might have heard of Gabe Stulman if you dine around the West Village. Stulman owns Perla, Joseph Leonards, Fedora, and Jeffrey's Grocery. He latest project is an "inauthentic izakaya" on the corner of West 10th St. Chez Sardine is tiny, only having 30 seats between the bar and tables but as Stulman often does, he turns cramped into cozy. We got here early and got two great seats at the "sushi bar" which overlooked the kitchen. After looking over the menu and sipping on some cocktails, the place was packed. Our server, John, fit the bill for Midwestern--a type that attracts to the Stulman restaurants. The staff were all laid back and super friendly.

The cocktails are all pretty well balanced and unique. Walking With A Panther mixes gin, fresh oj, pomegranate, fernet branca, and twizzler bitters while Cousin Scotty Fails His Driving Test brings together bourbon, carpano, sake honey syrup, and bitters. If you didn't want gin or whiskey you could get the Exceptional To See You--blood orange infused tequila, negroni syrup, and fresh grapefruit. Their wines by the glass were all French except for a German Pinot Noir. As far as beers, they had four on the list and only one was domestic--an IPA from Seattle. But if you wanted to more of a traditionalist you could drink sake. But the drinks are not whats important at Chez Sardine--its the food!

I was pleasantly surprised that they start you off with an amuse--marinated daikon with bonito flakes. Following the amuse, we got the chopped scallop with quail egg and trout roe alongside the spanish mackerel which was paired with crispy leeks and potatoes. We were then handed a pork and unagi hand roll, which were sent out compliments but later appeared on the check. Despite feeling cheated, I thought the roll was delicious. Barbequed eel with braised pork belly, avocado, spicy mayo all wrapped in nori. Brussel sprouts roasted with apple and brown butter came out next with charred octopus (bacon, lettuce, and tomato). Next up we got the roasted hamachi collar which was a verbal addition to the menu. Lets just say I'm glad I opted for the "one left" because it was awesome. Not quite full and interested in tasting more, we got the breakfast pancakes which might have been the best thing I ate there. Silver dollar size pancakes topped with salmon roe, diced artic char tartare, and yogurt were stacked in an artistic fashion that made the fish work in visually and flavorfully.

Our server then brought us pudding with maple and rice krispies which was the perfect fix for my dessert craving. Our server dropped the check even though we had just received our cocktails; but I get it. Overall, I had a great meal here. Might have to go back and get the foie gras and grilled cheese sandwich!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Some January spots

Another great lunch at Mary's Fish Camp!
You know its good when Sarah Jessica Parker is sitting next to you

Late night at Wo Hop
Hungry around 4am? Try Wo Hop on Mott Street for some Chinese food and beers. Comfort chinese food like the sesame chicken or pork dumplings. Don't be surprised if the sun is up when you leave! BRING CASH!

Anthony David
Probably one of my best dining experiences in Hoboken. Had a great dinner with Dan and Sue here acouple weekends ago. Anthony David is a BYOB so we saved alot of money on booze--always a plus! AND they had good wine glasses! Don't you hate BYOB places with those shitty wine glasses?

The atmosphere was cozy and comfortable--a great date spot. The trattoria-like space was dimly lit with candles and the nose level was soft. It was a great place to catch up with friends while enjoying some good food! 

We started with a Chablis that I brought which probably wasn't the best pairing for our veal meatballs; but it was nonetheless delicious. The meatballs were made with currants, pine nuts, and aged pecorino which might have gone better with that 2007 Chianti I brought; but that would follow with our pappardelle with lamb osso buco. The pasta was delicious, but ended way to quick. 

For mains, I got the short rib special because I'm a sucker for anything that is braised for hours. Dan got the pork chop saltimbocco which was pretty good while Suzanne stuck with the branzino. All in all, all the food was quite good. We got some gelato for dessert!

Thanks for the awesome meal Dan and Sue!
We will definitely be going back!

Monday, January 28, 2013


Some standouts of January

Fatty Cue
Had a pretty good experience at the original Fatty Cue (in BK) when they first opened; although I remember leaving feeling like we didn't get much food for the price. I left the Fatty Cue in the West Village feeling the same way. The food itself was good, but not good enough to bring me back. We walked into a pretty empty restaurant; but it gained momentum as the night went on. The kitchen brings out stuff shotgun style, so when its done--they bring it out.

I started with a Fatty Manhattan-- a Manhattan made with some cherry cola syrup and waited for our food to arrive.  Both lamb and pork ribs were both tastey. The pork ribs were made with a fish sauce which offended some at our table; but I thought the flavor was pretty good. Pappardelle with goat was probably the most disappointing dish we had; but it wasn't bad! The duck laab was pretty delicious and would even give Kin Shop a run for its money; but portion size is what killed this restaurant. And although they have some delicious deep fried bacon, I probably won't be going back!

Frankies Spuntino 570
A Spuntino is defined as an informal meal/snack or a casual Italian eatery. It was only fitting that the place would be called Frankies Spuntino after all conceived by both Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli. They started their vision with their original outpost in Carroll Gardens on Court Street. The original, Frankies 457 was so popular that it led way to other Frankie collaborations like Prime Meats, Cafe Pedlar, and Frankies 570. 

After wine tasting at both Maialino and Terroir, we ended here on Hudson Street for some food and drink. We started off with some blanc de margeux and some crostini. All the crostini were delicious especially the ricotta/honey/provolone and the kale with harissa aoli. Cremini mushrooms with truffle oil and chickpea with guanciale also were good bites. The oxtail pappardelle was a bit disappointing as I felt like it lacked seasoning. We had moved onto a bottle of 2002 Etna Rossa by Callabretta which was great especially considering its value on their list. 

For dessert Kelly brought us out one of their signature desserts--red wine prunes and marscapone. Although prunes don't excite me, the dessert was pretty good! 

Good spot with casual, comfortable atmosphere. Big thanks to Kelly O!

MarkJoseph Steak House
Depressing to see how many restaurants/stores in the seaport are still closed from Sandy. Unfortunately some of those restaurants will not be returning. Though being closed for a few weeks after Sandy, MarkJoseph steakhouse is up and running. The restaurant is blocked by construction, so its not an easy find. Good food and friendly service. Sat at the bar and enjoyed their restaurant week menu. Their started were quite boring so I went with the good old caesar salad followed by their steak sandwich. The steak sandwich was pretty good. The meat itself was tender and succulent; but the sandwich was loaded with mozzarella cheese. They could have dialed down the cheese, but nonetheless it was still delicious. Ended with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I think the $25 price tag was pretty good considering the quality of meat in the steak sandwich. The appetizer and dessert were just an added bonus!

I'll have to go back for a dinner!

ABC Kitchen
Great vibe and cool space; but alittle weary about "Call me maybe" playing in the background. Sat at the second bar in the back, thats is more like a dining counter considering they don't serve drinks from this bar--thought that was a bit strange too. Waited forever for our food, but it was delicious when it arrived. Good experience here; but service could be tightened up a bit. Definitely a place to check out. Go for lunch and experience one of NYC best pre-fixe lunches. 

Gramercy Tavern
Love this place! Hospitality and service at its best. Enjoyed a funky Malvasia (La Stoppa, Ageno, 2007) from Emilia-Romagna and a Pinot Blanc (Prieler, Seeberg, 2011) from Austria while enjoying some roasted oysters. GT's roasted oysters with hot sauce is a must get. 

Went for lunch as well and they spoiled us! Started off with a cauliflower puree with trout roe which had great flavor. We then moved onto roasted oysters and duck liver mousse. This was the first time I had the duck liver and it was a home-run. First off they served warm, grilled bread which was awesome. I was telling Jackie how much I enjoyed a warm bread without the crunch. Pickled veggies accompanied the liver mousse and gave the dish an acidity that balanced out the richness. 

Duck Liver Mousse @ Gramercy Tavern

Our next course was two salads sent out compliments of the kitchen. I think I ate them so fast that I forget what was in them!

For entrees we got the arctic char and the cobia. The arctic char was served with sweet potato, yellow eyed peas, and a ridiculous lobster sauce. The cobia was served with mushrooms, bok choy, and potato dumplings. Both were awesome!

Cobia @ Gramercy Tavern

Old Town Bar
Exactly like the name of the bar suggest, this is a bar thats been around awhile and has won the hearts of many. 
Lady kicking dropped fork from table to kitchen only made me fall more in love with this place. 

Pete's Tavern
Another mainstay in the area. The bartenders are cool if you're not an asshole. So don't be an asshole and you'll have a good time. 

Flatiron Lounge
Great cocktails by Jared.