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It was a busy week for Kelly and I in regards to eating out. We only ate in one night – last night – where we finished off our butternut squash raviolis from Little Italy and the bottle of wine we brought to Chickie Pig’s, which happens to be BYOB. On a side note, I love BYOB. Anyway, on to the restaurants…


*Setting: Small place in LES on Clinton St. About 10-12 tables total. Very modern inside. Everything is white, but still cozy. Our waitress ended up reading everything off the menu and explaining each item and yes I mean EVERYTHING. She also told us she would only take the order all at once when we tried to order just a few antipasti to start. She might have come across a bit rude if you didn’t realize that she was just young, very French, and really, very nice. We later saw her in a bar across the street and she confessed to having moved to the U.S. just a few months prior.

*Menu: 1) Beet & Lobster Risotto – A deep red and buttery risotto with chunks of lobster meat. See also: amazing. 2)Trio of Foie gras – The panko-crusted being the best. 3) Rabbit – The best I’ve ever had and including frenched ribs that reminded me of a recent Iron Chef America. Many other delicious dishes and homemade pasta

Notes: This might be the best meal we’ve had so far in NYC. Many people had recommended it to us and we were glad to finally get there. I would recommend going with a big party so as to try many things. Prices aren’t that bad either for a meal of this caliber. starts are 9-15, pastas 15-20 and almost all mains were 30. No, it’s not cheap, but for two people you’re looking at a food bill of about $70-$85 for a very filling meal.

Rating: *****

The E.U.

*Setting: A modern, larger-sized exposed brick and wood space in the East Village with an exposed kitchen, 25-30 person bar and tables to seat about 80-100 people, the European Union has a new chef making comfort food from all over Europe (and some from the U.S.?). Includes a 7-8 European beers on tap, including Schneider Weiss. Very cozy for such a large space.

*Menu: 1) Pumpkin Soup – I love to make butternut squash soup and think the homemade stuff is damn good. The stuff at EU is better. 2) Cassoulet – A rich, slow-cooked bean and confit de canard casserole topped with bacon. The size is perfect, which is to say it isn’t too big. Did I mention it was rich? 3) Chicken & Dumplings – Big, pillowy dumplings of ricotta and spinach mixed with roast chicken in a tomato sauce – this is not the Cambells version. Kelly loved it – I preferred my cassoulet. 4) Braised Short-ribs – This feels like American comfort to me, but tender tastiness.

Notes: This place was a lot better than expected. I read the menu online and it sounded OK, but when we arrived they told us they had a new chef and menu. The new menu is MUCH better. K loves the space. It’s a little big for me, but it is very nice inside. The beers on tap are excellent. The food is all pretty heavy, but the portion size is just right. Plan on one main per person and maybe splitting an app.

Rating: ***

Clinton St. Baking Company

*Setting: A restaurant / bakery where you can get a buttermilk biscuit & coffee to go or sit down and have a top-of-the-line brunch. It’s small, crowded and because so many people love it, cold on winter days as the door never stays shut. Not rare to have a 45 minute to 1 and a 1/2 hour wait on the weekends. Seats roughly 30 people.

*Menu: 1) Pancakes – Banana & Walnut w/ Maple Butter – The first time I had these, I claimed them the best pancakes I’ve ever had. They are goo, but it wears off a bit after the first virginal experience. They are, after all, just pancakes – but everybody loves them. 2) Crabcake Sandwich – Big patties of crabby goodness (no bread crumb substitute here). 3) True Buttermilk Biscuits – Enough said.

Notes: They make great, if extraordinarily large buttermilk biscuits here that would be great for taking home. I would take my parents here, or anyone for that matter, but only on a weekday. This place gets crowded and then it gets cold. A great brunch stop, but then again, it’s only brunch…

Rating: ***


One Response

  1. OMG that picture looks so yummy!!!

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