Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lunch at Luger

Peter Lugers is known best for their mammoth Porterhouse Steaks but their Burger also shares the rave reviews.  It's available only at lunch time, so when Mr. T and I had a rare afternoon free we hopped on the train over to Williamsburg.  



Luger's is almost exactly the same during the day as it is as night.  The same long lines of people swarm front room, the same gruff bartenders pour drinks behind the bar and the same basket of bread greets you upon arrival.  I try to ingest most of my carbs in the form of beer but I just can't pass up these long fluffy rolls sprinkled with coarse salt and rye.  It's the closest thing to a Kimmelwick Roll this city offers.



The incredible bacon also makes an appearance at lunch.  It's thick and meaty...perfect on its own but extra delicious with the Luger Steak sauce (which is actually quite terrible on steak IMO but oddly delicious on the bacon). 


ThePi├Ęce de r├ęsistance of course is the burger...made from over a 1/2 pound of dry aged beef with an incredible funk and lots of juicy innards held perfectly together with a soft buttery bun.  


For only $16 this burger is one of the best deals in the city and a great reason to return to Luger's more often.  Throw in a couple chocolate coins in the end and you even get dessert!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Back to Aquagrill

With so many new restaurants popping up in the city all the time it's not often that I find myself  at a repeat, but this week I made it back to both Gramercy Tavern and one of my old stand by's Aquagrill.  The bread here is outstanding...crusty baguette, spicy jalapeno cornbread and my absolute favorite a plump buttery slice of focaccia topped with chunks of onion.



The lunch menu is much more affordable than dinner with lots of tasty options like the Grilled Rare Yellowfin Tuna with avocado, arugula and onion.  They don't skimp on the seafood and you get to choose a side of salad, fries or half and half.  I love the half and half option. It keeps me coming back more often than I choose to admit.



Plus the bar always has a ton of action going on from the oyster shucking in the corner to the bubbly SOHO shoppers planning out their next plan of attack.  It's great to be back at an old stand by again.

Aquagrill

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Lunch Deal at Gramercy Tavern

Lunch at Gramercy Tavern is a relaxing affair.  There's rarely a wait for a table, the sunlight streams in through the big windows up front and it's the only time to experience the soup and sandwich special.




The combination changes almost every day...last visit it was a thick, creamy Sweet Potato soup studded with red peppers, onions and black beans paired with a Roast Pork Cuban.



This sandwich has everything...ham, slow roasted pork, swiss cheese, pickles and a pepper aioli all stuffed between slices of grilled Ciabatta.  It's smoky and rich...perfect with the sweetness of the soup and impossible to stop eating until the very last bite.  

Gramercy Tavern

Monday, October 6, 2014

Truffles at Fika

Fika is probably my favorite espresso place in the city.  This little shop translates to "coffee break" in Swedish and they make the perfect macchiato and churn out some of the best chocolates in the city.


My go-to is the Macadamia but recently I've been switching it up with these other three...a silky white chocolate champagne truffle, creamy Bailey's and a crunchy Hazelnut Gianduja.


You really can't go wrong with anything they make be it coffee, chocolate or one of their delicious pastries.  So do as the Swedes do and take a little fika once in a while.

Fika

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Westville Hudson

There are so many fabulous reasons to love Westville and it begins with the food.  They have a dizzying array of market sides that are some of the best crafted veggies in the city. They always have an egg scramble on the menu for those of us who like breakfast morning, noon and night :) Plus the service is usually fast, friendly and affordable.



I stopped by their newest location in Tribeca for an evening scramble of spinach, fresh herbs and smoked gouda.  The dish was excellent as always but I was shocked to see how large and bustling this location was....easily six times the original and with a full bar!  They had a couple drink specials going on...one red wine, one white, a local draft beer and this Cucumber Gimlet.  



It was bright and refreshing...not something I would recommend with an egg scramble but a delicious discovery nonetheless!  This new Tribeca location may be my favorite one yet.

Westville