Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Brunch at Two Door Tavern

The morning before my friends hopped back on a plane home we needed some serious brunch.  I wanted to show them a little bit of Williamsburg so  I decided upon Two Door Tavern for three reasons:

Reason #1-  The menu is straightforward.  There's eggs & bacon, pancakes, omelets, things most normal people want to eat in the morning.  You'd be surprised how many places in this city have a Soft Shell Crab sandwich on the brunch menu but look at you crazy when there's an inquiry of French Toast. 

Reason #2- A free drink with each entree- HELL YES.

Coffee was supposed to come along with our free drink but our waitress decided to take a looooooong break before bringing those.  Not exactly the best idea when dealing with a crowd of tired, hungover patrons but luckily this is where my final reason comes into play.

Reason #3-  It's only three blocks from Skinny Dennis and their amazing Willy's Frozen Coffee drink.  

This is basically an iced coffee slushie spiked with whiskey then topped with shavings of dark chocolate.  ELIXIR OF THE GODS!  Seriously.  Plus they give out free peanuts.  Which makes it quite possibly the best bar ever in my book.

Skinny Dennis
152 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 

Two Door Tavern
116 North 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Monday, May 23, 2016

Eataly & Gramercy Tavern

I absolutely love when friends come to visit.  The weekend almost always begins with a trip to Eataly for a bottle of bubbly and a plate of their luscious prosciutto and mozzarella.

And the weekend usually ends with a stop into Gramercy Tavern; this time for a full meal in the bar area.

Marinated Fluke tossed with citrus, mint and a sprinkle of pine nuts...

...and thick ribbons of rich, marbled Wagyu Pastrami to begin the meal.

My standard Gramercy entree order the Ricotta Cavatelli.  I just love the combination of sage, Swiss chard and oyster mushroom to the hearty pasta.  

Of course the Mushroom Fried Rice with green garlic, cabbage and trout roe is also an excellent choice.

For dessert the Gramercy Tavern Cookie Plate served with a short glass of milk and two scoops of Strawberry Ricotta Ice Cream that was so creamy and decadent it was almost more like eating a cheesecake.  

Good food, great friends to share it with...it doesn't get much better than this.

42 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003

Friday, May 20, 2016

Clover Club

Once again it's supposed to be a cold and rainy weekend ahead.  My plan is to catch as much of the warm sun today before it vanishes with some happy hour drinks at the Clover Club.

Weekdays from 4-7 this sleek Brooklyn cocktail bar offers half price drinks on many of their specialty cocktails like spicy Moscow Mules and tropical Coconut Daiquiri's.   You can relax in the vintage leather banquettes in back or grab a seat by the open doors up front for prime people watching and sunshine.  

The Clover Club
210 Smith Street at Baltic Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pop-Up Tasting at Cheese of Europe

The French Cheese Board just moved from midtown to hip new digs in SOHO and this weekend everyone is invited to check out the new space and drink and eat as much wine and cheese as possible.

On Friday May 20th and Saturday May 21st from 11:00 AM -6:00 PM the housewarming party will be in full effect. Expect lots of culinary art and rich buttery Bries. So if those weekend plans happen to be in SOHO this is certainly a party not to miss!  

French Cheese Board
41 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Untitled at the Whitney

I did a quick pop into Untitled the other day, the newest restaurant from Chef Michel Anthony of Gramercy Tavern.  Located on the ground floor of the Whitney Museum the open dining room has a comfortable feel to it with big windows looking over Gansevoort Street and homey touches like blue gingham covering the bread and a cute wooden knife for the butter.

The menu has four different sections of snacks, small plates, veggies and mains.  Of course any time I see Beef Tartare it's a must order and this one was fantastic. 

The beef was chopped fine then dressed with shavings of black radish, fresno chilis, Sorano beans and pumpkin seed salsa. Each bite had a little bit of heat and satisfying nutty crunch. Delicious!

Untitled at the Whitney
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014