Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Breakfast at The Love Cafe

I've always been a big fan of the Love Street Coffee truck so whenever I find myself in Astoria I swing by the brick and mortar shop for a bite to eat.  The cozy space has a takeout window up front for on the go ordering and a big space with outdoor seating in back for lounging the sun. My last visit I ordered a breakfast sandwich and it was incredible.

Two eggs scrambled with a handful of herbs, three strips of crisp bacon, thick melted cheddar cheese and a touch of mayo.  This is the sandwich hangover dreams are made of...I'm pretty sure it could cure any bad morning.

The Love Cafe
32-30 Steinway Street
Astoria, NY 11106

Monday, July 27, 2015

Restaurant Week- The Leopard at Des Artistes

My first restaurant week meal of summer was an easy choice; a delightful brunch inside the iconic Hotel Des Artists.  The restaurant was absolutely stunning inside with large canvas murals adoring the walls painted by Howard Chandler Christy in the 1920's.  The space has an elegant but comfortable feel of "Old New York" and the scene at brunch was quite lively. 

The meal began with a bread basket filled with thin bread sticks flecked with rosemary, a rustic brown studded with raisins and sunflower seeds and classic white baguette.  

The restaurant week menu had options for both breakfast and lunch so I decided to have a reverse meal beginning with a lunch appetizer- thin sliced Tuna with Pantelleria capers and radish dressed with a light mustard sauce.

Then onto breakfast with "Uova in purgatorio" baked eggs cooked in a spicy cherry tomato sauce with crushed red pepper, basil and toasted county bread.

For dessert a White & Fudge Semifreddo; thick vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two rich chocolate cookies with a dusting of powdered sugar on top.  

Everything about the meal was delightful.  The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and setting could not be more lovely.  My only small complaint would be the chilly AC overhead so taking along a sweater (as most women had) would be a must on next visit.

The Leopard at Des Artistes
1 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Brunch at Cosme

I can still remember opening week of Cosme.  I was at day three of the Star Chef's Congress and had just seen the world famous Chef Enrique Olvera speak when I decided to race home and check out his dinner that very evening.  Unfortunately Cosme was booked solid and the entire bar was full by the time I arrived. I took it off the go-to list until things calmed down a little but it's still just as crazy today. Reservations for dinner continue to be impossible but not many people know they just started serving brunch. When I stopped in last Sunday I was able to score a table alone and there were still open seats at the bar.

There were so many wonderful sounding things on the menu like Corn Johnny Cakes with pineapple passion fruit and Green Chicken Chilquiles with creme fraiche but it was the Duck Enmoladas that really caught my eye. 

The duck was simply shredded into a glorious mound of rich, tender meat then stuffed inside a soft blue tortilla shell and dressed with layers of spicy/sweet mole and queso.  It was so filling I probably could have stopped after the first shell but so delicious I found myself finishing the entire plate.

In addition to the fabulous food menu was an incredible cocktail list.  I choose the Telenovela made with Kappo Pisco, Suze, St. Germain and anchiote bitters.   It was sour and bright- perfect for pairing with the rich mole sauce.

Service was incredible the entire meal...my only regret was passing up churros for dessert. Something I surely won't miss on my next visit.

35 East 21st Street between Park & Broadway
New York, NY 10010

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Happy Hour at Dos Caminos

I love a good happy hour and when it comes with nice salty margarita it's even better.

Dos Camino's happy hour has a little something for every taste; $4 beers, $5 glasses of wine and $8 margaritas in both traditional and their signature Prickly Pear.  Not to mention a fantastic selection of bar bites that really serve more as dinner than just snack.

My favorite is the Chicken Enchilada- a massive corn shell taco covered in mole poblano sauce and queso fresco.  It's saucy, cheesy and loaded with lots of tender chicken. The famous Dos Caminos guacamole is also available during happy hour in a single size portion along with a rich Chorizo Fundido and Pumpkin Seed Fritters.  Happy Hour at Dos Caminos runs from 3:00-6:00 every day so arrive early to take advantage of this great deal.

373 Park Avenue South at 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Chicken Shack at Shake Shack

Fried Chicken = always good.  Shake Shack = always good.  Fried Chicken Shake Shack sandwich...how could this possibly be a bad.

The newest item to hit the Shack Shake menu includes a white meat chicken breast with thick sliced pickles, shredded lettuce and buttermilk herb mayo on a butter toasted bun.

The chicken is seasoned with lots of black pepper and served super crisp.  I really liked the crunchy outer coating and the meat was incredibly tender.  However as I sat there eating I started to think about all of the other things I love about Shake Shack.  Those plump tomatoes, melted cheese and that awesome Shack Sauce...maybe even some crispy bacon.  Could I possibly customize my own Chicken Club Shack sandwich?

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