Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lunch at Pepe Giallo

Nestled just blocks from the Highline on 10th Avenue sits Pepe Giallo...a small, rustic place with a kitschy garden in the back and a small open kitchen in the front.  The menu offers an array of Italian staples like Penne a la Vodka, Spaghetti with Meatballs and Vegetable Linguine.

I ordered from the lunch specials which came with choice of soup or salad and sandwich.  The salad was simple greens dressed with a little olive oil and pepper followed by a crisp Mozzarella and Prosciutto Panini.

For the low price of $9 this was a fantastic lunch deal.  The sandwich was quite perfect...loaded with lots of fresh sliced prosciutto, creamy mozzarella cheese, chopped arugula and tomato.  It was homey and rustic just like the restaurant itself. 

Pepe Giallo
253 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10001


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cake Truffles at Momofuku

I love the cake truffles from Momofuku Milk Bar.  The Birthday Cake is a standard but the other two flavors constantly change like the classic Banana Cake truffle I was absolutely obsessed with, the Beer & Pretzel truffle that was way to short lived (seriously) and now the Chocolate Chip Cake truffle.

Rich vanilla cake stuffed with chocolate chips, passion fruit puree and topped with yellow cake crumbs.

I don't usually love fruit with chocolate but in this case it really works.  I was already eating a second one before I realized I had gone back into the bag!  This flavor's only around for a few more weeks.  November 1st the ingredients change again so get it while you can.

Momofuku Milk Bar

251 East 13th Street @ 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Monday, October 20, 2014

Spains Great Match

It was all about Wine and Food design at Spain's Great Match last week.

Located inside the Frank Gehry building on the west side it really couldn't be a more perfect location.

There were some great eateries in attendance, my favorite of which was My Moon restaurant from Brooklyn.  They showcased an array of tapas like juicy Watermelon Gazpacho with fresh goat cheese, Iberico ham and basil oil alongside Fried Plantains and with anchovy and bell pepper.

The Txoriburger, a spicy chorizo and beef slider loaded with blue cheese and crispy yucca....

...and a creamy Duck Croquette with membrillo marmalade and orange aioli.

But the main event here was the wine of which there was plenty to enjoy like the Gastiago a big, silky Garnacha with a dark cherry finish...

......the spicy elegant Lealtanza made from 100% Tempranillo then aged in French Oak...

...and finally an Albarino I actually enjoyed!  I swear I didn't put the sunglasses there :)

It was a fantastic event...can I book my trip to Barcelona now or what??

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.