Thursday, September 17, 2009

NYC Restaurant Recommendations

Here are some pics and links to a few of the restaurants I've been to over the last couple months in the NYC area. Enjoy!

Ok, we're going to start with desserts. I forget the name of this little gem, but it was delicious. Apparently they haven't updated the menu on their website recently cause nothing of what we ordered is on there currently. Regardless, you need to go here at least once, but you'll probably go twice or more. Decent prices, good food and excellent desserts.

Oh, hello again you pretty little flourless chocolate cake! This thing is like eating a 2 inch thick chunk of the best frosting you could imagine. Don't be deceived by its small size. I had to share the rest with the table cause two bites and I was done - and I love chocolate.

Risotto with parmigiano, prosciutto and something that made it green. Damn it I thought the info would be on their website. It was delish.

Melone e prosciutto as an appetizer. I didn't try this, but heard it was nice. We all shared a bottle of prosecco, as well, which is a dry Italian sparkling white wine. Try it sometime if you haven't yet. It was a class favorite when I lived in Italy and traveled in Germany. P-R-O!

Again, we'll start with dessert. This is profiterol, which are dark chocolate pastries stuffed with cream. So, so, so good. This picture doesn't do it justice. I'm still working on my food photography skills here. Seriously, I'd go back just to have these.

A delightful new friend of mine, writer/producer Diane Uniman, and I shared this mixed meze platter to start, which was a sampling of humus, tzatziki, eggplant salad, circassian chicken (amazing), borek & sheperd salad. FANTASTICO. A must order. Paired with a Turkish white wine Emire de Nevsehir - Kavaklidere "Cankaya" 2006 from Anatolia. We then shared the Manti, which I forgot to take a picture of, but are "traditional minced beef dumplings in a yogurt & tomato sauce, seasoned with fresh mint". This place is so charming. They had live jazz the night we were there and the food is just outstanding. Go!

Homemade ravioli stuffed with Shiitake mushrooms in a pesto sauce. A bit heavy with the oil, but nevertheless very good.

This is a special Reuben sandwich they had on their menu that day. Lucky for Dan Delany from who invited me to brunch at this lovely little place just outside Dumbo (area in Brooklyn for those outside of NYC). And it just so happened that Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon were two tables over from us, who were later joined by Maggie, her hubby and the kids.

I decided to go with the banana pancake, which I believe was an excellent choice. Honestly, I think I can say this is the best pancake I've ever had. It wasn't overly sweet and sugary like most breakfast places. Perfect blend of flavors and consistency of the pancake was solid. Two thumbs up!

I've been to a lot more places than just these listed above, but only recently started making a conscious effort to take pics and mental notes. Do you have some recommendations for great restaurants in NYC? Share them here on the dealio!

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