Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cheese Grille 03-28-2015

Location: 188 Allen St.
Time: 2:30pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-Cheese Grille is a casual eatery with a modern twist on American classic: grilled cheese.
-House-made spicy tomato soup ($5 for large, $1.75 for small) is so thick and compliments the crunchy and gooey sandwiches. It is great for dipping.
-Both savory and sweet grilled cheese (Nutella, banana and Mascarpone with ice cream, anyone?) sandwiches are available.
-I must urge you to get sweet potato tater tots (small $4, large $7). So crunchy and subtly sweet.
-"Sloppy" ($8, Joe Cheddar, Groud Beef, Mascarpone, Pickled Jalapenos on Levain Pullman)--isn't that a perfect marriage of American classics? The mixture of Sloppy Joe and grilled cheese cannot go wrong.
-Open late (3am on weekends) for your perfect late night munchies.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

K'OOK 04-25-2015

Location: 324 E. 6th St.
Time: 2:30pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-K'OOK offers casual Korean dining experience with modern twists. It is fun looking through the menu full of creative dishes.
-"Snowky" ($8, Fried rice cake, onion, mushroom, pepper, broccoli, mozzarella cheese, red hot pepper, spinach with K'OOK white sauce) is highly recommended! It is essentially cheesy macaroni au gratin with rice cakes. Genius!
-"Crispy Rice Egg" ($3, boiled egg wrapped in seasoned ground pork, rice, kimchi, coated in bread crumbs then deep fried) is their version of Scotchegg. Truly delicious and decadent.
-Service is attentive, K'OOK is a great addition to the neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kottu House 04-09-2015

Location: 250 Broome St
Time: 8pm

-Kottu House, conveniently located few blocks down from the best hair salon, Fringe, specializes in the Sri Lankan street food .
-With their delicious kottu made with godamba roti, a blend of curry, eggs and the seven options of veggies, fish or meat -- their food takes you straight to a food coma. ($12-$15)
-South Asian fries ($5) are covered with the generous amount of paprika and Sri Lankan chili powder and further deepen this coma.
-I will definitely get more of their flavorful, moist kottu every time I am back in the salon.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Snowdays Shavery 2-24-2015

Location: 241 E. 10th St.
Time: 1pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-What do you do on another cold wintery day in NYC? Share a massive bowl of cold, creamy shaved snow cream at Snowdays in East Village! Beat the winter food cliches.
-This Taiwanese style melt-in-your-mouth dessert is still not ubiquitous in the city.
-The menu is more Americanized, but there are plenty of red beans, mochi and matcha toppings available. Whatever you do, do NOT forget to add Pocky.
-If you are Libras or Pisces or other indecisive signs, opt for their creation combos such as "Yeti Food." ($6 for small, with bananas, sugar cones and blueberry puree) You cannot go wrong with any of their choices.
-All of their shaved cream is made on premises with GMO free dairy from Hudson Valley.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Brindle Room 02-17-2015

Location: 277 E. 10th St.
Time: 2:30pm
People: RB, CK and myself


-At this gastropub, you see an interesting mixture of decadent comfort food and their famous "Sebastian's Steakhouse Burger," ($12, caramelized onions, fries, pickles) considered to be one of the best burgers in the city.
-RB thought the burger was very juicy and flavorful, and the fries were crispy and well salted.
-The portions are large. "Potato chip frittata" ($10) can easily serve up to two people.
-Many dishes are sharable and perfect for a group setting although the space is quaint, and tables are limited.
-Their house made hot sauce, PGB, is a must. (you can purchase at the restaurant!)
-Complete the meal with their heavenly chocolate hazelnut donut!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Petee's Pie 02-14-2015

Location: 61 Delancey St.
Time: 4pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-Do we need another bakery in LES? YES. We need scrumptious Petee's pies on every block. Just the aroma of sweet butter when you walk in--If I was the mayor of NYC, I'd mandate to leak the smell into the subways.
-Pies here are baked from scratch with local ingredients in both sweet and savory options. The ingredients are real dairy from grass fed cows, real eggs and real produce. Real damn pies.
-Featured sweet flavors are: cherry bomb, cranberry apple, salty chocolate chess, and sour cherry.
-RB opted for a savory option, the chicken pot pie, which is succulent and very filling.
-Nice people at Petee's even offer delicious gluten-free and vegan options. There are also quiche and pastries. (They gave CK heart-shaped pie crust cookies!)
-For beverage options, they have excellent selections of Bellocq tea, Parlor Coffee and cold-pressed juices.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Kiin Thai 03-07-2015

Location: 36 E 8th St.
Time: 2pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-The owners behind Somtum Der's new spot, Kiin Thai focus on home-style central and Northern Thai cooking.
- Kiin means "eat" in Thai. Indeed, lots of lots of great eating happens at this place.
-With a plenty of small dishes available, this is a perfect place for family style dining with a large group including the NYU students nearby.
-Even ubiquitous Pad Thai ($15) is better here and good for sharing. The condiments like peanuts and chiles are on the side, and the noodles packed with fresh ingredients are wrapped in an egg crepe.
-"Grandma's Grilled Pork and Sticky Rice" ($13) is like a deconstructed sticky coconut rice burger.
-No dish is Americanized here except the tap water and some beer selection. Prepare for some complex flavors.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Oda House 02-22-2015

Location: 76 Ave B
Time: 12pm
People: JLam, RB, CK and myself

-At this rare Georgian spot in East Village, you can enjoy various Georgian specialties like soup dumplings, shish kebab and khachapuri, traditional cheese filled breads.
-All poultry and eggs are organic and grass fed here.
-There is a menu section devoted to khachapuri, and it is absolutely a must. Share it with your friends and enjoy the warm gooey cheesy, buttery heaven.
-Chizhi-Pizhi ($9, eggs topped with Sulguni cheese, tomatoes and bread at the bottom, oven baked) is a hearty and perfectly decadent brunch dish.
-Khinkali (hand-rolled soup dumplings, $10 for lamb) are very tender and flavorful, just be careful not to spill any of that yummy greasy juice.
-Each dish is large and great for sharing. Oda House is perfect for group dining on a cold wintry night.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Schnitz 02-21-2015

Location: 177 1st Ave.
Time: 12pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-Japan has its katsu Sando, the US has chicken cutlet, and now East Village has a Smorgasburg favorite, Schnitz, serving Israeli style schnitzel sandwiches.
-There are other schnitzel spots in NYC that specialize in German and Austrian style, often with thinly pounded pork and veal, but this may be the new beginning for the thicker, Israeli style sandwich trend.
-Schnitz serves these traditional sandwiches with generous amount of modern toppings and pretzel hero from Tom Cat Bakery. If you are low-carbing, order one "naked" without the bread, but it's tough to say no to a soft and chewy pretzel hero.
-"Grumpy Russian" ($9, Pork loin with greens, pickled cherries and gorgonzola spread) was an explosion of flavors, and the pickled cherries offered a very unique and pleasant note to the sandwich.
-Instead of a sandwich, I went with various delicious veggie sides: Schnitz Fries with beet tzaziki ($5, crispy sage, parsley, garlic butter, chili flakes and sea salt), Jicama-Fennel Slaw ($4), Roasted Head of Cauliflower ($5, with cumin seed oil and maldon sea salt), Brussel Sprouts ($4 with caramelized onion dijon and old bay).
-With beer and wine on tap and free wifi (and a spacious WC with lemon wall art is a major plus), what else can you possibly want? Your next meal should be at Schnitz.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Goa Taco

Location: 79 Delancey St.
Time: 3pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-After a strong debut at Smorgaburg in Park Slope, Goa Taco opened the modest pop-up serving paratha tacos in Lower East Side. This place needs to be permanent ASAP.
-The buttery paratha is folded over the modern, LES friendly fillings like slow roasted pork belly ($8), recado rojo lamb shoulder ($9), and organic tofu ($7).
-House made scotch bonnet hot sauce was so flavorful and spicy, RB had to buy a bottle.
-"Brunch" ($8, bacon-substitute with cheese, tomato, egg, basil aioli) was highly addictive and well seasoned. I will think of this taco for a very long time.
-There are just some two seater benches (about 10 seats total) at this narrow space. Consider yourself lucky if you get a seat. Hopefully they'll open a permanent location soon with more seating!