I like The Dutch. It’s in the SoHo Neighborhood of Manhattan and only a few blocks from the West Village. Another cool neighborhood. Nothing fancy here, the prices are reasonable, really good vibe and the food and drinks are tasty. One of their specialties is their fried chicken and it was delicious. I like this place.
I love small, intimate, funky joints. Huertas is just that. It’s located in the East Village which is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. Huertas serves Basque-influenced fare, evoking the lively eating and drinking culture of Northern Spain and creatively inspired by NYC. I started out with a Seafood Tin called Caballa. Mackerel in Olive Oil, Aioli, Pimentón, Lemon, Herbs, Bread followed by a fresh Tomato Salad and then Arroz. Saffron Fried Rice, Shrimp, Bacon, Peas, Pea Leaves, Egg, Aioli. Everything was so good including the cocktails. A great little joint!
Gramercy Tavern is one of famous restauranteur, Danny Meyer’s, signature restaurants. It is in the Flatiron District/Union Square area of Manhattan which is a cool area. You can either eat in the main dining room which is fancier and has a bigger menu or eat in the Tavern which is walk in and a smaller menu. I choose to belly up to the bar in the Tavern and the food was outstanding along with the service and ambiance. I had the Island Creek Oysters, Roasted Veges with 3 dipping sauces & the Gramercy Tavern Cookie Plate with Milk. Was a wonderful experience.
As you know, I love dive joints. Hole in the wall places. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like upscale too. Especially when it is in a fun and festive atmosphere. Cosme is just that. Cosme is a restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron District serving contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine. World-renowned Chef Enrique Olvera and his team create dishes rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions, while also celebrating local and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley and surrounding region. Cosme’s beverage program focuses on artisanal spirits and mirrors its cuisine, letting the high quality ingredients shine. One of their specialties is the Duck Carnitas with onions, radishes, cilantro. It is for sharing and the duck is slow cooked and is out of this world! I will be back.
The first NYC restaurant from Tokyo chef Takatoshi Nagara, Mr. Taka Ramen dishes up a compact menu of Japanese snacks and several varieties of ramen, plus beer and sake, in a cozy, simple storefront with light-wood tables and an open kitchen. And, this joint is in the Lower East Side which is such a fun area of New York City. Nothing fancy here and really good! So good I went back a 2nd time before I left town.
Being from Chicago, I know a good steak joint and Guard & Grace is on point. It is a take on the big, fancy, modern steakhouse – miles and miles of fiery grills and charcuterie, oyster bar and bar tops, private rooms, and a posh, walk-in, floor-to-high-ceiling glassed wine cellar. And the steaks are delicious. This place is an experience and one not to be missed.
Les Madeleines was such an unexpected treat. It’s a cozy French-style spot known for made-from-scratch pastries & desserts plus a full breakfast & lunch menu. It’s downtown and it’s wonderful. I was introduced to the Kouign-amann which is a round crusty cake, made with bread dough containing layers of butter and sugar folded in. But what it really is, is ridiculously good and each bite gets better until you hit the center which is heaven. I recently had the Madmuffin Sandwich it it was incredible. Lightly scrambled egg, avocado, wild boar bacon, and micro chives on a house-made English muffin. So good! Love this place.
Tucked in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Salt Lake, The Avenues, is Cucina Deli. It’s a counter service joint serving up fresh sandwiches, salads and entrees and it is just delicious and healthy. Is a go to place for me whenever I am in town. Perfect for a quick, healthy and relaxing meal. The Stuffed Portobello was great! And I love their salads.
I like this little joint. Alpine Modern Cafe is tucked in the Chautauqua Neighborhood of Boulder near the university. If was a funky mini mart for years. Not any more. This little coffee shop has a clean, modern vibe and tasty food as well. They are open from 7-5:30 everyday. My little avocado and egg bowl was delicious.
I love The West End Tavern. It’s on Boulder’s West End which is my favorite part of town on the west end of the Pearl St. Mall. It has great atmosphere, a killer roof top deck with a view of the Flatirons, great whiskey and beer selection and excellent service because this is one of Dave Quary’s Big Red F restaurants. Oh, and the food, it’s not off the charts great but it’s good which is fine with me. The fried pickles with a killer dipping sauce, pictured below, are pretty damn good and the Brisket is surprisingly good and smoked in house. The salads are tasty as well. My favorite thing to do is go there in the summer and sit on the west deck and soak in the view. It’s really fun up there. The east side of their roof top deck is covered and is a sports bar with a bunch of TVs and it’s own bar. Just an all around great place.