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The Chester: a classy spot for weekday drinks and real bar food

The Chester
The Chester
18 9th Ave
(between 13th St & Little W 12th St)
New York, NY 10014

Sorry I’ve disappeared! I tend to do this every year around this time because I’ve learned to stretch my vacation days like I stretch my belly around the holidays. But ladies and gents, we still have a couple weeks before Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years land on our faces, and these are the weeks to spend with your New York family before you join your real family.

L.N. recently introduced me to The Chester, a new a new American restaurant/bar he is overseeing that opened on the first floor of the Gansevoort. The chef is now Stephen Yen, previously of Catch. Next time you are deciding on a place for drinks, make it The Chester, because if you’re anything like me, you expect quality after-school snacks with that glass of wine.

The ChesterWe started with Tuna Tartare with olive salad and crostini ($16). The Chester is definitely on the pricier side, but the portions are ginormous for an upscale place. You can comfortably share this appetizer between four people ($4 each, not bad), and you each would get at least two to three large spoonfuls of tuna. The tuna was light, fresh, and dressed in a flavorful olive salad. Definitely trumps beer nuts any day.

The Chester
I insisted on the flatbread, because I love all things bread. We had the Prosciutto Flatbread with prosciutto de parma, arugula, fontina, and truffle oil ($16). The flatbread was also huge, enough to feed four hungry adults. It was just the two of us there, so I took lots of yummy leftovers home. This classic prosciutto flatbread was on the greasier side, which of course was delicious (prosciutto and arugula are like peanut butter and jelly), but made it very filling. If you’re planning to have dinner after drinks, I would suggest getting just one food item. The Chester is like an Italian grandmother, she loves to fill you up. Continue reading The Chester: a classy spot for weekday drinks and real bar food

Brussels Sprouts at a Meat Pie Shop?

Tuck Shop
75 9th Avenue
(between 15 and 16th St.)
New York, NY 10014

Known for Australian savory pies and sausage rolls, Tuck Shop is a little snack shop in Chelsea Market, next to Bar Suzette Creperie and One Lucky Duck.  They cook up traditional meat pies stuffed with ground pork, “chook” pies (chicken, ham, and leek in a white gravy), sausage rolls, and much more, all made with a buttery and flaky pastry.  Yum… but of course, I didn’t try any of those meaty pies.

Like any logical (not) foodie, I had the roasted brussels sprouts instead.  I couldn’t help it!  They had a display case featuring these fresh, bulbous little guys and I just had to have some.  $5 for roughly 7-8 sprouts – not exactly good bang for your buck… but again, the display case!!  Simply seasoned with salt, these sprouts were exactly the veggies I was looking for after a weekend of gluttony.  People who don’t like brussels sprouts claim that they are too bitter.  If cooked correctly, the bitterness subsides (though not completely) and a very fragrant taste emerges.  Some pieces were nicely burnt and crisp on the outer layer (I also love them because they have layers and are fun to eat), but most of them were soggy because they were pre-cooked and sitting in a covered container.  Luckily, they were soggy from sitting in a pool of delicious olive oil and salt.  Would I get them again?  Yes, because they are green and I love brussels sprouts.