351 East 12th Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
I haven’t been this psyched about a restaurant in a while (The Bao aside, of course). I didn’t know what I wanted to eat but wanted something new and great. I was looking for an unconventional place with unconventional food. Ducks Eatery happened to be exactly what I was looking for. The menu is like a blend of comfort soul food with Southeast Asian flavors. Very, very interesting. And surprisingly very, very good.
T.W. and I both had the Watermelon Gimlet ($12) with watermelon, gin, lavender, and lime. Very light and refreshing.
We all shared a couple appetizers. FIrst up is this Smoked Duck Salad ($13) with black rice, pomegranate, apple, and black garlic. The pomegranate and apple added a great tartness and crunch to the almost creamy, smokey duck. Black rice was a really interesting addition. It was a little sweet and chewy, which rounded out the dish quite nicely.
These are the Smoked Mussels ($14) with chili oil, house cultured smoke butter, and toast with maple and chive. Also H.W.’s favorite appetizer of the night. The smoked mussels were pretty damn intense. Slightly fishy, very smokey, and bathed in a flavorful oily sauce. It was a serious flavor trip. Continue reading Ducks Eatery: Soul food meets Southeast Asian flavors
Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue
103 2nd Ave (between 6th and 7th street)
New York, NY 10003
Mighty Quinn’s has been in my neighborhood for more than a year now yet I had not gone until just recently. It wasn’t until Chrissy Teigen (my major celebrity crush) posted that she came with John (because Chrissy is my crush, I am on a first name basis with John too) that I decided I needed to go asap. The line is always really long but it moves quickly. I would definitely consider this a fast food kind of place. Food is ready made and tables are first come first serve. (Btw, I didn’t have my camera with me so have these gritty iPhone pictures.)
Nice to see fresh vegetables in the kitchen.
LAW got the Brisket Sandwich ($8.75), which seems to be the crowd favorite as seen on Yelp and first hand at the restaurant. The brisket is sliced in front of you after you order and you see the fatty juices gush out onto the cutting board. Looked very promising but ended up tasting mediocre. It lacked flavor (which is made up for by the gallons of Mighty Quinn’s BBQ sauce on all the tables) but was very tender. The bun was cold and dry, which definitely didn’t help. Sad, sad disappointment. Continue reading Mighty Quinn’s, Manhattan’s BBQ joint
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
116 E 16th St
(between E Union Sq & Irving Pl)
New York, NY 10003
We wanted to watch the game. I wanted some ribs. The guys wanted some beer. And so off we went to Brother Jimmy’s!
Notice how I angled my camera so that the focus of the photo is the brussels sprouts. These brussels sprouts were a-m-a-z-i-n-g. They were pan fried to crispy perfection and there was a ton of them. This plate is the Combo Rib Platter ($21.75) which consists of three types of ribs, two sides, cornbread, and pickles. The three types of ribs were Northern Style (smoked and grilled with bbq sauce), Southern Style (smoked with memphis style rub), and Jimmy Style (smoked with Jimmy rub). I tend to like the saucier ribs over the dry-rubbed southern style ones because dry rub is easily made too tough. The memphis-style rub actually tasted better the next day with our Chinese meal at home. I slow roasted it in the oven a bit to warm it up and softened the meat. It tasted a little like Chinese 蒜香排骨 (garlic ribs): a little sweet, salty, crispy, and sliiightly spicy. Yum. Again, brussels sprouts were amazing. It also made me feel like I was having a healthy meal… veggies, protein, and sweet potato! Fries were good. Crisp on the outside and mushy on the inside. Corn bread was good…. but not as good as….
Continue reading Not bad, Brother Jimmy!