131 Sullivan St
(between Prince St & Houston St)
New York, NY 10012
After a loooooooooong day yesterday, I met up with M.B. at about 10pm for a quick bite. I hadn’t had dinner but only wanted something light (busy days… they either make me ravenous or the opposite). She suggested The Dutch, a trendy modern American restaurant in the West Village that is particularly known for their late night dining. If you read their “about me” page and watch the video, you get the sense that this is a real food kind of place, a place that probably serves large portions and is about simple, good tasting food.
YUP, THAT’S THEM. SO, WHAT’S GOOD HERE ANYWAY?
We cook things that make us happy, like a seasonal green market salad; a deluxe steak with a tower of shellfish; tasty sandwiches; flavorful curry or chili; homey fried chicken and fresh pie or something altogether surprising and new. You should really check out the menus.
DO YOU BUY LOCAL?
MAKE YOUR OWN HOT SAUCE?
SOUNDS INTERESTING. WHAT DO YOU CALL THAT? IS IT DUTCH FOOD?
It’s American food.
See what I mean? Continue reading Late Night Snack at The Dutch
280 Bleecker St
(between Jones St & Commerce St)
New York, NY 10014
At the recent Rosa Mexicano Blogger Tasting Event, I met someone who was obsessed with Fish. He compared it to one of my favorite restaurants of ALL TIME, Pearl Oyster Bar, and said that he even preferred Fish because it was more gritty and shack-like. I’ve tried almost all of Pearl Oyster Bar’s competitors, primarily for lobster rolls, and so had to try Fish. I already knew that it wouldn’t be as good as Pearl because I am loyal and Pearl is the best, but could it be nearly as good? Continue reading Fish, a seafood shack in the West Village
41 Greenwich Ave
(between Charles St & Perry St)
New York, NY 10014
I recently went to this little tapas place in the West Village to meet up with some old friends. Another friend picked the place so I did my research and found that it was rated pretty well – hence, I agreed to go (ha, no but seriously, I don’t like paying for bad food). Of course I scoured the Internet for all the best things to order prior to coming and ordered those exact things: pitcher of sangria, bacon wrapped dates, meatballs, and croquettes. Sangria, as pictured above, was a $27 pitcher of immensely watered down red wine with fruits (mainly apples) that felt like they had just been put in recently. Also, notice the concentric circles on the wedge of apple in my glass? I vehemently tried to ignore it while sipping my
water wine but I couldn’t help but meet its gaze every sip… I really should’ve just removed it, huh.
These are the Datiles con Bacon, aka, dates wrapped in bacon. For $8, we got 4 mushy dates with probably one slice of bacon cut into quarters. It wasn’t bad, because nothing can be that bad when bacon is involved. I was just sad that it didn’t compare to my favorite bacon wrapped dates tapas in Boston at Toro where the dates are slightly crisp on the outside and much more sweet, filled with Marcona almonds and Cabrales blue cheese. La Bota’s version is much simpler and more expensive.
I read that these meatballs were great and as many of you know, I do love my meatballs (see Meatball Shop, Parisi Bakery, and Banh Mi Saigon). They apparently come in a mushroom sauce but as you can see, the sauce seems more like a tomato based sauce with some other vegetables in it (including a few slices of mushrooms). For $9, I would expect something much more intricate. The balls were small, dry, and very tough. At least the sauce had enough salt to give the bland meatballs a little flavor. Continue reading La Bota, tapas for people who don’t care about food nor money.
64 Greenwich Ave
(between 7th Ave & 11th St)
New York, NY 10011
(also 2 other locations in Lower East Side and Williamsburg)
I was never particularly fond of meatballs before living in NYC. Meatballs always reminded me of dry and limp cafeteria spaghetti – not exactly something I would seek out. But after moving to NYC, I found that the Meatball Shop was the talk of the town. As a very open-minded eater, I was eager to change my mind about meatballs and checked out the Meatball Shop as soon as I could. The first time I went, we waited 2 hours for a table… don’t worry, this was before they had opened any other locations. I’ve been to all three locations now and will say that the original Lower East Side one has been lacking in quality since the opening of the other two locations… not sure why. The West Village and Williamsburg locations are great and much bigger.
Okay I know, I should really start with a meatball photo but one of my favorite things about the Meatball Shop is their market salads. They switch it up… every week maybe? The one pictured above is probably my favorite: butter lettuce, almonds, radicchio, sunchoke, clementines, and sherry vinaigrette. If you think about each ingredient… they are all very intensely flavored and so the combination could either go really wrong, or so so right. The butter lettuce was soooo tender and leafy! I now know why they are called butter lettuce because in their prime state, they really feel like they melt in your mouth… like butter. Almonds are always a welcomed addition to anything… it gave the salad a great crunch and nutty context. Radicchio is slightly bitter and almost a little spicy sometimes. I actually barely tasted them in this salad but I’m sure they added to the complexity of the salad. This was my first time having sunchoke and wow, was it amazing. Sunchokes are knobbly and funny looking… kind of like twisted ginger roots. They were boiled or maybe blanched just so that they had the consistency of a very chewy potato. They were slightly creamy… and had slight sweet and nutty undertones. They went very well with the almonds and butter lettuce. The clementines were the sweetest I’ve had (nothing like those awful sour and dry ones you find in most supermarkets) and the sherry vinaigrette just bonded all the flavors together. I. LOVE. THIS. SALAD.
Here is a close-up of a classic beef ball with spicy meat sauce. See how juicy and tender it looks on the inside? You have the option of picking the type of ball you want and the type of sauce (see menu photo on top). Having tried all of the balls and almost in every ball-sauce combination possible, I find that the classic beef ball and spicy meat sauce is my favorite.
Continue reading The Meatball Shop