Category Archives: Eclectic

Bröd Kitchen, Upper East Side, NYC

Bröd Kitchen, Upper East Side, NYC

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I was recently invited to sample a spectacular new bread kitchen/ bakery that has replaced the “Hot n Crusty” (eeeks!) that was housed on 63rd and 2nd Ave in Manhattan.

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

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The Elm, Williamsburg, NYC

The Elm, Williamsburg, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Burrata with Ocean Trout, Avocado Gazpacho, Gold Bar

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Juni, Murray Hill, NYC

Juni, Murray Hill, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Prixe-Fixe

 

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Corkbuzz Wine Bar, Chelsea Market, NYC

Corkbuzz Wine Bar, Chelsea Market, NYC

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LIC Market, Long Island City, NYC

LIC Market, Long Island City, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Frittata, Soups, Brownie

 

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Bohemian, Greenwich Village, NYC

Bohemian, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½ 

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$ 

Must try:The Bohemian Tasting

 

Ever done the secret dining circuit in New York? If not then Bohemian is a great place to start.

There is such a thrill in going to that clandestine, unmarked restaurant with no published phone number that is hidden away behind a Japanese butchers store. I was expecting a super snobby, exclusive chic kind of atmosphere but what lies behind Bohemian’s doors totally disarms all of that.

 

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Once you are buzzed in, the entire mystique melts away and what you are left with is a really inviting space, which feels more like being in someone’s living room. Here you are served rather remarkable fare by the nicest of people. Trust the Japanese to create the ultimate speakeasy!

 

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At Bohemian, chef Kiyo Shinoki prepares Japanese inspired creative plates that are artful both in composition and presentation. Each dish is thoughtfully created blending Japanese cooking techniques to maximize flavors.

The Bohemian Tasting for $55 (6 courses) is a very reasonable offering which allows you to sample an array of different tastes. There also is a full bar with an assortment of Asian inspired cocktails.

Bohemian has a very a stringent reservation policy which is by phone only. They also ask for a referral when you call in.

Bohemian respectfully requests that their “secret phone number” not be published anywhere but if you ask nicely…I might just share with you!

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Farmer’s Fresh Vegetables Fondue

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Washu-Beef Short Rib Sashimi

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Uni Croquette

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Pan Roasted Branzini

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Washu-Beef Mini Burger

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House Caviar Rice Bowl

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Foie Gras Soba

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Honey Lemon Pannacotta

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* Restaurant Name
Bohemian
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
East Village / Japanese / Steak
* Street Address
57 Great Jones St. (bet. Bowery & Lafayette St.), New York, NY 10012
* Phone
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Juliette, Williamsburg, NYC

Juliette, Williamsburg, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Eggs Forestière

Juliette is an ultra charming brassiere in Williamsburg located right next to the famed Egg.

Nested in an area where trendy restaurants open ever so often, Juliette has managed to hold its own. Offering a locally sourced, French inspired menu classic favorites with a twist rule here. The meal we had here was very solid.

The interiors at Juliette are French country whimsy. The space offers locales to suit every mood. There is a vintage barroom up front, a main dining room, a solarium adorned with vines and an extremely popular rooftop bar that is packed during warmer weather. 

For those who care, Juliette was recently featured on Project Runway in Episode 9 (Let’s do Brunch)! That is definitely one way you can spend your time here by checking out the scene but for others like me…..the food will occupy you just fine too.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

BAKED FARM EGGS

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SMOKED SALMON BENEDICT 


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EGGS FORESTIERE

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* Restaurant Name
Juliette
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Williamsburg / French
* Street Address
135 North 5th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
* Phone
(718) 388-9222
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ABC Cocina, Union Square/ Flatiron, NYC

ABC Cocina, Union Square/ Flatiron, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆ ¾

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Grilled Maitake Mushrooms, Raw Shaved Fluke, Guacamole with Grapefruit Salsa

 ABC Cocina is Jean-Georges Vongerichten and executive chef Dan Kluger’s endeavor at inventive, Latin inspired, tapas style fare.

Housed within the stunning ABC Carpet & Home Store, this hot spot is fashioned in abcmkt’s eclectic style – an aesthetic I love (of course everything is available for purchase on the shop floor).

The menu consists of seven sections with choices that range from a “Raw Bar” to “Light and Bright” to “Wood Burning Grill” and more.

The cuisine is based on flavors from Latin America and Spain and is for most part executed rather well. Dishes that blew me away were the “Raw Shaved Fluke with Green Chili Dressing” and the “Grilled Maitake Mushrooms”. Other such as the “Fish Taco” felt lacking in clean flavors and brightness as is was unnecessarily doused with some kind of creamy heavy Russian type dressing. The “Short Rib Tacos” though are a clear winner!

Service was very pleasant but uneven. We were kept waiting for fairly long spells between certain dishes.

I didn’t fall in love with ABC Cocina the way that I did with ABC Kitchen….but the small plate fare piqued my interest enough to make warrant several revisits.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Guacamole with Grapefruit Salsa

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Raw Shaved Fluke 

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Shrimp with Sizzling Garlic and Chili Oil

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Short Rib Taco

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Fish Taco

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Grilled Maitake Mushrooms

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Salted Caramel ‘Impossible’ Flan

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Soft And Crunchy Almond Cake

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* Restaurant Name
ABC Cocina
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Flatiron / Latin American other / Tapas/Small Plates
* Street Address
38 East 19th St. (Between 5th Ave. & Park Ave.), New York, NY 10003
* Phone
(212) 677-2233
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Mercer Kitchen, Soho, NYC

Mercer Kitchen, Soho, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Steamed Shrimp Salad, Pizza with Roasted Eggplant

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North End Grill, Tribeca, NYC

North End Grill, Tribeca, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Grilled Clam Pizza, Upma Polenta, Thrice-Fried Spiced Fries, Rice Flaked Halibut, Butterscotch Pot de Crème

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David Burke Kitchen, Soho, NYC

David Burke Kitchen, Soho, NYC

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Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Burrata and Prosciuitto

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Saul, Boerum Hill, NYC

Saul, Boerum Hill, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Must try: The Tasting Menu

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DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Lower East Side, NYC

DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Lower East Side, NYC
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Food: ☆☆☆½

 Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Price: $$$

I recommend:  Burgers, Fried Egg Bourguinon, 

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Minetta Tavern, Greenwich Village, NYC

Minetta Tavern, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Black Label Burger

 

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Parish Hall, Williamsburg, NYC

Parish Hall, Williamsburg, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Smoked Trout Salad, Chicken Hash

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Traif, Williamsburg, NYC

Traif, Williamsburg, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: roasted portabella-truffle toast, fried egg, Dayboat Scallops , Bacon-Wrapped Blue Cheese-Stuffed Dates

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Table Verte, East Village, NYC

Table Verte, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$ ½

Must try: Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Yam Cake

 (This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

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Talde, Park Slope, NYC

Talde, Park Slope, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Chow Fun with Braised Pork Shank, Long Island Fluke

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The Quarter, West Village, NYC

The Quarter, West Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆ ¾

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Grilled Salmon

(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

 

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Oficina Latina, Nolita, NYC

Oficina Latina, Nolita, NYC

 

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Oficina Latina on Urbanspoon

 

Food: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Avocado Cilantro Margaritas,  Sardinas a la Plancha, Jarrete de Cordero

(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

 

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M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NYC

M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Ham and Cheese Croissant, Squash Soup

 

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SHO Shaun Hergatt, Financial District, New York City (Now Closed)

SHO Shaun Hergatt, Financial District, New York City (Now Closed)

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Hand Made Cocoa Pappardelle
, Warm Sticky Toffee Sponge


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Red Farm, West Village, NYC

Red Farm, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

I recommend: Dim Sum Menu

 

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Co-Op Food & Drink: Brunch, Lower East Side, NYC

Co-Op Food & Drink: Brunch, Lower East Side, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: SPICY TUNA EGGS Benedict

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The DL, Lower East Side, NYC

The DL, Lower East Side, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: PB&J, Rice Crispy Crusted Monkfish

 

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