Sunday, May 23, 2010

Char No. 4, Schiller's, the Standard

This entry happened back in April 2010.

The first weekend of April most of my college friends came into town for Josh's 30th. Eve dropped him off at Char No. 4 where we all waiting to surprise him.

She got us all a 3 whiskey flight with ascending amounts of rye: George Dickel, Bulleit, and Rittenhouse 25 yr. The George Dickel was really interesting.

I don't quite remember the food except that everything was tasty. The service was exceptional, a step higher than you'd expect.

We were all playing with our cameras.

On the last day, Josh made a reservation at Schiller's.

This place just feels wonderful to be in. There's great light and a nice vibe. We got there early. It was packed when we left.

The Cobb salad was not quite what I was expecting. Very shredded.

We stopped by the New Museum for the awesome Skin Fruit exhibit then walked the High Line and had drinks on the ground floor of the Standard.

Char No. 4
196 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 643-2106

131 Rivington St (at Norfolk)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 260-4555

The Standard
848 Washington St (at W 13th)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 645-4646

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pinche and smoothies

We ate at Pinche yesterday.

Mabel loves their fish tacos. She never feels like she can get enough of them.

Their yucca fries were particularly good yesterday. It was like eating fried dough.

Whenever we eat here, we think of Pinchy, Homer's pet lobster.

We got tickets to see Babies at Sunshine and got smoothies at Juicy Lucy before the show.

The smoothies were pretty gross. Mabel wasn't very happy with her melon-mango-ginger smoothie.

Neither was I with my strawberry-banana one.

We each thought the other person's smoothie was more disgusting. They were all chunky. Mabel didn't appreciate that I told her after the fact that I caught the smoothie guy cleaning out old pulp from the juice machine with his bare hand. We had to just throw them out after a few sips; we would have been better off if we just threw a $10 bill into the street.

The movie was fun. We stopped by Emack & Bolio's on the way home. They were closed, but they made Mojito and Tropical cooler smoothies for us anyway. They were fantastic.

Pinche Taqueria
227 Mott St (btn Bleecker and Houston)
New York, NY 10013

Juicy Lucy Juice Bar
85 Avenue A (btn 5th and 6th St)
New York, NY 10009

Emack & Bolio's
73 W Houston St (btw Wooster & W. Broadway)
New York, NY 10012

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Downing Street Bar and Da Silvano

Mabel and I ate at Downing Street Bar and Da Silvano last night.

Downing Street Bar has been my favorite bar for a while. They have perfect cocktails, nice lighting, and good music. There's a small menu, but my favorite items are a foie gras terrine on perpetual special and their list of toasts which are triangles of nicely toasted, thick, chewy bread topped with things like smoked sturgeon or cheese and honey.

For dinner, we wanted to eat at a touristy outdoor place that we saw across the corner when we ate at Caffe del Mare, but it looked very unappealing up close.

We walked around a bit, saw open tables outside of Da Silvano, and ended up sitting in front of the Bistecca. They gave us Da Silvano menus. It was a lot of fun. The weather was just right, Silvano himself hung out on the sidewalk, and the waiters had a charming, insincere obsequiousness to them that strangely fit my mood. Mabel got Rigatoni Focaccia, and I got Taglierini Contadina. They were excellent in a way I don't know how to replicate. Maybe it was the cream. The last time I had pasta nearly that good was at Lupa several years ago.

When it came time for dessert, Silvano's genuinely warm brother-in-law came by to say that his mother made the tiramisu herself that day. It reminded me of Ed Levine's thwarted attempt to try Rao's cheesecake. How could we say no to that? But we were in the mood for Grom.

Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar
34 Downing St (btn Bedford and Varick St)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 691-0404

Da Silvano and Da Silvano Bistecca
260 6th Ave (btn Bleecker and Houston St)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 982-2343

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Otarian, Juice Generation, and Caffe Del Mare

We ate at Otarian for lunch today. It was not very satisfying and had the feel of slightly below average airplane food.

It's a new vegetarian place with an emphasis on low carbon emissions. Their menu has the carbon savings compared to the meat version, in kg, next to each item.

We saved about 3 kg of carbon.

I like Energy Kitchen much better. Mabel had hoped to eat at Sacred Chow instead.

To make up for the meal, we went to Taim for smoothies, but the line was out the door.

So we got smoothies at Juice Generation. They were decent, but the best part was finding that they have an orange juice machine!

I've been looking for a place like this for years.

For dinner, it was a balmy night and we went to Caffe Del Mare so that we could sit outside. The best part of the meal was the baked artichoke. There was maybe too much stuffing and it got a bit crumbly towards the middle, but it was like something out of the Pillsbury cookbook.

Colin Huggins was playing in the park again.

We didn't stay to see how he was going to move his piano out of the fountain.

154 Bleecker St (btn Thompson and Laguardia)
New York, NY 10012

Juice Generation
171 W 4th St (btn 6th and 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10014

Caffe Del Mare
89 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 777-7521‎