Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Burger Week, Weekend - Commerce & Little Owl

Saturday brunch, Commerce Burger. Apparently they had a special burger for burger week but the waitress said that it's pretty much like the standard burger on their menu, so whatever, it's still good. It had many ingredients all working well together, the only thing that was a bit overwhelming was the mayo sauce. There was a little too much of it. Other than that it was very good. Decided to skip the fries this time. Not sure if it was a good decision because I heard the fries are very good at Commerce. Oh well, next time then.

Sunday brunch. Little Owl's Bacon Cheese Burger with gus's pickle and a side of spiced fries. It's a shame it's only available for lunch and brunch, not for dinner. Fairly plain burger and yet it's pretty balanced. Juicy meat, crispy bacon, and melted American cheese. That's all. Good stuff though. Fries are awesome.

This concludes burger week. Many tried, non not liked. Now, I guess it's time to switch to something healthy after eating burgers for a week. We'll see though.

50 Commerce St
New York, NY
(212) 524-2301

Little Owl
90 Bedford St
New York, NY
(212) 741-4695 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Burger Week, Friday - Burger & Barrel

Burger & Barrel is a sister restaurant of Lure Fish Bar so it's no surprise that they transfered their amazing Bash Burger. Lure's burger is off their manu, you just have to ask for it, but B&B has has in black and white.

So what is a Bash Burger? It's a delicious flavorful patty covered with traditional American cheese, onion and bacon jam, and special sauce. Very tasty. Fries are traditional and good but really nothing too extraordinary. Onion rings on top are not worth it, in my opinion, rather order another serving of fries. Great burger here but I think it's still a better version at Lure.

Burger & Barrel
25 W Houston St(212) 334-7320 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Burger Week, Thursday - The Spotted Pig

This is one of my favorites, and has been for a while. The delicious Chargrilled Burger is a well know classic in New York. Much respect for April Bloomfield's talent.

Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese and Shoestring Fries. It's really that basic. Juicy, melts in your mouth meat is covered by wonderful cheese on a soft and fluffy bun. That's it. Simple as that and oh so delicious. This burger is definitely responsible for the Spotted Pig popularity and why you have to wait for over an hour to be seated for dinner. Obviously the fries are perfect. Crunchy and seasoned with rosemary, Dijon mustard on the side, what could be better. Love this burger because it's simple and yet extremely flavorful. It's the bestest.

The Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St
New York, NY
(212) 620-0393 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Burger Week, Wednesday - The Breslin Bar Dining Room

The Breslin is a great place for delicious food. For Burger week their Chargrilled Lamb Burger with Feta was a must.


An interesting Greek style burger. Lamb patty covered with melted fetta cheese and red onions. Wonderful. Not an ordinary combination of ingredients but it really does taste amazing. Also, again a win on the fries. Very munchable with Dijon mustard. It's no surprise that this is such a burger. Breslin menu comes from an very imaginative April Bloomfield, an extraordinary woman responsible for The Spotted Pig (To Come on Thursday) and John Dory Oyster Bar. She just doesn't miss.

The Breslin Bar Dining Room
16 W 29th St
New York, NY
(212) 679-1939

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Burger Week, Tuesday - DBGB Piggie Burger

DBGB Piggie Burger has been around for a while now and it's consistently delicious. In addition to a great burger, the fries are amazing. Seriously, great fries.


Burger is an interesting mix of flavors. 6 oz. of beef topped with bbq pulled pork, jalapeno mayonnaise in a cheddar bun. Very juicy and unique. I like the combination of ingredients, they really work well together. Fries are a must. All together, it's a great treat that never disappoints.

299 Bowery
New York, NY
(212) 933-5300 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Burger Week, Monday - L'Apicio Burger

In honor of Burger Week here's Monday's L'Apicio Burger.
It's available just this week but if it get good feedback they will add it to their lunch and brunch menu. I really liked this burger and would definitely like to see it on the menu permanently.


Deliciously juicy burger. Three different kind of meat, short rib, chuck and sirloin, give it a great texture. Shallots add a wonderful crunch and Dijonnaise sauce is a great flavor kick. Melted Fontina cheese is just amazing and traditional sesame bun is excellent. This is a staple American burger. Very well done. The fries leave little bit to be desired but its a work in progress. On top of that, plenty of menu options of wine and delicious pasta (see L'Apicio review

13 E 1st St.
New York, NY
(212) 533-7400 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Artichoke Basille's Pizza

I truly believe that this is the best pizza in New York City. Artichoke Basille's Margarita Pizza! Yes, they do have an Artichoke pizza but Margarita is the one to get. Amazing sauce, cheese and basil leaves. It's perfection No wonder the place is always packed, especially late night. Really can't say enough good things about this. There are three locations. The ones to visit are the original East Village or Chelsea. There's Greenwich location but pizza there is disappointing so don't go there. Overall, definitely a must try creation! And, oh Joy, they deliver!

East Village Location
328 East 14th Street
New York, NY
(10am-5am Daily)

Chelsea Location
114 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY
(12pm-5am, Tuesday thru Saturday
12pm-12am, Sunday & Monday)

Greenwich Village Location
(Don't go)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dinner at el toro blanco


For some time after opening it was impossible to get in to el toro blanco unless you made a reservation days ahead. All the hype was partially due to the fact that it's a new venture by Lure fish bar people. Now, however, it's a bit more approachable. Interior is modern and food and drinks look good, a great formula for a successful restaurant.

First thing first, the cocktails. ROSALITA and RASPBERRY TEQUILA SANGRIA. Look fun and taste great. Obviously all tequila based. Very creative, it's hard to forget that they contain plenty of dangerous taqiuila so keep count.

Classic made to order GUACAMOLE and salsas. Delicious and fresh but not enough. The portion definitely needs to be bigger.

COSTILLAS EMPANADAS were filled with wonderful short rib meat, oaxaca cheese and ancho barbecue on the side. Crispy on the outside, hot and melted on the inside. Good stuff!

There has to be an order of tacos at dinner here. Chicken tacos with sweet and spicy tomatoes, oazaca and avocado are called TINGA DE POLLO. Good choice. Combination of flavors was a great idea but I guess it's hard to make a bad taco with fresh ingredients.

BAJA FISH TACOS are made with your choice of grilled swordfish, charred octopus, or crispy fish. Swordfish was the choice of the evening. Wonderfully fresh fish, lightly grilled and covered by avocado, radish, cilantro, and roasted jalapeƱo aioli. Nice and light flavors, wonderful tacos.

Last but not least, CAMARONES EN MOJO DE AJO. Seared gulf shrimp, toasted garlic, chorizo, chile, and roasted tomato lobster broth. Lots going on here, many different ingredients and flavors. Shrimp were obviously fresh, covered with amazing broth that was best mixed with rise. Not enough of chorizo though. Overall, a nice and somewhat hearty dish.

el toro blanco
257 6th Ave  
New York, NY
(212) 645-0193

Monday, April 8, 2013

Dinner at Manzanilla

Spanish Tapas? I love Spanish Tapas! This place is fairly new so it was exiting to try it. The atmosphere was lively and very pleasant. Service needs a little work though, but maybe it was just our server, so whatever, I had a very nice experience.

This was was OXTAIL BRIOCHE with mushroom and kale. Interesting and definitely unique. Brioche was amazing and the meat was wonderful so this was much fun to try. Very good start.

Saw this plate passing by many times so I had to see why. These CROQUETTES were filled with cuttlefish and squid ink. Oh my. Didn't expect that one. Probably the idea was more exsiting then the dish though. Still an interesting thing to try. Recommend getting it. Don't worry, your teeth will not become black because of the squid ink, there's not that much of it.

Tasty FOIE GRAS TERRINE. Made extra special with caramelized goat cheese and green apple puree. Great combination of ingredients and looks really delicious. No ingredient was overpowering, instead, the flavors and textures worked well together to make this a great thing to try.

Smoked octopus, kindly known as PULPO A LA GALLEGA. A few potatoes and spicy sauce make for a very entertaining dish. This was yummy.

SUCKLING PIG came highly recommended. Meat was really soft and nice. Butternut squash puree and sauteed escarole were pleasantly nice.
Great place with unique food and fun atmosphere. Good stuff!

Manzanilla Spanish Brasserie
345 Park Ave S 
New York, NY

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dinner at Swine

Interesting name for a restaurant. Sounds strange to say "go to Swine". This place is awesome though. Really fun bar, great cocktails and beers, delicious food, fun atmosphere and easy-going people, it has it all. I've been several times already and will keep coming back. Recommend to sit upstairs in the bar area as opposed to the dining room downstairs. Bar is much more livelier with great people watching. 

Two boards from two different outings. Left has soppressata, chicken liver mousse, foe gras torchon, grafton cheddar cheese with bacon marmalade, and black river blue cheese with cherry chutney. Right is cheddar cheese, again, country pate, and rabbit & mushroom terrine with cranberry chutney. All these things are fresh and good. Chicken liver mousse was surprisingly on the richer side. The bacon marmalade is delicious, easily can be eaten by itself.

Pan roasted TROUT was perfect, made with leeks, califlower, and mushrooms. So full of flavor and texture. I'm convinced a healthy dish. Yummy.

The famous BONE MARROW & BRISKET BURGER. Very rich, definitely filles you up. Meat was very nicely done and the toppings were unusual but tasted very good. Only thing is that I feel the cheese needed to be a bit sharper but apparently they varry it so next time it might be perfect.

SHORT RIB from the second time I came to dinner. Even though the meat was nice and soft it felt a little dry, I think because there was no sauce. Crispy onions and potato pure were great additions.

531 Hudson St
New York, NY
(212) 255-7675