Thursday, November 27, 2014

Last weekend’s restaurant (and bar) recap

Saturday, January 21, 2006

My old friend Mike visited last weekend and we hit a variety of places around the city.

A quick belated recap:

This was my second visit in the last few weeks. Mike had the Gnocchi ai Funghi Selvalici and enjoyed it. I had the Pizza Margherita (no artichokes), which is quickly becoming a standard for me.


Despite the cool name and exterior decor this is the lamest New York bar I’ve visited. I was really surprised.

I can’t bring myself to link to it.

I’d say it was the lamest bar I’ve ever visited, period, but I recall having been dragged to piano bars in Wisconsin.

Good as far as sports bars go, though I’m not a sports bar fan. The flat-screen TV to person ratio was about 3:1.

Not cheap, but probably the best Cobb salad I’ll ever have. Mike and Laura enjoyed their dishes (neither of which I can recall) as well. The atmosphere is okay and the multitude of dog pictures is neat.

I’ll definitely go back.

Flor De Mayo
A Chinese/Cuban place I’ve visited few times. I always enjoy it. I’m a simpleton, so I had pork fried rice and won-ton soup (Flor De Mayo’s has some of the best of each of these).

Mike had the Pollo a La Brasa (Puruvian Special Chicken), which is a Flor De Mayo signature dish. He enjoyed it a lot.

Some cafe I can’t remember
It’s around 84th. I’ll check and update this post.

Le Petit Cafe
A smallish place in SOHO. I had a simple pasta dish; Mike had a Caesar salad. Both were fine; neither were life-changing. A good afternoon stop.

Maz Mezcal
Good food. The crowd was 30-plus and kinda family-oriented. The wait staff sang happy birthday to a customer at a nearby table, which made me feel like I was at Chi-Chi’s or another lame chain. Not a bad joint, but I won’t be returning.

I finally made it in after having tried three other times over the last year (I’ve never been willing to wait an hour). The food (breakfast) and service were excellent. I’ll definitely be back, but I still won’t wait an hour.

Busy couple days (and a Daily Show taping)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The first couple days of this week have been busy. I hit Fashion 40 for the first time last night. Cool atmosphere, listenable dance music, a particularly strong Bombay Sapphire and Tonic (or maybe I just didn’t eat enough yesterday).

I saw a Daily Show taping tonight. Jon Stewart answers audience questions before the taping, which is really cool. The guest was Albert Brooks, who was promoting his new movie Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World. The clip they’ll show tonight was pretty funny, though the opinions on IMDB were mixed.

Afterwards Dave and I hit John’s Pizzeria (pizza with sausage, mushrooms, and olives–good as always).

Weekend restaurant recap

Sunday, January 8, 2006

I went to Isola (MenuPages, New York Times) Friday night. It was my second visit. Both times I’ve had Quattro Stagioni, which in layman’s terms is pizza with sausage, mushrooms, and artichokes (I held the artichokes).

Amy had some sort of garden salad, which she said was good. Dave had Penne alla Norma, which he enjoyed.

(If it’s not already obvious, I’m a simple eater. I don’t apologize for it.)

Today I went to City Diner. We went shortly after noon. It was pretty crowded, but the host was super-efficient (and pretty friendly) about getting everyone seated. The food turnaround was the fastest I’ve experienced in a New York restaurant.

Once again living up to my simple nature I had chicken rice soup and a Caesar salad, both of which were excellent. One of the best Caesar salads I’ve had. Laura had some sort of omelet; I don’t recall the details. I didn’t ask her how it was, but it looked good.

Celeb Sighter 1 snags a catch

Monday, January 2, 2006

My friend Celeb Sighter 1 (she’s also known as Amy) ran into Lisa Gastineau of The Gastineau Girls at the New Year’s gathering we attended at Jean-Luc. I hadn’t heard of them, but I’m not really in the loop on reality television, so I’m probably in the minority. Apparently Lisa is very nice (she even shared her maki).

The cameras weren’t with them, but apparently they were going to be in tow for a party elsewhere later in the evening.

Here’s the picture proof.

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