UWS September 2018

Great news. Dovetail will become a trendy chef Adam Leonti of Philadelphia spot. A.G. Kitchen becomes Fish on the Fly with lobster rolls to go. Yo!!!! Le Petit Rooster, for wine and rotisserie chicken down a few blocks. So. With Milling Room & Oxbow. Things are looking up this Fall in the ‘hood!

Oxbow Tavern

New boîte on 71st & Columbus. Used to be Café Tallulah. Never went there. Always empty. Oxbow Tavern is crowded and lively with a beautiful zinc bar and tasteful if dark décor. Menu a bit heavy and wintry, doesn’t change for summer seasonal offerings. Yet the grilled squab was perfectly prepared and brussel sprouts excellent. Hangar steak good…

Scourge of Scaffolding

Our neighborhood favorite, AG Kitchen has closed. A staple for fresh food with friendly service. Best burgers, burritos anywhere. But. Once the scaffolding went up, the ambience changed. It’s the scourge of the UWS and beyond. Killing businesses on every block. SAD!  

Pig Spotted

The Spotted Pig, trendy mainstay of the West Village has been the fodder for recent #MeToo due to bad behavior by restaurateur duo Mario Batali and Ken Friedman. Friedman’s chef co-owner April Bloomfield has parted ways with him after pretending to be oblivious to the debauched behavior in the venue’s upstairs after-hours. Drugging and raping staff….

Trump Sandwich

Upper West Side. Gotta laugh. Right? NOW IS A GOOD TIME…   TO VOTE!  

Holiday Buffet

Christmas Eve lobsters at Alicat & Joe’s. Magnifique. Bobby Van’s on 50th. Just above Times Square fray. Yet close enough to walk to see Farinelli & the King, The Parisian Woman, or Meteor Shower. The food is average, but it’s lively and fun. Plaques above our corner table featured Eric Trump and Michael Flynn. Collusion! The…

Autumn Palate

It’s not that we don’t go out to eat much. It’s that we rarely find the experience blog-worthy. Neighborhood restaurants remain just okay. And. Citarella’s food is just too good. Check out RecipeDetours.com. Although brunch at Tavern on the Green’s outside garden was excellent last week. On a balmy beautiful Saturday. Eggs Benedict with potatoes…

Gramercy Tavern Délices

Perfection every season. Marinated Fluke Grapefruit, Cucumbers and Basil Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Vacheron, Le Paradis, Sancerre, France 2015 Lobster Salad Spiced Carrots, Rhubarb and Barley Chardonnay, Arnot-Roberts, Watson Ranch, Napa Valley, California 2015 Hake Asparagus, Guanciale and Yogurt Grüner Veltliner, Jäger, Smaragd Achleiten, Wachau, Austria 2015 Spinach Tortellini Maitake Mushrooms and Pickled Ramps Nebbiolo, Stella…

Taste of UWS

2 Blocks Away for the good of the ‘Hood. Boulud Sud. AG Kitchen. Dovetail. Support our neighbor restaurateurs.  

Isabella’s Bites the Dust

UWS’s landmark gathering spot the latest to close its doors. Isabella’s shuttered for good yesterday after decades of meeting, greeting and eating. One of the few outdoor cafes not blocked by shade of ugly dank scaffolding. You could actually sit in the sun. Sad.