Second time. Loved the first experience four years ago. This time. Dull Mosto. Seemed like a whole different management. Service pretentious yet very unsophisticated. Pacing extremely uneven. Food uninspired with the exception of the pastas. Wine pairings okay, but some were just undrinkable. A trend of serving from huge bottles was tacky. Clientele also. It seems more like a tourist trap now. Sad.
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!
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 quail was perfectly prepared and brussel sprouts excellent. Hangar steak good reviews. Bar is the draw. Positive news in the UWS ‘hood. No scaffolding, either!
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!
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. Allegedly. News today that another woman is going to partner with Friedman to revive The Spotted Pig. Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones & Butter and decades-acclaimed Lower East Side gem Prune. A renegade rebel… Read more Pig Spotted →
Upper West Side. Gotta laugh. Right? NOW IS A GOOD TIME… TO VOTE!
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 Milling Room proved to be better than the first time we went. Cod perfectly cooked, duck dishes excellent. A vast interesting space. Not as successful, Italian restaurants on Columbus. Tried Pappardella for a family dinner. Crowded, noisy… Read more Holiday Buffet →
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 perfect. Ambience sublime in late October. And Harbes Family Farmstand on Long Island’s North Fork in Mattituck has even better Apple Cider Donuts than Atkins Farms in Amherst, Massachusetts. Which is saying something.