As natives of the Connecticut River Valley Oxbow in Northampton, we feel familiar at our new neighborhood Tavern. What a special surprise to find that it was open on Thanksgiving. Since none of us is a fan of turkey, we relished our quail, duck and lamb chops at a cozy table on a frigid fall holiday this year. Perfect with a bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot.
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 bistro in the West Village has been fodder for recent #MeToo complaints due to bad behavior by restaurateur duo Mario Batali and Ken Friedman. Friedman’s chef co-owner April Bloomfield parted ways with him after pretending to be oblivious to the debauched scene in the venue’s upstairs after-hours. Drugging and raping staff. Allegedly. News today that another woman may 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 from lobster fiascos… 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 →