Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ABC Kitchen

Located in New York's ABC Carpet on 18th Street between Broadway and Park, ABC Kitchen prides itself on 'local, organic and original food.'  It was also named best new restaurant by The James Beard Foundation.  Book your table in advance, the place was packed and so was the bar.  Fun for an after work or perhaps after shop drink.  
The first three photos are of the yummy toasts - the ramp and goat cheese, chicken liver and crab with lemon aioli. Other dishes we tried out; the roast carrot and avocado salad, sugar snap pea salad, roasted beets with house made yogurt, the pretzel dusted calamari, mushroom pizza with oregano, parmesan and egg, cavatelli with spring vegetables, jersey tomato and buffalo mozzarella pizza, kasha and bowtie pasta with veal meatballs, and crispy pork belly.  
For dessert, who can say no to a gourmet sundae made with salted caramel ice cream and topped with candied peanuts, popcorn, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.  The apple crumble tart and chocolate cake, runners up.  Nice little plates they're sitting on.   

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Dutch - NYC

Moving from a New York brunch to a New York lunch, The Dutch is Soho's bright new star.  It's also the latest from chef Andrew Carmellini, whose other restaurant Locanda Verde, a massive hit, is jam packed every night.  The Dutch will be too, and get this, it's open until 2am. 
The eggplant dip is a must for the table. The chilled carrot soup is good, and good enough for reality housewife Bethenny Frankel to feed to her infant, which is what she was doing at the next table.  Order the fried chicken and biscuits because you have to. Also the ricotta ravioli, and the turkey and duck sandwiches (check out the height on that turkey).  And one of the most exciting things on the menu is seeing the words 'fresh pies made daily.'   

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Peels - NYC

This is the restaurant you want to brunch at on the weekend.  The poached eggs on biscuits with sausage gravy may be heavy, but it's worth it, every last bite.  The dulce de leche banana doughnut (a special that day), well just look at the photo, ridiculous.  You can build a biscuit - load on scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, avocado. Fun times at Peels.  
Upstairs and downstairs is completely packed with mostly hipsters / young families.  Outside on Bowery is quite the scene as people wait for tables, and a disheveled designer Betsy Johnson stumbles by.