Insatiable Girl

NEW YORK: Apizz

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on November 15, 2010

This Italian restaurant is located on an empty street in the Lower East Side, but you completely forget it the moment you step inside. It’s a beautiful place with great food. I highly recommend their arugula and prosciutto pizza as well as their shrimp and chorizo appetizer. The bread basket with tomato sauce and cheese was also delicious, more places should swap the olive oil and vinegar combination for this. The gnocchi pictured above was good, but would have been better if the gnocchi pieces were a bit smaller. It was a bit too over powering. It’s not a dish I would order again if I went back to Apizz; I would probably load up on that pizza.

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BROOKLYN: Nha Toi

Posted in brooklyn, food, new york, restaurants by sue on November 14, 2010

This tiny hole in the wall spot is a bit intimidating at first. There aren’t that many seats here and they are usually taken so you’re pretty lucky if you get one. The menu is up in front on a clipboard on the wall and you order there as well. The pho is alright; not terrible, but not amazing. The soup wasn’t like what I had expected, but the brisket blew me away with its tenderness. The pulled pork banh mi was flavorful but lacked the carrots, radish, and cilantro I normally associate with Vietnamese sandwiches. The thing you have to get if you decide to try Nha Toi is the shrimp and bacon summer roll– why didn’t anyone think of that before? It’s probably the best summer roll I have ever had. They even give you three sauces for it. Yum.

NEW YORK: Posto

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on November 14, 2010

Horrible picture I know, but Posto is hands down my favorite pizza spot in New York now. Unless this is the first time you’ve read my blog, you should have realized that I’m not a big bread person; that goes the same for noodles, pizza crust, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I like to eat them, but in small quantities. And that’s why Posto’s thin crust pizza is perfect for me. Make your way out to Gramercy for this place and get one of their salads. The meatball and the sausage pizzas are fantastic; even better is that they don’t skimp on the basil like most places do.

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NEW YORK: Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on November 12, 2010

No surprise that this place beat out Bobby Flay on Throwdown for their sloppy joes. Pictured above is their sloppy joe fries– think chili cheese fries, but sweet. The meat is great, but it was too heavy so I couldn’t finish even half of my fries.

The fish fry sandwich was good, but they need to use another type of bread. The ciabatta was overpowering because it was just too thick. Whatever they use to batter the fish was amazing though.

If you are in the area, I would give it a try. I’d probably check out their sloppy joe though or their fish and chips.

NEW YORK: Tearrific

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on November 11, 2010

It’s a decent boba (aka bubble tea) spot in Chinatown. The almond milk tea is a bit too sweet for me, but I prefer it to the one at Saint’s Alp.

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NEW YORK: Schiller’s

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on August 4, 2010

schillersny.com
131 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
212 260 4555

Price: Reasonable/Expensive
Rating: Great
Directions: JMZ to Essex, F to Delancey
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get: Huevos rancheros

Quite possibly the best huevos rancheros I’ve had. There’s something about their sauce which could probably make “duck white kidneys” taste delicious. (Google that if you dont watch top chef.) Only thing bad about this place is that is overrun with flies.

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NEW YORK: Rue B

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on July 27, 2010

ruebnyc.com
188 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
212 358 1700

Price: Cheap/Reasonable
Rating: Eh
Directions: L to 1st Ave
Reservations: Unnecessary

This place has a great brunch deal ($12 for an entree, drink, and coffee/tea, including tax), but is nothing special. The atmosphere is great and laid back, but the food was bland. I got their eggs with truffle oil, but couldn’t even taste a hint of the oil. It was just a piece of toast over an egg. I was disappointed.

It made me appreciate Paprika more actually since it’s practically the same great deal (Paprika is $12 for the amount of food, minus the tax), but the food there is just so much more flavorful.

NEW YORK: El Castillo de Jagua

Posted in new york, restaurants by sue on July 27, 2010

113 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
212 982 6412

Price: Cheap/Reasonable
Rating: Good
Directions: JMZ to Essex, F to Delancey
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get: Oxtail

If you have a hard time pronouncing the name of this place, be prepared to stand out when you walk into this restaurant. Stepping inside this Spanish/mainly Dominican spot, you are immediately transported to another country. When Joe and I went, we were the only people speaking English, which is always a good sign when you want ethnic food. And this place was no exception. I’ve been craving oxtail since the day Rebecca commented on my Chinese Borscht recipe and it was easily satisfied here. The meat fell off the bone easily; the sauce was tangy, but not spicy, and perfect to pair with yellow rice. Joe got steak and onions which was marinated well, but a bit on the dry side. The flavors were definitely there though.

Something you should know before you go… When you order, the waitress asks if you want rice and beans. I said yes thinking that was my only option get that or nothing, but not the case. You can get their special plate that comes with your entree, yellow rice, a side salad, and fried plaintains. After I saw the table next to mine get their order, I felt shafted, but I guess that’s what happens when you don’t speak the language.

If I stop by again, I’d probably go for another round of their oxtail stew and get a papaya milk on the side. Yum.

(By the way, this place is named after a fortress in Cuba. It was originally a Cuban restaurant, but is now mainly Dominican.)

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BROOKLYN: Blackbird

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on July 22, 2010

www.blackbirdbrooklyn.com
197 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
718 599 2707

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Good
Directions: L to 1st Ave
Reservations: Unnecessary

I read the reviews on menupages while we were waiting to order which made me a bit apprehensive. Reviewers wrote about bad service and mediocre food, but I didn’t experience any of that. The waitress was friendly and overall pretty attentive. She took away our menus after we ordered our drinks without asking if we were getting food, but she quickly made up for it after I told her about ten minutes later. Joe raved about his Mediterranean burger. I loved my mojo chicken and green chutney. This may be my potential new hood, so if that’s the case, I’ll definitely be coming back.

NEW YORK: Churrascaria Plataforma

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on July 21, 2010

churrascariaplataforma.com
316 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019
212 245 0505

Price: Expensive
Rating: Great
Directions: ACE to 50th Street
Reservations: Necessary for a big group
Must Get: Meat. Lots of it.

Brazilian steakhouses are the way to go if you want lots of meat and variety. Everything I had here was delicious with the exception of their turkey wrapped in bacon. It sounds great in theory, but it was extremely salty; I ate only one bite. There’s really no point in eating/ finishing something you’re not a fan of here; every few minutes a man walks by with meat on a sword and there’s their salad bar filled with salad (duh), sushi (which was pretty decent), and random hot dishes.

It’s about $70 per person (not including drinks and dessert) after you count tax and tip, so come hungry.