Hey there blogosphere! Long time no post huh? I know it’s been awhile but I wanted to tell you about this place I just ate at this weekend in NYC, called The Little Beet Table. Now I discovered this place via Instagram and immediately thought of some peeps I know that are gluten free. Have a friend in from AK made this a great occasion to try it. If you have ever tried to eat a GF diet you know it can be a bit challenging to find places let alone dishes that met your dietary requirements. Some people have to for health reasons, but I am not a health blog so about this place…
The Little Beet is located along Park ave, nestled between building and fairly non-descript. The premise is that the menu is influenced by what is in season and healthy vegetables and whole foods. (Not going to lie I was a bit dubious, until I looked at the menu and was sold on the sweet potato toast) The interior is the same, simple and straight forward. Menu covered the basics and then some, and don’t worry meat eaters there are some meats on the menu.
So my friend and I went in and ordered the banana bread with hazelnut butter, sweet potato toast, maple French toast and the roasted sweet potatoes. Course I love me some taters (in like any format) so I was like a pig in shit. Not only was the service friendly and on point so was the food. I mean honestly I think neither one of noticed that we ate a mostly vegetarian meal. The banana bread was delish, light, creamy and not to banana-y if you know what I mean. My French toast was AHHHHHMAZING, covered in syrup and crème fraiche. I think they used the banana bread as the base and I’m mad I never thought of it. I also got the roasted sweet potatoes with sea salt and olive oil. HOLY COW, I think it will be my new go to for cooking them. Everything was fresh, clean and seasoned just right and not over powering.
Overall I’d say 4 out of 5 forks, simply because of the sweet potatoes. Even if you aren’t GF give it a try and see before you knock it.
So in an effort to bring you more content I went brunching this past Saturday with a friend. We went to Maysville over on 26th in the Flatiron area and I must say, its definitely a little gem. Pretty obscure as there was just a small sign above the place, very kinda speak easyish. Which given that they are a whiskey joint (also a huge part as to why I picked it). So the interior is very straightforward with the exception of the bar, which kind of made me think of the grand bars you used to find say circa 1940’s and earlier. Wood, marble and glass to give it that refined industrial feel, which if you read the ditty on the site its named after the port that shipped out some whiskey.
So my friend ordered the Chef’s breakfast which entailed eggs and meat and I got the French toast. We both had been drinking the night prior so we needed some heavy starches to bind to the alcohol. I got regular coffee which had a nice chicory taste, great to cut though the syrup. I topped off my meal with roasted potatoes, and sweet babay jesus they were soooooo tasty. The French toast was a thick brioche covered with ricotta and fruit compote. Super tasty and flavors worked well together and it was more than enough to leave us filled. And did I mention the potatoes? Must be an Eastern European thing, because I can’t get enough of potatoes, and these were small reds roasted with a hint of salt. Like I would go back just for those bad boys.
Overall we both agreed we’d go back as it was super chill and the ambiance was pretty low key which is nice. Plus the food was delish so I’d say 4 out of 5 forks. So if you’re in the Flatiron area go peep it.
Sunday I had brunch with some friends who are moving to LA at this spot called Maya. The place is listed as modern Mexican and Tequileria that offers small plates and good food. BUT they also offer a true unlimited brunch, so for $43 you can get two hours of all you can eat and drink. BAM! My fatass was happy to know this and planned to go in (once I sat down of course).
We had everything from empanadas, lamb tacos, chicken enchiladas, salad, to caramel French toast with Nutella and crema fresca. The coffee is great and I heard the drinks were as well. My only real issue was the noise level, obviously after you have enough semi drunk people the music goes up and then of course so does the noise. Overall 4 out of 5 forks.
Say it isnt so!!! So a co worker told me that apparently NYC has a law on the books that prevents establishments from serving unlimited alcohol. In disbelief I Googled this and sadly its true. There is a liquor law that prevents patrons from receiving unlimited drinks for either a fixed price. While I’m sure some establishments may turn a blind eye you can expect that there will no longer be brunches with endless drink offers going forward.
So for Vday I took the man out to tapas in the village over at Barrca, thanks in part to Urban Daddy and my perk! What sold me about this place was the 7 different types of sangria that is offered. Of course we took the challenge, as it was UNLIMITED for 2 hours. The inside is cattle farm rustic, old jars, exposed wood, to maso jar glasses. The sangria is kept in large mason jars at the bar and labeled. So for food I ordered the huevos con patatas bravas. The patatas bravas were everything! Crispy red potatoes seasoned and served with a creamy aoli sauce. Thick cut bacon graced the side of my plate, easily washed down with the sangria. My BF ordered the omelet with mushrooms and manchego cheese mmmmm delish! We also had the pan con tomate to help absorb the copious amount of liquor we would consume. From what I can remember the de la mancha and tradtional rojia were my faves. Our waiter was super nice and knew what order we had ordered our sangria’s in. Overall 4 out of 5 forks as I would def eat here again.
So yesterday the BF and I went down to Atlantic term for some errands and decided to grab a bite to eat. I’ve walked past this place and have made a mental note to check it out. Oxford Kitchen is located at the crazy 5 way where Fulton, Lafayette, Hansen Pl and another street all meet up. So in we went (me being sold on chicken and waffles…) and grabbed a table. There was only one server who seemed indifferent about creating engagement due to being out all night. However the mimosas were B1G1 along with bloody marys or even a cucumber Bellini. We opted for mimosas, the BF ordered a prosciutto and egg sandwich and I the chicken a pumpkin and sage waffles. His was more like an open face ham and egg and my chicken was like breaded chicken strips. The home fries were WELL seasoned and had some heat, it seemed to be the same seasoning that was used on my chicken. The waffles were served with a maple butter and maple syrup. Initially there was no coffee, but half way through the waiter came by and asked if we wanted a cup. It was delish (maybe its because i had nasty soy creamer that morning) and we spoke on things that couple do. If your around stop in and check it out, overall 3 out of 5 forks.
So Sunday I meet up with the gays and we had lunch at this great spot called Putnams Pub right on Myrtle ave in Brooklyn. they had booths and old photographs decorating the wall. The space was fairly spacious and relaxed. I ordered the buttermilk pancakes, there was an order for eggs Benedict, omelette’s and of course their famous buttermilk biscuits. This was naturally all washed down with copious amounts of coffee. Our waitress was great and super patient with us as we decided what we wanted to order. Overall the food and service was great so I would give this place 4 out of 5 forks.