A Different Kinda Beet

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.


Brunching In Maysville

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.

Uptown Brunch

So on Sunday a friend and I went to grab brunch in the up and coming Dyckman area.  Now if you know anything about the city you know that about 5 years ago NO ONE went above 140 for living or food.  However like all things, it’s changed thanks to gentrification so there are lots of spots cropping up and it’s the place to live.  So my friend recommended a place called papsitos right on the corner of Dyckman and Broadway.  They offer a brunch buffet and unlimited mimosas for 1.5 hours.  By all outward appearances it seems like a good spot and they offer outdoor seating for summer time.  Inside its packed tightly so be prepared not to have much wiggle room.  I got the mangu and some fruits from the buffet, while my compatriot got eggs benedict, French toast and some other sides along with mimosas.  The food wasn’t all that bad, however they don’t serve COFFEE!!! Like what kind of Spanish food place are you and not serve coffee???  Does your abuela know? So first major drawback, second was personal space allowance.

I’d give this place a 2.5 forks out of 5 as it’s a cute neighborhood spot but the service and presentation needs some serious work.  Also they don’t have an official website so you can Yelp them for reviews and photos.  It seems that the regular menu fares much better than the brunch, so if you go let me know.


  

Farewells 

Parting is such sweet sorrow….

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.

Buen Provicho


  
  
  
  

Munching at Mezzetto

Ok so last Sunday the BF and I went to brunch at Mezzetto on the corner of 1st and Houston, his recommendation. We got there around 1:30 and the place seemed to be in full swing so we grabbed a spot at the bar (also the Jets game was on….). The menu was a mix of meze (which are small plates similar to tapas) and full meals. I got the omelet Espanola and the BF got the Gyro. Allegedly it came with papas bravas, but these were more like home fries. The brunch for an additional $16 came with unlimited mimosas (passion fruit, orange, pineapple, and pomegranate my fave was the pomegranate). The service was great and our bartender made us a few special drinks, the omelet was tasty although on the salty side. We also got a flatbread with olives TO DIE…… I would eat that solely as it was a pesto covered flatbread with Kalamata olives, need I say more? My BF wasn’t overjoyed with the gyro and it was heavy on the bread and light on toppings. Overall I would say 3 out of 5 forks. A place to check out and grab a bite.

http://www.mezetto.com/

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The end of boozy brunches in NYC?

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.

http://nypost.com/2014/02/25/bottomless-brunch-booze-banned-state-buzzkillers-say/

Vday at Barraca

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 ordered 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.

Check out the menus here! http://www.barracanyc.com/

Go to http://www.urbandaddy.com/ to get the inside scoop on the hottest stuff (I think I’m doing the burlesque next!)

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