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.


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Cajun

Thanks to the three day weekend I was able to meet up with some of the crew for seafood this Sunday.  Being that we live in NYC and there are a bevy of places to check out it took some time to narrow it down, but we decided on Cajun Sea Seafood & Oyster bar in midtown.  Part was location as many of us live in different boros and if you’ve ever been on the subway on a weekend you know how tedious it can be to get around thanks to all the track work.  So on Sunday we gathered…

Now the place is fairly non-descript and located on a street that doesn’t see much traffic, but that means less people.  Now the idea is that they offer Cajun style dining, and having grown up in the bayou I think I have a good grasp on Cajun food.  My whole reason for picking this place was that they offer crayfish (or crawdads) depending on how you get down.  I grew up on these little tasty morsels and are a summertime staple if I ever met one. Imagine miniature lobsters, nom nom nom.  Sadly they don’t carry etouffee..  Now the inside is heavy wood, and nautical nonsense, nets, lighthouse lights, brass, and that jazz.   I mean if you’ve been in a Joe’s Crab Shack you know what I mean.  The back wall with the menu has a giant lobster on it…

So because the crew and I get down we got appetizers, oysters on the half shell and mussels in a spice tomato sauce (say that with an Italian accent!) and for the main course I got the crab and crawfish boil (Cajun style), someone got the gumbo, another seafood pasta, and jambalaya.  And like most seafood places they bring bibs, trash cans, shell crackers, and even gloves.  I was too much of a fatass to deal with gloves or a bib and dove right in.  Spicy….Oh shit I wasn’t ready (Kevin Hart voice) like there was legit a kick to the Cajun seasoning even on mild.  Most places say Cajun and kill it in red pepper, no which is NOT how you do it.  Google Paul Prudhomme and you will learn about Cajun cooking.   The crab wasn’t over cooked and the shells were crackable, not soft and pliable.  Everything was well seasoned and just the right amount of heat and flavor.  Not sure about the other dishes as I was waaaaay to focused on mines to pay much attention to anything else.  But from the sounds and looks, it appeared that everyone else enjoyed their dishes as well.  And to round out the meal we naturally ordered dessert.  Also a friend just broke up so they wanted to go full kilt, and who am I to say no to dessert.  Crème brulee and beignets along with coffee is what we got and shared.  Coffee was eh, weak and the brulee was decent but slightly watery.  The crust was well done and the flavor was good, just that it didn’t seem to have set very well.  Now ive never had actually beignets, but these were reminiscent of say zeppole’s or loukoumades. Basically fried dough dusted with powered sugar.  Um yes please!

Overall we had a good time, much to the disdain of some of the other patrons (because we are a bit loud….) and the food was good.  Service was decent but wasn’t all that attentive.  Overall 3.5 out of 5 forks, and they have happy hour EVERY day.  Good for a quick whetting for Cajun, but now I want to go to New Orleans for the real deal….

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.

Buenos aires

So Friday I was feigning for some beef, if ya know what I mean…and I had heard about this Argentinean steakhouse downtown over on 6th St and Ave A. So off me and the novio went for some steak and quality time. I had read about this place and been meaning to make my way on down. Since I got out early we got there before the dinner rush. The place has exposed brink that is covered with pennants from various footbol (aka soccer to us Anglos) leagues. There was also TV’s broadcasting the games. As the dinner crowd showed up the candles came out and the lights went down. The service was good, our waiter had more personality then the hostess and was great about keeping up with us. We started with bread and butter, and he ordered the beef kabobs and I got the skirt steak with mashed potatoes. A note, if you are not a serious meat eater, I would avoid this place as the Argentineans are KNOWN for beef.

And we were not disappointed either. My steak came with the traditional chimichurri sauce and was cooked to perfection (medium well). My novio’s kabobs were tender and juicy and easy to eat. Because nothing is worse than getting meat that is just this said of rawhide….. Overall the meat was tender and juicy and seasoned well. Even my boyfriend was impressed with the tenderness of the meat. Now of course if you have learned anything its that I also need desert. So one panqueque de manzana y cafe coming up! We got the apple crepe with ice cream and two coffees. And man the coffee tasted like someone’s abuela put their ankles in it, sock and all (which is a good thing ask any Hispanic). Overall the food was great and the service was decent. I’d give it 4 out of 5 forks and cant wait to go back.

http://www.buenosairesnyc.com/

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District tap house

So thanks to my job, I get to leave early on Fridays (wooo hooo). After hitting up a sample sale I met with my friend and we went to the District Tap House, which is right on 38th between 7th and 8th avenues. If you live in NYC you know it was a torrential downpour last night, but away we went. She sold me on the place by mentioning the food, and you all know I love to eat. After all “feed” is in the blog name…. newho

It’s a fairly nondescript exterior, but like most things in NYUC don’t be fooled by outside appearances…the inside was spacious, with high ceilings. They are a bar but they do have tables in the back of the place, we waited for about 7 minutes before one opened up. I should also mention the FIFA world cup is going on so the sound level was redonculous. We got one of the cozy corner booths, and our waitress was friendly and attentive. Now here comes the food part…….the menu was simple and straight forward but the dishes were all about fusion and retakes on classics. There was duck tacos, flatbread with pork belly, skirt steak with sweet potato fries, beef fat fries (that’s next time) and the beer menu, well that’s another blog post but it was extensive.
I ordered the bon vivant, which was a combo of gin, grapefruit, basil and a few other things. It was a new taste palette but I loved the basil. Delish! For food we got beef buns, cheese flatbread, vegetable sliders, and my homegirl ordered the skirt steak with fries. The buns came in the steamer and were composed of cucumber, spicy mayo, a red beef. It was a good combo of spice and cool. The flatbread had three chesses and came with tomatoes and arguala. The veggie sliders had a chipotle mayo on multi grain bun. I loved all of it and was impressed with the fairly healthy options offered. The skirt steak was marinated and glazed and served with field greens and sweet potato fries. The fries were the sweet to the spice of the marinate on the steak.
The ambiance was nice and laid back, noisy (but that’s a bar for you) and the beer and food selection covered almost all tastes. The place provided a great respite from the weather and it right between times square and the garment district. So if you like beer and retakes on classics this is a good stop.

I would give this 3.5 out of 5 forks.

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Plated part duex

Ok, so awhile back I wrote about a service called Plated. its where you can order meals and have them delivered. I ordered the fish tacos and the skirt steak. Mind you its $15 a plate (thank you promo code for free plates!) but you get everything you need, minus the cooking utensils. All the ingredients came pre-measuered and ready to go, and in an insulated bag. Also included in the recipe that walks you through the process in about 6 steps. The fish tacos took about 40 minutes to prep and make, the steak was about the same.

The fish was good, although I would have preferred a bit more seasoning. The salsa and topping were great but a bit heavy on the cilantro and red vinegar. The downfall….the corn tortillas. Dry as the desert. I would make this myself but modify it a bit.

The steak was tasty and the papas bravas phenomenal! Although the cooking time left my meat rare (I’m a medium well kinda gal) so i had to leave it on a bit longer. The fingerling potatoes were simply done, and the dandelions greens gave a good bite to the meal. Another I would do, but make some minor modifications. I found the greens too bitter for my palette, and the steak needed to be cooked a bit longer.

Overall, if your in an area that they deliver to, its worth a try. I didnt have to think about all the items I would need or buy so much that it went to waste. I loved that it came to my job and ready to. The steak kept for an additional day in the fridge until I was ready to cook it. I would recommend this if you dont like thinking about menus or its just you and your tired of take out.

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Friday brunch at Cafe Orlin

So yesterday I met up with some friends for brunch in the city. Sadly not many places offer a Friday brunch, but thanks to the crew at the Brunch Gang (check out their blog) I found a spot. Located on St Marks and 2nd ave this is a quaint Mediterranean cafe, that serves breakfast until 4. I got the pumpkin pancakes, there was an egg sandwich ordered, as well as hummus and a mozzarella sandwich. Everything was decent and the menu varies based on what’s in season. The pancakes were a bit heavy for me an the yogurt with cinnamon was eh. My friend said the chicken and pistachio sausage was good. Nice place that is much larger than it seems. Beware when ordering americano coffee as thy make it one cup at a time. Overall good stuff, 3.5 forks out of 5.

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