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.


Night at Nobu

So the other week I went to Nobu with a friend of mines for dinner.  Now this was all prompted by a family member who asked me to go and peep the scene.  First let me say Nobu is one of those places that you go to be seen with the expectation of good food.  So the experience…

The décor was dark and reminded me of a wine cellar, lots of dark woods and lots of little lights.  Now it wasn’t initially too bad as we got there BEFORE the dinner rush and nightfall.  So we had lots of natural light.  We also went to the original location on 57th and because it was before the rush we got prompt seating.  So we scored a booth close to a window right above the bar. Terrible idea, the acoustics of the place do NOT lend themselves to having a conversation that didn’t lean towards screaming.  I did enjoy however the cases of sake they had behind the wall of the bar that ran alongside the stairs to the dinning level. As the sun started to set there was such minimal lighting it was kinda hard to make out some of the foods brought unless you got close.

So on to the food.  My compadre decided to get the Omakase, which is basically a mystery serving of dishes based on what is in season.  Which is totally cool if you want to see what a place is about and sets you back about $100. You get about 8 dishes, small samples really. I however decided to get California rolls and Creamy Spicy Crab.  Honestly what a bust.  I could score better Japanese food in Chinatown than what I got.  The creamy spicy crab was imitation crab in a cheese sauce that had been broiled and served with might have been roe.  There was no side to accompany this dish and was considered a “main” dish.  Some of the things that my friend got were an avocado hand roll, fish soup, black miso cod, ramen, and crab tempura.  The best thing was the crab tempura that came with rice vinegar that got poured over it.  They were stone crab claws (which are pretty good and meaty).   I decided that black miso cod is sooooooooooooo not my thing.  The desert she got was the Whisky Cappuccino, OMFG great.  Whiskey foam, gelato, and a mix of cinnamon and cardamom.  So delish.

Overall, don’t do it to yourself. And not for that price.  We had a good time and some of the pieces were decent but Nobu was more about the hype than the actual food.  Maybe I’d go back and try something else but I kind of doubt it.  I’ve had better Japanese at the spot down from my job in downtown.  I’d give them 1.5 out of 5 forks.  As always this is my personal opinion and I always encourage people to try shit on their own.  I mean we all like different things right?

Black Miso Cod

Their version of a taco.

“Creamy” Spicy Crab  

Some fish soup

Lunch at Zaitzeff’s

Today had me all “Where’s the Beef?”  (Gen X and older will get that reference).  So for lunch I decided to take myself out and partake in some quality beef products courtesy of Zaitzeffs.  I love that it was super simple and straight forward no frills kinda place,  plus everything is humanly raises sans antibiotics and crap.  And yea I’m about that clean eating life ya dig?  So cheeseburger and fries is what I got.  Took about 10 minutes and well worth the wait.  Meat was juicy and tasty, as it should be if the cows are fed the right diet.  I know this because I was in 4H as a kids so trust when I say i know.  Fries were tender and clean.  Meaning the grease wasn’t so overpowering that it coated and left an after taste.  Overall I dug this place and would say 4.5 out of 5 forks.

 


  

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.


  

Ladies Liberty

So last night I met up with my work thot for some food and dranks.  Although I don’t drink anymore I still ate and was a savage.  Its period season so ya’ll women know that means just shovel food as fast as possible into your mouth.  So we decided to go to the Liberty (I work right across the street) and invited another old coworker.  Course we hashed, browed and burned through gossip.

I ordered the turkey burger with duck fat fries (yea DUCK FAT), my one friend stayed safe with the margarita pizza, and the other ordered a Thai beef salad.  The burger was made with a chipotle mayo and had standard toppings with a side salad.  The turkey was seasoned and moist, which if anyone has made ground turkey knows that’s hard to do.  The fries were liberally coated in chopped garlic (yaaas!).  Now being that its shark week (click for reference) one could not be expected to NOT get desert.  Enter double chocolate cookies, with ice cream and fudge sauce.  Nuff said.

Overall a good place, with a decent selection of food and drinks.  Sadly the ambiance was a bit on the louder side but hey after a few Moscow mules who notices!  Overall 4 out of 5 forks.

  
  

Les Halles      

So the other weekend the bf and I meet you with a friend of the family to celebrate my recent graduation from FIT as Les Halles.  Yes that’s right I am now the proud owner of an AAS in Fashion Merchandising Management….not sure what it will translate into but all I know is that I’m DONE with school.

So we went to the location on Park Ave and it was almost like stepping into Moulin Rogue.    The premise of the restaurant is taking major components of French cuisine and culture to create and eatery.  Dark woods, reproduction vintage posters, and turn of the century solid wood bar completed the look.  The menu was straight forward and the brunch was $18 per person and included a drink of your choice.  The coffee comes in a French press, and honestly could have been stepped a bit longer for my liking, but hey who am I?  I got the veggie omelets(aka the Ratatouille) and my bf got the Florentine eggs.  Food was good and just enough portion wise to fill you up.  I think they used fake eggs for my omelet (boo) but the veggies were delish and cooked just right.

I would recommend this place for price and ambience alone.  If your into vintagy old timey places this might be right up your alley.  Overall 3 out of 5 forks.

PS was rocking that color code from Chloe+Isabel

  


Date Night at Horus on A

So last Friday was date night for me and the mans, and him being such a great bf he brought me flowers (prob helps that’s I’ve been harping about it) but anywhoooo he wanted to be surprised with where we would eat at.  So after trolling Living Social I came across an offer for the Horus Cafe on ave A.   The deal included two glasses of wine, two appetizers, two entrees and two deserts.  I picked it because they have belly dancing shows on Fridays (which we missed).

So after picking me up from work we headed on down to Ave A in the LES and promptly got seated.  Its your typical middle eastern décor, beige walls, Moroccan style lamps, and these awesome copper top tables.  The café as has hookah service as well, being a former smoker I passed.  So we got hummus (extra), Moroccan cigars and a Greek salad to share.  Nom, nom, nom is all I can say.  There was enough in appetizers we were kinda full by the time the food rolled around.  For entrees the bf got lamp chops with a potato gratin and I got chicken royal.  His chops were delish!  The potato’s were so creamy and tasty and complimented well with grilled veggies.  My chicken was moist and flavorful and served in what was an Alfredo sauce and a side of sautéed spinach with CHUNKS of garlic.  I mean who DOESN’T love garlic? For desert we got baklava, which was eh.  My bf was burnt and mines was kinda cooked, plus it was served with whipped cream and drizzled in chocolate (strange bedfellows).  We did get coffee to wash it all down and MAN was it strong (which was nice and have the BF buzzing).

Overall great laid back ambiance with a noise level that makes it way to talk to your party without screaming.  Most everything was good so I’d say like 3.5 out of 5 forks.  So if your looking for something off the beaten path and a little different give it a try.

BTW I realize this photo makes it seem like I have no eyebrows………….