A Sarcastic Appetite

Restaurant Round-Up for the Week of July 29
July 29, 2010, 7:40 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

You know the drill: I’m here to canvass the food blogs so you don’t have to. Some highlights this week:

Grub Street checks out OliO, the new West Village pizza place featuring Employees Only cocktails. Everything’s adding up, including those 58 outdoor seats. Not that you’d want to sit outside in this hideous weather….

Andy and Jill at Wined & Dined check out Diablo Royale Este, and claim that their not-so-secret back garden is a delight – as is the Diablo Ricky, which is basically a scaled-down beergarita (not that I’m saying it’s a bad thing).

Food in Mouth heads over to DBGB and gives it a favorable review, which is a far cry from the beatdown it received from the boys at Immaculate Infatuation last July, right around when it first opened. Guess I’ll have to check it out for myself.

Gael Greene revisits La Fonda del Sol for dinner with five friends and is wowed from start to finish – and she was seated in that “semi-brooding” back dining room, no less. Now, don’t get too excited – the dinner was on the house, courtesy of a gift to Citymeals’ Annual Corporate Dineout. I don’t think they make that 8lb. octopus for just anyone.

Metromix takes a gander at a few burger-and-beer deals around town and sizes them up. Now I know where I’m spending my Sunday afternoon: at the Iron Horse, where every drink gets me a free burger.

The Siftster, meanwhile, mellows a bit and gives what’s probably his most well-written review to date. The Lion gets one star for being a louder, less pleasant and distressingly more inclusive version of Waverly Inn: “The bar is crowded beyond belief with Delta Taus and other frat packers, men in distressed jeans aspiring to six-pack abs, women skating on the thin ice of fashion and yapping into mobile phones.” Frat Packers! Adam Platt also reviews The Lion, meanwhile, and is far less amused. He gives the place zero stars and writes, “The Lion doesn’t have the polished menu of Minetta or the rarefied, clubby feel of the Waverly Inn. Is it worth fighting for that 5:30 table? Probably not.”

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