A Sarcastic Appetite

Restaurant Round-Up for the Week of February 10
February 10, 2011, 7:55 am
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Ok, so maybe there hasn’t been much cooking of late. But I’m still here to canvass the food blogs, so you don’t have to. A few highlights this week:

Eater tells me there’s an Oysterpocalypse brewing, so you better start sucking the bivalves down now. They’ve prepared a handy, er, Doomsday Map of the best places across the country; I’d go one further and add the Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston to that list. Haven’t been myself, but have a lot of love for the ICO guys and have heard only good things.

If you’re looking for a delicious Valentine’s Day treat for a loved one (or yourself!!), I have two excellent recommendations. Bespoke Chocolates, at 6 Extra Place, off Bowery, is fantastic. Their e-commerce site is down due to heavy volume, and that’s a good thing; their signature Pretzel-Covered Sea-Salted Caramels are incredible. But if you’re not into chocolates, go the cookie route; Sweetery NYC has been hard at work baking a special batch of Valentine’s Day cookies, and judging by the photos on their Facebook page, they look delicious. Plus, if they are anything like the rest of the stuff on Sweetery’s menu (ahem, pumpkin whoopie pies), I am all in.

The Serious Eats Team checks in at Fedora, Gabriel Stulman’s latest venture on Little Wisco. The place gets high marks for good food and a very, um, “convivial” atmosphere. (Read: expect to be jostled at the bar. A lot. But apparently it’s all part of the fun.) Order the cream of cauliflower soup and the crispy pig’s head. Yum!

The boys at Immaculate Infatuation weigh in on Low Country (pleasantly surprised; those pulled pork sliders look awesome) and Mayahuel (snag a booth and get down with a Whoopsy Daisy…or three).

Meanwhile, the Siftster schleps out to Flushing (because “it’s like 1973 out there”) to plunk a star down on Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan. The restaurant apparently recommends reservations but will make you wait; once you have a table, order the lamb with cumin and pepper, the chicken and hot red pepper and the “BBQ fish,” which can also be made with pig trotters if you’re into that.

Brown Café on the LES brings on a new chef and revamps its menu in honor of its tenth anniversary. The sister to Green, its catering arm, and Orange, its private dining room, will still feature some favorites, but the menu will change each week.


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