A Sarcastic Appetite

Restaurant Round-Up for the Week of March 3
March 3, 2011, 7:44 am
Filed under: Restaurant Round-Up

Hey kiddos! I’m here to canvas the food blogs, so you don’t have to. A few highlights this week:

The Siftster drops a bomb – zero stars!!! – on Michael Psilakis’ Fish Tag. Sadly, it appears these things run in the family; the restaurant is in the space that was formerly Gus & Gabriel….which also received zero stars from the New York Times. But if you go, be sure to order the “marvelous” lamb burger.

It seems Cats Quote Charlie Sheen and Sheen vs. Gaddafi are old news; now restaurants are getting in the game. Grub Street has a round-up of a few places with Sheen-themed eats or drinks, and something tells me that list will only get longer. But not to worry – you can still Live the Sheen Dream if you’d like.

The boys at Immaculate Infatuation review two classics this week: Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar, which is still excellent despite being put on Eater’s Deathwatch….in 2007; and Yakitori Totto, where you need to “stick” with the yakitori avoid terrible, terrible puns and just order the yakitori because it’s all delicious.

Erin Frankel of New York Social Diary files a nice write-up of Il Buco, the Bond St. classic that’s been around since 1994. The burrata with watermelon radish looks pretty nice, and I’m mostly delighted it’s not another beet and goat cheese salad. The menu changes every day, but we won’t be led astray with the Mediterranean-influenced Italian menu.

The Serious Eats Team weighs in on Rubirosa, the old-school Italian restaurant that recently opened in Nolita. The chicken parmigiana, lasagna for two, and the pizza are all stand-outs; the rice balls and Rubirosa salad less so.

Community Board 3 just passed new guidelines for development that may affect the Essex Street Market, which Fork in the Road writes has been at its current location for 70 years. Cynthia Lamb has created an online petition to prevent that from happening; you can sign it here and help them reach their goal of 2,000 signatures.

If you read Midtown Lunch you know everyone’s crazy about kimchi tacos, and it was a sad day when the LA-based Kogi BBQ Truck announced it was no longer pursuing an expansion into New York. Well, thankfully, the long-awaited Kimchi Taco Truck has finally made its debut. Though it’s been sticking to LIC of late, word on the street is they’ll try to hit Midtown soon. See you there.

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