A Sarcastic Appetite


Restaurant Round-Up for the Week of June 30
June 30, 2011, 7:53 am
Filed under: Restaurant Round-Up

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

The photo above is of a French hard cider at salt, the adorable restaurant on MacDougal that had the great fortune of serving food between the hours of 4 and 5:30 on a Sunday afternoon, when it was most desperately desired. For that, I will return again and again.

Empellón gets a nod and a lone star from the Siftster, who loves the food but hates the ambiance (“that clattery dining room…needs sound-dampening fabric or ceiling panels in much the same way Greece needs cash”). Oooh, burn! I’ll go for it – that shrimp with white rice and plaintains, in a “crazily magical smoky crab broth” sounds pretty delish.

TastingTable NYC does a round-up of great sandwiches that involve potato chips – a magical combination that should not be overlooked. Just don’t make the trek up to Earl’s Beer & Cheese….because it’s not big enough for both of us.

The boys at Immaculate Infatuation are not pleased with the Brindle Room, much to my dismay. I had always heard good things about their doughnuts….but maybe that’s the only thing worth checking out.

Meanwhile, Serious Eats NY heads out to Brooklyn to pit (har, har) Mable’s Smokehouse against Fette Sau. The verdict? Stick with Mable’s for brisket sandwiches and cheap beer, but head to Fette Sau otherwise.

Food in Mouth visits an UWS stand-by, Kefi, and says it’s still worth visiting for reasonably priced appetizers and drinks that will still fill you up.

And if you’re wondering why you haven’t seen your favorite food trucks in Midtown lately, it’s because they’ve been kicked out by the cops. Midtown Lunch has been covering a story the New York Times just got around to writing.

89th and Broke checks out the appropriately-name Dive Bar, on 96th and Amsterdam. Happy hour runs from 4-7pm with $4 beers – plus, they serve breakfast all day! Sign me up.

Lastly, Bloomberg’s Ryan Sutton has started a fantastic blog called “The Bad Deal.” I think it speaks for itself – check it out.

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