A Sarcastic Appetite

Restaurant Round-Up for the Week of September 29
September 29, 2011, 8:00 am
Filed under: Restaurant Round-Up

Oh! You again! Well, you obviously know the drill: I’m here to canvas the food blogs, so you don’t have to. A few highlights this week:


The photo above was taken at Kang Suh a week ago. I have no idea what we ordered or what we ate, since I have the great good fortune of having a Korean friend who is willing to schlep her gringo friends around K-Town. All I know is, it was fantastic.

The Siftster may have announced that he is moving on to greener pastures, but he’s still slinging restaurant reviews. The latest on the chopping block? Coppelia and Miss Lily’s. The former gets one star and the latter a “satisfactory.” Don’t expect to imbibe at Coppelia; their liquor license hasn’t come through. At Miss Lily’s, the jerk chicken and coconut cake will serve you well.

Danny at Food in Mouth is relieved to find a serious lunch deal in the way of a $4 chicken sandwich from Cafe Zaiya, while Donny from Eat to Blog enjoyed “cosmically delicious” fried chicken and awesome cornbread at the Brooklyn Star.

If you’re looking to make the most of our last tomatoes, consider this recipe from Sassy Radish: slow roasted tomatoes. Smitten Kitchen also does a very similar version, but the process is the same: low, slow heat for several hours does wonders. Give it a shot (if you feel like cooking).

The boys at Immaculate Infatuation check out Tenpenny, in Midtown East, and give it two solid thumbs up – ideal for the pastas (and really mostly if you’re forced to forage for dinner in Midtown).

The Feisty Foodie has the rundown on Madison Square Eats, my tummy’s personal Candyland. If you are in the neighborhood, make time for it. Don’t miss Roberta’s or Red Hook Lobster Pound, or Robicelli’s…..

Lastly, if you would like to  invent celebrate your German heritage, Gothamist has the rundown on where to get rowdy for Oktoberfest. Plan accordingly.


The E. 7th Street Crawl
September 27, 2011, 8:57 pm
Filed under: Gluttonous Weekends

I’ll be honest here, and I know it will come as no surprise to you: there’s not a lot of cooking going on these days in the Sarcastic Appetite’s kitchen. There is, however, still plenty of eating and drinking going on. To wit:

A few weeks ago I hatched a plan. An entirely mad-cap plan to eat and drink my way across a few (choice) blocks of E. 7th St. Luckily, my proposed itinerary was met with oohs and ahs and not “oh dear gods,” so off I went one rainy Saturday with a crew of willing friends.

I sort of….forgot to take pictures the whole way through, so you’ll have to bear with my rundown below. We didn’t go nearly far east enough, in my humble opinion – which means there’s got to be a Round 2. Are you interested?

We began at noon at Luke’s Lobster, where I inhaled a Schooner Combo….and half a shrimp roll for good measure. As always, the combo of a warm, buttered roll and cold, seasoned lobster (or shrimp) is perfection. Add some salt & vinegar chips and a ginger beer, and I’m a happy camper. There was no line when I strolled in, but it was jammed by the time we left. We were off to an excellent start.

Next we walked west, to Jimmy’s No. 43. I love this place, probably because I have only ever been in the early afternoon when it is absolutely empty. We set up shop at a table by the window and proceeded to while away the afternoon, playing cards and trying their excellent beer menu on for size. (See top photo.)

Feeling like we needed a little pick-me-up, we headed back east to Abraço for some espresso, drinking it awkwardly in their front window. Seriously, that place is tiny. But the espresso was fantastic, and I have heard wondrous things about their chocolate olive oil cake. Methinks that needs to be filed away for Round 2?

Post-caffeine fix, we were hungry again – or should I say, one of us I had been harping on about arepas and could we possibly swing by Caracas to get some? We did, sauntering in to sit at their teeny bar and wolf down arepas la paisa – the original cheese version. They weren’t as mind-blowingly delicious as I was hoping for, but then again, I couldn’t be bothered to wait for the cheese to melt to get the full effect. So it’s probably my own fault.

Oh, did you think we were finished here? Dearie me, no, we’re only getting warmed up. You forgot it’s my Summer of Champagne and Oysters, so we stopped into Desnuda for a few of both. Clean, briny, and wonderful – though somehow better when you only have to pay $1 a pop for them after 2pm on a Sunday. I suggest you make the trip.

Now that it was approaching dinner time, some in the group were rumbling for some “real” food. It is at this point that I regret to inform you we went spectacularly – but so deliciously – off course. It was a simple question: where to take 5 or 6 friends for an early, hearty dinner on a Saturday night? Momofuku Noodle Bar. Pork buns. Ramen. Done. It was everything we hoped for, and more.

Lastly (I can’t believe we lasted this long either), we needed dessert. Let me be honest: the real reason I hatched this plan to come down to 7th Street was to get to the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. I am rarely in the vicinity of the truck (and lately, neither is Doug, since he’s focusing on the shop), so this was my big chance. Friends, it was fantastic. I only wish I had, um, left a little room in the old tummy to give my Monday Sundae its full due. Not to worry – I’ll be back for the Salty Pimp faster than you can say “Bea Arthur!”

Thus concludes our epic tour of East 7th Street. Do you feel full as full from reading this as I do from writing it?

Are there stops we missed? Drop me a line and tell me what to hit up next time…unless you are my doctor, in which case – my cholesterol levels are totally fine!

Restaurant Round-Up for the Week of September 8
September 8, 2011, 7:54 pm
Filed under: Restaurant Round-Up

It’s that time again: I canvass the food blogs, so you don’t have to. A few highlights this week:

The photo above is from the Lot at the Highline last week. You should definitely check it out; open-air bars, food trucks, and picnic tables are a magical mixture.

The Siftster gives three stars to Craft, Tom Collichio’s Gramercy stalwart that received three stars when it first opened….ten years ago. Anything involving a deep fried six-minute egg sounds all right by me.

Flo Fab also pulls together a nice list of fall restaurant openings. What catches your eye? I’m quite curious about Corkbuzz Studio’s wine classes. (It’s education, of course.)

Danny at Food in Mouth is still a fan of Ippudo’s, even after all these years. I’m delighted to learn they’ll be opening another outpost on W. 51st St. Midweek ramen runs for lunch? Yes, please.

Serious Eats checks out Fatty ‘Cue, the latest restaurant from Zak Pelaccio. It looks good, and I’d even get behind that bottle service (I can’t believe I just admitted that).

Oh and speaking of Midtown, I’m eager to check out Cafe China. For a takeout order, that Ma Po Tofu looks pretty good.

If you’re looking for beertastic events, check out Brooklyn Pour on October 15. Village Voice says VIP tickets are almost sold out, so get yours…fast.

Now that the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop has opened on 7th St, I’m planning a crawl: Porchetta, Caracas, Luke’s Lobster, Desnuda, Butter Lane, and a Salty Pimp to finish it off. Who’s with me???

Restaurant Round-Up for the Week of September 1
September 1, 2011, 7:55 pm
Filed under: Restaurant Round-Up

Better late than never, right? I’m here to canvas the food blogs, so you don’t have to. Some highlights this week:

Thank the good folks at Pike Place Market in Seattle for the beautiful blueberries above. They get me every time.

The Siftster heads down to Chinatown to review 456 Shanghai Cuisine, and waxes poetic about the soup dumplings and xiao long bao. He’s breathless at the end: “The restaurant is both the simplest and most marvelous of discoveries in a city that undergoes constant change: a Chinatown restaurant of the old school and new generation, a taste of the past and present combined.” For one star, I guess it’s worth checking out.

The boys at Immaculate Infatuation update a few of their more classic reviews, including Ippudo and Freeman’s. Both are still up to the task, and I personally stand behind any decision that involves spending the afternoon at the back bar at Freeman’s. You in?

If you are looking for a weekend activity, check out the New Amsterdam Market. They’ll be back up on September 11 with vendors selling everything from jam to cider and ice cream. Delicious.

Danny at Food in Mouth checks out Dinosaur BBQ and likes the ribs, though the brisket doesn’t stand a chance against Hill Country.

I cannot get enough of The Bad Deal, the new blog from Bloomberg food critic Ryan Sutton. His “Drink and Drive with UrbanDaddy for $1000” post is my absolute favorite, but the recent railing against Gilt City’s “deal” for Rucola is entertaining too. The moral of the story? Go to Rucola…on your own terms. It’s supposed to be quite good.

Lastly, if you’re in the city this weekend and looking for good eats, Grub Street has compiled a handy-dandy map for Labor Day Eats. Don’t miss it.