A Sarcastic Appetite


10 Restaurants to Try
April 22, 2013, 7:31 pm
Filed under: Restaurant Round-Up

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Am I the only one who has a running list of places I want to check out? Is that why you always bother me for advice? (I consider it a compliment.) Lately I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with what’s new, what’s old, and what’s just plain intriguing. If you’ve had one too many pad thais delivered recently, consider putting some clothes on and checking one of these 10 places out.

In no particular order:

1. Minetta Tavern– If you haven’t been yet, you’ve got to make it happen. It works equally well for a romantic dinner date and for a fun girls’ brunch. They have the best bone marrow around – and I’ve had it quite often. And their Black Label Burger may be expensive but it is no joke.

2. 456 Shanghai – Get yourself to Chinatown before it disappears completely. If you, like I do, often have a hankering for soup dumplings and don’t feel like leaving the island, this place does a pretty good rendition. They also have the most amazing cold sesame noodles I have ever had the pleasure of gobbling down. It’s always jammed, and it’s hilariously cheap; the last time I was there our bill was $30. For two. And we had wildly over-ordered.

3. Ten Bells – Is it a first date and you suspect she might be an intellectual lush? (Not that I would be referring to anyone in particular.) Then take her to Ten Bells, an awesome Francophile wine bar in the heart of the LES with an extensive and interesting wine list. They used to be cash only, which was embarrassing for all parties involved; thankfully that is no longer the case.

4. Aurora – Yes, I’m telling you to check out an Italian restaurant….in Williamsburg. They have a lovely outdoor garden when the weather is cooperating, and an adorable, dimly lit dining room when it is not. Prices are quite reasonable and they will very nicely split pastas for you, which means you can have yourself a bit of a tasting menu while you’re at it.

5. Carbone – Then, when you want Italian, but you won’t leave the island…this would be the place. From the guys behind Torrisi Italian Specialties and Parm (both are awesome) comes an old school Italian joint done right. Good luck getting in. I hear the meatballs are pretty fab and the bill can be a little breathtaking. Consider yourself forewarned.

6. Empellon Taqueria – Speaking of meatballs, I often dream about the ones from Empellon Taqueria in the West Village (its sister restaurant, Empellon Cocina, is in the East Village). Their tacos are no slouches either; go with the fish tempura, lamb barbacoa, or pork cheek.

7. ABV – I’ve been raving about this place since it opened. The only problem is, everyone else has been raving about it too and now it’s next to impossible to get in. I prefer to stop in for an early dinner on Sunday, when the crowd’s a little more mellow. Chef Corey Cova changes the menu pretty regularly, and it’s always a hit. No liquor here, but a great selection of wines by the glass more than makes up for it.

8. Le Philosophe – Chef Matthew Aita takes the classic French brasserie for a spin. Ligayan Mishan’s description of the tournedos Rossini alone has me salivating. Plus, the boys at Immaculate Infatuation claim you can get in and out (with wine!) for under $100, if you order right, and that’s reason enough for me.

9. Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria – ever since Il Buco opened this restaurant/cafe/specialty shop down on Great Jones, it’s been jammed in the best way. They have an incredible short rib sandwich that is really heavy on the black pepper crust but delicious with a little gorgonzola and caramelized onions. The cocktail list is great and changes seasonally, and frankly any place that has a cicchetti menu is all right by me.

10. Tertulia – it’s not new, but it’s awesome and I think underrated. I like to go on Sunday afternoons, when it’s quiet, but Seamus says if you get there by 7 on most nights, you don’t have to wait at all. They’ve added some new things to the menu (the duck rice sounds amazeballs) but the old standbys are pretty awesome too: pan con tomate, croquetas, etc.

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