A Sarcastic Appetite

Restaurant Round-Up for the Week of July 24
July 24, 2014, 6:35 pm
Filed under: Restaurant Round-Up


Getting this one in under the wire! I’m here to canvas the food blogs so you don’t have to. A few things of note this week:


First off, that’s a pork belly doughnut at North River, above, and yes, I’d recommend it. (Plus, their aperol spritz is pretty delicious too.)

If you like eating and drinking and being on a boat, options abound for you this summer. Immaculate Infatuation has the rundown on North River Lobster Company and Grand Banks – neither really win the boys over but are apparently still viable options if you just have to get out on the water. Aye, aye.

Gabe Stulman’s Chez Sardine is now Bar Sardine, with a revamped menu leaning more towards bar offerings to match. Gone is the uni toast, now replaced by deviled eggs and burrata. Twist my arm – ok fine, I’ll go check it out.

Gael Greene loves Bâtard, the latest from Drew Nieporent after chef Paul Liebrandt’s departure forced the closure of Corton. And since her one gripe has been dealt with, I think I might be darkening the door there sometime soon, too.

As you all know, I am a sucker for a good wine bar, so Racines and now Corkbuzz have shot to the top of my list. Both look great, and I may or may not need to take a personal day in order to take advantage of Corkbuzz’s “Champagne Campaign” (half off bottles of bubbly from 4 – 5pm!!!).

If you’re in the mood for some bivalves, I’d just like to bring your attention to Upstate, in the East Village. Six oysters and a beer for $12 from 5-7pm is not to be trifled with, and the rest of their menu, while small, is solid. Plus everyone gets free pound cake for dessert – what are you waiting for?

Gothamist recently had an article titled “This is the Best Restaurant in Spanish Harlem” and so the Ninja and I went last week to check it out. We concur. Make the hike to Cascalote Latin Bistro and stop in at The Duck for a drink while you’re at it. Oh, and let me know when you’re coming so I can come, too.

A Sarcastic Appetite Travels: Greece
July 20, 2014, 8:47 pm
Filed under: A Sarcastic Appetite Travels, Gluttonous Weekends


I went to Greece for a week with 14 friends – some of whom I knew and some of whom I first met only on the trip. (It’s a long story how this trip came to be, but suffice it to say I now have 14 new best friends, because that’s how I operate.) Before I left, I was directed by a few Sarcastic Appetite fans to write a travel post. “Write about the restaurants!” they said. “Take pictures of all the food!”

And, well….I can’t. Because I was too busy eating and drinking to take pictures of what I was eating and drinking, and I took absolutely zero notes about where and what we ate. But here’s the thing I learned after spending a week in the Cyclades: it doesn’t matter. Walk into any restaurant outside of the immediate port area (too touristy), and you will be treated to a pretty fantastic meal for €15-20 a head (including everything you want to drink). Everything is fresh and local – they’ll tell you the vegetables are “organic,” but it’s not so much a conscious effort as just the way it’s always been done. Some of these islands are practically barren; water is the most precious resource, and yet it had been awhile since I had eaten so vibrantly.

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