Sant Ambroeus Soho – Fun Lunch, New Friends, Beautiful Food

Sant Ambroeus Bar Restaurant Soho New York Manhattan

After having a great lunch with old friends at Sant Ambroeus in the West Village, I was very much looking forward to having lunch with new friends. Tabelog.us is the United States Restaurant Guide launch of the hugely popular Gourmet Restaurant Guide Tabelog Japan. The people behind the US expansion, Lord Of The Forks and Cutie Patroller (yes, their Tabelog blogger names), invited me to lunch to talk about my plans for BarTaste, their plans for working closely with the foodie blogger community and Tableog’s expansion plans beyond the current cities of New York and Chicago. I am looking forward to some of the big things they have in store.

Sant Ambroeus Soho is a Milanese inspired restaurant with a  fun lunch crowd. The place is perfect for locals, business travelers, tourists and anyone who wants to entertain clients, colleagues, friends or coworkers.  It’s location in Soho puts you right in the middle of a great neighborhood. Go on a nice day or evening and leave some time to walk the neighborhood. Explore some of the very popular small shops, bars and restaurants, both new and old, throughout  SoHo. Sant Ambroeus’ central location puts you within an easy walk to other Manhattan neighborhoods like NoHo,  the Lower East Side  and Greenwich Village and the Bowery. Although I did not eat at the bar, it looked very inviting for a good meal, drinks, coffee or pastries. Great for women traveling alone on business.

We shared the entire meal. Everything was delicious and service was good with friendly fellow diners and staff. My favorites were the Cotoletta alla Milanese, a beautifully done and tender veal chop Milanese  and the Prosciutto e Mozzarella with wonderfully tasty prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella which just melted in your mouth.

Here are some photos of what we ate, loved it all:

COTOLETTA ALLA MILANESE traditional veal chop Milanese, garnished with rucola and tomato

 COTOLETTA ALLA MILANESE traditional veal chop Milanese, garnished with rucola and tomato

 BRANZINO IN PADELLA seared branzino in a light limoncello-caper sauce, seasonal vegetables

 BRANZINO IN PADELLA seared branzino in a light limoncello-caper sauce, seasonal vegetables

Sant Ambroeus PROSCIUTTO E MOZZARELLA San Daniele prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella and marinated artichokes

PROSCIUTTO E MOZZARELLA San Daniele prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella and marinated artichokes

Sant Ambroeus TAGLIATELLE SALTATE ALLA BOLOGNESE with a light veal ragù

TAGLIATELLE SALTATE ALLA BOLOGNESE with a light veal ragù

Now It’s Desert Time!

Their signature dessert: SANT AMBROEUS chocolate mousse cake with a chocolate custard centerTheir signature dessert: SANT AMBROEUS chocolate mousse cake with a chocolate custard center

Sant Ambroeus I BISCOTTI a selection of cookies

I BISCOTTI a selection of cookies

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

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Kin Shop – Fantastic Contemporary Thai & Terrific Fried Chicken Sandwich

Kin Shop Fried Crispy Chicken Sandwich Manhattan Greenwich Village New York

Business Travelers: Do you recommend Kin Shop for Kin Shop has been a favorite in Greenwich Village since it opened. Dinner has always been delicious with a fresh, inventive take on Thai food which keeps diners returning time after time. I’ve had the fried chicken at Kin Shop so when I heard about the Crispy Chicken […]

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Parm – Terrific Old School Italian-American in Little Italy

Parm Restaurant Little Italy Manhattan New York

What can you say about a Little Italy place whose red typefaced menu is heavy on red gravy and traditional Italian-American fare? Delicious! This has always been a favorite food of mine, evidenced by these previous reviews and Parm does it well. It’s all here: meatball and chicken parm, sausage & peppers, turkey and eggplant sandwiches.

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Boulton and Watt – Lower East Side Gem: Terrific Food & Service with Fun, Energetic Crowd

Boulton and Watt Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon NYC

Boulton and Watt is one of the excellent restaurants with an energetic, bustling, happy and professional crowd. No matter where you may be in the city, if want to explore some new neighborhoods, make the Lower East Side (LES) and Boulton and Watt a first stop.

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Quality Italian – Fun and High Quality Italian – Perfect Name in Midtown

Quality Italian Restaurant New York Manhattan Midtown

When you select a name like Quality Italian for your restaurant you have already set expectations very high. After two visits I can tell you that those expectations have been exceeded. The first visit with friends had me wanting much more so I returned to have a meal at the bar. On a snowy Tuesday evening I decide it is time for a Midtown Manhattan review and head to Quality Italian. Being a Tuesday with snow I’m sure there will be lots of room. I arrive to find the bar full. Quality Italian (QI for short) has a small bar downstairs but the slightly larger upstairs bar is where the action is. All the 8 seats on the long side facing the wall and the couple on the short side facing into the main dining room are full. One of these has been strangely co-opted by a woman sitting with friends in a small cocktail area next to the bar. Sitting substantially higher than her friends, and precariously leaning over, she looks as if she will shortly tumble over. The bartender, another patron and myself look at her quizzically and shrug.

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The Diner – Sanity and Classic Dishes in a Bustling Meatpacking District

The Diner New York Manhattan Meatpacking District

Sometimes we are in the mood for a classic diner breakfast but being in the trendy and pricey Meatpacking District in Manhattan leaves few options. Luckily I remembered The Diner which turned out to be a good fit. Diner food at a place called The Diner, sometimes it’s just too obvious. This place has several big pluses. It’s location in the center of the Meatpacking District is an ideal choice for calming those hunger pangs without spending big. The large windows on the corner location allow for lots of people and sidewalk entertainment watching. The large section of outdoor seating, wrapping the corner, makes a great place to spend time on a beautiful day.

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Cittanuova – A Great Treat At The Beach, Good Food & TVs with Sports

Cittanuova Italian Restaurant East Hampton New York Long Island

Summer is over, not officially yet, but Labor Day has passed. We had a very nice bar meal outside of our usual locales. Here is an East Hampton review of one of my favorite bars to eat and watch sports or engage with a very friendly crowd. Trying to remember the good summer and extend it just a bit with this edition of BarTaste.

Out in the East End of Long Island in East Hampton I am enjoying a relaxing weekend with friends. I decide to break off to walk around the village when I come upon Cittanuova, a place where I have had many good meals and spent several Monday nights watching Monday Night Football in one of the few places with large televisions tuned to sports, Rowdy Hall is another. This being East Hampton, this contemporary Milanese Italian’s menu is higher end than others places televising sports, just another reason why I was pleased to be walking in the door to find a seat at the bar.

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Smithfield – Great Sports Tavern and Soccer Mecca in Chelsea with Food to Match

Smithfield Sports Restaurant & Bar New York Manhattan Chelsea

Here at BarTaste we are continuing to beef up our reviews of Sports Bars, especially now that we are at the midpoint of the baseball season. The MLB All Star Game 2013 was on Tuesday night so I decided to head out to watch the game and have a meal at the bar. A friend recommended Smithfield and the Smithfield Burger which comes with foie gras and truffles! Of course I did not pass up the opportunity to order another burger, I know I promised no more burgers but foie gras and truffles! It did come recommended and I was not disappointed.

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Burger & Barrel – Wine on Tap, Barrels of Beer and Great Burgers in SoHo

Burger & Barrel Restaurant Manhattan SoHo New York Bar

The chalk sign on the sidewalk prepares you for Burger & Barrel with a quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr: “Wine Is A Food.” Burger & Barrel, B & B by which it is known, has an extensive and impressive wine list along with several very good wines on tap. Various carefully selected Barrels of Beer, along with the Wine, compliment some of the best burgers in New York.

Judging by the name of the place don’t be surprised by what I order, of course another burger. No hating my fondness for burgers and the burger kick I have been on for many recent reviews. This will not turn into a burger review site, I promise. There are too many good burger review sites out there already. I will certainly expand my food horizons next time.

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Minetta Tavern – Old Village Charm, French Bistro attracts a Hip Crowd

Minetta Tavern Greenwich Village Manhattan New York

I order a medium Black Label Burger. This burger is simple: a selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts with caramelized onions and pommes frites. The smaller, and $9 cheaper, Minetta Burger comes with cheddar so I tell the bartender that I’d like to get cheese with that and he says one word “No.” Now the bartender has been very nice and attentive so far, his response was not meant to be admonishing, rather some good advice. I said “but I like cheese” and he again says “No.”

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Rogue – Great Food, Sports, Location: Chelsea, Flatiron & Midtown

Rogue Bar & Restaurant Sports Bar & Restaurant Chelsea Midtown Manhattan New York

Being a Philly sports fan in New York is lots of fun but it can be challenging. Finding a good place to eat and watch a game is not always easy if you stray away from the standard Philly haunts in Manhattan: Shorty’s (two locations – 9th Ave & Madison Ave) or Wogies (tell us where else?) Since the Phillies are in New York to play the Mets it should be easy to walk into any sports bar restaurant, sit at the bar, have a meal and watch the game. I decide to try Rogue and I am not disappointed.

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