Pumpkin Fatigue?


Pumpkin Fatigue?

pumpkin

It’s that time of year, we will be suffering Pumpkin Fatigue very soon, what about you? It happens every Fall. Pumpkin Spice Oreos are here via HuffPost Taste. Zagat has pumpkin for everyone everywhere with it’s Regional Pumpkin Guide: 25 Must-Try Dishes for Fall. We’re getting a little tired of the orange fellow. We do love Tastykake’s Pumpkin Pies though! Which pumpkin list is your favorite? Will you be happy when it is all over?

The Dutch – Comfortable, Terrific American. A Soho Spot Sure to Be a Regular Destination

The Dutch Soho New York City Bar Room Business Travelers: Do you recommend The Dutch for

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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 4.2/5 (5 votes cast)

The Dutch occupies a prime corner at Prince and Sullivan Streets in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood. The spot, west of West Broadway (a mouthful), is removed from the tourist onslaught centered on West Broadway and points east. This makes for a pleasant meal at a lively restaurant with terrific food. After a super strenuous workout at Barry’s Bootcamp in Tribeca, I’m strolling through Soho heading home to Greenwich Village on a beautiful afternoon. I approach The Dutch and realize this is exactly what the bootcamp instructor would want me to do, stop in for a fancy cocktail (or two!) and a big weekend brunch! The Dutch did not disappoint.

The Dutch Experience: The Dutch is a popular restaurant usually packed for brunch on the weekends. I arrive about noon and seem to have beaten the rush. The main dining room is closest to the street corner and the “bar room” is further back facing Prince Street. The day is beautiful and the large windows are all open to the street. The bar has three sides with about 4 seats on the shorter side and 7 on the long side with the final short side being a service area. The bar room has the bar in the center with seating along the walls. There are about six window seats looking directly out onto Prince Street. On a beautiful day like this, with the windows wide open, these are probably some of the best seats in the place. Sit here, enjoy the weather and watch the day walk by as you enjoy your meal. I sit at the bar, this is BarTaste after all, in a seat on the long side near the corner of the bar. This gives me a terrific view of much of the restaurant and the view out the windows to both Sullivan and Prince Streets. The bar staff are quite nice and friendly.

I start off with the Mellow Punch – Mellow Corn Whiskey, Maraschino Liqueur and freshly made orange and pineapple juices. Very tasty and a great way to start brunch. I spy the Pork Breakfast Roll with egg, cheese, mustard and a hot pepper. Being from Philadelphia, where Taylor’s Pork Roll is a big favorite, I ask about The Dutch’s version. It is house made and sliced thick. I order the Pork Breakfast Roll. My meal arrives and I know I did not go wrong. The thick cut pork roll, on a house made bun, is topped with beautiful, fluffy and cheesy eggs, seemingly an entire omelette. A tasty side salad completes the meal. The bun is topped with a hot pepper which I quickly slice and add to the sandwich. The food is wonderful and, as I begin to eat, it just gets better and better and I realize how large the sandwich is. This is a substantial meal and terrific, I take my time and enjoy every bite.

The Dutch Soho New York City Pork Breakfast Roll Brunch

The Dutch Pork Breakfast Roll, Eggs, Cheese, Mustard, Hot Pepper Photo Valerie C. Yelp

Business Travelers: The Dutch is a terrific destination located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood (South of Houston – that’s How-ston not Hew-ston!), worth the trip from most parts of New York. A great way to spend a day or evening in New York City with with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. The time I was there the clientele seemed to be mostly from the neighborhood so it is a good choice to sample one of New York’s neighborhood hangouts. Allow extra time to spend in Soho with it’s cast-iron buildings and experience some of the best walking, shopping and nightlife in the city. Although many of the galleries have moved to other neighborhoods such as West Chelsea, there are many still to see and beautiful streets for strolling, people watching and spending. This central location puts many other Manhattan nieghborhoods such as Greenwich Village, Noho, Lower East Side, Little Italy, Tribeca and Chinatown within easy walking distance. A comfortable place for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

The Dutch
131 Sullivan Street (at Prince St)
New York, NY10012
212-677-6200

The Dutch Menu

The Dutch on Urbanspoon

Which Top Burger List is Tops?


Which Top Burger List is Tops?
Merman Burger - Courtesy Pornburger.me
Merman Burger Courtesy Pornburger.me

Top burger lists are everywhere. Tasting Table has a great new Top 10 NYC Burger list. I look through the lists carefully and keep a personal score of which I’ve tried. I love burgers.

Umami Burger has opened their first location in New York and I’m sure all the list makers are checking it out. I bet the Umami Burger will shake up some lists to come.

Here are two lists which I really like from Fork In The Road Blog at the Village Voice and from Thrillist New York. Which of these do you prefer or is there a better one?

NYC’s Best Square Pizza Favorites

Are You Square?
NYC’s Square Pizza Favorites

NYC Best Square Pizza Sicilian

Our new favorite pizza is Square. Joe’s Sicilian Square Pie is delish. Next to try is Prince Street Pizza‘s pepperoni-loaded Spicy Spring and then New York Pizza Suprema‘s Upside Down Pizza. Check out Eater NY’s It’s Hip to Be Square: 12 Great NYC Square SlicesAre you a triangle snob!? 

Sports Bar Posts


What is your favorite Sports Bar?
Sports Bar Meal?

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

We keep adding to our Sports Bar reviews, the latest is Smithfield. See the full New York list here. Our Sports Bar maps are here. Tell us your favorite in the comments.

Are you lucky Finding A Seat at the Bar?

Are You Lucky Finding a Seat at the Bar? Where?

Barstool red top silver bottom empty BarTaste Meals Eaten At Restaurant BarsI have been extremely lucking finding the last open seat at the bar for a meal.

Most recently at Smithfield but also at Burger & BarrelMinetta TavernCoppeliaAinsworth Park, Windsor Ganesvoort Park, Cock & Bull, Dell’anima, Bill’s Bar & Burger, The Spotted Pig and BLT Burger.

Have you been lucky or is it a skill finding a seat?

2nd Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and the Recovery Continues

2nd Anniversary of  Hurricane Sandy and the Recovery Continues
Click here for links to some great organizations where you can donate your time or money to help. We did.
New York Cares Volunteer for Sandy Relief
Mayor’s Fund Hurricane Sandy Relief
United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund
Eat Downtown: The Village Voice Lists Thousands of Places to Eat Below 30th Street 

Watch Con Edison’s 14th Street Substation in Manhattan Explode, Lower Manhattan lost power for a week shortly after. I watched this happen from my livingroom.

 

Watch Sandy Crash into the Eastern USA Courtesy NASA

I Spent several days in the Rockaways, Queens and Coney Island, Brooklyn unloading trucks then climbing stairs and banging on doors in powerless, water-less and heat-less high rises delivering food and water to residents and checking on their well-being. Special thanks to the United States Army, New York National Guard and the NYPD for the amazing job they are doing. If you can’t volunteer then make a donation, no matter how small, to these organizations I saw in action and please eat downtown.

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  ★★★★☆

Sant Ambroeus Soho on Urbanspoon

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
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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 4.2/5 (4 votes cast)

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 Sandwich I had to get there fast to give it a try.

The Kin Shop Experience: The Crispy Chicken Sandwich is only served at lunch during the week and at brunch on the weekends. Early one weekend afternoon I head to Kin Shop and find the restaurant not too full with several seats open at the bar. I am pleasantly surprised and sit down to take a look at the menu but I already know what I am going to order.

The bar has about 7 seats facing the wall. There is also a 4 seat chef’s counter facing the open kitchen in the back. I choose to sit near the right end of the bar where I can see all the kitchen action to my right and through the restaurant out onto Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas for the tourists) to my left.


Before I order, someone else sitting at the bar receives his Crispy Chicken Sandwich order. I order one for myself and he nods his approval. He looks like he is thoroughly enjoying it so I am looking forward to my own.

The chicken has a fried coating which is crunchy and very tasty, clearly the star of the show. The in-house baked bun has a slight kick and easily cradles the chicken toppings of napa cabbage slaw, thai-style pickles and nam prik ong sauce. On the side comes emping chips made from the melinjo nut. These chips are much lighter and airier than potato chips and a welcome change from the usual salty sides of potato chips or french fries.

Another new arrival at the bar and another chicken sandwich order is placed. Very pleased with my meal. The hard working staff were very friendly and attentive, making for an overall great experience.

Next time I go to Kin Shop, I hope to come for dinner and snag one of the four seats at the chef’s counter, looks like it would make for a fun meal.

Business Travelers: For both contemporary reinterpretations of traditional Thai dishes and wholly new items inspired by Thai ingredients, Kin Shop can’t be beat. Located Downtown in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, Kin Shop is great for Business Travelers and anyone who wants to entertain clients, colleagues, friends or coworkers. Leave yourself some extra time to explore the nearby neighborhoods. Very good starting or ending point for a walking tour of what some say are the most beautiful blocks in Greenwich Village and the city, West 10th, 11th and 12th Streets between 6th and 5th Avenues. Take a stroll through the streets of the West Village with beautiful residential blocks and shopping. Noho, Soho and Chelsea are also nearby. Great for women traveling alone on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

Kin Shop
469 6th Avenue (11th Street)
New York, NY 10011
212-675-4295

Kin Shop Menu

Kin Shop on Urbanspoon

 

Parm – Terrific Old School Italian-American in Little Italy

Parm Restaurant Little Italy restaurant Manhattan New York

Business Travelers: Do you recommend Parm for

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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 3.9/5 (5 votes cast)

What can you say about a Little Italy restaurant 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. A different dinner special is served each night. Unfortunately the Veal Parm is only available on Saturday night so I missed it. Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone are behind this restaurant. This same duo is behind critically acclaimed, high-end, red-gravy Carbone where the Veal Parmesan is $54. I wonder if Parm’s $25 Veal Parm Saturday dinner special is comparable? I will find out and report back.

The Parm Experience: Entering Parm you might think you have arrived in a diner. One quick look at what everyone is eating at the counter confirms you are in the right location. Several people are hanging in the entry area waiting for tables. All the seats at the counter are taken so I pause when someone comes comes over and asks it they can help me. I say I was hoping to eat at the counter and they quickly pull out a stool and deftly place it in a gap at the counter’s corner near the door. My seat luck strikes again. There are about about 8 seats on long side and now 2 on the short, including mine.

Realizing there will be no Veal Parm today, I order the meatball parm hero sandwich and baked clams. The hero comes on classic Italian bread. Other options for all sandwiches include a semolina roll or a no bread platter with a side salad or ziti. The sandwich is wonderful. The meatballs are perfectly cooked, not overdone, tender and nicely seasoned pairing well with the gravy and mozzarella. Maybe the best meatballs I have ever had (sorry Mom & Dad). The clams were a great start to the meal. I order the Pizza Knots to go and the treat continued at home.

Looking around at my fellow diners I drool (not literally) at the Baked Ziti with Meat Gravy, Chicken Parm and the Semolina rolls. The atmosphere is diner-like with 1960’s “tap your foot” dance music. There are 2 small TVs both showing Basketball on ESPN.

Business Travelers: Parm is centrally located in Downtown Manhattan and is terrific for Business Travelers and anyone who wants to entertain clients, colleagues, friends or coworkers. If you want a casual real Little Italy experience, this is your place. 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 the Lower East Side. Parm’s central location puts you within an easy walk to other Manhattan neighborhoods like NoHo, SoHo and Greenwich Village. Great for women traveling alone on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Parm
248 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012
212-993-7189

Parm Menu

Parm on Urbanspoon

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

Boulton and Watt American Gastropub Restaurant Manhattan New York

Business Travelers: Do you recommend Boulton and Watt for

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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 4.1/5 (3 votes cast)

The Lower East Side of Manhattan has become a hotbed of activity over the years, from trendy shops to both excellent and lousy restaurants and a hopping nightlife. 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.

The Boulton and Watt Experience: Finally, bright sunshine and temperatures in the 50’s, a welcome relief after weeks of cold and snow. Everyone is out on this Saturday afternoon. I decide to walk the LES and remember the good things I’ve heard about Boulton and Watt and decide to check it out.

About 1:45 pm on a Saturday I walk in to find the place full and bustling, everyone is having a good time. I go to the bar looking for a seat, nothing available. Bartender immediately comes over to ask if I want to see a menu. I say that I was hoping to find a seat and eat and he says I’ll get you your drink, just wait here, there are two people ready to get up in a few minutes. Sure enough I was soon sitting down looking at the menu. The bartender is terrific, attentive and personable all afternoon while I am there, making this meal very enjoyable.  

My seat is to the left of the long side of the bar directly in front of one of the two televisions with the Sochi Olympics on. The long side of the bar has about 12 seats with additional seats curving around the two shorter sides of the bar. The bright sunshine is streaming into the corner restaurant from the large windows on Avenue A, East 1st Street and Houston Street (pronounced “HOW”ston, not like the city in Texas). This is adding to the great vibe inside.

I’ve seen some online photos of the Chicken Pot Pie which was my intended first choice to order now that I finally got to come here. Unfortunately it was only going to be available at dinner. So I went to my backup choice, Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon. Now this dish was delicious, big on flavor, creamy with big chunks of bacon. Now I normally don’t take food pics to include here but this was so good I could not resist.

Boulton and Watt Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon NYC

Business Travelers: Boulton and Watt is a great way to get out of the ho- hum of Midtown Manhattan and explore some of Manhattan’s neighborhoods.  This place is terrific for Business Travelers and anyone who wants to entertain clients, colleagues, friends or coworkers. The noise level might be a little higher than usual but certainly manageable. Crowd seemed professional on my visit. Not a place for a quiet dinner. Start here and leave yourself time to walk around and explore some of the small shops, bars and restaurants both new and old throughout the Lower East Side. The spot is centrally located putting you within an easy walk to other Manhattan neighborhoods like The BoweryLittle Italy, Soho and Greenwich Village.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

Boulton and Watt
5 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
646-490-6004

Boulton and Watt Menu

Boulton & Watt on Urbanspoon

Restaurant Information

 

* Restaurant Name
Boulton & Watt
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
East Village / American New
* Street Address
5 Ave. A (Corner of Ave. A & 1st St.), New York, NY 10009
* Phone
(646) 490-6004