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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Arthur Avenue...original or Little Italy redux?

Two days spent along Arthur Avenue...
Vibe: definite appeal, less tourists than Little Italy

Palombo Pastry - where the real Italians go to sip espresso

Assorted pastries
Cosenza's - freshly shucked on the street

$1 clams (opt for littleneck clams; cherrystones too big and chewy) $2.50 oysters

Full Moon - chalk full of Fordham co-eds; exceptionally good calzone, but forgettable pizza

Rigelotto's - Neapolitan style restaurant with cheesy murals painted everywhere, but surprisingly good food that tasted better the day after


Eggplant Parmigiana

Chicken Scarpariello (chicken with Italian sausages)

Pasta Carbonnara

Fresh breads

Cheese mongers

The butcher

Pastry shoppe

Monday, August 23, 2010

Holy Smokes

Tons of gems are inside the cavernous, overpopulated Chelsea Market, but the best grub-on-the-go is Friedman's lunch. The sandwiches are far from over-hyped and after recently having so many that were disappointing, I couldn't resist the hype anymore. Naturally, they were out of the specialty sandwich of the day (Fried Green Tomatoes w/ basil aioli on a brioche roll), so I opt for protein...the pulled pork & Holy Smokes!!! was it incredible!

The moist, smokey pork was overflowing from the wheat sesame-seeded hamburger bun, topped with pickled red onion and drizzled with papaya barbecue sauce. Does that not sound divine? Next up: Southwestern Turkey Burger with avocado aioli and the B.L.A.T. (Applewood Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato on sourdough w/ herbed aioli). Also offered is gluten-free bread for any sandwich.

Other recommendations: Fried Chicken, Brook Trout Salad and breakfast

Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Avenue @ 16th Street (212) 929-7100

Wednesday, August 4, 2010



86 East 7th Street b/t 1st & 2nd Avenues

The Redhead

The Redhead may simply have the most perfect, gourmand Southern brunch in New York. In a city exploding with Southern fare, most notably fried chicken and grits, the competition is heavy.

Strolling into The Redhead is like strolling into a New Orleans speakeasy with its dark, wood panels and dimly lit space, but it's certainly no secret. They have been in the spotlight, due in part to their crawfish boils in the garden, as well as drawing in folks for brunch. Luckily, I made to brunch before they decidedly switched to dinner and late night menus only.

The monkey bread is glazed with a sweet frosting, but you haven't had monkey bread until you've had it at Neiman Marcus (that's right, the department store)! Neiman Marcus made monkey bread famous, serving it warm with homemade strawberry butter. It's called monkey bread because the technique of eating is somewhat reminiscent of a monkey pulling bread apart. A good way to start brunch is with dessert, but this might have been a little sweet for my 'buds.

Moving along to a dish which was a beautiful cacophony of ground meat, yukon gold and purple potatoes topped with a sunny-side up egg and cauliflower salata. It was possibly one of the most visually stunning comfort food dishes I've ever seen, then had the pleasure of consuming.

Ordinarily, I do not order sweet breakfast items, but the lemon ricotta pancakes were delightful and with just the slightest hint of lemon. The fresh fruit compote was enough to substitute for syrup.

The Redhead's version of corned beef hash (pieces of tender red meat and potatoes mixed, au jus). The meat was too chewy for this breakfast dish; felt like I was attempting to eat prime rib.

Other Notable Dishes: Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Shrimp & Grits, Bacon Peanut Brittles

The Redhead 349 East 13th Street b/t 1st & 2nd Avenues 212-533-6212