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The Cornelia Street Café

3 Jan

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Having recently moved to New York, I know that I am in a culinary haven and not only do I need to explore new places, but I also need to relive old favourites. The Cornelia Street Café is one of those little gems that I’m so happy I found a few years ago when looking for somewhere new for brunch. When in New York one must do as they do…and my God do they know how to ‘brunch’.

Cornelia offers main plates, typical brunch dishes of course with their own twist to it, like homefries roasted with garlic and rosemary and they use fresh salad instead of an abundance of toast – really it’s quite refreshing. You can either order like normal or go for their offer of $20 for a side – there are a few to choose from including the delicious chocolate bread that literally melts in your mouth (courtesy of Amy’s Bread that is just a stone’s throw away on Bleecker), a main dish, and a hot and cold drink. This is a great bargain for the quality of the dishes.

download-3The orange juice is as fresh as it can come, the tea – well for Americans they did try. It was served as black, not even a side of milk, but when I asked they politely brought it over. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of Stash Tea before though, it wasn’t great.

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The oh so difficult question always comes to me and that is ‘sweet or savoury?’ Well lucky for you I tried them both – so you’ll hear what I thought on both accounts. First up – Buttermilk Pancakes topped with fresh fruit and accompanied with Vermont maple syrup. The pancakes were the depiction of fluffy – not too sickly sweet and the perfect amount. The fruit was ripe and sweet and the maple…oh the maple, the heavenly nectar trickled over each pancake literally completing the dish. Perfection!

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On the savoury side I chose The Farmer’s Breakfast -Eggs Any Style on a Bed of Greens w/ Crumbled Bacon, Rosemary Roast Potatoes & Roasted Garlic. The salad really takes the edge off the portion size – if it was with toast then I don’t know how much I could have handled. I chose to have my eggs poached and they really were cooked to perfection, the yolk poured out over the bacon so delectably and the bacon was just unbelievable, a slight crunch, but not too much and the saltiness mixed with the sweet of the egg just complemented the dish brilliantly. The roasted potatoes were seasoned well and thankfully the rosemary seasoning wasn’t too strong as I find it can be quite overpowering sometimes. This feels like an adult’s dish – that sounds silly perhaps, but try it and you’ll see what I mean. You’ll leave there wanting to go shopping for rugs or antique coffee tables. Eat it, you’ll see!

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The service is good, you don’t notice them that much but they’re polite and friendly. Always the best way.

Cornelia also serves all other meals and has live music and performances scheduled on a regular basis too. Be sure to visit if you get a chance.

Rate: 4.6

The Cornelia Street Café

29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

(212) 989-9319

http://corneliastreetcafe.com/
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*SPECIAL* – Amber Sushi – NYC

19 Jun

This is a very, very special place. It’s creative, it’s quick and it’s absolutely deelish. I would have this everyday of the week if I could!

I have been here a million times and it is never ever less than perfect. It’s not the kind of cheap where you think ‘Should I really risk eating mega cheap raw fish?’ But, equally it isn’t expensive either. They often do deals like $1 Tiger beers on a Monday and their 2 and 3 roll specials for delivery are great for lunch times.

I always get the Salmon & Avocado Roll and the Spicy Tuna Roll, but aside from them, my FAVOURITE is The Golden Dragon Roll (Spicy crunchy salmon & avocado roll topped with fresh mango slices and red caviar). This has a delicate sweetness to it, they always use immensely ripe avocados and the presentation looks like a work of art.

The service is great and the restaurants are very cool, definitely go here!

Have a peruse of the photos so you can get a feel for this little gem.

Rate 5

Amber

432 6th Ave  New York, NY 10011, (212) 477-5880

http://ambervillage.net/
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381 3rd Ave New York, NY 10016, (212) 686-6388

http://www.ambergramercy.com/
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*SPECIAL* – Cafeteria – NYC

12 Jun

Walking into this Abercrombie of eateries really was an outing of sorts…think beautiful waiters (clearly part time models), but if you’re from the UK you must get with the US programme and realise that the endearing but silent guys who clear your plates and deliver your water are not the waiters!

This oh so trendy all night,all day hot spot has a take on home style American comfort food that really will knock your socks off. Some of the dishes, especially the desserts really have to be seen to be believed. They are GINORMOUS. It’s the sort of place where you nudge whoever you’re with to say ‘look, look.’ Truly, spectacularly, mountainous. I recommend sharing unless you have the appetite of a Hunger Games tribute.

I am going to focus on one dish in particular. This would be the Grilled Salmon BLT – Slab Bacon, Avocado, Arugula, Red Onion, Beefsteak Tomato, Pesto Mayo. Or, in a more simplified form; perfection.

The salmon is so fresh and succulent that you could have it on it’s own, but when complemented by the crispy, streaky bacon, the tang of the thinly cut red onion and the soft, ripe avocado mixed with the familiar taste of pesto, you will really start to see what I’m talking about. This has to be one of my Top 50 meals of all time. DEELISH!

The service is good and even if it isn’t at times, the waiters are so pretty that you don’t mind…they are trained to look at you like you’re Rosie Huntingdon whatserface and you respond, helpless, because they still look at you like that even after they’ve seen you scoff down the Grilled Salmon BLT…this place really is worth a visit. It’s counterpart downtown Delicatessen is along the same lines but not as friendly and not as good in my eyes.

Rate: 5

Feast your eyes on this beauty…

Cafeteria

119 7th Avenue New York, NY 10010

http://www.cafeteriagroup.com/

212.414.1717
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*SPECIAL* – The Dutch

5 May

I highly recommend The Dutch in NYC…a bustling brunch spot with a great vibe and fresh approach to an exhausted meal…this was definitely not your typical menu. The use of familiar items but using unusual ingredients spiced up this meal to the max and gave it a great spin and it really was delicious.

The pastry board was mouthwatering and the curried…yes curried doughnut, was unbelievable. Hominy Grits was a bold move for me as I had NO IDEA what it would taste like, it really complemented the spicy flavours in the rest of the dish.

This place is worth a visit…

Rate: 4 (.5)

Pastry Board

Almond French Toast, Bananas Foster

Two Fried Eggs, Hominy Grits, Chorizo, Guajillo Salsa

The Dutch

131 SULLIVAN STREET NEW YORK, NY 10012

212-677-6200

http://thedutchnyc.com/menus/
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