Y'all know how to party! The weather cooperated too, such an amazing day to throw a BBQ! ?There was tons of food. Really thick burgers, roasted chicken, rice & beans, sausages, hot dogs, fish, three bean salad, dumplings, scallion pancakes, spring rolls! Soy awesome!
There was plenty of free flowing alcohol and shots. Such a great time to remember. Although I didn't stick around for the finale, happy birthday to all the August bday peeps!
Props to everyone who came through and those I missed after I had to leave: Steven S, Sophie A, Huan V, Lorraine D, Amy C, Carolina B, Johnny W, Anna H, Andrea G, Mo G, Billy C, Sierra B, and Jando!
Until next year friends!
While there are no shortage of taquerias in the city Javelina stands to be one of the few that has been around awhile and for good reason, billing itself as the first Tex-Mex in the city. We had to put that to the test. 3.5/5.0
While for many, fajitas are a great go-to, the most exciting thing on the menu to me were the puffy tacos, which we had to order! ?They arrived freshly fried and puffy just how I'd imagine them but the meat was sadly dry.
Complimentary chips and salsa to start was great, definitely a nice perk. ?The queso trio we ordered definitely hit the spot, but noticeably they do not come with enough chips and not enough staff came around to check on us. Flagging down the waiter was a chore. Lastly, the cactus fries were a nice oddity to order but as tasteless as biting into battered fried pepper.
I guess the hurt came when the bill arrived, to the tune of $70 after two beers, two puffy tacos, queso trio and cactus fries. ?While I'm optimistic my feedback will help them improve, I'll still have them on my radar if I'm feeling spendy again. 3.5/5.0
While I have nothing against Artichoke Pizza, this is one of the newer locations in the storied history. It's located in the outskirts, similar to the Astoria location however, this one is neither close to one of the subway stops nor a major thoroughfare like 3rd Ave. As such, they do serve decent pizza and the artichoke slice which I've come too crave in a drunken stupor, is always available and worth the $5 cash on hand. Ali the other slices are not very memorable as far as pizza goes. On my particular visit, they were training new employees and while open to the idea, certainly didn't make me feel welcome while this was going on. Either way, service included yields them a solid 4.0/4.0
Primal Cut is a steakhouse through and through. While some may notice its close association with Sapphire's (It's practically inside), this does not take away from the quality and class of the restaurant. 4.9/5.0
Seating is modern and sleek while still comforting. ?I've had the opportunity to try steaks, side dishes, and drinks along the way.
The tomahawk includes the long bone, and while executed perfectly, pretty much requires it to be shared as their other dishes are noteworthy. The Mac and Cheese especially! It is to die for and listed among some of the best anywhere.
New Territories is the one stop dessert shop that doesn't necessarily specialize in a single form of dessert, but instead hosts an array of colorful if not fun creations.
It's their constant attention to rolling out new desserts that'll keep me coming back for more since their opening in Winter'16. 4.5/5.0
I've tried pretty much everything on the menu, starting from their unicorn shake, a fun play on words involving ube drizzle within the milkshake.
Their HK Waffle creation,?Ube Trippin' with cooks ube into the batter and outfitted with ice cream. They source their ice cream from Van Leeuwen so rest assured that the ice cream will be of high quality. While the HK waffle alone may not be the best, it's still an enjoyable dessert.
The Affo-THAI-go, Thai tea atop a bed of waffles and ice cream is a smart take on the popularized Italian affogato. The interactivity of this dessert make it a fun choice.
As far as presentation goes, they're all very photogenic. Service is swift as can be as far as on-demand desserts go. When the weather hits is stride, I'm sure they'll be super busy so needless to say, go early. Ambiance is fun and light-hearted with obvious neon lighting and giraffe heads to pose pictures with. 4.5/5.0
I've been to Boucherie more times than I can count before writing this review but I can attest that its attention to quality sets it apart from all the rest when it comes to French Brasseries. 5.0/5.0
They do a lot of things right and steaks are among the top. ?I've had the steak for two, and steak au pouvre. They're cooked to exact spec and always a reliable choice when faced with uncertainty. The squid ink pasta is also noteworthy bc it's to-die for. Starters include almost everyone's favorite, French Onion Soup because it's the thing to do. Escargot, steak tartare are also must-haves alongside a charcuterie playe that you must order a la carte.
They also have a host of desserts, namely chocolate variety, but also pick creme brulee, it's always a solic choice.
Service is bar none, the best I've experienced anywhere. The warm tones and long spanning bar across the bar wall are nice touches.in this Brasserie. Will definitely come back again after having had menas here several times. Hoping to catch brunch here sometime in the near future. 5.0/5.0
Excited for Wowfulls' first brick and mortar! Perhaps most experienced in tenure in churning out waffles day after day at events, Smorg. This iteration seals the deal. On offer are coconut, chocolate, and coffee waffles with their usual selection of ice cream to keep the lines moving smoothly.
I picked the a home Sweet Home. Taste is as good as I've remembered it at Smorg waiting in the lines, however they've tweaked, perhaps even perfected the taste of their regular waffle. Crisp, puffy, and only mildly sweet, allowing for the toppings and ice cream to do the rest of the work as sweeteners.
An amazing experience even if I have to wait for them to churn out waffles 4-5mins at a time each. The staff is really upbeat and I remember them all from Smorg.
The decor is really sleek. Honeycomb shaped woodword adorn one wall, and a whole hearts art wall adorn the other. A very fun place to be. Of course the only tip I have to leave for you is to go early during there grand opening mode.
JoJu does it again. ?While revered for their amazing modern Banh Mi sandwiches for years, they opened JoJu Bowl, a rice bowl fast casual setup below their acclaimed sandwich shop. ?While here during their soft opening, I stopped in to enjoy a bowl. ?Customers pick a base, protein, and toppings. Simple. I had my fill of their first protein option, #1 BBQ Pork and Caramel Pork, the same reliable filling I remember having in their sandwiches, but provided in a hearty bowl of rice. You can have it in a cabbage salad as well! Once assembled, they're extremely colorful and filling. Service is attentive and decor is as trendy as their counterpart upstairs. A definite cool spot to visit if you're local or visit Elmhurst from time to time! 4.9/5.0
New cafe addition to the northernmost edge of Bay Ridge, this Cocoa Grinder location, the 3rd in the neighborhood, adds to their capability to do small batch coffee bean roasting on-premises. It brings that aspect of the business in-house and gives them more control over their product.
I finally stopped in after a few months after it opened to grab a coffee and to finally check out their breakfast/brunch plates. ?The space is vast and airy with ample seating, much like it's 85th St/3rd Ave location. ?While the menu on the board is a touch difficult to read, coffee veterans will be comfortable ordering their drink of choice from memory. ?Their menu includes the gamut of healthy dishes often found in other cafes, like avo toast, salmon & egg toast, etc.
The coffee and espresso-based drinks are just right. They're not too overpowering nor too soft on taste for their mainstream mild/blonde brew. 4.9/5.0
I've stopped in here more than my fair share of times without reviewing. Each time, they add new eateries here for me to rediscover this place again and again. ?It's another one of many food halls in the Chelsea/Meatpacking area. ?You can get your fill of anything from Korean, macarons, poke, bruffins. ?I stopped in for The Truffleist, a Smorgasburg favorite for their truffle cheesesteak and it was amazing as anywhere else I've had it. ?This location is an improvement over the previous one nestled in between Gansevoort St. which is far less accessible than 14th Street, which is heavily trafficked by passerby heading to and from the High Line. ?Airy, with high ceilings, its definitely a nice retreat from the hustle of Chelsea.