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09 March 2008 @ 09:46 pm
These things eventually made it to my mouth ...

30 September 2007 @ 01:06 pm
I had been wanting these for a while and had some super old cheddar in the fridge so ...

I made cheese biscuits yesterday morning.
06 October 2006 @ 10:38 am
Place: City Diner
Location: 2441 Broadway (at West 90th Street). Upper West Side
Subway Directions: 1, 2, or 3 to 96th Street.
Food Type: Standard Diner food
Worth the trip?: I wouldn't go out of my way
Kurt Proof?: Marginally

Notes: City Diner has two (and really only two) features to recommend it.

  • It is open 24 hours

  • It is easy to get to by train when going uptown late at night

The food is perfectly serviceable and standard. The service is uncomfortable in that way that an overly friendly waiter can make it (all the times I've been there, it's been the same guy). He has this strange habit of, when saying you're not ready to order, of saying "Don't worry, take your time." and then coming back approximately 45 seconds later to see if one is ready.

The meatloaf is rather tasty, expect for the overcooked vegetables they like to pair with it.
05 October 2006 @ 04:46 am
Place: Plataforma Churrascaria
Location: 316 W 49th St between 8th & 9th Ave (Midtown/Hell's Kitchen) there are more locations but, this is the ones that we always go to.
Food Type: Brazilian BBQ (ie: meat meat and more meat! good lord does this place have meat.)
Worth the trip?: good lord, yes
Kurt Proof?: I should think so!

Notes: I think the phrase "Parade of meat" sums this place up perfectly. It is, down right, the most amazing cuts of meat. Delicious and cooked to the point where it melts in your mouth...and it just keeps coming. The waiters are constatly walking around with large skewers with huge hunks of meat on them, ready to cut and serve...and it's all you can eat, so we leave this place feeling a bit heavier than before.
Also it's kinda insulting to call the "salad bar" a salad bar because it's stocked with an arry of cheeses, stews, soups, bread, veggies, etc. It's such a good salad bar that it's earned Plataform the subtext of being "The Steakhouse that even vegetarians love!"

I think the only thing that keeps us from going everyday is the price. At about $30 a person for lunch (from 12pm - 3pm) and $50 for dinner (3:30pm - 12am) it's on the pricey side for us poorer folks, but we tend to put away about $200 worth of meat so it's all worth it (water is free, but other drinks and desserts are extra), but we do go for special occasions or when someone "wins meat" (don't ask)
05 October 2006 @ 04:13 am
Place: Arturo's Coal Oven Pizza
Location: 106 W Houston St at Thompson St, Manhattan (SoHO)
Food Type: coal oven Pizza, general Italian
Worth the trip?: Oh yes
Kurt Proof?: Depends on how much pizza we get, but he tends to leave happy.

Notes: I believe this was introduced to us as a stop on our "Pizza Tour" of manhattan. This wasn't a real tour, but there are so many types of pizza that one really needs to focus on trying them all. Arturo's is one of my favorites and while it's not cheap, it's not freakishly expensive either (the large pies run about $14-$16 depending on the topping).

The wait staff there is very friendly and they seem to remember us when we come in (a large group of loud, large gay men who eat a lot...go figure) but sometimes they'll forget about coming by to refil water when it gets busy, and it does get busy....and crowded. But I think it's worth it. One of the very few places that I will go to even if there are waits. I hate crowds, but the food is worth it.

I think we've worked out a system that we tend to order one pizza more than the number of people we have with us. However we tend to have Kurt with us and he can put a pretty dent in a pizza, so I don't know how it would be normally.

Extra bonus: The vast majority of the art adorning the walls was done by Arturo himself. It's delightfully dreadful.
03 October 2006 @ 05:28 pm
Place: Koronet Pizza
Location: 2848 Broadway, New York, NY 10025-7816
Worth the trip?: Oh Good God

An acquaintance of mine who went to Columbia University found this place. It's the cheapest pizza (per square inch) on the island of Manhattan. The slices are ungodly huge and they cost something like $2.30 per slice (as of the last time I went there). It's not the best pizza on the island but if you've been drinking, need a lot of cheap food, and are on the West Side between 110th and 111th, then go for it.
03 October 2006 @ 04:34 pm
Place: Sri Pra Phai
Location: 64 St and Roosevelt Ave, in Queens (get off the 61 St stop on the 7 train)
Food Type: Thai
Worth the trip?: Well worth it!
Kurt Proof?: not sure

Notes: Try their crispy watercress salad as an appetizer. Or as an entree, with coconut rice. Make sure you specify the level of heat you want in your food, since some of them can be very spicy. The jungle curry is good, but really spicy. The place is good for vegetarians too.
03 October 2006 @ 03:41 pm
Place: L'Express
Location: 249 Park Avenue south & 20th, Manhattan (Union Square area)
Food Type: French
Worth the trip?: sure
Kurt Proof?: probably not

Notes: This place was pretty cool because it's not a diner, and yet it's open 24/7. When I was there I was boring and had a hamburger (which was delightful) but the draw of this place is that they have excellent french fries. The little skinny, stringy ones...all fried to french, golden crispiness.

Otherwise the menu consists of bistro food. I remember there being lots of duck.

03 October 2006 @ 03:31 pm
Place: Amy Ruth's
Location: 113 west 116th St, Manhattan (Harlem)
Food Type: Soul food, southern
Worth the trip?: Oh yeah
Kurt Proof?: He seems happy when we leave so I'll say "yes"

Notes: I've noticed that we haven't gone here recently and I think we got kinda AmyRuth'd out a few months ago when we went a lot. The fried Chicken with spiced honey is wonderful but, I have to say that I would go there for the Macaroni & Cheese alone. Granted it's only a side dish, but I tend to get fried chicken with two sides of Mac&Cheese. Sooo good. I wasn't too impressed with the country friend steak though. It was more like "Chicken Fried Steak stew" because it was all...well...like stew. Even though it looked kinda gross, it still tasted good even if it's not what I was really expecting.

Added bonus: They have a "Kool-Aid of the day"
03 October 2006 @ 03:20 pm
Place: 2nd St Cafe
Location: 189 7th avenue in Brooklyn @ 2nd street (Park Slope)
Food Type: American, cafe
Worth the trip?: If I was in the area and it was suggested I would enjoy going there, however there wasn't anything about it that would let me to justify trekking out to Brooklyn for a meal.
Kurt Proof?: probably not

Notes: I stopped and had dinner here while on a date about two years ago. It was chilly outside the and the decor is small and cozy and lit with candles, so it was nice to sit and enjoy some food while chatting. I got the Macaroni & cheese (because I am both unimaginative & poor) and some apple tea. Both were lovely without being amazing.