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El Cantinero

Friday, June 23, 2006

I never knew El Cantinero had an outdoor garden/patio in the back. It’s much quieter than the rest of the restaurant which is almost always bustling. The service is great. The food is good standard Mexican, not anything special, but the prices are right for a neighborhood joint. The unlimited free chips […]

Mermaid Inn, Beard Papa’s, and Cold Stone Creamery

Saturday, June 17, 2006

For Stephen’s (Lon’s brother-in-law) birthday, Kasi chose Mermaid Inn. Lon and I were happy to go again. The menu had changed a little bit but several items were still familiar.
For appetizers, Stephen and I both ordered the bacon wrapped scallops which were incredible. The 3 large scallops were cooked perfectly and wrapped […]

Barca 18

Friday, June 16, 2006

Barça 18 is really a well designed space. I loved the lights, the leather tables and seats, and the service was very good. The wait staff was dressed in yellow soccer jerseys in support of the world cup so I’m not sure what they normally wear.
We order 3 tapas and a paella […]

Borgo Antico

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Like any other little neighborhood Italian, you start off with bread at Borgo Antico. They offer a regular crusty bread, a focaccia, and bread sticks. The breads are warm and served with a fabulous sun-dried tomato spread.
We ordered the grilled calamari over arugula and cannelini beans to share. It was pretty tasteless […]

Epicerie Cafe Charbon

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Crappy food, crappy service, and the place looks ugly too. If you have to eat at Cafe Charbon-Epicerie, first protest loudly, but if you’re still forced by friends or family to go (as we were), only order french fries or the shrimp Plancha appetizer.
The french fries were crispy and hot, just the way […]

Bistro Citron

Monday, June 12, 2006

On Sat, Lon and I cooked with Kasi at her place for a little family gathering. We had a Middle Eastern inspired meal with hummus, baba ganoush, quinoia, chicken and beef kebabs, salad, grape leaves, and pita. I’ll try to post some pictures later. It was delicious.
On Sunday, Lon and I went […]

Gonzo

Friday, June 9, 2006

We liked the space at Gonzo and the service was good enough, but the food isn’t really worth going back for. We started with the small tasting plate (you can select 3 meats and/or cheeses from 17 choices). We got Ribiola, fresh mozzarella, and Cacciatorini with fig and fennel jam. The Ribiola […]

Beyoglu

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

I haven’t been to Beyoglu in about 2 years and I missed the great food. They make the best charred octopus salad and you can have as much as you want of their freshly baked pita straight out of the oven. The octopus was just as tender as I remembered it but […]

Ping’s Seafood

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

I was starting to lose faith in the dim sum in Manhattan. Overall, it’s defiantely better in Flushing but since Flushing is a far trek for me…..I still try to find dim sum around Chinatown. Many lack quality, variety, and turnover, but Ping’s was pretty good. They have all the usual […]

Caroline and Eddie Song Wedding

Monday, June 5, 2006

My friends Caroline and Eddie got married over the weekend. It was a beautiful and elegant wedding, simple and well organized, exactly what you would expect of Mr. and Mrs. Song.
The reception was catered by Upper Crust at a nice space on Horatio St. I really liked all but one of the […]