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Who Has a Donabe?

04 September 2019 - 01:05 PM

Who has a donabe? Ori???


Well, after dinner at Single Thread Restaurant a few weeks ago, and after receiving




as a memento, I had to go out and buy a donabe. Or not go out and buy one, but order one. Though I wonder if a Chinese sandy pot might not work just as well, at about a millionth of the price?






The one I ordered is way too big for just the two of us, but will be nice when we have a small dinner with another couple. I'll be heading down to Korin to get a more practical sized donabe soon.


Any donabe cooking going on?

Places You Never Knew Existed Even Though You Live Here

28 August 2019 - 01:00 PM

I'm guessing there are less and less of these still extant, simply due to economics.


So last night, late, 2 friends and I were walking eastbound on 14th Street from 9th Avenue, when one suggested we stop at The Donut Pub. I thought I didn't hear him correctly, and that he was referring to a bar.




The Donut Pub - opened in 1964 (!), open 24/7, founded by a Wall St. guy. 


I never knew this existed.  I don't get uptown much.  The donuts are excellent. 

The Fulton, Jean-Georges at Pier 17

21 August 2019 - 04:07 PM

Let's start with the 30 minute walk from my apartment - along South Street - and which I won't do again, as South Street is basically one long construction zone, leaving you walking with bikes, scooters, etc. on a path that's wide enough for none of the above.  One used to be able to walk along the river, but not really any more. But I did arrive safely at the seaport, where The Fulton is located. It's all the way out at the end of the pier, and a really nice job has been done on the pier, with plenty of seating, both for patrons and just people wanting to sit and look at the water, bridges, and all sorts of activity above and upon the river.


The Fulton is gorgeous, and I was able to grab a seat the downstairs bar; had I realized there was also the raw bar a level up, I might've chosen that, but I was content with views from where I was situated, and everything from the raw bar is available downstairs, so no problems there.


A short wines by the glass list, and I started with a nice Savenni√®res, while studying the menus. There was a lot to choose from, and it was only me, so there were some hard choices to be made. I really like Manhattan clam chowder, and I can't remember when I've had a Manhattan clam chowder that I really liked...(such as the version at the Oyster Bar, which was insipid on my last visit there). This one however, was as good as I've had; nice and spicy, rich and clammy, as it should be. I don't know if the glass of Riesling I had to accompany it made it better, but it worked for me.  Served with some lovely bread and butter, 2 slices dark and sweet, 2 slices the opposite, and I didn't even have to ask - or pay extra for it!


I was battling around stuff in my head to have for a main course, but I kept returning to one item in particular, I suppose as an homage to Sneakeater, Fish (flounder!) and Crisps:




The flounder, a large, beautiful piece, fried beautifully, sitting atop the "crisps," which were actually twice fried potato puffs. Alongside, superfluous and almost too sweet crushed peas, and saffron aioli. Just great.


Dessert, as if I needed it, was a couple of scoops of very nice house-made ice cream - pistachio and vanilla are the flavors I think I had.


The prices, at least for now, are kinda weirdly low, at least for some of the dishes. And at least for now, I can't wait to return, because so much of the menu was calling my name. Next time though, I'll be walking on Water Street.


COMP DISCLOSURE: A glass of wine along the way. 



Single Thread Farm...Restaurant...Inn

05 August 2019 - 02:51 PM

While I'm sure I'll get around to posting a full write up of our tremendous meal at Single Thread Restaurant, I wanted to share one dish and a thought or two, before it recedes into my memory too much.




This is the King Crab dish, served in lieu of the now banned foie gras. So, it's rich.


Grilled baby corn (from their farm), with corn butter to dip the corn into. Below is king crab kani miso, which (and Ori will correct me if I'm wrong) is not really miso, but the king crab other stuff grilled in its shell with sake.  It was pretty fucking awesome, and it was served with a French wine, from Paso Robles; a Tablas Creek Late Harvest Petit Manseng, 2016. It was a fine pairing. 


Of the 9 wines poured in the wine pairing, 4 are California wines, 1 German, 2 Austrian, 1 from Lebanon (a 1989 Chateau Musar, Obaideh and Merwah), and 1 saké (served with a stunning black cod dish).


More later or whenever, but I need coffee stat.

Rolling Thunder

19 June 2019 - 11:21 AM

Pretty damn entertaining.  Scorsese does good music movies.