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#1450235 Essex Crossing, Essex St. Market, and More

Posted by plattetude on 16 January 2020 - 06:52 PM


Bought a couple of things at Ends Meats today - petite tender for dinner tonight, and some gorgeous coarsely ground beef and pork for a sugo I plan on making tomorrow. Or maybe today.


He had a hunk of beef hanging that had been hanging there since September 20th - so 107 day dry aged. It looked so, so funky.


Really nice guy, I like this place a lot, and his focus on cured meats is very cool.  I look forward to using the guanciale I got from him as well.


112 days, check. I bought a slab for a special birthday dinner for my soon-to-be 15-year-old. And a 21 day porterhouse for those at the table who will be freaked out by quite that much funk.


FWIW, yeah, 112 days brought some crazy funk. The sear tasted like ultra-aged parmesan. The 21-day porterhouse had a good bit of minerality too; I thought it would pale in comparison, but both cuts were great.

#1445307 Mishiguene at Intersect by Lexus

Posted by plattetude on 13 September 2019 - 02:09 PM

Rye.  Aquavit.  Mustard powder.  Schwartz's Montreal steak spice mix.  Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray.


Mix.   Drink.  Vomit.


I'm reminded of one of my favorites from Amor Y Amargo's heyday -- Scandi Gibson


2 oz Krogstad Aquavit

1 oz Cocchi Americano

15 drops Bitterman's Celery Shrub

10 drops Bitterman's Hellfire Shrub

cocktail onion


As advertised, tastes like rye bread in a glass. Many years later, still in regular rotation at home.

#1436148 Bob "Super Dave" Einstein

Posted by plattetude on 03 January 2019 - 01:35 PM

Until I saw Albert Brooks' tweet about his death, I had no idea they were brothers.

#1431320 Ravishing Radishes!

Posted by plattetude on 15 August 2018 - 02:07 PM

Butter-braised! Roasted! I love the crunch and mild heat of fresh radishes, but cooking them is revelatory.

#1411580 Cocktails

Posted by plattetude on 17 July 2017 - 07:12 PM

A rare, forbidden splash of grapefruit juice in discouraged mixed drinks hasn't killed me yet. Might grapefruit liqueur cross a line?


I gave up grapefruit long ago when I started taking Lipitor/atorvastatin. I miss it terribly. But statins have been great for lowering my blood cholesterol.


I also now drink only socially, after years of daily cocktails or wine hammered my liver too hard. I'm annoyed that my tolerance and alcohol-trivia knowledge has dropped. But having more energy has been a bonus. In two years I've had great liver-panel tests, have lost thirty pounds, and can work out much more, all without sacrificing the delicious fatty foods that make those statins so helpful.


Today, the kind host of a party happening next week has asked if I can have pamplemousse liqueur. But I find no gastroenterologist-mixologists writing online about whether that has more, less, or equal furanocoumarins than the juice itself. Any ideas?

I can't speak to the questions on grapefruit/pamplemousse liqueur impact on your GI stuff, but I can offer this:  Campari+lime can emulate grapefruit quite nicely. In fact, I doctored up a variation on a Hemingway daiquiri (which I dubbed "Hemingway Mocquiri") that takes advantage of that substitution for those times you want a grapefruit hit but don't (or can't) have grapefruit around:


2 oz white rum

1 oz fresh lime

1/4 oz Campari

1/4 oz Maraschino liqueur

#1380345 Happy Hour: Cocktails in Midtown

Posted by plattetude on 28 June 2016 - 01:57 PM

I'll give a muted shout-out to Rum House, run by the Ward III team. It's certainly got more cred in the cocktail list than you'd expect given the vibe and location. Bonus, since it's attached to the Edison, it's open through the afternoon and into the evening. It does certainly get a mixed crowd that's not as cocktail savvy as the proffer could support.


(The rum-based Negroni Leoni, with a hit of mezcal, is pretty fantastic.)

#1348346 Cask beers - are they worth the effort?

Posted by plattetude on 05 October 2015 - 01:11 PM

DBA used to have two hand-drawn. And in its heyday, long before the Extreme Beer trend, they'd frequently have very appropriate British-style (or, more often, explicitly British) sessionable bitters on offer. 


And yeah, Minetta has one cask among its draughts, and last week it was a super-hoppy IPA, so no thanks.

#1323884 Lew Soloff

Posted by plattetude on 09 March 2015 - 03:25 PM

Jazz trumpeter, probably best known for playing with Blood, Sweat, and Tears, but stellar player in many contexts. Indelible fixture on the NYC jazz scene.



#1254997 [Hoboken] Pilsener Haus & Biergarten

Posted by plattetude on 30 September 2013 - 01:22 PM

Also, this was fun news last week, as posted on their Facebook page:


Exciting News at the Biergarten: Slovakia’s President Takes a Break from U.N. General Assembly To Celebrate Oktoberfest at Pilsener Haus & Biergarten! 
Last night, Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic was hosted by Pilsener Haus owners Andy Ivanov & Ladi Sebestyan (Czechoslovakians by birth, now NJ residents). Ladi says, “Pilsener Haus is in part a reflection of the biergartens we knew growing up in our home country, and it was a special honor to welcome President Gasparovic to the biergarten we’ve built here in New Jersey, especially during the height of our traditional Oktoberfest celebration.”
After long days of meeting with world leaders, including President Obama, and working to make the world a better place, few things are more satisfying than a frosty mug of pilsener and a platter of schweinshaxen (roasted pork shank). 
President Gasparovic, Miroslav Lajcak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the UN Frantisek Ruzicka, and Peter Kmec, the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States, all graciously took the time to cross the Hudson and visit Pilsener Haus & Biergarten. PROST!!

#1244291 Coravin: Have your wine and drink it too

Posted by plattetude on 01 August 2013 - 03:09 PM

Amazing gadget that lets you pour from a bottle without uncorking it. Very damn smart.

#1225250 Tørst

Posted by plattetude on 15 March 2013 - 03:10 PM

And I dunno, this seems like it should be obvious, but if the whole ethos of Evil Twin is "limited release, one-time-only brews that tweak standard beer styles", why should it be surprising that people want more of a description than the beer's name?