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.
Crown Shy is very nice. The white beans with nduja (granted there is some version of this on every menu everywhere in the country), carrots with razor clams, tagliatelle with sungolds was excellent, something else was more forgettable but fine. Cocktails were good if slightly sweet. Will happily go back.
"will happily go back" is perfect. They do nice work. Actually really good work for this current time.
A quick few days in late October. We have Sunday and Monday in New Orleans after a Saturday in Lafayette and Avery Island. Wanted to try the dining room in Saint Germain but that is only Thursday-Saturday. Still will go by for wine and small plates.
It's Ms. Flon's birthday so she gets to choose Sunday's dinner and that will be at Compere Lapin. Not my first choice but it looks decent (wine list isn't bad either) and I remember Nina from when she was on Top Chef and she seemed to know what she was doing.
For Monday I am lobbying for La Petite Grocery. Also going to do a lunch at Tan Dinh
Does anyone have experience at any of these places? We are staying at Maison de la Luz which is a boutique spinoff of The Ace Hotel. Looking forward to revisiting. Been too long. Feels strange to not have Cochon as a priority but our last visit there was not impressive and now that Mekelburg's has superior roasted oysters, we don't need to return. Cochon Butcher was great last time but it's not a priority. Would still like to squeeze it in.
Any new cocktail places worth trying?
Bar Marilou is connected to our hotel and I'd like to try Jewel of the South.
I had...ALL of this last Monday with some friends in Williamsburg.
DAMN that caviar pie is heavenly.
what do you think of the Croque.. The first weekend we made this, three guys from France came in and one ordered it.. It was a nervous moment...
The mustard streak on the plate is invaluable to cut the richness. In fact, I'd say that more would be welcome. The cornichons are nice too. It's a delicious sandwich and requires a nap afterwards.
Interestingly, we also had the porcetta that day (I brought first timers so we had to do the classics too) and one of my friends said that it was almost the platonic ideal of a sandwich. The proportion of pork, the greens, the bread.
Bar Gen Yamamoto was getting a lot of attention during my last visit almost three years ago. It was a fine experience, and he is terrific but I did find the progression of drinks to be on the sweet side.
Friendly service and I think we had some pork belly skewers and maybe deviled eggs that were very good. We found the bar stools a little uncomfortable for a longer session but that seems to happen more frequently these days.
We went early on a weekend evening in summer so almost had the whole place to ourselves for about two hours.