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Kittery

Seafood and more in Cobble Hill.

What We Had

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I had a whole steak and eggs thing planned from the old menu and had to roll with the punches to settle on the only thing that could be made Whole30 (paleo + no sugar) compliant – the 2 eggs any style dish. I dropped the home fries and toast, having just the eggs (which I ordered over medium), the side salad with decent balsamic, and I ordered a separate side of avocado. My meal was okay, though the eggs were completely hammered.

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My DH had the thick cut cinnamon French toast with a side of bacon – by all accounts, it was pretty good but not show stopping.

Decor

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We ate outside in the summer lobster themed dining space. It’s cute.

Service

So-so. They did what they could, but the food took about half an hour to start coming out to diners (we arrived shortly after opening and was the second table – three others arrived after us).

Overall Impressions

This was their first brunch service after rolling out a new menu and it showed.

Rating

3 out of 5 for a disappointing new menu (not as much variety or novelty – had we not seen the previous version, we would have eaten somewhere up the street) and so-so food.

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Brinkley’s Broome St.

American elevated pub food with a focus on local in SoHo.

What We Had

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I had a grass fed beef burger with lettuce, tomato, pickle, no bun, no cheese, and no chipotle mayo – My burger was flavorful and cooked properly (mid rare, as specified). I subbed a mixed greens salad for fries (and they have sweet potato fries) and that was well dressed and delicious.

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My DH had the three cheese Mac & cheese with fontina, Parmesan, Romano – By all accounts, it was really good.

He also had a quite tasty bloody bull (bloody mary made with beef bouillon).

Decor

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Adorable old school house decor with desk chairs, anatomical drawings of turtles and lots of original-looking checked tile flooring. Big generous windows to let in floods of light and fresh air as well.

Service

The server was good, but the food was really slow.

Overall Impressions

The dining room was loud but the server was very accommodating for my special-needs ass.

Rating

4 out of 5 despite the cackling table of girls pushing the decibel level past earsplitting & the slow food. Substitutions were easy, the menu had a lot of variety, and the food was good. Plus, the decor was adorable And the mascot is a bear with a monocle.

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Thistle Hill Tavern

Thistle Hill Tavern

American gastropub from the minds that brought you Talde & Pork Slope.

What We Had

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I had The Chop – Smoked 16 ounce Lucki Seven pork chop with red onions. — It was pretty good. A little dry. Overcooked – hard well – but still tasty.

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My DH had the Burger — Also pretty good but a little dry and overcooked (well, ordered mid rare). The fries were the best part.

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We split some Deviled Eggs – The chicken skin was both of ours’ favorite. Good. Not overly flavorful, but nice for a deviled egg lover.

Decor

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Pub style dark woods and local history pieces.

Service

Ok.

Overall Impressions

Not bad, but not as special as the other restos in the roster.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 because there are a lot of paleo-friendly options, but the execution wasn’t spot on.

Hanoi Kitchen

Vietnamese/Thai in Park Slope with a large pho menu.

What We Had

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I had the Pho Sate – Rice noodles, special beef sate soup, rare steak, brisket, tomato, cucumber & peanut – Spicy and delicious. Good flavor on the broth and the meat was good too.

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My DH had the Pho Thai Rice – Rice noodles beef soup with rare steak – His was more delicately flavored than the heat hammer mine carried, and it was good. The beef broth base did more shining in his dish.

Decor

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Cute Thai decor with dark woods, natural elements and exposed brick.

Service

Decent.

Overall Impressions

A cute little spot for some pho. The menu also has a wide selection of other dishes, but we hasn’t had good pho in quite a long time and missed it.

Rating

4 out of 5 for good flavorful broth, nice decor and a widely varied menu.

Lola BKLYN

Casual & funky new American in Fort Greene

What We Had

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I had the Mussels & Fries with coconut curry sauce and sweet potato fries – I think this is my favorite no-fuss, it’s hot as balls dinner. And the potatoes were stellar.

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My DH had the There’s Only One Steak with garlic butter sauce and Mac n cheese – Pretty damn decent steak; really good Mac & cheese.

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We also had the Rock Shrimp Ceviche Green Devil – This avocado boat was exactly what I needed it to be. Very satisfying.

I had a Soulless Ginger – Cucumber mint lemonade with ginger infused vodka, topped with ginger ale — It was fantastic. Cool refreshing and light.

Te DH had a Tito’s Bacon Bloody Mary – house blend garnished with cornichons, green olives, celery & bacon — It was good but not the best in town. The bacon salt was a nice touch.

He also had a Kentucky Sunshine – bourbon, blood orange, orange bitters, prosecco — This was a tasty combo.

Decor

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Cute & funky interior with a back garden.

Service

Really personable and helpful service.

Overall Impressions

A cute little place to meet friends or go for date night. The food was great, and the atmosphere was inviting.

Rating

4 out of 5 for a good time.

Pork Slope

Pork-centric casual sandwich restaurant/dive bar in Park Slope from the mind(s) behind Talde and Thistle Hill.

What We Had

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My DH had the Mother Porker – a classic porky melt (cheddar rolled pork bratwurst, grilled onions & mustard) with bacon, egg and pickled jalapeño – This sandwich was a flavor bomb of porky goodness. Great sausage, killer balance, and an egg. Lots to love here.

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He also had the Crispy Mac & Cheese – Delicious, with a lovely layer of almost-burnt cheese.

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I had the Pulled Pork Sandwich – 24 hour brined & hickory smoked pork shoulder with BBQ sauce and pickles – the Texas toast came out a little too wet for me to eat everything as a sandwich, but the meat was killer. The porcine gods are smiling.

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I also had the Smoky Collard Greens – I had high hopes, given Chef Talde’s prowess with other green veggies (I’m thinking specifically of his brussels special at Talde) and I was not disappointed. Vinegary, smoky, cooked until slippery and luxurious; this was one tasty bowl of greens.

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My DH continued his citywide bloody mary sampling with a Michael Collins – Irish whiskey and fresh house made Bloody Mary mix with a house smoked rosemary and sea salt rim – This was a crazy good bloody. I think Char No. 4 is still his favorite, but this version is right up there (with the more Asian-inspired version served at Talde) in the pantheon of greats.

I had a Brooklyn Mule – Brooklyn Republic vodka, ginger beer & fresh lime – This drink was everything I wanted it to be – light, refreshing and a nice summer sip.

Decor

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Pork & Brooklyn -centric decor ala local punk dive bar with great music (if you like a heavily punk soundtrack played at a comfortable volume for listening an talking).

Service

Decent for a bar.

Overall Impressions

Yum. This is one of those spots that successfully straddles the line between local hangout and somewhere worth taking the train to visit. It feels homey without being exclusive and simple enough to be a no-brainer weeknight choice for those days when you don’t want to think too hard and just want something good.

Rating

4.5 out of 5. I was leaning more toward 4, since there aren’t many options for the sandwich-challenged (although you can order just a side of meat), but the DH had pork in his eyes 🙂

The Green Table

A local farm-to-table joint serving updated American classics in Chelsea Market.

What We Had

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We started with Deviled Farm Eggs 4 Ways (Classic Southern, Wasabi, Bacon Relish, Pimento Cheese) – The bacon was, not surprisingly, our favorite.

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I had the GT Burger- Wrighteous Organics beef, kimchi, bacon & tomato relish on Amy’s roll – in a word: fantastic. Juicy burger, nice bright pickled punch from the kimchi, and round sweetness from the relish made for a well-balanced dish. Great dressed greens side, good bun.

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My DH had the Mac & Cheese – Goat, Colby, cheddar, and Parmesan with organic pasta and breadcrumbs – Cheesy and delicious with a nice dressed greens salad alongside.

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To drink, my DH had the Bloody, which was fantastic and spicy.

I had the Gin & Basil & Lime – It tasted like those green icee pop things in plastic tubes from childhood in the best possible way.

Decor

Tiny dining room – great if your fellow diners don’t cackle like great whooping loons on ecstasy.

Service

Attentive.

Overall Impressions

The food was great; the overall experience, not so much. Still, we want to re-visit. Just hopefully on a quieter day.

Rating

3.75 out of 5, though the knife through the temple caused by the aforementioned table of desperation really wasn’t the restaurant owners’ fault. It is something to be on the lookout for in small spaces.

Benny’s Burritos

San Francisco style Cal Mex in the village.

What We Had

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I had the Chicken Chipotle Tacos – 2 pulled chicken, tomatillo salsa and black bean tacos with a salsa fresco salad – Nicely seasoned, juicy chicken and good beans – too wet to eat as a traditional taco, but very tasty all the same.

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My DH had the Blackened Chicken Burrito – His was really nicely seasoned – the best burrito (outside of Moe’s) we’ve had in quite a long time. It hit the Moe’s button a fair amount, too, especially since the Moe’s up here are very hit and miss quality-wise.

I also had a Virgin Mango Margarita – Frozen and delicious on a hot afternoon.

And my DH had a Dos Equis on tap.

We also ordered chips and salsa, which was good and fresh.

Decor

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Old bar looking interior with minimal decor and lots of sun.

Service

Not the speediest service on the block.

Overall Impressions

A great find. The menu is huge and varied, the burritos punch the Moe’s button, and the tacos weren’t bad at all.

Rating

4 out of 5 for being better than expected, despite lackluster service.

Heartland Brewing Company

Large brewery & pub right off of Union Square.

What We Had

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My DH had the Heartland Big Bite Burger – angus beef with aged cheddar and applewood smoked bacon. Juicy and tasty burger, limp bacon and nice fries.

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I had the Smothered Steak – black angus steak covered with mushroom & onions and a side of sautéed spinach. Overcooked steak (ordered rare, got medium-well) but still juicy with nice Worcestershire seasoning and grill flavoring, good mushrooms & onions, and a metric ton (almost 2 cups) spinach. I was in spinach heaven.

We also had the house-brewed Summertime Apricot Ale and Not Tonight Honey Porter, both of which were nice.

Decor

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Black wood, exposed brick, lofty open spaces over the beautiful old bar and brew tanks in back.

Service

Decent.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad place to grab an unfussy lunch or drinks.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for good for what it is pub food with a great selection of house brews – and plenty of room, to boot.

Yuji Ramen Test Kitchen – Whole Foods

Inside Whole Foods Bowery

What We Had

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I had the bacon & egg mazeman (no broth) ramen with smoky bacon, poached egg & kale. This dish was fantastic. Chewy thick noodles, high quality bacon, crispy kale and silky egg. Crazy good.

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My DH had the daily Shoyu ramen with pork confit – also fabulous. Rich and luxurious beef broth with nice pork and chewy thin noodles.

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Both came with with pickled market vegetables and barley tea.

Decor

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Nice counter but you’re still inside Whole Foods.

Service

Order at the counter service from friendly staff.

Overall Impressions

A great find. I had eaten a few bites of Yuji Ramen at Smorgasburg, and it was delicious. It’s nice to know this little popup is delicious as well. I can’t wait until the permanent shop opens. In the meantime, Yuji does Omikase tasting nights for a reasonable price. More information can be had if you sign up for the email list.

Rating

4 to 4.5 out of 5, but only because its in a grocery store food court. The food was really stellar.