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Tag: American

Watty & Meg

American pub-style food in Cobble Hill.

What We Had

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Cheeseburger Wontons with Truffled Ketchup – The cheeseburger filling was good, but that truffle ketchup is where it’s at. That stuff is amazeballs.

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I had the Free Range Chicken with Wild Rice Falls Mill Grits, Mustard Greens with Lemon & Honeycomb Lacquer – This dish sounds fabulous. It was decent. The chicken was nicely seasoned & cooked; and the veg was cooked well, though the lemon and honey weren’t present. I don’t remember liking or hating the “grits”.

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My DH had the 11 oz. New York Strip with Chimichurri, Mashed Potato & Crispy Onion Ring Frizzle – The steak tasted meh and was so pale as to be borderline offensive. Ok, it was pretty offensive. This dish was satisfactory at best – the meat tasted like it wasn’t prime, instead tasting like choice. A weird complaint, but a suspicion my DH couldn’t shake.

Great attention was however, paid to the sides – the potatoes were stellar and the frizzled onions were as good as it gets.

Décor

Blacks & creams open to the outside.

Service

Service was slack, but it wasn’t clear if they were just understaffed.

Overall Impressions

If we ever make it back, we would be interested in trying more sides (especially the Mac & cheese). The app was also good, so more of those would be in order.

Overpriced – appetizer was priced way over what it should be, that was not a $28 steak, and the chicken was on the pricey side but it was at least cooked properly and seasoned well.

Rating

3 out of 5. Decent, but we will forget we were ever here as soon as we leave, and if we end up here again, it will be for a side and a condiment.

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12th St. Bar & Grill

Laid back Park Slope eatery serving American fare.

What We Had

*None of the food pictures turned out – a storm was rolling in and cut the available light.

I had the hanger steak w frites and seasonal veg, with a blue cheese moray sauce. The steak itself was good, if just a touch dry & underseasoned without the (very tasty) sauce. Hit the spot though.

The seasonal veg was a dish of garlicky spinach that had a great taste but was too oily.

The fries were decent, but I was in no real danger of devouring the plate.

My DH had the espresso rubbed strip steak with truffle mac & roasted button mushrooms.

His steak was great – juicy, flavorful, everything you would want.

The mac was basically bechamel sauce with truffle oil… we couldn’t taste the cheese much at all.

The mushrooms were great. I’m a sucker for sautéed mushrooms, and these did not disappoint. It is times like this when I am glad he doesn’t like them.

I also had the limoncello cocktail w prosecco and did not like it, but I’m very picky.

Décor

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Nice – nice large paintings on the wall, soft lighting, and good natural light.

Service

Not bad.

Overall Impressions

A nice little neighborhood joint if you are craving a steak.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 for being a decent steak option. I have to take points off for my steak’s seasoning & the missing cheese, but overall – if it’s a choice between a chain like Outback and this place, this place makes a decent local business option.

Birdsall House

Cute little modern American local/seasonal joint in Peekskill. The kind of place when hearing I’d be near town, my good friend that lives there immediately thought ‘I have to take her there.

What We Had

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The DH and had gone hiking that afternoon and were so starving we thought we might die. We ordered the Charcuterie starter – triple cream cheese, pork & barleywine sausage with house mustard, and duck & cider sausage with caramelized apples. Yum all around. Killer sausages, really good cheese.

We also had a red cheddar-like cheese with light stink that came as an option for the brunch item. This was also a nice offering.

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I had the Goat Cheese En Croute – roasted zucchini, yellow squash, portobello mushrooms & goat cheese baked in puff pastry with Dijon cream & mescalun salad. The first half of this dish was really good, but I got really tired of the croute portion about halfway through. Maybe it’s me and my general lack of eating too-rich foods very often lately, but I would have liked twice the veg and half the croute.

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My DH had the Blackened Shrimp & Grits – Mascarpone wild hive soft polenta with blackened shrimp, collard greens, Cajun cream and house made smoked andouille. This dish was fantabulous and I am jealous I didn’t order it. Though to be fair, the DH did find the polenta itself in the underseasoned side and if memory serves, he was salted out by the end.

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The friend had the Weekly Omelette (asparagus, goat cheese & sundried tomatoes) with hashed brown tart & mixed salad.

She ordered a fry substitution, but the dish came out with the tart anyways, and boy am I ever glad it did. That thick, creamy, lemony, thyme-y tart was the single best item of the day. It’s hard to top a good shrimp n grits, but this dish did it in spades.

The Fries (which came out shortly after) were great – the Birdsall House makes a killer honey mustard, and a really good home made ketchup. I would highly recommend getting both.

Décor

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Minimal but cute in an old bar sort of way. Really cute punky baroque bathroom.

Service

Serviceable. Nothing standout-ish either way.

Overall Impressions

Looks like the friend was right. This is exactly the type of place I love — local ingredients, homemade where possible, highlighted to their best ability. And home made charcuterie? Please. You’re preachin’ to the choir here.

Rating

4 out of 5 – if you’re anywhere near Peekskill, this is the place to be.

Friedman’s Lunch

Friedman’s Lunch

Mostly comfort food in Chelsea Market.

What We Had

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I had the Chelsea Tacos – blackened pollock, corn tortilla, citrus fennel slaw, tomatillo salsa, sriracha aioli, and cilantro.

Nice meaty fish with good spice – a satisfying dish.

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My DH had the Friedman’s Burger – ground brisket with cheese on a brioche bun with herbed fries.

The beef was really something special, and the patty was cooked perfectly. Well worth the calories.

Décor

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Cute; kind of luncheonette, kind of country-ish?

Service

Not bad.

Overall Impressions

Not half bad for a wandering around starving blind pick.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 – a nice option for lunch if you find yourself hungry in the market.

Buttermilk Channel

American bistro-style restaurant that focuses on just plain good food in Carroll Gardens.

What We Had

Table Bread

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A light and surprising little Yorkshire pudding popover.

Appetizers

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Hushpuppies with Green Chili Aioli – Crumbly, sweet & yum puppies. The aioli was good, too.

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2 Grilled Oysters with Bacon – Perfectly lightly smoked (but still mostly raw) oysters with nice smoky bacon and a devilishly good spicy sauce.

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2 Chilled Oysters with Grapefruit Mignonette – Briny, bright and bracing raw oysters with a great vinegar punch.

Entrees

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I had the Saturday lobster dinner special. This week’s entree was a split 1 1/2 pound lobster with fresh squid ink pasta & grapefruit. Omfg this was good. Perfect lobster with buttery and light pasta – a knockout.

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My DH had the Fried Chicken with Cheddar Waffles and Savoy Slaw – This chicken was awesome (crunchy, juicy, perfectly seasoned) and the molasses syrup was a pleasant surprise. The slaw was also nice – colorful, crunchy & lightly dressed.

Décor

Nice and simple – calm, plain, letting the food speak for itself.

Service

Good. Friendly and willing to explain menu items (like just how big the lobster special was).

Overall Impressions

Yum. This is a great little place. We’ve got to plan a trip back on a Monday to hit the ridiculously reasonably priced ($25!) tasting menu.

Rating

5 out of 5. Run, don’t walk. You won’t be disappointed.

Vinegar Hill House

Cute little New American Comfort restaurant in Dumbo on Front Street located in an old house.

 

What We Had

Wild Boar Shank

I had the Wild Boar Shank with grits, pecans and fennel pollen — The boar was ridiculously tender, really falling off the bone, with a nice caramelized crust and zero gaminess. The taste was rich, kind of like the pork version of dark meat. The grits were nice as well – nice and rough cut with good looseness. A knockout dish. My only slight criticism is that a rich, acidic blackberry or balsamic sauce might have been nice (as would some greens). A knockout dish regardless.

I also had a nice glass of white. The waiter was initially going to bring the Godello, Benaza 2010, but he ran across something he thought was even better. I didn’t catch the name, but could have happily finished off a bottle.

Red Wattle Country Chop

My DH had the Red Wattle Country Chop with garlic rice– This dish was amazeballs. Who knew a pork chop could taste so good? Truly a stunning dish. How stunning? My DH was sad he ate all of it. He pouted. Pouted and tried to get me to genie him up a second helping. Lacking the proper head bobble powers, I made him a deal: every third time we have a good dinner out, Vinegar Hill is on the table.

He also had a glass of Green Flash IPA. He liked the complexity. I hate IPAs, but took a sip and there was a lot to wrap your tastebuds around in that glass. I could see playing a beer ingredient guessing game with oneself if the conversation gets too boring.

Salted Caramel Custard

We split the Salted Caramel Custard with coconut shortbread– This was no popcorn ice cream, but really good in its own right. Deeply creamy, intensely flavored custard with light as air fresh whipped cream and buttery coconut shortbread cookies.

 

Decor

Lots of flavor coming out of the tiniest kitchen ever. Seriously. My kitchen at home is bigger.

Cute. Old fashioned in a good way that plays to the building’s charm.

 

Service

Slow but friendly and full of good suggestions.

 

Overall Impressions

Great food prepared with an eye toward good ingredients and perfect technique. Hipsterish, conscientious & just plain good.

The main dishes are slightly on the small side (read: only slightly larger than a normal serving size as opposed to a ginormous restaurant portion), so if you’re starving or if you feel cheated unless you leave bloated, add a first or second course dish. The cheese and salumi and radish salad firsts look great, as does the squid ink tagliolini with squid, clams, uni and chickpeas. They also had some sort of bone marrow pasta second as a special that night, which sounded great as well.

 

Rating

A solid 5 out of 5