I’m sorry guys, but I couldn’t resist talking about this brand new salad just added to Sweetgreen’s ‘Late Summer’ menu. I’ve never talked about Sweetgreen before, but I eat there almost every day, even our GAYLETTER boys (Chris & Jeffrey) eat Sweetgreen for lunch when they are working with us. This is not a paid ad, we are not getting free lunch for this mention, we just think it’s worth recommending. So this salad comes from their latest partnership with the “farm-to-table pioneer” Blue Hill Market. On my last trip to Sweetgreen (NoMad location) I bought the salad based on the ingredients: “broccoli leaf, romaine heart, carrot ribbon + arugula mix, roasted kale stems + broccoli stalks (roasted with anchovy oil), shaved parmesan, spicy sunflower seeds, homemade croutons, pesto vinaigrette.” It was 490 calories of deliciousness. Also, while I was eating the salad I did some research about Blue Hill and it sounds ridiculously cunty. Just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about here are some quotes from their site: “Cellular telephones and flash photography are not permitted in our main dining rooms.” and “Blue Hill is not a restaurant. It’s an epic, ten years in the making.” Some of you are probably rolling your eyes. But I appreciate how serious they are about this. My last quote from BH’s chef, Dan Barber: “If we can utilize some of this ‘waste,’ we can feed a lot more people — it’s the right thing to do, and it can be really delicious.” They care about the environment and quality food, so sweet. Enjoy your salad.
Mexican food is one cuisine I never get sick of, which is great because this city never runs out of new Mexican restaurants. One we’d like to recommend this week is Tijuana Picnic. We had the pleasure of dining there last weekend and are ready for more. The menu works best for group dining, while there are bigger plates, there’s a lot more small plates. Our favorite of theses were the delicate fluke and snapper ceviches, the duck empanadas and the Korean inspired short rib skewers. You must also try the guacamole... obvs. The drinks are also on point. We recommend you try the tequila flights. You get 3 kinds of tequila grouped by region. Upstairs is the place to eat and downstairs is the place to party. On the weekends a DJ spins tracks while people mingle around the large downstairs bar. Two rather cute, and super curious straight boys stopped by our table to get to know us. They couldn’t get enough of us, and we even joined them downstairs for a drink after dinner. I only mention this to illustrate the fact that Tijuana Picnic is designed to encourage interaction (there’s one seriously long table in the middle of the main dining room) which is wonderful if you’re horny, or just feeling friendly ;)
There’s some places that I love so much I want to keep them a secret. El Rey on Stanton St. is one of those. It’s hands down my favorite place for breakfast. The thing is, it’s really small and already over-crowded, so just promise me this: go, but don’t tell anyone else about it. Sound good? The food at El Rey is vegetarian, but that’s not something you’ll notice right away. Chef Gerardo Gonzalez, who was raised in San Diego, is a fan of bold flavors (lots of sumac and Aleppo pepper), he’s also one creative mother fucker. I have never had a grain salad — grain salad! — as sumptuous as the one on his menu. I’ve also never had a falafel dish so good I didn’t even notice it has no actual falafel in it — it’s a deconstruction with the “evanescence of falafel” — it’s hard to explain, but it all makes sense when you get it in your mouth. Another thing they do well here is coffee — it’s of the highest quality and made right. They even have a “flat white” which for an Australian like me, is a reassuring thing to see. Head to El Rey late in the afternoon, or at night (they just started serving dinner) if you want to avoid the crowds. If anyone asks you where you are going, keep your fucking mouth shut. If I see you there with a whole posse I’m going to spill my flat white all over your Patrik Ervell sweater. Don’t ruin this for me!.
This cold fucking weather is making us want to do only one thing — eat ramen! The soupy, salty Japanese noodle dish is best enjoyed at Ivan Ramen on Clinton Street. Run by Ivan Orkin, a Long Islander obsessed with the dish — so much so that he ran a ramen shop in Tokyo for the last 10 years —Ivan’s specialty is Tokyo shio style ramen. We visited the shop on Clinton street for Abi’s birthday and had a wonderful time. There’s plenty of debate in this city about where to find the best ramen, and while we haven’t eaten at every ramen shop, we’ve certainly tried plenty of those considered the best, and Ivan Ramen beats them all. They also serve plenty of equally exciting appetizers to go along with your noodles. There’s delicious pork meatballs, deep-fried chicken hearts with ponzu honey-mustard sauce and 1000 year-old deviled eggs. Book in advance, or better yet, go for lunch, that way you’ll be guaranteed a seat. Start slurping sissies!
Get yourself a hot beef injection (sorry, I had to) this Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th is the 12th Annual Big Apple Block Party. America’s best pit masters will converge on Madison Square Park for this annual event that will leave no man (or woman) hungry. There’s going to be live music, seminars, giveaways, all sorts of crap, but it’s really all about the meat. And boy oh boy is there going to be plenty of that. Whole roasted pigs, sausages in all shapes and sizes, mouth watering steak. You may be in need of a long nap and a couple of bottles of Pepto-Bismol afterwards, so pace yourself. This year’s star pitmasters include “Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s John Stage, Chris Lilly from Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama” and many more. Entry to the event is free and all plates are $9. Nom, nom, nom nom nom nom.
The Food + Growing + Music event featured a performance by Bennett Konesni & Edith Gawler — an interactive installation from artist Leah Gauthier, chef-artist Anne Apparu, plus the Quinciple co-founder Kate Galassi.
Valentine’s day is stupid, and I’m not just saying that because I’m single. Even when I was in a relationship I still thought it was a stupid holiday for stupid people, who like doing stupid things like getting couples massages, or meeting in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. However there is something happening this Valentines day that I do not think is stupid...at all. It’s a Valentines Dinner inspired by Mrs “I woke up like this” Beyoncé Knowles Carter. Some of the highlights of the meal include the BLUE IVY - smoked blue potatoes, chiriboga blue, trout roe, watercress, the I AM PASTA FIERCE - jalapeno pappardelle, puttanesca, gold leaf, and the BREASTINY’S CHILD - veal breast braciole, pickled fig, sopresatta, goat yogurt. While some might think it’s silly, the food on offer sounds seriously good. It’s going down at Brucie, a restaurant in Carroll Gardens that is a New York Magazine critics’ pick. I can’t guarantee that they have any seats left for the dinner, considering it’s received ample media attention, but it’s worth a shot. I mean honestly can you think of less stupid way to spend your valentines than this?
Every year during the Spring and Fall, Madison Square Eats pops up in General Worth Square (the public space between Eatly and Madison Square Park.) It’s a small triangle filled with stands featuring some of the city's best restaurants. There’s some yummy options from places like Roberta’s, Mighty Balls, Macaron Parlour, Momofuku Milk Bar, Melt, Asia Dog, Arancini Bros. and more. For foodies this place is a must visit. I mean, what could be better than trying a slice of Roberta’s famous pizza, then taking 10 steps to enjoy a Nutella rice ball from Arancini Bros, only to wash it all down with a cold glass of beer from the Cannibal? On a sunny fall day it’s just nothing more lovely than a visit to this place (and I don’t care that I sound like my mother, I mean it!). It finishes its run for the year on October 25th, after that you’ll have to wait until next Spring for it to return. So let loose homos, it’s sweater weather, ain’t nobodies business if you binge on some Korean tacos and gain a few pounds!
The super cool New York City food literary magazine (printed on green paper) Put A Egg On It is hosting a dinner to raise funds for their printing expenses. Expect “a fantastic 3 course seasonal meal prepared by PAEOI’s editors and a special dessert from the Little Cupcake Bakeshop. Cocktails and wine will be served. Also included is a gift basket of limited edition art bits from illustrator Assa Ariyoshi…”
We loooooove wining and dinning, it’s probably one of our favorite social activities, we’d be happy to do it every night of the week. The editor and designer of the publication Ralph Mcginnis told us that the dinner is going to take place somewhere in the East Village, this Friday October 11th at 7:00PM.
But, you must get a ticket to find out the rest of the details…
So do it NOW! …
We’re asking nightlife personalities and some of our friends to show us what’s in their fridges. It’s a bit weird we know, but fridges are very revealing— what’s inside, and on the outside, says a lot about a person. First up, balls-to-the-wall NYC based artist Gio Black Peter.
“Refrigerators are fun and functional. You can leave yours bare or dress it up and stuff it full of bananas! My fridge is possessed by the ghost of Nancy Reagan. I know what you’re thinking — not so fun. But unlike Nancy, her ghost is a blast!” —Gio Black Peter