New York City Restaurant Update April 2019

New York City has many great restaurants. Each time we go, we try to seek out new places and revisit some favorites. In April 2019, we visited the following places.

New York City Restaurants

Marea

We made a return visit to one of our favorite NYC restaurants. This time we went for a lunch(2 courses pre-fix). Our primis were an Astice with lobster, burrata, eggplant and basil and a Granchio with lump crab, artichoke, capers and mint. Our secondis were Spaccatelli pasta with lump crab, uni, basil and chiles, and Capesante, which consists of sea scallops, mussels, fava beans, fennel and marcona almonds. The atmosphere and the service were as good as the food.

Estiatorio Milos

This is a wonderful Greek seafood restaurant with a selection of fresh Mediterranean seafood selection that more than matched anything we found in Greece. We were encouraged to go to their huge fresh fish display to pick out our dinner. The resident fish guru patiently and thoroughly explained the texture and tastes of the many fishes with which we weren’t familiar. We chose a 2 ¼-lb, red Rescasse (a tender, white-meat, sweet Mediterranean rock fish). It was perfectly grilled and served plain with lemon. Absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, it was so large that we were unable to partake of any of the equally interesting, equally fresh appetizers such as octopus, uni, sardines and softshell crab. Luckily, the taste of the Rescasse combined with a bottle of crisp., minerally Santorini assyrtiko (a 2017 Canava Chrissou Old Vine) made us feel like we were back on Santorini. Quite pricy, but very good.

Via Carota

On our last trip to New York City, we fell in love with this casual Italian restaurant. This time we returned to grab lunch with friends. Our reactions were mixed. The special was a very goo pappardelle with lamb ragu. The mushrooms with lentils were good, except that the dish was swimming in in butter. Our greatest disappointment was the dry, not very tasty lamb meatballs with tomato sauce. On our last trip to the restaurant, the highlight was also the special. Now if they could only make the other dishes as good as the specials of the day…….

Mar

This full-service seafood restaurant is one section of Jose Andres’s Mercado Little Spain, a 35,000 square-foot food hall that features a wide range of Spanish-inspired food in NYC’s latest attraction Hudson Yards. Other primarily kiosk-based spots include those focused on wood-fired meats, charcuterie and cheeses, desserts and tapas, as well as bars. Our dinner consisted of a number of small dishes. We began with raw Spanish Bluefin tuna with olive oil and piparra pepper. We then had almond soup with baby shrimp and then garlic-sauteed shrimp and baby squid stuffed with soprasada on a bed of potato slices. We selected a bottle of 2016 Belondrade Lurton “Quibta Apollonia” verdejo. Overall, good service and a decent, albeit less than inspired meal that we found to be somewhat overpriced—especially the unconscionable $32 for three tiny (about 1.5 inches) baby squid. They are still working on a “draft menu”, so we expect things will be changing.

Osamil

At this popular Korean barbeque, we began with a dozen Happy Hour $1 Blue Point oysters. We followed up with two good, but less than exciting main dishes. These were Colorado lamb chops marinated in a sweetened-garlic soy sauce with bacon and yuzo on a bed of barley with burnt sunchoke, along with soy-marinated pork ribs with horseradish, pistachio and scallion salad with watermelon radish. We enjoyed them with a bottle of 2013 Beronia Rioja Reserva. While this was OK, it will not be on our repeat list.

Yakitori Totto

If you didn’t know about this casual, inexpensive skewer food bar restaurant, you might walk right by it. The door leads to a dark stairwell. You go up to the second floor to another door that opens into a fairly small narrow restaurant. Once inside, we were reminded of the ubiquitous yakitori bars that line Tokyo’s subterranean network of walkways and are frequented by Japanese “salarymen”. We shared eight different chicken and pork part skewers along with edamame and unagi don (three skewers of eel atop a bowl of lightly seasoned rice). A tasty and inexpensive lunch at a very popular, small restaurant. No reservations and expect lines if you come t peak times.

The Foundry Kitchen & Bar

We didn’t expect much from this place in a Westin Hotel as it seemed more of a bar place then a food place. But we needed to squeeze in an early evening meal between our arrival in the city and an early play. So we tried it. Our meal was surprisingly good. Our dishes were two classic comfort foods—a blue cheese burger and chicken pot pie, along with a 2015 Branccia “Tre” Super Tuscan.

Additional New York City Restaurants

You can find our thoughts on additional New York City restaurants at our following older blogs

https://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2019/01/11/new-york-city-restaurants-fall-2018-update/

http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2017/12/28/new-york-city-restaurants-fall-2017/

http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2016/07/01/new-york-city-spring-2016-restaurants-and-a-surprise-at-least-for-us/

http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2016/01/24/new-york-city-restaurant-updatefall-2015/

http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2015/05/06/new-york-city-restaurant-update-april-2015/

http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2014/05/16/new-york-city-restaurant-update-may-2014/

http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2012/05/15/new-york-city-restaurant-update/

http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2013/05/14/new-york-restaurant-update-spring-2013/

http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2014/12/09/new-york-city-restaurants-november-2014/

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