Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Travels with Blondie: The Sweet Side of San Francisco

Morning Bun
I've told you about my pilgrimage to Bouchon HQ and the best tacos I've ever eaten, but what would a B&B adventure be without a little sweet dessert? It would be the end of the world. Lucky for us, I even ate dessert for breakfast.

Bread Pudding
Because bread pudding, by merely adding pudding to its name, is dessert in my world, even when it's dressed up with fruit. Yes, I went back to Tartine repeatedly. Yes, my love affair with their morning bun has grown stronger. On my first visit, I picked up a cup of breakfast bread pudding. Fruit is sustenance and all that. This spongy pudding topped with fresh fruit should be the breakfast of champions.

Bavarian Cream Cake
On another visit, I was wise enough to "borrow" a car to pick up some breakfast goodies. Having spied their dessert treats repeatedly by that point, I couldn't resist their siren call any longer. In addition to the morning bun, chocolate croissant, and bread pudding, I purchased one slice of Bavarian Cream Cake to go. While the cake part was just alright, the cream was OUTSTANDING, creamy, fluffy and light, not too sweet, and the perfect amount of vanilla. I ate it for breakfast-it's a dairy! There was fruit!

Salted Caramel & Brown Sugar
Now, I had hoped this would be a trip of ice cream; alas, the best laid schemes often go awry. I only hit up one of the many on my list, Bi-Rite Creamery for their Salted Caramel. I got mine with a top scoop of Brown Sugar with a Ginger Caramel Swirl. Sweet caramel mixed with saltiness and everything gets sweeter. This is the ice cream cup of 5 year old Blondie's dreams. The ginger swirled in gave it a nice little kick too. Brownie, I'll be back in November and you know you want to go!

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero Street (at 18th Street)
(415) 487-2600

Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th Street (at Dolores St)
(415) 626-5600

Monday, August 30, 2010

Cookie Road's Tarty Peaches

Peach Tart
For the past few weeks, I've been devoring the last of the summer's bounty: peaches. When the peaches (and corn) are done, summer's ov-ah. It helps that the tree-ripened peaches I've been getting at the market are superbly juicy and sweet within a day or two. There have definitely been a few perfect ones in the mix. And yet for some reason seeing peaches incorporated into delicious desserts aren't commonplace, so you can understand my excitement when I spied peach tart slices at Cookie Road!

Peach Tart
Cookie Road is not just specialty hand painted cookies, though those do look good and if anyone would like to send me a set I wouldn't be adverse to it. No, Cookie Road is also a coffee shop/bakery. I was stopping by to try out their Iced Americano when I spotted the tray of flaky pastry topped with peaches and cream! Though the tart is most likely eons better when fresh, the late afternoon snack was way above average. Having a tart on light flaky pastry is an excellent idea for a summer treat, and the cream is the right complement especially as a means to pick up all the flakes. But what I liked most of all was the minimalist glaze on top of the juicy peaches. Unless a fruit tart is homemade, chances are it will be topped with glaze to keep the fruit from drying out. I don't mind it unless it's a thick layer of goop, and most times it's a thick layer of goop. This glaze was minimal, you notice it, but it doesn't take away from the fruit nor do you want to peel it off to enjoy your dessert. With that accomplishment, Cookie Road is now high on my Greenpoint list!

Cookie Road
94 Franklin St (storefront is actually on Oak St)
(718) 383-8094

Friday, August 27, 2010

Plum Crumble from Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Plum Crumble Four& Twenty Blackbirds

My name is Brownie and I have a pie addiction. If loving pie is wrong...well, I don't want to be right. When I need my pie fix, I generally head to Four and Twenty Blackbirds...

It's only been in recent years that I've come into my pie love. As a kid I pretty much never ate double crusted pie because frankly, most crusts are not so tasty. Little Brownie favored pie with crumb topping, which I suppose is technically called a crumble. A few weeks back when I saw that Four and Twenty Blackbirds was doing a Plum Crumble, I couldn't resist.

This was my first experience trying their crumbly topping and it doesn't disappoint. Toothsome oats and just the right amount of spices, brown sugar and butter make this a tasty topping. The plum filling was nicely spiced as well with a hint of port. The only trouble with pie at Four and Twenty Blackbirds is that one slice is never enough. I always want seconds...

Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 Third Ave. at 8th St,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Related Post on Four and Twenty Blackbirds:
Blackberry Apple Pie
Peach Pie
Apple Rhubarb and Chili Chocolate Pie

Grapefruit Custard
Apple Bourbon Farmer's Cheese and Salty Honey Pies

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Travels with Blondie: The Savory Side of San Francisco

Pork & Lengua Tacos
Tacos! Mexican! Tacos! Horchata! Tacos! Those were the exact thoughts that went through my brain when I ate at La Taqueria. I'm sorry In-N-Out, this is my new first San Francisco meal, what I will be thinking about the entire plane ride over the red states. Mmmm, tacos.....

La Taqueria
For my first La Taqueria trip, I went with the tried and true lengua along with a pork taco. And there was a total and complete conversion to the "New York doesn't have good cheap Mexican" camp. My entire meal cost less than most of my lunches, and it was so good. The meat was fresh, flavorful, and cooked to tender perfection. And you get a sweet amount of meat. My horchata was cinnamon rice deliciousness.

But if my first day in is a Saturday, I will be eating some chilaquiles first from Primavera in the back of the Saturday morning farmer's market at the Ferry Building. Yes, fried corn tortillas smothered in refried beans topped with eggs, cotija cheese, and fresh avocados. A bit spicy, a bit healthy, and yet super unhealthy, that's how I like my breakfasts on vacation. And being able to eat your breakfast while sitting on the bay or strolling through one of the best markets in the world can only make everything taste better.

Meat Cone!
Especially if that stroll ends up at Boccalone for a little meat cone action: two thin slices each of three different meats. Salty delicious piggy indeed. There's no other way to describe their meat, unless maybe melts in your mouth? It's some of the best meat I've ever tasted and I've eaten a lot of meat.

La Taqueria
2889 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 285-7117

Boccalone Salumeria
Ferry Building Marketplace
(415) 433-6500

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme S'mo

The S'mo from Shopsin's

Though I hate to admit it, at times I can be a bit predictable. Show me a dish that includes pork, mac & cheese, or crispy onions and you'd caught my attention. Show me a dish with all three and that's my lunch...

This is the glory of the S'mo ($15)--bbq pork (make mine hot!), mac & cheese and crisp onions on a sandwich. In the pantheon of sandwiches, this ranks up their with the Mo'betta, a sinful maple bacon and egg sandwich on mac and cheese pancakes.I'd have seconds of either...

Essex Street Market
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Travels with Blondie: Heading to Bouchon Headquarters

Bouchon Bakery Napa
Yay for San Francisco! I needed a break from the abysmal heat, and what's a better idea than to head to those having the coldest summer on record. But I couldn't spend the entire time in the cold and fog, oh no. I jumped at the chance to head up to Napa, and to one of the best bakeries, the original Bouchon. Sweet love in heaven, I've found where I belong!

I now understand the obsession with Napa and Northern California. It's f'ing gorgeous, and I had some pretty good wine while I was there. So after boozing our way through an afternoon, my beautiful cousin and I headed into "town" to get some cookies! The interior of the original Bouchon Bakery is all dark wood and gold fixtures, and you can smell the bread baking in the back even during the afternoon. We decided to get a baguette, some cookies, and a corn muffin. The baguette was too die for! This definitely is at the top of the list of bread I've had outside of France, crusty outside, but soft and fluffy inside.

For the cookies, I HAD to get the TKO, and this was markedly better than the ones in New York. The dark chocolate cookie was fresh, buttery, and crumbly, while the white chocolate filling was sweet enough to complement the cookie perfectly. This is how a TKO should taste! The oatmeal cookie was chewy and delicious, not over-spiced like some, and really chockful of oats. If you're not a chocolate lover, this could be the way to go.

Blueberry Macaron
As for the macaron, another must item in my book, I went seasonal, the blueberries and cream. Blueberry outside cookie-nutty almond smoothness-with the cream filling protecting a blueberry ring. What!

Inside Blueberry Macaron
Crazy talk! The macaron was done right with my bites leading to crunchy crumbling into the chewy insides, and the blueberry flavor really came through. Not subtle, but not overwhelming or artificial tasting. I don't know if it's because of the setting or the fact I was on vacation, but everything that I tried here tasted much better than the ones I get in New York. No wonder it's an institution.

Bouchon Bakery
6528 Washington St
Yountville, CA
(707) 944-2253

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Three Course Bacon Brunch Can't be Wrong

Bacon Appetizer
I've known about and passed by Sage General Store in Long Island City for a while now, but never had the chance to go there for food. A few weeks back I saw that they were doing a Bacon Brunch: three courses designed for bacon overload. I had to do it. Yesterday, I got my chance.

Bacon Brunch
The first course consists of a bacon tasting: Wisconsin's Nueske’s applewood smoked, Indiana's Dewigs slab, and Texas's “Ham I Am” pepper bacon, a bacon cheddar scone, and some Bacon Marmalade. All were delicious, though I preferred the applewood smoked and Dewigs slab as I found the pepper coating to be a bit overpowering. What I really loved from this was the perfectly done scone especially when it was dipped in the Marmalade. It gave it just the right amount of moistness and sweet with the savory bacon taste. It's a delicious heart attack disguised as breakfast. Who am I kidding, this whole meal is a delicious heart attack disguised as brunch.

Bacon Pizza
For the second course you choose from the BLT, the grilled cheese, the mac & cheese, or the breakfast pizza. Seeing as this really was my breakfast at 2 in the afternoon, I went with the pizza while my friend choose the grilled cheese. The pizza is topped by the Nueske's with carmelized onions, ricotta, and crème fraiche. And yes, as my pizza was waiting for its close-up, my camera decided to act up. Hence, the cellphone pictures. Stupid camera. Anyway, the pizza was awesome-the ricotta and crème fraiche with the bacon reminded me A LOT of the mashed potato pizza in New Haven. The crust was doughy enough, while thin and crispy, but lacked in the bottom char I've come to love. Everything together was salty goodness and exactly what my hangover needed. As far as the grilled cheese-jack, Vermont cheddar, and gruyere with the pepper bacon-it's a cheesy delightfully overflowing sandwich. I definitely need to get one soon.

Bacon Brownie
The final course is dessert, a double chocolate bacon brownie with Jack Daniels whipped cream. This brownie is definitely one of the best out there. It's fudgy, chewy, and chocolaty to the max, one half is really all anyone needs. And you see those pieces on top, that would be bacon. I was hesitant about the whipped cream, but the whiskey is blended in well so it's not overwhelming the fluffy cream. Salty mixed with sweet never gets old, and bacon mixed with chocolate is my new cure-all. If Brownie's lucky, she can get the half I saved for her.

Sage General Store
24-20 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, Queens
(718) 361-0707

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mimi's Moroccan Pancakes Rock the Casbah

Moroccan Pancakes

I've said it before, but it's worth repeating that Mimi's Hummus in Ditmas Park makes a fantastic brunch. Of all the brunch trips I've made to Mimi's I've always been intrigued by their Moroccan Pancakes but ultimately distracted by their delicious hummus and egg dishes. Well, recently I bit the bullet and ordered up some pancakes and I'm glad I did...

You might have noticed that I've been on a pancake kick (mac & cheese pancake sandwich anyone?) and Mimi's pancakes are their own brand of unique. Made with semolina they are some how simultaneously dense yet light. Soaked in just the right amount of honey and topped with strawberries they made for a heavenly breakfast. I won't overlook these pancakes again.

Mimi's Hummus
1209 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 284-4444
Open Mon-Thurs: 12pm-10:30pm
Fri 12pm-11pm
Sat 11am-11pm
Sun 11am-10:30pm
Weekend brunch, Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am until 4:00pm
For more Mimi's brunch photos, check out our flickr set.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ice Cream and Tomatoes, or It's the End of Summer

The first crops of apples are appearing at the markets like a death knell for summer days, so what better way to celebrate the end of heat, humidity, and sun than to gorge yourself on ice cream and tomatoes? I can't think of another way and I really should because I've been on vacation, you'll see the ridiculous that was my diet next week. Lucky for me, New Amsterdam Market is celebrating both delicious ice cream and juicy tomatoes this Sunday!

Bourbon Sea Salt Caramel
For $20, you can try ice cream and sorbet from some of our area's most fabulous ice cream people including MilkMade and The Bent Spoon! One ticket allows a tasting of six cups or cones with flavors of your choosing. That's from noon to 4pm. From noon to 3pm, you can taste tomato dishes from chefs from New York City's Food Systems Network including Chef Meg Grace from The Redhead. That $20 ticket will be benefiting FSNYC. But wait, there's more! If you want to do both, and you want to do both, you can for $35. An afternoon of savory and sweet, to be eaten at your leisure. Buy tickets for both by clicking here. Now, you can just always show up to eat good food and buy some for home. I recommend it.

New Amsterdam Market will be happening this Sunday, August 22 from 11am to 4pm.

New Amsterdam Market
South Street between Beekman and Peck Slip

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

'Tis the Season to Eat: Blackberries...Blackberry Apple Pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Four & Twenty Blackbirds Apple Blackberry Pie

Four & Twenty Blackbirds is making a name for themselves with their seasonal pie offerings. I seriously haven't had slice of pie there that I would turn away...

Lawman loves blackberries and while I find them pleasant, I'm not over the moon for them. But when I saw on their Facebook page that they were serving up apple blackberry pie with "the best darn blackberries in the state, from Wilklow Orchards" I knew I had to get a slice for my man. Fortunately he's good at sharing because it was delicious. Sweet yet tart, with a flaky and tender crust, this is another winner!

Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 Third Ave. at 8th St,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

'Tis the Season to Eat: Peaches...in Cobbler Form

Peach Cobbler from Pies and Thighs
The peaches this season have been phenomenal. They are lovely in pie and equally delicious in cobbler form especially when that cobbler is from Pies -n- Thighs...

Any excuse to eat more luscious, buttery biscuits from Pies -n- Thighs is most welcome. And when those biscuits are being sandwiched by peaches and homemade whipped cream...so much the better.

Pies -n- Thighs
166 S.4th Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
Follow them on the twitter @piesnthighs
For delivery call 347-529-6090

Monday, August 16, 2010

Greenpoint Vendors Visiting Gowanus

Asobi Seksu
The weekend may have just ended, but that's no reason to not think about the upcoming one. This Saturday, the folks behind the now defunct BKLYN Yard are throwing an Asobi Seksu show right across the street from their former home. What's this have to do with food? Well, they're bringing in another defunct group, the Greenpoint Food Market vendors. This totally sounds like the way you want to spend your Saturday evening.

BKLYN Yard and the Greenpoint Food Market both went kaput right before I planned on visiting, so when I heard about this show, my eyes opened wide. And the menu looks awesome: Asian-style falafel, Korean BBQ, empanadas, tostadas, pecan pie, green tea ice cream, with still more to come. The doors open this Saturday at 6pm and advanced tickets are only $15-to get yours, click here.

Asobi Seksu and Greenpoint Food Market, Saturday, August 21st
383 Carroll St

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's Time Again for the Food Event Brownie's Been Waiting for All Year...


I can't believe it's already the second week in August! While I'm sad to see the summer slipping away, I can't help but be excited for this weekend's 15th Annual Fun Fair at the Myanmar Baptist Church in Queens...

What's the big deal? Well, for starters let's consider Myanmar's geographic location, shall we? Myanmar is bordered by China on the northeast, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, and India on the northwest. As you can imagine there are all sorts of interesting influences in Burmese cuisine.

Bring cash and your appetite. Food tickets are $1 each and different dishes have different ticket prices. They are also will be selling Raffle Tickets to benefit Myanmar Cyclone Relief.

Here are some of my favorites from last year:


Shan Noodles

The spring rolls were light and refreshing...

Myanmar Baptist Church Food and Fun Fair 2008: Spring Rolls
Pickled mustard greens. Hello, delicious...

Myanmar Baptist Church Food and Fun Fair 2008

One of the most popular dishes at the fair by far is the fresh fried paratha bread. If you want to give it a try you'd best put your name on the list when you first arrive. You have to pay in advance and get a ticket to reserve your spot. Each bread is made to order so the wait is LONG.


The first year we went we put in our order and ended up giving away our ticket because we had to go before our bread was ready. As (bad) luck would have it our number was called just as we were leaving. Last year we put in our order first thing and had no trouble getting our bread without too arduous a wait.

Myanmar Baptist Church Food and Fun Fair 2008

While most of the fair's attendees are Burmese, the church members were an enormously welcoming group of people. Last year the Pastor of the church came over to say hello and sat with us for a bit talking about the food and the event itself.

Myanmar Baptist Church Food and Fun Fair 2008

The event has been growing in popularity with food lovers from all backgrounds and last year I noticed that they outfitted the tables with illustrated signs in English with photos of the dishes.


Date: Saturday, August 14, 2010
Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 143-55 84th Drive
Briarwood, NY 11435
(Former site of Myanmar Baptist Church-NY)

~Directions by Subway

~Take F train, get off at VanWyck Blvd station.
Use North exit stairways on side of Police
Station. Look for 84th Drive on Queens Blvd.
(There is Dunkin Donuts at the corner of 84th
Drive and Queens Blvd.). Walk about 10
minutes along 84th Drive. You will see the
Church on your left.

~ By Car - Take Grand Central Parkway(East), get
off at Exit-16 (Parsons Blvd), make immediate
right tum at 150th St. Go about 3 short blocks
and turn right to 84th Drive. Go straight for 2
short blocks and you will see the Church at the
corner of 84tn Drive and Smedley St.

For more pictures from previous fairs check out this slideshow:


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Does Your Brunch Come With a Banana?

Eggs Bolivarianos
Last Sunday morning was rough-in at 4am and up again at 8am thanks to my circadian rhythms. Due to an upcoming trip, I haven't been buying a lot of groceries and I was in desperate need of sustenance. Then I remembered when Brownie and Lawman had visited me for brunch way back when, we'd hit up Cafecito Bogota for some Colombian delicousness. An arepa, eggs, banana, and good strong coffee seemed like just the right way to go.

Eggs Bolivarianos
This time around I chose the Eggs Bolivarianos: an arepa covered with salchichón (Colombian sausage), two poached eggs, and homemade Maracuyá (Passion Fruit) sauce. It's sounds a little crazy, but I found the sauce similar in creaminess to Hollandaise, and when you got a bite with everything it was definitely better than the sum of its parts. It helped that one of my eggs was PERFECTLY poached-even in some of the best places, poaching is hit or miss. Having one of my favorite fruits, a just ripe banana, can only help matters (and your hangover.)

No brunch is complete without a little hair of the dog, mine came as a Refajo: Colombian soda and beer. Yes, soda and beer. It's interesting, not a drink I could have often. The soda is very sweet, but bitterness of the beer tends to level it out a bit. It reminded me of a hard punch or cider. Cafecito Bogota's brunch is $12.50 before 11am or $14.50 after.

Cafecito Bogota
1015 Manhattan Avenue (at Green St.)
(718) 569-0077

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The 2010 Vendy Noms Are Out!

The Vendy Award
The 2010 Vendy Nominations are out and there are some old favorites as well as newbies. One thing's for sure, we CAN NOT WAIT for September...
Yesterday the finalists for the 2010 Vendy Awards were announced on TONY’s Feed Blog
and last year’s “Rookie of the Year” Vendy Award winner Schnitzel & Things is back in the mix this time competing for the Vendy's Cup along with El Rey del Sabor, The Bistro Truck, Freddie “The Falafel King” of Astoria, and the Patacon Pisao truck. You can "meet" all the finalists in some fantastic videos on Food Curated.

Here's the drill...the big day is September 25th from 12pm to 5pm on Governors Island (!). Tix are $85 and the money goes to benefit the Street Vendor Project and a portion of the ticket is tax deductible. For the price of your ticket you get an open bar of wine, beer and soda and all you can eat from the five finalists. Plus you get to cast your vote for the People's Choice Award.

If you need a reminder about how excellent the Vendy's are, check out our coverage from 2008 (part 1 and part 2)and 2009.

The Vendy's always sell out, so what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!

And keep track of all the Vendy news via @vendyawards.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

'Tis the Season to Eat: Peaches

Peach pie Four& Twenty Blackbirds
August is solid peach season and what better way to enjoy peaches than in pie form. Especially when that pie was formed by the lovely ladies at Four & Twenty Blackbirds...

Last week my mom came to visit me and Little B. I treated her to a pretzel cone from Uncle Louie G's, but I couldn't let her go home without trying the pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds. Since it's peach season we had to try a slice of their peach and folks aren't lying when they say that this year's peach crop is exceptional. With a juicy and sweet filling, tender and buttery crust, this is the peach pie of your summertime dreams.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 Third Ave. at 8th St,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Monday, August 9, 2010

The City Needs Trees, I Need Chocolate Custard

Shake Shack UES
I do silly things, such as deciding to walk from Greenpoint to the Upper East Side in flip flops. I wanted to get the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchcrete from the latest Shake Shack, and didn't feel like getting on the subway. Visions of peanut butter sauce, chocolate toffee, and chocolate sprinkles blended into chocolate custard danced in my little head as I walked the five miles between me and deliciousness. Only to not get it when I got there. Side-tracked!

Shake Shack UES
The Upper East Side Shack may now be my most favorite-until I visit the one in Saratoga Springs because that one involves betting on the ponies. There's an outside. There's an inside. There's ample seating. What's not to love? After my half hour wait on line, I got to the register only to see the dangerous words "Concrete Special." Remember: there are no set dates for the specials. All must be had at once! The current special, MillionsTreesNYC, most likely, one can assume, has some proceeds benefiting MillionTreesNYC, which probably needs help raising funds since it costs $2500 to plant a $70 cherry tree! But I'd love to see more trees in New York and if eating chocolate custard can help the cause, I'll gladly fork over my $6.75.

MillionTrees NYC Concrete
The special consists of local New York State honey and graham crackers blended into chocolate custard. The big chunks of cracker and tinges of honey created a nice combination with the chocolate though I would have liked another add-in to really make it worth it, maybe banana. It was good, just not my favorite of all time. I'm still thinking about the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchcrete though.

Shake Shack Upper East Side
154 East 86th St (between Lex & 3rd)
(646) 237-5035

Friday, August 6, 2010

Let Me See Your Pretzel Cone!

Pistachio Pretzel Cone from Uncle Louie G's

I love pretzels--soft pretzels, crunchy pretzels--they're all my friends. So naturally I was delighted to discover that the Prospect Park branch of Uncle Louie G's was offering Snyder's of Hanover pretzel cones. Cones made of pretzels?! Now that's something worth checking out...

Last night I treated my mom to a pistachio ice cream in a pretzel cone and it got high marks. The pretzel cone holds up well to the ice cream and stays nice and crunchy. Like any good pretzel the cone has a wee bit of salt on it. Perfect when paired with the creamy nuttiness of the pistachio ice cream (they Uncle Louie G's pistachio isn't shy on the whole pistachio pieces).

I want to try the pretzel cone with Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream. Ohhh, or Snickers. Or Dulce de Leche. Or Grapenut... Clearly a return trip is in my near future...

Uncle Louie G's
157 Prospect Park Southwest
Brooklyn, New York 11218

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Mo'betta from Shopsin's


If you thought that the Sneaky Pete was delicious feast your eyes on Shopsin's Mo'betta--a maple bacon and egg sandwich on mac and cheese pancakes. Oh yeahhhhhh...

This, my friends, is the king of breakfast sandwiches. Maple bacon and eggs on pancakes? And mac & cheese pancakes at that--it' down right inspired. Add just a touch of maple syrup and you have sweet and salty perfection.

Essex Street Market
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002

Monday, August 2, 2010

Midtown Lunch: Shake Shack and $1 Trucks

Yes, Shake Shack came to Midtown, far enough that we won't be able to hit it up every day, but close enough for a long lunch. Treking across town in sub-tropical heat may have made a less than ideal summer lunch, but what you crave and all that. Here's what we did in July on Midtown Lunch...

Gelato Sandwich
I visited the newest Macaron Cafe, got more free People's Pops, tried to find Kosher waffles, did an Uncle Sammie Sandwich vs. Uncle Sammie slice head-to-head, had some black ramen at Hide-Chan Ramen, managed to visit Shake Shack in the only 15 minutes where there was no line, found kosher waffles and preferred the kosher falafel, picked up El Rey del Sabor's chalupa meal for $7, and got a bit of Italian deliciousness in Mia Dona's gelato sandwich.

Concrete Trio from Shake Shack
Brownie found a $1 slice truck, tasted every concrete at the new Shake Shack, prepared for the return of the original Soup Man, reminded us of the $1 ice cream truck, found herself in the middle of the Original Soup Man opening, tried out the Midtown Milk Bar's cake balls, got Tri Tip's Tuesday special, and sent us to the Rock Center Market.

Check out our Midtown Lunch-ing highlights and lowlights over on MidtownLunch.com.