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American Traditional/ Baked Goods/ Fusion/ Greek/ lunch/ nyc/ snack

A Slew of General Deliciousness

Okay since I am having trouble writing about ONE particular restaurant/bakery/eatery, I figure this entry can be about a myriad of places that have one common trait: tasty food. I will name some “must-haves” when in New York, though this definitely is not a complete list whatsoever.

What is this, you ask? Let me introduce to you the oatmeal raisin cookie from Levain Bakery. Trust me, it is as good as it looks. How many calories? WHO KNOWS, but who really cares? Once the buttery goodness enters your mouth, you will feel like all is well just like the Oracle said to Neo in The Matrix, “I promise by the time you’re done eating it, you’ll feel as right as rain“.

Can we say saaandwich? This is the Michigan #6 from Grey Dog Coffee. I love the thick bread combined with layers of grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, pesto, and roasted tomato. There is a perfect ratio of ingredients to bread, which is VERY important when it comes to having a good sandwich. As you chomp down on the sandwich, you first notice the lightly toasted yet soft bread. Then gradually hit the beefiness of the chicken and mozzarella. Lastly, the roasted tomato adds the silkiness and tartness of the sandwich. It is a voyage of great textures and tastes with every bite. Definitely two thumbs up!

A simple dessert but oh-so-tasty – Greek-style Yogurt with Honeyfrom Snack. I would say it is not just beautifully presented, but they allow you to put as much honey as you want to your Greek yogurt. I tend to add honey one spoonful at a time so I appreciate the option. A lot of restaurants put mounds of honey, but since you can adjust the amount at Snack, I am thoroughly satisfied with my Greek yogurt.

Lastly, I think this is just a funny looking piece of French toast…but hey, either way it’s edible right? This is the Japanese-style Brioche French Toast from Kyotofu. It is served with served with coffee shochu syrup and a side of kurobuta Berkshire sausage. Even though it may look good, I actually don’t remember it being very memorable or delicious which is kind of sad and disappointing. However, it is not too expensive and comes with a complimentary drink! Not to mention, how often do you see a cube-sized piece of French toast?

Conclusion: None of these places are very expensive so it is affordable to the average person. Even more importantly, these restaurants provide the city some really great cheap eats.

Location, location, location:
1. Levain Bakery
167 W. 74th St.
New York, NY 10023

2. Grey Dog Coffee
90 University Place
New York, NY 10003

3. Snack
105 Thompson St.
New York, NY 10012

4. Kyotofu
705 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

American Traditional/ Breakfast/ brunch/ Mexican/ nyc

Brunch Edition: Dos Caminos & 202

I love brunch. The idea that you can get something sweet like pancakes or savory like eggs all in one meal. Marvelous. Plus there are usually delicious (and probably strong) drinks involved. I don’t really indulge in that, but the fact that it’s there is a wonderful concept.

Dos Caminos (Soho)
475 West Broadway

I’ve been here a good amount of times for brunch, which I recommend is the only meal worth going for. They have a pretty nice deal since all their brunch selections come with a beverage. They have outdoors seating and a fresh guacamole & chips bar. Their menu is a Mexican take on American brunch, which gives it a special “umph” to whatever they’re serving.

I went with a bunch of friends so everyone got to have different items on the menu:

This is their Pan Torrejas aka. Mexican style brioche French toast with mixed berry salsita, and piloncillo syrup. This is REAL good and be prepared to eat something really sweet. Because they use brioche, it really soaks up their batter and the syrup. Nearly the whole table got this dish. REAL intense. If you’re into french toast, this is definitely one to try.

This dish is Chilaquiles is a baked tortilla casserole with sunny side-up eggs, chihuahua cheese, and tres chiles salsa. I didn’t get to taste this dish myself, but it certainly looked real good.

For those who want a healthy brunch, you can choose to get a salad. Their salads are quite large, so it will definitely be enough to fill you even though there are no eggs or toast. I got their Chicken Cobb Salad. It has grilled chicken breast, tomato, avocado, chorizo, grilled corn, onion and queso fresco, with a cilantro-basil vinaigrette. Ginormous? Yes. Intense? Hecks yeah. Good? Oh, it was delicious.

Overall it was a great dining experience being with my good friends and enjoying the scrumptious food. We wharfed our dishes down. Thumbs up for brunch!

202
75 9th Avenue
Chelsea Market Outlet

The first time I came here was with my roommate and another friend. They went ahead to wait for a table on a Saturday morning, which is quite a busy time for them, and got there just in time to order.

I got the breakfast item – Maple syrup baked granola with seasonal fruit and Greek yogurt. It was pretty good, and it made me feel full and healthy at the same time. Yum.

My friend got their buttermilk pancakes with fruit compote and creme fraiche. From the looks of it, and the manner in which it was consumed, it seemed quite yummy. From the thickness of the pancake, it doesn’t look as fluffy as ones I’ve had before but I’m sure it was still pretty good.

I would say 202 is worth checking out, simply because you’ll be dining in the same room as clothes are being sold – Nicole Farhi. Trust me, the food is probably the only thing you can afford unless you plan on spending over $100 on a piece of clothing. Not to mention, you can walk around the Chelsea Market which has a bunch of other cute food shops. However, brunch-wise I would say 202 is a bit hyped and overpriced for what you’re getting. Maybe these designers need to make more money on food in addition to the clothing they’re already selling…

All in all, both places are pretty good though if I had to choose, Dos Caminos would win. Both are located in nice areas to walk off the calories that you’ve consumed at these restaurants. hahaha. More brunch entries to come!