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Before meeting up with the lovely Our Hen House ladies for an interview, we stopped by Sacred Chow in New York’s West Village for a bite to eat. Earlier that day, we had eaten at V-Note so we weren’t very hungry; but we also didn’t want to waste the opportunity to check out an institution like Sacred Chow. It’s quite a skinny little space they have, and you can’t see the kitchen space at all unless you walk to the back of the restaurant. There were two other diners when we walked in and several more showed up shortly after we sat down. Their menu is different than standard restaurant offerings. They have tapas (divided between plant protein plates and complex carb plates), heros (sandwiches also known as subs or hoagies in our part of the country), salads, beverages, and desserts. I had heard about the food from my friend Lauren, so I knew I had to at least try some tapas to get the full experience. Jim and I decided on the orange blackstrap barbequed seitan with spicy onions, the root vegetable latkas with Indonesian date butter, and cold sliced ginger soba noodles with sweet and spicy peanut sauce. Rebecca ordered a 4 Seasons salad, which had greens, beets, carrots, apple, strips of yuba, and a Dijon vinaigrette (which was technically a small and quite large). She also ordered the Very Berry smoothie with apple juice. Needless to say, we ended up with some spicy vittles! The barbequed seitan had a thick and tangy sauce that just lingered on my tongue until I took a bite of latka, which balanced out the spice. The ginger on the soba noodles was just right for me, but Jim was already stuffed and didn’t care so much for the spice at that point. Rebecca loved the smoothie and snorfled down the whole thing in just a short bit of time (and she’s one of those slow eaters). We had enough left over to wrap up and take home with us. I really liked being able to share my food this way, family style; it offers a more simple alternative to a structured restaurant environment and the food is just as tasty. I so wanted to get some of their poundcake or velvet triple chocolate brownie to go—but I was stuffed already and didn’t want to bulk up anymore for our interview. I was so satisfied, in fact, that I really didn’t need any dessert at all and was fine until we ate breakfast the next day. I would highly recommend Sacred Chow. It’s inexpensive, centrally located in the Village, and has a diverse menu and fantastic food.
I originally checked out Vapiano Restaurant because my brother told me about it. My first thought when I walked in the door and they handed me a card (what they call a chip card) was "college". You use the card to order all of your food, drinks, dessert, etc. That's exactly whatI did in my college cafeteria years, swipe everything I wanted. But, I was surprised at my overall experience. The food was amazing and I absolutely loved watching my food be cooked right in front of me. Awesome! I've been there 4 times within the last 4 months, so I guess you can say I'm a fan. I put together 2 list that I hope are helpful when you have your first Vapiano experience. Things to Do: 1. Find a table before ordering - the last thing you want to do is walk around with your food and no table to sit at. 2. Make your menu selection before you're in front of the chef/cook - you don't want to be the one that holds up the line behind you. 3. Ask the chef to add your favorites to the dish - a little garlic, red pepper or fresh pepper won't hurt. 4. Try different pasta - the pasta is made fresh and they have a great variety. You won't be disappointed. Don't: 1. Don't leave your table unattended - it's important to clam your territory, especially on a Friday or Saturday night. This restaurant gets crowded at night, so your group better leave a scarf, book or something to claim your table before everyone gets up to place their orders. 2. Don't take all of your friend's cards to the bar to order drinks - by the time you get to the bar you never remember which card belongs to each friend. The cards are identical. 3. Don't leave your food behind if you're full - they have the cutest to-go-dishes and they are perfect to re-use. Just ask the wait staff walking around for a to-go-box/dish. The only reason they don't get a perfect score from me is because I hate waiting in line and on Friday and Saturday nights you will wait just a bit. Other than that it's the perfect spot for girls night out or a date. Have fun and enjoy the food. It's Pasta Time at Vapiano's! Check out my sneak peak Video into my Vapiano experience: http://youtu.be/SBiG5g2TnXM
I originally checked out Vapiano because I heard about it from my brother. My first thought when I walked in the door and I was handed a card (what they call a chip card) was &quot;college&quot;. You use the card to order all of your food, drinks, dessert, etc. That's exactly what I did in my college cafeteria years, swipe everything I wanted. But, I was surprised at my overall experience. The food was amazing and I absolutely loved watching my food be cooked right in front of me. Awesome! I've been there 4 times already within the last 4 months, so I guess you can say I'm a fan. I put together 2 list that I hope are helpful when you have your first Vapiano experience. Things to Do: 1. Find a table before ordering - the last thing you want to do is walk around with your food and no table to sit at 2. Make your menu selection before you're in front of the chef - you don't want to be the one that holds up the line behind you 3. Ask the chef to add your favorites to the dish - a little garlic, red pepper, and fresh pepper won't hurt 4. Try different pasta - the pasta is made fresh so you won't be disappointed Don't: 1. Don't leave your table unattended - its important to claim your territory, especially on a Friday or Saturday night. This restaurant gets crowed at night, so your group better leave a scarf, book or something to claim your table before everyone gets up to place their orders. 2. Don't take all of your friend's cards to the bar to order drinks - by the time you get to the bar you never remember which card belongs to which friend. The cards are identical. 3. Don't leave all your food if you're full - they have the cutest to go dishes and they are perfect to reuse. Just ask the wait staff walking around for a to go box/dish. The only reason they don't get a perfect score from me is because I hate waiting in line and on a Friday or Saturday, you will have to wait just a bit. Other than that it's the perfect spot for girls night out or a date. Have fun and enjoy the food. It's Pasta Time at Vapiano's! Check out my sneek peak Video into my vapiano expereince: http://youtu.be/SBiG5g2TnXM
Let me start by saying I am in love with Casa Nonna. It definitely sits at the top of my Fav Italian Restaurants. I've enjoyed the cuisine of Casa Nonna twice, already. The first time I was introduced to this hidden midtown jewel was by a friend, who wanted to meet for lunch. She was very familiar with the restaurant, so she ordered us a few dishes to share. The food was absolutely amazing. I have to back up and talk about the decor of this place. It's simply gorgeous, with the most amazing pizza bar. It's probably the best I've seen. And they have an open kitchen. Nice! The dark wood, the seating and the lighting make the experience very comfortable and almost made me not want to leave. The customer service was pefect and the staff are true professionals. They add to the entire experience, which I wrap up with the word, "Class". Okay, now back to the food. Their meatballs are the best I've ever had, which I believe are made with veal instead of beef. They just melt in your mouth. I also really enjoyed the Tortelloni, which they call "Little Hats". The pasta is made fresh and it was just perfect. There are so many more dishes that I enjoyed, like the bruschetta with the eggplant, but you'll never fully understand how amazing the food truly is unless you try it yourself. Oh, and how could I forget that they have a great wine list. When I was at the bar the bartender suggested a Pinot Noir, which I was very happy with. Overall, I loved the the entire Casa Nonna experience. I can't wait for my parents to visit me, so we can have a family dinner there.
As far as Health Foods Restaurants go, this is the best in NYC. There may be better Health Food Restaurants somwhere else but this is the best in NYC. There's a huge menu of both cooked and raw selections. The ambiance is charming. The owner is from Spain and the decor resembles the warm, dark and cozy interior of a Spanish Bistro. There is usually live music in the evening and a good selection of of CD's composites. The food is organic. It is a cozy casual restaurant. It's warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The staff is young and friendly. There's wine if you so choose to imbibe. The owner is gracious and sweet as his name "Angel". Happy to sit and talk with you if you'l like and he's around. In the evenings the place is usally crowded so it's good to make a reservation. I am mostly a raw foodist so the salads are fabulous and generous but from my friends and family they enjoy the generous portioned cooked vegetarian selections. Definitely a place to go for Health Food. As my friend visiting from Seattle said..."This is the place I would eat at every night if I lived here.". Don't miss it, you won't be sorry and could be on the list of your regulars.
Finally, a reasonably healthy fast food burger restaurant on the UWS! Until a couple years ago, we only had McDonald's. When you walk into Shake Shack, you feel better because you're aware of their eco-friendly marketing campaign. The burgers are 100% All Natural Angus Beef. No Hormones and no antibiotics, ever. The burgers are served on tasty brioche buns and while they're significantly smaller than other restaurant burgers, that's ok. You don't feel too full when you're finished eating. The menu us quite basic: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Mushroomburger and the Shack Burger. You can also throw in a Flat Top Dog and an order of fries (which aren't the pencil-thin fast food fries) but rather crinkle fries. If you're feeling especially adventurous, there is an overwelming selection of shakes and concretes (i was never able to understand the different). But, beware of very long lines. At lunchtime, the lines are wrapped around a city block. While they do move quickly (and you'll get your fancy vibrating buzzer so you can wait outside), if you're hungry, you will have to wait. And, chances are, you won't get a seat.
Feast and Fetes has catered our daughter’s wedding and made it an unforgettable event. They were perfect in every aspect of their performance. Always answered questions on time, helped with menu suggestions and delivered a perfect wedding reception for 200 guest. The passed hors d'oeuvre were so beautiful and delicious that our guests were talking about it days after the wedding. Main course of beef tenderloin or roasted sea bass were presented to perfection. Two deserts alternating – fresh raspberry tartelette with crème fraiche parfait and warm guanaja chocolate coulant were a dream. The wine and three open bars had great selections of alcohol for everybody's taste. Waiters were highly professional and their service was on time. The event took place at the Foundry in Long Island City, Feast and Fetes were responsible for all the furniture delivery, equipment and transportation for chefs and food. All this was done on time without one single glitch. If you are looking for a great caterer Feast and Fetes is the one to go with.
I love this place and I love the staff and I don't say that lightly. This is a family owned/run restaurant which extends that familiarity and acceptance to its customers. I come once a week religiously and have the most amazing dinner and wine. The first time I came here I was flirted with shamelessly and looked after and attended to like a famous person and that was with Judge Judy sitting two tables down....that hasn't changed. Judge Judy takes turns with David Mamet and the cast of Saturday NIght Live and a few other famous faces I've give a second glance too, but they still treat everyone with the same jovial smiles, twinkles in the eyes and willingness to bend over backwards and make your experiences unforgettable I come every week and sometimes more often if I'm in the city. I enjoy eating this food. Muwa! It's amazing! Some of my favorites: Jewish style artichokes The spinach gnocchi Chicken Paillard (my favorite) with a side of Veggies (yum yum!) The chocolate Mousse! - with strawberries....
Went for dinner with my boyfriend, food was pretty good but I feel over priced, but then again the place is in Midtown...wait staff was nice, had Nick as our waitor, very attentive. The hostess was gorgeous, nice & helpful even saw her clean up, set up a few tables and serve a few drinks for other tables, dont see that very often, very informative as well, she recommended the chicken marsala w/ veg & the lasgna which we thought was good. The owner Jay came out to talk to us, nice guy but didn't stop talking kind of wanted to enjoy my food instead of listen to him for half my meal. My boyfriend and I didn't like the fact that the wait staff was constantly snickering and making rude comments about customers in Albanian, we didn't say anything that we understood or that I was Albanian, but they should definitely limit that just incase other people like us come that do understand, I'm sure it makes other customers who don't understand uncomfortable too, otherwise no other complaints
To be fair the food was excellent but over priced. I had a side order of pasta with my meal, lunch time, and it wasn't even enough for two bites. My husband and I had one drink each and one entree and the bill was over $65.00 - FOR LUNCH!!!! The service was good but let's face it - this isn't an 'IT' place or packed to get in. For a new place Organica Italiano (right next door) is a much better deal. We didn't feel like Zucca was trying to attract the neighborhood clientele, just more tourists. We miss Pennyfeathers - and especially Angela! The prices were right and she cared. My husband talked to the new owner who was proud of his places in Long Island - maybe people in Long Island aren't feeling the recession - he said he caters to the Long Island clientele so maybe they'll take the drive in but for Greenwich Village it's just trying to be another strip, hip place. Sorry - but how much can someone charge for pasta?