Restaurants

Chalk Point Kitchen: New York, NY

527 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013

Before I even get started on the food (which I will rave about) let’s talk about the decor. The entire space is adorable right down to the eclectic mix of serving plates. Some are brightly colored, a few have whimsical floral designs, and others feature classic art by Keith Haring. The day before I made my way to Chalk Point Kitchen I received a call telling me- no, urging me- to get there. “It’s an instagrammers dream,” I was told. Do my friends know me or what?

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Rosemary & Vine: Rye, NY

29 Purchase Street
Rye, NY 10580

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Rosemary and Vine recently extended an invitation to me for a private dinner to unveil their new summer menu. The first thing you should know is how sweet the owners- Berj & Tania were as well as their consulting chef Erica Wides. They were all both warm and hospitable. The owners have put work into the space since taking it over and it is truly gorgeous. The second thing you should know is that patrons continuously flowed up the small steps to the entrance only to be very obviously disappointed when faced with the sign in the window which indicated that they were closed for a private event- proving to me this spot was likely a neighborhood favorite. Continue reading “Rosemary & Vine: Rye, NY”

Atlantic Grill: New York, NY

1341 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10021

New York City’s Summer Restaurant Week is upon us! I have to be honest and admit that when this event has run in the past few years I have had some disappointing experiences. Restaurants often put little effort or creativity into this menu. Choices are limited. Menus are basically aimed at people who rarely leave the house and never venture into a dining establishment. In most cases I’d rather just pay full price and sample options offered on the everyday menu. Like Lil’ Kim says, “Money ain’t a thing- throw it out like rice.” Just kidding- I’m poor. So taking that into consideration I had to give restaurant week another try this year and randomly ended up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at Atlantic Grill. It definitely had a different and refreshing approach to restaurant week in comparison to some of the other establishments I have visited. With that being said let me just make it clear that I am in no way, shape or form claiming to be a food critic. I am simply consumer- who does a lot of consuming.

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Jake’s Steakhouse: Bronx, NY

6031 Broadway
Bronx, NY 10471

“There aren’t steak restaurants. There are steakhouses. Steak gets a house.” I recently read this quote from the book Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan. As you can imagine, I can make a number of text to self connections with this book. I relate very closely with the author. But I especially agree with this observation about steak. Steak demands respect. A steak restaurant? NO. It’s a steakhouse. And one of my favorites, is Jake’s.  I usually try to reserve a trip to Jake’s for special occasions, but when my friend Jenn randomly suggested that we go I just couldn’t resist. (Girl, I know you been waiting for that shout out.) The last Thursday in January seemed like an incredibly special day to me anyway, so why not? Continue reading “Jake’s Steakhouse: Bronx, NY”

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: Harlem, NY

700 West 125th Street
New York, New York

I hit the town with the boy last Thursday and we had our eyes set on Dinosaur BBQ. No. Ok… you should know thats not who I am. Seriously, who talks like that? It was a friend. A girl. Not a girlfriend (contrary to popular belief.) I guess that might be kind of exciting too but I’m 27 and eternally single in relation to either sex so that wouldn’t make sense. Getting into those large plates of delectable meat… We had 7:30 reservations made easily through DinosaurBarbque.com which connects you to OpenTable.com. It’s great if you hate talking to people like I do. (Sorry I dodged you in Dunkin’ Donuts this morning.) I remember parking being a bitch years ago but this time we opted to park in the sketchy spot that may-not-be-a-spot-its-too-close-to-a-hydrant-but-fuck-it-we’re-starving and got away without a ticket. We were seated immediately. Because we made a reservation. Make a reservation. Please. Continue reading “Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: Harlem, NY”