The Lower East Side is one of our favorite places for peculiar food adventures. On every corner there are cute spots filled with all kinds of cuisines or novelty food experiences. This includes the salty potato delicacy known as french fries. Enter in… 375° Thrice Cooked Fries. [Read more…] about Heaven Truly Exists in Fry Form at 375° Thrice Cooked Fries
Everyone loves Brooklyn, all for different reasons whether it be how distinct the culture is compared to Manhattan or the chill vibe Brooklynites have. This borough has become the melting pot for creatives from all walks of life and you can see this exemplified as you navigate through each neighborhood. Today we’re telling you why we love Downtown Brooklyn and it is because of Ganso Yaki. [Read more…] about Redefining Japanese Street Food with Ganso Yaki
Maple continues to expand its presence in New York City in so many different realms of what one company can do. The high-end food delivery service paired with The Doughnut Project last week for people who enjoy the sweeter things in life. This week, its all about the movie buffs as Maple and The Tribeca Film Festival are coming together for some “festival” inspired dishes and your chance to win big for its 15th anniversary. [Read more…] about Maple & Tribeca Film Festival Team up For Inspired Dishes
When you rank as the second best bakery in New York City on TripAdvisor, and the 2nd best place to eat out of over 12,000 locations in the best city in the world, chances are you are doing something pretty epic and right with your business. Well, the hype is real, as Levain Bakery reigns supreme in The Upper West Side as one of the best damn bakeries in NYC… period. With getting press up the wazoo including appearances on the top NYC affiliates such as CBS 2 and NBC 4’s “New York Live”, oh, and… OPRAH… Levain has developed themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the sweets world, inside and out of the city. So what makes this place so damn good to where the lines are literally out the door to get a taste of all the tasty treats they are concocting? [Read more…] about Believe the Hype about How Awesome Levain Bakery Is
Now that the warmer weather is finally hitting us, so many New Yorkers are looking to take those vacation days that they have stowed away and get out of the city for a bit. With so many different options to travel to, why not settle for something that is literally a 90 minute Amtrak ride away, with endless benefits that will guarantee you a great trip? This is of course, the “City of Brotherly Love” that we know as Philadelphia. At Manhattan Digest, we have visited some great cities in the United States from DC, Providence to most recently San Francisco, and we are very excited to show you why Philadelphia has so many great options to enjoy with such a short distance to get to them. First on our list, my personal favorite- where to eat? Going to another city should never mean hitting up a chain restaurant due to familiarity, you should divulge into the local scene and see what makes that particular city so great in terms of its fantastic food adventures. Staying in the “Gayborhood” part of Philly, there were a couple that really stood out to me for several reasons. Here are some you should visit on your next trip down there. [Read more…] about A Manhattanite in Philadelphia- Where to Eat?
We are back for part two in our series of “Where To Eat in San Francisco”, and we have saved the best for last. Could you believe that a New Yorker can actually find better pizza out west than there is here? That is blasphemy! Well it definitely did happen while I was out there, as well as devouring the best Peruvian food I have ever had as well as some pretty tasty shareable plates inside a hot new hotel. This is the conclusion for where you should eat the next time you are in The Golden Gate city.
French cuisine is one of the most sophisticated cuisines in the world, and is one that is very important to the New York City foodie scene. One place in particular that has this concept down pat is Aperitif Bistro Wine Bar, with two locations in Bayside and Rockville Centre, the latter being a mere 20 minutes outside of Manhattan. I went to the Rockville Centre location the other night, as I heard rave reviews about this and was pleasantly satisfied with the end result.
As someone who splits their time between Long Island and Manhattan, I am always looking for what is the best of the best when it comes to the amazing culture that both parts of New York have to offer. I found a hidden gem located out east in Long Island in Oakdale called View, and was glad that I did. This seafood-based restaurant boasts a lot more than your average shrimp cocktail, and is a multi-purpose location that you can have an intimate night with your friends, or even marry the love of your life at. Here’s how.
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Opening up a restaurant in New York City is a hard thing to do. There are so many facets to make something work, from the food, ambiance, decor, and of course the professionalism of the staff. If there is one place that all of this works and then some, it is Washington Market Tavern located in the heart of Tribeca. The new establishment opened only about a month ago and has received quite the positive reviews on its Yelp page (minus one very silly review that talks about the amount of toilets in a bathroom. Bye Felicia). I took myself and a good friend there last week and overall we had quite an amazing experience.
On top of the great decor, which boasts a warm, homey type feel to it with its wood furnishings and beautiful table layouts, the food and professionalism were top notch. They had a variety of wait staff there that came prepared with its knowledge and expertise of each dimension of the menu, from how to navigate each portion of the menu (the current one is broken down into four parts- raw, garden, ocean and farm) to what drink pairs off with what mean (not much of a drinker myself however the margaritas and the Sparkling Old Fashion were quite delicious and not overpowering in my opinion).
Then of course, there was the food. The food was phenomenal and if they plan on what the fantastic manager LeRoy told me which is changing the menu by season then they are off to a great start. Each part of the menu was intricately planned, delicious and had great flavor to each of them. The standouts from each part of the menu reads as following-
Raw- The Lamb Tartare (Harissa Emulsion, Black Garlic Yogurt, Spicy Crouton) and Cold Smoked Scallops (Lemon Pickled Artichokes, Hawaiian Hearts Of Palm, Smoked Trout Roe, Borage Cress).
Garden- Asparagus (Roasted Puree, Butter Glazed Tips, Summer Truffle Vinaigrette, Red Vein Sorrel) and Blooming Hill Farm Baby Beets (Raw & Roasted, Charred’Onion “Dirt”, Spiced Walnut Crumble, Chevre Whip Purslane).
Ocean- Baby Octopus (Green Garbanzos, Salty Fingers Black Olive Oil, Expellete, Frisee, Lemon) and East Coast Halibut (Artichokes, Lemon Broth, Tender Carrots, Spring Onions, Snap Peas, Chive).
Farm- Bourbon Braised Bacon (Hudson Valley Farm Egg, English Pea Puree, Gem Lettuce), Colorado Lamb Loin (Marinated Summer Beans, Heirloom Pepper Puree, Rosemary Lamb Ju)
Overall the best of the best from above was the Asparagus (best I’ve ever had), the Bourbon Braised Bacon and the Butter Cake that was on the dessert menu. Simply heaven. Washington Square Tavern is definitely a place that I would recommend going to for future visits.
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We all have those late nights. Whether it is hanging out with your friends at a great party until the end of the evening, or cramming for that upcoming final that we have, us Manhattanites know what it feels like to pull an all nighter in so many kinds of ways. Luckily, there is a great restaurant you can go to that will ease your hangover or that last minute cram session with tasty treats and yummy drinks. This of course, is Pounds and Ounces, located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City. Since opening two years ago, P&O has earned the coveted title of neighborhood favorite thanks to its innovative cuisine, captivating cocktails, hip music and one of the liveliest ambiances in all of Chelsea.
For the first time, the P&O Chelsea kitchen will be open daily until 3 AM and offer a night owl menu starting at 11 PM. Hard-core party people know that keeping the festivities going requires serious sustenance and P&O’s new late night menu delivers. In addition to signature items from their regular menu, they have added Disco Fries featuring melted cheeses and homemade chicken gravy; spicy Jalapeno Poppers with Buttermilk Ranch dipping sauce; Angus Beef Sliders served on a pretzel bun with chipotle ketchup all for $7 or the Corned Beef Reuben starring the house-cured corn beef, braised Napa cabbage, Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing for $9.
The bar also rocks the night away with a special cocktail menu of boozy, adults only ice cream shakes like the No.1 with chocolate ice cream, bourbon, whipped cream and chocolate sauce; the No. 2 with vanilla ice cream blended with Baileys, Frangelico and butterscotch sauce and the No. 4 with vanilla ice cream, Pinnacle Strawberry Shortcake vodka and whipped cream. And for those with fortitude and a sweet tooth, the house signature “Jacked” Banana Split featuring banana bread, your choice of ice cream, candy crusted and chocolate-dipped banana lollipops and a ton of whip cream is a gut-busting must!
I was lucky enough to try out the new menu with a friend of mine the other night, and needless to say- they do not disappoint. We opted for two tasty appetizers on the late night menu- the mac and cheese with bacon on top (Bacon is life people) and the super delicious Tuna Tartare. Both of them had sharp contrasts in tastes and textures, one of course being hot and the other one on the cold side, but both had an insane amount of flavor and kept our stomachs satisfied until the next course.
Moving onto the entree portion of the meal, my friend and I kept within the same speed of going after different types of foods that are designed for this kind of menu. He went more on a brunch side with their Steak and Eggs, and I chose one of my favorite sandwiches in the world, the Reuben. The steak was cooked perfectly and blended really well with the scrambled eggs that they provided. The Reuben was chock full of yumminess, packed with a ton of corned beef and thousand island dressing which were just delicious. The fries that came with both meals were tasty and salted to perfection. We each finished off with two of their boozy ice cream shakes, I took the number two (not literally people), and he took the number four as listed above. Both were creamy and great, but could’ve been a little more on the thicker side in my honest opinion. Overall I would give this menu a 9 out of 10 for taste, 8 out of 10 for creativity, and 10 out of 10 for customer service and ambiance.
Definitely stop by Pounds and Ounces no matter what time of day it is. You surely won’t be disappointed while you are there. Check out the website for more information. Happy Eating!
Pounds and Ounces
160 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10011