The Bombay Bread Bar: Indian GastroPub

After a Pub crawl on the bad-lands border of Soho and the West Village it was time to grab a bite…and more drinks. I’d heard good things about celebrated Indian American chef Floyd Cardoz’s new fusion spot The Bombay Bread Bar and headed over. It was pretty busy when we arrived, yet we were lucky enough to get seats up at the bar by the open french doors.

The Bombay Bread Bar has a more inventive Cocktail menu than most Indian restaurants. I started with the Durga Complex (Mezcal, Chartreuse, sorel-honey, orange blossom, chili) while my bud the enjoyed the Can’t Stop the Bhangra (Jameson Black Barrel, chai vermouth, Bénédictine, and date) which were both very good, different and visually stimulating.

We ordered up some Naan with Tamarind, Spicy Chili, and Mint-Cilantro sauces to nibble on while we went through the menu. Eventually we agreed on the Polenta with Moral mushrooms with coconut milk and ginger and the Sea-Bass with Sambar cucumber, coconut milk, and turmeric sauce. Both were excellent.

To mop up the rest of sauces we ordered the Parantha bread (layered and crisp) and another round of drinks, this time I had a G n T made with Brooklyn Gin, Fever Tree and splashes of a couple of bitters.

All in all a great spot offering food and cocktails that are both unique and delicious, prompt service, a very cool space with Murals adorning the walls and a good looking crowd.

The Bombay Bread Bar is located at 195 Spring Street

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Bocce USQ Aperitivo e Pizza

After the World Cup finals wrapped up I headed to Union Square with friends for a lite bite. Right in the park a new spot Bocce USQ, a Beautiful open space opened up serving brick oven Pizza, appi’s and drinks.

We ordered up the White Mushroom Pizza for two of to share that was very good and we devoured it while a friend of ours decided to go for some desert.

They only had Deconstructed Cheese Cake which he ordered. While he said it was pretty good…well look at the pic. For the record in most cases I don’t care for the decon fad. If I want a piece if cake…thats what I want.

To drink I had the Negroni Slush from their inventive cocktail menu which was very good. Oddly enough at an Italian trattoria they do not have the usual suspect coffee drinks only Iced Coffee.

Overall I like Bocce, I just wish they would add a full deserts to the menu and serve hot coffee beverages.

Bocce USQ is located at 20 USQ West

L’Ardresse Prixe Fixe Lunch

I needed a spot for a B-Day lunch with a fellow Summer Solstice baby by Bryant Park. L’Ardresse fit the bill in a number of ways including a varied global menu, a good looking space and having a prixe fixe option was nice too.

L’Ardresse’s menu is a mix of New American fused with a variety of global influences from land and sea. Oddly enough it is actually part of a chain out of Russia. Along with the large selection to choose from on the food menu is a nice selection of vino by the glass.

I went with the Salmon Tartare and Salmon over Rice from the Prixe Fixe Lunch specials and my fellow member of the Zodiac enjoyed their Tuna and Salmon Poke bowl with a side of Polenta with truffle oil and fontina cheese.

With the exception of the very good looking and sounding Polenta everything was very good. It was surprisingly bland.To drink we enjoyed glasses of Chardonnay and Savingone Blanc. Overall a very good spot by Bryant Park with a great Prixe Fixe option for lunch.

L’Ardresse is located at 1065 6th Avenue

Oda House Georgian (Russian) Cuisine

I was looking for something different and filling (since my cousin and I were finishing up a Pub crawl) when we came upon Oda House, a spot a friend recently recommended and popped in.

After reviewing the menu we started with their big juicy pork and beef dumplings called Khinkali that you sprinkle with black pepper.

Next up was the Megruli a Georgian specialty that is a Cheese bread with cheese melted inside yoghurt dough baked with extra cheese on top. It’s outrageous and worth the near cardiac risk.

For the main dish we choose the Chakpuli, Lamb marinated in in mint, tarragon, and assorted herbs in white wine sauce that surpassed expectations. Of note Georgians are known for their wine but I didn’t have any (Read: Blame Pub Crawl) this time, but will next time.

Overall we agreed that Georgian food is delicious, kinda heavy and oh so filling and that Georgian cheese bread is amazing and love their Lamb dishes. For something different and delicious Oda House is know on my Go To list.

Oda House is located at 76 Avenue B

Patriza’s Pizza and Pasta Straight Out of da Bronx

Looking for an old school Red Sauce joint staight outta da Bronx…but with locations outside of it? Patriza’s seems like its been around forever but the first location actually opened up in 1991 and has since turned into a successful local mini-chain(locations throughout the boroughs, Long Island and Jerzy).

Their secret to success is simple…offer good quality basic classic Italian dishes done just right. Patrizia’s menu is available as individual portions or family style.

While deciding what to order from their large menu I dipped Italian bread in the heavy with garlic olive oil dish they put out. My bud loaded his bread with garlic and a dash of olive oil. He could have killed a Vampire from a 100 yards.

I choose the Shrimp and he the Chicken Parm. We both choose the Pasta with Pink Vodka sauce as our side and to attempt to be healthy went with some Broccoli Rabe.

Everything was delicious and tasted like an Italian Grandmother cooked it. Every neighborhood should have a place like this. The one I hit is their Kips Bay location.

Patrizia’s Pizza and Pasta is located at 462 2nd Avenue in NYC

Pammy Cake Creations New Gelato

While Baked Goods like Cupcakes, pies, cake pops, etc are Pammy Cake’s mainstays it was the sign for Gelato that drew me in. I was craving a frozen treat and a bakery with Gelato got my vote over Fudgie the Whale up the block.

They had about a dozen flavors to choose from…including faves like Mint Chip, Espessso, etc but when I saw Rainbow Cookie and tasted it…two scoops. Totally nailed the flavor. I didn’t try any of their tasty looking Baked goods but took some pics to give you an idea of whats in store for you…no pun intended…:)

Pammy Cake Creations is located at 966 West Beech Street in Long Beach, NY

Swingbelly’s BBQ by the Beach

Craving a cold craft brew after a day in the sun at the beach? Maybe getting a little hungry as well?

Swingbelly’s of Long Beach has a BBQ menu for you with plenty to choose from. My bud and I started with their Supreme Nachos that we topped with their juicy Brisket(available with pulled pork, chicken or as is as well). These totally lived up to their name they were so damn good…and so filling we almost called it quits. However…

We manned up and ordered Baby-back and St. Louis Ribs with Mac n Cheese and fries. After a couple of the St. Louis and a nice meaty Baby-back I was stuffed and had to take the rest of mine home. Which made for a great leftovers meal later in the weekend.

We washed down the tasty BBQ with a number of their Craft Beers on tap including some nice local brews from Barrier Brewery of Oceanside. Definitely need to hit this place again.

Swingbellys is located at 909 West Beech Street

#CityBeer Craft #Beer Valhalla in Murray Hill

Let me start by saying I can’t believe Murray Hill actually got a Craft Beer store that has a tasting bar like City Beer. Places like this are usually found in spots like the LES and Williamsburg.

City Beer has Incredible selection of craft beers, many are local…but from all around the world as well. In addition they have a tasting bar to sample beers and drink brews only available by keg and on tap. City Beer is a great addition to the neighborhood.

I sampled a Finback, a LBC and a couple of others from the tasting bar. Thus far they don’t offer flights, but are happy to let you sample a few give or take. Needless to say, I needed to bring some home. I put together the following 6 pack with some help from one of the friendly and knowledgable Beerologists from the City Beer staff.

Transmitter – Sour Ale with Mango

Maui Brewing – Tropical Saison with Hibiscus and Lime

City Cigar Brewing – Belgium White

Mikkeller -Watermelon

Barrier – Citrus

Uintas – Mango and Lime

In addition to this awesome selection of craft brews, most pretty fairly priced I also picked up a bag of pricy yet delicious Torres Selecta Black Truffle potato chips. If you love Craft Beer…this place will be love at first sight.

City Beer is located at 200 East 39th Street

@Rintintin_NYC Pre-Gallery Event #Cocktails

I needed a spot to meet pretty in hot pink to hit an Art Gallery (@PopGallery) event downtown. I like my cocktails creative, my +1 likes her poison with club soda. With seating available at the bar and tables inside and out I grabbed the last two seats at the end of the bar.

From their cocktail menu I started out with their Mezcal (Pantino?) cocktail which is pineapple based with some heat and than went onto their Spicy Cucumber Margarita that packed more heat than I expected. Not sure if it was the cayenne salt rim, Jalapeño’s hotter than usual or following one spicy drink with another…🤪

Located at the south eastern end of Spring Street, Rintintin had the drinks to keep us both happy, was in striking distance of the event and is a pretty little oasis with its palm trees and chic setting. Of note, their all around the Mediterranean menu looked pretty good and will warrant further investigation.

Rintintin is located at 14 Spring Street

Copper and Clay #Taqueria by the Sea in Long Beach

Looking for tasty Tacos by Sea and by Land to sate your post Surf cravings in Long Beach? Copper & Clay located right across from the LIRR and just blocks from the ocean itself just opened up this June (2018).

Owned by the team that runs Wildfeast next store Copper & Clay offers over eight Tacos to choose from along with Tamales, Nachos, Quesadillas and more along with a number of Aqua Fresca’s, Mexican Sodas and other cold beverages.

Thus far I’ve had the Al Pastor, Chicken Mole and the Baracoa from the Classic Land section and the Monkfish and Yellowfin Tuna from the Off the Hook Sea selection. My faves are the Al Pastor and the Monkfish though I enjoyed them all.

What I would like to see are some homemade salsa’s (a mild, a Tomatillo based Verde and one packing some heat). Mexican Beers and Torta’s (Mexican sandwiches). Seating is limited though available at the community table and the high-tops for two. Add Copper & Clay to your Mexican cuisine, Taquerias, Fish Tacos and where to eat by the beach lists.

Copper & Clay is located at 6West Park Avenue in Long Beach NY