Posted on | February 26, 2013 | by Jason Casséus | 1 Comment
Like many other East Villagers I was sad to see Nice Guy Eddies close. The KISS mural outside was a bit of a neighborhood landmark, the food wasn’t the best (I was a fan of the wings) and the place was pretty dingy, but it was a chill place to get a beer & watch some sports. Neighborhoods change so I figured that a cocktail bar or an upscale restaurant would move in and that I’d hate it, not so with Boulton & Watt.
As soon as you walk in, you’ll notice that gone is the dive sports bar decor in favor of a much more industrial look (steampunk anyone?) with belt driven fans as well as exposed brick and duct work. Gothamist calls it ‘old timey‘, I’m not sure if I’d agree with that, but I do think the place looks great. Read more
Posted on | February 15, 2013 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
NY Times rips apart Pouring Ribbons.
7-11 on Avenue A still without an owner. (EVGrieve)
Sam Sifton reminisces about Russ & Daughters. (NYTimes)
Jewish-Iraqi pop-up restaurant coming to the East Village. (DNAInfo)
Posted on | February 14, 2013 | by Jason Casséus | 2 Comments
Normally when I think of good barbecue the first thing that comes to mind is a rundown old shack down south with a potbellied pitmaster that has been smoking meat for the best part of his life, not the epicenter of the East Village. Mighty Quinn’s BBQ (which began at Smorgasburg) hopes to change that with it’s first brick & mortar location in the former Vandaag space.
I went to check the place out with a friend on opening day (hence the open garage door) in December & there was already a buzz about the place. Gone are Vandaag’s bright colors, but the layout is still very similar except for a large communal table which makes up most of the rear dining area. The smell of smoked meat hits you in the face as soon as you walk in (building residents have already filed complaints) & trust me, it’s enough to get your mouth watering. Read more
Posted on | January 14, 2013 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
When I started this blog just over 3 years ago I chose (what I thought was) a clever name and planned to review the area that I live in solely, but there’s so much great food in this, the most amazing of cities, that I’d be doing everyone a disservice if I didn’t branch out every once in a while.
I don’t venture out to Williamsburg that often, but a friend had been raving so much about the food at Aurora that I had to check it out. The space is really quaint, loads of wood & an awesome conservatory & outdoor seating. There was a wedding reception happening when I went there, so we ended up sitting at the bar which worked out just fine. Read more
Posted on | January 2, 2013 | by Jason Casséus | 1 Comment
Hidden behind a unique wooden door lies what I can only describe as the Holy Grail of Meat. Several weeks after my visit to Daniel Delaney’s pop-up BrisketLab (more on that awesome day here), they’ve opened their first brick & mortar location in Williamsburg. We had pre-ordered 3lbs of meat, so we were guaranteed to eat (they are open from 6:30 till they run out), but we decided to arrive early nonetheless. We managed to snag a large table for the four of us which was lucky as the place filled out really quickly. Read more
Posted on | December 19, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
Reminding me of my school years in England, St. Dymphna’s brings an awesome Irish flair to the East Village. Ice-cold Guinness, a no nonsense menu & an awesome staff totally round out this Irish Pub in the East Village. I’ve been going there for a few years & the place just seems to get better every time I visit. I’m a sucker for Guinness and fish & chips, so I was really happy with my first visit where I had double portions of both. Read more
Posted on | November 26, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | 1 Comment
I’m a sucker for those discount deal websites. Yes, I get a dozen emails from them a day, but every once in a while I find something that I’m genuinely interested in. As you can imagine, I lean towards the deals for restaurants in my area. I’ve bought loads of these things and yes, plenty have expired without me using them, but I’ve had bad meals, good meals & a few exceptional meals using these coupons. Read more
Posted on | November 26, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
Last week, 5th St. Deli opened at 66 Avenue C (sharing the building with Casa Adela) so I stopped by to check it out. I did a bit of
research Googling & found out that this was the former home of Azukar Deli. It’s basically your average deli/bodega with a counter offering breakfast, sandwiches & soups and plenty of drink cabinets (they will be selling beer). Avenue C is saturated with delis; one down the street at 44 Avenue C, E&S Wholesome Foods, Alphabet City Deli in the surrounding area.
Hey, at least it’s not a Starbucks! Hopefully they’ll do well.
The staff were friendly & let me snap a few pictures.
Posted on | November 24, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
I really don’t know that much about macarons besides that they’re sweet and (if done well) delicious, so I was pleased when the team behind Macaron Parlour invited me to a preview event. Opened by husband and wife team Christine Ha & Simon Tung (both with a baking background), they started out at the Hester Street Fair in 2010. This is their first brick and mortar shop & is located in the former Chocolate Library space. Read more
Posted on | November 16, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
Avenue C restaurants take a beating (NY Daily News)
Percy’s Tavern owner robbed at gunpoint (EVGrieve)
Kasadela starts fund to rebuild after Sandy (Grub Street)
Veselka sued over broken tooth (Local East Village)
Union Market opens on Avenue A & Houston (Bowery Boogie)
Maiden Lane coming to former Life Cafe space (EVGrieve)
Table Verte opens (Inside New York)keep looking »