Tarry lodge – A Mario Batali Restaurant in Westchester

 

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Mario Batali (a big named chef)has a restaurant in Westchester County and I’m just checking it out.. I guess i’m late. However, I’m glad I finally got to sit and enjoy a great meal in this lil Portchester eatery.

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Great wine selection.. I love a bottle of red wine along with my Italian food.I highly suggest the Clam, Garlic, Chilis, and Oregano Pizza.. the crust reminded me of Burratta’s in Eastchester (my fav pizza place in Westchester). The service was excellent along with everything that was served. I had to order the  Creamy burata with butternut squash and Walnut Pesto (Burrata is bae)!.. . burrata

 

The big hit of the night for me was the Pollo Francese with Artichokes and Capers.

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Pollo Francese is one of my fav go to dishes.  I am always a lil leery of ordering it because it seems to be a hit or miss dish. It’s Chicken cutlet in a wine, lemon, and butter sauce and sometimes restaurants can get a lil crazy with the lemon. The chicken was incredibly tender and the sauce it was in was just perfect! I loved it.

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For desert we had Tiramisu and ended our night with after dinner dranks at the quaint lil bar. After doing some research I came across that this restaurant was once a speak easy, and a dive bar.

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They are also open for Lunch and they serve Brunch on the Weekends! They are also participating in HVRW this Fall.

TarryLodge

18 Mill Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
Tel: 914 939 3111

I booked my Reservation using  Opentable.

Looking for another Mario Batali restaurant that is amazing?! I mentioned this restaurant several times in my older blog posts.Try Lupa Osteria In NYC. Get the Bucatini All’ Amatriciana and the Tartufo. You won’t be disappointed!

BK’S Smorgasburg

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Beasting at Brooklyn’s Flea Food Market

Bring your appetite and your Cash…(ATM is Provided)

Smorgasburg is Open Every weekend, Rain or Shine with 75-100 food vendors

Saturdays:  Williamsburg, East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7th)

Sundays: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill (at Lincoln Rd.)

What I stuffed my face with:

Mofongo: OMG I’m a big fan of PR cuisine. One of My fav dishes is Mofongo (mashed green plantain (tostone) with garlic.. This one was delicious with fried pork and drizzle of spicy chipotle sauce on top.

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Ramen Burger: A yummy burger with a ramen noodle in place of a bun with soy sauce…i had to try it and I’m glad I did.. very tasty..

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Doughnut from Dough: I’m not a big doughnut person but I make an exception for Dough.

Thai inspired Rolled Ice cream from Roll and Chill.. made on the spot.

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C Bao Asian Buns.. pork chicken and duck bao buns  .. yum

Other things I wanted but was too stuffed to eat:

Sober Papusas: Because I have never had a Pupusa and I’m eager to try one.

Big Mozz Pizza and Mozzarella sticks

Federoff’s South Philly Cheese steak

Sunday Gravy

Wowfulls.. These fully loaded waffles look amazing

Rainbow Drop Cake this jelly cake made from gelatin looks pretty interesting.

 

Meatball Shop on the West Side

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My friend Kevin is always raving about this place! The Meatball shop. A quaint lil eatery with friendly wait staff. They have a few locations. I went to the one on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Delicious cocktails .. always a big plus..I tried the Watermelon Margarita and the Gin Fizz. The menu is pretty much a dry erase board.. You grab a black marker and mark off the type of balls you want.. Classic Beef, Chicken, Veggie, Pork, or the Daily Special they have listed that day. Then you pick the type of sauce. Pesto, Creamy Parmesan, Classic Tomato, Spicy meat or the daily special.You can have your side or veggie under the sauce or on the side separately. Sautéed broccoli, rigatoni, spaghetti, mashed potatoes .. so many yummy options. They also have sliders and sandwiches which I’m looking to try on my next visit there.

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Burrata

I had the pleasure of chatting with Chas Anderson chef/owner of Burrata in Eastchester, NY.  The doors opened in 2012 when he was only 27 years old! Not your typical pizza parlor. It’s My fav local eatery! Their wood fired pizza is like no other.. Their Spaghetti is up there with Scott Conant’s. Everything I have ever tasted has been nothing but ahhmazing here.

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Chas Anderson was warm, friendly and I’m glad I chose him for my first lil restaurant meet up. He has a strong passion for  food and his restaurant. He only uses the freshest ingredients, regardless of cost and you can def taste it. He pretty much came out of the womb cooking, and worked his way up to running a very successful restaurant  in Westchester County.

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Chas Anderson Chef/Owner

Of course I couldn’t just go to Burrata and not eat, so I feasted while we talked.

I asked him for his fave pizza on the menu and he offered up the J. Sexton No. 2.. It has a great story behind it’s name. There was a food critic from Westchester Magazine named J. Sexton who came and ate pizza that had cooked burrata cheese on it. She wrote in her review that  Burrata cheese is not meant to be cooked, it should be in its original form..since it is such a sexy and rich cheese.  So, he took this criticism and made a new pie out of it and named it after her (with her permission  but who wouldn’t want a pizza named after them?!).

Simple ingredients: Chilled Burrata, San Marzano tomato, garlic, raw basil, extra virgin olive oil, black pepper, and Parmigiano. It was beyond delicious. I did very much enjoy the chilled buratta on my pizza.

 

 

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That crust tho…

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Where the Magic Happens

 

He  told me his favorite Pizza Place in NYC is Company “in Chelsea ” which I now have to try!

He also taught me a new word Stracciatella which means “rag,” from the Italian word “strattore” (to stretch). This soft, fresh cheese may be best known as the yummy center of Buratta

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Spaghetti is Bae

After I confessed my love for his Spaghetti, he wanted me to try the Short Rib Agnolotti. The Short Rib Agnolotti is in a brown butter sauce with aged balsamic, piave cheese, and toasted bread crumbs (Yum). Honestly, it is not something I would ever think of ordering , but I’m so glad he mentioned it. The toasted breadcrumbs and brown butter was a perfect addition to this pasta dish. The short rib was tender, and extremely tasty.

 

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Short Rib Agnolotti

Of course you have to save room for something sweet. The Affogato with the house made gelato is delicious and so are the Zeppoles. They are the two top sellers and I have personally indulged in, and loved them both(worth the calories)! All desserts are made in-house.

Great Cocktails! My fave on their menu is the El Diablo. I like it spicy. You also can’t go wrong with their extensive wine list.

They  have  a Great Lunch Special Mon-Thurs $10 for soup or salad and a pizza!

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Got Wood?

He offered for me to follow him back into the kitchen on my next visit  to cook a lil something up.  So.. stay tuned!

 

Sabbia at La Birreria in Eataly

Looking to get away to the Italian Coast without leaving NYC? Look no further than the beachy Sabbia  (means sand in English) located in Eataly. Follow the Parasols to the retractable rooftop bar/restaurant that is transformed to resemble the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast. This is a pop up restaurant around until October where Gelato carts, an oyster bar, and retractable roof set the mood in this upper scale eatery. Extensive beer, wine, and cocktail list. I went with a Rose Wine Spritzer along with Formaggi, you can choose 3 for $13 or 5 for $16 served with an apricot mostarda (sort of like a marmalade). Many dishes to choose from ..Seafood, Meat, and Vegetarian options all available. We started with The Gambaretti alla Bagnara seared shrimp, oregano, parsley, garlic, and lemon. I ordered the Tagliata DiManzo which was a grilled Wagyu bohemian steak with Arugula and Parmigiano Reggiano.  My date ordered the Polpa all Griglia, grilled octopus with cannellini beans!  After your meal you can shop in Eataly’s market. They conveniently are on Opentable for online reservations.

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Champagne Party Brunch At Beauty and Essex

  • Birthdays were the worst dayzzz, now we sip champagne when we’re thirstayyy

I decided to round-up my peeps for a champagne brunch in NYC ..Thought I would keep it classy and mature (some what) and do a brunch. I’m typically not a big bruncher, however I chose Beauty and Essex because I think it’s one of the most beautiful restaurants in NYC and I really wanted red velvet waffles!  Entrance is thru a Pawn Shop where I was tempted to treat myself to some sparkly and luxurious things..

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To book reservations for the The Champagne Brunch Party  you can email LoungeReservations@beautyandessex.com. The party runs from 1- 6 PM  . As the time goes on the lights get dimmer and the music gets louder. There is a DJ hidden away spinning recent and old school tracks.

Prefix brunch is $55 pp and includes lots of yummy sweet and savory eats, along with 2 glasses of champagne(they don’t pay close attention so they might top you off a little more than twice.) They can also alter the alter the menu for you to accommodate dietary restrictions.

They pass out glow sticks and light up rings to light up in the dark and get the party going.

FYI, Bathroom is a troop and is located all the way down 2 levels!

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This is what the menu consisted of:

Champagne Brunch Prefix Menu (And Yes you get all of it served Family Style!)

Dark Chocolate Croissants

Red Velvet Waffles cream cheese icing

Kale & Apple Salad apple cider vinaigrette, pancetta, candied pecans, shaved goat cheese

Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings

Braised Short Rib ‘Huevos Rancheros’ * sunny side up eggs, black beans, cotija

Fried Chicken Biscuit Bites tabasco honey butter, red cabbage slaw

Skillet Roasted Potatoes *

Petite Cupcakes red velvet cake & cream cheese frosting, Guinness cake & Bailey’s frosting

$55 per person including 2 glasses of champagne -Gratuity Not Included –

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To celebrate your birthday and make it extra special they come out all hyped, with sparklers and a sign with your name on it. They bring you a cupcake with a candle for you to make your wish .. A perfect birthday/bachelerotte spot!.

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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016

NYC Restaurant Week 2016 is upon us July 25th- August 19th. 3 course meals for lunch $29 and dinner $42. For the frugal yet fabulous..Exclusions do apply.. gratuity and beverages not included.

Saturdays are excluded and Sundays are optional You can check out all the participating restaurants here. You can book reservations conveniently at Opentable.

These are my picks. Foodies Rejoice..

Sabbia located In Eataly  (which I still have yet to visit)hosted by La Birreria rooftop bar and restaurant..Since it’s Summer you had me at rooftop bar. Stunning views of the Flat Iron and Empire State building await. Here you can check out the lunch and dinner menu. I like to look ahead of time to be sure that there are things that I like.

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200 Fifth Ave.
Manhattan, NY 10010
Flatiron District

Spice Market  located in the Meat Packing District.I have yet to dine at this pretty lil eatery with an attached terrace. I’m hoping that changes soon. Lunch and Dinner menu here.

403 W. 13th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Meatpacking District

Bodega Negra at  Dream Hotel downtown.. You enter this location thru a Tudor Styled Tequila Wearhouse! No menu listed however they serve upscale Mexican fare (expect ceviches and Tacos).

 

Also Participating in Restaurant Week are a few of my  go to spots…

Scarpetta I read in a magazine over five years ago that Beyonce and Jay Z dined here for the Spaghetti..Start it off with the Creamy Polenta in a mushroom truffle sauce. I have been in love with Scott Conant’s tasty dishes ever since!

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That F*in Spaghetti Tho!

355 W. 14th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Meatpacking District

Lupa (lunch only) I hope they have Bucatini All Amatriciana on the menu.. That’s my fav .. Thank You Mario Batali !

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170 Thompson St.
Manhattan, NY 10012
Greenwich Village

Beauty and Essex is always a good time… hang out in the ladies room where they serve champagne. Or grab one of my fav drinks the beauty elixir.

146 Essex St.
Manhattan, NY 10002
Lower East Side

Don’t forget to post up your pics on “the gram” to win a shot at a $50 gift certificate for a future dining experience! Use the hashtag #NYCRESTAURANTWEEK !

 

 

 

Cafe Habana #ThatCornTho

I was recently taken to Cafe Habana by a NYC Native.. Inspired by a storied Mexico City lunch joint where legend has it Che and Fidel plotted the Cuban Revolution (How dope is that?).

People line up at this NoLita mainstay for its grilled corn and other reasonably priced Cuban/Mexican eats. It has a Busy Luncheonette Vibe..Not a empty seat in the house..Be prepared to wait no matter what day/time you go..12934940_1781078775458265_396712256_n

This restaurant was in the movie Friends with Benefits with Justin Timberlake (my BOO) and Mila Kunis.

They are famous for their grilled corn ..loaded with mayo, cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime.(Yummy) #ThatCornTho

My entree was the Grilled Skirt Steak …  Skirt steak cooked perfectly and served with your choice of rice and beans.

Dinner Menu you can find here

Cocktails are strong and refreshing I stuck with a Margarita on the Rocks..

I love the casual Cuban vibe they have going on..

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Vandal NYC

  

Vandal NYC : There’s a lot of hype surrounding this new trendy hot spot on Bowery in Manhattan… Now I know why!

You enter through a Flower shop (reminds me of Beauty and Essex where you enter through a Pawn Shop).


The Drinks… I went for the (Spicy) Las Palmitas and PushCart Wars and my friend opted for the (Sweet) Double Dutch… Drinks are on the pricey side but they were nice and strong.


The Food… It’s Tapas Style and as per the waiters suggestion, we ordered 5 dishes to share (typical for a party of two). Our picks were the Blackened Shrimp Arepas (delicious!), Grilled Avocado (love love love avocado) tossed with salad and candied pecans, Ceviche (my first time trying),  Chicken and Chorizo Paella served in a skillet with roasted tomato sofrito (that was yummy), and at last, The Vandal S’mores  Desert (heaven in my mouth!). It’s a warm S’mores pie with a scoop of graham cracker ice cream.

 


  

The Decor… There’s an icy, grape colored, break dancing bunny. Graffiti covers the walls throughout, and there’s tons of artwork to take in… The ambiance is amazing and the space is stunning! I’m happy we went on a Sunday evening to explore the two level space. The restaurant consists of a bar/lounge, full dining room, garden dining area, private dining room, and cellar bar/lounge.

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Before you leave, don’t forget to take a video strutting your stuff on the “Vandal Cam” so you can send it to yourself via email; perfect for your social media accounts!


  
  
  

Service was also on point! Shout out to our waiter Kameer!

My friend made reservations using the Opentable app, which I love (highly recommend it)! Reservations do book out weeks in advance, so plan ahead.

Fortina

I figured I would blog about my new favorite restaurant in Westchester ! Fortina in Armonk, NY  🙌🏼🍝🍷I’m obsessed with their housemade Spaghetti.. Perfectly al dente 👌🏻 Cheesy Garlic Bread served with Marinara and Fried Meatballs!! I will also mention they have an awesome playlist which makes for a great vibe that includes everything from Groove Theory to old school New Kids on the Block)

    

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Garlic Bread- cheesy and delicious served with a side of marinara

Fried Meatballs… Yes Please 

Pastasciutto: spaghetti with a kick🔥🍝

  Spaghetti: perfectly al dente with lemon, sesame, and pecorino