Wednesday, September 12, 2012

NYC Post 6

I think this will be the most interesting of my NYC based posts. First I'll mention two small lunches I had. First was at this Mexican place called Aprovecho across the street from the hospital. I got some Chicken Mole dish that was alright, but not nearly as good as the one I had a few weeks ago at Las Pinatas (which sadly closed while I was out of town). Next was this Indian place on another corner near the hospital called Tawa. It wasn't anything special, but you get a ton of food for very little money. The Chicken Tikka Masala was more than passable, but the sauce was too creamy.

The first big place I'll get into is Flex Mussels. I'd been told by all of the fellows in my program to check it out, and when I got in touch with my friend Hallie, it was the first place she mentioned. We hit it up on a Wednesday night and thankfully had a reservation. We split an Arugula Salad to start, which was lightly dressed and had a strong kick. Then we split a bowl of the Italiano Mussels which had calamari and broth heavy in garlic and tomato. Besides being one of the messier meals I've had in a while, I was really impressed. The two dishes were plenty for the two of us, and the seafood was all very fresh.
Location: 174 E 82nd
Cost: About $25 per person

The Arugula Salad

 The Italiano Mussels

The next spot to mention is Eataly. I'd been trying to go for the whole month, and it wasn't until my last night in town that I got to go. My buddy Dave and I showed up at this behemoth of a marketplace with no clue what to do. They should really have some sign explaining how to go through this place. For those of you that don't know, it's basically a grocery store with mini-restaurants strewn throughout. The restaurants are split up like the different counters in a grocery store. We hit up the vegetable counter and tried some excellent Eggplant Parmesan. It's Dave's favorite dish in general, and he was more than pleased. Then we walked over to the carb station and tried out the Lasagna Bolognese. All of the noodles were made in house and the sauce was complex, creamy, and unctuous. After all of that we went to Birreria, the rooftop bar, and tried some of their in house brews. My favorite was the Wanda.
Location: 200 5th Avenue
Cost: Extremely Variable. I think we spent around $30 per person

The Eggplant Parmesan

 The Lasagna Bolognese

Finally, I couldn't complete a month in NYC without a trip to Shake Shack. Drake and I ran out to get some before I went off to the airport. Our orders were simple with a Shack Burger, Cheese Fries, and a Chocolate Milkshake. I don't see the obsession that people have with this place, but that's not to say that it's not good. The shake was too thin for my taste. The cheese fries had this thicker, grainy sauce that I really dug. The burger was fine, but I was a big fan of the bun. It seemed slightly undercooked, and it soaked up the shack sauce nicely. Nonetheless, I'm no more impressed with Shake Shack than I am with M Burger.
Location: 154 East 86th Street
Cost: About $15 per person

The Chocolate Shake

 The Shake Burger

The Cheese Fries
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  1. Jeff, thanks so much for taking the time to visit Shake Shack in NYC. We're always striving to help our team improve, so we appreciate all your feedback.

    Hope you had an awesome time in the city, and our team would love for you to try us again on your next trip!

    -Brandy, Shake Shack

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