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L&W Oyster Co

1 Jan

I joined an old coworker for lunch right near my NYC office at a brand new place, L&W Oyster Co (on 5th Ave between 28th and 29th). I think it had been open for just a few weeks.

The menu was a bit different from what is posted online, so here was the lunch meeting from a couple weeks ago:

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The restaurant is quirky, small, and fun.

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With magnetic poetry on the walls.

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And place mats explaining some of their favorite oysters (though not what is on the menu).

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My ex-coworker started with the clams.

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And I got a selection of the three oysters on the menu and we shared some large shrimp cocktail. (All the fresh seafood was very good and very fresh)

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And we were delighted to be given a pack of their homemade goldfish crackers.

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They were mildly spicy and baked to a perfect crispy.

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Steve got The Popeye with steamed mussels, chorizo, spinach, white wine, and gigantic beans. I couldn’t try it due to the chorizo, but he really enjoyed his meal.

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I got the Clam on Clam action which came with a clamwich (fried clams, tarter sauce, and pickled shisito peppers, which I asked to not have due to the my allergy) and some chowdah (brooklyn clam chowder, brooklyn lager, corn nuts, and house cured pancetta).  Before my meal made it in front of me, our waiter realized that my clamwich still included the peppers, so back into the kitchen that went.  But I got to start on my chowdah and quinoa (which was tasty).  I really loved this chowdah.  Creamy without being too heavy, good clam flavor, and the corn nuts and pancetta in it were just perfect.

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And when my clamwich (with salt & vinegar potato chips… YUM!) came out, I enjoyed that it was on a parker house roll roll.  It was a nice fluffy foil for the crunchy clam strips (though I wish they were more clamy in flavor).  The sandwich was good, but not as good as the chowdah.

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We also ordered some coffee (gotta love a French Press).

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And tried their sorbet of the day, which I can’t remember the exact flavor, but I remember it being some sort of citrus, and it was especially delicious. Great flavor and texture.  Really great end to the meal.

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I was impressed by our entire lunch here and think it’s a great lunch spot.  Nothing was among the best of that dish I have ever had, but everything was solidly tasty and I like what they’ve got going on.

Total Nom Points: 6.5 out of 10

nomscale- 06.5

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Brooklyn Diner- “The Finer Diner”

7 Aug

We take clients out to all sorts of fancy restaurants, so when we had one request a trip to Brooklyn Diner, we quizzically agreed. We can go any place in Manhattan and you want to go to a diner? A diner called Brooklyn Diner? Which is in Time Square? And has the tagline “The Finer Diner?”

Well… ok…

Brooklyn Diner is the classic Times Square establishment with such a bright neon sign that it blends right in to the rest of the block. When we entered, I realize it’s part of a family of restaurants including Redeye Grill, Tratoria Dell’Arte, and Bond 45, all of which are in the general vicinity of midtown.  Turns out, I’ve been to all of their restaurants except Brooklyn Diner, and was actually quite fond of the restaurant family.  The food at each was always reliably good, if not above par for Times Square.  All are more than any normal person would ever want to spend, but hell, it’s Times Square, so good quality food seemed fair at their price.

Back to “The Finer Diner.”  

After a bit of teasing about this pick, we found out that our client’s heard from some of their coworkers that this place was very good, and happened to have a really good lobster roll.  Well ok!

I actually wound up getting grilled cheese with split pea soup. It was a very chilly day and this hit the spot.  The bread was perfectly crisp, the cheese full of flavor and melty without being a mess, and the soup had great flavor.

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I shouldn’t have been so skeptical!

They put hot dogs in it too, which was a fun (and delicious) twist on ham.

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Everyone else went right for the lobster roll, which they all said was very good.  Even their fries and onion straws were especially crisp and tasty.

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I was pleasantly surprised by Brooklyn Diner.  I guess my expectations were quite low (I can be so judgmental sometimes!), but I would recommend this place to anyone in the area looking for a casual and relaxing lunch before a Broadway show.  

Total Nom Points: 7 out of 10

Albert Hall Tavern- Lunch

18 Apr

We have been to Albert Hall for dinner (many times), and even had a few brunches, however, lunch was a new adventure.  They just started serving lunch a few weeks ago and their menu is quite good.  They have a lot of my favorites, and they add really good sandwiches.  (I wish they had these as a brunch option too!)  

We had our team lunch at Albert Hall and all decided to try the sandwiches.  They all came with the delicious duck fat truffle fries that we love so much.

This was the grilled chicken sandwich.  It came with braised bacon, roasted red beets and black garlic butter.  The combination was great, though the bread was actually too thick to eat in any polite fashion.   

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The upskirt…

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Next up was the short ribs sandwich with gorgonzola and baby arugula.   While delicious, the bread really overpowered the awesome flavor that I love so much when we get these short ribs as a side to the bone marrow here.

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This sandwich was the skillet ribeye with caramelized shallots and leek fondue.  We all tried each others, and this was declared the unanimous winner.  Chef Bill knows his way around a shallot!

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Overall, lunch at Albert Hall is a great choice.  You can’t go wrong with the options, and I have been back many times (typically ordered the Bibb lettuce salad).  There aren’t many sit down choices in the area, so it’s nice to have a comfortable place to grab a bite in the no man’s land that is 9th Avenue between Penn Station and Port Authority.

Psst… the post summarizing all the dishes from Albert Hall has been updated.  Check it out!

Korean Lunch Near Union Square

7 Apr

Still going out of order… this was obviously PRE Weight Watchers. =)

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Korean food (thank you to the amazing Esther)!  When I found out that there was a well liked Korean lunch spot right near my office, I was pretty excited. DoSirak (on East 13th near University Place) is small but not cramped. 

Their menu, as most Korean menus I have seen, is not too easily read by those not fluent in Korean.  So on this,  you’ll have to trust me… get the Bibimbop. The base of this dish is rice and it’s served in a hot stone bowl that crisps up the rice to a near burnt but still delicious texture.  Then there are sauteed veggies on top, usually some sort of meat (or tofu), and a fried egg.  The whole thing is mixed together into an absolutely delicious assortment. And DoSirak tasted incredibly fresh and the portion was HUGE. Plenty for two meals.

I prefer the bulgogi version as the sweet marinade for the beef brings joy to my heart.  If you love spicy, I hear the ones with kimchi (spicy pickled veggies) there are delicious.

Total Nom Points: 7 out of 10