Week Twenty: Mango Tree
Address: Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road London SW1X 7XL, United Kingdom
Date Visited: May 20, 2012
Well, over a month later I’m finally playing catch-up! I spent 10 days in London this May so “One Week, One Eat: NYC” has temporarily become “One Week, One Eat: London.” London saw several opportunities for delicious food, but I’ll admit I was a little lazy in the photos department. Week 20 was covered by a trip to, where else, Harrods where Heather and I endured floor after floor of madness and delight. Mango Tree was pretty much the only opening that didn’t feel like a dinner meal so we took a seat and dined on some pretty delicious Dim Sum. I definitely remember having the BBQ Pork Buns and the Prawn & Chive Dumplings (pictured). Considering how hungry we were, it was a pretty tasty experience, and the location was perfect for people watching on the ground floor. Mango Tree wins special points for being tasty and, most importantly available — a nice recharger meal on the way to more London adventure.
Week Nineteen: Brooklyn Bridge Park Wine Bar
Address: Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park BK NY 11201
Date Visited: May 13, 2012
A bit of a cheat, but with good reason. Heather and I were gearing up for what was sure to be an expensive trip to London so we weren’t really going out much — but in the spirit of exploring we decided to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (for our first time) and thus discovered this wine bar in the park. While primarily visiting for the beer (who doesn’t love a beer in the park) we also had a quick Caprese sandwich for lunch. The sandwich was, as you might expect, pretty underwhelming but the atmosphere was nice. If you’re headed over here it’s certainly not for the food, so in that case I’d recommend grabbing some food before. I’ll probably plan to return next time I’m in the area in the afternoon looking for a nice relaxing place to grab a weekend drink.
Week Seventeen: Nomado 33
Address: 165 East 33rd Street NY NY 10016
Date Visited: Apr 23, 2012
Picture the scene- it’s Monday, it’s rainy and it was a tough day. The call was made to drop the idea of making dinner and to go for Sushi. Wanting to make it as relaxing as possible, I looked for somewhere near our apartment that we hadn’t been and so Nomado 33 was chosen. We ordered the New York Roll, the Blue Ocean and the Lobster Roll. Overall, the experience was good for the neighborhood — it’s a place we’ll likely come back to when we’re on the nearby sushi hunt again. One thing I’ll recommend is never ordering the Lobster Roll. Something was just plain wrong was the idea of this roll (I think it was the cucumber wrapping) that just didn’t work for Heather and I. If you live in the area, it’s a place to check out for sure — otherwise your local neighborhood sushi spot is probably the same!
Week Sixteen: BLT Burger
Address: 470 6th Ave NY NY 10010
Date Visited: Apr 22, 2012
After a ‘difficult’ Saturday, I woke up wanting nothing more than the juiciest Burger I could get my hands on. Since we were meeting a friend located on the West Side, I look for a burger place that felt equidistant and so BLT Burger was it. We the Jalapeño poppers, the waffle fries and I had the Maytag Blue burger. Blue Cheese + Burger is always a combination for success in my book and this was no different — simple, easy and delicious. It was relatively quiet when we were at the restaurant, but perhaps this was because of the foreboding rain and cold outside. BLT Burger seems like a good spot if you’re in the neighborhood, but didn’t stand-out from burgers I’ve had in the past. I was happy to visit, but feel no need to return as I’ve got a perfectly delicious Burger spot nearby. In my helpless state I also forgot to take a photo, my thanks to this photo taken by ‘yurina o.’ on Yelp for filling in: Yelp
Week Fourteen: Stanton Social
Address: 99 Stanton Street NY NY 10002
Date Visited: Apr 7, 2012
French. Onion. Soup. Dumplings. This alone was the reason for booking the reservation to the Stanton Social. While the soup dumplings were great, the environment and the service was a little ‘not my scene.’ Probably should’ve done a bit more research on it before booking as this was definitely the kind of place to roll with a larger group — for two it’s a little too heavy on the club vibe side. It was also a bit of a bummer to wait an hour before sitting when I had already booked a reservation. We rolled over directly from grabbing a few cocktails at PDT so perhaps we were already on a more relaxed wave-length than Stanton Social demands. I definitely liked the food, French Onion Soup Dumplings & the Shrimp & Grits were great but am not sure I’ll find myself here again. As a note, the Gruyere cheese in the French Onion Soup dumplings gives the whole spot a pretty foul smell…at least it did on the night I was there. Not sure if that’s the norm, but once I picked up on it I couldn’t get it out of my head — definitely not the kind of odor you’d want in a place like this.
Week Thirteen: Maguro Sushi
Address: 160 E 28 St ST NY NY 10016
Date Visited: Apr 1, 2012
Okay, I’ll admit it. I cheated a bit this weekend. Sunday rolled around and I realized that I hadn’t been to a single new place for the week. First panic struck…13 weeks in and I was going to default on a 52 week goal. Then, by happenstance, I was walking past Maguro Sushi — a small, order at the bar and sit or takeout sushi place that I’d been meaning to try. Seeing an opportunity to keep my goal on track I quickly ordered the Beef Udon lunch special and brought it home. Overall, not the best Udon I’ve ever had. If I find myself in the mood for takeout sushi in the future I’ll probably give Maguro another shot since the sushi I saw people eating in the restaurant looked pretty delightful. Perhaps the best taste of the meal was the sweet taste of goal-saving victory.