Showing posts with label Restaurant Review.
Showing posts with label Restaurant Review.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: New City Kosher Deli & Restaurant

36棋牌New City Kosher Deli & Restaurant
Don't judge this book by its cover! 
When we lived in Queens, we were spoiled by all the great restaurants of many different cultures within walking or subway distance. German, Italian, Greek, Polish, Lebanese, Portuguese--you name it, we ate it! Now that we're in Rockland, my husband makes it a point to find Rockland's own exotic fare, places that never existed or I never knew existed when I was growing up here.

Now, a Kosher deli is neither new or exotic, but I never even had a pastrami sandwich until I was out of college! The first time I ate at Katz' in New York and later Ben's in Queens, I was pretty blown away by what I was missing. I never even considered I could find a Kosher deli of that caliber in Rockland, but is just that. (A big thank you to the tracking device for good food in Matt's stomach!)

I was pleasantly surprised when the restaurant owner chatted with us when we walked in and how we were served complimentary pickles and delicious, subtly spicy coleslaw when we were seated (who offers free stuff anymore?) The service was quick and friendly, and our meal was so yummy.

We started off with three giant, crispy-sinful potato pancakes with applesauce. Matt had a pastrami and corned beef sandwich combo with Russian dressing on rye ($12.75), and I chose a New City Twin: one soft dinner roll with pastrami and another with corned beef, served with potato salad ($12.50). The meats were just delicious. The pastrami, particularly, was thin and melt-in-your-mouth good. Combined with the soft dinner roll, I really think it was the best pastrami sandwich I've ever eaten! And, I liked the subtly flavored potato salad too--and this Italian girl generally does not eat potato salad with mayonnaise.

Our bill came to about $45 dollars with sodas, appetizers and sandwiches, so this is no $5 footlong type of place, but you are getting real quality for your dollar at New City Kosher Deli. So, go on and head over for a taste of your own. And, while you're at it, get some takeout for me!

282 South Main Street
New City, NY 10956

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The best fish and chips in the (Rock)land! Harbour House in Piermont

The parking lot exterior of the Harbour House doesn't necessarily scream "good eats." Located at the abrupt end of Piermont Avenue in the quaint riverside village of Piermont, NY, the restaurant doesn't have prime riverfront real estate like other area eateries do or a spot on either side of well-shopped Piermont Ave. But don't you judge this book by its cover! The food at this little pub is outstanding!

I ordered the fish and chips with steak fries for lunch on a recent visit and my husband and I agreed that these were the best fish and chips we have ever had--and he lived for years in Ireland! The batter was so light and crispy and the fish perfectly moist and flaky. Served with tartar sauce and a huge side of tasty steak fries, it made for a sinfully delicious lunch, but one that didn't leave me overfull. 

Matt had a yummy bowl of cream of potato soup and mussels in white wine sauce that were out of this world. I am actually a bit afraid to eat mussels because of how they look, but I gobbled these right up. They were so, so flavorful and not a bit gummy or gritty (or scary). Needless to say, Matt was over the moon about his meal. And he made it a point to find out if the chef was from Ireland since the food really brought him back to when he lived there (the chef was not Irish; the owner is). 

And all this deliciousness only cost around $35!! Seriously, we get close to spending that much at McDonald's sometimes. 

The atmosphere at Harbour House is great too. Its not stuffy, but not too divey either. And you can definitely bring kids there (they have highchairs.) Our only complaint--we were there on a Saturday afternoon and it seemed like there was only one waiter servicing the whole restaurant. Our delicious meal came out really quickly, but, after that, it was hard to track down the waiter again for drink refills and malt vinegar for our chips. 

We finally flagged him down, though, and we'll definitely be back for more Harbour House fare soon. If you're interested in trying it out, check out their or just swing by: 

Harbour House
457 Piermont Ave
Piermont, NY 10968

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Big Apple BBQ Block Party is this Weekend!

Its finally here, the weekend my husband and I dream about all year. June 12-13 marks the 8th annual in Manhattan's Madison Square Park! What? You've never heard of this weekend of beautiful gluttony? Oh, I shall explain then...

Since 2003, pit masters from around the United States have descended on Madison Square Park to sell their delicious wares to the hungry masses. From as far west as Baker's Ribs in Texas to Rack and Soul in NYC, 17 barbecue joints will choose one tasty BBQ dish to sell at $8 a pop this Sat and Sun. Baby back ribs, pulled pork, whole hog, 36棋牌made smoke sausage, beef brisket, coleslaw, some local beer and more will soon be in my belly!

The lines are super long, as you can imagine, so we've purchased a Fast Pass for 3 years running which allows us to get on the shorter VIP lines and gives us $100 of food (yes, we can eat that much!). And because this will be our first year bringing Andrew to the festival, I've already started strategizing which stalls we'll hit first. Oh, who am I kidding--I strategized last year too!

If you're in the NYC area, a good tip is to bring a blanket and/or camp chairs and your own drinks to save all your money for the 'cue. Also, if you need a bathroom, there are pay bathrooms around the park, but you can also try using the bathrooms at Best Buy or 36棋牌 Depot on 23rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Well, I better get to work packing our picnic gear and the baby's diaper bag. We're headed out nice and early. Hope you can make it there if you're in the area!

Friday, September 11, 2009

On Tony Bourdain's visit to Queens Restaurants

I am a big fan of the Travel Channel's "No Reservations" hosted by Tony Bourdain, but this past Sunday's which featured NYC's outer boroughs disappointed me so much!

Queens has so much more to offer than Asian cuisine in Flushing! By visiting only Golden Shopping Mall, Sik Gaek, and the canteen at Ganesh Temple, Tony not only insults the other cultures in what is America's most diverse neighborhoods, but is missing out on some of the best food in New York!

How can he ignore the great Greek restaurants of Astoria? The Arabic restaurants on Steinway and Indian restaurants in Jackson Heights (Really? He skipped over Jackson Heights and went to a temple basement in Flushing?) What about the German, Italian, Polish, Croatian, Spanish, Serbian, American, Mexican.... need I list them all?

He similarly neglected great cuisine in Staten Island, the Bronx (He went to one place!) and Brooklyn (Why would he pick a dim sum place? You can get that anywhere.)

I propose Tony Bourdain calls a Mulligan and produces new episodes, an entire hour for each borough--nothing else will do. And, as a pregnant woman whose expertise in food comes from her life revolving around it at the moment, I suggest he includes these Queens wonders, for starters:


(Jackson Heights)
El-Rawsheh (Astoria)

I could go on and on about each of these places and others, but that's fodder for individual posts! Oh, but you just wait until I reveal their deliciousness to you (and to Tony Bourdain). We Queens mamas are lucky to have such a wonderful variety of great food nearby, regardless of what television programs imply!