Brindle Room

It's that time of the weekend again...when my friend and I spend half an hour (or more) on the phone debating where to go for brunch.  Whenever we can't agree with each other's choices, we usually end up with the lowest common denominator.  Today, it's Birdle Room in the east village because we could get a reservation and it's on the East side.  

What a relief to find a relatively cute space that was about 80% full when we arrived. We were tempted to get the homemade donuts, but when we saw the portion size, we quickly abandoned that idea. Instead, we got one savoy dish and one sweet dish to share. 

The biscuit topped with pork carnitas and poached eggs, covered with chiptole sauce was the special for the day. It was yummy!  The pork was nice and tender and there was plenty of it! (smile) The biscuits at the bottom was the weakest link. The rest of the dish was so solid that I just glossed over the biscuits.

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The Challah french toast with Nutella and banana was nice, but the fact it's not served with proper maple syrup was a bit inexcusable.

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Verdict: BBB+.  Perfectly OK meal. 

Brindle Room
277 E 10th Street (Between !st Ave & Avenue A)
http://brindleroom.com
 

Happy National Ice-cream Day! (@Oddfellows)

I love "made-up" holidays that give me an excuse to indulge! 

For this special day, I decided to give the Williamsburg import, Oddfellows Ice-cream Co. a try. These homemade ice-cream are made from scratch in Williamsburg. Based on its website, this ice creamery has offered 120+ flavors since it opened a year go!  

The recently opened East Village location has 8 flavors on rotation on any given day. 

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After taste-testing pretty much all the flavors, I settled on Peanut Butter & Jelly ice-cream in a home-made waffle cone. There's just something very nastagic about PB&J. The crunchy waffle cone went perfectly with the ice-cream.  

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Oh, did I mention that I decided to "walk" to Oddfellows to counter the calories that I would then consume? So…that would be a 45 minute walk to Oddfellows...3 minutes to taste-test and decide on a flavor…1 minute to inhale the ice-cream...another 45 minute walk home. The things I do for ice-cream!

Oddfellows Ice Cream Co.
75 East 4th Street (Between Bowery & 2nd Ave.)
http://www.oddfellowsnyc.com

A Carnivore's Heaven (@ Mighty Quinn's)

I grew up in Texas. I love my BBQ!  This counter-service BBQ joint is my favorite BBQ place in Manhattan.  

This place is usually packed with lines out the door…and they run out the good stuff if you get there too late!  My solution? Go in the late afternoon, after the lunch rush and before the dinner crowd.

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I got a glimpse of the smoker….drool! 

THE SMOKER

THE SMOKER

The Brisket is the most popular meat here.  

BRISKET SANDWICH

BRISKET SANDWICH

I have tried the entire menu and my favorite, hands down, is the Brontosaurus Rib!  It is ginormous!!  Before they serve it, they slather on some additional sauce and sprinkle on some sea salt.  It is the most divine piece of meat!  Super tender...falling off the bone. 

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YUP. IT REALLY IS THAT BIG!

YUP. IT REALLY IS THAT BIG!

Verdict: AAA 

Mighty Quinn's 
103 Second Avenue (@ 6th Street)
http://mightyquinnsbbq.com

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

Happy National Fried Chicken Day!! I Any excuse to eat fried chicken =)  

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We ordered thighs and drumsticks, along with "Fries with the works".  

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The skin was super crispy and well-seasoned (with cayenne pepper…I think).  The meat was very tender and juicy. Pretty much all that I look for in good fried chicken. 

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The fries with the works = french fries topped with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and bacon bits.  It was amazing!  I would come back for these fries alone! 

FRIES WITH THE WORKS

FRIES WITH THE WORKS

Being a bit of a germaphobe, I was really excited to see this motion-sensored garbage bin. I wish more places would adopt this trash disposal unit, so we can all avoid touching dirty, germ-infested trash bin lids! 

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Verdict: A. Clean fast-food-esque joint with good fried chicken and amazing fries.  I would take this over Hill Country Chicken any day of the week!

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
28 East 1st Street (@ 2nd Avenue)
http://blueribbonfriedchicken.com

Otto's Tacos

This tiny little taco joint in the East Village makes fresh corn tortillas daily! While house made tortillas may be common place in Texas or California, it's pretty hard to find in NYC!

FRESH TORTILLAS

FRESH TORTILLAS

The tacos are quite small, but the ingredients are very fresh. I like that each taco comes with different toppings.  I love the serrani-chili sauce on the on the shrimp taco. 

CARNITAS TACO & SHRIMP TACO

CARNITAS TACO & SHRIMP TACO

The Gorgon is an off-the-menu item that can only be ordered during non-peak hours.  It is a deep fried macron masa, filled with carne asada, topped with Serrano-chili sauce and cilantro.  I absolutely love the Gorgon! It is packed with flavors, from the crispy shell to the tender beef and the garlicky sauce. Yum! Yum! And Yum!  

THE GORGON - CARNE SADA AND CILANTRO CREME SAUCE

THE GORGON - CARNE SADA AND CILANTRO CREME SAUCE

Verdict:  AA. Great place to grab a quick bite when the cravings hit. 

Otto's Taco
141 Second Avenue (Between St. Mark's Place & East 9th St.)
http://ottostacos.com