Craving for meat...Satisfied! (@Wollensky Grill)

The best piece of steak I've had in a long time! 

FILET MIGNON AU POIVRE

FILET MIGNON AU POIVRE

I wish I had ordered the filet plain, without the peppercorn and sauce. The natural flavor of the meat was so good that the extras just seem superfluous.  The steak literally melted in my mouth!

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Verdict: AA. I've always like dining at Wollensky's Grill better than the more formal Smith & Wollensky next door. I like the casual, lively ambience of the Grill. My filet mignon tonight was also much better than the steak I've had at Smith & Wollensky. 

Wollensky Grill
201 East 49th Street (Between 2nd and 3rd Ave.)
http://www.smithandwollenskynyc.com

The Kati Roll Company

Looking for a quick breakfast to-go, I ended up at The Kati Roll Company.  As the name suggests, this tiny, narrow cafe specializes in Kati Roll, an Indian street food.  

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The kati rolls came in a variety of fillings, from Chicken Tikka to Shrimp Masala. Since I had breakfast on my mind, I went with the Unda roll, which was just eggs with Indian spices rolled up in paratha flatbread. Simple, but totally yummy. 

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The Kati Roll Comapany
229 East 53rd Street (Between 2nd & 3rd Ave.) 
http://www.thekatirollcompany.com

Ess-a-Bagel

I am not really a bagel person, but I do enjoy a good bagel every once in a while.  Lately, my bagel cravings have been occurring at a higher frequency thanks in part to New York food community's renewed interest in bagels. My Instagram feed is filled with photos of bagels and there are countless articles on all things bagel.   

Too lazy to travel down to SoHo for Black Seed Bagel, the bagel shop that's somewhat responsible for the recent bagel craze, I opted for my neighborhood bagel place. Not bad when my neighborhood bagel place is the established institution….Ess-a-Bagel! 

There's always a line for Ess-a Bagel. Luckily, as a local, I know that there are actually two separate lines.  The bagels-only (no fancy toppings)  line is toward the back of the store and almost always short.  

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An added bonus of being in the bagels-only line is proximity to the bagel making action! Glimpse of trays of rolled dough…bagels floating in the hot boiler…and the massive oven filled with almost ready-to-eat bagels.

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I got a whole wheat everything bagel as it was coming out of the oven.  It was pipping hot!  The freshly made bagel was crusty on the outside, soft and chewy in the middle. NY bagel at its best!  My only complaint is the $2.25 charge for the tiniest container of cream cheese. Seriously?! 

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One of these days I'll make my way down to the much hyped Black Seed Bagel. For now, I am feeling quite satisfied with my whole wheat everything bagel with a schmear. 

Ess-a-Bagel
831 Third Avenue (Between 50th & 51st Street)
http://www.ess-a-bagel.com

LexingtonBrass

Very few solid breakfast/brunch options in Midtown East.  Lexington Brass is a passable one.  The restaurant is located on a corner, so the space gets lots of natural sunlight.  Given its midtown location, it is generally busy, but not packed.  Quite a pleasant place for a lazy start in the morning.  

My favorite dish here  is the baked eggs, nestled inside avocado halves, topped with blue crab. It is divine! The restaurant used to serve this dish in a cast iron pan, which made for a better presentation. Thankfully, the dish is just as tasty served on a white plate. 

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Lexington Brass
517 Lexington Avenue (Between 48th & 49th St.)
http://emmgrp.com/restaurants/lexington-brass/

Schnipper's Quality Kitchen

Unlike most fast food joints, Schnippers's new midtown location is large, bright, and clean. 

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The menu is pretty extensive, from burgers, to hotdogs, to fish tacos.  Somehow I always end up with the Sloppy Joes. Perfect sauce to meat ratio.  I'll have to try the burger one of these days...

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Schnippers (multiple locations)
570 Lexington Avenue (@50th Street)
http://www.schnippers.com