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La Bottega — Review

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm

This restaurant is a hit or miss in my book — either I want to come back the following morning? Or I want to veer far away from it. I hate the locale but I usually am so swooned by the beautiful outdoor seating, gardens, and lights that I don’t mind it is in a shady ass area.

The last trip to La Bottega everything from the wrong dishes, to mysterious meat, to “misunderstandings” with the bill left me not wanting to go back for a while. I will say that for a late lunch and some solid wine, I highly recommend La Bottega.

This trip I had the Soup of the Day which was this amazing Minestrone with Parmesan and then I had the Bronzino — I have had the Chicken and the Risotto before — both of which I recommend over the fish surprisingly.

As long as you’re not looking for world class dining but a nice glass on vino and a nice setting, I’d suggest you make your way to La Bottega.

Fig and Olive Restaurant Review — NYC

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Here’s what I love about Fig & Olive, located at 808 Lexington Avenue in New York City. I love the unpretentious, true to its heritage atmosphere. It’s not fussy nor does it even boast about its menu which in fact is wonderful. The restaurant works to stay true to their Mediterranean background by highlighting the array of Olive Oils available for purchase, which trust me, should be purchased after finishing the dinner.

We shared some of the Crostinis for our appetizers: Shrimp, Avocado, Cilantro, and Tomato/ Manchego, Fig Spread, Almond. For entrees I had the Branzino, glazed with Fig and Aged Balsamic Vinegar and snow peas. My mother had the Rotisserie Chicken in lemon and garlic with Haricots Verts and Mashed Potatoes. Tracey had the Chicken Paillard dish.

All in all a great meal, wonderful oils, and reasonably priced fare. If you are in one of the three neighborhoods the restaurant chain is located in, I definitely suggest you stop in for nothing more than a glass of vino and some good oil and bread.

Bobo, NYC

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2010 at 3:22 am

AHHH where do I even begin with Bobo? I happened to drunkenly stumble upon this “Men’s Lair” of a bar/restaurant three years ago while interning in NYC for the summer. It’s warm, inviting, and always and I mean always crammed with professionals you WANT to surround yourself with outside of the workplace setting. The atmosphere itself blows you away — the decor, fixtures, and wall displays are unbelievably cool in my opinion.

While waiting for our 9:30 reservation (seeing as that was the ONLY available time for dinner), we mingled with tons of entertaining and unique people. The bar scene in of itself is impressive, the dinner is served upstairs in the what looks more like a home living room then a formal dining room of a restaurant. Downstairs, people mingle, have nibbles, and more often then not leave with a few important numbers in their pocket.


For an appetizer, I had the Lobster, Shrimp, and Crab Salad with Chickpea Toast and Celery. I never talk numbers here really but for 17 dollars I expected a BIT more food than I received — it was an interesting display and I liked the Hummus Like Toast that was paired with the ball of Lobster, Shrimp, and Crab but in all I think they were a bit frugal in their portions of protein for this appetizer. For dinner both Tracey and I had the Roast Chicken with Sunchokes, Romaine, and Tomatoes — It didn’t BLOW me away by any means but I think it was a solid dish. I probably should have tried the Scallops YET AGAIN but a Cider Reduction paired with the fish didn’t appeal to me.

In summary — my suggestion would be to have a cheaper, less noisy dinner somewhere else then head over to this extremely fun and enchanting restaurant for some great conversation and after dinner drinks, pass on the meal upstairs.

Eatery Review, NYC

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I’ve been to Eatery before and I remember it being a fun yet non frilly restaurant — and second time around, it remained just that. Our waiter took his fair share of uppers before serving us, that’s for sure. He was overly flamboyant and fun — he totally got an A+ in our book for friendly service.

For my appetizer, I had the Organic Chicken and Hominy Soup which was delicious. The broth was unbelievable and there was a good ratio of chicken to broth to vegetables — and at SIX DOLLARS you can’t really bitch even if you didn’t like it.  For my entree, I had a speciality Chicken Dish for the night — I wanted to try the Scallops but the Porcini Mushroom CREAM sauce doesn’t bode well for someone with little to no tolerance for lactose. My friend Tracey had the Fresh Pasta of the Day which happened to be Corkscrew Pasta with Broccoli, Tomatoes, Parmesan with Grilled Chicken Added on.  She also ordered a side of french fries. The pasta dish was a winner, the fries, however, weren’t anything out of this world. For dessert we ordered a Trio of Sorbets — Pear, Mango, and Strawberry. None of which we were blown away over, the Cappuccinos, however, were a different story.

If you’re looking for a bustling no fuss American style restaurant, head to Eatery for a consistently good and reasonably priced meal.

Mesa Grill – NYC

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm

While I may not be the biggest fan of Flay — I will say, Mesa Grill located between 15th and 5th in NYC really hit the spot for an authentic Southwestern Flared dinner. It was loud, crowded, and bustling — don’t look to Mesa Grill for a romantic and quiet evening out with a partner, you will not find that here.


Here are the perks — broken down in English —

1) Beautiful presentation of all dishes prepared

2) Timely service — not too efficient, not lagging

3) The Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Chile Sauce, Carmelized Pineapple Onion Salsa, and Creamy Green Chile Rice was ABSOLUTELY OUT OF THIS WORLD… COME TO THIS RESTAURANT FOR THIS DISH

4) Reasonably priced — I don’t feel as though it was overpriced by any means — dish sizes were proportional and I left satisfied

The downsides:

1) Too noisy and bustling for many people

2) Many booths are located right by the door (i.e. — ours) — when it’s 20 outside? The last place you’d like to sit is right by a door

3) The “no substitutions whatsoever” rule got to both me and my friend — we understood not taking out key ingredients that MAKE the dish but my girlfriend wanted potatoes instead of fries and they simply would not have that