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Over Winter Break, a group of the female persuasion from the family decided to have a little Girl’s Night Out, and I tagged along. After being kicked out of a cupcake class and arriving at our reservation to a closed restaurant (they had a busted water pipe and didn’t bother to call us to reschedule), we happened upon Eataly.

Eataly is a chaotic gourmet Italian market with themed eateries. We opted for the sit-down, seafood-themed Il Pesce.

The star dish of the night was the bacon smoked sturgeon.

Eataly - Smoked Sturgeon

Every other dish we had was somewhat bland.

The brodetto, a medley of mussels and clams in a spicy tomato broth, looked promising.

Eataly - Brodetto

Fancy sandy mouth?

But it was really sandy. 🙁

The market did have some treasures though. We picked up some Beppino Occelli butter, which apparently is one of the top rated, award winning butters in the world.

Eataly - Beppino Occelli

We also picked up some raisin bread too.

It was curious. Upon tasting the bread and butter independently, neither seemed to particularly stand out. The butter, unsalted, tasted like oil. The bread was more unspectacular than white bread.

But together, it was like fireworks in your mouth. The bread had a fresh-quality that is difficult to describe. The butter was crisp and refreshing.

Easily one of the best bread-and-butter’s I’ve ever had.

We also picked up some sort of cured, sliced pork.

Eataly

Nameless, delicious fat and protein.

I don’t remember what it was called (it’s pretty easy to find in the prepared meats section though, behind the cheeses and across from the coffee bar). We ate it as is. It was delicious.

On our way to Hunter Mountain, we stopped by New World Home Cooking in Saugerties. The chef, Ric Orland, is one of the champions on Food Network’s Chopped.

The blackened string beans are yummy! They have an awesome kick too.

New World Home Cooking - Blackened Stringbeans

But everyone agreed that the thing we’d all come back for is the foccacia and bean spread. You can’t beat it.

New World Home Cooking - Foccacia and Bean Spread

I had the jerk chicken as my entrée. Didn’t manage to snap a nice photo of it, but I have to say it’s very good. Definitely consider ordering it if you happen to stop by. 🙂

For dessert, perhaps you’d like a little lemon curd?

New World Home Cooking - Lemon Curd with Berry Compote

Or a chocolate chevre truffle rolled in chile and cinnamon?

New World Home Cooking - Chocolate Chevre Truffle

Maybe the chocolate mousse is more to your liking.

New World Home Cooking - Chocolate Mousse

Moving onto Spring Break, we decided to surprise W. for his birthday.

We all grouped up at Yakiniku West, where they have authentic dining rooms with low tables and shoji doors.

Delicious bibimbap was had.

Yakiniku West - Bibimbap

And of course, kobe beef.

Yakiniku West - Kobe Beef

A food coma happened.

During the week, I wandered out into Astoria in search of a refreshing lunch on a warm spring day. I passed by the Sorriso Italian Pork Store, which I’ve been meaning to go to for awhile.

I got the infamous Godfather, and was not disappointed.

Sorriso - The Godfather

Foot-long deliciousness.

A day out with the family means pigging out on good eats. This time, I finally sampled poutine at Corner Burger!

Corner Burger - Classic Poutine

Classic Poutine

Corner Burger - Poutine Cochon

Poutine Cochon

If this is what real poutine tastes like, consider me hooked.

Cheese curds have such a weird name though, for how delicious they taste.

Another Corner Burger specialty, fried pickles:

Corner Burger - Fried Pickles

The English are crazy, really.

In lieu of their name, Corner Burger has some really great burgers too. They’re astronomically HUGE! I had mine with pepper jack cheese, crispy bacon, jalapeños, and some avocado.

I expected a few slices of avocado… I got a whole half instead. o_o

I wish I whipped out my DSLR to take a picture of it… instead I gorged myself on all that artery clogging good-ness.

But a family outing isn’t complete without some sort of Asian food! Full House Cafe fulfilled that quota.

Full House Cafe - Potage Vegetable w. Rice Cake

RICE CAKE. RICE CAKE. A simple rice cake dish with potage vegetable (what is that anyways? Engrish menus make me laugh). It’s so good. ;_;

You can’t go Shanghai-nese without soup dumplings.

Full House Cafe - Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings

Full House Cafe delivers.

ADDRESSES

Eataly
200 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 229-2560

New World Home Cooking
1411 Route 212
Saugerties, NY 12477
(845) 246-0900

Yakiniku West
218 East 9th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 979-9238

Sorriso Italian Pork Store
4416 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 728-4392

Corner Burger
381 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 360-4622

Full House Cafe
97 Bowery Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 925-8083

 

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