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Monday
Mar312014

Smoked Sardines at French Louie

The back of a small church reflects the glow of twilight. You can see it through the backyard if you sit at any of the tables near the back of French Louie, the new restaurant on Atlantic from the Buttermilk Channel team. There aren't any chairs outside yet, but there will be as the weather warms. You'll want to eat there when that happens. Though it'd be a good idea to go now too, and make sure to order the Smoked Sardines ($9).

Doug Crowell and Ryan Angulo call on Gabe the Fish Babe for their fish. That includes the meaty sardines that are caught in Point Judith and shipped to Atlantic Avenue, where they get cleaned, gutted, scaled, and smoked over Hickory for three minutes. A generous pad of dulse butter and dense, chewy rye bread from Bien Cuit complete the dish.

Dulse is a type of seaweed that grows in the cooler waters along the northern Atlantic and Pacific coasts. It's purple, so along with its visual appeal is the whisper of salinity it lends the fresh butter. The dish is served cold, but if you're patient enough to let that butter whimper and soften to room temperature, and enjoy it with a vibrant glass of Edelzwicker from Bloomer Creek, the experience will be one you don't forget anytime soon.

Friday
Mar282014

Donde Dinner? - 209 Pinehurst Avenue

Donde Dinner? aims to make your next dining experience an adventure. So every Friday we pick a restaurant and post its address for you. The catch is, that's all the information you get. No name, no type of cuisine, and no Googling. Before we post this week's address, here's last week's:

401 West 24th Street = El Quinto Pino

In typical Donde Dinner? fashion, price, quality, and accessibility have all been taken into account. You won't be waiting at the bar for two hours with $16 cocktails and you never have to worry about a dress code. Just hop on the train, or your feet, or your bike, and head to:

209 Pinehurst Avenue (map)

Wednesday
Mar262014

Craig Reviews Rosette for Serious Eats

Since the tail end of 2013, and through great fortune, Digest NY Editor Craig Cavallo (me) has been writing weekly restaurant reviews for Serious Eats. I wanted to start posting a blurb about the featured restaurant on Digest NY with a link to the review. So here goes.

Rosette opened right nextdoor to 169 Bar and the Forward Building on East Broadway in January. In addition to inspiration from the Two Bridges part of Chinatown where the restaurant is, Nick Curtin's menus shows influences from his time cooking under Mads Reflund at Acme in Nolita. The flavors are big, but the plates and the prices are small. Read the full review over at Serious Eats.

Rosette | 171 East Broadway | 212-933-1176 | www | map

Friday
Mar212014

Donde Dinner? - 401 West 24th Street

Donde Dinner? aims to make your next dining experience an adventure. So every Friday we pick a restaurant and post its address for you. The catch is, that's all the information you get. No name, no type of cuisine, and no Googling. Before we post this week's address, here's last week's:

95 First Avenue = Upstate

In typical Donde Dinner? fashion, price, quality, and accessibility have all been taken into account. You won't be waiting at the bar for two hours with $16 cocktails and you never have to worry about a dress code. Just hop on the train, or your feet, or your bike, and head to:

401 West 24th Street (map)

Wednesday
Mar192014

We Make Andre Soltner's Alsatian Stew

We had such a blast with our last recipe post we wanted to bring you another. So here's an old Alsatian stew called baeckeoffe inspired by an André Soltner recipe. Soltner, a native of Alsace, came to New York in 1961 and ran the kitchen at Lutèce for 34 years. The Midtown East beacon of nouvelle cuisine closed its doors in 2004, but the recipe lives on.

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Friday
Mar142014

Donde Dinner? - 95 First Avenue

Donde Dinner? aims to make your next dining experience an adventure. So every Friday we pick a restaurant and post its address for you. The catch is, that's all the information you get. No name, no type of cuisine, and no Googling. Before we post this week's address, here's last week's:

329 Greenwich Street = Telepan Local

In typical Donde Dinner? fashion, price, quality, and accessibility have all been taken into account. You won't be waiting at the bar for two hours with $16 cocktails and you never have to worry about a dress code. Just hop on the train, or your feet, or your bike, and head to:

95 First Avenue (map)

Friday
Mar072014

Donde Dinner? - 329 Greenwich Street

Donde Dinner? aims to make your next dining experience an adventure. So every Friday we pick a restaurant and post its address for you. The catch is, that's all the information you get. No name, no type of cuisine, and no Googling. Before we post this week's address, here's last week's:

80 Bayard Street = Bo Ky

In typical Donde Dinner? fashion, price, quality, and accessibility have all been taken into account. You won't be waiting at the bar for two hours with $16 cocktails and you never have to worry about a dress code. Just hop on the train, or your feet, or your bike, and head to:

329 Greenwich Street (map)

Friday
Feb282014

Donde Dinner? - 80 Bayard Street

Donde Dinner? aims to make your next dining experience an adventure. So every Friday we pick a restaurant and post its address for you. The catch is, that's all the information you get. No name, no type of cuisine, and no Googling. Before we post this week's address, here's last week's:

387 Court Street = Bergen Hill

In typical Donde Dinner? fashion, price, quality, and accessibility have all been taken into account. You won't be waiting at the bar for two hours with $16 cocktails and you never have to worry about a dress code. Just hop on the train, or your feet, or your bike, and head to:

80 Bayard Street (map)

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