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Pulino’s Restaurant – New York, NY

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Pulino’s

(1) 212 226 1966
282 Bowery (at the corner of Houston)
New York, NY. 10012

www.pulinosny.com

OPEN HOURS:
Unfortunately closed on 2014
 

Perhaps it is because of Pulino’s Italian theme, in contrast to the French of it’s NYC sisters – Balthazar, Pastis, Schiller’s – that we were pleasantly surprised by the cordial welcome, relaxed atmosphere and the general level of politeness received.  Such a nice exchange from the snobby service we had experienced over the years from its siblings.

After passing by for longer then we should have, avoiding Pulino’s as one does a member of an obnoxious family, one random day we finally entered; lured inside by the amber glow, tinkling of cutlery and boisterous laughter spilling out into the street.  As we made our our way to the bar through the bustling scene, under the infused light projected through various liquor bottles lining the walls and a warm fluorescent ceiling sequence of hanging lamps that extends all the way into the restrooms, clips of restaruants in movies played through the mind.  Here one could imagine that they were in the film version of New York.

Our first experience had us enjyoing a strong, cold artisanal beer and a confidence inspiring glass of Montepulciano.  The Italian bartender was so nice we decided to come back the following evening for dinner.  Again we sat at the bar, as the table wait was a bit long, and to our fortune – there was May.  The incredibly charming bartender who happily advised us in the different food options,  sampled wines and joined in our enjoyment of life. This seduction brought us back again, and again.  We became such pure ‘fans’ that for a week last year I made an office for myself at the end of the bar – coming daily for 10am breakfast and coffee and staying through lunch. 🙂

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Besides the attentive. friendly service and excellent location; the food is just superb. The Eggplant Caviar is perfectly smoked and marinaded with a smooth olive oil and warm spices; accompanied by a paper thin Italian flat bread.  It is so delectable, I still think about it throughout the day.  The pizzas are light and not over seasoned, allowing each ingredient to be individually counted as part of the whole.  The Melon Salad with Bulgar and the Pumpkin salad with Morels were stand-outs; the morels being especially meaty and fresh.  Though these were followed with one of the lightest Eggplant Parmesan and the agonizingly delicious Burrata with oven roasted tomatoes and balsamic reduction that was described by May’s as “14 year old crack!”.  Yes it IS that good.

Pulino’s, in a quick one-two, punched its way directly towards the top of the list of favorite New York restaurants.  We are looking forward to our return this autumn  and are excited to see what is new on the menu.  Head to Pulino’s for excellent value – lunch special allows for a half-salad and personal-size pizza – cinematic atmosphere and top-notch fare on the northern edge of SoHo.

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La Colombe – New York, NY

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La Colombe

Coffee Shop
(1) 212 625-1717
270 Lafayette Street
(Btw Prince – Houston Streets)
New York, NY 10012

www.lacolombe.com

OPEN HOURS:
7:30am – 6:30pm    Monday – Friday
8:30am – 6:30pm    Saturday & Sunday

The design pulled us in, and the coffee had us coming back. We were pleasantly surprised by La Colombe (no relationship to Colombia, fyi). The Soho, New York location is excellent in its centrality, you are sure to be near it on any journey downtown, and it fills a major geographical coffee gap between the East & West Villages’ cafes. There are 2 other locations in New York city, 2 in Philadelphia and a representative in Chicago and Seoul, South Korea.

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The Soho location, the only we have been to, is a bustling low-key affair with the chimes of clinking cups on saucers and the hum of conversation, pleasantly without any of the attitude that can invade other cafes serving premium coffees. All coffees are served in beautiful ceramic cups and that certainly helps the flavor. The Cappuccinos and Macchiatos are made with care and come out very smooth and creamy, with a nice balance of coffee to fat.  They have a few pastries and savories to enjoy along with the liquid happiness. They also sell a “Cold Pressed” bottled coffee that looks quite serious and could be a go-to item come summer.

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While the store is blissfully free of propaganda, it is good to know that La Colombe a is Fair Trade, organic certified, child saving do-gooder organization. The matching badges that can make you feel as justified as you need to are on display on their website. I believe that this type of activism is quite effective, and I appreciate it more then someone using their actions to sell product. Thumbs up to La Colombe for creating an effective, quality and well-rounded brand.

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Balaboosta Restaurant – New York, NY

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Balaboosta Restaurant

(1) 212 966-7366
214 Mulberry St
(Btw Spring – Prince Streets)
New York, NY 10012

www.balaboostanyc.com

OPEN HOURS:
LUNCH
12:00m – 3:00pm    Tuesday   –   Friday
DINNER
5:30pm – 11:00pm    Monday – Thursday
5:30pm – 11:30pm    Friday – Saturday5:30pm – 10:00pm   Sunday
BRUNCH
11:00am – 3:00pm    Saturday – Sunday

Continuing our culinary journey of the week, we made our way down the street to Balaboosta., with a top recommendation from the lovely May at Paulino’s.  Here we were lucky to have one of THE most impressive meals we’ve had since, well, last night.  Because truly, Paulino’s was excellent.

However, Balaboosta is a step beyond in refinement, taste, construction and delicacy.  Our third ‘small-plate’ was a truly world class gazpacho.  It featured a cantaloupe base and was embedded with Almond Brittle and Jicama-Mint relish. The mix of the sweetness of the cantaloupe combined with the fresh tomato and  hint of spice from the relish make this as flavorful as fresh garden with the lightness of a granita.  As we are wont to do, we ordered a second Gazpacho for dessert!

There is a varied selection of vegetarian appetizers and pizzas.  Standouts being the  Fried Olives with Organic Labne & Harissa Oil and the Smoked Eggplant Bruschetta accompanied by an Herb & Citrus Salad.  A treat is the the Humus, which is served mashed by hand in a Mortar with the pestle included so you can mash to your hearts content!

The dessert we chose, listed simply as Wild-Berry Crumble with Whipped Cream, was truly surprising in the most wonderful of ways. What was left out of this overly simplistic description in the menu was the custard créme at the bottom of the ramekin.  It added a beautiful sweetness that just made the entire body sing.  The mix of blueberries, strawberries with red & black raspberries put just enough tart into the dish to really excite you about the vanilla-bean laden sweet créme.  We plan on going returning to Balaboosta just for this dessert!

The brunch service is also quite creative – thank you for no Eggs Florentine or Normandy!  There is a delicious coconut french toast and Shakshouka – the Moroccan dish of Baked Eggs in Spicy Tomato bell pepper sauce with Spinach. The green scrambled eggs with feta is another lovely palette for both the palate .  Let’s also not forget the grilled breakfast pizza with caramelized onions, spinach, zucchini and organic eggs. Yum!

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Grilled Breakfast Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Spinach, Zucchini, Two Sunny Side Eggs, Feta and Za’atar
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Shakshouka
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Fried Olives & Organic Labne, Harissa Oil
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Public – New York, NY

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PUBLIC

Restaurant
(1) 343-7011
210 Elizabeth St # 1A
(Bet. Prince and Spring)
New York, NY. 10012

www.public-nyc.com

OPEN HOURS:
Brunch:
10:30am – 3:30pm    Saturday & Sunday
Dinner
6:00pm – 11:00pm    Monday – Thursday
6:00pm – 12:00am    Friday & Saturday
6:00pm – 10:30pm    Sunday

With its exposed brick walls,  oil lamps, postal boxes, a wooden library, high ceilings and a room hidden by white drapes, Public gives an overall industrial feeling while still feeling friendly.  Situated in a former muffin factory, Public was designed by the Avroko group, who were awarded ‘Best Restaurant Design’ and ‘Best Restaurant Graphics’ by the James Beard Foundation for this striking restaurant with its polished rawness.

Public has earned one Michelin star for what may be the most creative brunch in New York; offering truly global fusion cuisine.  The serving staff is usually quite friendly, but the hostesses can be off putting.  They are usually a bit young and seem to be hired for looks over experience, but that is nitpicking.  The real star is the wonderful food, which always has us coming back.

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Turkish eggs

The perennial go to dish is the Turkish eggs.  Which I believe is one of the top two egg dishes in New York.  (the other being the Truffle Egg Toast at ‘Ino).  Two perfectly poached eggs resting in pure Greek yogurt surround with a spicy melted butter, infused with kirmizi biber (Turkish red pepper flakes).   Accompanied with a soft in the middle, crispy on the crust grilled sourdough,  the only issue with this dish is the addiction it creates and the lengths you will go to for satisfaction.

Each plate is its own entity, with a menu designed as carefully as the space.  From the Lentil and avocado salad with with pomegranate molasses to the Coconut Pancakes with Fresh Ricotta, Mango Salad and Ginger-Lime Syrup nothing is amiss.

Another item definitely worth a try is one of the top best Virgin Mary’s.  With just the right amount of spice and a deep tomato flavor and cilantro. It certainly helps that they make their own vegetable juice and use a mix of salt with fresh black pepper to rim the glass.


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Coconut Pancakes with Fresh Ricotta, Mango Salad and Ginger-Lime Syrup

 

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Lentil and avocado salad with with pomegranate molasses

 

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Cafe Mogador – New York, NY

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Cafe Mogador

(1)  212 – 677 2226
101 Saint Marks Pl
(between 1st Av. & Av A)
New York, NY 10009-5146

www.cafemogador.com

OPEN HOURS:
Noon  –  Midnight   Everyday

After living in the East Village for nigh twenty years, my opinion is that the Heart is the corner of 7th st. and Avenue A, and the Aorta is St. Marks Place (8th St.).  Nestled on the northern side of St. Markes between Avenue A & 1st is Cafe Mogador; a restaurant we patroned about two times a week between 1993 and 2010.

One of the first Moroccan restaurants in all of  NY, Mogadar opened in 1983 and has seen steady clientele ever since.  Which is not surprising given their combination of wonderful location, modest relaxing decor, easy going atmosphere, an attentive yet relaxed staff and, most importantly, absolutely delicious fare.  The restaurant recently underwent an expansion, but kept on are the old photographs of Moroccan natives and the sidewalk dining, excellent on sunny days.

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Saturdays and Sundays are home to one of the steadiest brunches in town, full without the stresses  of many of the more trendy spots, though sometimes the wait can be a bit long.  The weekday breakfast specials, in true East Village fashion, are served until 4:00pm.  They are a delicious collection of mostly organic ingredients and with a slightly different variety then  your average cafe.

All of the specials feature perfectly poached and organic eggs accompanied by orange juice and a well made illy coffee or a soothing and classic Moroccan mint tea, served in traditional silver pot with glasses.  Moroccan Eggs: poached, with spicy tomato sauce, Middle Eastern Eggs: pached with hummus, tabouli, salad and za’atar pita or Halumi Eggs: poached, with roasted tomato, halumi cheese, olives, salad and za’atar pita.

The weekday lunch specials are a mouthwatering as well, our favorites being the Roasted Eggplant Pita featuring tomato, boiled egg, tahini & parsley and the Grilled Hanger Steak sandwich accompanied by lettuce, tomato, roasted onion, horseradish mayonnaise on semolina.  An inside joke is the  daily board special: the fragrant tomato-ginger soup has been on special for about 7 years now!

The Moroccan Tagines are airy,  smooth and full of flavour, available in five different options.  The menu also includes grilled meats, a variety of salads and middle eastern plates.  The mezzes are the perfect companion for just about any meal at any tie of day.

A true delicacy is the Bastilla – a classic of Moroccan cuisine that consists of pastry layers (similar to puff pastry) filled with shredded chicken, lemon flavored eggs, almonds & cinnamon.  And to put a bit of spice on everything is the home made Harissa; a spicy paste condiment made with hot peppers, garlic, olive oil and middle-eastern spices.

Cafe Mogador is a true part of New York City life.  Thank you for all the great meals and memories!

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