Bâtard

My Favorite 2014 New Restaurant ”Bâtard”

 

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Bâtard     239 West Broadway ( b/w Walker St & Beach St ) in TriBeCa NYC

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♥♥♥ ♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥1/2 $$$1/2

Batard opened a month ago on West Broadway in Tribeca. Lately I’ve gone to many different restaurants in Tribeca such as Racines, Telepan Local, Khe-Yo, and Marc Forgeon. They are all wonderful new restaurants. (Except Marc Forgeon. It’s been around for a long time.) I came to Batard on a Friday night. I was, once again, very lucky to make my reservation just a day before.

I will start with something not wonderful about this place because after this I will be non-stop writing about how amazing this dinner was!!! Well, the decor of this place was the only reason I took a few hearts off my rating. It is a very classy and more formal atmosphere than I had imagined, however, it was nothing special.  This may not be a bad thing depending on what type of atmosphere you are looking for. I’m sure they purposefully and carefully decided to go for this type of  decor ( 90′s ) but I prefer something more cute. (Cutie Patroller is always on the prowl in NYC for cute places and great food.) It felt out-dated especially when they are serving such modern, new american dishes.

OK done!! Now I’m moving on to my 5 hearts rating part for the food!

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Their menu is only by the course – two course for $55, three course for $65, and four course for $75. Both of us chose three courses. The waiter informed us that our option could consist of two appetizers and one entree. Which means you don’t have to choose dessert as one of the three courses. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! I have never seen a three course option like this before. I’m not a dessert girl so you have no idea how happy this made me!  🙂 After much thought my friend and I chose four appetizers and two entrees to share. I think we chose a good balance of six plates.

There are eight options for appetizers and they all sounded delicious, most of which were seafood so we chose four seafood appetizers. We decided to balance out the meal by ordering two meat dishes for our entrees.

Our first two appetizers were YELLOWFIN TUNA marinated radish, quinoa, camelina oil and SEARED OCEAN TROUT cured cucumber, spiced crème fraîche, clams. O.M.G. Both dishes were amazing!! The plating was so pretty and the portions were great. Most importantly, they tasted perfectly delish!! I give 5 hearts for both dishes.

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The second two appetizers were OCTOPUS “PASTRAMI”  braised ham hock, pommery mustard, new potatoes and MAINE LOBSTER green asparagus, zucchini blossom, citrus rind. They were not as great as the first two dishes, but you can see how pretty the plating was. I normally don’t order octopus because I can have octopus at any Italian restaurant (or any other place these days), but I saw a photo of it and thought it looked unique.

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Our third course (and main entree) consisted of VEAL TENDERLOIN “tramezzini”, asparagus, mushrooms, sauce diable and NY STRIP LOIN OF BEEF braised cheek, cauliflower purée, baumkuchen, romanesco. Both dishes came with sauce, but you won’t see that in the photos because I have to take a picture first. I think food photos are sometimes better without sauce so they don’t look messy. I assure you that I enjoyed adding sauce to both dishes once I finished taking photos. 🙂 At this time, I was already a little bit full since our four appetizers were such generous sizes, but I was ready to taste the veal! And how amazing that the steak was served as three different parts of beef. Both dishes were perfectly cooked at medium rare and delightful.

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We probably stayed a good three hours enjoying our courses and a bottle of red wine. At the end of the meal we were served their homemade cookie, too. Oh, I forgot to mention that their bread was so good. I don’t eat bread unless it’s special and this was! Homemade salted caraway seed roll. Yum!

Overall, I give Batard 4.8 hearts which is a super high heart rating for Cutie Patroller. The last time I gave this high of a rating was my three course lunch at JUNI last month. Another minor thing, I thought they should have switched our appetizers bringing the octopus and lobster out first and the trout and tuna second. Since we were having two meats as entrees it would have been better to serve us the cooked dishes first, then the raw seafood, followed by the entrees. I think the courses would flow better that way. Listen to me!! What a  snob!! But that’s my mini-thought.

The place was surprisingly not very full for a Friday night, but it was raining. I can imagine some reservations got canceled. I am highly recommending you make a reservation right now before it’s impossible to get in. I’m definitely going back to have the YELLOWFIN TUNAand SEARED OCEAN TROUT again. I’ll also be sure to try other dishes that I didn’t order this time.  I go out to eat at new places every day, but not many of those places will I go back to within a few months. This place is my exception 🙂

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PS – Mr Drew Nieporent was here during my visit. 🙂

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Gato

Chef Bobby Flay ”Gato”

Gato

 Gato            324 Lafayette St, b/t Houston St & Bleeker St, NYC

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chef Bobby Flay *\(^_^)/*

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Bobby Flay’s newest restaurant, Gato, opened a few months ago on Lafayette Street in NoHo. I’m sure you’ve probably been to one of Chef Flay’s restaurants before such as Mesa Grill (closed) or Bar Americain. Honestly, I wasn’t much of a fan of his restaurants, but I changed my mind after visiting Gato! I even went twice within one month which is unusual for me. Chef Flay has created a very impressive, new style of Mediterranean cuisine. On your first visit you must try the tapas listed at the top of their menu. You can choose three tapas for $17. I tried 6 dishes between the two times I visited. I forgot a camera my second time there, so I don’t have food photos of everything I ate. My favorite tapas was the Beef Crudo, Lamb Tenderloin, and Piquillo Filled With Raw Tuna. You can see my photos below.

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I enjoyed the rabbit with couscous so much that I ordered it again on my second visit. This time the dish came with vegetables instead of fava beans. If you read my blog regularly, you know that I’m a huge fan of fava beans! So, I wish it came like that all the time. It was still yummy, though. 😉
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RABBIT FREGULA SARDA, CHANTERELLES, PEAS, CARROT HOT SAUCE $30 ♥♥♥♥

I love that you can see the kitchen through a glass window because you can watch Chef Flay hard at work. It was wonderful to meet him on my first visit, too! 😉 I recommend Gato for any night of the week. I also suggest you go soon while Chef Flay is still cooking everything himself. I believe the first few months after an opening a famous chef will work in the kitchen to make sure operations run well. Don’t miss your chance for his personal touch to your meal 🙂
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BEEF CRUDO PICKLED FRESNO CHILES ♥♥♥♥

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LAMB TENDERLOIN SALSA VERDE ♥♥♥

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PIQUILLO FILLED WITH RAW TUNA SAFFRON SAUCE ♥♥♥

MUSSEL & RAZOR CLAM SALAD SAFFRON PICKLED SHALLOTS ♥♥♥

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Bar Primi

BAR PRIMI

Specialty Pasta Bar on Bowery Street ”Bar Primi”

 

 

Bar Primi    325 Bowery (b/t Great Jones St & 3rd St) NYC 

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Bar Primi opened last month on the corner of Bowery and Bond Streets. The location is the former space of Peels. The chefs are Andrew Carmellini from Lafayette and Locanda Verde and Sal Lamboglia working on their team is Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard. My girl, Ryo a.k.a boss lady at Pinkyotto, and I patrolled here on a Saturday night around 9:30pm. We both live across the street from here, so we decided to just do a walk-in. (Not that we had much of a choice. They don’t take reservations for parties under six.) However, we were lucky to get a table upstairs.
I remembered former tenant Peels’ space well and I noticed they did not renovate much. The only major difference that I saw was the outside awning used to be all white and now it’s red. This means if you used to like Peels’ decor, don’t worry, Bar Primi is just as cute *\(^_^)/*
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  Cutie Room (me) *\(^_^)/* Pinkytto (Ryo)

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Spaghetti – clams casino $19 ♥♥♥
Now let’s talk about food! This place specializes in pasta. Every day they have one special entree, but otherwise they only serve appetizers along with many choices of pastas. We ordered three pastas and two appetizers. The pasta portions were a little smaller than expected so two pasta dishes did not fill up two hungry girls. We ended up adding one more pasta later. All three pasta dishes were good, but nothing special. Don’t forget the price point is around $19 so you can not expect sea urchin or truffle pasta.
I had a great time chatting it up with Ryo and patrolling this new neighborhood place for sure. I just don’t think I’ll be coming back here anytime soon. It would be nice if they served a menu with more unique and special pastas. I don’t mind paying $28 for pasta as long as it’s amazing. I will go back if the menu changes sometime in the near future.

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Seafood Antipasto $12 ♥♥♥ & Grilled Local Asparagus – boiled egg, gremolata $10 ♥♥♥

breakfast spaghetti kale, pancetta, poached egg $16

strozzapreti ragu alla bolognese, ricotta $18

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Au Za’atar

Arabian dinner at “Au Za’atar”

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Au Za’atar 188 Avenue A, Corner of Ave A & 12th Street, NYC

Famous Queens NY food blogger Joe suggested Au Za’atar for our dinner meeting. I was exciting to meet Joe for the first time. I never had Arabian food before so I didn’t know what to expect before coming here. This place opened a few months ago at the corner of Avenue A & 12th Street in the East Village. I’m kind of a #hotmess as a food blogger, but I didn’t really care what to order this time because Arabian food is a cuisine that is out of my area of expertise. That being said, Joe pretty much ordered dinner for us. Sometimes I can be very picky as a food lover, but once in a blue moon I can be less demanding about what to order, too. We first got there around 7pm and the place was quiet, but by the time we left at 10pm it was packed. I thought the Kibbe Naya lamb tartar with scallion and mint was spicy, good, and a little unusual. Joe was doing a tartar contest a the time so it was perfect for him! YAY *\(^_^)/*

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Although, I have to be honest that I didn’t care for any of the other dishes……BUT BUT please listen!! My girl Eva (a.k.a RockShic) invited me a week before my visit here for dinner, but I couldn’t join her. So I am going to read her blog about this place and decide if I should give it one more try or not. I’m also interested in seeing what her favorite dish was that night. If I return to Au Za’atar I will update my rating and food photos again. For right now I can only give 3 hearts (>_<)”

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Soujouk spicy beef sausage sauteed with fresh tomatoes and olive oil $8 ♥♥1/2

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Escargot Ail “Garlic” sauteed with fresh herbs and garlic butter $12 ♥♥1/2

Kibbe Naya lamb tartar with scallion and mint $10 ♥♥♥

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Fried Califlower ♥♥

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All’onda

All'onda

My new favorite Japanese Style Italian “All’onda” 

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I was dining here on the first night All’onda opened and you can definitely believe the hype; the decor and atmosphere was sooooooo lovely *(^_^)*.  The bar and  the communal table is on the first floor, and there are two different dining rooms with cute private booth tables upstairs. Chef Chris Jaeckle created a menu that is Venetian-inspired with Japanese influence. I was lucky enough to meet Chef Chris to ask him some questions. He told me that he used to work at Ai Fiori and also Morimoto which makes perfect sense because I noticed All’onda was using a lot of Japanese spices such as miso, soy, yuzu koshou, shio konbu, and they had three dishes that had Sea Urchin. I was dining here with two other Japanese restaurant critic friends from Tabelog. We ordered the perfect amount for the three of us. Two seafood appetizers, two pastas, and two entrees for all to share. New York City has a lot of Italian restaurants,  yet I was very impressed with All’onda’s menu. We tried one third of the menu and everything I had was delicious, memorable, and had such pretty plating. I highly recommend you to go to All’onda before it gets hard to make a reservation. The place is perfect to have a group dinner or intimate date, but my favorite seat is the four person booth table upstairs. My recommended dishes are the Razor Clam with Sopressata Fine Herbs Miso, Kampachi with Red Kuri Squash Pepperoncino Soy, Rigatoni with Aged Duck Ragu and  Treviso Chocolate, and the Guinea Hen with Parsnip Shio Konbu Foie Gras Sugo. One disappointing dish was the Sea Urchin Pasta… maybe I had too high of an expectation. It was a little too lemony and the portion was too small. I am giving 4.5 hearts overall and I can’t wait to go back again.

All’onda         22E 13th (5th Ave.), NYC

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Guinea Hen – parsnip, shio konbu, foie gras sugo $27 ♥♥♥1/2

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Razor clam – sopressata, fine herbs, miso $11 ♥♥♥♥

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Kampachi – red kuri squash, pepperoncino, soy $16 ♥♥♥♥

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Little neck clams with salsa verde and bacon ♥♥♥♥

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Rigatoni – aged duck ragu, treviso, chocolate $18 ♥♥♥♥

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Bucatini – smoked uni, spicy bread crumbs $19 ♥♥♥♥

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Monkfish – sea urchin polenta, squid ink, arugula $25 ♥♥♥

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Jerusalem Artichokes – brown butter, soy capers $7 ♥♥♥♥

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me & VLee at All’onda

Umami Burger

California born Japanese name burger ”UMAMI Burger” 

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Umami Burger           432 6th Ave (Btwn 9th & 10th St) NYC 

Whoooooooooooooops *\(^_^)/* Super late to post about UMAMI burger but  Here is my quick heart rating and my though about this California born Japanese name burger!

Ps-I am not specialist of burger so please don’t take my heart rating too serious at this time ~ I’m giving only two hearts for food and atmosphere but over all score is most important! I don’t post places that I rate under 3 of 5 hearts which means this place still made the cut! I enjoyed Truffle burger and  original burger. I just wished we didn’t order other dishes….I will go back again to try different burgers someday and next time I want to sit downstair, not upstair. Upstair was not cute at all  (>_<)

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Truffle Burger – beef with roasted garlic aioli, house truffle cheese. truffle glaze $15 ♥♥♥1/2

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Fried Pickles – artisan crafted pickles jalapeno ranch $4 ♥♥

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ice cream sandwiches ( Free dessert for Cutie Patroller!!! Thank you Umami Burger ) $8 ♥♥

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Market Salad chef’s seasonal dressing with Ahi Tina $? ♥♥

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Umami Caesar kale, butter lettuce, white anchovy, fresh parmesan lemon zest, umami, caesar dressing with chicken $11♥♥

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Original parmesan crisp, shiitake mushroom, roasted tomato, caramelized onions, house ketchup $12 ♥♥♥

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Mr Chow

Mr Chow Tribeca       

 

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We LOVE outside table 🙂

I’m too busy eating & not so much writing ………..patrolling report is coming sometime………. Please enjoy my heart rating & photos of what I ordered. xoxo

Ps – No matter what you must order chicken lettuce wrap & Peking duck!!!!!! 

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Pekin Duck ♥♥♥♥♥

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Chicken lettuce wrap ♥♥♥♥

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Garlic rice ♥♥♥1/2

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Squid ink noodle ♥♥♥♥

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Shrimps with walnut ♥♥♥1/2

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Crispy beef ♥♥1/2

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