While in NYC, I also found my way to a small Astoria place called The Kebab Cafe. Hardcore Bourdain fans may remember it because of Ali and co.’s quick spot on No Reservations. It’s expensive but a well-worth it experience. Ali personally delivers and introduce his hand-selected menu of authentic Egyptian cuisine… which may often include parts most don’t eat regularly (testicle, sweetbread, tongue, liver, etc.). Not exactly a hot spot for vegetarians, though NPR recently said bacon could be their gateway so to speak.
Finally, a few days earlier I provided some videography work for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event here in CNY. That good deed got me access to all the good feed (? sorry). The list of restaurants represented was a who’s who of the area’s highend cuisine. A few of the better dishes from the night are in the brief slideshow below.
With the semester winding down over at SU and holidays from work just days away, the NewsHouse offers up the best places for some caffeine to help you press through the work. (It’s missing some essentials – People’s Place – so you can always check out Pure Coffee to cover your bases).
Finally, in honor of the year being almost up and the holidays upon us, a quick few announcements:
1) Diner Week 2010 is coming up in late December!
2)… so is the Diners Without Frosted Tips year-end list!
3) The best part of the holidays online, the Last Christmas blog, found a version that combines the loveable Wham! tune with..McDonalds… and bacon.
The McRib was brought back by McDonald’s recently, spawning great McRib news such as the invention of the McRushmore and a McRib how-to.
No Reservations may be in between seasons, but Bourdain is sneaking in a special holiday edition that follows his meal preparation adventures among other celeb chefs. (Semi-related: Bourdain also announced the winner of his essay contest recently. Check out the short and sweet piece that was Bourdain’s favorite but only 843rd among voting fans?)
Speaking of the holidays, leftover recipes are in high demand. Check out this gnocchi you can make from my personal fav Thanksgiving element, sweet potatoes.
Not that the heatwave in CNY seems to have passed, can we all agree this was awesome.
Anthony Bourdain has a new book coming out. The exciting news is that someone will be a featured contributor to it (Note: I apologize in advance. If I pen a piece I’m proud of, it will be self-promoted like crazy for votes).
Finally, I’ve had some great travel recently between San Diego, Georgia and NYC. Despite a girlfriend who insisted on a no-camera clause during our meals, I managed to squeeze out a few Tasty Tweets that can cover these places:
Few quick notes on The Lady and Sons: this place has a buzz about it. I was so excited I had multiple misspellings in my tweet even (Deen*, restaurant*). You need to go as soon as the place opens to guarantee a seat, you get free Deen-esque starters like cheesy biscuits and something that equates to a fried butter pancake. I was also told by a well-traveled professional it was the best steak he’s ever eaten.
I think it’s hard to find a good, appetizing rendition of hash. Malibu hit the spot however, especially on the night after a 21st celebration. Interior reminds you of a cheesy local place really trying to hard for fancy, prices are on par for NYC.
This was a gem in Astoria. Tasty’s prices were lower than most, the menu was diverse (even has a healthy options section), the interior is legitimately pleasing (brick, clean) and any place that offers hamsteak for breakfast is worth a return trip. Wish I had more time to try and sample all the various nationality breakfast options they were advertising.