Carnegie Deli describes itself as a sub and sandwich deli, however the sandwich we’re all familiar with takes on an entirely different format, more akin to a wedge than a 2-slice bread-and-butter job. Fillings range from grilled knockwurst, hot sauerkraut, muenster cheese and the infamous fresh green pickles, along with salmon, sturgeon, cream cheese and onions, beckoning you to create your own monster sub or sandwich. Still have room for more? Try a slice of the formidable Seven Layer Chocolate Cheesecake – you’ll never feel like eating again!
Specializing in sandwiches and subs, the Meatball Shop is unique in that they literally create their own balls from scratch. Fusions include jambalaya with andouille sausage, spicy buffalo chicken, and pork with cherry peppers. Black Trumpet Mushroom Risotto and Romaine Salad present tasty alternatives to bread and balls – all served in the contemporary, yet rustic style which has made The Meatball Shop a favorite with locals.
Yukon Gold potatoes are the secret to the popularity of Pommes Frite’s popular fries, but it’s the plethora of toppings that really make this place special. Every variant of mayonnaise you can think of is available for tailoring your fries to taste. Wasabi? You got it. Lemon Dill Mayo? They serve it. The War Sauce ( peanut satay and raw onion) sounds controversial, but proves popular with the regulars.
Coal-fired, brick oven pizza baking doesn’t come any more authentic than at Brooklyn-based Grimaldi’s, where they’ve been creating home-baked, stone-baked pizzas for decades. Choose from authentic toppings such as Basil, Garlic, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Peppers, along with a selection of cured meats to create the ultimate bespoke pizza, which is then cooked before you within the huge capacity oven. The wine list includes Bolla and Chianti – perfect for washing down a simple, but delicious Italian Calzone.
With it’s modest creams, beige accents and mirrored walls, Asia De Cuba is more akin to a formal hotel restaurant, than one of the liveliest fusion restaurants in New York, yet the Philip Starck minimalism is deliberate. Restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow is more interested in creating “social and culinary fireworks”, than purely providing a themed space to draw attention – but somehow pulls off both with such aplomb, the restaurant now tops a number of the critics lists for originality.
Asia De Cuba does exactly as the name suggests – combines Latin and Asian cuisines to create blends found nowhere else on …continue reading