Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Eating my way through Brooklyn

Kris and I spent the 4th of July weekend in New York because that's when all of New York leaves New York. We got to drive around the city and park on the street. It was awesome. We also ate- a lot. We focused the whole trip around "where to eat next?" and "where can Claire buy food to bring home?". This post attempts to answer those questions- in case you cared.

Brooklyn Smorgasburg
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
27 North Sixth Street, between Kent Avenue and the East River (near East River State Park).

 Lobster Roll ($16) from the Red Hook Lobster Pound
I'm glad we had it and it was really good but I'm not sure I'd by it again- It cost the equivalent of like 3 tacos and a pupusa!

DuMont Burger Slider [grilled Brioche, Boston bibb lettuce, tomato, red onion and homemade pickles] ($5?) from DuMont Burger Restaurant 
Tasty little burger

Tried the Grapefruit Honey-Jalapeno Soda and bought the Homemade Root Beer ($4?) from Brooklyn SodaWorks
The first soda was straight-up weird. A sample was enough. The root beer was great. Not too sweet and quite spicy. Would have loved to try their sold out Blueberry & Mint soda.

Lemon Poppy seed Doughnut ($2) from Dough, 305 Franklin Ave BrooklynNY 11205
Awesome doughnut. They are huge but are so light and yeasty that they go down way too easily. 

Porchetta slider ($5) from Porchetta
Can't go wrong with pork.

Brewla Bars's Peach Ginger White Tea Popsicle ($3) from Market Share
A little syrupy but really tasty. You could tell it was all "real" stuff in that popsicle.

Rhubarb & Red Plum shaved iced ($2.50) from People's Pops
LOVED the hand shaved ice! Could have watched it all day! And it was very refreshing after all the other rich  foods. 

The Goodwich Ice Cream Sandwich [crisp oat chocolate chunk cookie with sea salt, Adirondack vanilla ice cream, dark fudge drizzle] ($5) from The Good Batch
Maybe a little overpriced? It was good but not amazing. The ice cream lacked depth. There, I said it. Now I sound like a twat. 

Sampled some Lemon Drop Kombucha from Kombucha Brooklyn
Not for me... Kinda tasted like apple cider vinegar? My mom might be down for this since she's always trying to get me to drink vinegar in the morning for "health" reasons. I don't doubt the health properties of vinegar and Kombucha, but I don't want to drink the stuff either...

Bought the Market Blend Pasta [Basil Fusilli, Garlic Parsley Rigatoni, Tomato Shells & Plain Rigatoni] $5 for 1/2 pound from Flour City Pasta 
They were sampling their "Orient Express" flavored orzo- lightly dressed in some olive oil, this was spectacular. Can't wait to play with the mix I bought!

Tried some great Light Amber Maple Syrup ($18) from Crown Maple Syrup
Would have bought a bottle if it weren't so hot!

Bought a truly amazing bottle of each: Balsamic Vinegar ($12) and Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($14) from Radish Prepared Foods
This is a great shop for foodies- you can grab a tasty lunch to-go AND get fancy mustard, Whimsy&Spice sweets while refilling your Kombucha Growler.. if you're into that kind of thing. OR you can just get some  great coffee and a pastry.

Great New Orleans style cold brewed iced coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee
No seats! Loved this place but I was basically the walking dead by this point.

Chocolate Bars: Maple & Pecan ($8), Stumptown Coffee ($8) and Grand Cru ($11) from Mast Brother's Chocolates
Just tasted the Maple & Pecan chocolates last night and they tasted a little sour... I wonder if the chocolate still needs to mature? Great little shop with a fantastic smell. 

Deviled Eggs ($4) Bone Marrow on Toast with Crushed Peas and pickled onions ($17) Beef Short Rib with Summer Peas ($29) Blueberry Tart ($8) Spotted Pig Bitters ($10) The Spotted Pig 
Had to wait 1.5 hours to get in as they don't take reservations. Got in as promised, at around 10:45 pm and didn't get our food until close to midnight! I was too tired to be angry. The food was pretty excellent. The short rib was outta-this-world.  

Buttermilk Vanilla Waffles with Blueberry sauce and Fresh Blueberries served with Maple Butter ($15) + side order of double smoked bacon ($4) from The Clinton Street Baking Company
Had to wait 2.5 hours to get in so we walked to Whole Foods and chatted over coffee. Went back and got right in as promised. The food was awesome. Maple Butter is where it's at. 

Franziskaner Hefe-Weizen $7 for 1 pint from Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Good atmosphere- friendly servers. The food looked decent too!

Corn Cookie ($1.85) and Raspberry Lemonade soft serve ice-cream ($4.50) from Momofuku Milk Bar 
I always have to get my Momofuku fix before the ride back to DC. Corn cookie tasted like Captain Crunch and the soft serve was legit. All in all- tasty!