Bar Primi

I was really sad when I found out that Peels closed down — it was a great restaurant with amazing food. In it’s place, Chefs Andrew Carmellini and Sal Lamboglia opened up Bar Primi, a casual Italian pasta shop. Pasta is one of my favorite things in the whole world, so naturally, I had to check it out. I was in great company with three food-loving friends who are equally as passionate about good pasta as I am. We all like to eat as much as possible, so we ordered a bunch of items and shared it all. To start: ricotta bruschetta, stuffed meatballs, and farro piccolo (just to throw a semi-healthy dish into the mix). So far, so good. I’m obsessed with meatballs, and these are pretty darn good. Super tender and juicy. Now for the main event: the pasta! After much deliberation, we agreed on one traditional: Strozzapreti (ragu alla bolognese) and three seasonal: Rigatoni (jersey corn, maitake mushrooms, scalogno), Cavatelli (salsiccia, red grapes, pepperonicino, sage), and Paccheri (shrimp, cubanelle peppers, gaeta olives). My favorites were the strozzapreti (I’m a sucker for good bolognese) and the cavatelli (the red grapes sounded strange at first, but ended up being super delicious). We ended the meal on a sweet note with a classic tiramisu and creamy pistachio gelato (there were a few hardcore pistachio fans at the table). Overall, a solid meal. Bar Primi a great addition to the neighborhood!

 

Bar Primi: 325 Bowery (at East 2nd Street)

Stuffed meatballs in sugo

Farro piccolo with cauliflower & avocado dressing

Ricotta bruschetta with figs & sardinian honey 

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Strozzapreti (ragu alla bolognese)

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Rigatoni (jersey corn, maitake mushrooms, scalogno)

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Cavatelli (salsiccia, red grapes, pepperonicino, sage)

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Paccheri (shrimp, cubanelle peppers, gaeta olives)

Pistachio gelato

Tiramisu 

Bar Primi

The Dutch

Very happy to finally make it to The Dutch for their Monday Night Fried Chicken Dinner. Since I was in the company of fellow whiskey drinkers, we each had a custom bourbon flight (I especially liked my Four Roses Single Barrel). We were starving, so each of us ordered our own chicken dinner, which included a Bibb salad, four pieces of chicken, and a slice of Kierin’s homemade pie. Normal humans would have stopped right there, but no, not us. We proceeded to order the 40 oz. Beef Rib-eye (dry-aged for 28 days) on the side. Needless to say, it was a ridiculous amount of food. We ate and ate and ate… until it hurt so much that we could barely breathe. (Not really the wisest of decisions, eh?)  I am a huge fan of The Dutch  and I’ve had the fried chicken before at brunch — it was great. But tonight, I must say that it was OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZING. Hands down, some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten — and the best biscuits. (I’m drooling just thinking about those warm honey biscuits.) Thanks, Chef Jason Hua, for an unforgettable meal!

The Dutch: 131 Sullivan Street (at Prince)

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Making my bourbon selections

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Blanton’s, Finger Lakes ‘McKenzie’, Four Roses Single Barrel

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Bibb Salad, Radish, Smoked Egg, Buttermilk Dressing

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Hot Fried Chicken, Honey Butter Biscuits, Collards

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40 OZ. Beef Rib-eye (Dry-aged for 28 days)

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Kierin’s Caramel Apple Pie

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The Dutch

The Dutch [brunch]

A late afternoon brunch at The Dutch capped off a wonderful birthday weekend with one of my best friends. We feasted on a number of mouthwatering dishes, including the fried bologna & egg sandwich (salty, cheesy and gooey), hot fried chicken and honey biscuits (moist inside, crispy outside — with a bit of heat), Kierin’s pastry board (a curry sugar donut, apple cheddar scone, and blueberry buckwheat muffin), and three giant slices of homemade pies. Whew! Everything was amazing. We practically had to roll ourselves out of there. A huge thank you to our college friend, Jason Hua — The Dutch’s Chef de Cuisine!

The Dutch: 131 Sullivan Street (at Prince Street)

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FRIED BOLOGNA & EGG SANDWICH

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KIERIN’S PASTRY BOARD (CURRY SUGAR DONUT, APPLE CHEDDAR SCONE, BLUEBERRY BUCKWHEAT MUFFIN)

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HOT FRIED CHICKEN, HONEY BUTTER BISCUITS

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One of three delicious pies that was sent to our table!

The Dutch [brunch]

Locanda Verde

I absolutely love Italian food, so it’s no surprise that I am a fan of Locanda Verde. I dined there twice in the last week —  just couldn’t get enough of it! The sheep’s milk ricotta and the steak tartare were the dishes that I enjoyed the most. The ricotta was thick and creamy, yet fluffy — I could have made an entire meal out of it. I’m obsessed with beef, especially when it’s medium rare to raw. Yes, raw — and this steak tartare was a delicious balance of meaty, nutty flavors. The homemade pastas were incredible, too. I had Lambrusco (sparkling red wine) for the first time here at Locanda Verde, and it has become my new beverage of choice. Try it if you get a chance: Lini Lambrusco Brut NV.

Locanda Verde: 377 Greenwich Street (at North Moore)

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Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with sea salt and herbs

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Steak Tartara Piedmontese with hazelnuts, truffles and crispy guanciale  

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Salumi Misti

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Pappardelle with Bolognese ragu

Locanda Verde