A Good Turkish Experience

March 31, 2016

Istanbul Fish & Kabob
1725 Emmons Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

718 368-3587

 A Good Turkish Experience

There seems to be a spate of Turkish restaurants that have turned up lately, unfortunately not all are up to the task. Istanbul is an older and better standard.

While the restaurant atmosphere is not as plush or a large as some, the food is better. Warning because the of the simple small area sometimes the noise level does get loud, but still low enough to talk across the table. While you have to trip your waiter, once you have his/her attention they are very good.

Turkish food has some lovely and unexpectedly good appetizers and I recommend the Cacik, fried liver cubes without that oppressive liver smell, or Tarama, an emulsification of salmon roe in olive oil, very nice spread on pieces of Turkish bread.

Turkish food excels on lamb and so does Istanbul. Lamb Kabobs are actually cooked to order and just right. But try there fish and if you are really adventurous the octopus casserole with onions, peppers & cheese. The casserole has none of the octopus smell and actually comes out very smooth almost like lasagna.

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Dinner for four with dessert but no wine is $ 170

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Healthy it’s not!

December 18, 2011

Healthy it’s not.

Corner Burger
381Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn,NY

 718 360 4622

 

Surprise! Corner Burgers serves burgers of all varieties, but their specialty is Poutine.

 Poutines are the poor mans food ofCanada. Image a serving of French fries with cheese curds and gravy on top. I watched my son consume a Poutine with a milk shake on the side and all I could think of was the empty calories he was consuming.

 The burgers were fine and the place clean and well lighted, so I guess it was healthy provided you did not overindulge in Poutines.

 At Ditmas Estates LLC, real estate, we believe that your neighborhood, its restaurants, stores and services is as important as the home you buy

 Poutines and Burgers are less than ten dollars each. Cardiologists are extra.

A special Vietnamese restaurant

December 18, 2011

A special Vietnamese Restaurant

Bun Soho
143 Grand Street
New York,NY
10013

 212 431 7999

 In New York’sChinatown, Vietnamese food is good and very cheap, but one restaurant is very similar to each other, from the dishes they serve to the Formica table tops and linoleum floors.

 Bun Soho stands out. There is an interesting array of dishes and the interior is nicely appointed. There is the standard shrimp salad on greens, but Bun Soho grills whole jumbo shrimp instead of splitting smaller boiled shrimp. Try the Duck confit, carefully plated shredded duck on a diakon pancake with a sunny side duck egg on top.

 At Ditmas Estates LLC, real estate, we believe that your neighborhood, its restaurants, stores and services is as important as the home you buy

 Dinner for two is about fifty dollars

Good, but not excellent

December 18, 2011

Good, but not excellent

 Empire Steak House
36 West 52 Street
New York,NY10019

 212.582.6900

 Empire Steak House is a classic New York, steak house. Their steaks are flavorful and tender even when well done. The service is among the best I have experienced and the waiters act as team, almost a well oiled machine.

 However some of their sides and alternative entrees are not up to snuff. Their salmon was obviously the cheaper farm raised salmon, not the tasty wild variety. While their soups were very good, the creamed spinach came out pureed, not creamed and tasteless.

 Oh, well good, but not excellent

 Dinner for four without drinks is about $ 300

 At Ditmas Estates LLC, real estate, we believe that your neighborhood, its restaurants, stores and services is as important as the home you buy

Brasserie done right

December 18, 2011

Brasserie done right

 Lina Frey
201 East Houston Street
New York,NY

 (212) 995-5546

 Someone has paid attention to the details at Lina Frey, from the paint peeling walls to the Jacques Brel playing in the background, you feel transported to a down and out, but still proud establishment on the left bank.

But most impressive is the cooking. The menu items are simple, but all are done just so. I have tried to get good tasting non cabbage smelling Brussell sprouts in many restaurants, but only Lina Frey gets them right. Also try the lamb chops.

The service is attentive and careful; the only fault is that there is a cold draft from the front door.

This restaurant is not cheap, dinner for four with one drink is easily $200. While the main courses seem cheap the sides and extras are a bit high

At Ditmas Estates LLC, real estate, we believe that your neighborhood, its restaurants, stores and services is as important as the home you buy.

Why bother?!?

December 18, 2011

Why bother

La Piazza Pizza
229 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn,NY11215

 718 499 0006

 

La Piazza is a mini chain of pizza shops. As such its seems to have gotten all the disadvantages of a chain and none of the advantages.

Their website simply does not give you the information you need. For example: How many slices does a full pie give you? Are the piazzas round or square? What is the pricing of each?  Also custom pies are nearly impossible to order.

New York Cityprobably has the best pizza in the world, certainly better thanNaplesItaly. La Piazza pizzas are mainly bread, toppings are sparse and unimaginative and without that special Italian flavor.

 At Ditmas Estates LLC, real estate, we believe that your neighborhood, its restaurants, stores and services is as important as the home you buy. 

 A large twelve slice rectangular pie is about $ 40, but why bother.

 

A restaurant dying slowly

December 18, 2011

A restaurant dying slowly

 Tasty Tavern
4523 Avenue N
Brooklyn,NY11234

 (718) 692-1020

 

Tasty tavern has been around a long time, maybe too long.  Maybe when a restaurant gets too old, maybe we should consider putting it out of its misery.

 My first impression is that the décor has not changed in thirty or more years; while clean it is hardly inspiring. When I noticed that the tables were set with knives and forks with not a chopstick in sight, and I knew my initial impression was correct.

 The food is eh, nothing inspired and the portions are small. We had to flavor the food with overly sweet fake duck sauce. The service is o.k., but not professional. Of course, the restaurant refused to honor a coupon we had, but the restaurant is not pricey. Just not worth the price they charged. By the way menu prices posted on the web are very old.

 At Ditmas Estates LLC, real estate, we believe that your neighborhood, its restaurants, stores and services is as important as the home you buy. 

 

 

 

 

What’s in a Name?

October 15, 2011

 Benjamin‘s Bar & Grill
603 2nd Avenue
New York,NY10016

 (212) 889-0750

 I think of a Bar & Grill as a dark, unkempt place for the losers of our society to forget their failures. Benjamin’s Bar and Grill is nothing like that. With a wrap around glassed in corner in Murray Hill Benjamin’s is anything but dark and unkempt and definitely not a loser in the place.

 Everything at Benjamin’s is both stylish and wholesome. Great care is taken in the presentation of even mundane dishes and the dishes are quite good. Consider the menu comfort food done properly. Indeed almost everything but the Caesar salad is very good. The lamb was pink but done and the fish was as good as any I have had.

 At Ditmas Estates LLC, real estate, we believe that your neighborhood, its restaurants, stores and services is as important as the home you buy. 

 Dinner for two with out drinks come to about $ 70

 

 

Have a smile for lunch

October 15, 2011

 The Greenhouse Café
7703 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn,NY11209 

(718) 833-8200

 A bunch of guys having quiche and salad, boy have things changed! But the reason maybe the Greenhouse Café, at first glance the dark wood interior and the long bar gives you the wrong impression. But go to the back room with its glass wall and enjoy the sunshine and the good food.

 All, but perhaps the Caesar salad, unfortunatelyNew YorkStatewill not really let you make a salad with a raw egg in the dressing. What the Greenhouse café does produce is a little bland, but quite acceptable. What even surprised us more that this dainty café menu had large portions.

 I am now looking forward to try the cafe there, with my special lady and I will not have to have a large snack before we go out

 At Ditmas Estates LLC, real estate, we believe that your neighborhood, its restaurants, stores and services is as important as the home you buy. 

 Try the lunch specials i.e. quiche and salad for $ 10

 

 

 

Spanish Tapas,New York Style

October 15, 2011

 Oliva
161 East Houston Street
New York,NY 10002

 212.228.4143

 East Houston Streethas gone from a street to avoid after dark, to a street jammed with yuppies on a Saturday night. Close to Whole Foods, Oliva is the equivalent of a Spanish Taverna in NYC.

 Just like in Spain there is a good assortment of tapas. However Oliva’s tapas are more generous, closer to media racciones

 The chef knows his stuff and several dishes are very nice. Try the Setas a la plancha, a simple dish of sautéed mushrooms, tomato and potatoes, but done professionally. The paellas were also very good, I had the Paella Valenciana rich with Spanish sausage, chicken and rabbit.

 The main problem, I had with Oliva is that the tables have no space between them, so there is no intimacy.

 At Ditmas Estates LLC, real estate, we believe that your neighborhood, its restaurants, stores and services is as important as the home you buy. 

 Dinner for two with Sangria is about $ 80.