Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Guest Blogger: Rochelle from RambleWriter.com

Two of my good friends are hitting the dusty and not so dusty trail soon, and will be travelling in a big truck across the US and down to Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a good farewell, I figured I would put up a guest post which pertained to food. To read more about their adventures and this particular trip, check out www.RambleWriter.com

-The Food Monster

Good Eats and Drinks in New York City

Trip to New York City: September 12 -15, 2008
A short trip to New York City always reminds me how much I love to visit. Nick and I flew up to NYC for a long weekend, and we ate/drank at a few restaurants that are definitely worth checking out:

Spuyten Duyvil
359 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA
ttp://www.spuytenduyvilnyc.com (pictures shown are from this website)

Josh Barton, a Durham native, introduced us to the Spuyten Duyvil. You can find Josh working behind the bar about 3 nights a week. Thanks to Josh’s stellar beer recommendations, I sampled some of the best beers I have ever tasted (this, I am sorry to say, now blows the World Beer Festival in Durham out of the water… and I am going to this year’s fest October 4th). Thiriez Xtra and Thiriez Blonde (France), La Choulette Framboise (France), Fantôme Saison (Wallonia), Green Flash Imperial IPA (California), Monchshof Schwarzbier (Germany), Ivanhoe Pale Ale (England), Caracole Saxo (Wallonia), Mahr’s Bräu Ungespundet and Mahr’s Bräu Pils (Germany), De Dolle Ara Bier (Flanders—this is the hoppy Belgian beer) are some of the beers I tried.This is the only bar I visited with clientele that closely resembled Durham folks. Everyone was pretty down to earth and wearing casual clothes. This may be the result of such an inconspicuous location. The Spuyten Duyvil does not have a sign on the front door. In fact, I am sure that many of the people in the bar did not even know the bar’s name.
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If you want to grab a bite to eat before hitting the bar, you can walk across the street to Fette Sau. A fantastic barbecue joint with family style seating, Fette Sau is owned by Joe and Kim Carroll, who also own Spuyten Duyvil. Fette Sau allows you to select a sampling of different meats for one dish. I ate brisket, beef ribs, pulled pork, sausage, and a side of pickles. Yum!

What is also noteworthy is their impressive whiskey selection - I did not try it, but Nick highly recommends it. Check out Beef Aficianado (an NYC beef blog) for pictures and detailed information about the meats.

Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Just last week, I mentioned to Nick that I missed the noodle dishes we had while traveling in Japan. And then we went to Momofuku. Momofuku served the best noodle bowl I’ve had since Tokyo. I recommend the Momofuku Ramen ($16) - includes pork combo and a poached egg, although their menu changes daily. Momfuku also has a ssam bar and a restaurant called Ko, which is American food. Check out their website for more information.

171 First Ave, between 10th and 11th
(pictures shown are from this website)
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I can’t wait to visit New York again once we start the South America trip. And Domino will be with us too! We have only had our dog for 3 days, but I missed him a lot while we were in NY. If you have any links to great restaurants and bars in NYC, please feel free to comment.


Joe said...

JDD and I went to Momofuku when we were in New York last year. I had a delicious bao-like pork bun. You could say, I took a bow to that bao.

Actually, don't say that.

The Food Monster said...

Haha, nice one Joe, Happy Birthday by the way. My friend Maggie took a friend of mine and me there and it was amazing. I wish I had been blogging back in the day.

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