Letter C: Cacio e Pepe hosted by Pam on November 14th
1. Go out to eat downtown
2. Tip double
3. Share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. (#EatDownTipUp)
- Anthony Bourdain has been the most enthusaistic supporter, mentioning on CNN.com yesterday: http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/05/anthony-bourdain-urges-new-yorkers-to-eatdowntipup/ and http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/11/05/anthony-bourdain-nyc-restaurants-after-sandy/
- Chelsea Clinton tweeted that it’s a ‘great idea’: https://twitter.com/ChelseaClinton/status/265598739618615297
October 23: Breeze Restaurant - Thai-French Kitchen
Hells Kitchen: 661 9th Avenue @ 46th Street
Although the service was mediocre, we enjoyed our dinner at Breeze. At $35 per person for appetizer, entree and cocktail, this event was one of our cheapest eats yet. We started out by sharing the Springs Rolls, Edamame, and Mushroom Dumplings. Although fried, the Mushroom Dumplings were absolutely delightful and highly recommended by all of us.
For entree we each enjoyed our own, sharing tastes of our pickings with each other. The Sea Bass was listed on the menu as a New York Times favorite and although it was good, it was served awkwardly with foam from the boiling process. The Vegetable and Chicken & Shrimp Pad Thai was delicious, although one boyfriend thought it left the breath kung fu kicking. Bring your tooth brush! The Spicy Fried Rice isn’t worthy enough of an order. And if you like hot sauce, ask for it. It was a highlight of the meal for me.
Cocktails were good and strong, especially the sake ones.
The atmosphere was thai-funky. The drink menu is in the form of a record and checks are delivered in CD cases. If only the music selection matched the style…
Overall, the restaurant is recommended if you’re in Hells Kitchen and looking for an inexpensive, yet somewhat trendy treat. I wouldn’t rush there, but add it to your list to check out some time in the future.
ZAGAT DINNER CLUB REVIEW: FOOD 22, DÉCOR 16, SERVICE 15, COST $35 (cocktail, appetizer and entrée)
ZAGAT REVIEW: FOOD 21, DÉCOR 15, SERVICE 18, COST $28
Christina Weber, Hostess
is scheduled for Tuesday, the 23rd at 7:30p. We’re still in need of a reservation. Anyone have a suggestion for us? The restaurant must start with the letter B.
Portuguese was a first for the group. Many of the club members weren’t familiar with the cuisine but with the high reviews and Michelin star we believed there couldn’t be any selection not worth tasting. I wished I wouldn’t have believed the hype and entered with such high expectations since I was quite disappointed with the cuisine even though the service and décor were superb. I was expecting the food to take me to Portugal through my taste buds but instead I felt the menu was a bit generic and food was overpriced for what it was. Credit should be given to George Mendes for providing tasteful dishes but I wasn’t amazed by any of my choices. Sorry to say but the only things I enjoyed about this modern restaurant were the atmosphere, drinks and wine selection.
My dishes: Started with CROQUETAS DE BACALHAU served with roasted garlic aioli. Very bland. Main dish ordered was NEW BEDFORD DIVER SCALLOPS served with trumpet royale mushrooms, radish, citrus. This was tasty but I felt overpriced for what it was. $31 for 5 scallops, no thanks.
- SEARED SKATE served with warm heirloom tomato, Iberian beans, zucchini, brown butter
- THE CHALLENGER-Plymouth Gin, Grilled Grapefruit, Luxardo Marschino, Lemon
ZAGAT DINNER CLUB REVIEW: FOOD 16, DÉCOR 22, SERVICE 24, COST $85 (cocktail, two glasses of wine, appetizer and entrée)
ZAGAT REVIEW: FOOD 25, DÉCOR 22, SERVICE 24, COST $65