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It’s the tastiest sandwich you’ve never had

October 11, 2009

Just a hungry thought on a lazy Sunday…

I’ve eaten so many sandwiches, so many ways…  heros, grinders, subs, wraps, paninis, and more, I’ve rocked ’em all. I’ve written about cheesesteaks from Philly, Pastrami from New York, BBQ from Austin, Hot Dogs from Chicago, Burgers from just about anywhere, and of course, Roast Beef and Mozz from Hoboken.

Yet, after all my searching, there may be no finer sandwich in all the land than the much-discussed Num Pang pulled duroc pork spiced with honey, topped with cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro and chili mayo on fresh baked Parisi bread.

It’s become impossible to visit Union Square in NYC without eating one… or two.  Go try ASAP — 21 E. 12th St. (near University)

Small sandwich, powerful flavor

Small sandwich, powerful flavor



September 15, 2009

I’m not sure that eating $36 tomato/mozz demonstrates financial responsibility, but damn, another fine move by our fearless leader (past and present).

Obama and Clinton yesterday at Il Mulino, presumably talking global issues over perhaps the finest bread basket on earth. Kind of makes you wonder, does the suit make the man, or the meal? Either way, good choices all around.

Rolling out... literally... walking is difficult after a meal at Il Mulino

Rolling out... literally... walking is difficult after a meal at Mulino

Il Mulino: 3rd and Sullivan, New York City

December 21, 2008

Quick hit thoughts: An absolute food orgy, consult your accountant first

  • Food: A :The freshest I have ever tasted. You could still hear the moo from the meat and taste the dirt on the veggies (well, not really, but it was damn fresh)
  • Service: A+ : 20 tables and about 20 waiters/bus boys. ’nuff said
  • Decor: B+ : Romantic but dark. A little cramped up front
  • Price: $$$$$$ – consider refinancing your house before you order

It didn’t take long to realize that this was going to be a special dining experience. Perhaps not the easiest place to get a reservation, and from what I hear, sometimes reservations still warrant an hour or two wait in the small, cramped and dark bar area… however, once at your table, let the games begin.

Upon being seating, you are introduced to both your waiter (who is merely a player on the extensive team of servers you will deal with… a team so good they could compare to Jordan’s Bulls in the 90’s) and a plethora of food, bread and cheese to sample. Our table’s tastings included chunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano, bruschetta with mussels, fried zucchini, and a bread basket that could rival a laundry basket… just for sitting there, this was not ordered.

After the first course (a meal for some) we opted for a pasta, a salad and an entree each.

  • Porcini Mushroom Ravioli ($25 for half order (6) $50 for full (12) – Unbelievable taste… If it wasn’t apparent earlier, the food is the freshest I have ever had.
  • Tomato/Mozzarella (2 slices of Fresh Mozz an 2 slices of Tomato $18 pp) – The rip-off of the evening. I’ll make it simple for ya… Was it good? Yes! Was it worth it? No!
  • Entrees: Stuffed Veal Chop ($55) and Pappardelle w/ Tomato and Homemade Sausage ($39) – The veal chop was incredible. On the plate it looked like something right out of the Flintstones, stuffed with Fontina cheese and covered in mushrooms. The Pappardelle was great, the sausage was sausage… definitely good, but not something I would consider a must.

I tend to do most of my dining in Jersey, however, on occasion, certain New York restaurants interest me enough to cross the river and try. Three things I try to keep in mind when dining in the Big Apple…

  • Don’t trust the reviews
  • Bring your wallet
  • Prepare for poor portion sizes

With Il Mulino, the portions were as big as you could imagine, my concerns about price applied more than ever and the reviews, at least regarding the food/service, were dead on.

Total bill for two was nearly $275 (incl. tax/tip)… we only had a glass of house Sangiovese each ($18 pp). For some this may be nothing, but it was a bit steep for classic Italian dishes. I will be back again, hopefully on someone else’s dime the next time!

A concern: They have also started opening these up around the country… Miami, Vegas, Atlantic City, etc… this scares me. I assume quality will remain the same, but buyer beware.


il-mulino86 W 3rd St (West Village)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 673-3783

Kicking off the holiday season… weight watchers need not apply

December 15, 2008

‘Tis the season of excess eating… I may be a couple of weeks late with this thought… but I had a rough weekend of eating and there are no signs of slowing down.

Maybe a diet in 2009? Maybe not… Happy Holidays!

Tomato and Mozz accompanied by roasted and stuffed peppers

Tomato and Mozz accompanied by roasted and stuffed peppers

Saving it for a rainy day…

September 6, 2008

Hurricane Hannah is making its way up the coast… worst of all it has ruined the chance to spend one last warm, guido-free weekend down the jersey shore. Stuck in Hoboken this weekend (which really isn’t a bad thing), there was only one thing to do… A Fiore’s Roast Beef, Mozz and Gravy. Always fresh, always warm, and always delicious.

"Treccia" or braided fresh mozz at Fiore's "House of Quality"