Posted tagged ‘New York City’

NYC Wine & Food Fest Burger Bash 2009 Recap

October 10, 2009

What an unbelievable night beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Easy to say that I put down somewhere between 10-15 burgers last night! In all honesty quality was great all around, but a couple stood out above the rest. Congrats to Spike Mendelsohn for his second straight win. Personally, I credit his cheerleaders.

Food Highlights:

Party Highlights:

 A great culinary event for a great cause! Looking forward to 2010… for now though, I’m off to eat a salad.

Bobby Got My Vote!!!

Bobby Got My Vote!!!


IAteItMyWay Profiled at Midtown Lunch

February 25, 2009

Excited to be among the profiled at Midtown Lunch. This site is a godsend for those looking for a decent meal in the food wasteland of Midtown Manhattan.


Can’t say that I was thrilled with most of the comments. Apparently, I’m not giving enough respect to Indian food, and not liking it makes you a questionable human being…

Thanks to Zach for the post!

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

IAteItMyWay Top Chef Sighting

December 12, 2008

As one could imagine, I am a HUGE fan of Top Chef.

Aside from an HBO show or two, I try to stay away from television altogether, however, it’s just one of those weekly shows that I refuse to miss. I’m not sure if its me diggin’  Colicchio’s opinions or Padma’s cougar-ness, but Wednesday nights are permanently reserved for this show.

ANYWAY… I have been following this season particularly close because I was given the opportunity to participate in an upcoming episode (Next Week: 12/17 10p.m. ET). No, despite my thinking that I am an all-knowing food expert, I was NOT the guest judge, but I was part of a rather size-able crowd that was given the opportunity to enjoy the holiday festivities.

I suppose I can’t give any details of the event, with the exception of  assuring you that all the food was damn tasty. I am however pleased to say that my likeness was featured not once, but TWICE in last week’s teaser for the new episode.

As far as my thoughts for the season so far…  I am loving the terrific representation of Jersey… GO ARIANE!

Out of pure excitement, I patiently awaited the rerun and took a picture of the TV from my couch. Christmas is coming, someone please buy me a DVR/TIVO.

Enjoy below, and watch next week!

The real New York Christmas Spectacular

The real New York Christmas Spectacular