1) Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street, Brooklyn; Carroll Gardens)
It takes a lot to get me up before 10am on a weekend. I wanted to go to the Brooklyn designer sale when they opened at noon and I also wanted to eat here without a wait (read: arrive around 10am, Yelp reviews for Buttermilk Channel mentioned a long wait). I am happy to report that there were no lines near opening and I got a fresh pick of the Baggu bags at the sale. The sale paled in comparison with their December sale in selection, but the prices were lower.
Buttermilk Channel refers to the strait between Brooklyn and Governors Island that used to be frequented by dairy farmers back in the day. The cuisine is Southern with a twist. The brunch menu is extensive enough to please everyone. The fried pork chop & cheddar waffles with maple syrup is the perfect dish for those who love sweet and savory. The pork chop was pretty lean and perfectly fried/seasoned. The cheddar waffle reminded me of Cheez It crackers, in a good way. The short rib hash with toast and eggs was well seasoned and simple. Up until this point, I kept on thinking my mom could totally make these dishes. She makes a great pork chop and the short rib hash tastes similar to her Chinese-style rib dishes. Of course we had to try the buttermilk pancakes. They were decadent and reminded me of shortbread cookies.
2) Brindle Room (277 East 10th Street, NYC; East Village)
I noticed SeamlessWeb added a bunch of restaurants recently. I hate figuring out what to eat when I’m really hungry and the plethora of options in this neighborhood, or NYC in general, does not make decision making any easier! Figuring out what to eat often trumps most work-related decisions in difficulty. One can only eat so many toast-and-yogurt meals.
I ended up ordering the Brindle Room burger. According to online research, the burger is made of leftover trimmings from the owner’s steakhouse in NJ, where the steak is dry aged. A Yelper compared it to Minetta Tavern’s Black Label burger, so I had to try it. I’m sad to report that this burger was tasty, but mediocre, and the fries were a massive oversalted mess. The poor spuds died in vain.
3) 7A (130 East 7th Street, NYC; East Village)
7A is a 24 hour diner creatively named, as it is located on the corner of 7th and Avenue A. Unlike many 24 hour places, they have great food and an extensive menu for whatever you need at any hour of the day. Service is quick, food is fresh, and portions are generous. One of my favorite sandwiches is the lobster club which has tons of lobster, bacon, avocado, tomato, onion, and dill on pumpernickel, on top of a huge leafy salad. I love dill. It can last me 2-3 meals. In my opinion, it is a much better deal at $10.75 than the tiny lobster roll at Luke’s Lobster down the block. Check it out if you’re looking for a non-traditional lobster sandwich.
When Muji started their social media campaign on Twitter, they had a giveaway. I responded and got this silicone ice ball maker, a notebook, and NYC in a bag. I never got around to testing it out until now and much to my dismay, our freezer is malfunctioning again! We went through, no joke, 3 of this LG fridge since 2010 and have thrown away plenty of food. Time to bug the super again. The ice ball maker should’ve been rock solid sphere, but since the fridge is misbehaving, it made a cool empty semi-sphere.
5) Taiwanese rice cakes
I found myself in Chinatown a few weeks ago and was in Hong Kong supermarket for frozen sweet rice balls to go with 酒釀. Well, somehow I’d forgotten about all these Taiwanese snacks I used to eat while I was growing up. I love this savory rice cake. Some Chinese restaurants serve it as a topping to soup. I also picked up a packaged BBQ bean curd snack, which was demolished within an hour of opening. Best not to replenish – too many preservatives?