Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brunch at Jack's Wife Freda

I had been wanting to try Jack's Wife Freda for a long time now. Because of the popularity as well as the small size of the restaurant, getting here at normal brunch hours on weekends guarantees a long wait. Last time, our party of 2 was quoted an hour and a half at around 12:30pm. We were ravenous and ended up going elsewhere, but that made me even more determined to go back. This past Saturday, a group of us met up at 8am to check out the last weekend of summer streets, and specifically the zipline near Brooklyn bridge. It looked quite lame, so of course the next best option at that hour was to visit a popular brunch spot since it was so early and we wouldn't have to wait. Jack's Wife Freda was a very good decision.

Look at that beautiful emptiness! This is what you get for being up and out early on a Saturday. Photo taken at 9am (when the restaurant opens for breakfast/brunch everyday).

Rosewater waffle with lebanese yoghurt, mixed berries, honey syrup, $10
Obviously, one much like rosewater in order to appreciate this. I'm a huge fan of Indian rose flavored rice pudding, and this was just as tasty. The only problem I had is that I prefer my waffles to be light and fluffy, and this was the opposite-- a little too dense and chewy.

Madame Freda: pressed sandwich with duck proscuitto, cheddar b├ęchamel, gruyere, fried egg, $13
Cheese, bread, egg, meat make for the most complete and delicious breakfast. This was made even better because it wasn't just ham or some other boring meat. It was filled with pieces of duck prosciutto! Amazing. I took tiny bites of this to make it last longer.

That egg ooze. Yum. And I must thank my friend Jessica for splitting both the Madame Freda and the rosewater waffle with me. I'm always torn between savory and sweet brunch items, and I was so lucky that she was willing to share.

House cured duck bacon, $6
I didn't know there was such a thing as duck bacon. Did you? Well it does, and it's amazing. This wasn't crispy, but the taste made up for that.

I also want to mention that the service here is superb. Our server (possible Freda?) was so patient with our group of 6, and when I spilled a glass of water all over my boyfriend's lap (oops), she ran over with towels. He also ordered the matzoh ball soup which wasn't ready at the time so he decided to hold off. Part way through the meal, our server brought it over and said it would be complimentary. So nice!

224 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 510-8550

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy Hour at Ofrenda

The only thing better than having summer Fridays is having someone to enjoy them with. Last week I spent a balmy Friday afternoon off with an old friend at Ofrenda.

This Mexican restaurant offers daily happy hour deals from 4-7pm, which include regular margaritas for $6, flavored margaritas for $7, beer for $4, and wine for $6. Definitely pretty great prices, especially for the convenient West Village location.

When I visited the restaurant a few times last year for happy hour, the service wasn't great (as in we actually needed to get up and flag someone down to get menus, order, and close out), but this time I was pleasantly surprised with our server Guillermo, who checked in with us at all the right times, and the fact that the guacamole is now served in a bowl instead of a plate (makes for easier scraping at the end) made the experience even better.

My friend and I chose to sit inside, but we did enjoy the breeze coming in from all the open French doors. Seriously, this is the perfect spot to take advantage of the incredible weather we've been having in NYC.

Cucumber margarita and prickly pear magarita, $7 each
I thought I was given the wrong order when I saw this pink/purple-hued drink, but it turns out that prickly pears are in fact this shade. This was delicious and not overly syrupy. Margaritas are definitely the way to go on Friday afternoons.

Chips and guacamole, $7
A larger serving than I remembered it being before, and the subtle kick in this buttery guacamole was the best. The chips were served warm and freshly fried. Mmm...

113 7th Avenue South (at Christopher Street)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-2305

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Post Office in Williamsburg

Although Post Office is an odd name for a whiskey bar, know that this is a great, laid-back bar with tasty drinks and delicious deviled eggs.

Since we walked over here straight from our oyster feast at Maison Premiere, we weren't able to consume much more than a drink each, and bites of deviled eggs. I will be back soon though, for more drinks and to try their chicken liver bacon sandwich.

Cool, colorful retro tiles and mismatched furniture. Oh, and cocktail prices fall between $10 and $12. We're not in New York City anymore! 

Ginger Ginger: lime, simple syrup, fresh ginger, rye, sparkling wine, $11
To enjoy this drink, one must love ginger; like really strong and almost spicy ginger. I do, and this drink made me happy.

Deviled eggs, $5
Not as earth-shattering as Yardbird's deviled eggs, but these are very flavorful.

188 Havemeyer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-2574

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Revisited: Oysters at Maison Premiere

For all the other oyster lovers out there, Maison Premiere is definitely one of the best places to visit. The bar offers $1 oysters on a wide selection from Monday to Friday 4-7pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am-1pm. When I last visited a few years ago, the $1 deal was only a weekday thing, so I've only ever been able to take advantage on summer Fridays when off work. In the future, I already plan to go back on weekends in the fall/near future!

There was a line of around 10 people by the time we arrived at 3:45pm on Friday. The doors open at 4pm, so be sure to get there early. Especially if you want to sit outside.

Love the suspenders and old school vibe.

The garden has around 8 tables (most seat 4). We were told that we'd need to return the table before 6pm since there was a dinner reservation for that outside table. We were fine with that since we only planned to eat oysters. There is a dinner menu, but the selection is very small.

The bf ordered a scotch drink, and I had the Maison Summer Pimm's No. 12-- Pimm's, perry's tot gin, tarragon, lime, watermelon. Although the bar is known for their wide range of absinthe drinks, I just do not enjoy the licorice taste. The server recommended the pimm's cocktail to me, and it was perfect-- summery, strong, and refreshing.

We both enjoy oysters of all kinds. We had 36 (yes, 36) oysters between the two of us, and most enjoyed the Sewansecott for its full flavor, and the Evening Cove for its briny taste paired with buttery and silky textures. 

298 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(212) 335-0446

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