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Petite Abeille

The family (well 4 out of 6 of us) got together last night for dinner at a Belgian restaurant that we pass frequently.  Petite Abeille (401 East 20th Street) is a pretty bustling restaurant with plenty of outdoor seating right on the corner of 1st Avenue.  It being Belgian, we were immediately thinking Moules Frite, but the bigger attraction was that Monday nights is half off all beers.  With this in mind, my Dad & I planned on getting good & leathered on strong Belgian beers.

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Crab Boil @ Mermaid Inn

Mermaid Inn (96 2nd Avenue between 5th & 6th Streets; review here) is having a crab boil this Labor Day weekend.  20 ‘clams’ gets you crab & a mallet.  There are also $20 carafes of wine & $15 pitchers of beer.  Runs Saturday the 4th, Sunday the 5th & Monday the 6th.  Send summer out with a BANG! & the satisfying crunch of crushed crustacean!

Sake Bar Satsko

I’m really surprised it’s taken me so long to write a review of Sake Bar Satsko (202 East 7th Street between Ave. B & C), particularly because I live across the street & seem to spend a lot of time eating & drinking there.  It’s a tiny sliver of a place & it took me a few weeks to actually figure out that it was a restaurant & bar (Beer, Wine, Sake & Soju; a Korean liquor similar to Vodka, but sweeter).

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I recently went to Republic (37 Union Square West at 16th Street) with my Mom for an early dinner.  I haven’t been there in a while, so I was really looking forward to the meal.  It was pretty empty, so we were seated immediately.  Normally I order the curried duck noodles (which are really tasty), but this time I decided to opt for a bento box. Continue reading


I had some coupons from InBundles so I took my parents to Zaitzeff (18 Avenue B between 2nd & 3rd streets).  I had been there before & tried the BLT, but this was my first time checking out the burgers.  It being a rainy Monday, the place really wasn’t busy.  I opted for the Quarter Pound Kobe Beef burger with avocado (my Mom got the same) & my Dad got the sliders.  The menu said Kobe, but I’m pretty sure that it was wagyū, not that I minded at all.  Although the place was pretty much empty, they were doing a brisk amount of deliveries so the wait for our burgers was kind of long.  However, once they arrived, we realized it was well worth the wait.  There was minimal seasoning on the beef, allowing us to salt/pepper to taste.  As with all kobe & wagyū the meat was really marbled which made the burger really juicy. Continue reading

Pio Pio

I love chicken as much (if not more) than the next guy so I jumped at the chance for a free (belated birthday) meal at Pio Pio (210 East 34th Street between 2nd & 3rd).  Pio Pio is a chain of Peruvian restaurants that do one thing; pollos a la brasa (rotisserie chicken) & boy do they do it well!  I’ve had delivery from them before, but DJ informed me that the dine in experience would be far superior.
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6th Street Kitchen offering up lunch

Good news foodies, 6th Street Kitchen (507 East 6th Street between Avenues A & B) & their new chef Greg Torrech will be offering up lunch starting August 23rd.  I’ve been here for dinner before, so I’m excited about a new lunch option in the ‘hood.

Check ’em out: Lunch Menu & Summer Menu