Move over Hearth, there’s a new neighbor in town…
What: East 12th Osteria (197 1st Avenue at 12th Street, East Village).
About Osteria: Osteria opened in March 2013 by husband and wife dream team, Chef Roberto Deiaco (formerly of Armani Ristorante) and his gorgeous wife Giselle (an ex-wine educator). They put their heart and soul into Osteria and it shows.
About the space: Previously a bodega, the Deiacos’ gave this place a total makeover. It’s homey, unpretentious, and has a rustic flare. With dim lighting, exposed brick walls, and candles everywhere, I almost asked to move in. By the way, the booths are colored hermes orange. Talk about chic.
Tell me about the food: Everything is homemade, organic, made in-house, and dish à la minute (nothing is pre-made). The pastas are gluten free and the sorbets and gelatos are biodynamic. The modern menu is made up of “slow food” (high-quality locally sourced ingredients) and is 100% seasonal. Why doesn’t everyone do this btw? Even better, there is a large emphasis on THE TRUFFLE. However, it’s truffles for the people because the price point is doable for many New Yorkers. The portions are Italian, which I am a big proponent of. No one likes to feel like a total F.A. after they crush a meal.
So…the real question is, what to order? I tried a good chunk of the menu (lucky me!). Everything was tasty and super duper fresh. However, below are the standouts that will bring me back. Like….next week. Side note: The menu is in both Italian and English. I included the english translation below:
- Carciofini Salad (Artichoke, Artichoke, Avocado, Mâche, Parmigiano, Lemon, Laudemio Olive Oil) for $ 13 - This standard salad was a sensational way to cleanse my palette for the heavier dishes to come. It was tasty and healthy. Plus, I am an avocado snob and this avocado most certainly passed the SV test.
- Cauliflower Risotto with Imperial Crab Legs in its Own Jus, Squid Ink for $21 - Sounds like an effed up combo, but it totally ruled. Who would of thunk? Perfect for your pescaterian friend.
- Mantua Pumpkin Gnocchi, Gorgonzola Sauce, Bacon, Almonds for $17 - Holycrap.com, what a magical dish. Run, don’t walk to taste this bad boy before it’s not in season anymore. It was hands down one of the best entrees I have enjoyed in a long time.
- Veal Filet in an Almond Crust, Renette Apple Purée, Dark Beer Reduction for $30- I am never one to order meat at an Italian place (sorry I’m not sorry I’m pro carbs), but this was absolutely sublime. Make your man friend order it and steal a bite (or six). It was decadent and perfectly cooked.
- Gelato or sorbet for $8. YES. They give you three different kinds. The winner? Pandan. I had never even heard of this until I went to Osteria and it is AMAZING. I can’t begin to tell you how hard it was for me to not ask for seconds.
Where to CRUSH Chicago…
Where: Balena (1633 North Halsted, Lincoln Park, Chicago)
What this eff is this? Truffles by the gram. Not drugs, TRUFFLES.
How much: $16 dollars (or three tastis in NYC monies).
Can I get whenever? No, this is a limited edition situation. I smell a good way to spend part of your holiday bonus.
In honor of Thanksgiving, the official holiday of LOVE & FOOD, here are the 50 restaurants I am thankful for:
- Aria (117 Perry Street, West Village) For always showing me a good time and your meatballs.
- Beyond Sushi (229 East 14th Street, Union Square) For making me believe in all things vegan. Must order: nutty buddy wrap.
- Bianca (5 Bleecker Street, NoHo) For your cheap, quality Italian in a neighborhood I can get to.
- Big Gay Ice Cream (125 East 7th Street, East Village) For your tremendous toppings.
- Blue Water Grill (31 Union Square West, Union Square) For always being a reliable choice throughout the years. For BWG virgins, try the tuna or chilean sea bass.
- Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn) For your $25 monday menu.
- Catch (21 9th Avenue, Meatpacking) For your scallops, hot doormen, and being the venue for one of my favorite birthday dinners.
- Dell’anima (38 8th Avenue, West Village) For your bolognese.
- David’s Tea (688 6th Avenue, Flatiron) For your birthday cake tea #10caloriecake.
- Extra Virgin (259 West 4th Street,West Village) For always satisfying me. My go to order? Beet salad and the tuna.
- Fat Radish (17 Orchard Street, Lower East Side) For being somewhat healthy and always awesome.
- Hane Sushi (346 1st Avenue, Gramercy) For your bargain sushi and two-for-one proseccos.
- Hearth (403 E. 12th Street, East Village) For simply wowing me with your spaghetti and meatballs.
- Hardings (32 East 21st Street, Flatiron) For having photos of JFK everywhere and your grilled toast.
- Home (20 Cornelia Street, West Village) For your adorable garden and $25 prix-fixe brunch.
- Hu Kitchen (78 5th Avenue, Union Square) For letting me eat in bulk without feeling like a fat 6.
- ilili (236 5th Avenue, Murray Hill) For having the best appetizers in the city: Duck Shawarma.
- Jack’s (138 West 10th Street, West Village) - For having the best coffee in the city (and the Hamptons might I add)
- Jinya (24 Greenwich Avenue, West Village) For reminding me of Tokyo. #ramenisthenewchickennoodle
- Joseph Leonard (170 Waverly Place, West Village) For your avocado toast at brunch.
- Juice Generation (171 West 4th Street, West Village). For your smoothie in a bowl.
- La Bagel Delight (104 Front Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn) For your fluffy bagels and being my breakfast on day uno at my amazing job.
- Laduree (864 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side) - Who doesn’t like macaroons?
- Little Cupcake Bakeshop (30 Prince Street, Soho)- For having the best cupcakes (and cakes) of all time.
- Magnolia (401 Bleecker Street, West Village) For your banana pudding.
- Marc Forgione (134 Reade Street, TriBeCa) For being my favorite restaurant in Manhattan. The must order: Chicken under a brick & chili lobster toast.
- Max Brenner’s (841 Broadway Street, Union Square) For your white hot chocolate.
- Mermaid Inn (92 Second Avenue, East Village) For reminding me of Nantucket and your happy hour and a half. #onedollaroysterseveryday
- Maoz Vegetarian (38 Union Square East, Union Square) For your A+ falafel and HUGE toppings bar #under10dollardinnersarealltherage
- Momofuko Milk Bar (251 E 13th Street, East Village) For your birthday cake truffles.
- Norma’s (119 West 56th Street, Midtown West) For your decadent brunch. #thousanddollarfrittata
- East 12th Osteria (197 First Avenue, East Village) For your pumpkin gnocchi and proximity to my apartment.
- Palma (28 Cornelia Street, West Village) For your farmhouse to host parties in.
- Peasant (194 Elizabeth Street, Noho) For being a top date spot.
- Public (210 Elizabeth Street, Noho) For your 5-course Sunday tasting menu.
- Prune (54 East 1st Street, East Village) For having the #1 brunch in the city. Go to order: Ricotta dish and lower east side appetizing.
- Red Farm (529 Hudson Street, West Village) For your soup dumplings and toilet that heats your tush.
- Republic (37 Union Square West, Union Square) For being a hot spot for girls’ dinner and your tasty warm noodles.
- Rosemary’s (18 Greenwich Avenue, West Village) For having prosecco on tap and your cavatelli.
- Rubirosa (235 Mulberry St, Nolita) For your vodka pizza.
- Rye (247 S. 1st Street, Williamsburg) For making me realize restaurants in Brooklyn are gems. In addition, that Brooklyn is a gem.
- Serendipity III ( (225 E. 60th, Upper East Side) For your frozen hot chocolate and for setting the stage for one of the best rom coms of all time.
- Spasso ((551 Hudson, West Village) For your fresh stracciatella starter.
- Supper (156 East 2nd Street, East Village) For your A++ party room.
- Tasti D Lite (ALLOVERTHECITY) For getting me through oh so many dark and not so dark times.
- The Lion (62 West 9th Street, West Village) For your sexy atmosphere #Greatdatespot.
- Westville (173 Avenue A, East Village) For supplying my Sunday dinner as a single lady.
- Wilfie & Nells (228 West 4th Street, West Village) For your scottish eggs and hot dudes.
- Veniero’s (342 East 11th Street, East Village) For your cannolis.
- Yerba Buena (1 Perry Street, West Village) For your great guacamole and your unlimited mimosas at brunch.
Food Porn Friday: Birthday cake with ten calories? It’s possible.
What: Birthday cake tea. Size Huge.
Where: David’s Tea (688 6th Avenue at 22nd Street, Flatiron) There are several other locations in NYC (Park Slope, West Village, and Upper East). It IS a franchise…but a good one.
How much: $3.00 or $12.50 if you decide to buy in bulk (see photo above). This bad boy comes in loose leaf form and makes up to 40 teas.
About the tea: At ten calories, I enjoyed this tasty treat for my half birthday (yesterday). It’s awesome and has actual sprinkles in it. No additional sugar needed, even for a sweet fiend like me. Enjoy hot or cold.
About the store: They don’t have simply your standard green or earl, but sell every type of tea imaginable. I’m talking over 150 kinds…everything from mango madness to red velvet. Also, the tea staff (which are very pleasant and friendly) help you to find the perfect tea for you. This involves sniffing. Guess what else? they sell tea bling to feed your addiction, like mugs and steepers.
When can I go?
- Mon - Friday: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
- Saturday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
- Sunday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Anything else? Feeling lazy or live in MOFN (Middle Of F’ing Nowhere), you can buy online here.
The 10 Reasons why The Strand is AWESOME
What: My favorite bookstore
Where: The Strand (828 Broadway at 12th Street, Union Square)
And now….the 10 Reasons:
- It’s cheap. The Strand sells new and used books at discounted pricing.
- The Strand bags are bitchin’. Sorry I’m not sorry.
- It’s one block from Tasti D Lite’s better brother, The Lite Choice. Nothing goes better with books than froyo.
- It’s a mom and pop shop. Stop giving money to the man!
- You can sell your old books. Over your latest Emily Griffin novel? Sell back to the strand to get some extra pesos.
- I feel smarter when I’m in there. Who doesn’t like to feel smarter?
- It’s open late. It closes at 10:30PM 7 days a week.
- It helps you uncover oldies but goodies. Who knew The Ivy Chronicles for $6.99 would be such a wise investment?
- Hot people shop there. #Hunting
- They have in store events each week. Am I the only nerd that likes stuff like this?
Food Porn Friday: Where to grab bagels in Brooklyn?
Okay, I didn’t actually go to Brooklyn to get them. They were brought to my office for my first day of work. But I would venture to a borough to get these bad boys.
About La Bagel: Established in my birth year, La Bagel serves 12 different kinds of hand rolled bagels. I highly recommend the “Everything”.
Tell me about the bread: Soft, fluffy, and so good that YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO TOAST THEM.
How much? $1.00 for the carb and between $.61 and $2.75 for different types of cream cheese/toppings.
Food Porn Friday: Carbs and Cheese GONE WILD
What: What I should have ordered at dinner on Tuesday.
Where: Malaparte (753 Washington at Bethune, West Village)
Okay, but really…what? The Pizza Dell’ Orto (with Rucola, Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes & Grana). This thin crust delight has the right cheese to sauce ratio and is just crispy enough.
How many pesos: $13 American.
Tell me about the resto: Inspired by Chef Emanuele Attala’s hometown of Rimini on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Malaparte opened its doors in January 2011. The menu (which is written on a chalkboard) has fresh and simple dishes at a price point that is more East Village than West Village. At Malaparte, you can enjoy your dinner indoors or outdoors. I obviously chose outdoor this week. #Indiansummerisbitchin.
What else should I order? The burrata salad (this is a “special” menu item, but the specials never change.) It’s delish and has a prosciutto surprise underneath.
When can I go?
- Dinner: Monday through Sunday 5:30PM to 12:00AM
- Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 12:00PM to 5:30PM
Side note: They accept resis for 4+ peeps only.
Thirsty Thursday: Booze on Sale
What: $5 cocktails with brunch
Where: Wilfie & Nell (228 W. 4th Street at W. 10th Street, West Village).
When: Saturday and Sunday from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. #Prehappyhourhappyhour.
Why should I go? Why not.
Want to see their brunch menu? Here you go.
A diamond in the rough: A review of Gnocco
Okay the “rough” is actually on East 10th street in alphabet city. This resto doesn’t look like much from the outside but is an absolute gem on the inside.
What: Gnocco Cucina & Tradizione (337 East 10th Street at Avenue B, East Village).
Tell me more: Open for 12 years, this non-pretentious Italian stallion is still somewhat under the radar. The food? Authentic. The crowd? Heavy in locals.
About the grub: Holy huge menu, Gnocco has as many options as a diner but is exclusively Italian. Known for their pizza cooked in their wood burning oven, it is served roman style (read: thin with a crunchy crust). With 17 options, you can get a simple Margarita or the Al Salame Piccante (which has spicy hot salami among other weird ingredients). Not a pizza fan? Try one of their homemade pastas, decadent fish dishes, or just get sloshed Italian wine (their wine list is almost as big as their food menu).
About the space: Gnocco is rustic, warm and inviting. The large space has a garden in back that is open year round (heated in the colder months for High maintenance Hillarys like myself). Even if you don’t opt for outdoor seating, the indoor tables feel outside as it opens to the garden.
When to go? A second date (it’s not too loud and is romantic without being cheesy), large groups (it’s great for family style) or when you are in the mood for pizza straight out of the oven. #Always
What to order:
- Gnocco appetizer (Homemade deep fried dough with a selection of typical northern Italian cold cuts) for $13.95
- Gnocchi al Pomodoro e Mozzarella di Bufala (Homemade potato gnocchi with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and basil) for 16.95
- Tartufata pizza (Fresh mozzarella, truffle sauce, mushrooms and Speck) for $19.95
- Branzino al Cartoccio (Steamed in aluminum foil bag branzino fillet with shrimp, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, potatoes, grape tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil) for $25.45
- Calzone Nutella (Pizza dough filled with hazelnut chocolate spread and ricotta cheese) for $14.95. Yes, this is dessert.
Do they deliver (I don’t like humans)? The answer is eff yes. Winter + Breaking Bad marathons + delicious carbs = An A+ Sunday
Fun Fact: They are on Savored (get up to 20% off your resi).
Fun Fact #2: It is next door to Blind Barber if you want to get weird after.
When can I go?
Brunch and Lunch: Saturday and Sunday – 12:00PM to 4:00PM
Dinner: Monday-Sunday – 5:00PM to Midnight
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