Food Porn Friday: Passover in a Box
What: Why waste your time slaving in the kitchen when you can get authentic Jewish fare delivered to your doorstep? FoodyDirect, a curated online marketplace, is offering the answer to your seder: “Passover in a box”
What’s in it: A mix of delicious classics from the original NYC deli, Kenny & Ziggy’s (which relocated to Houston after 60 years up North). The box includes: Dinner-cut brisket with gravy, matzo balls, gefilte fish, carrot soufflé and potato kugel. #nomnomnom
How many does it serve: 10 HUNGRY humans.
How many shekels (sorry I had to): $399+ shipping (That’s $40 per Jew).
When do I have to order by: By Sunday, April 6th. Hurry UP!
It was right in front of me…Review of Barbone
I’ve lived six blocks from this place for six years and finally went inside.
Where: Barbone (186 Avenue B at 12th Street, East Village)…not my apartment address you weirdo.
Give me the high level summary please: Opened in 2006 by Alberto Ibrahimi, Barbone is a neighborhood trattoria that serves rustic Italian-ish fare paired with quartinos of wine.
About the food: Barbone serves “honest” food, no shortcuts. Alberto refuses to skimp on the ingredients (to save a buck) and it shows. The food is organic, local, fresh, and tasty. The menu is inspired by the food he enjoyed growing up – his grandfather owned a restaurant in Croatia and his mother didn’t mess around. Although it pushes the envelope of traditional Italian, there is a large emphasis on pastas (homemade of course), slow braised cooking, and lots and lots of wine.
Speaking of wine: Alberto handpicks every bottle (no skimping here either) and serves them in Quartinos versus traditional wine glasses. Read: A good spot to get your buzz on.
About the space: When you open the doors, the intimate venue is modest at best but the garden out back is something else. Only open during the summer months (who knew heat lamps were illegal?) this romantic patio is the perfect way to spend a summer night.
Awesome deal: Enjoy 5-courses of pasta for $39 or 5-courses of food for $42. Both menus are not predetermined, you get to drive.
Fun fact: Alberto is besties with the owner of Employees Only (the fancy shamcy resto and bar on Hudson) and even sports one of their legendary tattoos.
What to order:
- Prosciutto di Parma (with “Black Label” orange fig jam & toast) for $14 – What is it with the fig this season? For those who read Crush, it’s a sure fire way to make me spend money these days.
- Chestnut Agnolotti (with brown butter fennel polen) for $13 or $17 – As a carnivore, this dish (surprisingly) did me in.
- Pappardelle (with braised short rib ragu) for $14 or $19 – One of the specialties and is slowww braised.
- Veal & Buffalo ricotta meatballs (with red peppers) for $24 –This is one of Alberto’s mom’s recipes. These balls are made on a woodfire.
- Cheescake – There is no dessert menu, but I loved this. This cake of cheese had pistachio crust. A great pairing if I do say so.
Photo credit: Barbone website