It's an all-too-common problem for raw vegan food to short out on flavor in favor of ideology. Fortunately, One Lucky Duck's Chocolate Macaroons ($13.50 for an 11 oz. bag) are a tasty treat, regardless of how they're (not) cooked.
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Loop is a solid neighborhood option for the area. I recommend you stick with the simplest of preparations—the basic rolls and the sashimi—which are the surest bets. The specialty rolls and especially the hot food is more hit and miss.
This week, Executive Chef Nick Anderer unveils a new olive oil tasting program at Danny Meyers' Italian trattoria, Maialino. Here Nick explains his motivation behind the program, what's on the menu now, and what we can expect soon.
In the bizarre and expensive world of New York real estate, it seems counter-intuitive to move from Brooklyn to Manhattan in search of a bigger spot, but that's exactly what the Bedford Cheese Shop did. In July 2012, they opened a second—larger—location on Irving Place, in Gramercy.
Maialino's tiramisu is classic in every way, and it nails it.
The master sommelier and owner of Corkbuzz tells us where she goes in the neighborhood for wine, cocktails, late night cheese plates, and more.
Rhong-Tiam's roti and noodles are the main draw to this Gramercy Thai favorite, but if you're looking for a way to bulk up your order, yuca fries are a worthy addition.
Grill 21 says it serves Asian American fusion in Gramercy. In reality this tiny, no frills spot specializes in Filipino food, and its location, on East 21st Street between First and Second Avenues, doesn't quite qualify as Gramercy. But it does make for comfortable eating, with some dishes familiar, some pleasantly new.
There was a blueberry pie on the menu at Gramercy Tavern. But alas! That was just for a few days. It is gone now. Not to worry though, it's been replaced with an equally fine Strawberry Pie ($9).
For summer, Maialino's dessert menu features Granita di Caffé ($6), an elegant two-part concoction of espresso ice and whipped cream.
Jonah Miller and fellow sous chef Jason Pfeifer, who assisted with Noma's juice program during his stage in Copenhagen, have been experimenting with fruit and veggie combos. With so much juice fervor in the air these days, they saw an opportunity to do it really well at Maialino. Three "seed to stem" juices are available on the weekday breakfast menu for now.
The topping of this Pear Crisp from Gramercy Tavern is my favorite part of the dessert.
With entrees ranging from $12-$15 and sides in the $6 neighborhood, brunch at Maialino isn't cheap, exactly. Considering that we had no wait, friendly, helpful service and seriously delicious food, Maialino's got one of the best brunches in town.
Torta di Olio d'Oliva ($8) is a memorable yet simple way to end any meal at Maialino.
One Lucky Duck, the take-away spot from vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine, is best known for their smoothies, juices, and raw desserts. But they also do an excellent lunch business, turning out raw and vegan salads to go at rapid speed during the busy lunch hours.
We're big fans of Maialino, Danny Meyer's Roman-ish trattoria in the Gramercy Park Hotel, so we were thrilled to hear that they launched a happy hour menu—Monday-Friday, 5:00-7:00pm. Discounted drinks are a draw, of course, but so is Nick Anderer's food menu—eminently snackable plates like meatballs and anchovy-topped deviled eggs and crisp pork cracklings.
At Veritas, pastry chef Emily Wallendjack (by way of Jean-Georges, Cookshop and Pierre Hermé!), reinvents the Dark & Stormy cocktail in the form of a killer sticky toffee pudding.
Piccolo Cafe has two locations in Manhattan (and a third on the way), both of which are designed with reclaimed materials to emphasize a focus on sustainable, local products. The owners were coffee roasters in Italy and the menu reflects their origin; truffles panini, prochiutto and mozzarella di bufala omelettes, and housemade gnocchi. We visited the original location in Gramercy for breakfast.
Of the plain and flavored kombuchas that One Lucky Duck makes in-house, the best is their Passionfruit Kombucha ($7/bottle). Both tart and rounded, One Lucky Duck's version is significantly less fizzy than Brooklyn Kombucha and the popular GT's Kombucha.