Monday Dinner: Moustache

Monday night meal at the West Village location of Moustache with Zubair and Anatolii. There’s a Moustache in the East Village and Upper East Side, but this location tastes best. It must be a combination of the company, setting…and of course, the food ;)

In general, when it comes to restaurants/shops with East and West Village locations, I tend to prefer the West. More charming. Less gritty. Case in point: The Hummus Place. But I’ll save that for another post.

Below, photos from dinner at Moustache.

Ayran – Yogurt Drink

Labneh – Creamy Homemade Yogurt

Babaganoush – Grilled Eggplant with Tahini and Garlic

Lentil And Bulghar Salad – Lentils, Bulghur and Fried Onions

Fresh Pita

Lahambajin Pitza – Ground Lamb, Onion, Tomato, Parsley and Spices

Ouzi – Chicken, Carrots, Sweet Peas, Onions, Raisins, Almonds, Basmati Rice and Special Spices enclosed in Filo and served with a Yogurt Sauce

Chicken Kebab Plate – Chicken Breast with Cilantro, Garlic and Lentil Puree

Okees. Am off to showing appointments, and then custard at Shake Shack! Custard flavour of the day = Salted Caramel…ohlala.

Moustache
90 Bedford Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 229-2220

From Zubair, Via Tokyo


Zubair just returned from a trip to Tokyo, bearing everything from fresh mochi, croissants and little trinkets. He said, “this is for you!” and handed over a pale pink bag filled with a very thoughtful assortment of goodies. It was like Christmas ^_^

The first thing I opened up was a bakery (!!!bakery!!!) bag with a duo of chocolate croissants from Burdigala. He nearly missed the train to the airport waiting to get a fresh batch of these croissants, so they were extra tasty, heehee. Extra credit for bringing it all the way from Tokyo without even the slightest dent or loose crumb – impressive!

To make things extra delicious, we brewed hot coffee.

Next up – a flat green package with exactly what I’ve been wanting/needing for work. A tape measure!!! I’ve searched high a low for a decent tape measure that fulfills the requirements of sleek, lightweight, and simple. It was perfect ^_^

Also in the green package was this board with black cut-outs designed to layout potential floor plan designs. It’s flat now, but is made for 3-D organization in a plastic/glass case. This is cool beyond words! I’ll have to take a photo of it when we have everything set up – it’ll make more sense then :)

And last, but not least…

…unwrapping…

…almost there…

…fresh mochi!!!!!!!!!! The azuki bean paste innards look like this. Oh glory. I’m still smiling. A bazillion thanks to Zubair. It’s all so delicious. ^_^

Happy Tuesday!

Two Bagels and a Bialy


I didn’t intend to consume two bagels and a bialy in two hours this morning. But that’s what happened. And sometimes things happen.

Stopped into Doughnut Plant for a Carrot Cake Doughnut before today’s Open House marathon, but there were NO Carrot Cake Doughnuts to be found. The other flavours didn’t sound enticing at the moment, so I strolled a few doors down to Kossar’s Bialys for…

…a Bialy! With Coffee, of course.

I ate the still warm bialy in the bakery, sitting on one of those four stools facing Grand Street.

90% of the way though, the baker rolled our a new batch of HOT Cinnamon-Raisin Bagels. Oh man. I jammed the remaining bialy in my mouth (ever so gracefully) and stood in line for the bagel.

It was beautiful.

Soon after, I made the short walk south to our Open House on Essex Street. Caroline, my super energetic and absolutely wonderful co-worker, bustled though the apartment doors ten minutes later, greeting me with a bag of Oat Bagels from Ess-a-Bagel. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been one to refuse a bagel.

Happy Sunday ^_^

Kossar’s Bialys
367 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 473-4810

Ess-a-Bagel
831 3rd Avenue # 1
New York, NY 10022
(212) 980-1010

Custard Concrete: Rhubarb. Bacon. Peanut.

Tonight. I had. Simply the best possible Concrete combination at Shake Shack (Upper West Side location).

Vanilla Custard, Bananas, Vanilla-Poached Rhubarb, and Bacon-Peanut Brittle (by Meg Grace of The Redhead). Don’t know how long they plan to keep the Vanilla-Poached Rhubarb or Bacon-Peanut Brittle toppings…so go…now!

This particular combination isn’t on the menu, but if you ask sweetly enough, they’ll gladly combine and replace bits from the Lumberjack Concrete with the current seasonal fruit, Rhubarb.

P.S.
While the Madison Square Park location offers Strawberry-Mint Custard on Sundays, the Upper West Side location offers Mint Custard on Mondays and Strawberry Custard on Sundays. Amazing! Why this makes me so excited (and really, it does, it does!), I have no idea, the gods must be crazy.

Shake Shack (Upper West Side)
366 Columbus Avenue
New York NY 10024
(646) 747-8770

Eleven Madison Park

Visits with Jess – I completely forgot to put up photos till just now. There will be more visits to come, that you can be assured of. This is our favourite place to lunch together ^_^

On our most recent visit…

French Baguette and Olive Ficelle. Butter here.

Tagliolini Carbonara with Guanciale and Black Pepper

“Salade Lyonnaise” with Chicken Liver, Quail Eggs, and Croutons

Papardelle with Lamb Ragout, Manzanilla Olives and Marjoram

Duo of Suckling Pig with Broccoli Rabe and Pickled Mustard Seeds

And then, dessert.

Daily Selection of Tarts, Left to Right: Lemon Meringue, French Apple, Chocolate Caramel, Chocolate Lilikoi, and Mango Linzer Tart

Chocolate-Lilikoi Tart

Macarons, Bottom Up: Hazelnut & Brown Butter, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chocolate-Banana, Candied Violet, Black Olive & White Chocolate, Pistachio-Rose, and Toasted Sesame

On a separate occasion…

Poached Egg with Wild Mushrooms and Parmesan

Octopus Salad with Avocado, Fennel and Blood Orange. Closer here.

Roasted Organic Chicken with Black Trumpet Mushrooms and Celery Root

Boudin Blanc with Poached Seckel Pear, Brussels Sprouts and Pommes Puree

Jivara Chocolate Mousse with “Malted Milkshake” Sorbet and Olive Oil

Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-0905