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Umami Burger

On its own, few things are as recognizable as the Umami Burger.  I've seen my fair share of Umami Burger posts on Instagram, and you just know from that "U" seared into the bun (side note: do you think they use the font Impact?).  I've also added to that trove of Instagram pictures, obviously.  This is mine:

Veritasty finally got a chance to visit the New York Umami Burger after hearing much hype.  I had to wait for my dining companion/co-blogger for some time, so I sat at the bar and solo-drank.  Although my loneliness was killing me, it was assuaged by the Left Hand Milk Stout on tap.  I had first fell in love with Left Hand Milk Stout at Dinosaur BBQ and was thrilled to see it at Umami Burger (side side note: I was so thrilled to see my friends bring Left Hand Milk Stout for a recent Friendsgiving that I was literally jumping up and down and hugging friends, not the beer).  I specially requested a half-pint, since I would have been wasted with a full pi…

Edo II

On a recent visit upstate to my friend Julia's, we crossed over into Connecticut and went to the Danbury Mall.  I thought all suburban malls were equally sprawling, but Danbury's was massive.  Of course, walking through and shopping left us exhausted and starving, so we popped into nearby Korean/Japanese restaurant, Edo II.  Julia and her mom had just been there a couple days prior, so the fact that she insisted we go back must have been a good sign.
It was definitely a good sign.
The restaurant is tiny - maybe 6 small tables - and is sort of like a hole-in-the-wall that you could completely miss if you didn't know about it.  The whole place was very endearing since it seemed like a very family-oriented/family-run establishment with dad as the sushi chef, mom in the back kitchen, and son (young, handsome, and ever so gracious, mind you) serving.
Julia had this beautiful Naruto roll: paper-thin cucumber wrapped around crabmeat, tobiko, and avocado, like a gluten-free Califo…

Sir Kensington's Fries of New York

I've never appreciated - and I mean deeply appreciated - a good french fry until now.  Thank you, Sir Kensington, for reaffirming my love of fries.

This weekend, we checked out the Fries of New York exhibit.  A small gallery space was decked out with glass domes, like a Victorian museum exhibit. Each dome housed a metal prong that propped up a luscious lacquered french fry from the 80 or so restaurants featured.

In terms of shape, many were a simple classic cut fry of varying length and width.  Then, there were some chunkier steak fries, like the ones from Katz's Delicatessen.  One beautiful specimen was an entire potato, cut into a spiral, from Twist & Smash'd in Astoria.  A few were made from different starches like sweet potato and yam.  Many were covered in different seasonings like sea salt, rosemary, parmesan, and truffle.

I would have suffered a lot of tummy growling had there not been Home Frites fries with Sir Kensington ketchup and mayonnaise and Brooklyn Bre…

Sir Kensington's Fries of New York - Preview

An exhibit of New York's varied and Veritasty french fries.
Umm, are you hungry yet?!?!
Sir Kensington, a catsup and condiment company (ketchup, but I wanted to alliterate), is hosting an exhibit of french fries from November 7-8 at 168 Bowery.  I am a french fry fanatic and you will definitely catch me there, gazing wistfully at shellacked spuds on display, originating from restaurants all across the city.
Happy Fry Day tomorrow, everyone!

Osteria Morini

Last week, yours truly and yours truly's co-blogger had a molto romantico dinner at Osteria Morini in NoHo.  You will frequently find me enthusiastic about Italian restaurants (Otto, Tommaso, Giacomo, etc.) because Italian food is just so gosh darn delizioso (okay, I'll stop), but Osteria Morini is on a whole different level.  Yes, it's a little bit more expensive than the standard Italian fare, and it is probably very crowded on the weekends, but so worth it.

We were seated in a nice quiet corner in the back, between one couple who could have been Chinese dignitaries and another couple who could have been Italian celebrities from the way the waitstaff came to ask them repeatedly how they were finding everything.  Meanwhile, we splurged on a meat and cheese plate (speck, bresaola, felino salami, pecorino, and squacquerone) and buttered spinach.  I had the Garganelli pasta dish and Alex had the Grigliata Mista di Carni.

The meat and cheese plate makes me salivate even thin…

Stanton Social

Seven courses.  Four cocktails.  Two very satiated brunch eaters at the Stanton Social, check.
Stanton Social is a restaurant by Chris Santos, the sister establishment of Beauty & Essex.  Both restaurants are geared towards tapas-styled dishes made for sharing.  The decor of Stanton Social is modern, sleek, and definitely exudes this sexy New Yorker attitude: dark brown wood, plush banquettes, whitewashed exposed brick walls, glass chandeliers.  It was mercifully empty by the time we arrived, but I could imagine that during a busy service, it'd be almost impossible to navigate the rather cozy dining area.
We purchased an Amazon Local deal for seven dishes and two cocktails each, such an amazing deal that I bought another one for brunch with my friend.  Our server announced that she had never seen anyone complete the whole brunch.  Challenge accepted!  How hard could a few tapas plates be?

First, we started off with dessert: caramelized banana pancakes and warm doughnuts with …

Dinosaur BBQ

Earlier this year, we saw the brilliant guys at Dinosaur BBQ literally hand-smushing big hunks of pig meat into pulled pork perfection at the event Tasting Brooklyn.  Just a block down from the Green House where the event took place, Dinosaur BBQ actually has their brick-and-mortar restaurant.  We journeyed there one afternoon after a very nice stroll through Prospect Park and Park Slope to the Gowanus neighborhood.  The very nice stroll turned into "God, I'm starving" so we ran inside Dinosaur BBQ, pleased that there was no wait, and were seated in the Crazy Cowboy-styled establishment.

First, we gulped down a bit of beer to quench our thirst.  There was a flight of beers for just $7, and of the ones we tried, my favorite was the Left Hand Milk Stout.  I'm usually not a big fan of such dark beers, but perhaps my palette is changing.  The milk stout was very creamy and had a sweet chocolate-y aftertaste, not as bitter as it looked.  The beers were the perfect accomp…

El Pollo III

What's the one thing you crave after a somewhat intense and pretty exhausting workout?
Popeyes!  Because there is one right across the street from my gym.
What's the second thing, possibly healthier version, that we crave after a somewhat intense and pretty exhausting workout?
El Pollo III!
El Pollo III (no word on what happened to I and II) is a Peruvian restaurant right at the hub of 18th Avenue and 86th Street.  Plenty of shoppers abound and the neighborhood population has somehow skyrocketed, judging by the waves of people that get off the D train there.  We've walked by it lots of times, but only recently popped in...and then ordered delivery...and then popped in some more because it is really really good.

Peruvians or people who have travelled to Peru can probably inform me on what proper Peruvian cuisine entails, but I love the simplicity of the pollo at El Pollo III.  We usually get something like a baked chicken and/or chicken stew.  The baked skin-on chicken is …

Pig Island 2014

Let's raise a toast to Pig Island 2014 and to Veritasty's 3rd birthday!
Thank you to Food Karma and Jimmy Carbone for hosting us and hundreds of other pork enthusiasts!  I'm still in a semi-food coma after last week's brilliant Pig Island at Erie Basin Park in Red Hook.  It was extraordinarily hot and humid yesterday, and my skin is almost as blistered as some of those pigs that were served, but it was worth it!
This was the second year that Pig Island was at Erie Basin Park right next to the Brooklyn IKEA, so perhaps we'll work on rebranding it Pig Park.

We were greeted by dessert first: Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies.  These cute mini-pies were served in daan taat tins on colorful trays.  The creamy lime custard sat on top of a crumbly graham cracker crust that was just the right texture and consistency to scoop up with the little folding spoons they gave us.  It was the perfect bookend to my lunch at Pig Island, since I had another on my way out.  Our nex…