Brunch at AliasAlias is great for a low-key brunch on a Sunday morning, a great contrast to the mostly crowded lines-out-the-door types of places that populate New York City. The menu has a vaguely Southern bent to it and manages to provide lots of options that help you to customize a plate that covers all the bits and pieces you might want to try.
goetta. The menu had a small explainer that this is a food of some uncertain origins but that is a specialty out of Cincinnati and usually involves oats and some pork bits and is sometimes likened to haggis. This turned out to be quite innocuous, a paper-thin woven hash brown with tiny pork bits mixed in. It reminded me a bit of fried dim sum dishes, probably because Chinese food involves much pork.
Hester Street Fair
I'd recently read about the new craft and food fair at Hester and Essex Streets and with the mention of several specialty food stands, knew I'd make it here sooner rather than later.
Broadway East's stand: lemonade with fennel (undiscernible) and iced tea with hibiscus (just a slightly flowery touch). The stacks of pretzels at Sigmund's Pretzelshop called to us. Hello, gruyere paprika pretzel! Yes, we'll take wholegrain mustard on the side. Yum.
And then a chocolate chip peanut butter cookie with pretzel chunks for later. Later was made good by this monster. A good amount of good quality chocolate chips swarmed this thick cookie (that tasted more like peanut butter — finally!) and the pretzel bits added a bold crunch.
Dinner at The Tangled Vine
My second visit to this Upper West side spot was perhaps even better than the first. I'll have to believe that my dining companion's mention of my blog had nothing to do with that.