Monday, April 27, 2009

Dallas BBQ

1265 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021, 212-772-9393,

Prices are low and portions are large at this noisy, crowded BBQ spot. On a warm Saturday evening, the gigantic dining room was packed at an early hour and long lines were forming. Fortunately for us, most people come with larger groups so a small table for two was quickly available.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Bistro Le Steak

1309 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021, 212-517-3800,

Bistro Le Steak

Space is tight at this busy upper east-sider, especially on a warm Saturday evening in Spring. But a reservation will get you a nice table by the open window of the enclosed sidewalk cafe.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Barking Dog Luncheonette

1453 York Avenue, New York, NY 10075, 212-861-3600

When we're in the mood for a great (and we do mean great) burger and all the fixings, the Barking Dog is where we go. Easily the best burger, served on toasted rosemary Focaccia bread and accompanied by a heavenly slaw. Choosing between the spicy curly fries and the beer-battered onion rings is too painful so we get an order of each and share.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Due Restaurant

1396 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10075, 212-772-3331,

Due Restaurant

This lovely northern Italian does everything right. A nice room, excellent service (even when they’re busy), a good wine selection by the glass (including an excellent shiraz) and an extensive menu with lots of specials. All the expected Italian favorites can be found alongside some more interesting fare. Both the beef carpaccio salad with plenty of shaved parmeseano reggiano and the eggplant croquette salad with a generous amount of fresh goat cheese were great starts to the meal. The veal piccata, veal Milanese and the verdi gnocchi with asparagus were all perfectly made.