Hi all! Kanika here to share four of our favorite restaurants in the Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the NYC Metro Area for you to try this week. Enjoy!!
Restaurant: Oda House, 76 Avenue B, New York, NY
Our Take: It’s definitely hard to recall another restaurant meal that is as comforting as the cheesy Adjaruli Khachapuri at Oda, and just a few blocks from my apartment too. They bake a sour, moderately salty, homemade Georgian sulguni cheese in dough, top it with a poached organic egg, and the rest is history.
Bonus: If you’ve never had Georgian wine (fermented in old clay pots), then you are in for a treat. Adjaruli goes down better with a nice cool glass of Pheasant’s Tears.
Restaurant: Jules Bistro, 65 Saint Marks Place, New York, 10003
Our Take: This authentic French bistro looks like a nonchalant cafe off the side of the street, but inside there’s live jazz (with no cover charge), fresh authentic food for a good price, great wines, and lots of character. Owner Georges Forgeois lived in Harlem for many years upon moving to New York and was inspired to bring the jazz venue energy down to the East Village. With Jules, the restaurant’s namesake, Georges introduced the long overlooked jazz era to a whole new generation alongside piles of moules frites and bubbling bowls of onion soup gratinée. And it’s definitely been one of the best kept secrets of East Village.
“Bring some friends, split a bottle of malbec, order Les Six Huitres du Jour (six oysters with mignonette, lemon, and cocktail sauces) — and of course, sit back and listen to some good music.” - Matt
Bonus: The fondant au chocolat. If you don’t eat anything else, go for this.
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Restaurant: Sweetwater Restaurant, 105 N 6th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Our Take: While my list of new, must-try restaurants keeps getting longer, I still find myself returning to my rolodex of favorite go-to restaurants in Brooklyn. And Sweetwater is one of the best. This once-infamous punk bar turned neighborhood restaurant has some of the best oysters and tuna nicoise you can find. But my order is always the same: the Sweetwater Burger made with cheddar and caramelized onions, served on an English muffin with fries and a salad. So good I sometimes order two.
Bonus: Sweetwater is tried and true— and if you dine-in, be sure to grab a seat outside in the patio garden.
Restaurant: Remo’s, 35 Bedford St, Stamford, CT
Our Take: I love Remo’s. It’s the restaurant I always go to first when I’m home, and I order the same thing every time: the Neapolitan Brick Oven Pizza with fresh mozzarella, zucchini, and red onions, with a chocolate cannoli for dessert. Remo’s has the charm and quality of an authentic Italian restaurant, complete with the tinfoil ceiling, black and white tiled floors, photos from the 30s on the wall, and a big brick oven at the center of affairs. And if you’re like me, and you spend most of your time dining alone, it’s rare to find a neighborly place that’s good for both families and younger people that has affordable and homestyle food. Remo’s is all those things.
I’ve ordered the same thing for the last 10 years, and it doesn’t get old: affordable dinner for one, and the leftovers taste just as good the next day. If you’re in Stamford, make this your one stop.
Bonus: They deliver!!