Island Burgers & Shakes

November 7, 2011

This weekend my friend Kelly was here, and we ran around town (literally) for 2 days doing all sorts of fun activities like wedding dress shopping and cheering on our friends running the NYC Marathon. With little time to spare, Island Burgers and Shakes was the perfect quick stop for a delicious and filling meal on Saturday afternoon. Difficult to choose from the never-ending menu, we went with the Mona Lisa Churasco, a grilled chicken sandwich with mozzarella, pesto, sauteed onions, mushrooms, roasted peppers and Parmagiana reggiano on ciabatta. And I had the Roma Churasco, grilled chicken with thyme, rosemary, garlic, oregano and red pepper.

Roma Churasco

 

Fries & Ketchup

 

Roma Churasco

 

Mona Lisa Churasco

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This adorable cafe planted itself conveniently just on the corner of my apartment a little over a year ago, yet it wasn’t until my vegan roommate introduced me to their delicious food that I became a regular. One of my favorite snacks happen to be their chickpea fries with home cream dressing, and I hate to admit, but their homemade vegan brownie bites are usually consumed at least 3 times a week for dessert.

Chickpea fries

 

Vegan brownie bites

 

Chickpea fries

A Druze Brunch

September 29, 2011

Now that I’m back for some good old NYC cuisine, I decided go to Gazala’s, a small family-owned restaurant that I’ve been meaning to check out since they opened their new Upper West Side location. I admit, I had never heard of Druze cuisine, but it happens to be a religious community found in Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Jordan, that is comparable to the standard Middle Eastern fare. Known to be the most authentic tastes of this kind around town, their brunch was delicious and conveniently located across from my favorite Sunday market.

Tomatoes, cheese and scrambled eggs with seasoning and an Israeli salad

 

Semolina dough stuffed with chopped dates and walnuts

 

Poached eggs in tomato sauce

An Upper West Side Gem

December 13, 2010

Kefi is one of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood, let alone all of New York City. They have an amazing Greek menu, very reasonably priced. I went there this weekend while my parents were visiting and ordered what I always do, the Sheep Milk Ravioli with brown butter and sage. A day later, the leftovers are just as delicious and photogenic as they were at the restaurant.

Sheep Milk Ravioli with Brown Butter & Sage