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AFB: Where to Go

HEY NEW YORKERS!  Need some restaurant inspiration this week?  Here are 5 spots to try.

Just Opened, Casual: the fried chicken and apple pie at Hill Country Chicken, 1123 Broadway nr 25th, in Flatiron.

Sexy Small Plates/Bar that You Haven’t Been to Yet: L’Oubli for a brandy smash, steak tartare, a glass of wine, croque monsieur, a country pate, more wine.  From Eric Demarchelier’s son Benjamine.

Well-Reviewed Asian ‘cue: Fatty ‘Cue for Heritage pork ribs slathered in smoked fish sauce and Indonesian long pepper sounds cool. As does Red Curry duck with sweet pickled daikon, washed down with a cold bottle of Tiger.  91 South 6th St, Brooklyn

The Sweet Little Favorite that Never Disappoints and is Cheap: Lovely Day. 196 Prince nr Elizabeth, Nolita.  This lovely little vintage-Asian-gamine Thai spot was closed for the longest time due to a fire, and is now BACK. Ginger-fried chicken and chow fung noodles, yesssss.  And it has a brand new downstairs level with more seats so now you don’t have to wait so damn long.

The Upscale but Pretty Farm to Table Restaurant: ABC Kitchen. Love roasted squash with parmesan and lemon, roasted carrot and avocado salad, spaghettini with shrimp and red chili flakes,  and am crazy for the Sundae: salt caramel ice cream, candied peanuts and popcorn, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

Inside Hill Country Chicken


Inside L'Oubli

Fatty 'Cue

I love Lovely Day

ABC Kitchen's Kitchen

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Anthos Upstairs

prawns, tomato, feta

prawns, tomato, feta

I am so happy to have found a spot in midtown that ISN’T super stuffy and uptight,  ISN’T cheesy and touristy and ISN’T ridiculously expensive.  Anthos turned their cozy little second floor into a recessionary spin-off restaurant, with sub-Anthos prices.  It’s essentially Greek tapas and I tried almost all of them last week, when some girlfriends and I hit it up for a post-MOMA movie bite and some wine.  It was perfect, the room was charming and quiet, with a great wine list and really good food.  Everything is priced under $15, and you could definitely be satisfied ordering two plates for yourself.  On the other hand, it would be very easy for this meal to spiral into something more expensive, so if you’re on a budget, stick to one of the tasty Greek wines by the glass (priced around $6) and order the super filling dumplings.

tuna tartare

tuna tartare

gorgeous sardines

gorgeous sardines

spinach dumplings

spinach dumplings

seared scallops

seared scallops

PLT- pork belly, lettuce, tomato

PLT- pork belly, lettuce, tomato

lamb

lamb

the very pretty room, tucked away on the second floor

the very pretty room, tucked away on the second floor

 

Anthos Upstairs: 36 W. 52nd St bet 5th and 6th.  212-582-6900.  Visit their website here.

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