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Quick Bite: Peel’s

outside Peel's

Peel’s is the brand new, surprisingly polished, very white, comfortable sister to taxidermied hipster restaurant Freeman’s. It’s a slightly more upscale diner with a takeout counter and a big long bar.

The savvy Freeman’s people know that cocktails attract customers like bees to honey, so even though it’s diner food, you can get a pretty damn involved cocktail.  That’s why  a cocktail is $13 and a cheeseburger is $12.  Must be those hand-muddled juices.

a peek at the menu

The wide, high-top wood communal tables on the first floor are my favorite.  Peel’s is totally casual, a place you can drop in with pals for an unfussy dinner, cheap beer and a fine Sazerac.

Peel’s,  325 Bowery at E. 2nd St.  No website as far as I can tell.

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Hello, Paris. I’ve Been Missing You.

photo by the legendary Henri Cartier-Bresson

AFB breathlessly, passionately, excitedly, jubilantly announces that from October 11-22nd it will be dispatching from Paris.  Au my goodness.

Truthfully, it’s about freaking time I returned.  Paris gets under my skin and into my bones and fills up my heart.  I adore it whether it’s raining, snowing, windy or sunny.  I actually like cloudy days in Paris. But I’ve never spent more than a few days in Paris.  This time, I mean serious bordeaux-filled business.

My top priorities are to find new places to eat, a quiet cafe to drink a latte, the top ten best pain au chocolat in the city, where to find good Vietnamese, and the usual: shopping, art, music, food, markets, but I want to find the new and unexpected, the hidden jewels.  On the flip side, I fully intend to revisit my favorites.

SO, I’m giving you a big heads up because my readers are cool, and I want to know where you’ve been, where to eat, drink, shop, etc.  Let me know.  Feel free to comment here so everyone can listen in.  Enjoy the pics of below.  Photo truffles will be a part of the program for the next few weeks.


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Cold+Wonderful in TRUCK FORM!

Did the slushy gods hear the desperation in my voice last post?  I just read that there is a new truck in town, this one peddling gourmet slushies.  There are flavors like green tea, ginger, and citrus, to which you can add fresh fruit puree.  It sound delicious, and the fact that it is run by a former lawyer doesn’t deter me at all, although it’s a bummer there are no pictures of these fancy pants slushies?

It’s called Kelvin Slush, and it’s hitting the streets as we speak.  Visit the website or follow on facebook for locations.


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Blogger Babble: Noria Morales of At First Bite

Blogger Babble: Noria Morales of At First Bite

I am super psyched and flattered to be featured on the inside source, a trend-spotting and shopping resource for ebay fans and users.  They asked me to comb ebay for things I would use to entertain: vintage tablecloths, bread boards, mason jars for flowers.  Check it out!

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Food Art

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to style Anthony Bourdain for the June cover of the Improper Bostonian. Why is this unapologetic New Yorker gracing the cover of a magazine about a city he once dissed? Turns out he got his start in Provincetown, frying up seafood and washing dishes. He was a great model, game for anything, entertaining us with stories of monkey meat in Liberia and how to scoop up hot curries with your hands.


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In the News: A New Restaurant Row!

Yesterday’s article about a new foodie destination; that is, the stretch of Bowery between Houston and Cooper Square, is very exciting.  I’m particularly excited for Conant’s Faustina and McNally’s Pulino.  A lot of them aren’t open yet, but here’s the list from Raisfeld-Patronite and the map (by Remie Geoffroi).

1. Faustina
25 Cooper Sq., nr. 5th St. 212-475-3400
Scott Conant’s Italianate remake of the short-lived Table 8 mingles hotel chic with gourmet grub like lobster “susci” and date pudding.

2. Hecho en Dumbo
354 Bowery, nr. 4th St. 212-937-4245
Dumbo General Store’s in-house cantina relocates to the old Marion’s space this week, with an expanded menu of homey but sophisticated Mexico City cooking. Some new and noteworthy dishes include camarones a la diabla on radish slaw, and guinea- hen confit in a mole made from chiles grown by chef Danny Mena’s mother.

3. Restaurant at Great Jones Hotel
25 Great Jones St., nr. Lafayette St.; open date TBA
Todd English is attached to this pending project, which has already ruffled some neighborhood feathers.

4. Japan Premium Beef, Inc.
57 Great Jones St., nr. Bowery; 212-260-2333
This boutique butcher displays its pristine cuts of Washugyu, an Oregon-raised cross between Japanese Wagyu and American Angus, like precious (and pricey) jewels.

5. Bohemian New York
57 Great Jones St., nr. Bowery no phone
Quasi-private restaurant and lounge, with a civilized vibe, cool design, and eclectic menu that runs from soy-glazed, deep-fried Japanese sweet potatoes to smoked meats from a Brooklyn-based French charcutier

6. Freemans project; name TBA
325 Bowery, at 2nd St. opens late spring
Freemans partners Taavo Somer and William Tigertt, and chef Preston Madson, bring American food (and taxidermy?) to the bi-level former Kelley & Ping space.

7. Double Crown and Madam Geneva
316 Bowery, at Bleecker St. 212-254-0350
British Colonial–themed cuisine and cocktails from the Public-AvroKo crew.

8. Bespoke Chocolates
6 Extra Pl., nr. 1st St. 212-260-7103
Pretzel-covered, sea-salted caramels and other finely wrought bonbons in a semi-hidden location.

9. Veselka Bowery
9 E. 1st St., nr. Bowery opening late 2010
A more upscale version of the beloved East Village coffee shop will supplement pierogi and cabbage soup with vodka and caviar.

10. DBGB Kitchen and Bar
299 Bowery, nr. Houston St. 212-933-5300
Daniel does burgers, dogs, and ice-cream sundaes with all the requisite refinement, plus a serious beer list.

11. Pulino’s Bar and Pizzeria
282 Bowery, at Houston St. 212-226-1966; opens for breakfast and lunch March 10, dinner March 29
Two wood-fired ovens, a butchering room, and Beard Award–winning chef Nate Appleman inhabit Keith McNally’s latest extravaganza (see more here). The twelve-inch pies will be, says Appleman, crisp, thin, resolutely unfloppy, and crafted from cheese and tomato sauce sourced from Jersey, and dough will be made there as well (at Balthazar Bakery HQ).

12. The National

8 Rivington St., nr. Bowery 212-777-2177
A tiny, stylish nook nabbing Freemans overflow with fish tacos, lobster rolls, and a well-received blue-cheese burger.

13. Rhong-Tiam @ Collective Hardware

169 Bowery, nr. Delancey St. opens this spring
Andy Yang has a 30-year lease on this five-floor building, where he’s planning a Thai restaurant and a rooftop bar.



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New Places To Try


Tipsy Parson- from the people behind the much-loved Little Giant in the LES.  They went west!  I’m hoping their food is as honest and local and good.

The Breslin- The Spotted Pig people opened this cool joint in the Ace Hotel.  The Ace Hotel is this industrial, American masculine spot (the kind of spot an hunter/carpenter/poet from Maine… or Montana… might open).  I love it.  And it figures perfectly that they would call the Pig people to do a place that features all kinds of weird meat that will probably freak me out.

Maialino- Danny Meyer (Unions Square Cafe, Tabla, 11 Madison) has opened a new restaurant.  OMFG, YAY! This time, it’s a no holds barred Roman-style trattoria in Gramercy Park.  I imagine it’s going to be perfect.

And if you’re wanting to know of some good spots that I’ve been to recently that I love:

Aldea- inspired Spanish food with local flavor.  Or local food with Spanish flavor?  Either way, it’s really awesome, and the whole spot is just super nice.  I love it for a date or to bring foodies who don’t want a scene.

Tomoe Sushi- it’s kind of a hole in the wall, but I love their super fresh sushi.  I’ve been getting it to go because the lines are too long though.

Sorella- in the LES- small plate rustic Italian.  It’s wonderful.  Good spot for a date because the wine bar is super dark and intimate, you share the food… you get the picture.

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