Posts Tagged ‘brunch’

dinner is served: chelsea neighborhood favorite tbsp is now open for dinner!

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

At long last Melissa Chmelar, founder of tbsp restaurant and spoon catering, will finally ring the dinner bell. tbsp will expand to include dinner service starting this week after killing it at her already successful breakfast and lunch business. With solidly good, casual dining and new sure-fire vintage cocktails, this friendly, local neighborhood joint will soon become part of the family.

Dishing out comforting starters and family-style dishes like Market Table Toast (grilled Balthazar bread smothered with fresh local ricotta and favorite seasonal ingredients), Beer Braised Pork Shoulder (with avocado tomatillo salsa, arroz verde & simmered black beans), Mushroom Papardelle (crisp roasted shitake mushrooms, Tuscan kale, fresh ricotta & chili flakes), Skillet Mac & Four Cheese goodness, the classic tbsp burger and more, accompanied with a sure-to-please kids menu. House-made desserts like gooey skillet cookies served with ice cream end the meal with a sweet moment. Dinner service will also boast full wine and specialty cocktail offerings, slung from behind a beautifully redesigned bar. Cocktail standouts on the new menu include the Corpse Reviver #2 (Gin, lillet, triple sec, absinthe & lemon), and the Garden Greyhound (Vodka, fresh grapefruit, thyme sprig & black peppercorn). Start calling yourself a regular now… tbsp tends to churn ‘em out.

After stopping in ourselves during last week’s Friends & Family service, we cannot wait to make tbsp a weekly staple. Some of our favorites were the skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, the chicken pot pie (pictured) and a brownie dessert topped with melting vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling of caramel popcorn, making for one genius bite. My handsome 19-month old dinner companion dug deep into his bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, grinning ear to ear. He is also very good at sharing and made sure his entire body got in on some of that delicious sauce action. The drink of the night had to be the Corpse Reviver, and boy did I need it (just kidding! But hah, wow, kids are a lot of work!).

With the stormy weather New York is having this week, tonight is the perfect night to stop by and try tbsp’s dinner. Warm up with a bowl of hearty soup (varies daily, made from scratch) and let tbsp feed your cravings. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

~jamie

ABOUT TBSP AND SPOON:

Family-owned and operated since 1999, spoon started in a five story walk-up with belief in using hand picked, seasonal organic produce grown in upstate New York sourced by Mountain Dell Farms, From Farm to Chef, and other local purveyors. Fresh and local is the cornerstone upon which spoon and tbsp is built. Delivered daily, all of spoon’s produce, meats and fish are fresh. Desserts, muffins and sweet and savory treats are hot out of the oven. spoon also produces a full line of frozen entrees, baking mixes and home canned sauces, condiments, relishes, rubs and jams. spoon specializes in providing innovative culinary options for photo shoots, corporate meetings and private events. Melissa continues to bring creativity and integrity to the table.

A picturesque, Chelsea neighborhood favorite, tbsp joined the spoon family in 2008 and was founded on the idea that local ingredients and quality recipes make for culinary success. First launching with daily lunch service, eventually launching an ever-popular brunch service, tbsp is now very excited to announce, it’s time for dinner.

tbsp Dinner

Wednesday through Saturday – 5 pm to 10 pm

Sunday – 4pm to 8pm

17 West 20th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

New York, NY 10011

646.230.7000

www.spoonnyc.com

clinton street baking company: the best pancakes ever, seriously

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

i am an avid yelper. “yelper” in the sense that i like to read the yelps, but not necessarily write them myself. but after one recent experience, i decided that i had to write one. just had to.

a few weekends go, i had brunch with a friend at the clinton street baking company in the lower east side. before going to brunch, i was a bit skeptical. so, as a true foodie should always do, i did a bit of research on what i might expect during my experience at this new breakfast slash brunch joint. many of the yelp reviews were just raving about how fantastic their pancakes were. “how good could pancakes be?” i thought…

my ratings prior to my experience

*interior: 3 out of 5 stars
- looked decent enough inside, but nothing special. looked like a pretty simple diner…

*food: 3 out of 5 stars
- the food looked pretty… average – your standard pancakes, eggs benedict, eggs, etc.

*menu selection:  4 out of 5 stars
- menu looked intriguing… there were a few interesting-sounding dishes like the huevos rancheros, buttermilk biscuit sandwich, LES pickles, and sugar cured bacon

 

my ratings after my experience

*interior: 4 out of 5 stars
- interior was small, but cozy and intimate
- i gave an additional star for the chalkboard menu…i think it gave the place a real home-y feel.

*food: 4 out of 5 stars overall, 5 out of 5 for their blueberry pancakes
- hands down, they were the best blueberry pancakes i ever had. they were just so perfectly fluffy, moist, soft, and just… splendid. and the maple butter that came along with it? heavenly.
- as for the sugar cured bacon, it definitely was interesting, but i probably couldn’t eat more than a couple pieces.
- my friend had the eggs benedict with house smoked salmon – this, too, was good.. but not as good as the blueberry pancakes!

*menu selection: 5 out of 5 stars
- i looked around to see what people were eating around me, and everything looked really good. although clinton street baking company is most well known for their breakfast and brunch items, i definitely want to try some of their sandwiches next time. they looked so fresh and served with a side of fresh, homemade chips.

here’s a little something to whet your appetite. hungry yet?

~ irin