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Bagel Oasis

Bagel Oasis – New York’s Best Bagel

I always hear New Yorkers bicker about their favorite foods and how there can only be ONE pure variety of anything: Laduree for macarons, Magnolias for cupcakes, Dominique Ansel’s cronut, Levain’s cookie, blah blah blah, and eventually someone will say something like ESS-A-BAGEL for bagels.  What? Ess-a-bagel?  Wait, you’ve been in New York for how long?Ess-a-bagel is GREAT.  A very delicious Manhattan bagel with multiple and accessible outposts.  They’ve benefited from word-of-mouth marketing.  I admittedly go there when I’m craving a bagel and have sent multiple people on the mini-pilgrimage to the so-called best bagel of NYC.  Service is always kind, rushed, and follows everything by the New Yorker way.But obviously these Manhattanites haven’t been to Bagel Oasis (or haven’t had a friend kind enough to bring them one).  I hardly go there, if not for my best friend requesting when I come to visit her in Grenada to bring New York bagels.

I’m a bit biased because like every other New Yorker I have grown up on THE BAGEL–my idea of perfectly delicious and always consistent chewy soft circular bread with a layer of crust.  This bagel is from Bagel Oasis in Fresh Meadows.  Yes, this coming from the girl who hates bread.  I used to eat it “Chinese-American style” with roast pork from my Great Aunt’s restaurant Fan Fan right down the block.More objectively, I can still say I think this is the best bagel in New York.  Not only is it perfect when you buy it fresh and room temperature, but also when you toast it (which I can’t say for Ess-a-bagel).
If you have any friends who drive or feel like taking a detour on the way to JFK, totally stop by Bagel Oasis.
18312 Horace Harding Expy
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
(718) 359-9245 | bageloasis.com

Beaumarchais

Beaumarchais.  I’m not sure where to start.  The food and cocktails were good yet overpriced, which was a clear reflection of the crowd.  Go to Beaumarchais to people watch, see people, and be seen.  It was a mixed crowd mostly with tables of solely men or solely women popping magnum bottles of Veuve Cliquot.  Everyone seemed to be significantly older, around 35-45, but dressed to impress.  I’m always a little confused by this loud music brunch scene where people dress up.  Did you not have a good enough time the night before?  If I’m going to drop $50 on pancakes and a drink, I’d personally rather being doing it at a homey foodie brunch place to unwind from the night before’s excitement.

While I can say we did feel fabulous and the music was great, it also felt like the place we would hope to go to have brunch when we are in our 40s, have too much money, are trying to escape our husbands, and are dying to be young again.  (friends, +15 years consider it a date!)

I ordered the Croque Madame, a modest open faced sandwich with salad on the side.  It had a nice truffle flavor and good cheese, but didn’t really blow my mind.  It sort of reminds me of what I eat for breakfast everyday at home so I was left wanting something more.
Croque Madame Beaumarchais

Oh, and that sundae with less than perfect marshmallows that everyone (including us) was ordering just really confused me…and made me feel very very silly.  If the ice cream, marshmallows and whipped cream were homemade I’d have less of a problem and would maybe even pay more considering it was a dessert to share…but no, it was all grocery store quality and the ice cream wasn’t that great.  Hurray food-markups just for a pish-posh atmosphere!  Yes I love food, but I have to at least have the illusion that I can not get the exact same thing elsewhere for dirt cheap.  Well, okay maybe the sparkler that came on top helped a little…ok, no.
Sundae Beaumarchais

The final word?  Go for the pish-posh party atmosphere if your pockets allow for it, but don’t expect mind blowing food.

 

409 W 13th St  New York, 10014 | (212) 675-2400

Bouchon Fail

We had a really strange experience at Bouchon at The Venetian!  They didn’t handle it very well when we asked if they could make a vegetarian omelet with something other than just eggs, and I didn’t expect that from them!  The only set vegetarian entrees they had were the sweet things like french toast, but even the waffle had bacon in it.

Anyway, I ordered the Croque Madame, a grilled cheese with ham and fries covered in sauce.  The bread wasn’t anything to write home about, but the fries were delicious!

Don’t be fooled by all those “tips” on Foursquare–you can totally skip the Croque Madame for poached eggs on toast with a side order of fries.

Looks good though…

Croque Madame at Bouchon

Clinton Street Bakery – Favorite Breakfast Place

Wow, I have completely fallen behind on my blog.  I’ve been super busy this summer and end of spring transitioning between jobs.

Once upon a LONG TIME AGO I went to Clinton Street Bakery and it is officially my new favorite place to have breakfast.  I used to love the idea of brunch at my favorites: The Smith, Calle Ocho, Cafe Orlin, not because of food quality but because of all the other things they have to offer, but I will take Clinton Street Bakery over anything else now (if I have the time).  I got there about ten minutes too late so I had to wait an hour for a table in their infamous line, but part of the fun is going with someone who also enjoys delicious food as much as you and chatting about how excited you are (the same with Caracas Arepa Bar)!  We ordered the french toast with bananas and the potato pancakes with smoked salmon.  It doesn’t sound that fantastic or amazing, and sure even the diner on the corner can present something that looks delicious, but there is something about complete perfection that will get me every single time.

The french toast had a great texture and was oh so buttery.  The potato pancakes were just the right amount of crisp with great natural potato flavor.  Next time I will definite check out the ACTUAL pancakes.  My friend didn’t want to get two sweet dishes so we could share, but next time… no matter what… I will get the pancakes.  YUM.

Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon at Clinton Street Bakery

Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon at Clinton Street Bakery

French Toast at Clinton Street Bakery