Anthony David’s Dining Room – Hoboken

We decided to cross the river and see what Hoboken has to offer, and it was a pleasant surprise. Anthony David’s was supposingly rated the best brunch of Hoboken.

First we had to try their well-known Bourbon Glazed Donuts. Um… yeah… it tasted like donuts dipped in sugar with bourbon, nothing less! :shock: If bourbon for brunch is too much for you, they offer 4 mini virgin versions on the side.

Next, gotta try their Benedicts… there were just soooo many choices. But surprisingly it was not a difficult choice for me when I saw French Toast & Crispy Bacon Benedict. This is the perfect gluttonous combination – greasy, salty, and sweet. The eggs were perfectly cooked, when the yolk ozzes out to mix with the syrup, it was heaven for me. 8-) The only flaw with this dish, was that I did not get to try their Hollandaise sauce… but yeah… that would not have worked too well with french toast and bacon.

 

Hubby tried the Crab Cake Benedict. It got high marks from hubbie as well, I gotta say it looks pretty so good that it’s making me hungry. :P

So far Hoboken is doing pretty good with brunch, we will definitely be crossing the river again in the future. :)

 

 

Awash – Upper West Side

This Ethiopian restaurant brings back some fond memories. It used to be my neighborhood go-to place, I was there every week. :)

After a few different (and more expensive) Ethiopian restaurants in the city, I still think this is the best quality for the price. But hey, I’m just judging using my stomach, I have no clue what authentic Ethiopian food is supposed to taste like.

Vegetable Sambusa – pastry shells filled with spiced mixed vegetables. Anything wrapped in pastry shells is delicious, you just can’t screw this up.

I almost always end up getting a combination plate, just because I can’t decide on getting only 1 or 2 dishes, and they are all delicious.

All Meat Combo with tibs wat (beef strips cooked in berbere sauce, bottom brown pile), doro wat (chicken simmered in berbere sauce, right side dark brown pile), yebeg alicha (lamb cooked in butter with onions and green peppers, top left yellowy pile), special tibs (beef cubes marinated in a spicy sauce and seasoned with peppers, spices and onions, center pile). My favorite meat is doro wat, just because the sauce is really good and the chicken is super tender. But they are all very yummy.

It also comes with 3 veggies, yatakilt alicha (cabbage, carrots and potatoes sauteed with peppers, onions and garlic), gomen (collard greens cooked with onions, garlic and green peppers), and yater kik alicha (yellow split peas cooked with onions, peppers and herbs). I think they actually change these veg up regularly, so you may end up with different ones.

You eat all these yummy mush with injera, the spongy bread that just keeps coming…

Penang – Upper West Side

We come here every now and then, just because it’s convenient. It kind of took a while for it to grow on me, now I would say I kind of like this place. Everything I have tried here were good, it wasn’t cheap, maybe that’s what made me feel lukewarm about it until now. :)

APPETIZERS:

Sotong Goreng – marinated golden fried squid with peppers and onions. This is really good!!

Green Papaya Salad – I have tried this salad in a lot of thai restaurants, and this taste kind of different. It’s my least favorite dish here so far, it’s fairly spicy with the jalepeno peppers, but overall it’s really kind of tasteless.

Rendang Roll – Roti pancakes rolled up with stewed beef, and a creamy coconut curry dipping sauce. This is a special appetizer, and it was basically an appetizer version of their Beef Rendang entree.

 

ENTREE:

Nasi Nenas – fried rice with egg, shrimp, pineapple chunks, peas, scallions and cashews

Kari Sayur Campur – mixed vegetables and tofu cooked in a clay pot with a spicy coconut curry broth - this is one of my favorites! 

Penang Chow Kueh Teow – penang’s famous flat rice noodles with shrimp, squid, eggs, chives and bean sprouts in a spicy black soya chili sauce

Home Style Vegetable – sauteed okra, string beans and baby eggplant with spicy malaysian shrimp sauce

Mee Goreng – indian style pan fried egg noodles in a special squid sauce with egg, tofu, potatoes, shrimp, bean sprouts, ground peanuts & fried onion

Penang Char Mee Hoon – rice vermicelli with chicken, egg, bean sprouts, julianned red and green peppers, tofu, lemon grass and dried red pepper. The fried noodles are all starting to look the same, but they definitely don’t taste the same. They all have their own unique flavor or texture.

 

 

The Plaza Food Hall – Midtown East

Continueing the celebration of our anniversary, we came to the Plaza Food Hall at the Plaza Hotel for brunch. :)

It was a full service market place, where you sit in front of one of the food stations. They have all kinds of different types of food, you can order from any station and a server brings the food to you. We were sitting at the pasta station, so we got to see them make pasta while we eat.

Salmon Benedict – I came for brunch, so I wanted brunch food. It was one of the best Benedicts I’ve ever had. A salmon cake on the bottom replacing the english muffin, plenty of flavor from the smoked salmon and salmon roe. And finally the salad added a really nice texture to the dish. The salad dressing is citrus, and grapefruit based. It complements everything else very well for the most part, except when I came across the 1 or 2 pieces of sour grapefruit. :shock:

Kimchi Pork Sliders – Those cute mini burgers, with kimchi and pulled pork, topped with a pickle. The burger was yummy overall, but the kimchi plus the pickles plus some pickled green beans made it way too picklish.

Fig and Prosciotto Flatbread – Todd English is known for his flatbread at this other restaurants, so this was our safe bet. It didn’t disappoint. With rosemary crust, fig jam, gongonzola, and prosciotto, you can’t really go wrong.

It was a lovely meal, hubbie is already thinking about going back. :)