Harlem Tavern–Uptown Beer Garden

Well, the “beer garden” or if you want to say it in German-Biergarten, is okay.

Let me not also forget to mention that it is part of Harlem’s rebirth, in a way. There was mix of people, black, white, regular, upper class, young and old. There was music in the background and also there were sharp looking waiters and waitresses (black outfits and trendy cuts). We even sighted a celeb from Law and Order.

Our table was a little shaky -the tables outside are the French Cafe type, metal with a million holes. Our waiter was attentive however. I cannot remember how long but I was thinking the food took a little longer than normal. While we waited we had drinks-2 mixed drinks and I had a Prosecco. That is always nice. (not sure if that contributed to the long wait feeling.) Also we did not order an appetizer.

We had the classic burger and fries, the fried green tomatoes and arugula flat bread with fries, and the short ribs with mashed potatoes and spinach. The burger was decent, so I heard. My sister had the flat bread and though not an arugula fanatic, she was surprised to see it and to taste it-apparently she liked it. I enjoyed my meal for the most part. I would have liked a stronger sauce for my short ribs and/or a tad bit more salt in the cooking process. It was a tad bit on the drier side but still okay.

So will we visit again, we shall see. Maybe it will be a different atmosphere in the summer. In the summer it may be more wild as the people come out to have their beverages. The place is opened till 2am I think. Also I am guessing that in the summer they take off the cover. I cannot remember passing by in the warmer months.

I give it a 5 for being an average place. Nothing stood out, but it had edible food and decent music. The menu was a little small however. (maybe a good thing actually) There were even fewer vegetable focused ones. That is not a problem for me by for some–they need that variety.

So I am looking out for a great short ribs dish with a luscious but somewhat buttery, seasoned mash potato side. If you know a place, please share. You can also tell me about your last tender meat experience. 🙂

Till then, I raise my glass to good food and good company.
Ciao, Ciao

Southern Hospitality-NY, NY

So I wanted to take my other half out for a date in Manhattan. I wanted bbq but did not want to visit one of the known spots:Brother Jimmy’s, Dallas BBQ and Blue Smoke (which is awesome by the way). So we tried this place that is supposedly associated with Justin Timberlake. Who knows?

After all many celebrities lend their name but this place does not even have that.

In any case we had a BBQ combo at 25$: ribs and chicken, with cole slaw and cornbread on the side. All I could think after I ordered the cornbread was, I really wanted sweet potato fries, which are always great. So guess what I did, I ordered the fries.

So the verdict: The combo was more than enough for the two of us. I can imagine one person ordering it. We basically packed the food into our stomachs. I think the ribs were decent enough–(I had Famous Daves, another place, in Long Island–yummy is all I can say about that- talk about finger licking goodness). Ordering the fries was a great addition as well.

The service was pretty fast and we did not even order appetizers.

The place was a bar in the front with standing room and a back sitting area that served as the restaurant portion, with large screened tvs for your game watching pleasure. (it is not a date place or maybe it is, -not pretentious, simple and not stuffy) I must say that there is limited seating-@30. You can eat at the bar, but then that is about 10 -12 spots extra.

I would give it a 5 overall. It was decent enough and did what we wanted it to do. I think I would possibly visit again.

Until then, if you have a good bbq place not mentioned, let us know. We are always up to try new places.

French Terminology

Have you ever wanted to know what people mean when they say the following terms! I found this information online.

Cooking styles

Classical French cuisine (also known in France as cuisine bourgeoise). This includes all the classical French dishes which were at one time regional, but are no longer specifically regional. Food is rich and filling, with many dishes using cream-based sauces.

Haute cuisine is classical French cuisine taken to its most sophisticated and extreme. Food is elegant, elaborate and generally rich. Meals tend to be heavy, especially due to the use of cream and either large portions or many smaller portions. There is a strong emphasis on presentation (in particular, vegetables tend to be cut with compulsive precision and uniformity). The finest ingredients are used, and the meal is correspondingly expensive.

Cuisine Nouvelle. This style developed in the 1970s, as a reaction against the classical school of cooking. The food is simpler and lighter. Portions are smaller and less rich; the heavy cream sauces of the classical approach are particularly avoided. Cooking is less elaborate and quicker, with more emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients.

Cuisine du terroir
. This focuses on regional specialties and is somewhat more rustic in nature. Local produce and food traditions are the main focus.