A day at the rains.

what better thing to do on a Sunday afternoon
-make some kebabs, grab some potato salad and some coleslaw, then crack up the grill
-find a nice place that is quiet, grass-covered, and right on the water with a view of the Hudson
-catch up on past due reading material and disengage your phone
-sit in a lawn chair

so what could be better, or rather what could be worse
-it raining
it raining like an angry man–sky dark, all the ranges disappearing, land marks disappearing (we could see the Tappan Zee bridge and then we could not, then we could not see anything, it was like a thick cloud of gray from the water to the sky

we waited out the rain under a beach umbrella–yeah, something meant for the sun, not for heavy pelting rain

so since we could not eat in the rain, we went to a local diner–yummy, steak and reuben sandwich
i have to say that the meal was rather excellent–diners rock
they had a lot on the menu -a lot, 6 pages worth, sometimes that can cause a problem as there is some much you can order and some diners serve anything anytime–pancakes at 8pm at night anyone, steak for breakfast

till then–try a diner, no it is not first class, but you can find almost anything and is usually worth it–decent price and a heaping of food

Restaurant News

http://ny.eater.com/archives/2012/07/new_version_of_eleven_madison_park_to_open_this_fall.php

This is pretty wild. They are increasing the cost of the menu and then offering entertainment. There are comments on either side.

I actually met one of the guys in this article and I guess they (him and his partner) are bold. The restaurant is like a performance. They want to present a top of the line service and they have a pretty cool location. They all wear uniforms with ties and vests. There is a small opening into the kitchen and so there is a dance they do to keep the flow working. You have to be on your toes all the time.

I do however agree with one person who says that there is no “small” option. You have to always get 12 courses.

I have no opinion either way but instead say–they made a choice and now have to live with it–good or bad.

Guantanamera NYC

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Cuban food is great. On date night we decided to use a groupon special. We found this little place called Guantanamera. It was a bar and a restaurant and performance room.

We arrived and there was a small bar in the front but we could see the tables in the back. It was dark, but the back of the room looked like a Medea set. It was bright with yellow lights and yellow wall. On the small stage was a live band. People had taken the liberty to dance in the walkway from the back of the restaurant to the front of the restaurant.

We got a seat right behind the bar. Thanks goodness this was not to be a romantic first date. The music was loud. We were practically yelling and we were about 3 feet apart or less. We have a small 2 person table and about 1.5 feet away on the right was another table. On the left was the walking path and on the side of that some booths. So we were in the middle of it all and the music was loud. Bar workers and waitresses and managers walked on both sides of us. One wrong step and I would have been bruised.

So to the food. I thought I would try something new. I wanted the oxtail. By the way, it was excellent. I would give it about a 7. It was juicy, the right texture, enough, placed nicely on the place and it came with some rice. I had some of the beans as well. The music started to hop even more and people were dancing beyond the path-they moved the tables further away.
My other half had the flank steak. It was decent but you really kind of needed the sauce. I have had this meat before and it was not as great this time around but we definitely tasted the grill. I would give the steak a 6.

I liked this place as it may well have been what a Cuban place is in Cuba—full of energy, good smells, loud and opened late.

I would recommend and would go back a well. There was a large menu and fish to, so that would be another thing to try. We saw them bring out the fish and it looked like fun. Another customer just took her hands and broke the fish like a native. I liked that–no shame.

Till then, eat up.