one mile house – bowery burger

In search of beer & food last weekend, my friend brought me to One Mile House in the Lower East Side. After the making the long trip up to NYC, I was starving and noticed they served burgers.

One Mile House serves four different kinds of burgers, two beef, one chicken, and one falafel. The beef burgers are the Bowery Burger and the Angry Burger. I kept switching between the two, mainly cause the Angry Burger had Maytag Blue Cheese. I ended up with the Bowery Burger, which was topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, (I added) Wisconsin cheddar, and (added) bacon.

I ordered it medium-rare and it came out medium-well. It was still juicy, though the meat itself lacked some seasoning. The cheese wasn’t melty either. Also, the burger could have benefited from a stronger bun, as the soft bun started to fall apart through consumption.

On a brighter note, the accompanying Asiago fries weren’t bad and the draft list was pretty good. They had Brooklyn Sorachi Ace on tap! Definitely worth stopping in for a beer especially if you’re going to a show at the next door Bowery Ballroom.

One Mile House
10 Delancey St.
New York, NY 10002

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northern spy food co.

I brunched with a couple friends not too long ago at Northern Spy Food Co. This East Village restaurant’s menu focuses on local and seasonal ingredients. The space isn’t the largest, but it sure was nice and cozy on that Sunday afternoon.

Coffees, waters, and a blueberry mimosa were the drinks ordered by the table. To start the meal, we all split an order of their buttermilk biscuits. These were delicious. They came to the table still warm and were some of the best biscuits I’ve ever had.

slow-whisked scrambled eggs

A friend ordered the slow whisked scrambled eggs which came with Heritage bacon and pan bread. Another ordered the sausage, egg & cheese sandwich which used gruyere and a fennel-sage sausage. I went with the chicken & egg sandwich which had a crispy chicken thigh, a poached egg, and chimichurri sauce.

chicken & egg sandwich

Definitely enjoyed everything I had for brunch. After having the biscuits on their own, I’ve gotta order their biscuits and gravy next time!

Northern Spy Food Co.
511 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10009

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hill country chicken

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll recall my visit to Hill Country. Since that visit, the same guys opened up Hill Country Chicken in Flatiron. I joined a couple friends for lunch there a couple weeks ago.

They offer two different kinds of fried chicken, Hill Country Classic or Mama Els’ Recipe. Classic is just how you’d expect and the Mama Els is fried chicken without the skin. I know that fried chicken without the skin sounds crazy. I definitely did.

classic in the foreground, mama els in the background

maker's mark bourbon pecan pie

I ordered a thigh of each kind. The classic was delicious with crispy, tasty skin and a juicy inside. The Mama Els was surprisingly great. It was so full of flavor that it didn’t even need the skin. Of course, I’ll probably choose the classic if I had to pick one though. In addition to the chicken, I got to try some of the pecan pie my friend got. Quite delicious as well. Did I mention that there was Maker’s Mark in it?

Hill Country Chicken
1123 Broadway
New York, NY 10010

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blt burger

A friend and I had a burger craving on Labor Day and we decided to go to BLT Burger, Chef Laurent Tourondel’s global burger chain which is part of his BLT family of restaurants.

There were some burgers on the menu which almost had me, ex: lamb merguez – colorado lamb, cilantro yogurt sauce, cucumber, olives, red onion, and tomato; blt – angus beef, double smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, blt burger sauce. My eyes locked on to the Great Hills Blue (see image above), a burger with angus beef, Great Hills blue cheese, balsamic caramelized onions, and mushrooms. Since I’m a sucker for blue cheese on a burger, this decision was a no brainer. My friend decided to go the classic route with an angus burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion.

the classic

Both burgers were served on a tasty seeded bun with slaw and a pickle (friend opted to hold the pickle). The Great Hills Blue burger was pretty delicious. The meat was also cooked to a perfect medium. My friend also enjoyed her classic burger very much.

Leaving for Vegas soon and there’s a location there, but I’ll probably go to In-N-Out to satisfy my burger cravings!

BLT Burger
470 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

There are other locations in Las Vegas and Hong Kong!

ps. I want to order and enjoy the whole burger, shake, and fries meal (at any place) someday, but I can never seem to be that hungry… anyone else feel that way?

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central park brunch picnic w/ h&h bagels & zabar’s cream cheese

It was a gorgeous Saturday morning in NYC and we were hungry. Meg has constantly raved about H&H Bagels and I’ve always wanted to try em. I’ve also read a lot about H&H and they definitely have a following – they were mentioned by Dwight Schrute in The Office! So we decided to take a run (literally) to H&H then stopped by nearby Zabar’s to pick up some scallion cream cheese (since H&H’s cream cheese selection didn’t look too appealing).

We took our food to the northern section of Central Park to bum out and have brunch in the beautiful weather. I slathered some scallion cream cheese over my H&H everything bagel. It was yummy, but I feel that it did not live up to the hype. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was missing though. Sorry Meg and other H&H faithfuls, but Murray’s Bagels is still my go to place for bagels in the city.

H&H Bagels
2239 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

2245 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

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