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Thursday night was supposed to be spent with Mallory and Amy downtown at Village Tart, but when Mallory was wildly behind the packing up of her apartment, Amy and I redirected ourselves to Landmarc in the Time Warner Center. After nearly 6 years in the city and almost 2 years living on the UWS, I’d yet to have a meal here, so I was excited.
Amy had been craving a burger, so that’s exactly what ordered and when I saw a chicken sandwich on the menu, my mouth watered. We both added cheese and also ordered a half bottle of a sweet Merlot. The bread that was served prior to the meal was fresh and palatable. Our main courses arrived and were so tender that they were dripping. The side salads were also delicious and luckily the fries that were served with our sandwiches weren’t plentiful. I don’t think I would’ve had room for them if there was more than a handful.
The food was excellent and very moderately priced as far as dinner in New York goes (our meals were $15 each), especially in the Time Warner Center. This is the perfect after-work spot, located at 10 Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center at 59th Street.
On Saturday night, since Amanda needed a reason to leave the house, a few of us on the Upper West Side rallied together after a considerably lazy Saturday and made our way to Fred’s Restaurant (83rd and Amsterdam) for dinner. Now this literally IS a place I’ve walked by a hundred times and after having contemplated going in about 100 times, I always keep going. I was excited to try it after having read that they have amazing macaroni and cheese.
We had a fifteen minute wait and had drinks at the bar in the meantime. I was served sangria is a TUMBLER (only $8!). ”That’s going to end well,” remarked Amanda. The bar area has the atmosphere akin to a college bar. The wait was quick and we were seated in the main room - which is covered in pictures of dogs (hence the establishments name!). We were served fresh(-ish) bread and ordered after a quick-look at the menu. One Yelp reviewer was right - the food did a long time to come, but after being in one-too-many restaurants where my food came out in ten minutes (meaning it was prepared and not fresh by any means), I’ve become okay with waiting for my food. Fresh food is better than quick food.
The macaroni and cheese was delicious! Supposedly the turkey burgers were fantastic as well. I definitely want to go back to Fred’s at some point to try the salads, and possibly the turkey burger.
So on Friday night, we (Amy, Mallory, and myself) had one of our dinners that we have every so often but this time we decided to take our dining out onto dry land and not cook for ourselves. In an effort still to
be cheap save money, Amy and I immediately thought of Bianca. Bianca is a charming little hole in the wall in the East Village that you’ve probably walked by a thousand times. The inside (see above) is cozy and dimly lit. It’s located on Bleecker and Bowery, doesn’t take reservations, or credit cards. It’s totally worth the wait, the trip downtown, to the ATM though. The food is to die for. Homemade pasta, raviolis, etc.
The five of us split an appetizer, a bottle of wine (red), each had entrees, and desserts, and our total bill was $115 (I think). So it’s pretty cheap considering the quality of the food (the portions are smaller than your average portions in America, but we’ll consider that a positive attribute!).
Like I said yesterday, I’ve lived on the Upper West Side for almost two years. Well, it took nearly two years but it happened last Sunday. I finally got to try Isabella’s, on Columbus and 77th, when my family came in to celebrate my birthday (a bit early) with me. There was a twenty five minute wait but it was well worth it.
I had the Grilled Skewered Chicken, which was Greek salad with a few skewers of chicken, fries, and Tzatziki dipping sauce. It was great. The strawberry butter that is served with the muffins is also to die for. I also had a bite of the Caramelized Banana Stuffed French Toast, which was quite tasty.
All entrees for brunch come with a choice of beverage (alcoholic ones included!). Everyone at the table enjoyed their meals and prices were insanely reasonable for the quality of food that you’re getting, the service was good too. If you’re on the Upper West Side and looking for brunch, you have to try Isabella’s.