Thursday, January 18, 2007

Mediterranean Eats in NYC

We had a friend from Omaha come to visit over the weekend, and she was in the mood for some hearty winter fare. We took her to 2 places that kind of embody the NYC casual neighborhood place -- small, cozy, crowded with walk-ins, exposed brick. Friday night was Il Corallo in Soho for simple homemade pasta, thick and al dente. The have a long pasta menu, and I always deliberate, but then end up always ordering the same thing: the pappardelle con funghi (pictured above).

Saturday night was Uncle Nick's in Hell's Kitchen. We started with some mezze -- the sampler of dips: taromasalata, an eggplant dip, a really garlicky potatoey one, and tzaziki, spicy meatballs, and a "flaming cheese." The waiter was too fast for me to snap the 2 foot flame that shot up when he lit the sharp ouzo-soaked cheese on fire.

I got the grilled sardines (below) as my entree. Redneckhunter got moussaka (a huge plate!) and our friend got grilled lemon shrimp. She was happy all around with the weekend eats!

Il Corallo Trattoria

176 Prince St (between Thompson and Sullivan)
New York, NY 10012

Uncle Nick's

747 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 245-7992

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