Americans have been pairing fried chicken with breakfast breads for some time now, but Astro attempts to deliciously inch over the boundary. They’ve paired their chicken with an eclectic array of thirty doughnuts. These definitely aren’t the kind of doughnuts you’d find on the desks of DC’s Police Department, although I admit police know their breakfast pastries. These doughnuts have more of a boutique filling and are similar to the flavors that ignited Georgetown’s cupcake craze. Some doughnuts, like Vanilla Glazed and Maple Bacon (it really has bacon on it!), are available every weekday. If you’d like to try the more novel flavors like Grapefruit and Creamsicle, you’ll have to visit the website to check their baked goods schedule. But be sure to come early because Astro closes when they run out, and they run out quickly! Doughnut prices range from $2.50 to $2.85.
Fans of Dirty Bird To-Go can breathe happy now that the West Village eatery has opened its second location in Tribeca. This larger location offers up fried and rotisserie chicken in three different ways - dipped in buttermilk and fried, slow-roasted, and fried chicken tenders. All the chicken is sustainable, free-range and locally sourced for the best quality meat. Chef Justin Crooks of North End Grill heads up the premises with additional signature menu items such as mac n cheese, sauteed garlic kale and plenty of daily specials. Specialty drinks such as The Dirty Palmer (lemonade, peach supreme iced tea), La Colombe coffee and more are all available at the new location.
Last night I checked out the Pio Pio on 10th avenue for some quality Peruvian fare. This was my first time at this location, and my lack of prior research caused me to be quite surprised by the stylish and trendy décor since the Pio Pios that I know and love are pretty dive-y. The atmosphere was young and suitable for a large group, much like the one that I went out with last night. The acoustics in the main dining room however leave much to be desired as I was practically yelling in the ear of the person next to me in order to be heard. Although it might have been the fact that I was with a group of 15 reunited sorority girls, which is slightly reminiscent of a pack of hyenas on speed.
Money has never been tighter and we are always looking for new ways to pinch pennies and still eat great. If you have yet to experience the mouthwatering taste of a banh mi (aka Vietnamese sandwich), you are missing out on one great experience. Not only is the banh mi an excellent twist on the old sub sandwich, it won’t break the bank. Sandwiches range from $2.00-$4.50.
The bread of a banh mi is as important as the filling. Little Vietnam Café always delivers with it's crusty baguettes, full of flavor. Sandwiches are offered with chicken, pork or tofu. Each banh mi is filled with pickled vegetables and every bite leaves your mouth burning from the kick. All sandwiches cost $4.50. Want to pick up something besides a tasty sandwich? Try their vermicelli or Vegetarian Pho. 309 6th Avenue (at Clement St), San Francisco, CA 94118, (415) 876-0283.
When trying to watch your wallet, it can be a struggle to create tasty meals much outside of Ramen noodles or macaroni and cheese. The next time you want to cook something that doesn’t come with a seasoning packet, try this cheap, yet oh-so-delicious pasta dish that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds and your bank account.
A slightly healthier twist on traditional Chicken Parmesan, this meal for two people costs about $10 total, and the great leftovers stretch your dollar further.
Deep within the heart of Brooklyn Heights lies Waterfalls Cafe: a retreat for all New Yorkers fervently seeking a divine sense of euphoria, refreshment and exquisite taste from their food, without exhausting their wallet.
Waterfalls consistently defies all rules:
-it's fast, but good
-It's good, but cheap
-It's cheap, but delicious and
-it's delicious, but nutritious!
Enriched with grains, chickpeas, lentils and leafy greens, Waterfalls' cuisine liberates that boundlessly energetic and healthy person in all of us who's been encased in a vat of cookies and pasta since the December holidays.
Meat on a stick is one of those fundamental rights of every person on the planet. Whether it's corn dogs or popsicles there is a singular brand of magic when mundane food stuff is impaled with bamboo and enjoyed portability like any cell phone on the market. Well my food infatuated friends I bring you... KEBABS (courtesy epicurious.com). What's so special about kebabs? Well aside from the aforementioned practicality of stick mounted food, these particular kebabs are armed with their own minted yogurt and black pepper dipping sauce. The chicken (or beef) itself is impregnated with the flavor of garlic, herbs, citrus, and all the flavors known to bring grown men to their feet.
Do you ever get tired of those same old buffalo wings that haven't changed in years? No? Neither have I, but that doesn't mean there aren't new ways to spruce up the most delicious digits of our poultry pals. Try adding a new touch with this Herb Buffalo Wing recipe from Sandra Lee.
1 1.6oz package garlic and herb buffalo wings seasoning mix
1/4 vegetable oil
1 tsp hot sauce
16 whole chicken wings (3lbs)
Put seasoning mix, vegetable oil, and hot sauce into a ziploc bag with the chicken wings and shake until everything is mixed evenly and the wings are evenly coated. Let the wings marinate for ten minutes then place on a wire rack and sheet pan. bake at 375 degrees for twenty minutes with the skin down then increase temperature to 425 degrees and turn wings over to bake for an additional 25-30 minutes. Once the wings are done shove liberally into face.
17 South William Street
New York, New York 10004
Price: Very reasonable
Hello, my culinary cherubs. What do we have today? Ah, yes: a nice little frolic in taste heaven with the crêpe gods! Affectionately bestowed upon us mortals from the owners and creators of Smorgas Chef, comes Crêpes Du Nord, a French-Scandinavian crêperie and wine bar, that's recently been charming the fancies of diners in the Financial District.
Hill Country BBQ Market provides the atmosphere of its founding Texas BBQ establishment while attracting a wide range of guests into it's sumptuous meat-smoking room alongside two full service bars serving up oversized drinks with the aroma of dry rub and slow-roasted marinades. Served in butcher paper, to the cut, and by the pound, traditional pork sausages, chops, brisket and sirloin steaks are prepared to order by culinary craftsmen of the trade. To entice guests, Hill Country serves up a week-long recession proof celebration, offerring a discounted, yet fully loaded menu.
Enjoy the West Texas atmosphere on the cheap while sipping on your favorite cocktails and savoring the sounds of some of New York's hottest bands every night!