Monthly Archives: May 2015

North River Lobster Company- @ Pier 81- Midtown West, NYC

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Evidently there’s been a big floating restaurant open for the last year that sets sail (daily) and filled with lobstery-goodness. Now only in its second season, PeanutPimpMama had her first experience at North River Lobster Company a week ago. Since mom was in town for her belated Mother’s Day & Birthday celebration, I thought it would be a nice idea to take her on a river-voyage (cocktail in hand) for some good old fashioned crustacean-fun at Midtown-West’s Pier 81. It’s not often enough that we NY-ers get to enjoy our water fronts let alone cruising on them. North River’s enthusiastic staff and delicious eats certainly made for a delightful experience hosted by New York Cruise Line.

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Two lobster rolls in with a Mason-Jarred Nautical Margarita and PeanutPimpMama was feeling good. The rolls come accompanied by Miss Vickie’s original sea salt potato chips and a ramekin of crunchy slaw. Oh that fresh lobster “tho”…Delisch!

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Fear not as they offer quite a variety of lobster-items including ice cream… Wait LOBSTER ICE CREAM?!!!

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Big fan of raw bar? They’ll shuck you some oysters right under your shnoz.

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The boat is “large and in charge” providing (up to 450) guests with ample seating, friendly staff, quick service, quality lobster filled foodies and generous sized cocktails that pack a punch. With a price-range of $10-$32.00 per item they’ll steal your wallet too. So you’re not exactly getting a bargain but you do get a show! The boat leaves the dock and takes you on a forty five minute river tour where you can bask in the sunshine and enjoy all the beauty of that majestic NYC skyline.

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When was the last time you cruised for “free” anyway?

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On weekdays they leave the dock four times a day, adding an additional voyage on weekends between the hours of 12:30pm-9:00pm. If you “miss the boat” (wah* wah*) you can enjoy a fine libation on the dock as NLC makes its return. They leave straight from Pier 81 (41st and the river). If you get out of the subway at Time Square and keep heading west until you hit water, it’s pretty hard to miss the big white boat with the GINORMOUS lobster plastered across the signage.

Why do you want to go? You want to eat lobsters and sip blue drinks out of mason jars. You want to be on a boat of course!

~PPM

Why do lobsters make bad business men?
They are always in the Red (baaaaaaaahahahahhahaha)

For More Information: www.northriverlobsterco.com

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Nougatine at Jean Georges – Upper West Side, NYC

PeanutPimpMama1-300x300Summertime is here and NYC is alive again! We have officially survived six months of winter and now our six months of humidity shall commence. The arrival of the warm weather seriously makes life so much easier. Gone are the days of being strangled by your winter coat and three layers of clothing. Hello sundresses and rooftop happy hours! In celebration of this exciting time of year, an old friend and I got together for a really nice night on the town which included a touristy-bevvie at The Stone Rose in the Time Warner Building and dinner at Jean George’s Nougatine.

imageI highly recommend The Stone Rose if you have someone visiting from out of town. While their food may leave much to be desired for, they can shake up a pretty-darn tasty martini and the view wins! Just stick to the basics. I decided to roll with a Bombay Saphire martini with blue cheese stuffed olives. (Sometimes I fancy like dat.) With an 8:45 dinner reservation we couldn’t get too carried away cocktailing at Stone Rose. After all, there were many delicious drinks to be had at Nougatine.
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When you arrive the foyer alone makes you feel pretty important. The graceful hostesses fawning over you as they collect your things and usher you into the dining room don’t hurt the experience either. My cocktail selection started off with a Thai Rickey: Meyer’s Rum, Kaffir Lime, Thai Chili (pictured above). At first I was a bit turned off by this bevvie’s similarity to a Dark & Stormy. While lacking in adventure, it complimented the calamari’s citrus chili dip and assorted seafood dishes on the way.

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To cleans they palate, the placed some “French Breakfast” radishes on the table (pictured above). Isn’t that twee!

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Our server suggested their Tuna Tartare which is plastered all over the internet for good reason. It was a generous island of sushi grade tuna on top of an avocado bed floating in a sea of a savory ginger marinade and finally garnished with spicy radish slices. (No picture sadly.) In addition we ordered the shrimp salad (pictured above) with avocado, tomato and champagne vinaigrette. While the salad was hearty, I wish we had gone for something a little more adventurous to compete with the tuna tartare’s sophisticated presentation. I felt like I could make this at home. Last we ordered the fried calamari which is sprinkled with basil salt and served with a chili dip… I’ll let you visualize all of that excitement on a plate.

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Finally it was entrée time! I selected the salmon dish and a Passion Whiskey Sour to compliment my main (Pictured Above): Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Passion Fruit, Chili and Soda. The Sesame Encrusted Salmon is a lovely filet of fish that seems to hover on top of  a concealed formation of sauteed potatoes dressed in a black olive and passion fruit sauce. Overall it was very satisfying and I give it two thumbs up for variants of textures and flavor combinations.

imageBasically we needed the Warm Chocolate Cake and Butterscotch Cream “like a hole in the head”. I have noticed a trend of delicious cocktails leading to brilliant and spontaneous ideas, particularly at the end of dinners. What can I say? They were two well presented and delicious desserts. I loved the biscuits that came with my cream and warm + chocolate is always a win.

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The entrance is shared with Jean George’s shi shi resto dining room adjacent to Nougatine itself. Having experienced a tasting at Jean George’s in the past, I would safely say that Nougatine is a great way to get all of the delicious foodies in with half the pretentiousness and all of the atmosphere. Sure, you won’t get “molecular gastronomy” or any fancy shmancy “exotic” wines all the way from Oregon. It’s way less serious than its parent restaurant and great for a hot date, a night out with the ladies or even dinner with the parents. Nougatine is  an all-around solid venue with an air of importance. You just can’t lose.

Can’t wait for more NYC adventures with this chic!

~PPM

For More Information: www.jeangeorgesrestaurant.com

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Talula’s – Asbury Park, NJ

Something aboPeanutPimpMama1-300x300ut this place makes me want to give it a giant hug. I’m not sure if it’s the cutesy interior or the fact that they have amazing vegetarian options served by plaid-shirted hipsters. Maybe it’s the fact that the food is presented on plates that could have been part of my grandmother’s china. It’s really easy to feel at home in this no-fuss cafeteria style (seated) pizza joint that knows how to shake up a tasty cocktail. If their windows did not face Cookman Ave., I would imagine you would see a red barn with fluffy little sheep munching on grass, butterflies fluttering through the sunshine, bunnies stealing carrots from the garden as the cows stand (tails wagging) just waiting to be milked by little Talula in efforts to bring you that special farm-to-table freshness.

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For now we’re in Asbury Park, NJ and that’s okay because Talula’s brings something new and refreshing to the scene. It’s a great alternative to our old standby Porta and you can hit it up on the way to the parkway! When you finally get a chance to pop in I suggest you start your experience off with a “Gin and Jam” pictured above: gin, lemongrass, simple syrup, homemade cranberry jam and lime. As soon as my cocktail arrived I knew I was in for a special treat. The tiny spoon filled with homemade cranberry jam sent me over-the-moon with excitement. They were smart to add this petite little stir-in which adds a kitsch yet feminine twist to this cocktail. It gives the customer a sense of control and purpose with the ability to add a little more flavor as they go along. They can now be part of the “mixology” because you know “mixologists” work here. Gone are the days of bartenders. Any proper restaurant only hires a mixologist these days.

imageFor our starters we ordered the Tuscan Kale Caesar and the Whitefish Toasts (pictured above). The salad was nice and crunchy with preserved meyer lemon, fried capers with Pecorino and sourdough breadcrumb bits on top of nice leafy greens, but the toast was by far my fave. The fish was layered on top of a generous slather of creamy avocado and dressed with citrusy-goodness on crunchy toast. Mmm tangy and savory… It was all happening.
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Our next plate to arrive was the bowl of polenta made with farmer’s ground corn and topped off with a poached egg, goat cheese and nettle purée. It was an interesting change to see polenta come out as a porridge rather than caked or fried. Sadly when PeanutPimpMama returns she might have to give this one a miss. It was a little flat (womp womp). A+ for presentation though! It’s a very attractive plate, I just wish it would taste half as good as it looks.

imageBefore your pizza arrives, the guy in the blue hat dances in the kitchen in front of the brick oven for twenty some odd minutes. We were entertained while we watched and excited about this integral part of the pizza-making process. It was finally time to see what Talula was made of. We ordered a small Rocket pie since we thought we had enough food to feed a small army. The Rocket has fresh mozzarella with olive oil, lemon, aged gouda and garlic topped off with fresh greens. (There were lots of fresh greens as you can see.) When you bite the pie they tend to fall off and completely miss your mouth. Meat Eaters: Don’t waste your time with this and go straight for the “Beekeeper’s Lament” if you know what’s good for you.

imageWe ended things on a sweet note with the Milk & Honey Panna Cotta pictured above. This dreamy lil mason jar was topped off with honey gellée, oat amaranth crumble and bee pollen brittle to add a slight crunch. No, that’s not a crouton on my spoon. Of course my Dad ordered their ice cream flavor of the day which was gone in seconds. No meal is complete without dessert in this family.

Come watch the hipsters bring it home to Asbury Park. It’s like a little taste of Williamsburg on the Jersey Shore.

~PPM

For More Information: www.talulaspizza.com

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