Bacaro

136 Division StNew York, NY 10002 • (212) 941-5060 • bacaronyc.com

Bacaro is like Don Juan in restaurant form, dripping with romance and charm (pictured). But sadly, this quaint veneer is all built around one dish, the gnocceti. And if you stick with that and a glass of wine, you will think this place is the cat’s pajamas. But should venture beyond it, you will soon find that the emperor has no clothes.

All three starters were non-starters for me. The asparagus with egg and grana was relatively bland. The caprese was served with mealy tomatoes. And the spicy meatballs, while the best of the trio, weren’t all that spicy- or meaty, for that matter.

The other two entrées I tried were equal parts letdown, the duck ragu was dry and lacking complexity and the pork shank over soft polenta also left me wanting more depth of flavor.

Hell, even the wine was disappointing as was the service, asking us to leave after only 2 hours at our table. Blasphemy!

Flirting with disaster, Bacaro raised the Titanic with a strong Tiramisu to just barely eke out a second knife.

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The Fat Radish

17 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002 • (212) 300-4053 • thefatradishnyc.com
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I heard about this place from the same person who recommended Vinegar Hill House to me, and considering how much I LOVED VHH, I figured I had to try Fat Radish.

As you can see from the number of knives below, it is no VHH. There is quite unfortunately nothing on the menu that I would rave about and only two things on the menu I would consider “good.” Those two being the sweet pea pot pie and the Kale Caesar Salad. That’s it.

The amuse bouche was amuse blah. Basically some radishes with olive oil and herbs. The tomato and avocado squash salad was inventive, but unfortunately that didn’t translate into a yum.

The grilled cheese and pickles was okay, but nothing you couldn’t make at home in 5 minutes- so I’m not sure why you’d ever order it out at a restaurant. Also not sure why people raved about it. It’s just whatevs. The Vodka Lemonade was also just eh.

And the cookie plate was a joke. They could’ve just put a bag of Oreo Cookies on the table and it would’ve been better.

I did like the decor however. Very cool inside. Service was also good. But the neighborhood leaves something to be desired, making it definitely not worth the trip, out of your way, with so many other great places in more desirable areas of the city.

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