Montmarte

158 8th Ave. New York, NY 10011(646) 596-8838 montmartrenyc.com

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After seeing the burger get rave reviews I had to taste it for myself (mainly because I have trust issues). And while it doesn’t quite make my “Ultimates” it is very impressive nonetheless.

First, it has all kinds of French going on. There’s creamed spinach and Bearnaise sauce and in lieu of a bun they use toast, which had me a touch skeptical I must concede, but the outcome was trés bon! Such terrific contrast in textures between the tender, perfectly medium rare meat and the hard, crunchy toast.

And the herbed frites that accompanied the burger weren’t too shabby either. Served with a airy mayo-like condiment instead of ketchup or Dijon, again, true to the bistro-like atmosphere.

Then, for dessert, we split the chocolate fondant, and this was a bit of a letdown I must say. Nothing worthy note. In fact, you can get a better one at Le Pain Quotidien.

The physical space is actually very small indoors, done up in the usual French bistro fashion with art all over the walls, dark wood and white. But with such a tiny dining room, the art starts to feel a bit all over the place thematically speaking. But I’ll let it slide, because you really shouldn’t be sitting inside anyways. The garden is the place to be. So much nicer and charming.

And service was very friendly, making it the most un-French-like attribute in the restaurant. KIDDING! I love the French. We kid with those we love.

But did I love Montmarte? Not yet. But let’s just say it’s a very strong like.

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Doughnut Plant

379 Grand St. New York, NY 10002 (212) & 220 W 23rd St. New York, NY 10011(212) 505-3700doughnutplant.com
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While the cronut place is busy sorting out its health code violations, fret not. One bite of the Crème Brulee Doughnut and you will forget all about it. In fact, you’ll want to have your mouth’s jersey retired, because it has achieved all it can in the world of doughnut greatness. That said, should wish to venture on, the options of awesomeness are aplenty at The Plant (just not quite as “wet your pants” amazing as Crème Brulee).

The next best for me would be the Carrot Cake Doughnut. You might not wet your pants, but it is highly possible that you could start weeping uncontrollably.

After that I’d say it’s a toss up between the incredibly creamy Tres Leche, the Coconut Cream or the comforting PB & J donut.

The only miss for me was the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Doughnut. Not that it was bad, but let’s just say I’d rather grab a classic Krispy Kreme.

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