Manolo Tapas

4165 Broadway New York, NY 10033(212) 923-9100 • manolotapas.net
 
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I ate here right before going to an Adele concert across the street, and maybe it was the fact that I ate there right before going to an Adele concert that made everything seemingly taste better, but the food really did seem quite good.

We had a wide variety of tapas and just about everything was worth ordering again. The sangria, the serrano ham & manchego plate as well as the crab cake were all fantastic. The olives, potatoes and octopus were also solid. In fact, the only miss were the lamb stuffed piquillos, which was unfortunate because I had high hopes after all of the other successes, but the lamb was a little too mushy, more like sloppy joe, which cheapened the takeaway of the dish.

Service, decor and price were all great as well, adding to the draw. So, should you ever be in the same hood for a concert at the United Palace Theater, I would definitely recommend Manolo as part of your pregame, it’s a strong three knives.

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Village Social

251 E Main St. Mount Kisco, NY 10549 • (914) 864-1255 villagesocialkb.com

10

Once upon a time we discovered Village Social as a plan B, because our plan A had a 30 min wait and we had a three year old in tow. But what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be. So much so that it has often become a plan A ever since. This place is a true jack of all trades, as they manage to do a number of things very well in a host of different cuisines.

Plus, the service is always friendly and accommodating which is another major win. The prices are reasonable- win/win. And the decor is as cool as anything you’d find in the city, so win/win/win. Granted, I know it’s located in a mini strip mall, but once you’re inside you’d never know it.

As for specifics among the varying dishes we’ve had over the years I’d have to give the biggest shout outs to two specials. The first was a burger dressed in a miso marinade with spicy serrano ham and manchego- the combination of flavors was brilliant together. The regular “on menu” 251 burger is good too, but by comparison, let’s just say I wish they’d make that special burger full time.

The other killer special was a carrot cake so wonderful it quite handily holds the title of Ultimate. And I fancy myself a bit of a carrot cake connoisseur (without credentials). In fact I loved it so much that I keep begging them to bring it back. So far, it’s slow going, but if you help me get it on the permanent menu, I promise to share.

The third best gem of the Village is actually on the menu, hallelujah! The scallops. They’re always perfectly cooked and fantastic. Then I’d probably recommend one of the pizzas or the black kale salad.

The short rib grilled cheese is also pretty good, but compared to the sammies at Melts in Armonk, it’s more of a one note deal. A good note, but not quite as interesting.

Another dessert worth getting is the ice cream. It’s SoCo, so no kudos to VS, other then for the good judgement in sourcing, but good nonetheless. I personally recommend the coconut chocolate brownie.

Oh, and speaking of smart sourcing, Alagash White on tap is always a crowd-pleaser. And so are some of their organic wines by the glass. Much better than the usual mediocrity that so often finds its way onto by-the-glass lists.

After that, the drop off gets pretty steep. Lots of hit and miss. Otherwise I’d easily hand them a hearty four knives, but if they promise to bring back that carrot cake and/or the special burger, I promise to up it

3 teeth

Maca

Hidalgo s/nBetween Boulevard Marina & Emiliano Zapata, Cabo San Lucas 23456, Mexico • 52 624 1434143
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The place was woefully empty when we went, which had us very nervous at first. But, being the only table in the place ensured that we had excellent service. Every waiter and even the owner tended to our every need.

But that is only a fraction of why the score is so high. The décor is also beautifully and thoughtfully done. Tasteful, clean, contemporary meets rustic. The wood doors alone are worth mention. So are the bathrooms. Every detail was thought through on this place. Which only made it even more upsetting that they were empty.

So now you have to be thinking, “okay, so the food had to suck.” But that’s what’s so crazy. It was EXCELLENTE! The Tapas was fantastic. From the shrimp to the octopus to the Manchego and Serrano Ham.

And as for entrees, the duck with cranberry relish was phenomenal. The only miss of the night was the paella. Very bland.

Even both desserts were perfection. One was a chocolate mousse. The other was a cinnamon dusted cream tart-like thing with ice cream. Not sure exactly what it was, but I devoured it before ever learning to pronounce it.

I HIGHLY recommend this place. My favorite meal in Mexico. Please give them business, as it would be a crime for this place to disappear with so many other lack luster places in town, that are packed with tourists eating the same old Mexican slop that you find at 98% of the restaurants there.

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