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Cafe Borgia Serves Up a Really Bad Pasta

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I want to say that the food here sucks, but it might be unfair of me to do that. If you are a fan of Café Borgia, it is probably safe to say that you know what to order here. I ordered the wrong thing apparently. Feeling the need for something filling, I ordered an iced espresso with ice cream and whipped cream. Tasty! And then followed that up with a vegetable pasta alfredo. Not tasty. The second I saw my pasta, the first thought that crossed my mind was, “I wish I got the pancakes.” It was obvious that the vegetables were frozen, not fresh and the sauce tasted like it came from a jar. One of my friends who ordered the chicken pasta alfredo was equally disappointed. It was sooooo bad. However, another friend of mine ordered the omelet and loved it. She also told us later on that the breakfast dishes in the café were really good and probably should have mentioned that earlier. C’est la vie.

Would I recommend this place? No. Would I go back if I happened to be in the Soho area and wanted to have a coffee or grab a quick and affordable bite to eat? Yes. They have a variety of paninis, sandwiches and salads that look like they can’t be messed up. It’s just an average establishment with an average menu.

4.0 out of 10

-Juice


Yes, I’ll Admit, I Went To A Museum And Not For The Art

courtesy of wallse.com

courtesy of wallse.com

One of my girlfriends took me to a hidden gem today, so shhhhhh, she would kill me for putting it on a blog, but when I get excited about a place, I have to share it. On the ground level of the Neue Galerie is a fantastic German and Austrian based eaterie called Cafe Sabarsky. The decor is very sleek and elegant with rich wood walls and tall windows that fill the room with just the right amount of sunlight. The menu has a wide range of prices with drinks starting at $3.50, so feel free to sit with a good book and enjoy a seltzer sweetened with fresh elderflower syrup, or maybe a mango-ginger iced tea is more your speed? Some of the coffee drinks are more on the expensive side, but they’re delicious and you can get them with ice cream or whipped cream, yum! Today I went savory, while my girlfriend went sweet. I ordered a Schinkenfleckerl mit Emmentaler und Salat because I got off my juice fast this afternoon and wanted something filling. For those of you who can’t read German, it was pasta with Bavarian ham, cream, grated Emmentaler (cheese) and came with lovely breads and a side salad with a mustard dressing. I know I usually go to Italian restaurants for my pasta, but I think I’m going to have to start going to German ones. It was delicious, wonderfully balanced yet full of flavor. I was able to taste each component separately and together with each chew. Oh that’s nice pasta…ohhh there comes the cheese….ohhhh the cream is luscious, you get the drift. My girlfriend opted for the sachertore, which is a Viennese dark chocolate cake with house made apricot confiture (which tasted like a jam/syrup) and coated in a chocolate shell. I was expecting something really heavy (which isn’t bad depending on the dish), but it wasn’t. The texture was nice and dense, but the flavors weren’t overpowering at all. Once again, a well-balanced dish. Overall, the food and drinks were very impressive, very rarely am I so pleased with both the savory and sweet dishes a restaurant has to offer, kudos to Chef and and Owner Kurt Guttenbrunner, I look forward to going to his other restaurants.

8.5 out of 10

1048 5th ave. (on the corner of 86th str.)
New York, NY 10028
Inside the Neue Galerie

-Juice


Eat At Green Street Cafe Before It’s Too Late

Courtesy of greenstreetcafenorthampton.com

Courtesy of greenstreetcafenorthampton.com

I have a problem…a food problem…while I was suppose to be relaxing on my trip to Massachusetts I found myself hunched over my iPhone for the majority of the time. I wanted good food and I was determined to read every possible review of every restaurant within a 50 mile radius to find it. The hard work paid off because my last night there, I decided that we should eat at Green Street Café in Northampton. It’s a very unpretentious place. Walking in, it looks like a typical café you would find in a liberal area. Think modern hippie: murals everywhere, photos of vegetables, waitresses with pigtails wound around their head and long skirts. Their actual menu is in the picture above (it’s seasonal). Difficult to read, but the waitress was able to help me out. I didn’t have any expectations, but after my first bite of gouda cheese, my taste buds perked up. I happily took big bites of that, big bites of the what I think was something in the swiss family and then after a big bite of the blue I needed a break. Gosh the blue was strong. I took small bites after that. And then ladies and gentlemen, I took a sip of their soup of the day, the potato soup and I was sold. I was so sold that even though we had plenty of food coming our way already, I asked the waitress to bring a half serving of their squash and squash flower risotto because I didn’t want to regret not trying it. The risotto was good, but I couldn’t find any squash flowers in it, which is why I had originally wanted the dish (my grandmother loves scrambling them in eggs, yummy). Maybe you only get them if you get the full serving? But my duck entrée was wonderful. Sliced duck breast in a lemon and whiskey sauce and what looked and tasted like delicious cranberries. The green beans were so fresh tasting because they were. The entire area is big on locally grown food. The polenta was delightful as well. Crispy slices, with warm and mealy insides. My main regret was that I didn’t get to try dessert because I was so full and didn’t want to waste anymore food. Even now I wonder if I would have gotten the lemon goat cheesecake with raspberry sauce or the mocha almond ice cream…or maybe the chocolate pot du crème…or cookie plate. I don’t know, I’m hungry  now, I’m going to see if I can find any leftover saltwater taffy in my suitcase from my trip.

P.S. I just saw that Smith College is trying to shut this place down so that they can build some big building. So sad, if I can do something to help I will.

Green Street Cafe

64 Green Street
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
413-586-5650

8.5 out of 10
-Juice