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Bacon Infused Old Fashioned Cocktails and Deep Fried Mayonnaise Hot Dogs… Intrigued?

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I think that I’m in an oldie, but goodie mood lately. After a cheap 50% off dinner of sake-tinis, sake, sushi and sushi rolls tonight at Sushi Lounge, it was time for a nightcap at PDT. PDT isn’t new. As a matter of fact, it’s been around for a while.

For those who haven’t been before, PDT (Please Don’t Tell) is a modern speakeasy located behind the phone booth inside Crif Dogs. I don’t feel like it’s a bar that I have to keep a secret anymore simply because it’s definitely not a secret anymore. Try reserving a table there and you will most likely be on the phone cursing out a busy signal for an hour. Plus, they have a website now. I say that with a wry smile. Maybe even a smirk.

A casual, but cool feeling bar, PDT plays great music, has dark lighting and animals around the bar. The stuffed animals (taxidermy) don’t do much for me, but hey, it’s not my bar. What is great about PDT is that it is a no standing bar. Just like Angel’s Share, they only allow the amount of people that they can sit in. No standing. I’m a big fan of that rule.

I ordered their version of an Old Fashioned. Bacon infused bourbon, maple syrup, Angostura bitters and a twist of citrus rind (orange would make the most sense, no?). Sweet and interesting. The bacon flavor threw me off because I didn’t realize it was infused with bacon when I ordered it and it was refreshing not in taste, but in the idea of it. Definitely a winner for those who love Old Fashioned cocktails. And I wasn’t in the mood to eat more as I already had sushi for dinner (and pizza and fried chicken and mashed potatoes for lunch), but, dang it, I couldn’t resist. Having already tried their “Chang” dog (created by David Chang of Momofuku’s) in the past, which is a bacon wrapped hot dog topped with kimchi, my eyes opened wide when I realized I’ve never taken a bite of the “Wylie” dog. The “Wylie” dog (created by Wylie Dufresne of WD-50) has deep fried mayonnaise in it. Yes, you read what I wrote correctly. DEEP FRIED MAYONNAISE! It sounds disgusting, but I couldn’t not try it. The hot dog I was presented with was accessorized with lettuce, dried onions, tomato molasses and wouldn’t you know it, a log about 3/4 the size of the hot dog of deep fried mayonnaise. Think mozzarella stick, but instead of mozzarella, mayonnaise. It was a tasty sucker, but halfway through, it was way too much mayonnaise. I wish that not only that there was less mayonnaise, but that there was a way they could have dipped the hot dog in a thin layer of mayonnaise and then deep fried it. I would think that that would make the perfect mayo and hot dog ratio, and you get that crunch. We also got a side of tater tots with melted cheese and pickled jalapenos. One note I must make. They make a freaking great tater tot. I never thought I would ever think this, but it was the best crisp I have ever gotten on a tater tot before. Why can’t public schools serve them this way?

Cocktails aren’t cheap. They start at $14 and are only worth it about half the time. 50% of the time I’ve loved my drinks, the other 50% I was disappointed in the concoctions. But if you ever need a place to impress out of towners, then this is definitely the place to take them. Take your chance and just walk in hoping that there is room to sit, or try your luck at a same day reservation starting at 3PM.

6.5 out of 10

113 Saint Marks Place

New York, NY 10009

(212) 614-0386

-Juice

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Tipsy Parson, True To Its Name, A Damn Good Cocktail

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Maybe this isn’t a fair post. I was in a rush and I had dinner already, so I couldn’t fit down an entrée, but my mind insisted that I try some of the bar snacks. Have you been to Tipsy Parson yet? If not, then read on.

Conveniently located next to a restaurant that I had a lovely dinner at, me and my dining mate decided to pop in for a quick drink and I must say that cocktail wise, I wasn’t disappointed. After grabbing a couple of seats I decided on the maple old fashioned and it was amazing. The maple added a perfect balance of sweet against the hard liquor and it wasn’t overly sugary at all. It was delicious and refreshing and I know that the next time that I go to Tipsy Parson, that I will be torn between getting this wonderful drink or trying something new. Now, now, I know what you are all thinking, knowing me, I would have tried all the drinks at the bar, however, I already had two Manhattans with dinner and had work the next morning so I knew that getting another drink was probably a bad idea.

Food wise? Bar snacks wise, it was only OK. I have to go back and try and actual entrée. At the bar I ordered:

Deviled Eggs: An oldie, but a goodie, it was a recommendation of one of the bartenders, but I was disappointed. It was OK, but there was a strange tartness to it. Vinegar? Pickling somehow? It wasn’t the heart attack, flavorful deviled egg that I am use to.

Assortment of pickles: Grapes, carrots, onions, string beans, turnips, mushrooms and all that good stuff. Again my expectations weren’t met. I LOVE pickled vegetables. When I’m working, I keep a jar of pickles next to me to snack on, I love them so much. When I get my stinky tofu at Chinese restaurants, I devour the pickled cabbage, carrots and turnips. Not so much at Tipsy Parson and for one reason. Too much salt. And I like my salt, but, for the price of these pickles, I expected more.

Hush Puppies: The best hush puppies I have had in my entire life. It came with an aioli dipping sauce that I didn’t need because they were flavorful enough and so satisfying that I was pleasantly surprised after tasting the other two options. They were beautifully fried, the outside was so light and crispy, and the inside was the perfect level of denseness. Gorgeous. Can gorgeous be used to describe texture and flavor? On my blog it can!

5.5 out of 10 if you just eat, 6.5 out of 10 if you enjoy a cocktail

156 9th Ave, New York 10011

-Juice


Angel’s Share Is A Heavenly New York Bar Experience

courtesy of yelp.com by Ben N.

Angel’s Share. Sigh. Angel’s Share gives me goosebumps. It’s one of my favorite bars. Ever. Small and hidden behind a Japanese restaurant on the second floor, the staff is dressed impeccably and look like Japanese pop stars. Oh yeah, and did I mention that the drinks are freaking amazing? This review has been a long time coming, I’ve just been putting it off because I hate spreading the word about it. I know, I know, how selfish of me. But I hate waiting on line to go to my favorite places.

When you watch the bartenders make the drinks and the waiters serve them to you, you know you are in for an experience. They treat the ingredients and drinks with respect and care. Every martini is a perfect pour and large ice cubes keep your hard liquor chilled. The large size of the ice prevents a fast melt that will water down your drink. I love watching them serve martinis. Touches that I’ve noticed, herb garnishes are always placed away from the patron’s face. I am guessing because when you take a sip, you actually get a whiff of the fresh herb which is just a beautiful thing. I’ve also noticed that they infuse some of their own liquor and that earl grey vodka is a beautiful thing. A very, very beautiful thing. I was suppose to go to a movie tonight, but writing this post is making me want to go to Angel’s Share. I’m thinking about their cozy seasonal drinks, the wide variety of scotches, the sweet, but not to sweet lemon drop martinis, the smooth feel of the Serenity drink and how I had a new love in my life when I took a sip of Cousin Mary. Cousin Mary, who loves you? I love you.

And! And! Angel’s Share has bar food as well. I always get the raw oysters, which are usually amazing, one time they were only average, which surprised me, but they are usually delicious. The soft shell crab salad is always a crowd pleaser. And they have other items such as dumplings, meats and sashimi.

Who knew that Heaven was just one story above the New York City Sidewalk?

Some notes about Angel’s Share. No parties bigger than 4 are allowed. No cell phone use is allowed.

9 out of 10

8 Stuyvesant St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-5415


The Dirty Stinkin’ Whore Martini At Divine Bar West

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There is something very touristy about Divine Bar West that is a turn off. Think pre and after theatre crowd. But they make some really amazing martinis and tasty treats. If you stop by make sure to ask for a table upstairs. There’s more to the place then just the bar. If you are lucky enough to visit during the warmer months, you might want to try for an outside table.

I cannot rave enough about their Dirty Stinkin’ Whore martini. A massive potato vodka martini is lined with celery salt and garnished with a blue cheese stuffed olive, a roasted shallot and a sliver of red roasted pepper. It goes down so lovely and clean and the celery salt is a heavenly touch to the cold vodka. And when I say that this is a big drink, it really is a big drink. It might even be twice the size of some of the martinis I have had in my life. The rest of their special martini list has beautiful flavors as well, like their Champagne-Grapefruit martini, which is grapefruit vodka, champagne, citrus syrup and a gorgeous sun-dried citrus garnish. It’s looks beautiful in addition to tasting good. The Platinum Cosmo is refreshing and pretty. Made from platinum sipping tequila, white cranberry juice, triple sec, lime juice and a lemon and cranberry garnish, it’s a fantastic twist on a regular Cosmopolitan.

I’m not going to lie. With all of that booze, you will surely want food to munch on. My general opinion of the menu is that the food is good, not amazing, but good. BUT! But, there is one dish that I always have to have when I go there. Hands down, I always have to get the baked brie in a puff pastry with honey, walnuts, dates and apples. You will be using those apple slices to scoop up every last bit of honey and pastry. The funny thing is that it doesn’t taste like they use honey. It tastes like they poured yummy caramel all over it.

Dishes that aren’t mind-blowing, but that are worth giving a go are the tuna sushi roll (wrapped tortilla style, but if there were ham in there instead of tuna I probably wouldn’t have know), the antipasti (this is great if you want quantity, it’s a big platter), the bruschetta with warm goat cheese (absolutely delicious, but their bruschetta portions are very small, 3 to a plate).

How are the desserts you ask? Just like the rest of the menu, not to-die-for, but definitely good and will satisfy and please you. And will plates like pumpkin poppers with butterscotch gelato and a bag of mini doughnuts, how can you resist?

6.5 out of 10

236 W 54th St, New York NY10019
(212) 265-9463

-Juice


Have You Had a Good Burger Lately?

Bistro 61Bistro 61 was a great find and I’m always thinking about their Rossini burger. I had dinner their with friends one night and I started it off with a Belvedere martini, no garnish. I watched as the blonde bartender put all she had into shaking that damn thing. It was well worth the effort. Crisp, clean and it had an icy layer on the top. The perfect martini. We started off with Les Moules a la Moutarde, which is mussels in Dijon sauce with a touch of cream. It wasn’t my choice, and they were just OK. I think one of their other flavors would have worked better, next time I’ll try the one in the white wine sauce or maybe the bouillabaisse one. What won me over was my medium-rare cooked Rossini burger. It was topped with truffled foie gras and onion confit and heavenly. So juicy and decadent, I was the envy of the table. It came with really good fries and a side salad. Word of caution though. I went back another night and I don’t know who did the cooking, but my medium-rare burger came out well-done. Huge, huge…massive actually…disappointment. But I am willing to put that incident behind me as long as I can get that original burger back. Something that I am not willing to forget though are their awful crepes. Tried them twice in one night because they were made wrong the first time and didn’t even want to swallow it on the first or second try. I thought crepes were easy to make for chefs? I guess not.

7 out of 10

1113 1st Ave
New York 10065 (At 61st St)

-Juice


The Redhead Lives Up to Her Reputation

courtesy of theredheadnyc.com

courtesy of theredheadnyc.com

The Redhead. The Redhead. The Redhead. I’ve heard or read about this place three times in the past year and made it a point to finally go since I’m always in the East Village anyway it seems like. Besides, Frank Bruni made it his last restaurant review for The New York Times, I guess that’s why the name has always been squawked in my ear. Rather than wait for a table, me and my friend opted to eat at one of the tables by the bar. The drinks were delicious. I highly recommend ‘The Vesper,’ yes, it’s the drink that James Bond drinks (Daniel Craig lists all the ingredients in Casino Royale). The martini was strong and smooth, just like Mr. Craig himself. Cheesy line, I know, I couldn’t help it. We split our entrees which were quite tasty and I would definitely recommend them, the buttermilk fried chicken and the shrimp grits with andouille sausage. What surprised me about the fried chicken was that it was made from white meat, but so juicy. I usually get dark meat, but this did not disappoint. It was so hard to decide what to get because the menu looked amazing. All their words just look so beautiful together, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. You can tell that a lot of thought went into this menu and it wasn’t in vain. When I see a menu like this, I know that not only is the chef talented, but that the chef appreciates food like I do. Will definitely be going back. One must-have when you go though? The Bacon Peanut Brittle. They’re not mind-blowing, but they are very good and what put this restaurant on the map. It would be like going to Hershey Park and not eating any chocolate.
349 E 13th St, New York 10003
(Btwn 1st & 2nd Ave)
7.5 out of 10
-Juice

The Redhead. The Redhead. The Redhead. I’ve heard or read about this place three times in the past year and made it a point to finally go since I’m always in the East Village anyway it seems like. Besides, Frank Bruni made this southern-themed restaurant his last review for The New York Times, I guess that’s why the name has always been squawked in my ear. Rather than wait for a table, me and my friend opted to eat at one of the tables by the bar. The drinks were delicious. I highly recommend ‘The Vesper,’ yes, it’s the drink that James Bond drinks (Daniel Craig lists all the ingredients in Casino Royale). The martini was strong and smooth, just like Mr. Craig himself. Cheesy line, I know, I couldn’t help it. We split our entrees which were quite tasty and I would definitely recommend them, the buttermilk fried chicken and the shrimp grits with andouille sausage. What surprised me about the fried chicken was that it was made from white meat, but so juicy. I usually get dark meat, but this did not disappoint. It was so hard to decide what to get because the menu looked amazing. All their words just look so beautiful together, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. You can tell that a lot of thought went into this menu and it wasn’t in vain. When I see a menu like this, I know that not only is the chef talented, but that the chef appreciates food like I do. Will definitely be going back. One must-have when you go though? The Bacon Peanut Brittle. They’re not mind-blowing, but they are very good and what put this restaurant on the map. It would be like going to Hershey Park and not eating any chocolate.

349 E 13th St, New York 10003

(Btwn 1st & 2nd Ave)

7.5 out of 10

-Juice


My Faith Has Been Restored In Bona Fides

courtesy of nerowolfe.org

courtesy of nerowolfe.org

I had one of those meals last night that really awakened my taste buds. It was at Bona Fides in the East Village. Have you been? It was always one of those places that I had thought was cute, but had always walked past because I was always on my way somewhere else. Finally, a friend of mine took me there about two years ago because it turns out that one of his friends owns it. I’ve been there for the food a total of four times since. The first time, like I said, I was with my friend and my pasta dish was good, but it was so long ago I can’t remember what it was. The second time I went was also with this friend and I ordered the filet mignon, medium-rare and it was around $20 and came with two sides, great price and great meal. The third time I got the fettucine with smoked salmon and peas. That night made me sad because that dish wasn’t very good, and even though they advertised the brut by the glass, they didn’t want to open up a new bottle to serve just a glass. Which was a very silly mistake on their part because if anyone knows me, I probably would have ordered a lot more than one glass. And anyway, retail, that bottle of brut is only around $10 at a liquor store, so I don’t know why he didn’t want to serve me a glass since he was charging $9 a glass for it. You can’t fool me, I know what cheap alcohol is! That third night I didn’t go with my friend, does his presence affect my food there? But last night, I did have my friend with me and my meal was superb! I got one of their specials, it was a pappardelle with sweet Italian sausage, onions, sundried tomatoes and garlic in a rich lemon sauce. You need to go get it right now! I hoovered that bowl. All the flavors were perfectly balanced and the lemon sauce was done very nicely and was like a gravy on the pasta. My friend gave me part of his shrimp parmesan after he saw me eyeing him. What can I say, the plump pieces of shrimp were calling my name. That was scrumptious as well. So I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that my third visit there was a fluke. Hopefully the good food didn’t have anything to do with me dining with my friend there. Worth a visit!
60 2nd Ave # 1
New York, NY 10003-8620
(212) 777-2840
7.5 out of 10
-Juice

I had one of those meals last night that really awakened my taste buds. It was at Bona Fides in the East Village. Have you been? It was always one of those places that I had thought was cute, but had always walked past because I was always on my way somewhere else. Finally, a friend of mine took me there about two years ago because it turns out that one of his friends owns it. I’ve been there for the food a total of four times since. The first time, like I said, I was with my friend and my pasta dish was good, but it was so long ago I can’t remember what it was. The second time I went was also with this friend and I ordered the filet mignon, medium-rare and it was around $20 and came with two sides, great price and great meal. The third time I got the fettucine with smoked salmon and peas. That night made me sad because that dish wasn’t very good, and even though they advertised the brut by the glass, they didn’t want to open up a new bottle to serve just a glass. Which was a very silly mistake on their part because if anyone knows me, I probably would have ordered a lot more than one glass. And anyway, retail, that bottle of brut is only around $10 at a liquor store, so I don’t know why he didn’t want to serve me a glass since he was charging $9 a glass for it. You can’t fool me, I know what cheap alcohol is! That third night I didn’t go with my friend, does his presence affect my food there? But last night, I did have my friend with me and my meal was superb! I got one of their specials, it was a pappardelle with sweet Italian sausage, onions, sundried tomatoes and garlic in a rich lemon sauce. You need to go get it right now! I hoovered that bowl. All the flavors were perfectly balanced and the lemon sauce was done very nicely and was like a gravy on the pasta. My friend gave me part of his shrimp parmesan after he saw me eyeing him. What can I say, the plump pieces of shrimp were calling my name. That was scrumptious as well. So I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that my third visit there was a fluke. Hopefully the good food didn’t have anything to do with me dining with my friend there. Worth a visit!

Bona Fides

60 2nd Ave # 1

New York, NY 10003-8620

(212) 777-2840

7 out of 10

UPDATE: SO IT REALLY TURNS OUT THAT THE SERVICE IS MUCH BETTER WHEN I GO WITH MY FRIEND WHO KNOWS THE OWNER. MUCH, MUCH MUCH BETTER. CHANGING MY 7 OUT OF 10 TO A 6 OUT OF 10.

-Juice


Is Kittichai The Thai For Me?

picture-2You can find really affordable and tasty Thai food on every other block of the city, so how does Chef Chalermkittichai’s expensive fare at Kittichai compare? Well… I shall tell you as this is a food blog.

When you walk in, Kittichai’s decor hits you right away. It’s absolutely stunning. Lush fabrics drape from ceilings and the soft lighting makes everyone look good. Intricate wood panels rise from floors, expensive and impressive tables stand tall and even the bathrooms were very sleek for being a potty. My Thai tea martini was wonderfully silky and smooth and decorated beautifully with an orchid (though I have issues with decorations I can’t eat in my drinks or on my food, I have a weakness for flowers). The presentation of the family style platters was exquisite, chicken perfectly stuffed and sliced, seafood glistening with sexy red tomatoes, my eyes glazed over and a sleepy and lopsided smiled emerged from my face. And then I took a bite and sobered up and then took another bite to make sure that my tastebuds didn’t deceive me and sobered up a bit more, so I do what I do what this happens. I ordered another drink, a stiff one.

Each dish had a part that was overseasoned and underseasoned as if someone was hoping that the two would balance each other out. No, no, no, no, no. Uh-uh. It doesn’t work that way. And some dishes were just ‘eh.’ I dont’ mind ‘eh’ dishes if I’m paying ‘eh’ prices, but the prices were kind of far from ‘eh.’ Dishes that were “over” and “under” and “eh” included the:

Northern Thai beef salad, Chinese long beans (hmmm, maybe I’m remembering wrong ’cause I thought mine had regular string beans) and roasted sticky rice powder

Lemongrass stuffed chicken breasts, wild mushrooms, chili-jam drizzle

Tuna tartar in cripsy edible cups
Curried short ribs (they were green so I expected them to be hot, but I guess it wasn’t green curry)
Artic char with tomatoes

Artichoke and banana blossom salad (so sad because I love artichokes and I felt like banana blossoms are very likable as well. After I discretely moved my portion to someone else’s plate I was chastised for making them eat bad food)

What saved the meal were the wonderful and succulent mussels cooked in sake and the desserts. The broth from the mussel dish was perfectly seasoned and I managed to sneak in a few spoonfuls into my mouth. (It was family style so I felt bad for double-dipping, but we’re all friends right?) The desserts were a pleasant surprise to the end of the meal. Everything flavor a perfect balance for your tongue. Here were indulged in banana spring rolls with burnt honey ice cream, jasmine flan with a coconut-jasmine rice tuille and a flourless valrhona chocolate cake with fresh cream. Yummy.

Though there were some strikes that we had against us. Because we were a large group it was decided that a family style prix fixe meal would be best. I’m not a big fan of prix fixe meals. You don’t get all of the good stuff when you order that way. It’s like restuarant week in my eyes. It’s cheaper, but just not quite the optimal experience. And two, after speaking with a woman outside of the restaurant who had dined at Kittichai many times, it turns out that as time went by, the food simply got worse. She also was disappointed in her meal, especially because she had something to compare it to.

But weighing in the prix fixe, the mussels and desserts definitely gives Kittichai a boost in ratings.

6.5 out of 10 stars

-Juice

Kittichai
60 Thompson between Spring and Broome
(212) 219-2000


Martini Mondays

martini1In the middle of the madness that is Manhattan, if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble across an oasis. Intimate wine bars, bumpin’ Brazilian meat-fests, even local goodies from famous street vendors. For me, my miracle came in the form of a martini bar. Not so much a bar, as, really, a normal Italian restaurant. No, not my faves Vintage or Divine. But Pazza Notte. Quick glances at the menu revealed standard staples like pasta, insalata, antipasti, even the ever rich risotto. But what caught my eye was the 2-for-1 martini. Yup, 2-FOR-1 Martini! I’ve walked by this restaurant hundreds of times over the last three years, noting the all-night, every night special. Why I haven’t walked in before, I don’t know!

It was the celebration of a friend’s 30th – I mean 21st – birthday that reeled me in, and boy was it worth it. Though only offering nine varieties of martinis to choose from (blood orange, white peach, green apple amongst its best), the downside is, you’re only permitted to order two of the same flavor. No mixing. And, if you feign ignorance, and order two flavors, they’ll bring you four martinis! But ’tis not the end of the world. The restaurant has a back lounge with super comfy couches and chairs, and if you’ve got a big enough posse (or even just one other person), you can do a quick switch-e-roo!

Quality-wise, the martinis were pretty good. For the special and size, I’d say I got my money’s worth. They were a good mix of sweet and strong, some hitting you sooner rather than later (and vice versa – yikes!). As a great after work meeting place, I say keep Pazza Notte on your radar.

-Kay

7 out of 10

Pazza Notte
1375 Sixth Ave. (nr. 56th St)
New York, NY 10019
212-765-6288


Guacamole, please.

Caliente Cab Company

As a California transplant to NYC, if we are going to talk food, my biggest gripe is the lack of great Mexican here.  I am a spoiled girl from the West Coast.  I’m used to it being amazing.  I know I should know better than to expect that here, considering the location and vicinity of the city to Mexico.  However, since NYC is a foodie’s heaven, you wouldn’t think that finding a decent Mexican place would be so rough people.  It is though.  It is rough with a capital R.  At this point for me, attempting to find a place that actually tastes like authentic Mexican is right up there with finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  I’m not going to stop searching.

Like I said, I am a spoiled Californian.  I miss my sunshine.  I miss my fresh produce.  And I miss my Mexican food.  So Saturday night, it was on.   I was sold on the idea of chips, guacamole, and margaritas, and found myself sitting at the Caliente Cab Company in Murray Hill hoping that the search was over.

Sadly, I am still looking.

The restaurant on 3rd Avenue is actually part of a chain.  There are two other locations in Manhattan, and apparently one in the Newark airport.   Rationale would have you believe that  if they have locations sprouting up in NYC, they must be doing something right.   Then again, the whole food in airport thing should have been a warning.  Is Caliente Cab Company worth a trip?  Yes and no.

Let’s start with the free Chips and Salsa. I was glad it was free.  Salsa was a little bland.  And I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust tortilla chips that come in different colors.  Those red ones, never taste as good as the plain old white corn.  These ones were no exception. The Guacamole de Molcajete although large in portion, was sadly, neither memorable or forgettable.  And although they get plus points with me because of the fact they had Huaraches (Fried masa dough that is flattened and fried so its soft in the middle but crunchy on the outside, and spread with beans, choice of meat, lettuce, tomato, and a cheese) on the menu, there was nothing extra ordinary about them.  My Huaraches was ordered with chicken, which was a tad on the flavorless side, and essentially got pushed aside for the lettuce.  Yes, lettuce.  In general, the food here is mediocre.  The margaritas though – totally different story!

All I have to say is – thank goodness for alcohol.

For $12.95, you get your margarita served in a hurricane souvenir glass (that you can keep).  Not only is it a large glass, but at Caliente, it comes in 15+ flavors, on the rocks or frozen.  I got the Coconut, frozen, and it was the highlight of the night.  I think it was *the* redeeming thing about the meal.  Perfectly mixed – not too icy, and the flavor was consistent throughout.  This margarita was like dessert in alcoholic form.  Sadly, that drink was not enough to push me to appreciate the restaurant as a whole.

Overall, this place is ok – but nothing to write home about.

-Jules

5 out of 10 stars

Caliente Cab Company
488 3rd Ave (between 33rd St & 34th St)
New York, NY 10016
http://www.calientecab.com/