New Restaurant Tips from Bite of the Best

New Restaurant Tips from Bite of the Best


Bite of the Best’s Bonnie Tandy LeBlang keeps searching for the latest, greatest and best of when it comes to NYC restaurants.

Here are some of her updates:

Make a Special Trip to Timna, East Village, NYC

On the advice of a friend’s friend, who raved about a meal at Timna in the East Village, off we went to that part of town for what was a surprisingly good meal. There’s little choice at Timna. One-price gets you all the mezze, served family-style tapas, and a choice of entree ($53) or two half-sizes entrees plus dessert ($73).  Add wine pairings for $30. We decided each ordering one entree and ordering our own wine. (read more)
East Village 109 St Marks Place, New York, NY, NY 10009 (646) 964-5181

SummerDine at Le Coq Rico, Flatiron, NYC

My previous visit to Le Coq Rico was for brunch about two years ago soon after they opened. At that time, I had written that they needed to find their rhythm or they wouldn’t last. We began with Crémant — and ended with a dessert wine — Coteaux du Layon, Le Clos de la Bergerie, 2016 with a wonderful Alsatian Riesling in between. Our dinner included small portions of items from their amazing menu, although the prices listed here are for regular-sized ones. We started with a refreshing chilled minted green pea soup with a chevrè quenelle ($14), a deviled octopus and cabbage salad seasoned with cumin ($14),  leeks vinaigrette in a Hollandaise sauce ($16) and a duck foie gras terrine en croûte ($32). (more)Le Coq Rico .
Flatiron 30 E 20th Street New York, NY 10003 (212) 267-7426

Estiatorio Milos, Midtown, NYC

Returning to Estiatorio Milos during restaurant week, I dined with a couple of friends enjoying their fabulous bargain of a 3-course lunch for only $26. A server stopped by our table, poured some EVOO and then snipped fresh oregano into the oil for us to use with the chewy-crust bread while we perused the menu. . .tender grilled Icelandic arctic char with white beans; one had a tuna burger topped with daikon radish salad and lightly fried zucchini sticks; while the only disappointment was the Askakomakaranada of deep-sea Bay of Fundy lobster over pasta. (more)

Estiatorio Milos  Midtown 125 W 55th Street New York, NY 10019 . (212) 245-7400


The Recently Opened Bluebird London, Columbus Circle, NYC Offers Free “Fizz”

D&D, the British restaurant group, crossed the pond recently with it’s popular London restaurant. Bluebird London is in the Time Warner Center.We shared the very mild monkfish & shrimp curry ($32) with tomato fenugreek with bowls of basmati rice and yummy mango chutney ($32) along with paratha, an Indian bread, and the wild mushrooms; and the fregola ($21) large (a large round pasta from Sardinia, similar to Israeli couscous) with butternut squash, broccoli rabe, grilled scallions. We ordered a side of creamed spinach ($7) that was one of our menu favorites.  It was fresh spinach floating in cream. (more)

Bluebird Columbus Circle 10 Columbus Circle, Third Floor New York, NY 10019 (212) 823-6300



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