Last weekend I accompanied a large group of people on a
pilgrimage to Arthur Avenue, in the Bronx. We waited
for something like 3 hours to get seats at the much
touted Dominicks. There was a braised chicken thing
that was pretty yummy. The salad was nice and fresh
and crsipy, and came with some good provolone. But then
the baked stuffed clams were chewy, greasy and not at
all a treat, and pasta didn't really blow anyone's
skirt up, either. The bill came to 40 per person, with
no wine, so it wasn't dirt cheap.
However- while we waiting for our seats, we went across
the street to a divey looking place called The All Star
Cafe for a glass of wine. Man, people were getting
braised veal and bean stew, and awesome looking salad,
and these great meatball things, and then they brought
out this big platter of scrumptious looking trout. One
member of the party went and gave the meat display case
careful inspection, and was so hugely impressed he
almost refused to leave the place. I can't wait to
give it a try.
The fresh-shucked clams we had on the street and the
beautiful weather made the whole trip worth it anyway.