what a great weekend (culinarily speaking, of course).
My boyfriend came up to visit from D.C. and we did the town (budgeted, of course, as he's still in school and my entire paycheck goes to pay my rent):
Firstly, he introduced me to Crif Dogs. Um, wait a second. Not only am I the chowhound in this relationship, but I LIVE in New York and he doesn't, yet he knew about this place and I had never even heard of it; it's like a chowhound twighlight zone :) Anyway, What a fun spot! Located on St. Marks place, its a funky, typical east village kind of joint. they sell hot dogs, hot dogs, and more hot dogs (oh and shots of Jagermeister and Yuengling, of course). There are tables made out of old video games, and plasma screens blaring shows like "Pee-Wee's Playhouse." The dogs are delicious. There are dozens of toppings and I, the healthy one, got the veggie dog with tomatoes, jalapenos and cucumbers. It was declicious - best veggie dog I ever had. My BF got the chili cheese dog, of which, of course, I had to have a few bites because there aren't any calories consumed if the bites are taken from someone else's plate ; ) We liked it so much, we went here twice.
We also hit up 'Corner Bistro.' This is a no frills kind of place. It is a dark bar, with a few tables in the back. No menu, except for the one up on the wall. Then again, Menus aren't really necessary as everyone knows that you come to Corner Bistro to get a burger, except for me, who got the chicken sandwich - I'll do better next time, I promise! Actually, the chicken sandwich was very good, but the burgers were phenomenal. My BF said they were as good as the one's at 'Five Guys' which is saying A LOT for him, as those are his absolute fave burgers.
On the way home, we got some of the tahini hummus from 'the hummus place.' I had heard such great things, but it really didn't impress me at all. I thought it was pretty bland. We had MUCH better hummus from Beyoglu a couple of months ago.
Lastly, we went to Vento on Sunday morning for brunch. The bloody mary's and Bellinis are delicious, as is the food. I got the egg white omelette with "basil pesto" (isn't that redundant?) and zucchini. It was very light and fluffy, the way an omelette should be! My best friend got the crab bennedict. I thought that was the best of all. Fresh crab and poached eggs on brioche toast with asparagus and a wonderful side of potatoes. My BF got some kind of baked egg dish with meat. That was also very good. Sevice was pretty off, but it was a lazy sunday brunch, so we didn't mind.
So, all in all, a successful weekend and all for VERY decent prices...almost made up for the $115 parking ticket my BF got from parking too close to a fire hydrant. Ah, Manhattan...you pinch pennies for one set of activities only to get financially screwed elsewhere.