A few restaurants

Have been making the rounds at some old places and some new places.  Just sharing some thoughts and pics.

shishtoUpland  has been getting a lot of accolades.  The restaurant is really beautiful.  Large wrap around bar, open kitchen in the back, comfy seating everywhere and soft lighting.  The architecture is great.  I am actually going back for lunch in the next few weeks.  We stopped by for dinner and sat at the bar.  The blistered shisito peppers with shaved bottarga on top were good but just needed about 5 more minutes in the pan.  They should be charred more and not so crisp.

whoelfishThe fish was simple.  Lots of citrus which I liked.  I would have liked to see the fish serve whole although I know many people don’t love that.

lambNext stop was El Colmado for lunch.  I assume that overtime that their newest location in the West Village will grow the menu.  I am a sucker for rotisserie and there is no doubt that it will be a main stay of the menu.  The lamb and carrots were solid.

beetsaladThis beet salad was really good.  Roasted beets, candied almonds, cheese, arugula and horseradish.  An absolute winner.

carrotsricottaEmily’s in Clinton Hill is fantastic.  Small, cute and no reservations.  The smokey roasted carrots with black beans and whipped ricotta was off the charts.

The pizzas are amazing.  Super crispy thin crust and fresh ingredients on top.  There are four categories: reds, pinks, greens and whites.  The key is going with more than two people so you can taste a bunch of them.  We got two (one red and one white) and felt compelled to finish them off.  The colony is sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, pickled chilis and honey.  The honey changes everything.

whitepizzaWe also had Emily.  Mozzarella, pistachios, truffle cheese and honey.  So glad we finally got there.

Continuing to move forward checking out some of the new spots that have opened this spring and returning to some old faves.  Damn I love this town.