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Una Pizza Napoletana - best Marinara Pizza

"He'll be gone in @ years, maybe less, ..."

HA! Anthony's pizza is better than ever, better than the rest, and going absolutely no where.

Oct 21, 2007
emarkman in Manhattan

Gelato Ranking

definitely have to give Il Lab #1. The rest truly can't compare. Now if you happen to find yourself in Rome, then Giolitti reigns supreme!

Oct 21, 2007
emarkman in Manhattan

Yonah Schimmel's

Sorry, but I too have to say that it was a big let down. It's a doughy gut bomb that carries seemingly little 'fresh flavor' or ingredients. I guess that's probably the original point to the knish. I truly wanted to like it given the history, etc. But with so much out there, I can't imagine going back. Unless an out of town family member or friend are on a mission.

Oct 18, 2007
emarkman in Manhattan

Abraco - Coffee Heaven Lands on 7th St.

Yes they are definitely open. By ~8am the doors are open and they close around 8pm...at least this is from my personal experience.

From what I understand, Abraco had trouble with some suppliers but most of this has been solved. There are still some finishing touches in the works, but the coffee and food is in full swing.

Food is prepared daily and varies. Frittatas are so amazingly decadent and satisfying, and if you can score one on a sandwich with house-made mayo...watch-out! Other items on the savory side that i've seen: fried potatos with brava sauce, fresh radishes and butter, cauliflower soup, etc. Every day it changes slightly, so I'm pretty sure it's all made from scratch each morning.

Pastries make up the second half of the menu. Nothing seems too sweet, again their goal seems to be a balance of sweet and savory. Olive short bread sticks, olive oil cake, lemon thyme cake (was amazing), zeppole freshly fried, etc.

Abraco is a true East Village gem...they have changed the direction in which I walk to work, I kid you not.

Oct 18, 2007
emarkman in Manhattan

1st Date: Drinks + Appetizers nr. Astor Place

Angle's Share for drinks...but not sure about dinner/food

Oct 17, 2007
emarkman in Manhattan

Abraco - Coffee Heaven Lands on 7th St.

Folks, I will not hide the fact that I've been a fan of San Francisco's Blue Bottle Coffee for several years. So when I moved to NYC in 2005, I was convinced that in the ways of coffee, my new home town could never fully meet my needs. Sure 9 St. Espresso did much to fill the void, but I was always left with a small pang in my heart for the good old days of Blue Bottle Coffee, with it's line-up of uber-baristas.

Today however is a different day. It is my pleasure to inform my fellow NYC coffee hounds that our coffee landscape has changed seismically. Jamie McCormick, the massively talented and gregarious barista from the Blue Bottle team in San Francisco, has just opened his own coffee shop, called Abraco, at 86 East 7th St. The individually prepared drip coffees and espresso drinks are simply outrageous. Jamie is truly a master of the craft.

It should be noted that Jamie is supported by an all-star cast of food aficionados. With coffee this amazing and small food plates, both savory and sweet, in support, I’d recommend getting there soon…time will surely lead to long lines!

Oct 17, 2007
emarkman in Manhattan

A place for Great Cocktails

My partner and I are coming to L.A. for 4 nights next week. We are looking for a couple of great recommnedations for excellent cocktails. Rooftops, outdoors, sophisticated settings are all a plus. We're not looking to hang with Paris Hilton...rather we are simply after great drinks served in a classy sophisticated atmosphere (w/o major attitude). Hotel bars can be fun...but not The Standard.

Thanks so much.

Em

Jul 31, 2006
emarkman in Los Angeles Area