Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sage General Store

After spending the afternoon at PS1 located in Long Island City a sweet treat was much needed. Since we were in the area we decided to make a stop at the Sage General Store a few blocks away.

Inside we were welcomed by a friendly employee who helped us curb our sweet craving by guiding us towards a raspberry cookie bar, and a homemade pink snowball. We accompanied our treats with a raspberry iced tea, and a ginger root green tea. Both deserts were deliciously sweet, almost too much so. The snowball had a very similar frosting to that of a Magnolia Bakery cupcake covered in light, crunchy coconut flakes. The raspberry bar while delicious was nothing special. To us, it was just another raspberry bar that was a bit too sweet. The drinks were somewhat warm and also too sweet. We asked for a cup of ice which helped some, but next time I'd pass on the lukewarm teas.

However sweets are not all that the Sage General Store has to offer. The actual food menu is full of local organic items such as sandwiches, salads, casseroles and many others. Though we may not be running back for their sweets, our next visit will definitely entail lunch or dinner.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10
Price: $11.50

Sunday, February 22, 2009

PJ Clarke's

Friday night Alex and I ventured to PJ Clarke's on 3rd avenue between 55th and 56th after a long day of work in search for a good burger and beer. Upon entering the extremely crowded bar, we managed to make our way into the back where the restaurant seating is located. We were seated within 10 minutes, which was surprising considering the crowd.

We received our food within 10 minutes of ordering, which was good because we were both starving. We ordered a bacon cheese burger, onion strings, fries, and two beers. The onion strings were surprisingly delicious. Perfectly crisp, crunchy, and juicy, with just the right amount of salt. The french fries were also wonderfully crisp and fresh.

Now moving on to more important topics... the burger. For starters, I did not like the lack of lettuce and tomato. The sole accompaniment to the burger was a rather thick slice of onion placed strangely underneath it. I didn't even know it was there until I picked it up to take a bite. Not only was the onion useless, it also made the bottom of the burger bun soggy and a bit onion-y. I enjoy a little onion on my burger but this slab was unpleasant. The burger was juicy but not so much that it blew my mind.

Overall the experience was something you would expect from bar food, good but not great.

Rating: 6 out of 10.