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The Weekly Eater: 12/01 – 12/14

Each Monday going forward, I'm going to give you, my dear readers, a recap of where I ate during the prior week, and a list of where I have plans to dine this week.

Saturday, 12/06: Brunch at Bobo

  • Bobo isn’t one of those restaurants that you just “happen upon” while strolling through the West Village. While the location is prime, the restaurant’s signage is below street level and rather small. This makes first time diners feel like they are privy to top secret dining information. Bobo’s bi-level space evokes the feeling of dining in a wealthy New Yorker’s townhouse. The atmosphere is nothing short of “shabby chic meets Renaissance.” Absolutely charming, indeed. I began my meal with a Pimm’s Cup cocktail that was so refreshing and subtle; I wondered whether or not it even contained alcohol. Andrew and I split the Bobu (which is Bobo’s beef burger) and the spaetzle with breakfast sausage and a poached egg. I found the burger to be quite good, though I wasn’t too keen on the lathering of pickled onion atop my beef patty. Fresh, sautéed or even fried onion would have been much more desirable. The spaetzle dish was heavy, greasy and bland. However, there were two unique elements: A perfectly poached egg and subtle notes of nutmeg. Overall, Andrew and I enjoyed our experience and found the restaurant’s brunch menu to be very affordable.

Saturday, 12/06: Dinner at Hecho en Dumbo

  • Hecho en Dumbo is a Mexican restaurant that’s been on my “must try” list since this past summer. Located in the Forager’s market in Brooklyn, Hecho is naked of signage (so if you don’t know the address or phone number beforehand, you may be screwed). Once you arrive successfully, you know that you’re in for a truly authentic culinary journey through Mexico. Cathryn and I were immediately seated upon entry, which was shear luck considering that Hecho does not take reservations. I began my meal with a Flor Morada cocktail (vodka, Cointreau, homemade agua de Jamaica and lime served in a frosted martini glass). We split the queso fundido de rajas (melted Oaxaca and Asadero cheese with roasted poblano pepper and sautéed onion), homemade chips and guacamole (the best I’ve had in New York), Berkshire pork burritas and the stewed beef tacos. With the exception of some gristly pork, a near-deafening live band, and a waitress that was completely uneducated about the menu, our meal was excellent.

This week, I have plans to dine:
Sunday, 12/14: Brunch...TBD

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