I recently had brunch at two very nice spots on the Upper West Side, an area of the city where I usually do not spend much time.
One is Machiavelli on Columbus & 85th. A gorgeous restaurant with lush decor, the menu is decidedly Italian, including brunch with dishes like polenta with parmesan and truffle oil, nutella crepes, and lemon and ricotta pancakes. I had the frittata salsiccia with Italian sausage, goat cheese, spinach and tomato. It was wonderful.
Another spot is Ella Kitchen & Bar on Columbus & 72nd. Here, the brunch consists of appetizing Latin & Mediterranean variations of classic dishes like baked eggs with Argentine sausage; eggs Benedict with grass-fed skirt steak and sauteed spinach; or avocado toast with edamame, black sesame seed, scallions, radishes, and hard-boiled egg. I got the classic baked eggs with heavy cream and parmesan.
It’s great to be home sick. Well, it’s great to be home sick when you live in Manhattan and can order chicken soup from Uncle Vanya’s. I was looking on Seamless for chicken soup, and I wanted something that would be homemade. So I opted for Uncle Vanya’s. I got more than chicken soup though. I got a beet salad because I thought the veggies would help me heal. I also got stuffed cabbage because I wanted some comfort food. Chicken soup with pelmeni to make me feel better. And of course, a dessert because, well, you gotta have dessert. How nice it was to have a delivery lady instead of a delivery guy, especially when you are sick and in your jammies!
First, I got the Russian beet salad—beets, potatoes, pickles, onions, peas, carrots and fresh parsley. I like that this salad wasn’t overly dressed. I thought the peas and carrots were a little weird with everything else, but in all, it tasted good. I thought this was something I’d like to recreate myself to get in a lot of diverse veggies.
For my entrée, I got golubtsy—stuffed cabbage rolls with meat and rice in tomato sauce. I love stuffed cabbage. Both my grandma and my mom used to make it, and it’s one of my favorites. Uncle Vanya’s had this wonderful flavor of cloves that I’d like to recreate.
This was so delicious that I thought I wouldn’t get to the chicken soup. The chicken soup hit the spot too with these delicious beef dumplings called pelmeni.
For dessert, I decided to try sirnik, cheese fritters topped with sour cream. Oh my. If you love sour cream, you would love these!
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Tagged beet, chicken soup, golubtsy, Manhattan, pelmeni, Russian, Seamless, sirnik, stuffed cabbage, Uncle Vanya
This weekend, the Swedish Seamen’s Church and the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Manhattan are holding their annual Christmas fairs. I hit the Norwegian fair first. This one’s a little off the beaten path on E. 52nd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
Have some glogg, available in the foyer, as you watch the train.
In the main room, there are knitted goods, Christmas decorations, Scandinavian food, baked goods, raffles and a cafe with open-faced sandwiches.
raffle at Norwegian Seamen’s Christmas fair
There were many cookies to choose from, including pepparkakor and krumkake.
I bought almond tea cakes that are quite yummy.
almond tea cakes
The Swedish Seamen’s Church is in the heart of the city, on E. 48th Street near Fifth Avenue. The space was a little smaller here, so it seemed more crowded. They also had Christmas decorations and baked goods. If you’re looking for more Scandinavian food items, the Norwegian church is the better bet. Here, there were baked goods, including cardamom buns, limpa bread, finskar pinnar and more. I got cinnamon buns.
If you want to catch one of the fairs, or both, they go through Sunday evening.