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Kingswood in the West Village

July 24, 2011

After being a fan of Ruby’s for years, it only made sense that I’d eventually have to visit their sister-restaurant, Kingswood in the West Village.

Inside Kingswood

I kept hearing mixed reviews about the place — some rave about it, others seem to be hung up on it having a very see-and-be-seen crowd. I personally was most interested in the food. After going through menus online, I thought I might know what I want. But I think the very edited menu is also seasonal, so not much of what I was looking at before was even there.

Popcorn shrimp

We started with what I think was called something like popcorn shrimp. I was picturing something, well, like battered shrimp, but we got three baby shrimp buried under sliced pineapples and spices. It was OK, a little forgettable.

Quinoa salad

We needed a little more to fill up, so we went with a quinoa salad. I love quinoa personally, but again, it was pretty standard. Healthy too, because I just remember crunching into carrots. After our light appetizers, we moved on to the main. I was excited to try their burger. But I read the menu and it was titled “Ruby’s Bronte Burger.” As in the same burger they serve at Ruby’s. I asked the waiter if it was the exact same thing and he confirmed.

Ruby's Bronte burger with rosemary fries


Bronte burger

Now, don’t get me wrong — Ruby’s bronte burger is great, but I wanted to try something new. My friend, Chelsea ordered it though. It comes with a side of truffle fries with rosemary and a dollop of some mayo dip which was sinfully good. Instead, I went for the cornish hen with a side of cooked pasta.

Cornish hen


The pasta was kind of like a spätzle — I loved it especially because they even threw in some hazelnuts in there (I’m a fan of different textures in food although I’m sure not everyone would agree).The cornish hen was flavorful and I enjoyed the mix.

Overall, I definitely think it was a cool place to hang, but I would have enjoyed a little more selection on the menu, personally.


Restaurant Info:
Kingswood

121 W 10th St.
(at Greenwich Ave)
New York NY 10011
212-645-0018
West Village


REPORT CARD

Meal: Dinner
Occasion: Business-ey dinner
Price: $$$$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: *** (at night, it’s dimly lit and had interesting rustic decor — since it also has a rather large bar area in the middle, it can get pretty loud too)
Food: **
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Probably not — I’m glad I tried it but I feel like there’s not much more I’m dying to try on the menu. If I really want a burger, I’ll probably just go straight to Ruby’s.

x
Shy


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Australian - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Tuck Shop in the Lower East Side

May 11, 2011

I didn’t think I’d find myself at a pie shop late last night after the Yuna/Raphael Saadiq concert, but that’s just what happened. After a few sips of a chai latte didn’t fill me (or my friends) up, we headed over to Tuck Shop, a tiny spot on 1st Street. In case you miss their tagline (“The Great Aussie Bite”), they’ve placed random kangaroo paraphernalia to hint at their Down Under roots.

Tuck Shop menu


They make fresh pies daily using all natural ingredients. You can even see them rolling the dough out on a giant marble slap behind the register.

Rolling out the dough with a huge silver rolling pin

Like the place itself, the menu isn’t very large. We ordered the Thai Green Chook Curry pie (Kafir lime leaves, galangal, Coconut milk, thai basil and chilis).

Thai Green Chook Curry pie

Once you pierce the pie, out comes a thick gravy of all its savory ingredients. We shared a pie (it was way too late to go crazy and eat more), while listening to tunes from the 60s. For a small meal under $6, it’s a nice little place to stop by and fend off your hunger pangs.

Piping becoming part of a painting



Restaurant Info:
Tuck Shop

68 E. 1st St.
Between 1st and 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
212-979-5200
Lower East Side

x
Shy

Australian - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Ruby’s revisited…

May 3, 2009

I felt like I kinda jipped you guys on the pictures from the last time I talked about Ruby’s and all its deliciousness. But I wasn’t kidding when I said I go there all the time, so here’s Take II:

Ruby's 1

Ruby's 2

Ruby's3

Ruby's4

Bluey’s panini and side salad, $10.50; pumpkin salad with chicken, $12.50.

Restaurant Info:
Ruby’s
219 Mulberry St.
btw Prince and Spring
New York, NY 10003
212-925-5755
Nolita

x
Shy

Australian - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Ruby’s: My FAVORITE Nolita Aussie joint

April 10, 2009

Those who know me well, this is probably old news to you, but Australian-owned Ruby’s on Mulberry St. is my favorite hole-in-the-wall cafe in Nolita. [Interesting fact: The owner of Rubys, Nick Mathers, also opened the better-known Kingswood restaurant in the West Village].

pumpkin salad with chicken, $12.50

pumpkin salad with chicken, $12.50

Whenever I’m shopping in Soho, I’ll always end up at Ruby’s. The place itself is small — maybe 300 sq. ft at best — but it ends up being a cozy, intimate setting with people chatting all around you and always playing great music. They have these paninis that just taste like nothing I’ve ever had before, like the awesomeness of the Blueys above ($10.50) which is grilled chicken, cheese, sweet chili, and lemon mayo.

pineapple-mint shake, $6

pineapple-mint shake

I went again last night, but this time ordered their Pumpkin Salad with chicken ($12.50). The generous-portioned salad can be made without chicken for $2 less, but I personally think the chicken makes the dish in this case, otherwise it’s can get too pumpkin-ey…unless you like that of course. The salad also has baby spinach, goat cheese, and pine nuts and topped with carmelized balsamic dressing.

I’ll also sometimes get the pineapple mint shake ($6), which two people can easily share considering the glass is just huge (I want to say about 20 oz.). It’s really fresh and healthy-tasting, but not very sweet. We also tried the strawberry-banana shake for the first time last night ($6), but I think it was actually too much banana and not enough strawberry. I think I’ll stick the the pineapple-mint for now.

We were STUFFED by the end of the meal, but since my other sister-in-law’s sister’s birthday just passed, we slipped in a sticky date pudding cake ($7). A customer sitting nearby had recommended it to on a previous visit to Ruby’s, but this was my first time trying it. It was so amazingly good! Soft and warm and comes with whip cream and strawberries and UFF — craving it now. Don’t order it if you go alone though — we had 4 people and we could barely finish it after our meal.

Sticky Date Pudding, $7

Sticky Date Pudding, $7

So I’m thinkin: You MUST try for a different, tangy-flavored panini! Dessert is to die for.

Let me know if you’ve ever been here and what you think!

Ruby’s
219 Mulberry St.
btw Prince and Spring
New York, NY 10003
212-925-5755
Nolita

OH yeah, and stop by Operations afterwards to shop :)

x
Shy

PS: Someone please buy me a better camera, preferably an SLR, for my half birthday? anyone?