A BIG BURGER IN THE BIG CITY… LUNCH AT THE SMITH IN NEW YORK CITY

The Smith

1900 Broadway, New York, New York

www.thesmithnyc.com

This weekend, my dad and I went to New York City.  While we were there we visited the The Intrepid Museum, stopped at my dad’s office and saw our friend Kendah, who was visiting from Paris.  But first, we were hungry and needed somewhere close by and good to try, so we decided to eat at The Smith.  My dad had eaten there before and said it was good.

The Smith serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and it’s very hip!

It was 11:30 and I was pretty hungry so I decided instead of the brunch menu, it was time to order from the lunch menu.  Here’s what I had:

THE BURGER DELUXE

A Burger with Bacon, Cheddar, Special Sauce and the Works with Fries

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It was delicious and it was BIG!  I was amazed that I could finish it.  The Fries were golden and crispy.

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Thanks Tina for being our server, and for being SO nice… we’ll be back soon!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD * * * * * (5)

SERVICE * * * * * (5)

LOOKS: * * * * * (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * * (5)

PS: At the Intrepid Museum we took a tour of The USS Growler Submarine. It was really cool to see what life was like under the sea.  But, if the Growler was a Sunday Diners restaurant, I’d give the bathroom zero stars! Luckily, it’s just part of the exhibit. 🙂

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TAKE A BITE OF HISTORY AT LOUIS’ LUNCH IN NEW HAVEN, BIRTHPLACE OF THE HAMBURGER!

LOUIS’ LUNCH • 261-263 CROWN STREET • NEW HAVEN, CT

www.louislunch.com 

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Hi everyone, we’re back with something really special.  We have been wanting to visit Louis’ Lunch, The Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, in New Haven for a long time, and this weekend, we did!

Louis’s Lunch has been in New Haven since 1895, and the story goes, in 1900 a man walked into the luncheonette and asked “For a quick meal he could eat on the run.” Louis Lassen, who was the founder, took a broiled beef patty, put it between two slices of toast and sent him running… and with that, the first hamburger was born!

Louis’ is famous not only for being the first hamburger but for still making burgers just the way that man had it back then and they are excellent!  The restaurant is really small, and there is not a lot of room to sit, but that didn’t matter… there was tons of people eating outside, standing, and making new friends by sharing at a big table.  There was also a lot of people in line which went all the way out the door.  You’ve got to wait patiently because burgers this good take a while.

First… they prep the burgers which are

hand rolled from five different kinds of meat:

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Then, they are broiled in the original cast iron grills from 1898:

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Then… it’s toast time:

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At Louis’ they only make one thing and that’s burgers.  And there are a few things that you need to know about burgers at Louis’:

  • No Condiments!  The Lassen Family (who still own Louis’) want you the experience the taste of the burger so… hold the ketchup, mayo, mustard —  You don’t need it!
  • The toppings are cheese, tomato and onions (grilled with the burger)
  • All burgers are medium rare (but if you ask they can make it well done too but, make sure you have it medium rare, that’s the best way)
  • No buns… just toast!
  • No fries!… but you can have their awesome potato salad or a bag of chips

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So how was it?

Dad and I had:

“Two cheese works, a salad and a birch”, which means two burgers with cheese, tomato and onions, a potato salad and a birch beer.

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It was delicious and one of the best burgers I ever had.  It’s definitely different because you really get the flavor of the meat, it’s very juicy and the toast made it a little crunchy. It was SO good, that I wanted to have a second, but,  we needed to leave room for…

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PIE!!! 

Louis’ also makes great pies!

We had 

Cherry

and

Blueberry

Louis’ is SO busy, we didn’t really get to have that much of a talk with the cooks and servers, but we did get to meet John who takes your order and Paul who works the grills.

They asked us how we liked it and we joked… “It was terrible”

Paul said, “Then, when you do your article, If you think the food is bad, make sure you call me John… if it’s good, my name is Paul…”

IMG_2284We thought the food was AMAZING… SO,  John is on the left

AND Paul is on the right!

There’s a lot of great history at Louis’ Lunch, so check out their website and you can learn all about how much of an important place it is…

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS: * * * * *   (5)

BATHROOM: Did Not Go… but it looked clean!

I loved Louis’ Lunch and we’re definitely coming back…

Thanks so much John for the awesome T-shirt!

QUICK BITES! ROMANACCI, THE GINGER MAN, GUVNOR’S BREWERY, CAFÉ TURNIER AND… THE I-95 REST STOP!

Welcome to Quick Bites, this is a post telling our readers about some places we have been to recently. All these places are really good and very interesting!!!  (PS. THIS IS OUR 100th POST!)

526567_333002843470960_580296420_nRomanacci

250 Westport Ave, Norwalk, CT

www.romanacci.com

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Romanacci’s pizza is the closest you can get to authentic Italian pizza like we had in Rome,  without taking a plane. I like their Margherita Pizza but they have many others to try from their brick oven.  They also have a wide variety of delicious pastries like cannolis that are made right in front of you. Don’t forget to have a Fanta straight from Italy or a Mexican Coca-Cola with your meal, which are better than the American ones, because they use real sugar.

539250_10150628760587013_1802516955_nThe Ginger Man Greenwich

64 Greenwich Avenue Greenwich, CT

www.gingermangreenwich.com

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IMG_0535The Ginger Man in Greenwich, is a very popular and cozy place to have dinner with friends.  I went there with my friend Brandon  and he liked it also.  We both had the Chicken Wings, they were BBQ wings, so they weren’t that spicy.  We also had Ribs which were delicious.  Try to get a table by the fire-place.

1383681_313604318777701_1955567513_nGuvnor’s Brewery

136 Washington Street, SouthNorwalk, CT

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Last Friday night, my dad and I wanted to watch the Knicks game, while having some great food.  So we decided to try Guvnor’s Brewery in South Norwalk.  We asked in advance if we could watch the game and Jessica, the host, totally took care of us! (talk about service!) They rolled down their big screen and gave us terrific seats to watch, and then it was time to get our eating game on!

1st Quarter:   The Scotch Egg

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The Scotch Egg is a Hard-Boiled Egg that is surrounded by Breakfast Sausage and deep-fried.  It is definitely a game-starter!!

2nd Quarter:   Spicy Chorizo Chicken Wings

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At first, the wings are as hot as the Knicks were on Friday, but over time, you become used to them. Some of the best wings I’ve ever had.

3rd Quarter:   The Guvnor’s Burger

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A HUGE Beef patty on a Brioche bun with American cheese (But they have blue and cheddar too), pickles, and thousand island dressing.  It is served with their specialty Garlic and Parmesan French Fries.  This burgers is definitely an All-Star.

4th Quarter:   The Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

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A perfect way to end the game!  A deep dish, fresh-from-the-oven, Chocolate Chip  Cookie with Vanilla Ice-Cream on top.

Even though these are just Quick Bites, Guvnor’s really deserves a review!!!!  Thanks to everyone at Guvnor’s especially our host Jessica who was so nice!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS: * * * * *   (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * *   (5)

PLUS… THE KNICKS CRUSHED THE MAGIC 121 TO 83!

483273_266386313467589_793919316_nCafé Turnier

115 Main Street, Norwalk, CT

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IMG_0692Readers of Sunday Diners know that I LOVE Cafe Turnierso I wanted to let you know that on December 21, Ernst Turnier is introducing a new menu!  I’ll have more news on that when it is unveiled,  lets just hope that he keeps his Plantains and awesome BLT, which I had yesterday.  Great seeing you Mr. Turnier!IMG_0693

i95_420_1The I-95 Rest Stop in Darien CT

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Finally, yesterday, we made a quick visit to the brand new I-95 Rest Stop in Darien.  They have all sorts of cool places like Sbarro’s, Mac N’Out, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds,Wilson’s BBQ, Pinkberry (opening soon) and even a souvenir shop called Statement.  We went to Dunkin, for a hot chocolate and donut… and on the way out we saw our faves, OMNOMCT grabbing some Wilson’s BBQ for the road on their way to New Haven!

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Wow, this rest stop is really the “COOL PLACE TO GO”… and speaking of “going” I checked out the bathroom and it gets a 5 out of 5!

SARDI’S WHERE EVERYONE GETS TO EAT LIKE A STAR!

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Sardi’s, 234 West 44th Street, New York, NY

http://www.sardis.com

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Last Sunday, I went to see The Lion King on Broadway with my Aunt Martha and Uncle Peter.  It was my first Broadway show and it was exciting!  But before the show, I went to the world-famous Sardi’s.  Sardi’s is a restaurant that many actors like to go to after their shows – the walls are covered with drawings of all the stars and celebrities that have eaten there.  It was super fun, and the service was excellent!

The food was great – I had The Angus Burger.  There was a 10 ounce burger, but I chose the 5 ounce — and it was still so big that I couldn’t finish it!  I could barely hold it!  For dessert, I had the Warm Chocolate Cake with Melted Center, Vanilla Ice Cream, Crème Anglaise and Dots of Chocolate Sauce.  It was warm and comforting on a very cold Sunday.  My Aunt Martha also had the Angus Burger (but with no bun) and loved it.  Uncle Peter had the Coconut Vegetable Tofu Curry – he liked it a lot – and it seemed very healthy!

The Sunday Diner Rating 

FOOD * * * * * (Five)

SERVICE  * * * * * (Five)

LOOKS * * * *   (Five)

BATHROOM * * * * * * (Six – It was a REALLY nice bathroom!) 

Thanks Aunt Martha and Uncle Peter for a great time!