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American Food – Plate Of The Day http://www.plateoftheday.com Food Blogger - Adventures in Beijing, New York, Brooklyn and more Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:22:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 New Brunch Menu at Great Leap Brewery Beijing http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1727 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1727#respond Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:53:00 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1727 New Brunch Menu at Great Leap Brewery Beijing

Slow roasted pork belly and waffles at great leap brewery beijing

The names says it all as this year has been a banner year for Great Leap Brewery! First it opened a 2nd location in San Li Tun in an impressively beautiful pub with spacious wood booths with streaming American sports on the flat panel TVs, delicious cheeseburgers and fries, and of course a great variety of its well known fresh beers brewed on location.

This weekend, the local microbrew is giving you a new reason to saddle up to the bar and start drinking beer in the morning – brunch.

For a limited time there’s a tasting menu for just 100rmb:


Fresh pressed Coffee from Rickshaw Roasters
or Flight of 4 beers (Ma Gold, Hop God, Mocha Stout, Imperial Pumpkin)

Muesli with nuts and honey
Slow roasted pork over crispy waffles and lovely lathered with a malted honey extract
Biscuits and sausage gravy with a sunny side up egg
Carrot cake to finish


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Having a “JFK” aka Berliner aka Pfannkuchen in Berlin http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1636 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1636#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:39:44 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1636 Having a “JFK” aka Berliner aka Pfannkuchen in Berlin


Get the joke? No? Remember JFK’s famous speech? “Ich bin ein berliner” – well kind of means that he’s a Berliner which is a jelly donut. What’s kind of confusing is that in Berlin they don’t call them Berliners (who know’s why?) but they are called pfannkuchen – which means pancake everywhere else in Germany. Confused? Yeah, just call it a JFK and maybe it will stick over time.


Found some at a cafe in the Metro near Potsdamer Platz
Considering it was from a metro cafe, it wasn’t all that bad, not as good as say donut plant in NY’s East Village but still great with coffee. Enjoy!!!

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Maison Premiere Oyster Bar Williamsburg Brooklyn NY http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1618 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1618#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2011 22:25:32 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1618 Maison Premiere Oyster Bar Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

Maison Premiere Oyster Bar Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

Maison Premiere Oyster Bar Williamsburg
298 Bedford Ave (between Grand St & 1st St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Williamsburg – South Side
(347) 335-0446

My go-to bodega in Williamsburg for cheap Ben and Jerry’s pints ($4 each) recently became victim to gentrification. But in reality I’m not pissed, because the Maison Premiere Oyster Bar is pretty awesome. Not only can you enjoy fresh oysters Maison Premiere Oyster Bar Williamsburg Brooklyn NY on the half shell but you can also wash them down with amazing mixology cocktails, absinthe, wines and craft beer. The designers of Maison Premier Oyster Bar also completely transformed the shit hole bodega into an incredible space with an old New Orleans Prohibition era décor. A hostess greets you at the door and leads you a few steps to the roomy oyster shaped bar that surrounds a large copper plated absinthe water tap (where they drip water over sugar cubes) before a wall of candlelit bottles. Several sharply dressed bartenders are stationed within the enclosed oval space and take their time crafting old” tyme” cocktail classics.

Maison Premiere Oyster Bar Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

Be sure to try my favorite, the Maison Pimm’s Cup (Pimm’s No. 1, Cucumber juice, simple syrup, fresh mint and lemon juice) You’ll not only look cool drinking what the mobsters drink in Boardwalk Empire, but with the mint and cucumber, the Pimm’s Cup is also a great way to feel cool during the summer heat.

Maison Premiere Oyster Bar Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

I am a little disappointed that they have a decorative bottle of Suze at the top shelf and won’t allow patrons to drink it. I pretty much ask every time I go if I can have a sip – I mean who’s going to notice if it’s full or empty? I love Suze and it’s really hard to find in the US


On the other side of the bar is the oyster station where you can select your oysters and have the staff shuck them fresh for you while you wait. Further back are a few tables and outside is the garden area staffed with a third bar station allowing you and your guests to relax in the shade under a canopy of trees, ferns and vines.

Maison Premiere Oyster Bar Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

A few months ago I was up in Boston with my cousins and we had a few really great cocktails at the bar Drink over in Ft Point. There they don’t have a cocktail menu and will create specialty drinks from scratch ingredients. You can get this experience at perhaps Apoteke in Chinatown NY but I kind of like Maison Premiere because it isn’t as much of a scene (at least not yet). Of course, if I can also get my ice cream fix at Maison Premiere, that would be even better!

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4th of July BBQ? Try This 4th Of July BBQ Beef Brisket Recipe http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1594 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1594#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2011 08:45:57 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1594 4th of July BBQ? Try This 4th Of July BBQ Beef Brisket Recipe

bbq beef brisket homemade recipe
What are you going to BBQ for the fourth of July this year? I’ve blogged about a lot of BBQ recipes in the past and while you can go the safe and easy route of a BBQ / Oven Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder, the big challenge and bolder flavors (in my opinion) will come from barbequing your own piece of beef brisket.

The challenge of BBQ Brisket is that it takes a long time (7-14 hours) and if you remove the brisket off the BBQ too soon, you’ll end up with a pretty tough piece of meat. Like Pork Shoulder, it’s all about the slow low heat of the BBQ grill or oven. Why? Because the brisket is a very tough muscle at the front of the chest and is used to stabilize the cow as it stands and while it is moving.


It’s going to take a long long time to break down the tough muscle fibers in the brisket to become the tender succulent piece of smoky bbq. But it’s well worth it of course. Get a bucket of beers and gather your friends around the BBQ, and have a great time as you smoke and bbq your brisket this 4th of July.

Recipe: 4th Of July BBQ Beef Brisket Recipe

Summary: 4th Of July BBQ Beef Brisket Recipe



  1. I did an overnight brine to help further break down the meat and connective tissue of the brisket, however most of the recipes I’ve read do not require an overnight brine prior to BBQ. You can read about the brine steps here if you’d like to give it a shot. Because the salt gets into the beef during the brine steps, I think it does contribute some flavor throughout the meat and does give the brisket some more extra flavor. Again, it’s up to you – you’ll already be BBQ’ing for 14 hours so what’s another 10 hours the night before you start.
  2. Rinse your brisket with cold water and pat dry with a towel. Then rub brisket with the dry rub spices and set aside.
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  4. Prepare the smoker. I don’ t have a real smoker but just created a makeshift bbq smoker by converting my Weber Smoky Joe. You put the coals on one side, and a small aluminum pan on the other side and fill with water. Light up the coals to let them start to burn. Meanwhile soak your smoking chips in water with a small shot of bourbon. After about 20 mins when the coals are smoking hot, sprinkle half of your bbq smoking chips on the grill.
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  6. Now place the bbq grill on top of the coals and water and when the temperature stabilizes at 225F, place your brisket on the bbq grill. Kick back and hang out with your friends for the next 10 hours. It’s about 90 mins per pound of brisket beef is the average but it also depends on how well you can stabilize the temperature.
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  8. Watch the coals and the water level, and after about 2 hours add the rest of your smoking chips to the coals. You want to eventually reach what is called the stall zone (140-150F). At this point do not crank up the heat, this is the time when the heat is being internalized by the brisket to break down the connective tissues. Once that has occurred, the brisket will eventually reach an internal temperature of 190F. Remove, rest for 20 mins and then enjoy!
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Preparation time: 45 minute(s)

Cooking time: 11 hour(s) 40 minute(s)

My rating 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)

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Chicken and Okra Gumbo Recipe http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1592 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1592#comments Sun, 05 Jun 2011 18:17:11 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1592 Chicken and Okra Gumbo Recipe


If you like thick sauces with intense flavors (who doesn’t), then this Chicken and Okra recipe is for you! Because it’s flour based, it does take some time to cook in however – you start by making a roux which takes about 1.5 hours. But believe me it’s well worth it for the thick chicken stock flavors to blend in. Serve over rice.


Recipe: Chicken and Okra Gumbo

Summary: Modified off of a Food and Wine Recipe


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 large white onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 large celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 green bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 6 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth ( I like to use the drippings off of a chicken instead and fresh bones from a roasted chicken to be removed later)
  • 6 ounces andouille links, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Walkerswood Jamaican Jerk Paste / Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon smoked hot paprika
  • 3/4 pound fresh or thawed frozen okra, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • One 3 1/2-pound rotisserie chicken—meat shredded, skin and bones discarded
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Tabasco
  • Steamed rice, for serving
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. 1.In dutch oven pan, mix flour with 1/2 cup of oil until smooth. Cook the roux over moderately low heat, whisking frequently until dark brown, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Then add in the chopped onions, celery, bell peppers and garlic and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 20 minutes.
  2. 2.Gradually add the chicken stock to the casserole, whisking until smooth. Add the andouille, bay leaves, jerk paste, thyme and paprika and bring to a simmer. Cook over low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. 3.Add the okra to the casserole and simmer until tender, 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken meat and season the gumbo with salt, pepper and Tabasco. Discard the bay leaves, ladle the gumbo over rice, garnish with the scallions and serve with Tabasco.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s) 40 minute(s)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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A New “Choice” in Dumbo: The Gallery Cafe Restaurant Dumbo Brooklyn NY http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1590 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1590#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:33:57 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1590 A New “Choice” in Dumbo: The Gallery Cafe Restaurant Dumbo Brooklyn NY

The Gallery Cafe Restaurant Dumbo Brooklyn NY

The Gallery Cafe
108 Jay Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
Mon-Fri 8am-10pm
Sat-Sun Brunch 9am-4pm

We don’t have too many casual walk in restaurants in Dumbo (The Dumbo General Store café went to table service a few years ago) so I was a little disappointed when the laid back cafeteria style Choice restaurant located diagonally across the street from the York Street F train stop in Dumbo switched owners to a higher end restaurant now called The Gallery Café. But overall the changes are quite remarkable and the evidence of returning Dumbo residents to the restaurant further imply it’s a good fit for the neighborhood. Some things have not changed such as the intricate molded ceiling and the wood panel window booths, but the long communal benches (which I liked) have been replaced with white napkin candlelit tables accompanied with an occasional jazz quartet on some nights throughout the week. You can credit the owner Michael for the transformation of the space. On most nights you can see him at the restaurant tableside attending to guests and soliciting feedback – something you don’t really see anymore.

The Gallery Cafe Restaurant Dumbo Brooklyn NY

But let’s get down to the food shall we? The overhaul of the menu has replaced simple lighter fare of burgers, salads and sandwiches to more fanciful dishes such as skirt steak, braised ribs, Saffron Arancini and grilled cod (the menu seems to change quite often).

The Gallery Cafe Restaurant Dumbo Brooklyn NY

I shared a dinner meal with two others and we were able to sample a variety of dishes including crab cakes, braised pork ribs. The ribs were amazing – tender, juicy and meaty.
I also went back for brunch and tried out the fresh juice bar where you can literally hand pick the fruit off the counter and they’ll magically transform it into a juice of your liking. I ordered a plate of waffles served with walnuts and a rich buttercream that was also very good. Enjoy!

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A Dozen Food Trucks to Descend On Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn NY Sun May 21 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1585 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1585#respond Thu, 19 May 2011 15:23:08 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1585 A Dozen Food Trucks to Descend On Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn NY Sun May 21

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck

Hey everyone, surprise the endless rain officially ends on Sunday and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than checking out a dozen or more of your favorite food trucks?!!!

From 11am – 5pm, Food trucks that serve coffee, ice cream, slushies, dumplings, lobster, falafel, and more will be available at Grand Army Plaza.

Here’s the line up so far:

Cupcake Stop
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
Kimchi Taco
Milk Truck
Mud Truck
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Rickshaw Dumpling
Souvlaki GR
Taïm Mobile
Eddie’s Pizza Truck
The Frying Dutchmen
The Treats Truck
Vanleeuwen Ice Cream

This Food Truck party is being organized by the Prospect Park Alliance with the NYC Food Truck Association.

See you there!

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Henry’s End – Wild Game Special (Boar, Elk, Venison, Buffalo, Kangaroo, Pheasant) Brooklyn Heights New York Restaurant http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1521 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1521#comments Sun, 20 Mar 2011 21:55:39 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1521 Henry’s End – Wild Game Special (Boar, Elk, Venison, Buffalo, Kangaroo, Pheasant) Brooklyn Heights New York Restaurant


44 Henry Street
Brooklyn Heights / Dumbo
New York 11201
718 834 1776

Maybe you can say you’re adventurous and sampled some wild boar or perhaps some wild buffalo steaks. What about Kangaroo? What about Elk? What about all the above in one night! Well, you can have the whole hunter’s feast for the rest of March over at Henry’s End famous Wild Game Festival. No need to gear up and head upstate to the backwoods, Henry’s End is just steps away from the landing of the Brooklyn Bridge and at the edge of Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo.
Henry’s End also has a great selection of wine pairings so if you want to sample and truly have a feast you can check out the $25 Fixe Prix menu (Mon-Thu) which includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert and for an extra $14 you get wine pairings with all three dishes. I tried the one with the Wild Boar Ragout. I started with a pair of massive Maryland style Corn Crab Cakes stuffed with spicy cayenne spice, scallions and served with a side of tartar sauce. I forget the wine but it was a sweet Riesling from upstate that was perfect with the heavy tartar and deep fried batter of the crab cakes. Next was the entrée: Wild Boar Ragout. Served in a deep and wide bowl, the large chunks of tender boar meat in a sweet and spicy tomato sauce with a truffled polenta definitely made a very hearty meal perfect for a cold spring night. Finished with the Mud Pie which is a blend of coffee and chocolate ice cream laced with Kahlua and espresso on an Oreo cookie crust topped with hot fudge sauce. Yeah, don’t know what else to say about that but that it was obviously awesome.
If you don’t make it for Henry’s End Wild Game Festival in time, I’d also recommend the Honey and Ginger Duckling. At Henry’s End they braise the ducks in their natural juices to retain the flavor and tenderness. The meat is deboned and the skin is broiled to a crisp. Maybe not as exotic as Kangaroo or Wild boar, but who cares – it’s great!!

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2 Food Events (In Brooklyn) Not To Be Missed – Jerky Contest at the Bellhouse & Pie Contest at The Bedford http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1482 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1482#respond Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:00:39 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1482 2 Food Events (In Brooklyn) Not To Be Missed – Jerky Contest at the Bellhouse & Pie Contest at The Bedford

#1 Jerk-off Jerky Competition at the BellHouse
Sun Jan 23rd 4pm

Come on down to the Bellhouse in Brooklyn to learn all about making your own jerky while competing for awesome prizes from Wusthof, Anolon and Microplane. $10 admission ticket allows you to sample all kinds of jerky.

The Bell House, 149 Seventh St.


#2 Fourth Annual Pie Contest at The Bedford (Williamsburg)
Enter your baked pies (sweet or savory) for a chance to win prizes or pay the $10 admission (purchase tickets at the door) and sample all-you-can-eat forkfuls of at least 50 pies. The competition benefits Growing Chefs, which connects people to food through farm-based education.

The Bedford, 110 Bedford Ave. (at N. 11th St.)
Williamsburg Brooklyn

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Register for the 2nd Annual Vendr.TV Party Brooklyn NY http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1480 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1480#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:24:50 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1480 Register for the 2nd Annual Vendr.TV Party Brooklyn NY

Last year I checked out the food truck Vendr.TV bday party at the Cove in Williamsburg. Despite the cold and the long lines, it was a blast with great food, music and beers.

Well another year has quickly past and Daniel is setting up a 2nd party. Here’s his invite and link to register:

See you there!!!

Daniel Delaney:

Hi Friends,
Last year, many of you came to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to celebrate VendrTV’s 1st Birthday. The Party was a huge success. Tons of great food, killer music, and lots of dancing. Best of all, was that I got to hang with so many of you!

Well, VendrTV’s approaching it’s second birthday, and we’re trying to figure out what to do! We think we’ll do something a bit more low key this year, but we’re still figure it out.

I’m trying to get a head count of who might be around, and interested in attending. The party will probably be sometime in February.

If you think you’d like to come, please click the link below and add yourself to the list. I’ll update you with information when we start to lock things down.

Hope you’re all doing well, and I hope I get to see you all soon again!


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