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Brunch – 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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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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Dizzy’s Finer Diner Park Slope Brooklyn NY http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1386 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1386#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2010 18:16:18 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1386 Dizzy’s Finer Diner Park Slope Brooklyn NY

dizzy's finer diner park slope brooklyn ny

Dizzy’s Finer Diner
819 8th Ave (at 9th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Park Slope
(718) 499-1966


I was at Dizzy’s Finer Diner over the weekend for a brunch with some visitors from Germany. They really just wanted to experience the American diner and have a typical American breakfast. We thought about going out to Juniors or my recent favorite Lulu’s on Smith St (amazing pancakes) but because they also wanted to stroll around Prospect Park so we decided check out Dizzy’s. Unfortunately as we pulled up to the restaurant, we noticed that we weren’t the only ones with the same idea – there was a huge line for a table inside the small cramped diner.

dizzy's finer diner park slope brooklyn ny

It wasn’t too cold, so we took a table outside. Most of the table ordered the deluxe plate that includes eggs, pancakes, toast, home fries and choice of meat but I’ll hand it off to Christina who ordered one of their signature plates: Pistachio Crusted Banana Stuffed French Toast ($9.50) on Dizzy’s challah french toast lightly dusted in pistachios and filled with banana slices. It was pretty amazing and I would definitely come back for this again.

dizzy's finer diner park slope brooklyn ny

I got one of their specials: 2 eggs over easy on a fresh baked butter biscuit smothered with a smoky chorizo sausage gravy. This, my friend is a heavy meal and was perfect for a cold and windy fall day. Also great for hangovers. Enjoy!

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Ben’s Kosher Deli NY Corned Beef Pastrami Burger Happy Rosh Hashanah http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1306 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1306#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2010 21:49:43 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1306 Ben’s Kosher Deli NY Corned Beef Pastrami Burger Happy Rosh Hashanah

Ben's Kosher Deli NY Corned Beef Pastrami Burger Rosh Hashanah

209 W. 38th Street
Manhattan, New York 10018
(7 locations including Boca Raton FL)

Happy Rosh Hashanah! Ok it was kind of a coincidence that my colleagues at work and I went to Ben’s Kosher Deli yesterday but all the same it was a good excuse to have some amazing home cured pastrami and beef.

Ben's Kosher Deli NY Corned Beef Pastrami Burger Rosh Hashanah

I ordered the Pastrami Burger Deluxe (yes that’s right – pastrami and beef together) with potato cut fries. After tax, it’s a little on the pricey side ($14.14) but I was impressed by the amount of food you get – it comes with a ton of fries, a side of cole slaw, 2 large pickles, and a large helping of pastrami. (Don’t even think about asking for cheese on your burger – this is a kosher place afterall). If you get it to go, they give you like 20 packets of ketchup along with a tub of mustard and Russian dressing.

Ben's Kosher Deli NY Corned Beef Pastrami Burger Rosh Hashanah

The pastrami sandwiches are the real deal. They aren’t as large as Carnegie Deli but they are priced a lot lower too ($10.99).

As for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, Ben’s apparently does catering and has several packages to help you celebrate. $299.99 for 10 people L’Shanah Tovah to all who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah!

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Siggy’s Natural Organic Good Food Restaurant and Juice Bar Brooklyn Heights NY http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1211 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1211#respond Fri, 21 May 2010 18:02:05 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1211 Siggy’s Natural Organic Good Food Restaurant and Juice Bar Brooklyn Heights NY

Siggy's Natural Organic Good Food Restaurant and Juice Bar Brooklyn Heights NY

76 Henry Street
Brooklyn Heights
718 237 3199

Dumbo is a dangerous neighborhood, you are on a diet. You have 5 Guys bugers, Junior’s Cheesecakes, Fascati Pizza and Grimaldi’s Pizza all within walking distance. Fortunately there’s a few healthy alternatives such as Siggy’s all natural organic good food restaurant and juice bar in Brooklyn Heights. It’s located at the end of Henry St just two doors from Fascati pizza and a block away from the famous Henry’s End Ale House. It’s also a 5 min walk across the park from the Brooklyn Bridge staircase landing so I’m surprised there aren’t more tourists over on this end. I guess they like to walk downhill to DUMBO or right over to the 1 hour + queue over at Grimaldi’s.

Siggy's Natural Organic Good Food Restaurant and Juice Bar Brooklyn Heights NY

Siggy’s reminds me a little of the famous Cafe Intermezzo at UC Berkeley on Telegraph (sadly RIP & closed according to Yelp), great vegetarian and non vegetarian options (the burgers at Siggy’s are local, grass fed & organically raised, large, juicy and awesome). We recently went back to Siggy’s and ordered the Ahi Tuna wrap. It’s a delicious tuna salad with kalamata Olives in Lemon Paprika Olive Oil, Tomatoes, Clover Sprouts, Lettuce & vegan mayo in a thin wheat flax wrap.

Siggy's Natural Organic Good Food Restaurant and Juice Bar Brooklyn Heights NY

For starters we had the Quinoa Spinach Cakes ($7) High Protein Baked Quinoa Grain & Spinach Cakes Topped with Fresh Tomato Pepper Cilantro Salsa and they were amazing.

Siggy's Natural Organic Good Food Restaurant and Juice Bar Brooklyn Heights NY

Also tried the Sicilian Basil Veggies Pasta ($14) which is like an open face lasagna with Roasted Zucchini, Broccoli, Spinach leaves, Kalamata Olives, Fresh Basil Garlic Tomato Sauce with Artichokes Ribbon Pasta {Ribbons Made with Jerusalem Artichokes Flour & Semolina} – Can Be Served over Quinoa Grain.

You can’t go wrong with Siggy’s – Enjoy!

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Junior’s Cheesecake Brooklyn NY – Best NY Cheescake http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1196 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1196#respond Wed, 21 Apr 2010 01:30:28 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1196 Junior’s Cheesecake Brooklyn NY – Best NY Cheescake

Original Juniors Cheesecake Brooklyn

386 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn NY
(718) 852-5257

It seems like a month already but it’s only been three weeks since we moved to DUMBO and it’s been a lot of fun discovering a lot of the local restaurants (stay tuned). A few weeks ago, we checked out Junior’s on Flatbush. It’s not technically in DUMBO, more like Ft Greene but let’s just say it’s DANGEROUSLY close enough.

This is the original location by the way so F’ the tourist packed Times Square location. Inside you can see photos of Ebbets field and signed memorabilia from the original Brooklyn Dodgers.

But back to the cheesecake. I kind of forgot that there was more than just the original. My sister and her boyfriend got the Apple Crumb, Gisa got the Black Forrest, and I got the original. The Apple crumb and black forrest were pretty amazing but you can’t really taste the creamy cheesecake as much as you’d expect – still not a bad option though. Guess I am kind of purist. Anyhow, will need to go back and slowly work my way through the rest of the menu. There are more than twenty varieties from what I could count on the menu!

Haven’t tried one yet?

Click here for a free slice of Junior’s!


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Crooked Tree Creperie East Village – 93 Plates Food Blog Project http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1073 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1073#respond Sun, 10 Jan 2010 18:52:33 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1073 Crooked Tree Creperie East Village – 93 Plates Food Project

Crooked Tree Creperie East Village New York

Crooked Tree.
110 Saint Marks Place
New York, NY 10009
(212) 533-3299

Crooked Tree Creperie East Village New YorkFuck Julie and Julia. Ok as a blogger and food lover I love Julia Child and the movie, but for those of you who don’t or can’t cook, try doing this challenge: food blogging a month of continuous meals three times a day. Today I am at the Crooked Tree in the East Village with Hagan Blount of Wandering Foodie on his 28th meal out of 93. (In Sept and August Hagan did 24 restaurants in 24 hours in Boston and DC).

Crooked Tree Creperie East Village New YorkTo start the meal, Sim (co-owner and chef) prepared two savory crepes including a Green Tomato, Arugula, and Prosciutto and a Chicken, Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato crepe. I’ve tried different creperies in the city and most make them on the lighter side – here at the Crooked Tree the crepes have more bite, more dough, and chew. (Sim explains that this is a result of his own special batter formula for the crepes that took him months to perfect) This ‘heavier’ crepe goes great with the savory as well as the sweet crepes.

The Green Tomato Arugula comes topped with a poached egg – oozing warm yolk, always a great bonus. For sweet, we tried both the Nutella/Banana/Ice Cream and a flambee’ Chocolate/Strawberry/Grand Marnier crepes. I especially like the Chocolate/Strawberry/Grand Marnier – it’s a classic combination and they do it quite well. For something different and for those of you who can’t decide between savory and sweet like me, try the Chocolate, Almond and Bacon crepe.

Crooked Tree Creperie East Village New York

As I cleaned off the last bit crepe on my plate, Hagan and I chatted with Sim about the Crooked Tree’s rich history. Like the East Village, the Crooked Tree has seen some major changes over its 11 year history. Just a block away from St Tompkins Square Park, the courtyard of the Crooked Tree in the 90s was once a shady drug dealer’s spot. Today, Sim says that the Crooked Tree has become a different hook up spot – its quiet and intimate interiors make it a popular cozy choice spot for dates. Sim flashes a smile as he adds that the Crooked Tree’s special house-made sangrias, salads and sweet crepes seem to also attract a lot of single women. Good to note people! (Not like the food isn’t already a good enough reason to go).

Crooked Tree Creperie East Village New York

Next stop on the meal marathon is a food blogger’s meetup at Il Porto in Ft Greene Brooklyn. Honestly, I think just eating and blogging two places in one day is quite a challenge for me. Maybe someday I’ll be in a good condition for eating out at 93 places in a row or even cooking 524 Julia Child recipes in a year. In the meantime just being part of this project and meeting various NY food bloggers will be great inspiration and a great source for more great places to eat. And yes, I will be blogging it one plate at a time. Stay Tuned!

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The Bagel Store – Williamsburg Brooklyn NY http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1049 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1049#respond Sun, 03 Jan 2010 22:41:01 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1049 The Bagel Store – Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

Bagel Store Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

The Bagel Store
247 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Fax- 718-218-7266

The Bagel Store
754 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn Ave, NY, 11211

What do you do when you’re faced with equally attractive options of having a nice toasted fresh bagel with great toppings, french toast, or an egg bacon and cheddar sandwich? Thanks to the innovative folks at the Bagel Store, you can kind of do it all with their 2 new crazy bagel flavors: French Toast and Bacon, Egg and Cheddar!

Bagel Store Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

I guess you really can’t expect anything less crazy from a bagel bakery that has a mural of huge bagel toting robots on its store front right? Now I know I’ve written a few raving posts about Absolute Bagels on the Upper West Side which I still believe are among the best bagels in the NY Metro area, but the bagels at the Bagel Store should also be considered quite seriously. Besides I like the friendly and fast service, free wifi, and adequate seating.

As for the crazy new bagels, to best enjoy the French Toast Bagel, toast and add syrup. For the Bacon, Egg and Cheddar – I think butter is a better option than cream cheese, although now that I am thinking about it maybe ketchup might also be a good possibility. You can also do what I do and put a slice of one on top of the other and eat them together. Enjoy!

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Huevos Rancheros Recipe http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=728 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=728#comments Sat, 16 May 2009 00:33:32 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=728 Huevos Rancheros Recipe

huevos rancheros recipe

The next time you wake up with a hangover or find yourself harking for a hearty brunch, fire up some homemade huevos rancheros. It’s easy and it’ll do the job – promise. Here’s my modified recipe.

Huevos Rancheros Recipe (modified)
Eggs (duh)
Corn tortillas

1 tomato
A can of chipotle peppers
2 cloves garlic and/or 1/4 onion diced

Queso Blanco (Mexican White Cheese)
Black Beans or Refried Beans

Make the salsa first by dicing up your tomato, garlic and onion. Open your can of chipotle peppers (I prefer La Morena brand. I used Goya recently and as much as I respect Goya products, the chipotle peppers are a bit of a joke. Listed in the ingredients is sugar!) and slice 3-4 times. Sauté onions and garlic, then add the tomatoes and chipotle peppers. Add salt to taste.

Traditionally huevos rancheros are made with refried beans, but I prefer black beans on the side. Of course making the black beans takes some time and pre-planning so if you are in a pinch, just buy a can of refried beans at your local deli. Otherwise, check out my recipe here.

Pour a bit of olive oil into a frying pan, lightly brown the tortillas till crispy and golden brown. Remove tortillas, crack 2 eggs and fry sunny side up. Serve eggs over the tortillas. Top with beans, salsa, and cheese. Bon Apetito!

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Spring Liver Cleanse Conclusion: Easter Brunch – Easter Braid Bread Recipe http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=668 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=668#respond Mon, 13 Apr 2009 02:26:04 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=668 Easter Brunch – Easter Braid Bread Recipe

easter brunch 2009

We celebrated our final completion of the Spring Liver cleanse diet by hosting an Easter Brunch at our house with our friends. On the menu was an Easter Braid bread, a 2 layer German Buckwheat Lingonberry cream cake, fresh breakfast rolls, homemade waffles, dyed Easter eggs, salad (of course), and an assortment of delicious spreads for the bread (cheeses, hummus, butter, jam). OMG!! First off, I haven’t had coffee, bread, butter, cheese, sugar, syrup, meat and eggs for 3 weeks so it was a mind blowing enlightening experience to even break off a piece of warm bread, smother it with butter and chew it in my mouth. The chewy textures of the bread, the creamy butter and the crunchy seeds were all so new and unfamiliar.

Then there’s the coffee.

The warmth of the cup, the acrid smell, swishing the gritty bitter coffee between my teeth, followed by the final rush of caffeine that almost knocked me to the floor – so much so that I had to excuse myself and have a smoke outside with a friend (I don’t even smoke!). Alcohol? I was already tipsy after 2 sips of wine!

But alas, our orgy of new culinary delights was cut short when our newly shrunken stomachs from the diet reached full capacity with just half a bread roll!!! Crazy isn’t it? But to be honest even after having a slice of bacon a few days later, I kind of miss the simple flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables. Not to say I am going to give up meat, alcohol and caffeine but I can honestly say after doing the 3 week vegan/vegetarian liver cleanse diet I have a new appreciation of the basic fresh foods. I would be happy having as my main dish for dinner a plate of grilled asparagus and red peppers seasoned with garlic and sea salt or replace a grilled rib eye with a steamed portabella mushroom (ok maybe not). In conclusion – the spring liver cleanse was a great idea and Gisa and I have decided to do the liver cleanse again in the summer time. Until then, we are back to eating our favorite liver <unfriendly> foods.

Easter Braid Bread Recipe by Gisa Hartmann:easter braid bread recipe

1 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup and a bit of all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
1 sachet of dry yeast
1/5 cup of butter
150 ml milk
250 g greek yoghurt

mix flour, sugar, lemon zest
dissolve butter in warm milk, add yeast and wait till activates
add yoghurt and add to flous mix, knead
let it rise to about double the original size
knead again
divide into three pieces, roll to long tubes
let rise for another 20-30 mins
if you like add almons slices and coarse sugar on top of bread
bake at 350°F for about half hour

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