475 West Broadway
at Houston St
80 River Street
(across from path)
Well this year I got two birthday dinners, lucky me! The first one, on my actual birthday was at our local favourite Oddfellows Rest in Hoboken. A Cajun restaurant straight out of New Orleans, and it has some great food & great cocktails! They also do a mean Sunday Brunch, but we will talk about that at a later date.
Thursday night is half price Martini night so, well, you know, you gotta do it! We ordered an Oddfellows Gin Fiz - bombay sapphire, lemon lime soda, sour mix, sugar rim & a Classic Apple - skyy vodka, apple pucker, pineapple juice.
Then we ordered Cajun Popcorn - lightly fried crawfish tails with homemade tartar sauce 10.95 to share to start, if your gona eat southern food, you need one part to be deep fried :)
For mains I want for my all time favourite, which, by the way, tastes great the next day as leftovers, because they a big ‘ole portions, Down Home Seafood Jambalaya - Prince Edward Island mussels, sea scallops, shrimp and crawfish stewed in aromatic shrimp broth rice 16.95 • Lunch - 13.95
and a Fried Crabcake Po' Boy - herb mayonnaise 11.95. A Po’ Boy is a sandwich which came about in Depression-Era New Orleans, a street vendor offered a complete meal for the affordable price of one nickel. His creation, a loaf of French bread dressed with meat, lettuce and tomato, was immediately popular among the near destitute, who christened it the "Po'Boy".
You can never fault Oddfellow’s, the food is consistently good and the atmosphere, even if you just pop in for a quick drink at the bar always has that Mardi Gras party feel.
Am waiting for Crawfish Season, lb’s of Crawfish every Tuesday night from 28th April – June 30th (excl May 26th)
So the other week on the holiday friday we decided to go with a friend to upstate to New York, to the Palisades Mall & Woodbury Commons Outlets, while we were there, our friend remembered there was a Japanese Steakhouse nearby & suggested we go there for dinner on the way home.
So we turned off the main road & went through ornate japanese gates and started to climb a hill, the restaurant is called Mt Fuji & it really is on top of a mountain!
When we got inside we found that the reservation we had made hadn’t been written down & they were already telling people on the phone that they were full for the night, but the still managed to fit us in.
We walked through the restaurant to our table through loads of ornate screens and furniture which had been brought in from Japan to enhance the dining experience, it was gorgeous.
Our table was a large hot plate, where the chef would cook our dinner in front of us Hibachi style. Which is a show in itself.
We ordered 3 Hibachi Specialties from our Geisha Girl waitress, which not only included the main course, but started with her bringing out a steel cauldron & serving everyone with Japanese Onion Soup, not your usual onion soup, but very very tasty.
Next out came a Fresh Garden Salad with their own house special Ginger Dressing which was awesome (and you can buy it to take home too).
While we were eating the salad our crazy Hibachi Chef wheeled out his little trolley to our table which included all the ingredients needed for our meals.
He started cooking up some whole shrimps which he flipped & chopped at speed until we ended up with tiny shrimp butterflies on our plates.
Then came piles of Fried Rice, Noodles and fresh vegetables, all dooked griddle/B-B-Q style on the plate.
While these were cooking out came the tray with all the fresh meats on, which were chopped, chipped & flipped in the same way that the Shrimp starter had been.
In the end there was way, way too much food to eat for one person. The noodles, rice & veg were enough before the meat even came along!
And it was all washed down with Japanese Green Tea, which does really settle a full stomach ready for the long drive home.
Definitely a place to take guests as an unusual experience in a fantastic setting, with views across the Ramapo Valley.
We ordered a Banzai Chicken with Shrimp $25.75 in a Teriyaki Sauce, and two Samurai Steaks with Shrimp $32.95, which may sound pricey but not only do you get a huge portion for the main course you also get 3 starters per person & green tea to boot.
519 Avenue of the Americas @ 14th street
New York, New York 10011.
For reservations, please call 212.242.5800
Changing the world one meal at a time.
This place is great & we are definitely going back to sample the dinner menu. We stumbled upon it by accident as we exited the 14th street Path train station, which it is opposite, next to the Pinkberry. It had opened the wide front windows and had created a mini outdoor eating area which only had one free table, so we decided to eat inside , as, although it was hot it was a little blustery outside. Simply decorated, it continues the organic theme through the rustic wooden tables and benches and plain white walls.
We both ordered Natural Fruit Blends to drink, a Rojo - Made with strawberries, orange juice, agave and ice. Rich in vitamin A, B1, fiber, and magnesium. 20 oz $6.95. and a Pura Vida - Made with strawberries, bananas, orange juice, agave ice. Rich in vitamins A, B6, C, manganese, fiber and potassium. 20 oz $6.95.
It’s my favourite puppies birthday today so I made him some special Puppy Cupcakes & he couldn’t get enough of them!
1 cup Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1/3 cup Honey
1. Sieve Flour & Baking Soda together & mix.
2. Add Peanut Butter, Oil & Honey & mix.
3. Beat in Egg.
4. Fill cupcake cases 3/4 full.
5. Bake for 40minutes at 350F.
6. Leave to cool then ‘frost’ with Peanut Butter & sprinkle crushed up crispy bacon.
7. Feed to a very happy dog (He wouldn’t stand still whilst eating)