Victor’s Cafe

236 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
B/W Broadway and 8th.
Phone: 212.586.7714
http://www.victorscafe.com/

For a good time call..212-586-7714… whoops sorry! For Restaurant week I wanted to pick a place I have never been to. I decided not to read any reviews and just pick a random place and that random pick was Victor’s Cafe. What a great pick it was! We originally had reservations for 7:15, but arrived a little early around 6:00. In order to kill some time, we hit the bar for a drink and by around 6:30 they were ready to seat us.
Once seated, I am completely impressed with the quality of service. The staff was friendly and extremely attentive. We actually decided to stick with the prix-fixe, which is great being that it is served for dinner on all days, and not only for restaurant week. I started with the Chorizo Salteado Servido con Mariquitas, sausage for those who prefer English. This appetizer was extremely tasty and was not salty at all, which seems to be a norm for sausage. The person I went with for dinner, choose the Empanada instead, I had to grab a piece of it and both items were an excellent way to start the meal.
For the entree both of us went for the Ropa Vieja, which was also the waiter’s recommendation. The dish is a shredded skirt steak served in a plantain bowl with rice. This Ropa Vieja was out of this world! The initial look was not so great, the portion seemed small and did not look as good as it tasted. Finally to end of the prix-fixe dinner, I selected the Flan over the sorbet. As for the flan all I am going to say is my eyes rolled and toes curled!

Waterfront Ale House

540 Second St.
New York, NY 10016
212-696-4104
http://www.waterfrontalehouse.com/

July for some reason has been a slow month. I have actually ended up at a few chains, which I am not sure if I want to add to the website or not. Who knows, but that is not really important at this moment. You really want to hear about the Waterfront Ale House don’t you! I would suppose if you are going here, you are going for the beers, if not and you are truly going for the food, you may not be impressed, yet you will not be upset either. I wish there was a more descriptive way to put it but their food for ehh, okay. We started with a plate of waffle fries with cheese and jalapeƱos. Good way to start the meal; of course I had a beer on the side a Stone IPA. For my meal I tried the pulled pig (pork for those who might be confused) sandwich. Maybe… just maybe it was my mistake ordering BBQ at a random NYC Ale house, but this dish was just there to fill me up. I can not say I hated it, but I have definitely had better pulled pork. The sandwich came with a side of cole slaw which I did enjoy, so it was not a bad meal at all. I did wash down the meal with a Heffiwiessen (someone needs to help me with the spelling of this one!). If you live in the area and are looking for a bite after work, this is not a bad choice.. but not a place I would go when I am in a mood for a nice meal, I would prob walk over to Choice instead.

Amorina

624 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

I will warn in advance, this review is long overdue. I visited Amorina on a random night, when we were out looking for an Italian restaurant. The one we decided upon was closed and somehow being in the area we walked into Amorina. Since it has been a while since I visited the place, I am struggling to remember what exactly we had, even though there is a pretty small menu from which to choose from. What I can remember is that the meal was nothing exciting. We did get a tortellini with meat sauce, tasted like something I could have made it home with Barilla pasta and Raju meat sauce. Fine, that might be a little extreme Balduchis meat sauce; is that better? The pizza we wanted was not available and we got something, which I did not care much for. I will probably not end up back there… oh well. Really not much more to say here.