Barano

New York City is filled with delicious Italian cuisine that many have come to call their comfort food. The large selection can be quite overwhelming, so when you do find a favorite place, it’s one that you’ll keep coming back to. That one restaurant for us is Barano in South Williamsburg. Barano feels high end but still approachable, polished but manages to hit that comfort-food level. It’s a surprisingly all-encompassing restaurant that’s perfect for family dinners, date night, and even Sunday brunch.

Wednesday nights seemed to be one of their quiet nights, where even at 7pm, the restaurant stayed half-full with just the right amount of chatter (perfect time to go if you’re looking for a quiet place to dine!). We were seated at a dimly lit corner with a full view of the beautiful, dark-wood furnished interior. That night our appetite took the better of us, and we decided to order quite a spread: antipasto consisting of both salted and smoked mozzarella and thinly sliced prosciutto, meatballs made from 21-day dry-aged beef with herb ricotta, bucatini with wood-roasted maitake mushroom, brown, butter, basil pesto, and bottarga, and finally, a zucchini pizza garnished with beautiful zucchini blossoms. Our favorites were the smoked mozzarella brought out in a beautiful glass dome lid, where upon lifting it, the smoke dissipated leaving a beautiful aroma behind. The meatballs were light and fluffy, doused in a delightful sauce. And last but not least, the bucatini made with mushrooms was the perfect dish to start off the fall season, it’s earthy taste combined with the tangy pesto and handmade noodles made for a one-of-a-kind plate.

Barano
26 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249
www.baranobk.com

Maialino

As the new year unfolds before us, our hope is to continue and share our food adventures and possibly some new ventures of our own with our dear readers. We wish each and every one of you a happy and successful new year!

Without further ado, we would like to introduce a lovely restaurant overlooking Gramercy Park on 21st and Lexington Avenue, a perfect spot to grab some breakfast with friends on a Saturday afternoon. Maialino is an Italian restaurant with an atmosphere of a trattoria, a casual Italian eatery with a rustic charm felt in their decor and food. The restaurant is divided into four sections, the bar, the dinning room, the cucina which acts as a divide and where the barista and salami are stationed, and finally, the private dining room where special events can be held.

With very hungry stomachs, we headed over to Maialino after New Years Day to catch up and enjoy a warm cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast. We ordered the excellent porchetta (roast pork) sandwich consisting of a fluffy ciabatta, two fried eggs, and fresh arugula. This breakfast sandwich comes with thinly sliced pork that is extremely tender and makes it very easy to bite into. Another delightful aspect of this dish was the sunny side up eggs. If you like your eggs runny, you will thoroughly enjoy how the yolk adds a creaminess and a savory kick to this dish. And, if you want to elevate your sandwich to another level, order a side of their incredibly thick and crispy black pepper pancetta, and add a few slices.

Maialino is open for reservations and did we mention they keep the coffee flowing?

Maialino
2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
maialinonyc.com

National Honey Month

To celebrate National Honey Month, We8that presents our top 3 favorite honey infused dishes and drinks from around the city.

EMILY (pictured above)
Pizza and honey might not be your typical combination, but somehow Emily makes it work like magic. This snug little pizzeria is steps away from the Clinton-Washington Avenues station, and offers delightful pies that will blow your mind. The Colony and Emily are two different takes on a honey pizza. While the Colony is a more savory pie with crispy pepperoni and spicy jalapeños, the Emily is a slightly sweeter vegetarian friendly pie, topped with mozzarella, truffle sottocenere, a sprinkle of crushed pistachios, and to finish, a drizzle of honey. The wait at Emily’s can be quite a long one during peak hours. But there is no need to fret, making a reservation on OpenTable will insure you a seat on arrival, or you can head over to Sisters, a bar across the street, where you can enjoy a delicious cocktail while killing time.

919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 844-9588
www.pizzalovesemily.com

GREECOLOGIES
If you’re a yogurt lover and want to try some seriously delicious creations served with honey, swing by Greecologies in Little Italy. This beautiful “acropolistic” shop offers yogurt from grass fed cows–that means no GMOs, sweeteners, or thickeners. We recommend both the traditional and strained type topped with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and a dollop of their “luscious honey.” Along with their beautifully packaged jams and granola on sale, Greek mythology and history books are available for your reading pleasure.

379 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-0100
www.greecologies.com

JACOB’S PICKLES
Along with their delicious heart-warming comfort food, Jacob’s Pickles serves some exquisite drinks that will leave you happy and satisfied. Try the Honey Julep (pictured to the right), a concoction of four roses bourbon, muddle mint, and honey syrup – if you are a sweet tooth go for this one! Or, if you prefer your drinks on the more refreshing side, try the Tennessee Honey Suckle (pictured to the left), which includes Dickle #12, orange preserves, clover honey, and fresh squeezed lemonade.

509 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
(212) 470-5566
www.jacobspickles.com

Dimes

Hidden away on the corner of Canal and Essex Street is Dimes, a stylish little restaurant offering healthy and delicious food. Co-owners Sabrina De Sousa and Alissa Wagner have created a cute minimalist space with a sense of humor for a meal that emphasizes health conscious eating.

The spicy Quinoa Bowl will shatter the myth: “Healthy can’t be delicious.” Among the many “health bowls” we’ve tried, Dimes scores high points for their fun and delicious flavors. The spice infused chickpeas, the sweet caramelized fennel, the flavorful red roast peppers and the perfectly cooked quinoa harmonize to create a delightful bowl. You can mix everything together or enjoy the flavors separately. Either way, we can guarantee, in no time your bowl will be polished clean!

Dimes is a perfect place to bring a friend for a cute brunch or dinner. The restaurant has since then moved to 49 Canal Street, a couple steps away from their original location. Make sure to check out their upgraded space!

Dimes
49 Canal Street New York, NY 10002
(212) 925-1300

http://dimesnyc.com/