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Two Thumbs {Bouley} Up{stairs}

A Peek Inside the Bouley Kitchen

Walk around the corner from Bouley Upstairs {the casual Bouley offshoot} and you can get a peek inside the meticulous, energetic kitchen of Bouley through the street-side-open-for-viewing windows. Redefining “open kitchen” these windows provide a glimpse to any passerby at the well-trained kitchen staff at work. Enticing and smart marketing! But you don’t have to go high class or high cost to enjoy the highly reputable food coming out of David Bouley’s kitchen. At Bouley Upstairs, the menu changes frequently to focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from family farms and finished with the Bouley flare for harmony and intensity to fully express the ingredients gracing your plate. The space is intimate and casual, with open air dining in the front and moderate pricing, so it’s easy to sit back, relax and focus on enjoying your meal.

Fresh Calamari Salad Cooked a la Plancha

The menu offers a wide selection of options that will suite any mood from sushi, to fresh fish or even a hearty burger. We started with the fresh calamari salad cooked a la plancha, meaning it’s cooked on a metal plate, creating a wonderful brown sear on all sides with a firm, yet tender bite. Our waitress was full of strong recommendations, so I took her word on the entree and ordered the seared black bass with a cider-bacon vinaigrette, served over sauteed bok choy with cubes of bacon. I suppose you could call this a modern surf and turf — a crisped skin, white mild fish lovingly paired with the earthy, salty bacon and slightly sweet cider glaze. All in all a match made in heaven.

Black Bass with Cider-Bacon Drizzle

The Skim: Bouley’s name speaks for itself and at Bouley Upstairs he is speaking to a crowd who wants to enjoy his masterful creations without breaking the bank. {130 West Broadway and Duane}

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Weekend Brunch: Eat Eggs @ Edward’s

Spicy Huevos Rancheros @ Edward's

Sometimes it’s good to change it up from your favorite brunch spot, where you can roll out of bed and know exactly what you’re going to order. If you’re looking for a nice little spot this weekend to do just that, head down to Edward’s in Tribeca, where open air seating, aluminum tiled ceilings and mirrored menus create the atmosphere of a relaxed european cafe. Sip on some $5 mimosas and catch up with old friends while you peruse the egg-centric menu.  Eggs any way is the name of the game — benedict, florentine, norwegian, a la mexicana. But in my opinion, the way to go is with the always popular huevos rancheros. Served with a healthy helping of black beans and fresh pico de gallo, these huevos rancheros stand out from the norm with an extra spicy kick from a roasted tomato ranchero sauce. Yes, I must say, this all works well together and probably encourages the quick consumption of an extra mimosa or two.

The Skim: It’s not fancy, it’s not the place to see and be seen, but the food is darn good, the atmosphere is relaxed and with $5 mimosa and bloody marys, Edward’s has the making of a relaxing brunch spot that will not disappoint.    {136 West Broadway btw Duane & Thomas}

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