Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Missus and I Had A Nice Meal at the New World Bistro. That is All.

We got the window seat.
 As you know, I don't really fancy myself as much of a restaurant reviewer... But I do like to point it out when I have an especially positive experience out at a local restaurant. So here it is.

It was Mrs. Dave's birthday the other night so I insisted that she let me take her out for a nice dinner. We have a 3 (almost 4) year old and a 15 month old so the poor girl has pretty much been housebound for quite a while. She relented and let me get us a sitter with the condition that we go to a location within rushing-home-distance should Mr. Dave Jr. pitch one of his unholy baby fits. As we live in Delmar, I suggested the New World Bistro Bar (Delaware Ave., in Albany) and the wife was game.

I have only previously been to the NWBB for a Sunday brunch and I was pretty excited to give dinner a try. I started off with a "New Fashioned (bourbon, cherry liqueur  Patron citronage, and bitters)." I don't usually do cocktails (I like my hooch undiluted) but I give one a whirl. It was tasty.

I had the bourbon braised pork belly with black garlic caramel. This was absolutely delicious. It was probably the best thing that I have eaten in weeks. I have had some atrocious pork belly thingies at other restaurants but this was absolutely perfect. It made my night.

For my entree I went with the black pepper rubbed hanger steak. This was a very generous portion of flavorful beef cooked rare as requested. See those little thingies in the background? Those are chickpea "frites." They were chubby little sticks of fried, mashed chickpeas with a nice crust. The wife and I agreed that they were amazing (and I only had one bite, stupid keto diet).

The wife and I could not have been happier with the experience. The food and ambience (and proximity to our home, haha) were just what we were looking for. Plus, I would eat that pork belly deal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.

That is all.

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