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Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker
A fun little place that is near and dear to my heart. Joey Campanaro's The Little Owl is my recommendation. I first went to this place after seeing Joey on the "brothers" episode of Chopped, and make it a point to stop in for the meatballs (more on that later) whenever I'm in the neighborhood.
Whether you go for brunch, lunch, or dinner, the not-too-large menu reads of items anyone would recognize- asparagus risotto, gravy meatball sliders, lamb chops, pork chop, NY Strip Steak; even my hard to please uncle with no palate would be able to find something on the menu. When the food arrives, the fun begins. Oh, my god, the meatballs are heavenly- little bites of flavor bombs. The chicken is perfectly juicy and flavorful yet has a potato chip-like crispy skin. The risotto is everything risotto should be- rich and creamy, yet light and understated. The burst tomatoes cut the dish just enough so you won't pass out from a food coma, and is that shrimp in it? Score!
Take your parents to the LIttle Owl sometime soon. You'll be glad you did.
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Manager at Blue Ribbon Federal Grill
The trick to going out with your non-adventurous parents is finding a place that offers safe enough food for them but interesting enough options for someone who lives in NYC. Cafe Mogador is one of the only places in the city I frequent that I could take just about anyone to without having someone unhappy. It's Mediterranean but the dishes aren't scary and there's always something for everyone. It's also busy enough often enough that the waitstaff won't be super thrown off by your parent's many questions and special instruction.
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