Nipsad’s Blog

My diet and other interesting stuff.

Chopped Meat

I just want a hamburger!!  New York can get overwhelming with restaurant choices but one meal should be dedicated to the hamburger.  This could be a simple task but it is not.  A lot of hamburger joints have opened up in the last 10 years and it is just complicated.  I am sure there are Blogs just on hamburgers.  If I had to keep this midtown again or on the UES, it makes this post easier.  I would like to just send you to The Corner Bistro but I have not been there in 10 years and i was never there prior to 2am.  It is a great bar with a great burger.  It almost feels like I am promoting midtown, but no one talks about mid town; its not just  a neighbor where people work.  There are many residential neighborhoods in Mid-Town East; for example Turtle Bay and Sutton Place.  Again if I were to take a stroll, there are a few institution that are worth looking at for getting a hamburger.  PJ Cark’s and JG Melon both have great bar settings and offer a great burger.  I prefer PJ Clarks; Clarks it is 100 years old and was recently renovated.  They also have an upscale version on the second floor call Sidecar.  The most expensive and noteworthy hamburger at a POSH  midtown restaurant, a institution with a full fare menu and great wine list; the  21 Clubis a great place for a hamburger especially if you are shopping on 5th Aveneue or have some business meetings midtown.

Now pay attention.  My favorite place to grab a quick Burger for lunch or a late night snack.  The only way you usually hear about the restaurant is by word of mouth.  Dozens of restaurants have tried to copy the model since and only a few were successful.  Mouthwatering and just down right AWESOME place to grab a burger.  Hidden in the back of the lobby of the Le Parker Meridian Hotel is a restaurant called The Burger Joint.  Even if eating a Hamburger was not on your list of todo’s, it is worth checking out the scene.  I promise you will love everthing about this burger joint.  Another restaurant in the Lobby of the Hotel is supposed to be a great place for breakfast is Norma’s.


March 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


If you like red meat and are in the mood for a steak, New York has some of the best Steak Houses in the country.  A cab is usually necessary, but once again, Mid-Town East, my hood has some of the best steakhouses.  It seems like there are new Steak Houses opening regularly in New York and they are all packed!!!!   Even with the economy crunch it is amazing how many people eat steak.  Now there will be a lot of people that might disagree with this post because a lot of people have their favorites.  Without tremendous research, only from eating a lot, I have learned a thing or two.  For someone to make an opinion on a steak house there are many factors.  First there is the grade of the meat; you want to look for Prime.  Second you want to know if the meat is aged.  There are two methods; dry and wet.  I prefer dry.  Third, the cut; Delmonico, Porterhouse, Rib, Strip, Sirlion, TBone, and Filet.  I prefer a Strip Steak, but every restaurant has their specialty. Fourth, the way the restaurant seasons the steak.  I like when they are heavy on the salt.  Then how it is cooked; grilled, pan fried, or broiled.  All of these factors can sway ones decision.  Walking distance from my house in Midtown Manhattan there are many choices;  Smith & Wollensky, The Palm, The Palm Too, The Post House, Sparks, Del Friscos, Ben Benson’s, Michael Jordons, Ben & Jacks, Keens, Wolfgang’s, Morton’s, Bobby Van’s, Capital Grill, and the list goes on.  I want to remind you that all of these steak houses I can walk to.  There must be 100 great steak houses in New York City.  Now the big question is, where do I eat and if I only had one to choose from, where would I go.  I spend most of my time at the Palm, but that is right across the street from my office.  I also LOVE Del Frisco’s, but that is a Texas Restaurant.  My wife and I also frequent Smith and Wolensky’s.   My favorite might be Sparks, but that is very posh.  Wolfgang’s must be tried because it can provide a Peter Lugar’s fix without going to Brooklyn.

There are two Steak Houses that are close enough to midtown and have VERY GOOD meat.  They are also newer in Steak House terms.  I would recommend BLT Prime and Quality Meats.  I would go into the menus, but it really doesn’t matter.  Most of the steak houses have similar menus.  I always order pretty much the same thing.  I get a Strip Steak charred cooked Medium Rare;  red and not cold.  Does the rest really matter.  Both restaurants have GREAT sides and starters. 


Most important tip; don’t fill yourself up on the bread.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Trust Me!!!

Sushi lovers will travel great distances for quality.  I have been called a sushi snob  and I am not going to disagree.  Some of my favorite Sushi Restaurants are from California.  But we are going to keep this post focused on New York.  Sticking to the Upper East Side, Sushi lovers have their local favorites, but good Sushi is worth a cab ride.  I happen to be very lucky, because some of the best sushi in New York is located in Mid-Town and on the UES.  In the 80’s you have Tokubei 86 which happens to be a GREAT local sushi restaurant; try the Tokubei Roll.   In the 60’s you have Sushi Seki which I have to say is unbelievable.  In the 40’s you have Seo and Sushi Yasuda both very good; with Yasuda being some peoples favorite. 

Now if you want the BEST SUSHI, the GEM and least heard of restaurant, you need to go to the 70’s.  Not only do you need to TRUST ME, you need to TRUST Kenji the Owner and Chef.  At this restaurant, you can not place an order.  YOU need to trust the chef.  He will bring keep bringing you sushi until he see that you are full.  He will also serve what he believes is appropriate for your taste buds.  Not to worry if you don’t like the exotic fish.  He mostly serves melt in you mouth sushi.  If you seem up to it, he will start to serve you Japanese favorites like Clam, Uni, and Ikura.  I met Kenji in California and only ate sushi when I traveled.  When he moved to NY all my dreams came through.  Not including when I met my wife.  If you live in New York or if you are just visiting, you have to try Sushi Sasabune.

There are no spicy Tuna rolls.  There are no combo sushi dishes.  Just REALLY GOOD Sushi and Sashimi. 

You will get one surprise roll at the end.  Please let me know what you think.  TRUST ME or at least Kenji.

March 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment