Sunday, January 22, 2012

Indie Food and Wine, a Cafe in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center: NYC:



Across from Peter Kay Sharp/Juliard School building, where I thought I would be attending the Miranda July Symphony Space reading in November, is the Elinor Munroe Bunin Film Center, in which is the Indie Food and Wine Cafe, where I stopped to eat something with the half hour I had to spare before the reading.




The menu is a pretty standard elevated cafe menu, with fun little twists here and there on the $11-$15 sandwich menu.



Buttermilk-Poached Organic Chicken Breast with dill yogurt, french feta, tomatoes, arugula, ciabatta - $12


There was a sweetness that was quite nice, maybe from the buttermilk, or maybe just the dill.  It was a nicely made sandwich full of good stuff for "only" $12, and it came with 3 olives!  By Manhattan standards, this is basically a steal!



The lady next to me had a really nice looking soup.  Daily soups are $5 for a cup, and $8 for a bowl.  Ugh, these prices really are depressing.

I wish I had noticed this $13, make-your-own dinner combo option (bolding added for foodie asshole prominence):

You get to choose one of these meats:

  • Buttermilk-Poached Organic Chicken
  • House Roasted Organic Turkey Breast
  • Duck Leg Confit Roasted
  • Braised Beef Short-Rib
  • Milk-Braised Pork Belly
  • Heritage Acres Bacon
  • Roast Beef


Then you get either a half salad or one of these sides, all otherwise $6:


Sides:

  • Fingerling Potato Salad
  • Spicy Sicilian-Style Cauliflower
  • Braised Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta & Oregano
  • Butternut Squash, hazelnut and thyme
  • Seasonal Market Veggie

AND you get one of these sauces, which, egregiously, would otherwise cost you $2:




  • Romesco




  • Sage-Pumpkin Seed Pesto




  • Dill Yogurt




  • Pickled-Horseradish Crème Fraîche




  • Aiolis: Saffron, Avocado




  • Mustards: Jalapeño, Whole Grain, Dijon





  • It only took five minutes to get my food after ordering, so it really is convenient if you need a quick meal before a show in the area.  Unfortunately for me, about ten minutes before the Miranda July reading was to start, I found out that I was waiting in the wrong Peter Jay Sharp building, the one I wanted being about 30 blocks uptown.  That there are two Peter Jay Sharp buildings in the UWS seems purposefully confusing and mean-spirited, but fortunately I made it in time, despite some jerk's malicious intentions.

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