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Grazin’
717 Warren St
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 822-9323
The first time I went into that diner on Warren Street, about 6 years ago, I knew it was a special place. I needed a local landscaper and figured if I sat at the counter long enough and drank enough muddy coffee, eventually I would get some leads. It didn't take long for a flirtatious waitress to give me the name of a guy that kept the lawns green. 1 day later, he was hired.The diner went out of business and I had always had dreams of opening a big family style American restaurant , circa Main Street that served 2 pound meat loaves and all the mashed potatoes you could eat. The restaurant would work for the locals and the Cidiots (that's what the locals call the weekenders).I would call us the people that fuel the economy!

Well, I never pursued Main Street at the Diner, but the owner of Grazin’ Angus Acres in Ghent, NY did. The place is called Grazin’.

The owner of the farm's concept is pretty straight forward- Farm to table food.

Now that is a fresh salad!

Now that is a fresh salad!

All the meats come from Grazins, just 7 miles away and everything else comes from local farms.
Zelda~

Zelda~

The menu is super, duper basic. About 8 variations of burgers, some chili, salads and some hot dogs.

Our burgers were perfectly cooked and my chili was yummy!

Their homemade root beer and homemade birch beer, served with a paper straw hit the spot.

With Elvis playing in the background, what else could you ask for?


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A few nights ago, we had dinner at a new Mexican Joint in the West Village called Empellon.

230 west 4th street.
212.367.0999
I tweeted during the day to ask the twitter universe what I should eat. About 5 minutes later, Emellon contacted me on Twitter and said, don’t worry @hungrydomaine......you will be in good hands.
The joint has been a million different incarnations, butI feel this place will be here for quite some time......They were playing the soundtrack to The Dead Presidents, which is a great playlist for a hip restaurant.
The owner, David Rodolitz, who also owns Puffy’s Tavern came over to say hi and make sure we were having a blast- WE WERE!

The bat at Empellon~

The Bar at Empellon~

We really enjoyed the place-Some of our picks:Jicama with Radishes and Watermelon DressingShortribs with Red Chile

Guacamole with Chips and) Two Salsas

Chicharron with Salsa Veracru- it is really not Chicharron....it is really "chicharra"- fried pork rind- we have eaten Chicharras in El Salvador many many times. I am married to a Guanaca (-__-)

Chicken with Black Kale and Salsa Verde tomatillo, cilantro,serrano chile

Skirt Steak with Mojo de Ajo

Not sure if they make their tortillas, but they are great and they are served in a cool container that is lined with a hot piece of metal to keep the soft tortillas hot- Brilliant!


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Compass

208 W. 70th St., New York, NY 10023

212-875-8600

 

A few nights ago, Mrs. Z and I had a fantastic meal at Compass on the Upper West Side.

Boy, were we pleasantly surprised.

Our first few ventures their were when John Fraser of “Dovetail” and “What Happens Next” was the chef and we knew John was a budding superstar.

 

I really loved the main room and it is perfect for business or social entertaining.

The service was top notch as well as the flowers, design and music.

I am not a big fan of the bar and lounge area….Just a bit too cold for me.

 

 

Milton Enriquez, the current Chef can cook-

The homemade cheese bread was sick as well as one of the best Skate dishes I have ever had in my life!

We were bombarded with desserts as our waiter had worked for me previously at Calle Ocho, so we immediately became super VIP~

 

Try it, if you have not already done so…..

It is now on our UWS Favorite list!

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