Saturday, February 4, 2012

Day 724 : Drinks and Nibbles at the Neighborhood Restaurant

Dining north of 100th street but south of Harlem on the West Side offers an interesting array of options, many frequented by Columbia college students but it is not necessarily a dining destination that draws tons of crowds from the remaining areas of the boroughs. That doesn't mean that it shouldn't it!

Last night, a few friends and I stopped in for drinks and nibbles at the Neighborhood restaurant. True to its name, this joint was neighborhoody, friendly, and welcoming. Looks like they have excellent happy hour specials, unfortunately we missed them all, but in case you were curious or wanted to come back later in the evening as they have a happy hour from 4 till 7pm and 10 till midnight:

$10 for oysters and a glass of cava
$ 5 glasses of wine, pretty average
$ 3 domestic bottles
1/2 price draughts
$1 thai curry wings

So what did we have instead?

Some lovely Cotes du Rhone and two different appetizers. First off, we split their winter kale salad which was composed of apples, dried cranberries, roasted slivered almonds, feta, a maple mustard vinaigrette and of course kale. This simple rustic preparation was right up my alley -- delish and totally seasonal.

We also split their mac n' cheese which had the option for you to add in truffle, bacon, or lobster, but we stuck with the straight forward parmesan, cheddar version topped with herbed bread crumbs. Classic yet comforting, this was cast iron mac n' cheese done well.

Overall a nice quiet place to catch up with friends with solid straightforward food.
The Neighborhood
946 Amsterdam Avenue

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