Luckey Finds is back with a few recommendations on the Upper East Side and Brooklyn, including one of my go-to spots!
Naked Dog ($$) – Where do I start with this place? Nestled in the cutest area of Greenpoint in Brooklyn, this restaurant is a true hidden gem. Zach and I had stumbled upon it during one of our early morning walks and knew that we had to check it out, so we booked a reservation for my parents next visit. We had 7:30 p.m. reservations but headed there around 5:30 p.m. to catch their happy hour specials, including small bites and some of the tastiest and most unique cocktails I’ve had in a while.We were seated at our table and ordered the Calamari and Shrimp Bruschetta (so yummy) for appetizer and sat enjoying our drinks for a while before ordering our main courses. When we were ready, I ended up ordering the Agnolotti, which was a pillow shaped pasta filled with ricotta and Italian herbs in a white truffle butter sauce, grilled corn, mint and parm. I kid you not, it was probably some of the best plates of pasta that I’ve ever tasted in my life.
Since it was my mom’s birthday, we couldn’t skip desert (despite our full bellies), so I chose to order her the deconstructed cannoli with ricotta cream, chocolate chips and cocoa shells. I truly didn’t think dinner could get any better, but this was the cherry on top of the cake. It’s safe to say, we devoured it in a matter of minutes.
Since you can tell by now that we all thoroughly enjoyed our food, let’s address the ambiance and service. We couldn’t get over how great our waitress – so helpful and accommodating, and later found that she was the owner of the restaurant! She was extremely nice, telling us all about how she was from Italy, hence the inspiration behind the food, and explaining the meaning behind the name of the restaurant. On top of that, this place was serious decor goals, with the ambiance perfectly matching the food (pictures of the space above).
Another great selling point? It’s very reasonably priced. We can get two pasta entrees and a bottle of wine for $80, which is a great price for NYC. A few of my favorite dishes are the Linguine Carbonara, Fetuccine Alfredo and the Rigatoni Bolognese.
abcV ($$$) – I went here for the first time last week for a weekday breakfast and am already looking to go back. The interesting thing about this spot is that it’s a Vegan take on Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurants (like ABC Kitchen). Now, I am not a vegan by any means – I love my meat and cheese, so I admit that at times I may have a skewed vision of how Vegan food tastes. Let’s just say that I was pleasantly surprised.
I ordered the gluten free almond pancakes, which came with banana whipped cream and maple syrup and guys, it was SO GOOD. Not only that, but it was also extremely filling. If I could figure out how to make these myself, I would.