Big Apple Barbecue – This Weekend!

What are you doing this weekend? If your answer doesn’t involve the Big Apple Barbecue, you’re missing out. This annual event is being held this weekend from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Madison Square Park. We’re talking about some of the best barbecue from across the country. This event is always packed so if you’re looking to go I recommend getting there early or else you’ll spend the afternoon standing in very long lines. 

Big Apple Barbecue Pulled Pork

Photo courtesy of Big Apple Barbecue

Ted’s Montana Grill Brings Brunch to Midtown

Ted’s Montana Grill – 110 West 51st Street, Manhattan, New York

Midtown Manhattan isn’t know for brunch. However, Ted’s Montana Grill on 51st Street is looking to change that. With a newly-launched brunch menu, Ted’s is looking to pull some of your traditional Village brunchers up above 42nd street.

I was invited to check out Ted’s new brunch menu. Ted’s Montana Grill is known for two things 1) Ted Turner 2) bison, bison and more bison. On the brunch menu this is evident as your eyes are immediately drawn to the Bison Short Rib Hash, called out in enormous font and dominating the other dishes listed.

Some of our brunch highlights:

Ted's Bloody Mary

Ted’s Bloody Mary

Subtly spicy Bloody Marys were served with a slice of bacon.

Bison Short Rib Hash

Bison Short Rib Hash

Bison Short Rib Hash

Bison Short Rib Hash

The Bison Short Rib Hash came served with breakfast potatoes, roasted corn
and avocado, topped with fried eggs. Don’t let the pictures fool you. There were mounds of melt-in-your-mouth slow-braised short rib bison underneath those eggs that were bursting with flavor. The bison delivered a flavor punch (that’s right, flavor punch) directly to my taste buds. This is an unbelievably rich dish.

Crab Cake Benedict

Crab Cake Benedict

The Crab Cake Benedict consists of St. Phillip’s Island crab cakes, wilted spinach,
poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise served with breakfast potatoes. For those of you looking to cut some carbs, this Benedict was unique in that the crab cakes served as the English muffins. Hailey had no complaints here, greedily devouring this dish. (I didn’t even get any!)

Savory Corn Flapjacks

Savory Corn Flapjacks

Next up, savory corn flapjacks with oven-roasted ham, cheddar cheese and chives, served with honey butter and maple syrup. I was expecting these to be heavy pancakes. What we got were light, fluffy and buttery flapjacks. I was stuffed from my bison hash but somehow I found room to fit these guys. The edges had a buttery crispness to them and I’d highly recommend these for those that aren’t into eggs as much.

Boozy Mudslide Milkshake

Boozy Mudslide Milkshake

Finally, a boozy mudslide milkshake capped off the brunch. This was made with Baileys, Kahlua and vodka, and filled with huge scoops of ice cream topped with lots of whipped cream. If I had known I would be drinking a milkshake during brunch I would have worn my stretchy pants!

The best thing I heard during brunch came from one of the chefs. He told me that they’re experimenting in the kitchen to come up with the perfect brunch menu. How are they doing this? By checking out popular brunch spots in the West Village to see what’s working. (By the way, this sounds like an awesome part of the job.)

The Verdict

I’m looking forward to seeing how Ted’s menu evolves over the coming months. They’re just starting out with brunch and it sounds like the team is committed to making it work. The only critique I have is that compared to other brunch spots, prices are a little steep and drinks aren’t included so this may be a brunch to check out when your parents are in town. Regardless, I highly recommend giving Ted’s Montana Grill a try – you won’t regret it!

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Happy National Burger Day!

It’s National Burger Day and there’s only one way to celebrate – eating burgers! The newly-launched burger finding app, Burgerator, is hosting a party tonight in honor of the day at Hotel Chantelle. You can RSVP and find out more information here. If burgers weren’t incentive enough, readers can get $5 off if you purchase a $20 ticket and use promo code Burgerator.

National Burger Day Hotel Chantelle Burgerator

A Burger Lover’s Dream App

You’re in the East Village, starving and looking for that perfect burger… where do you go? Starting today, you’ll have the ability to quickly pull up the top-rated burgers nearby, no matter where you are, so you can spend less time searching and more time chowing down.

Burgerator, a new app designed to help burger lovers discover and rate burgers, is now available via iTunes (download here).

Burgerator

I had the chance to check out this app and was really impressed. It has a very clean design, allowing for users to quickly and easily find burgers nearby (in either a list or map view) and sort them by distance and rating. Burgerator also has an Instagram-like news feed (Burger feed) that showcases all those mouthwatering burger pictures from users.

Burgerator

One of my favorite parts of the app is the rating system. Burgerator gives users the ability to rate burgers based on unique criteria, including burger-to-bun ratio, taste, toppings, and more. The ratings provide a bit of humor as well, with “mouth party” and “yoga pants” being some of the options. 

Burgerator

Just scrolling through the feed with photos of burgers is enough to make me hungry. I just started using Burgerator but I’m already a huge fan and can see this app helping me to uncover some great new crowd-sourced burger spots across New York City and beyond.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Rocky Comes to Broadway… with Philly Cheesesteaks

I was invited to check out Rocky on Broadway and thought it was only fitting to have some Philly cheesesteaks beforehand (or at least as close as you can get in New York City).

Rocky on Broadway

There are only a few spots to throughout the city where you can get a good cheesesteak and I gave Shorty’s in Hell’s Kitchen a try.

Shorty's Cheesesteak

Shorty’s supposedly has some connection to the historic Tony Luke’s in Philadelphia and it shows. The Hell’s Kitchen location is more like a bar than anything, with a kitchen in the back. Don’t let this fool you though. The cheesesteaks are legit. The bread has a slight crunch to it as you bite into tender slices of beef covered in Cheez Whiz. These may not be as good as what you can get down in Philly, but it’s a solid alternative.

Shorty's Cheesesteak

Now onto the show! If I had only one word to sum up Rocky on Broadway it would be WOW. Lead actors Andy Karl and Margo Seibert deliver tremendous performances. The sets left me speechless – seemingly having their own well-rehearsed choreography as pieces moved back and forth making up the ring, boxing gym and apartments.

While the first act took a little while to capture me, I’ve never seen an audience so completely engaged from the start of the second act. The theater was cheering throughout act two as the play built up to a show-stopping ending never before seen on Broadway (I won’t ruin it for you). Macho men that think Broadway isn’t for them – if you ever wanted to go see a show, now is the time.

Please note: Barton’s Bites received complimentary tickets to Rocky on Broadway. 

Food Event: Cronuts Made with Nutella for One Day Only!

Today, Nutella is celebrating its 50th anniversary in delicious style with limited edition Cronut™ holes made with Nutella. That’s right - Dominique Ansel has teamed up with Nutella to make cronuts stuffed with the hazelnut spread.

You can grab yours today from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Broadway Pedestrian Plaza (between 23rd & 24th Streets- adjacent to Madison Square Park).

Look at these things. How could you not want one?! These are guaranteed to go fast so hurry and grab one early!

Cronut Holes Made With Nutella