A couple weeks ago my boyfriend was visiting town and we decided to spend a day in Manhattan. We purchased tickets at tkts
for Nice Work If You Can Get It
and proceeded to waltz down 9th Avenue for lunch. By the time we were done waiting in line for tickets we were starving, but refused to eat anything in Times Square. Onward we went for 12 blocks or so, until we stumbled upon Eatery
, and agreed that it looked like a decorous place to eat. The name sounded familiar and the place was packed; this was a good sign.
A lively atmosphere consisting of currently trending music at a decent volume and people murmuring excitedly over their burgers and eggs led us to a table on the left side of the restaurant. Eatery
is known for delivering creative comfort food at a reasonable price.
I'd say it was a little on the pricey side for a student's lunch, but I am always willing to splurge for a worthy meal. Rice chips with black sesame seeds and sugar were brought out as we waited for our order to be taken. They were definitely something to talk about and different than your regular bread basket. I love salty and sweet things, so these were right up my alley.
My boyfriend and I shared the Shrimp Empanadas
, which were served with a roasted poblano sour cream and salsa fresco (2 empanadas: 8.95). Anything fried is usually good, and this dish was no exception. The dough was perfectly golden and crispy fried. The filling was lightly spicy and sweet with a nice shrimp flavor. The roasted poblano sour cream cut the spiciness of the empanadas and the salsa was just a great topping.
As usual we ordered the same entree. We were in a salad mood and so we picked out the Adobe Salad
(14.95) from the menu. It was a combination of grilled chicken, smoked bacon, Monterrey jack cheese, blue tortillas, and black beans tossed with not one but two dressings: Buttermilk Dressing and Honey Chipotle Glaze. I had never had a salad with two dressings before, and I must say I really liked it. The creaminess of the buttermilk dressing complemented the sweet and spicy components of the honey chipotle dressing.
We had pigged out the night before so we weren't feeling dessert. I would definitely come back again to try a more hearty dish and dessert. Some dishes that jumped out at me were the Sweet Italian Sausage Risotto Croquettes, Ricotta Meatloaf, and Jerk Chicken Wrap. I like how Eatery puts a spin on regular items like wraps, salads, and burgers. The Farmers' Market Pasta also looked really good (I was ogling the food of the woman sitting next to me). Jerk Chicken Wrap>>>
This is a great place to go with friends, a weekend brunch, or a casual but fun date. Unfortunately I did not take pictures during this meal and cannot for the life of me find pictures of what we ate online. What is your favorite lunch/brunch spot?