Places we like: Lighthouse

credit: Marlene Lam

credit: Marlene Lam

Go to Lighthouse and eat the ceviche. It’s the best ceviche I’ve had in NYC. The small cuts of fatty salmon and avocado, fresh tomatoes, and a tinge of the right spice, served with crunchy (not crispy) corn chips are blissful.

Admittedly, the ceviche may be a bit different depending on when you go – the restaurant focuses on seasonal ingredients, evident in the freshness of the food. The mussels (which in the world at large are hit or miss) were a Hit-Sink in their coconut lemongrass broth – good enough to eat past your fill. (I did, because there were many, for those of you concerned with portion size.) [Read more…]

Tonight: parachuting sandwiches at The Diamond in Greenpoint

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Your Horoscope: Look to the Greenpoint sky – fortune grilled cheeses will fall into your lap.

Just show up outside The Diamond in Greenpoint at 7:30 pm tonight, Thursday Sept. 4. It would probably help to be tall, nimble, or lucky… An Australian company called Jafflechutes is dropping grilled cheese sandwiches (Called “jaffles” for some…Australian? reason) off of the roof of The Diamond bar. At one point, people signed up and bought designated sandwiches on PayPal (they’ll be labeled with names) but for those that didn’t, a few jaffles (either tomato & cheese or ham & cheese) will be up for grabs.

If you don’t catch one, you can always head into the bar. Or just enjoy the spectacle.

— Ali Gladstone

Places we like: Cadaqués

Cadaqués

credit: Marlene Lam

Slip into Cadaqués on a Monday through Wednesday, when easygoing bartender Greg will set an orange peel ablaze to add some sultry to your drink – matching the aura of this dim and gold-lit tapas bar on Grand St. (near Bedford).

Come for $1 oysters and $4 (surprisingly good) sangria during daily happy hours –including weekends. Come for the delightfully smooth Crèma Catalan, complimentary on Wednesdays. Come for the live jazz on Fridays. But really, come for the tapas. This place delivers on exactly what you’re hoping for every time you enter a tapas place – the ability to flirt with a number of dishes, and indulge in an array of satisfying flavors. Try Garlic Shrimp a la Plancha – where garlic is the ultimate trusty sidekick, not an obnoxious hero – with extra bread to exhaust the sauce, or try the Pan con Tomate to sop up your happy hour indulgence of choice.

They’ll tell you all about how “Cadaqués” is the name of a Spanish Mediterranean town where Dalí had a home–they might even show you some pictures at the bar– but if you order right (go with whatever is recommended) you’ll be too distracted to care after your first bite.

More information about Cadaqués in our restaurant guide.

-Ali Gladstone