Monday, November 24, 2008

Williamsburg Bday Shenanigans

319 Graham Ave at Ainslie (Wmsburg)

Panzanella Salad at Motorino
Alexis: For L's bday we converged at Motorino for dinner. We've had their mobile version of their Margherita Pizza at BK Flea, and it was highly decent for a pizza made on the fly. For $20/person we got two different salads, two different appetizers and about four different pizzas. Pictured above is their Panzanella Salad. This is a very traditional Italian salad, making use of day old bread. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions are traditional ingredients. With the addition of kalamata olives and caper berries this was pretty tasty. We also shared a Tricolore Salad, with endives, arugula and radicchio.

Roasted Squash at Motorino
Alexis: One of the appetizers, Roasted Squash. This came drizzled with a sweet balsamic reduction and sprinkled with fresh sage and parmesan cheese. It tasted like sweet potatoes but had the shape of a butternut squash - confusing! But super delicious. I think they roasted it in the pizza oven because it had that perfect charred, smoky taste to it. The cheese added richness and the balsamic tied it all together. Sorry for the shitty photo :(

Margherita Pizza at Motorino
Alexis: Margherita Pizza - the standard.

Pugliese Pizza at Motorino
Alexis: Pugliese Pizza, with sausage and broccoli rabe. I didn't try this one but instead had the Spicy Soppresata Pizza, which had a generous sprinkle of fresh garlic. Cured meat, garlic, melty mozzarella? It was my favorite pizza of the night.

Artichoke-Pancetta Pizza at Motorino
Alexis: This is a white pizza with shaved artichoke and pancetta. Decent but I would've done pesto as the base sauce and prosciutto instead.

Other pizzas they offer include Anchovy (with capers and olives), Brussels Sprout & Speck and Buffaline (Buffalo mozzarella, raw basil, sea salt). Will most definitely try to hit this place up again. We got a great deal, food was delicious and service was cordial and attentive.

Alexis: ****

Huckleberry Bar
588 Grand St at Lorimer (Wmsburg)
Huckleberry Bar
Alexis: After dinner, we headed to Huckleberry Bar for drinks. This spot set up shop last year headed by the same team who from Hearth and Blue Smoke. Dark and cozy with live DJ, this bar steps up the scene in Williamsburg with delicious, original cocktails. Aside from the classics they offer seasonal house cocktails, of which I had two. The first was the Plant's Physician, which had Don Julio's Resposado Tequila, chamomile, lemon, lemon bitters and cava. Very light and refreshing. Next I had the Tina Modotti, which consisted of tequila, Del Maguay Mezcal, spiced pear syrup and orange bitters, finished with a chili salt rim. Normally I don't order tequila at all but this was mixed just right - like drinking liquid, fiery smoke. In a good way.

Huckleberry Bar also serves charcuterie and cheese as well as salads and pressed sandwiches. So it's a good spot for everyone.

Alexis: ****
Just keep that Tina Modotti on the menu please!

Princess Cake from Aquavit
Alexis: This is L's bday cake, which they ordered from Aquavit. It's a princess cake, which is a traditional Swedish dessert. Layers of light, spongy cake topped with raspberry jam and pastry cream are covered with smooth marzipan. Marzipan is too sweet for me but the rest of the cake was delicious - very light and airy and not heavy at all like one might think.

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