Sunday, April 17, 2011
Love Angelo's restaurant. Hate I didn't get to see him.
To continue my top chef obsession, I came across another article in AM New York, which showcased Angelo, of Top Chef All-Stars new restaurant, Social Eatz. It just opened about a month ago in the 50s on the east side. The article has been posted on my fridge since then saying, "WE MUST GO HERE!"
Today I finally got the pleasure to stop by and try it out. I'm not sure how busy they get for dinner, but at lunch time we were able to walk right in. It is a pretty casual establishment with great pricing for New York. The menu is filled with different entrees of American fair with Asian influences. His empecable quality of taste and ability to pair different flavors together is definitely obvious from the menu. I appreciate that he has a restaurant of this standard. Most Top Chefers end up going the high end, super expensive route, so I can only dream about visiting their restaurants.
Although I had a burning desire to try this place, I wasn't sure I would even like it. The entree all sounded super interesting and different, maybe too different (for me!.) This was not the case though. I really really enjoyed what I got! I had the Chicken Corn & Coconut Tacos. He really know what he is doing and combines flavors in a great way. I wasn't sure about the coconut relish so I had them put it on the side. I tried though and liked it though, so then I added it on. It tasted like a salsa and the coconut flaovr wasn't overkill. A+ in my book. If I went back, I'd probably be lame and get this again because I enjoyed it so much!
My fellow diners, Alice and Deet, tried the Bibimbap Burger and the Imperial Hot Dog and were also quite in love with the food. The price is definitely right and the food is of great standard. It is a must on the list of places you should try.