The Eddy

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You can live in NYC forever and ever, and you will still not be able to dine at every restaurant here. There are some that are long standing staples, some close within a year, but, there are always new ones opening to go to. New kid on the block, The Eddy, just opened in the East Village, so I had to check it out. The intimate restaurant houses just a couple handfuls of tables, creating a cozy environment. Their bar has a bit of its own space with a couple high-top tables, in addition to bar seating, so, you can come in for a casual drink and snack, or, dine in the adjoining room.

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To drink, I ordered the Parlor Friar (Vida Mezcal, Strawberry Red Bell Pepper Shrub, Pamplemousse, Lemon, Egg White). Aside from the super fancy design presentation, the drink underneath was just as delightful. This was a actually a very light, refreshing, summery drink with a nice sweetness and subtle citrusy flavor.

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Next, I ordered their Raw Asparagus Salad (Bonito Vinaigrette, Cashew, Tarragon). I really liked this. The asparagus is fresh and crisp, lightly tossed in the vinaigrette, giving it a delicate creaminess. Great flavor, and then you have the added crunch of the cashew pieces, adding a touch of nuttiness and sweetness.

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Then, I had Oil Poached Salmon (Herb Creme, Artichokes, Saffron). This was really delicious. It’s a smaller portion, served as a small plate, but, has big flavor. The salmon is perfectly poached, leaving it plump, tender, and cooked to a medium rare. The herb creme is really nice too, complimenting the fish and adding a creamy, earthy, herby flavor. 

The Shorts: Name: The Eddy Location: 342 East 6th Street, NYC The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the food and drinks are delicious, and the low-key, intimate atmosphere really put you at ease.  Would I recommend it? For sure, it’s a nice, classy joint that’s sure to be a great neighborhood gem. 

The Hamilton

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Another weekend day, another brunch, right? Right. So, my friends brought me to The Hamilton in Washington DC. This grand venue has a couple enormous dining rooms, another room for a bar, and even a room downstairs where they’ll host a Gospel Brunch. Hallelujah!

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They have a really eclectic menu too, with some great American classics, Southern dishes, a sushi menu, and even some signature boozy milkshakes. While the decor really gives you a grand, and elegant atmosphere, you can actually dine pretty casually. 

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To start, I ordered  their Hibiscus Mimosa (Carmina Prosecco, hibiscus flower, Byrrh Grand Quinaquina). Loved it. It was refreshing, not too sweet, and the best part is the edible candied hibiscus flower at the bottom.

Then for the table to start, we had the Salted Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun. Yeah, you should probably get that. It’s generous in size, served warm, with a sweet and slightly salted glaze that’s perfectly topped with candied pecans. I mean, nothing to complain about here. 

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Then, for my entree I had the Herb Crusted Cod with smashed peas. I really enjoyed this dish. The peas were a mix of smashed and puree and whole, which was a really great textural combination. The Cod was savory and flavorful with a really nice texture, going so wonderfully with the peas. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Hamilton
Location: 600 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. That hibiscus, the sticky bun, it’s a win-win situation. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, and I’m pretty positive the Gospel Brunch is amazing.