General Assembly

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Sad news, I just recently read that General Assembly, in Flatiron, would be closing after just a short six months of being open. Well, there are always some reasons why places close up shop so soon, but I will say, it certainly wasn’t because of the food or service, which were both amazing. 

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Since it won’t be open too much longer, I’ll save the details of the image and get straight to what I ate. First, you’re served a skillet with an olive oil and salt brushed fresh bread. It’s beyond delicious, warm, light and doughy and slightly crisp on the top from the oven. 

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Next, as an appetizer, we had their Crudite and Dips: Smoked Tomato-White Bean, Housemade Ricotta-Local Honey-Chili Oil, Red Quinoa, Fava and Avocado (Served with seasonal vegetables and freshly grilled flatbread). These were a really great starter, and more than enough for a group of four to share. Each dip is different and dynamic. The Smoked Tomato-White Bean had a great flavor, almost like sun dried tomato, and texture, like a guac consistency. Which, is really what the Fava and Avocado reminded me of. The Ricotta was really interesting, maybe my least favorite of the group, it was thick and rich, but when paired with the flatbread (which actually tasted like matzoh to me), was a nice combination. I really liked the Red Quinoa, which really wasn’t much of a dip, so much as a tapioca consistency. It was a little sweet, with golden raisins, and went really well with the flatbread as well. 

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I also ordered a side of their Charred Broccoli. This was incredible, I could probably eat this everyday and not get tired of it. The florets of the broccoli are charred, but don’t have any sort of burnt taste, just a lightness of crunch and crispness. They have peppers mixed in, and a sauce at the bottom that’s savory and delicious. 

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Then, for my entree, I ordered the Grilled Branzino (Summer Squashes, Eggplant). Another amazing dish. The fish was light and tender, and served in the perfectly generous portion. The vegetables complimented the dish very nicely, fresh, flavorful and delicious. 

The Shorts:
Name: General Assembly
Location: 360 Park Ave South, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? If it weren’t closing, for sure. Tear. 
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Now, I’m not 100% sure when the doors will finally be closing, but, if you can beat the clock and make it there, you won’t regret it. 

Chez Oscar

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Brunch is a culture all of its own. And it’s not just a thing in the states, it’s just a big in Sao Paulo. As a recommendation, I was told I needed to check out Chez Oscar in Jardins. 

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Head upstairs, and prepare to be impressed by the restaurant’s decor and aesthetic. Rustic wood tables, candle-wax dripped wall, and strewn market lights are some of the things that make up this restaurant. 

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To start, I ordered their Aged Honey Daiquiri (rum, organic honey and lemon). Now, I’m not really a rum person, but the aged honey part is what got me. Well, it wasn’t as sweet as I would hope it would be, but it was definitely potent. Might not be my top pick for a drink the next time, but, certainly a decent cocktail. 

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For my entree I ordered the Nicoise Salad (green leaves, cucumber, artichoke, organic tomato, Dutch pod, green peppers, roasted potatoes, black olives, white beans, boiled egg and tuna). I really loved this salad. It was abundant in its ingredients, making for a salad that won’t leave you hungry. Everything here was fresh and tasty and the tuna was nicely marinated, giving it a great flavor.

The Short:
Name: Chez Oscar
Location: Rua Oscar Freire, 1128 Jardins, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, I’m obsessed with the look of the restaurant and the food was really great.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. Great neighborhood, great service, great spot.