Thursday, December 24, 2009


I took Mr. Matzo Ball Soup out to dinner the other night. I owed him dinner for his birthday in July. I'm a bad friend. But we finally got together and the food was delicious. I picked Avoce because there's been news about the restaurant and its new location in Columbus Circle. But I decided on going to the Madison Avenue location. It is a more casual environment. I thought he might appreciate that. At 7:00pm on a Friday night, the place was full but not packed. We were greeted and seated quickly. We ordered a bottle of wine ($39), and proceeded to look over the menu. Neither one of use were particularly hungry so we opted for smaller appetizers and one main course. I picked the trumpet mushrooms ($14), and he picked the special side of the night: brussel sprouts ($7). The arrived and they placed each plate for the wrong person. But no problem, we actually put both in the middle so we could share. The mushroom were soft and chewy. There was a very prominent mushroom flavor that was delicious. The brussel sprouts were very good as well. They were roasted and dusted with bread crumbs. They were slightly bitter in a good way. We tried to finish but the serving was larger than we anticipated. Next, I had the Orrichiette ($23) and he had the chicken ($24). The pasta was heavy and paired well with the wild boar. It was definitely a winter dish but it was very filling. I actually thought that the pasta was a little too dense. So much so that I couldn't finish it. That hardly happens. I made sure to finish off the boar though. The chicken was very tender and flavorful. I don't order chicken much when I go out but this was another example of why I should. It was prepared in a way that I wouldn't try at home. That's one of my main rules: try to order something that you can't make at home easily. We were both so stuffed from dinner that we didn't make it to dessert. But they were gracious enough to send some fried dough to the table. It was okay but I definitely wouldn't order it. We lingered a bit to finish off the wine. By the time we finished, there was a huge crowd by the bar area. We felt bad about taking so much time at the table but in no way did the staff ever try to hurry us off. I appreciated that. In retrospect, Avoce was good. I liked that it offered a good variety of things. Portions were decent and matched the price. I would go again. Maybe next time I'll try the other location. Avoce 41 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10010 (212)545-8555

1 comment:

  1. An excellent restaurant to hang out!!

    Ok...I know I am a foodie and have travelled quite a bit and been to lot many places but the one city which is always an extension of mine is undoubtedly New York. I am proud to wear my Nike NY cap and cheer my Basketball team without fail. I have been to almost all the food joints, restaurants, pubs and bars located in Manhattan and I must say they all are pretty good considering this age of twittering and Face book wherein if you fail once your name pops up on all the social networking websites with negative comments. This is a welcome change becoz ultimately we the customers become the king as shoddy service or bad quality food can easily land the owners into trouble.

    But the one place which has succeeded in amazing me is the newly refurbished Restaurant named Point Break. Formerly named as Nation Restaurant & Bar, Point Break is a new Surf Bar located in the heart of mid-town Manhattan. Now I remember sometime back I had been to this place when it had the old look and feel and I thought ok..seems to be an average place..what's the big deal? But even during my last visit when it was still in its old shape it served me excellent food and the service was razor sharp. So last Saturday when one of my friend threw a party and told me the venue to be a swanky new outlet which he was speaking so highly about I thought ok..let's try this one too. When he told me about the address I wasn't sure it was the same place but when I reached there the whole look and feel from Outside was changed and once I entered in, the earlier known Nation was truly looking like a break from the past and hats off this guy, I don't remember the name of the owner, but he has rightly renamed it as Point Break!! It appeals to the newer generation guys like me. We had a great time there. The menu featured old classics and new additions. I loved the wheel o' shots which made me crazy!! I had the fish tacos which was delicious..yummeee and it has got plenty of room for parties, the DJ that they had was great, excellent sound system as well and the drinks were strong and I had a look at the menu and thought the prices were pretty good.

    Guys on top of it the next day when I searched this place on the internet, this restaurant has a Face book page too wherein they post photos and updates of recent happenings/parties and upcoming events/parties/offers too. They tweet also which is really nice thinking by the owner.

    Anyways not wanting to sound like a paid blogger I would say as a foodie this restaurant is a nice one and I would not hesitate to give my recommendation for it to my guests coming in from out of town. Go and try once and do not hesitate to leave a comment once you are there. I know I am only going to get thumbs up from you all!!!


    John Smith, NYC


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