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Locating the best home cooked meal without cooking or being at home

BY Briana E. Heard

I may live alone, but this does not mean that I eat alone. When dining I am often flanked by attentive men and cheerful ladies catering to my every whim. This throng of helpful hands is not a gathering of family members who live close by and come by for Sunday dinners or friends for whom I throw elaborate dinner parties. They are the waiters, waitresses and busboys in any of the number of establishments I frequent. Living alone and being culinary challenged lends itself to a lot of eating out, or ordering in, as the case may be. Because of my extensive knowledge of eating in stark contrast to the lack of cooking know how I thought I would share some of my dining experiences with the public and tell the tales of a woman’s quest for the perfect maduro.

La Villita One Mexican Restaurant

1455 Saint Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10033-4042

(212) 928-8532

Being a California girl, I was excited to discover this Mexican spot when I moved Uptown several years ago. We all know the stereotype of there being no good Mexican food in New York City and this is largely based on the fact that it’s true. There are, however, some gems hidden throughout the boroughs, and in Washington Heights we have La Villita One, located on St. Nick and 182nd St. Don’t let this tiny, unassuming door be dwarfed by the neighboring La Casa Del Mofongo. What Villita lacks in luster, it makes up for in quality, authentic Mexican fare that tastes good and doesn’t break the bank. Enough with the gourmet Mexican spots downtown, claiming to have top-notch Mexican cuisine, when really they just have overpriced margaritas and appealing presentation. La Villita offers late night delivery, reasonable rates and the usage of frijoles instead of habichuleas – I might just be in love. I can attest to their burritos and tacos being excellent with shredded chicken and creamy black beans. Their salsa is fresh and spicy and served with a seemingly greaseless basket of tortilla chips to each patron when dining in their humble and dimly lit dining room. The jukebox plays merengues and bachatas while you sip Jarritos and sample the spice of Mexico. If you are in need of simple, tasty, Mexican food give La Villita One a try. It might be just the thing you’re looking for.

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Photography by Paul Lomax (@PaulLomaxPhoto)

Congrats to the much beloved Indian Road Café (218th St & Indian Road) for making Time Out New York’s list of 50 Best Bars for Spring. I had the pleasure of dining there a few weeks back with Paul Lomax and our respective better halves and as always had an incredible meal. My steak was cooked to perfection and my beer of choice, Cain and Ebel, was absolutely amazing. Like I have said in the past, even though the Indian Road Café has only been around for 3 years this summer, it is a bona-fide Uptown institution. If you live Uptown and you haven’t made your way to Indian Road Café yet, you need to visit this fine establishment pronto. Salud!

Check out: http://newyork.timeout.com/restaurants-bars/bars/1053433/restaurants-bars/bars/1053433/50-best-spring-bars?page=0,1

For more info: http://www.indianroadcafe.com/

Check out our post on Indian Road Café: http://uptowncollective.com/2011/02/15/daily-grind-jason-minter-indian-road-cafe/

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to the good folks at Groupon for selecting Uptown establishments 2 weeks in a row. First it was the mighty Indian Road Café & Market (218th St & Indian Road) and then the elegant Garden Café (4961 Broadway – Near 207th St). I already redeemed my Garden Café Groupon deal last week and had a splendid meal, complete with several glasses of wine, with my good friend, photographer extraordinaire Paul Lomax, before we headed off to shoot this week’s post on Nostylgia. See the pic of my meal below. Groupon keep the deals coming, Uptown appreciates it.

Check out our post on Indian Road Café: http://uptowncollective.com/2010/04/22/indian-road-cafe-market/

Check out our post on the Garden Café: http://uptowncollective.com/2010/09/02/uptown-oasis-the-garden-cafe/

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

On the heels of a very successful Indian Road Café deal (nearly a thousand sold), Groupon is once again setting in sights on an Uptown establishment. This time around it is the über popular restaurant Garden Café (4961 Broadway – Near 207th St). For a paltry 10 bucks you get $20 worth of great food and drink. You have a day and some hours to get in on the deal but if you snooze you lose.

Get the deal: Here

Check out our post on the Garden Café: http://uptowncollective.com/2010/09/02/uptown-oasis-the-garden-cafe/

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BY Led Black

Uptown has crossed the Rubicon; we now have the distinct pleasure of claiming 2 Thai restaurants in the area. Bangkok Heights (812 W.181st) in Wash Heights and Yummy Thai (4959 Broadway – 207 ST), which just opened up in Inwood last month to much fanfare. On the night before their grand opening they gave free food to a crowd that surpassed 700 people. They knew what they were doing. Every time I have passed the place since, it is always packed. I happened to stop by yesterday just before the dinner rush and was able to have a great meal and take some pictures without having to bother anyone while they were eating.

We started off with the Thai Dumpling appetizer, which was made with chicken, shrimp and crabmeat…delicious. Then we went for the Drunken Noodles (sautéed flat noodle with basil, chili, tomatoes, egg, onion and scallions) and a super awesome order of shrimp fried rice. Both restaurants are owned by the same group and share a dedication to excellent service and food but the décor of the places are quite different. While Bangkok Heights is cozier and little more romantic, Yummy Thai is more expansive and open. That is great news for the foodies of the neighborhood because no matter what part of Uptown you live in, you can now have great Thai food without having to go too far. By the way, while Bangkok Heights has a B.Y.O.B policy, Yummy Thai does not and still hasn’t obtained their liquor license. I would have loved an ice-cold Singha beer with my drunken noodles.

Check out their site: yummythaiinwood.com/

Check out our story on the neighborhood’s other Thai Spot: Bangkok Heights

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