POP Burger's menu isn't all burgers - they also have a few salads, plus stuff like lamb chops and steak on the dinner menu. Andrée decided to go for the burgers, and I chose the mini lobster rolls.
The lobster rolls were adorable (Barbie hoagie-sized) with chunks of lobster in a nicely seasoned mayo on crunchy little rolls, garnished with taro chips.
We also ordered the fries, which were served in a paper cone. That's how you treat yummy skin-on Belgian-style frites, but these were those nasty fries with the batter on them that make them all warty-textured. Blech! Who likes those things?
Apart from the fries, the other food was really quite yummy. Wish the place didn't smell like a bathroom though.
After a trip to Zabar's, I spotted a Beard Papa's on Broadway. I had just mentioned the Japanese chain's cream puffs to Andrée that morning, so we couldn't pass up going inside for a snack. The puffs were on sale for a buck that day too. We each had one of the delectable delights and washed them down with vividly-colored green tea lattés.
The pastry is a little lighter than the typical French cream puff, and the custard tastes like it's lightened with a bit of whipped cream. They are really quite yum.
Later that evening, we stopped at a place called Nada Sushi (Lexington and 50th) for dinner. We shared a couple of rolls, a delicious eggplant appetizer topped with shreds of bonito that waved about like tiny tentacles, and some really delicious eel. We also had saké and were happy to see the tab wasn't all that much higher than that from lunch.
The next day, we went to La Palette, an itty bitty place on Greenwich Ave, for lunch. They were offering a $14.99 brunch that included a cocktail. Andrée had the spinach, mushroom, and Gruyere crepe with a mimosa, and I went for the Brazilian eggs Benedict (with beef, mozzarella, and onions) and a bloody Mary. It was quite cold and windy outside and we were somewhat inappropriately dressed, so the nice food and alcoholic beverage were just what we needed to warm up.
Finally, that evening before heading to Penn Station, we stopped in the Europa Café across the street for dinner. I had the Thai Chicken "Zesto" sandwich (Thai spice-marinated chicken breast & cheddar jack cheese with mango salsa on rosemary focaccia) and Andrée had the Balsamic Chicken (balsamic chicken with grilled portobellas, roasted tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, on focaccia). Apart from somewhat dry chicken (which tasted grilled) and putting "Thai" chicken on rosemary focaccia, they were pretty decent for a chain. Can't beat the location, and it's sure better than sitting on the floor in the train station while balancing dinner on one's lap!
14 E 58th St
New York, NY 10022
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New York, NY 10011
New York, NY 10024