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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Food Porn: A Saturday Night Girls' Date to Cafeteria, NYC

I meant to post this last night, but when you see the pictures you’ll understand why I didn’t. I went to dinner last night with my girl friend Emily, and we ended up so full that we actually cried the entire train ride back uptown. I basically dragged myself into my bed and wept salty tears of faux-remorse over my gluttony.
You see, Emily and I had dinner at my favorite restaurant in NYC, Cafeteria (17th and 7th, 212-414-1717). Cafeteria’s been open since, oh 1999 I believe - definitely since I was in late middle school - and since my very first visit there, its nouveau American dishes have won the coveted #1 place in my fatty, fatty heart. Not to mention, Cafeteria’s location in Chelsea makes it a prime people-watching place. All of the cutest boys and girls go there, so it’s fun to check out how stylish and downtown everyone looks. 
Oh - and Cafeteria makes some of the best cocktails ever!
Granted, I know this isn’t makeup porn but sometimes, a girl just has to post food porn. We can’t all survive on lipgloss alone! Besides, I did rename this blog “Beauty, Bacon, Bunnies”! Now, onto the pictures!
Here’s my drink, the Wildberry Mojito (one of the summer cocktails). This tasted like a Jolly Rancher (and Emily agreed), sweet but tart. I could have had a few of these.

Emily ordered a...oh hell, what was it called? A Cucumber Cooler or something? It was another one of the summer cocktail options. It was gin based, and it was just so light and refreshing. I’m all about cucumber in my cocktails during the summer, but I wanted to get something different from Emily.


We both split Cafeteria’s infamous Mac Attack. Cafeteria is known for their truffle oil mac and cheese, but they also make two other flavors: gouda and bacon, and fontina and cheddar. In the picture below, the gouda and bacon is on the left, the truffle oil is in the middle, and the fontina and cheddar is on the right. This appetizer (which is a meal in itself, really) is seriously sinful.


Despite the heaviness of the Mac Attack, Emily and I decided to more food. Clearly, we’re masochists (and gluttons).  In the picture below, Emily’s Baja Fish Tacos are in the background, and her grilled asparagus with cheese is in the middle. The foreground...well, that’s obvious: my chicken and waffles! That’s a half a chicken right there, perfectly fried in a buttermilk batter. The waffle was crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and divinely buttermilk-y. Both the chicken and the waffle ended up drenched in maple syrup. 


We couldn’t finish our meals, although we tried! I ate 99% of mine. Somehow, we managed to pay the bill (which wasn’t terrible - what I love about Cafeteria is that the food is well-priced for the amount and quality: dinner for two with a drink each and an appetizer will run you on average $70-80) and waddle to the train.
If you’re ever in Chelsea and in the mood for something gluttonous and delicious, definitely check out Cafeteria! Follow the restaurant on Twitter at @CAFETERIAnyc for fun updates.

PS: Makeup-wise, I wasn't wearing much because this NYC heat is ridiculous! This weekend I've just been wearing my Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge, one of my assortment of NARS Illuminators, mascara, brow pencil (Le Metier de Beaute, of course), and a lip color. 

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KittenMittens said...

I want that mojito dammit! Looks so tasty. And I thought chicken & waffles was something made up, didn't know it was real hahaha. Oh sheltered Canadian is I.

Joey said...

It's ok, I still (at the age of 24 and after a visit to Canada) believe that it rains maple syrup every day in Canada. I do highly recommend that you try chicken and waffles together. It's a bizarrely great combination.

The mojito was amazing! I need to have one again soon. It was a liquified, alcoholic red Jolly Rancher.

ModestyBrown said...

I'm salivating now. I even felt the urge to expand the chicken and waffles picture. This really was food porn for this Dukan dieter!! x

Joey said...

Don't drool all over your keyboard now, MB!

The chicken and waffles was insanely delicious, but better suited for two people. I don't know how I managed to eat almost all of it.

productdoctor said...

Yumm!!! I have a sudden craving for Cafeteria!

Joey said...

PD, if you want to go...let me know! =)

Carrie Meredith said...

That gouda and cheddar mac & cheese sounds AMAZING. So does the truffle oil one. I think I would like to eat it.

Joey said...

Carrie, come to NYC and I will take you to Cafeteria!!

Carrie Meredith said...

One day, it will be a date!

Joey said...

YAY! We can go to Aedes first, then Cafeteria =)

PerilouslyPale said...

OMG that mac & cheese is an appetizer?! I've never seen so much food LOL. That looks AMAZING! So glad you had a fun night out!

Joey said...

Christa, it was a TON of food - hence the "omg we cried the whole way home from tummy pain" line at the beginning. I'd love to take you there one day for drinks =)

lexi920 said...

I love this place, too. I had brunch here last year. It was delicious - some type of eggs benedict? I also a mimosa that had a violet liquor in it - it made me think of Paris.

Aw...I wish I could go back to Cafeteria!

Looks good girl - especially those beverages!

Joey said...

Lexi, when you come back we'll go together!

Also, I must give you due credit for inspiring me to post drink pics (and I really do it for you, especially, since I know you enjoy that!).

xoxox

Elvira said...

Chicken and waffles! OMG NOM OM NOM OM NOM And MAC & CHEESE! Hot damn. So glad I ate before I read this post or else I would be cursing you!

Joey said...

Elvira, I still haven't eaten so yeah...looking at my own pics makes me want to die lol

Zuzu's Petals said...

Oh good lord, I am FULL, and i am still drooling. I so desperately want that Wildberry Mojito. Git in mah belleh now.

Joey said...

Zuzu, that Wildberry Mojito was INSANE. I need another.

lexi920 said...

Oh girl, you know I love me a cocktail. You truly apreciate it even more after having a kid.

A bottle of Red Stripe beer is almost like a fine glass of wine - so relaxing after I put my daughter to bed!

Yes girl we will drink next time I'm in town or if you actually make it to California!


Thanks for the shout-out! I love drinking with you via blog pics!

Joey said...

If I can couchsurf I will really go to California!! =)

I'm glad you can join me in spirit on my drinking adventures xoxo