NYC has so many restaurants that you can try, it’s insane. I worked in the Flatiron neighborhood for over a year and never even knew about this hidden little gem called Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room. The bar greets you as soon as you enter, definitely a plus in my book. The dining area is towards the back and filled with pictures and this captivating sign pictured below.
The night started with a sangria for me and I had quite some time to go over the entrees to make a good decision for the evening. I went with the Cajun pork chop parmesan. It was completely covered with a spicy tomato sauce and melted gruyere cheese along with parmesan. The perfect combination of flavor for this succulent pork chop! The chop was placed on top of steamed zucchini as well. My husband kept it light and simple with his choice, shrimp tacos. These were quite tasty with their shrimp, corn, tomato, cotija and crema toppings, garnished with cilantro. It’s always funny when we go out for dinner because the waiter normally mixes up our entrees. You would think he would go for the over-sized pork chop right? We also decided to add a side of mac and cheese. Probably one of our favorite side dishes and definitely a good addition to our meals. When in Flatiron, give this place a try. Nice ambiance and great food. What more can you ask for?
For one of my girls day/night out, we decided to check out the cutest little Cuban tapas restaurant named Havana Social. Be warned it is a few blocks from subway transportation in NYC but definitely worth the walk if you’re not cabbing it! Okay, now that I’ve given that disclaimer, let’s talk food. My friend suggested this place for dinner and we did not leave disappointed. We went on a Sunday around 5pm and were delighted to see they had a price-fixe menu with pretty good selections. You could choose from about 4 or 5 entrees along with either an appetizer or dessert. I decided to start with their empanadas; this came with 3 which included spinach, beef and chicken. OMG!! What a way to start off a meal. We also ordered guacamole for the table (which is a must these days I’m figuring). As for my entree, I went with the chipotle pork chop; infused with chipotle and honey and served with plantains and beans. This was so flavorful and really exceeded my expectations. Towards the end of the meal, I was definitely stuffed but refused to leave any food behind as it was too good to not eat everything. As for drinks, we all went in on a pitcher of their infamous coconut mojito. Seeing that I am not a huge fan of mojitos, if I ordered it, it must be a hit.
Overall, the dining experience was great at Havana Social. In fact, right before you leave, they give you a complimentary shot too. This is much needed after you get your bill and realize you probably went over budget for a typical day/night out. Don’t worry. It’s worth it! More pics below.