First, the toasted marshmallow milkshake at Stand has been on my “must-try” list for a while. I’m happy to say it did not disappoint. For something a little more unexpected, you might go for the toasted sesame milkshake. The burgers are pretty awesome too. I’d probably talk more about them if it wasn’t for the service at Stand, which leaves much to be desired. (I don’t mind screw-ups, but I do mind not even getting an apology for them.)
Did you hear about the new mac & cheese place on Prince Street? Macbar isn’t much bigger than a small bedroom, but the decor is very hip, and they’ve got one offering with duck confit — too bad I’d just eaten before I made it over here. I’ll have to stop back soon. The best part is that Macbar is next door to my favorite bookstore, McNally Jackson Books. Seriously, this is the kind of bookstore you think doesn’t exist any more. They’re doing an awesome panel this Thursday with Julie Powell, Judith Jones, and Amanda Hesser. I have a sneaky feeling it’s going to be a mob scene like so many of their other events.
And then there’s the new Motorino on East 12th Street (strangely enough, next door to NYC’s other very yummy mac & cheese restaurant, S’mac). I’d love to tell you that the city is overrun with fancy thin crust pizza places and their fussy high-heat ovens, and that Motorino is just another wannabe. But then I’d have to lie to you because Motorino is serving up slices of heaven. (Just kidding, they don’t sell pizza by the slice!) Order a whole pie for yourself and prepare for something awesome. If it’s in season, the scamorza with shaved winter squash should be on your list. You can’t go wrong with the Brussels sprouts pie either. You probably can’t go wrong, period.
I wish I had some food photos for you, but it’s so cute and moody inside, I didn’t want to use my flash. You’ll understand if you stop by. And I know, the line outside is a little scary, but the turnover is pretty rapid, much like at the equally amazing Keste Pizza in the West Village. In fact, between these two great pizza spots, I almost don’t care what came before them. New York City’s best thin crust pizza is coming from two of the newest spots in town.