The Corner Bistro

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The CORNER BISTRO
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Happy to see Corner Bistro’s Burger can still make it to # 1 Best of New York list these days. I’ve been eating Cheeseburgers there since 1984. Yes 26 Years of Bistro Burgers. Back then, the Burger at the Corner Bistro was for Year-After-Year thee perennial favorite, # 1, Top, Best Burger in New York, rated by the Top and most Powerful food Authorities of the day, New York Magazine, The NY Times, Cue Magazine, The Post, The Village Voice, GQ, Bob Lape on 7’s Eyewitness News, The Daily News, so on and so forth. Nine out of ten people, newspapers, and news agency’s, The Bistro Burger was always “Tops,” # 1. It no longer is. And it was tops for some 30 years. Quite a run. Sadly the quality of the Burger has gone down a bit, and there are numerous chemistry better, tastier Burgers in town. Shake Shack get my Vote for the Top, New York’s best Burger, with Bills Bar and Burger and Peter Luger not far behind. But the Shake Shack Burger has all the proper elements that come together and make for perfect chemistry of, dear I say, “The Perfect Burger.” Well if not the perfect Burger, New York’s Best, or at least amongst the Best, everyone has their opinion. Some not as qualified as others. As I’ve been eating the East Coast’s Best Burgers since childhood, and being a former Chef Culinary Professional, I have greater qualifications than most.

The Shake Shack Burgers elements that make it so good, are: Top Quality Beef, Just the right size and thickness, not too thin nor too thick, which unfortunately many think makes a burger is better, the thicker it is. Not so. A 6 oz., 3/4″ Burger is Best and it has to be cooked on a Flat-Top Grill cooking in its own fat to qualify amongst the best. Cooking on a grated grill, just won’t do. You’ll often get terribly overcooked hard spots, losing all important beef fat for the burger to cook in. You’ll need a good hamburger bun, toasted preferred, not too fancy, and a major No-No is the use of an English Muffin. Though i Love them for breakfast, English Muffins are a terrible choice, pairing to a Burger. the Burger has to be properly cooked
And one of thee most important rules to a great Burger, it can’t cost more than $6.50, and about $4.50 is even better. The Shake Shake burger meets all these requirements, even exceeding them.
   

Back to the Bistro Burger. For nostalgias sake and Price to value ratio, combined with the great old New York Bar ambiance, The Bistro Burger always makes it on my Top 10 List. As the Post states, to be able to get a great burger for just $6.50 with Beers at $2.75 in one of New York’s few remaining Bohemian Bars, and in Greenwich Village? A combination that just can’t be beat.




by Daniel Bellino Zwicke



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A CLASSIC BISTRO BURGER






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RECIPE for The PERFECT BURGER 



in The BADASS COOKBOOK

The Menu


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CHEESEBURGER 
 
at The CORNER BITRO

RECIPES in The BADASS COOKBOOK.

The CORNER BISTRO
 
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The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK

LEARN HOW to MAKE PERFECT STEAK

COWBOY CHILI

TACOS

BURITOS

BURGERS

and ???

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Remembering ANTHONY BORDAIN

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Friday June 8, 2018 is quite a sad day. We mourn the loss of the great and irriplaceable Anthony Bourdain, a man loved and venerated by many. I hero to some as with I. We loved watching Tony travel the World, devouring it, and enjoying every minute of it, as only Tony could do. Anthony has his own special charm and sardonic humor and wit that was all his own, uniquely Bourdain, ad this is why those of us wo loved and enjoyed Anthony will miss him, and for another bright light snuffed out, we mourn his loss, but remember him fondly. Farewell Tony, you will be profoudly missed. Good Bless and Rest in Peace.

Daniel Bellino Zwicke

Make Your Own MayoChup Secret Recipe

MayoChup

 

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LEARN HOW to MAKE YOUR OWN  “2018’s HOTTEST NEW THING”

 

MAYOCHUP RECIPE :

INGREDIENTS :

1/4 Cup Best Quality Mayonnaise (We like Hellmann’s)

1/4 Cup Best Quality TOMATO KETCHUP (We like HEINZ)

 

Directions :

  1. Place both the MAYONAISE and The KETCHUP in a Small glass or ceramic bowl.

2.  Mix together with a spoon until both  ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

Congradulations! You have just made your first batch of MayChup. Spread it on Sandwiches, Burgers, and Hotdogs, or use it as a dip. Enjoy!

Daniel Bellino Zwicke

 

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The BADASS COOKBOOK

SECRET RECIPES

KFC FRIED CHICKEN

SHAKE SHACK BURGER

BADASS BBQ SAUCE

PRIZE WINNING CHILI

and More …

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1Hellmans

HELLMANN’S REAL MAYONNAISE

The BEST

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ROCK N ROLL With Your COFFEE

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This Painting Perfectly Typifies GROUNDED COFFEE
 
As There are Numerous NUDES hanging on The CAFE WALLS
 
 
 

Today is Thursday April 5th 2018, and my second time at Grounded Coffee Cafe on Jane Street in Greenwich Village, New York. My second trip in 2 days and certainly not my last, as for sure I will come here many more times. This is a great little cafe in a World were cafeshave become few and far between. Well in New York anyway. And to be more specific, in Manhattan and downtown in Greenwich Village, a place that should have many wonderful cafes in each and every part of this wonderful neighborhood that we call The Village. 

For many years, the only cafes in the whole of Manhattan were more or less in just two spots. Those two placces being Little Italy and Greeniwch Village where you had Caffe Dante, Caffe Reggio , Caffe Borgia, Caffe Vivaldi and others. Did you notice that these places are caffes spelled with tow F’s and not one as most people know as in cafe. Two ffs is the Italian way to spell Caffe and al these caffes mention were of the Italian Variety, not French and not American like this one, Grounded Coffee. Well it’s not even called a cafe, but never-the-less it is, and a very good one at that. Grounded Coffee has eeverything a great cafe needs : # 1 they’ve got Great COFFEE which is and absolute must. Two, the place is comfortable and welcoming and has the kind of vibe a good cafe needs. Three, they place great Music, which helps to make the great vibe. Four they have cool people, both the Employees and the customers made of the usual cafe sprinkling of students, writers, artist, and ordinary people who love good Coffee or Tea, and being out in cafes, whether on their own ; reading, writing, surfing the Net, or simply just hanging out, relaxing and enjoying their cafe beverage of choice. And number 5, in this day and age (Now 2018) Free and good Wifi.

 
 
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“They Don’t Play any CRAP RAP Music at GROUNDED. Just Good Old ROCK ROLL Like The ROLLING STONES, AEROSMITH, The WHO, The DOORS, and more.”
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Grounded Coffee has been open since 2004 and me being the Cafe-Hound that I am, I can’t beleive it took me so long to find this place. I came across the place one night walking around the Village. I just peeked my head in to chceck it out to see if it was the kind of Cafe that I like and if I would want to come back. It was. It is. About a week ago I thought about it when I wanted to go to a cafe one night and didn’t want to go to one of my usual places but was hankering for something new. I thought about Grounded and wanted to go there, but couldn’t remember exactlt where it was and didn’t feel like walking around aimlessly for 20 minutes or so, so I didn’t even give it a shot. Two nights ago on my way over to Western Beef to buy some Sweet Italian Sausages for my Sauce, I just happened to pass by, a boy I was happy I did. I had plenty of time to get over to the grocery store so I decided to pop into Grounded and have a Coffee and finally check out the scene in this good old cafe. Well it was wonderful. The cafe was nice and relaxing, they played Great Music (Great CLASSIC ROCK), like The ROLLING STONES, and the vibe was nice. Speaking of the Vibe, it was the sort of Hippy-ish with its numerous Ceiling Fans, many potted and hanging Plants, Mix & Match Furniture, and Art Students Paintings hanging on the walls. It was Love at First Sight. I  ended up staying 2 and a half  hours before heading out to get my Sausage & Tomatoes  for the SAUCE

So, anyway, that’s it for now. Plain and simple, Grounded Coffee is a Great Cafe and a gift to the neighborhood of Greenwich Village and the People of NEW YORK and the many tourist who visit our Great City.

I Thank You, The PEOPLE of GRANDED COFFEE ,

Daniel Bellino Zwicke

 

They Play GREAT MUSIC

Mostly CLASSIC ROCK :

“I LOVE IT” !!!
Today’s Set List :

SWEET – YOU LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN

FREE RIDE by Grand Funck Railroad

The ROLLING STONES – Gimme Shelter


CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
DONOVAN “LOLA”

PINBALL WIZARD – 



The WHO

PINK FLOYD DARK SIDE of THE MOON


LED ZEPPELIN

JIM MORRISON

The DOORS



STEPPINWOLF “MAGIC CARPET RIDE”

MARK BOLAN “GET IT ON BANGA GONG” 

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE “DON’T YOU WANT SOMEBODY TO LOVE” ?

and Much MORE …

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Ozersky America Best burger

 

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The late great JOSH OZERSKY once proclaimed The BURGER at Raouls’ French Bistro on Prince Street in Soho, New York “America’s Best Burger.” Well, the Burger is pretty Dam Good but we don’t think we’d proclaim it the Best in America. Maybe among America’s Best, but we’d not say America’s Single # 1 Best Burger in the USA. We loved Josh, we miss him and his wonderfully unique style and utter enthusiasm, and that when he loved something, he call it “New York’s Best,” or America’s Best as in the case for Josh’s love for the Burger at Raoul’s of which just 12 are made per night.

We highly respect Josh and his decision, and Josh was usually right or not far off the mark, so we’ll call The Burger at Raoul’s one of New York’s Best, or one of America’s most wonderful Burgers, just not the single best.

Basta !

 

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Inside Raoul’s

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A Night at RAOUL’S

Soho

NEW YORK

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REMEMBERING JOSH OZERSKY

RIP

 

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The BADASS COOKBOOK

Learn The Secrets

to a GREAT BURGER

And How to Make The PERFECT STEAK

 

Slow Italian Wine Eataly NewYork

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With TOMASO PEPITONE (L) Robert D and MYSELF (R)

SLOW WINE NEW YORK 2018

EATALY DOWNTOWN

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BORGOGNO

Long One of The World’s Great BAROLO HOUSES

They Did Not Disappoint 

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Antica Casa Scarpa

The House of ANTICA CASA SCARPA was for me the overall winner as far as having the Best Selection on their table. It was Amazing, starting with : Barbera d Asti “La Bogliona” , a wonderful Brachetto Secco (Dry Brachetto) and the undisputed Winner of The Event, The Barbaresco Casa Scarpa 1989 was Kick Ass and probably the Best Wine I’ve Had so far this year (2018). I really enjoyed the tasting at this table, it was superb.

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Ran into my Old Buddy ALEX at EATALY

Alex and I Opened DEL POSTO Back in 2006

ALEX was a Valued SOUS CHEF and BANQUET CHEF

While I was The MANAGER of The ENOTECA at DEL POSTO

We Worked Dam Hard and Had Fun Working Together along

with The Great MARK LADNER who was The EXECUTIVE CHEF

at DEL POSTO

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BUSSIATTA

The BUSSIATTA PASTA con SALSICCIA e RAPINI made by Alex and his team and was out of this World. So good that I had 5 portions over the course of 5 hours, along with  , #ProsciuttoDiParma MORTADELLA , PECORINO , and SALAMI and GORGONZOLA . “I kept going back to the Bussiatta.” Awesome !!!

RECIPE

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BAROLO “CANNUBI” BARALE FRATELLI 2013

This BAROLO was Awesome and one of my favorites of the Event. Quite Delicious and perfectly in balance, this was Text Book Barolo at its Best. Bravo Barale Fratelli, you’ve done a great job with this one.

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SLOW WINE TOUR NEW YORK 2018
 
 
EATALY DOWNTOWN
 
March 1 , 2018
 
 
NEW YORK
 
“GOING to The Most IMPORTANT ITALIAN WINE TASTING of The YEAR Today”
TRE BICCHIERI 2018
NEW YORK , NY 
 
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
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The PRICES at EATALY are EXTRA EXPENSIVE
and Way TOO HIGH !!!
For MUCH BETTER VALUE “SHOP YOU LOCAL MARKETS”
We SUGGEST DePALO’S on GRAND STREET in LITTLE ITALY
FAICCO’S on BLEECKER STREET and in BROOKLYN
or RUSSO’S on East 11th STREET, East Village, NEW YORK
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 SUNDAY SAUCE
DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE
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