August 19, 2010

Xochitl on a Thursday

My to do list is very long. Fish, Fond, Zama- Zavino. I have been to Xochitl a few times before but it’s been too long. And I wanted to check out the new “El Sabor” menu. 3 courses for $23. Que una ganga. That fits my budget.

Four of us went-which was perfect. We all picked different options so we could exchange nibs and really have a tasting table.

Guacamole for everyone to start.
Then you pick one first course, and one taco.
You get three tacos with each serving. I went for a chanterelle mushroom and corn empanadas for the first course. Tacos- I went pork cheek.
We also ordered a couple ceviches, and pork rinds showed up courtesy of the kitchen.
The food was excellent.
Thursdays- the whole menu is 50% off after 10.

Beer wise-= you’re looking at mostly Mexican lagers.
I had a Negra Modelo which I thought was the best pairing for what I ordered. Draft is limited to
Dos Equis Lager and Amber, Philly Fleur de Lehigh, and Yards (forget the style).

While I’m writing about amazing values- I’ll make mention of 13th St’s Sampan, Michael Schulson's Japanse spot in Midtown Village.
Mon-Fri Happy Hour 5 till 7. They’ve got tasty little bites for $2 and $3. Everyday they do a $4 beer, a $4 house wine, and a $4 cocktail. I think I ordered two small dishes, had 2 glasses of vino and one ginger ale cocktail of sorts and tipped for $22. Drafts are from Brooklyn, Stoudts, and YARDS.

I'm not sure if TIME still has there Tom Waits cover band on Wednesday nights- but how perfect would that be to start at Sampan then walk 40 feet to TIME....

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