Pickled red cabbage was deliciously crunchy and roasted asparagus did right by us. As a reward for such a healthy meal, I ordered the root beer float, made with root beer ice-cream and served in a cold mug with Virgil's root beer. It was a little too root beery; it might have been more clever to serve root beer ice-cream with vanilla soda.
Friday was a series of small meals. I grabbed a slice at the new Roman-style pizza joint on Park Avenue called Golosi. Roman-style means the pizza is sold by the inch, and it also means that you can get tiny portions of a lot of different varieties of pizza, which, for someone like myself, is kind of heaven.
I only wish the pizza had been better. It was crispy, sure, but it was also fairly flavorless. The sauce had no bite. It was like flatbread, only less interesting. I thought a scoop of birthday cake gelato would redeem the mediocre pizza, but, alas, the gelato was grainy and not at all creamy like it is in Italy.
Later in the evening, I stopped by Kampuchea on the Lower East Side for another small meal. The pickle plate involved cucumbers, white onions, daikon, and spicy cabbage. Yum. Grilled corn came topped with kewpie mayonnaise, chili pepper, and toasted coconut. Sound gross? It isn't. Mayonnaise and corn is effing amazing. Kampuchea also offers, for a scant $17, a tasting of their sandwiches (choose three). I chose a bacon sandwich, a meatball sandwich, and a barbecue pork sandwich. All resembled the classic banh mi (baguette, pickled veg, cilantro) and none was as good as my recent banh mi adventures, but for the price, I could hardly complain.
Little D Eatery
434 7th Avenue
125 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Kampuchea Noodle Bar
80 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002