Finding something savory, satisfying and gluten-free for a breakfast on the run isn’t always easy. But at the Big Booty Bread Co. on 23rd St, you can get your needs met for a mere $1.75 with the bakery’s crunchy, rich—and gluten-free—cheese-yucca roll.
Pan de Yucca. Photo: by rhiannondavid via flickr.
Dubbed the “Cheese Rock” by owner Jose Rojas, the treat is is actually pan de yucca, a traditional Colombia bread. It’s made with yucca flour; the white cheese, queso blanco; eggs and butter, Rojas explained.
The roll derives from “a family” recipe, he said. His parents who have owned Don Ricky Colombian Bakery in Elizabeth, New Jersey for over 30 years, have long produced the savory treat.
Big Booty also displays in its simple shop croissants, muffins, cakes and its signature red velvet cup cake.
Big Booty Bread Co.
261 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
212 414 3056
The best news about the authentic and tasty paella served at Socarrat Paella Bar in Chelsea is that it may be traveling uptown. Our waiter said that the Upper West Side could possibly be in this bar-like restaurant’s future. That’s a very good thing, given the outstanding quality of food currently offered at the downtown locale.
It’s very hard to find an authentic paella in the U.S.; the one at Socarrat comes as close as any I’ve eaten. There are several varieties, including a seafood version; one that’s totally vegetarian; and one with pork, chicken, duck and chorizo.
We ordered a classic Socarrat Paella, which consisted of chicken, beef, mussels, clams and green beans. The seafood was cooked so that it was tender and juicy . But it was the rice that truly blew us away. It was perfectly seasoned and formed an intensely flavored crunchy crust on the bottom of the paella pan, just like a proper version of the classic dish should.
Don’t go to Socarrat for an intimate dining experience. Everyone is seated elbow to elbow at a long bar. The waiter was friendly and eager to answer all questions.
Socarrat Paella Bar
259 W 19th St
(between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)
New York, NY
212 462 1000