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Netflix & Grill: NY state of mind with bourbon, deli, Sandler dramedy

Aaron Wetli

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Welcome back to Netflix and Grill, where we piece together some grub, a boozy drink, an album and a streaming show or movie. Along the way, we plug the local establishments that make Columbus shine. Let’s take a trip to a New York State of mind with the Netflix original movie The Meyerowitz Stories, Nada Surf’s Lucky, a deli on Henderson road that serves New York style sandwiches, and an easy to make Manhattan. Not interested? Then buzz off, pal! (I hope you read that in a loud and angry New York accent).

Big Apple Drinks

To accompany your night in, let’s celebrate New York with an easy to make Manhattan.

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Bourbon (many people insist on Rye but this isn’t their column)
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • 3 splashes of bitters
  • Maraschino Cherries, or if you are a millennial, one burnt orange peel

Instructions:

1. Pour Bourbon and sweet Vermouth over ice inside of cocktail shaker
2. Shake it like a polaroid picture (oh wait…that group is from Atlanta)
3. Pour drink into previously chilled glass of choice (I prefer a martini glass)
4. Add the splashes of bitters
5. Get your sip on

Let’s chow

Entree

Our fair city doesn’t lack for dining options but if I were to lodge a complaint, it’d be that we don’t have enough delis.

Sure, everyone has been to Katzinger’s and Cornerstone and Smith’s (now serving alcohol) are both Clintonville institutions, but in general it seems difficult for delis to do well here.

However, if more Columbus sandwich shops were like Neighbor’s Deli on 2142 W. Henderson Road, doing well in Columbus wouldn’t be an issue.

Serving a huge array of New York City deli sandwiches, alongside an all day breakfast, Neighbors selection and customer service is hard to beat, as I experienced on my recent visit, when I ordered ‘The Hondo.’

Served on a toasted Rye and topped with Pastrami, Salami, Cream Cheese, Onion, Pickle and Hot Mustard, The Hondo is the most authentic NYC item on the menu and worth every penny.

I ordered a side of rich and creamy Macaroni Salad to accompany my sandwich.

No apologies.

If you are craving a great sandwich and want to support local, get to Neighbor’s Deli…it certainly beats watching the Mets, Knicks or Jets.

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Vinyl

As you’re chowing down on your sandwich, spin a record, why don’tcha?

Formed in New York City in the early 1990s, Nada Surf has been serving up unpretentious power pop for the last twenty five years and nowhere is their talent more highlighted than on their 2008 release Lucky.

Featuring guests Juliana Hatfield and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and containing the hits Whose Authority, Weightless, See These Bones and Are You Lightning, Lucky is an album that pulls of the rare feat of making the listener nostalgic for the past while looking forward to the future.

Poppy hooks, spacey choruses and power pop live in this album and it is a place you should visit.

If this sounds like something you are interested in, give it a spin. If not, give it a spin anyway and thank me later. (Do the New York voice/accent again).

Streaming

A Netflix original, The Meyerowitz Stories (2017) was written and directed by Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding) and stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Elizabeth Marvel.

The ensemble cast displays their dramatic and comedic chops while portraying a loving, but dysfunctional family going through a complicated transitional period.

Marvel shines as the eclectic and empathetic sister, Hoffman and Thompson are convincing as an ageing married couple looking to downsize and Stiller, per usual, is the flustered and responsible straight man.

However, the real star is Adam Sandler.

Sandler plays a divorced, out-of-work musician attempting to hold his family together while his daughter (Grace Van Patten) begins her freshman year of college.

Showing anger, empathy, contempt and kindness, Sandler turns in his best work since 2002’s Punch Drunk Love and as a result was nominated for a 2017 Critic’s Choice Movie Award for best actor in a comedy. Yes, you correctly read that last sentence.

The Meyerowitz Stories at times seems like a Wes Andersen dramedy (Braum co-wrote The Life Acquatic and The Fantastic Mr. Fox) but stands alone as Braum focuses on the script and acting as opposed to whimsical camera tricks and British Invasion pop rock.

So there you have it, a blueprint for a New York State of Mind. Enjoy your evening, buddy! (Do the voice)

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Too Good to Eat: Hubbard Grille’s Short Rib and Shrimp shareable

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If looks could krill, you would be on the floor. Literally.

Hubbard Grille's Short Rib and Shrimp shareable dish will knock you right out of your seat because it will hit you hard and fast with flavor and more.

Photo by Angela Lee of @findyourfork

Imagine this: the most tender and delicious pulled beef short rib layered on a bed of the creamiest and cheesiest white cheddar grits with tomato jus. Top the bite-sized goodness off with a perfectly tender and seasoned prawn, add some color and texture with delicately placed microgreens and take that first bite.

With that first bite, you’ve just experienced one of the most delicious flavor profiles that the Columbus food scene has to offer. Second bite and your taste buds are just begging, pleading, and crying for more. Third bite and you are already shamelessly scraping off every last drop, speck, and flavor from the dish with your spoon.

You might actually even pick up the dish with your own two hands and unashamedly lick the plate clean. You might also start bargaining with your fellow table mates to negotiate the remaining pieces on the plate.

No judgement here. We have all done it at one point. You gotta do what you gotta do, am I right?

Hubbard Grille is located at 793 N. High St. in the Short North. To learn more + view the menu, visit hubbardgrille.com.

@findyourfork your average noodle connoisseur, taco devourer, and mimosa lover. When she's not busy snapping pictures of her latest yummy foodie adventures, you'll find her at your local coffee shop casually relaxing with a pastry in hand and a latte in the other.

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Beloved burger joint opening in Hilliard next week

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Swensons Drive-In is expanding their central Ohio footprint in just a few days. The Hilliard stand will open at 4810 Cemetery Rd. on Monday, September 23.

Hilliard will be the third stand in Columbus with a locations in Dublin and Polaris.

The Akron-based burger chain prepares their burgers, including the signature Galley Boy, using premium cuts of beef ground fresh daily and made to order. The buttered and toasted buns only add to the juiciness of the meat.

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Apart from the greasy goodness that is Swensons food, one of the other reasons to patronize the stand is its car-side service. From the comfort of your pajama pants, Swensons Curb Servers will be at your window, eager to take your order and sprint, literally sprint, it back to the kitchen for preparation. Just be sure to not drop a single Potato Teezer between your seat because we all know that is the land of no return.

Visit www.swensonsdriveins.com for more information.

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Review: Matt & Tony’s dishes out classic comfort food in downtown

Regina Fox

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I've gotten to try a lot of interesting cuisine with this job, but it's rare that I get the opportunity to sample a mother's spaghetti recipe outside of my childhood home. This is the type of experience that Matt & Tony's Wood Fired Kitchen, which recently opened inside the former CBC Restaurant space, offers its guests.

At Matt & Tony's, you don't have to sneak off to the bathroom to Google what a menu item is so you don't look ignorant in front of your date, and that's what makes it so great.

The menu bodes familiar comforts like fried chicken, fish & chips, veal parmesan, and burgers. There's no proprietary flare or fancy sauce smears around your plate—it's all just damn good food.

I sampled Madeline's Spaghetti & Meatballs, which is straight from the cookbook of co-owner Matt Rootes' mother. The sauce was sweet and plentiful while the meatballs were hearty and succulent. I didn't want to gorge myself on the first entree, but I couldn't seem to stop twirling those perfectly-boiled noodles around my fork...

Next up was a Wood Grilled Steak with mashed potatoes and broccoli. I heard once that butter wasn't a carb, so I spread it on thick and cut myself a piece with a crispy fat edge—juicy, tender, and lean. I didn't eat all 12 oz., but I very easily could have.

The Fork N' Knife BBQ Ribs at Matt & Tony's are straight out of a BBQ fairy tale. This healthy helping of slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone meat is smothered in sauce and almost impossible to put down. You may not be excusing yourself to Google what you just nervously and unknowingly ordered, but you'll probably require a bathroom mirror to make sure you've wiped all the sauce off your mug after devouring these racks.

Feeling like Thanksgiving? Have a little alternative celebration for yourself with Matt & Tony's Half Roasted Chicken with crushed herbs and lemon butter. Slip into a food coma with the sides of potatoes and seasonal vegetable. Dream a little dream of country gravy (which can be found drowning the fried chicken dinner entree).

Rootes says he and his partner Tony Wildman chose to open Matt & Tony's to give the people of downtown an option for high-quality steaks and seafood at a reasonable price without all the "frou-frou." I, for one, think that's exactly what downtown needs.

While so many other restaurants are reaching for globally-inspired dishes made with ingredients you can pronounce, Matt & Tony's is executing classic comfort dishes you grew up on in a warm, inviting atmosphere—it's like a little slice of home on Short St.

Matt & Tony's is located at 525 Short Street and is open 11am- 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am- 11pm Friday and Saturday. Visit mattandtonys.com for more information.

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