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Bringing Cheap Comfort to Locals

New restaurant opens in Midtown



    Bringing Cheap Comfort to Locals
    Sweet Emily's promises to be a comfort food haven for locals and theater-goers.

    Sweet Emily's opens in the old René Pujol space on Saturday -- the owner, along with his wife, Emily Orr, is René Pujol's former executive chef, Vincent Purdy.

    He won't be in the kitchen though; the couple has hired David Kruse, a Bobby Flay alum and a Jersey-shore restaurateur, to create what Orr calls "something inexpensive for the locals and for people coming to the theater, influenced by the food we really like to eat , like Latin American and Southern food."

    Assisting him mostly with pastries and baked goods is chef de cuisine Jacqueline Bruton. The menu -- which, yes, looks very Flay-vorful -- is after jump.

    Tomato Tortilla Soup - $5

    Bacon Mac & Cheese Croquette - $5.50
    Served with Smoky Tomato Dipping Sauce

    Latin-Style Hummus - $6
    Flavored with Cilantro-Green-Onion Pesto Served with Flat Bread and Fresh Cruditees

    Mesclun Salad - $7
    Baby Greens with Aged Spanish Goat Cheese, Grilled Pears, Sliced Red Onions, and Cherry Tomatoes Tossed with Red Wine Vinaigrette

    Cheese Poppers - $6
    Served Two Ways: Mild and Hot (Roasted Jalapenos mixed with Corn and our House Blend of Cheeses And Creamy Herb Dip)

    Grilled Caesar Salad - $7
    Grilled Romaine Hearts with New Mexican Caesar Dressing, Parmesan Cheese, Pecans, and Crispy Polenta Croutons

    Steak Skewers - $7
    Chimichurri Flatiron Steak Skewers Drizzled with Roasted-Red-Pepper Sauce

    Steamed Mussels - $8
    PEI Mussels in Tasso Ham & Tequila broth

    Grilled Vegetable Quesadilla - $7
    Grilled Zucchini, Roasted Red Peppers, Grilled Corn With Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheeses
    Drizzled with Green Onion & Sour Cream Sauce and Served with Pico de Gallo

    Chili-Cheese Fries - $6.50
    Stacked Oven-Baked Wedge Potatoes covered in our House Chili, Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese and Pico de Gallo

    Shrimp Mojito - $8
    Grilled Shrimp with Fresh Orange and Watercress in Coconut Mojito Sauce

    Small Plates
    Jacquie's Burger - $9
    7 ounces of Ground Sirloin on a Toasted Roll with Lettuce, Tomato, Caramelized Onions and Chipotle BBQ Sauce
    Choice of Cheddar, Monterey Jack or Mozzarella $1.50

    Panko-Crusted Salmon Cakes - $10
    Sauteed Salmon Cakes with Black Bean Sauce and Sour Cream

    Coffee-Rubbed Chicken Arepas - $10
    Grilled Chicken Breast with an Ancho-Maple glaze on top of Crispy Arepa Cakes with Avocado-and-Roasted-Corn Salsa

    Old-School Chicken Pot Pie - $8
    Chicken Breast and Vegetables Baked under a Flaky Crust

    Grilled Sirloin Tips - $14
    Sliced Sirloin Tips with Sauteed Mushrooms, Grilled Onions, and Red Wine Demi-Glace

    Big Plates
    Plantain-Crusted Tilapia - $15
    Served with Sauteed Spinach, Warm Carrot, and Chayote Squash Slaw in Mango-Ginger Broth

    Braised Beef Short Ribs - $20
    With Roasted Vegetables, Sweet Potato Risotto, and Port Wine Sauce

    Sweet Emily's Shrimp & Grits - $15
    Sauteed Gulf Shrimp with Bacon Grits and Bourbon-Caramelized-Onion Sauce

    Honey & Red Pepper Roasted Salmon - $15
    Atlantic Salmon with a Honey-Red-Pepper Sauce with Sauteed Spinach and Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Smoked Pork Chops - $16
    House-Smoked Grilled Pork Loin with Potato Gratin, Sauteed Spinach and Sweet and Sour Apricot Sauce

    Roasted Chicken Jambalaya - $16
    Roasted Chicken Breast with Andouille Sausage, Red Chile Rice and Herb-Infused Gravy

    Sides - $4.00
    Cup of House Chili
    Bacon Grits
    Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    Bacon Mac & Cheese
    Grilled Zucchini
    Red-Chili Rice
    Oven-Roasted Potatoes

    Warm Apple Cake - $6
    With Whipped Cream

    Tapioca Pudding - $6
    With Candied Orange Zest

    Flourless Chocolate Cake - $6.50
    With Caramelized Bananas and Whipped Cream

    Coffee - $2.50
    Tea - $2
    Regular, Earl Grey, Green, Chamomile, Mint

    Sweet Emily's, 321 W. 51st St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-957-9338

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