“One cannot think well, love well or sleep well if one has not dined well.” Virginia Woolf

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Babbalucci's - Harlem, New York

Did you know there's a "National Pizza Day"? I know. I feel like this is something that came along with the popularity of social media, namely Instagram. But for the sake of having something to write about, I'm ok with it. 

Funny enough this is the first year that I paid attention to what "day" it was and luckily for me, I was in New York City for it. Talk about winning! I'd just landed in NY late in the afternoon and my dinner reservations weren't for several hours later so my lady friends and I decided to take a stroll from our Harlem abode to a local fav, Babbalucci's


We had no clue we were going to be in for THAT much of a treat. Coming from Atlanta, when it's pizza anything, I rely on Antico's as they have yet to let me down. Well Babbalucci's was like Antico but turned WAY up. It's the pizza I like; a thin crust, simple yet gourmet-like toppings and brick oven fired. It was glorious. 


With a vegetarian and a half at the table, we still managed to find LOTS of pizza options to share. I went with the Thaitalian for two reasons Thai Basil and cherry peppers. The bite that this pizza delivered guaranteed that I could finish and entire 12" by myself. I decided to share instead and dabble in my friends' orders. The St. Nic (sans prosciutto) was light and and just as delicious as my spicy Thai, basically you can do no wrong with this place. 

I closed out my dinner with a Mad-hattan and I could have slept like a baby right after. The smoked bitter drink is poured over a large solid cube table-side, a hint of orange closes it and secures the flavor. 


Mind you - we ate here with three hours to dinner. What were we thinking!?!?

I don't "rate" restaurants, but this place was great on food, drinks and service. The ONE setback would be the lighting. As is is now, it's perfect for an intimate date night. Unfortunately, that makes it hard to read the menu, and harder still to take bomb food photos. Head over to their site for better shots of what we ordered. If you're in the Harlem area, I'd say it's worth a stop. 


The Public House - Vinings, Georgia

A little background into MangoEats here - this eating obsession of mine started with me eating OTHER people's food. Restaurants primarily. I got to a point where dining out was almost ritualistic and something I longed to share with my friends or family. With the right size group and the right people at the table; a perfect meal from looks to taste was sure to shored up with inside jokes and catching up. Dining out makes for some memorable times. 

I have dedicated 2017 to spending with myself, my family and friends. I am making concerted efforts to meet up with old friends I haven't laid eyes on in ages. What better way to catch up and be reminded of why we became friends in the first place than over a meal. 

One of my earliest experiences this year was with a friend and fellow blogger who we'll call Berry. She's the lady behind The Very Sweet Lifestyle and a friend I met many moons ago on a popular Nigerian message board over a decade ago. 

We ventured off to one of the restaurants on my list - The Public House in Vinings, just on the edge of Atlanta. I must confess, I was a little concerned as it was a bit hard to find in the lobby of a hotel that was easy to miss. We sat near the windows for optimum lighting and premium people watching. We were not disappointed.

Bright spots

The thing about hanging out with people you like is that you have a lot of things in common. On this day, we both wanted the same things, so we essentially ordered the same thing. No matter, it was all VERY good. We spied the spicy chicken and waffles and knew instantly, I mean LOOK AT IT!!!

I don't have much to add when it comes to ambiance as I noted earlier, it's literally just to the left of the hotel's lobby. Much brighter near the windows with a full bar available to you. Our host was pleasant and knew what I meant when I said "spicy" (spicy and hot are different folks!), and knew that we did not need to be disturbed frequently. Our classes stayed full and we throughly enjoyed our meal.

#ThePublicHouse offers perfectly prepared dishes created with locally sourced produce, created and led by award winning Michelin Star Chef, Matthew Gray


If you're in the Vinings are, check out The Public House and take a stroll down to their shops after. It's just off a busy street in a cute area. You'll enjoy it.