9.11.2008

Teplitz Blitz

Starr’s Chelsea coffee shop might sound like an STD (“Dude, did you hear about Ryan? He caught a nasty case of teplizkys.”) but that didn’t stop your friendly neighborhood bloggers from braving another SRO infection. Named for the original owners of the Howard Johnson that used to stand here, Teplitzky’s is sorta Jewish, sorta Jones. There’s fork-tender brisket, kick-ass kugel and nova lox for days, but also a fine meze plate, pasta and (because this is Stephen Starr, Patron Saint of Squid) fried calamari. The dinerly style is pitch-perfect, from the butter-colored onesies the servers wear with Chuck Taylors to the counter stools upholstered in turquoise plaid fabric. Peep more pics here. Teplitzky’s has only been open a month, and there’s a lot of management hovering happening. The manager came up to our table six—count ‘em six—times to make sure we were enjoying everything, but he was obviously uncomfortable talking to strangers and scuttled away like a hermit crab before we could reply through a mouthful of (killer) pierogi. Someone slip a brother some social anxiety meds. Menu right behind ya.

ALL DAY MENU

starters

TUNA TARTARE fennel confit, radish, blood orange vinaigrette $13
PIEROGIES onions, sour cream $10
CHILLED ARTICHOKE mustard aioli $10
CHOPPED CHICKEN LIVER rye toast points $8
MINESTRONE matzo ball, meatball $8
FRIED CALAMARI cherry pepper aioli $10
SHRIMP & CHORIZO QUESADILLA goat cheese, black beam avocado $14
MEZE PLATE quinoa tabouli, roasted peppers, feta, hummus, pita $12

salads

CHOPPED CHICKEN SALAD tomato, corn, feta, red wine vinaigrette $14
SHRIMP & CRAB “LOUIE” tobiko, avocado, cucumber, louie dressing $16
CEASAR SALAD parmesan, hummus crostini $11
MESCLUN SALAD balsamic vinaigrette $8

sandwiches

SMOKED SALMON PASTRAMI pumpernickel, potato-haricots verts salad $14
TWIN CHEESEBURGERS American cheese, frizzled onions $12
GRILLED CHEESE & TOMATO SOUP Vermont cheddar $12
CHICKEN CLUB toasted brioche, Russian dressing $13
KOSHER HOT DOT french fries $9

entrees

“KILLER” SHRIMP SCAMPI BREAD rustic bread $18
PETITE FILET MIGNON mashed potatoes, tomato, grilled corn $25
TEPLITZKY’S RAVIOLI buffalo mozzarella, basil, pomodoro $16
BEEF BRISKET kugel, green beans $19
STEAK FRITES 10 oz. NY strip streak, french fries $26
CHICKEN PAILLARD portobellos, arugula, shaved parmesan $16
BRANZINO “MUNIERE” whole, boneless $26
ROASTED ORGANIC CHICKEN jus de pullet, mashed potatoes $18
JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKES red pepper coulis, herb aioli $26
SIMPLY SEARED SALMON mixed greens, tomato, balsamic $22

sides

BROCCOLI RABE $6
FRENCH FRIES $5
GRILLED VEGETABLES $6
MAC & CHEESE $6

all day breakfast

ALL AMERICAN 3 eggs any style, hash browns, bacon or turkey sausage $9
MUSHROOM & CHEESE OMELET Vermont cheddar $10
BELGIAN WAFFLE fresh fruit, whipped cream, maple syrup $9
NOVA LOX & BAGEL cream cheese, tomatoes, red onions $12
CHEESE BLINTZ fresh berries $9

RISE AND SHINE MENU

starters

½ GRAPEFRUIT fresh berries $6
FRESH FRUIT SALAD pineapple, melon, berries $6

eggs & omelets

TURKEY SAUSAGE & TOMATO OMELET mozzarella, basil $10
SPINACH-ROASTED TOMATO FRITTATE boursin, chives $11
CHORIZO QUESADILLA & EGGS crispy shrimp, black bean-avocado salsa $13
THE BIG LEBOWSKI eggs, grilled kielbasa, sautéed peppers, onions $9
TEPLITZKY’S SANDWICH croissant, ham, cheesy eggs $12
EGGS BENEDICT Canadian bacon, salmon pastrami or grilled tomato $14
WESTERN OMELET grilled ham, roasted peppers, scallion $11
NOVA LOX $EGGS sautéed onions $14
MUSHROOM & CHEESE OMELET Vermont cheddar $10
THREE EGGS ANY STYLE, hash browns, bacon or turkey sausage $9
STEAK & EGGS grilled 5 oz. NY strip steak, tomatoes, Sicilian oregano $16

pancakes & such

HOT APPLE PANCAKE sweet mascarpone cheese $10
BELGIAN WAFFLE fresh fruit, whipped cream, maple syrup $9
STUFFED CHALLAH FRENCH TOAST cinnamon cream cheese, berries $10
SWEET CREAM BUTTERMILK PANCAKES blueberries, bananas or chocolate chip $9
NOVA LOX & BAGEL cream cheese, tomatoes, red onions $12
CHEESE BLINTZ fresh berries $9

healthy choice

PROTEIN SMOOTHIE vanilla or chocolate flavored $5
CHILLED CANTALOUPE fresh berries $8
IRISH OATMEAL steel cut oats, brown sugar, fresh berries $7
MUSELI yogurt, banana, apple, raisin $9

sides

BLUEBERRY MUFFIN $3
HASH BROWNS $4
TOASTED BAGEL $3
TURKEY SAUSAGE $3
CINNAMON BUN $3
TOAST $2
ENGLISH MUFFIN $2
BACON $3

DELICIOUS COFFEE bottomless pot $4
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1 comment:

kdubz said...

The "um, really, Kel?" I hear when I mention my interest in the Chelsea and Teplitzky's will not stop me from going.

You get it, right?

That turquoise plaid does it for me.