What to Eat at Sweet Emily’s, Bringing Comfort to Midtown on Saturday

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Sweet Emilys opens in the old Ren Pujol space on Saturday the owner, along with his wife, Emily Orr, is Ren Pujols former executive chef, Vincent Purdy. He wont 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.

Appetizers
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 Crudits

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 Jalapeos 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
Jacquies 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
Sauted 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 Sauted Mushrooms, Grilled Onions, and Red Wine Demi-Glace

Big Plates
Plantain-Crusted Tilapia - $15
Served with Sauted 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 Emilys Shrimp & Grits - $15
Sauted 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 Sauted Spinach and Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Smoked Pork Chops - $16
House-Smoked Grilled Pork Loin with Potato Gratin, Sauted 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

Dessert
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 Emilys, 321 W. 51st St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-957-9338