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Best Meat Loaf
2315 Broadway, near 84th Street
The secret of great meat loaf is the right combination of meats to lend flavor and keep it moist. Chef Tom Valenti's homey, all-American meat loaf, served with an earthy mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes ($19), is on the menu at Ouest on Sunday evening only, and it's about as comforting as it gets. Equal quantities of pork, beef, and veal are wrapped in Valenti's favorite ingredient -- bacon, which bastes the meat while adding additional flavor and a crisp topping.
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51 Avenue B
At the ever-popular Max, the meat loaf ($9.95 lunch, $10.95 dinner) looks more like a mini-football than the traditional version. "Mom's" hearty Neapolitan creation, also available at the Harlem and Carroll Gardens locations (Mom gets around), sits in a pool of fresh tomato sauce with baked sliced potatoes and a balsamic-dressed mesclun salad on the side. It's not until the beefy "ball" is broken open that the surprise is revealed -- a stuffing of hard-boiled egg, prosciutto, and mozzarella cheese.
Ouest Side Story
(March 4, 2002)