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

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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.

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 Crudités

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 Jalapeños 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
Sautéed 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 Sautéed Mushrooms, Grilled Onions, and Red Wine Demi-Glace

Big Plates
Plantain-Crusted Tilapia - $15
Served with Sautéed 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
Sautéed 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 Sautéed Spinach and Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Smoked Pork Chops - $16
House-Smoked Grilled Pork Loin with Potato Gratin, Sautéed 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 Emily’s, 321 W. 51st St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-957-9338