stop #1 on the NYC FOODSTRAVAGANZA
a friend and i were staying at my friends place in Chinatown. hungry after being on a plane for 5 hrs with a time change, we were ready for something on our list. luckily this spot was practically just a block away.
a small noodle shop on a small street was reminiscent of noodle shops or congee shops i've been to in China and Hong Kong. we got hand pulled noodles of course. one with dumplings and one with oxtail. the consistency of the noodles was chewy, as it should be and the broth was tasty. the oxtail was sparse, but for $5 a bowl, there was nothing to complain about.
stop #2 on the NYC FOODSTRAVAGANZA
we toggled between the idea of going to the dessert bar or the dessert club right across the street. the dessert bar is the one that everybody talks about. the one where they make the dessert in front of you and it's supposed to be an experience. but the options that night didn't appeal too much and we were on a mission to fill ourselves with other foods on our list. so dessert club it was.
i was expecting something amazing walking into this tiny place. people constantly came in and out, which is a good sign. we decided on the ice cream eclair, the ice cream sundae and the ice cream macaroon. little did i know "ice cream" really meant frozen yogurt. now unless froyo is topped with random toppings and served in a cup, i'm not too fond of it. i prefer ice cream over froyo any day. so i was quite disappointed with that. however the crispy chocolate pearls in the sundae were a nice addition and the eclair was really light. the chew to the macaroon had a nice texture with the ice cream (this time actual ice cream or gelato at least)
stop #3 on the FOODSTRAVAGANZA
after sampling a few desserts at Chikalicious, we chatted for a bit and then continued on our hunt for good eats. Momofuku Milk Bar was next on the list. we were pointed in the wrong direction many a time and ended up passing by Momofuku Noodle Bar and then Momofuku Ko before finding Momofuku Milk Bar right around the corner.
i like the set up. order your dessert and find standing room to savor your desserts in the dimly lit room. many people were there while waiting for their table for Momofuku Ko, which is a great strategy on their part. get dessert first, then after an hour or so sit and eat at their finer establishment. or the opposite. have a fine dinner and the grab some dessert afterward.
someone PLEASE tell me why i got the "coffee milk?" i thought "mMm that sounds great," until i took a sip and realized that all i had done was essentially ordered a $5 cold latte that was prepackaged. so dumb. slap me.
of course we got the crack pie, because after seeing it on the Best Thing I Ever Ate, you pretty much have no choice. it was like an ooey gooey pie that was slightly too sweet for my liking. but the crust was insanely buttery and delicious.
the pumpkin cheesecake frozen yogurt had a subtle pumpkin flavor and was pretty inedible. why you ask? i don't know what in the world they did but there was SO MUCH FAT in it that it felt like we were eating butter with pumpkin spices. the texture was off putting. and my friend took one tiny bite and said "i feel fat now." no joke. we didn't eat it.
so why the 4 stars? because some of their other things looked amazing and i'm sad i didn't get to try them. i mean.... grasshopper pie (chocolate mint with cookie crumbs if i remember correctly)?? kind of sounds like perfection, doesn't it?
stop #4 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
we had to take a break from eating so we decided to hang out at a cafe and get some tea. we saw the word "cafe" and decided that would do, only we didn't realize that it was a full blown restaurant. they asked if we wanted to sit in the garden in the back and immediately we were awestruck. a garden in NYC?? really?? i wasn't sure it existed until we were lead to the back. lit with christmas lights and decorated with mirrors and other things, it was a cute area to spend an hour or two. if i lived in the area i would probably spend a lot of time hanging out back there on nice nights.
the three of us have been servers at one point or another and know how irritating it is to have a table sit and order just a beverage. so we decided to order the mediterranean plate. the hummus was good. the rest was not worth my time. we probably spent a good hour and a half there and the server never gave us attitude for hanging around and hardly ordering anything. thanks, guy!
spot #5 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
after eating a what felt like a million desserts we were ready for something substantial. we went to Katz's late night (think 10pm or so) so there wasn't a line. fantastic, considering swarming crowds of people waiting in line is never a fun thing.
not only is the pastrami really tender and flavorful, but what makes this experience even better is that the employees behind the counter all seem to like being there and are all friendly. our guy asked us what we were doing there. when we told him it was our foodstravaganza he took our list and added a few things on there that he thought we should try. plus he talked a little bit of baseball with us since we were wondering if the Giants had won the playoff game and we were in their previous home.
but $15 is a lot for sandwich, no?
stop #6 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
we were put on a wait list for Clinton St. Baking Co and told that it'd be an hour and a half. so we decided Russ & Daughters would provide the perfect snack.
this place has an old timey feel. i love it. the men behind the counter know exactly what they're doing and don't seem to feel overwhelmed by the 50 people packed into a store that is meant to house probably no more than 25. i guess fire codes don't matter (?). one side of the store is lox, cream cheeses and other smoked fish. the other side is candy. we got the everything bagel with norwegian lox and horseradish cream cheese. had the bagel been toasted or warmed up a bit, it would have been perfection. the lox was smooth and had great flavor. if lived in NY, i would go back and try each and every combo of lox and cream cheese they've got.
stop #7 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
aaaahh an hour and a half wait? seriously? what kind of brunch spot could possibly be worth that amount of time? obviously this one! and some time during that long hour and a half a man came around with samples of their legendery pancakes. ....and yes, they are as good as they say!
i got to taste all of the following:
-potato pancakes: with cinnamon sour cream and apple sauce. SO tasty and perfectly crisp with a tender center. i'm really happy i got that.
-blueberry pancakes: as previously stated, they are very good for pancakes. i don't looove pancakes but i can tell they were awesome.
-vanilla waffle: with peanut brittle and apples. the winner of all i tried. the brittle added a surprisingly grand texture to the whole dish.
-french toast: with carmelized bananas and pecans. also yums.
what really made all of the last three dishes listed was that amazing maple buttery syrup they have. can you buy that stuff in a bottle, cause i would definitely get that shipped out to my house as an early self Christmas/birthday present. i don't know how to describe it. light yet salty and savory with just the right amount of sweet. it is a fact that i will dream of it.
stop #8 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
a fun place to stop by. i can't say there was any candy there that i hadn't seen before or that surprised me in any way. there's the typical M&M's section, the Jelly Belly section, a ton of their own candies, etc. if anything, it's a good time killer when you're name is on the waitlist for Serendipity 3.
stop #9 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
how could you go to NY and not go to Serendipity 3? i feel like it's an obligation as a tourist to visit and get the frozen hot chocolate, isn't it? even if all it is is an icy milkshake. at least when i went a MINT frozen hot chocolate was on the menu. and when there's mint chocolate, i pretty much have to have it. but still....just an icy milkshake.
the place is kind of kitschy. kind of old. kind of dark inside. not quite my cup of tea, but i can see why others like it.
the server was really friendly and i give kudos to all of the servers who work there and wait on people who come in and only order the frozen hot chocolate. if half of my customers just wanted the frozen hot chocolate, it would drive me bonkers.
stop #10 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
this place has been on my bookmark for over a year now! last time i was in NYC i didn't make it to Levain and it saddend me. this time i made it a point to find it.
we asked for the dark chocolate peanut butter and the regular chocolate chip cookie. excited and not paying attention, i tore a piece off of what i thought was the dc w/pb but it was just a dark chocolate one. i went back in to tell the woman that she gave us the wrong cookie and a guy at the counter said "good one," as we got to keep all three cookies. i'm not shady, buddy. you guys messed up, therefore i deserve the free cookie, thank you very much! anyway, they were warm and had a nice crisp exterior with a soft almost gooey interior. they were laden with butter/oil but well worth the calories.
stop #11 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
since the last time i was in NY, i could not get the chicken and lamb combo out of my head. there is nothing like it in SF that i can find so far. and although NYC is chock full of halal carts, none are better than 53rd and 6th. seriously, i pretty much planned our NYC foodstravaganza solely so that i might taste the grubtastic rice dish once more!
someone in SF needs to create an cart equi-delicious hala cart! please!! i beg!!
stop #12 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
stop #1 on the Greenwich Food Tour
we were told that this is where Spiderman worked in the beginning of the movie. i don't know how well Tobey Maguire makes a pizza but the pizza at Joe's is exactly what i think of when i think of a traditional NY pizza. all thin and fold-in-halfable. it definitely wasn't the best pizza, but i don' t have any complaints.
stop #14 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
stop #3 on the Greenwich Food Tour
wow! who would have thought pressed soy could ever taste like cha siu!! on our food tour we got a little bento box that had what looked like bbq pork (cha siu for my chinese kin), rice, a veggie potsticker and seaweed salad (wakame for the japanese kin). the "bbq pork" 100% tasted like cha siu and i sat amazed in my chair for a good minute before i gobbled up the rest. the texture was a little off, but you can't completely fool a carnivore, right? i would not hesitate to bring my meat eating friends to this place because the food is really tasty, even if it is just veggie stuff.
stop #15 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
stop #4 on the Greenwich Food Tour
i dare you to walk by a place called Milk & Cookies without having to turn right back around and get a cookie or twelve. we got to try the chocolate chip cookie, which was served warm and was in my opinion better than Levain's cookie. uh oh, am i about to lose some "fans" because i said that?? this one had oatmeal in it and that added texture made a world of difference. it was incredible.
stop #16 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
stop #5 on the Greenwich Food Tour
named the best pizza in NYC by Food Network. well, i've got to say it was pretty damn good. the sicilian margherita pizza had a perfect chew to it and the tomato sauce tastes really fresh and sweet. it was so simple yet full of flavor, a sign of mastering their pizza making craft.
stop #17 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
stop #6 on the Greenwich Food Tour
there is a sign above their awning that claims they've got the "world's best cannoli." and we all know that if people have to boast they've got the best of anything, they usually don't right? you've all seen when Buddy the Elf runs into the craptastic coffee shop that declares they've got the "world's best cup of coffee" to congratulate them and the customers are confused, right? same deal. although their cannoli isn't bad at all. it just isn't my favorite. it's nice that they fill the shell only after you order, which keeps the shell crisp. but the winner of all cannolis in my book is still Mike's Pastry in Boston. never matched.
stop #18 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
i've had the lobster bisque and lobster club at their Chelsea Market location. now i've had the clam chowder at this location. lots of clam and potatoes. great flavor. happy warm tummy.
stop #19 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
we were crazy full after our Greenwich Food Tour but we were on a mission to keep the FOODSTRAVAGANZA going. we would not accept defeat! so onward we went!
after seeing the toasted marshmallow milkshake on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, we pretty much had no choice but to seek out such an amazing sounding beverage. luckily they have the option to get mini milkshakes. we got the previously mentioned as well as the honey lavender milkshake. the toasted marshmallow was waaaay to sweet for me, but it tasted exactly like a marshmallow, so good job to them. the honey lavender reminded me of the hl ice cream at Bi Rite in SF. that one i looved.
the theme of the place was friggin nonsensical. a big bull outside, a random man hanging from a rope (not by the neck, in case i just freaked some people out), elvis, and some other random stuff.
stop #20 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
christ almighty, this place is fantastic! a small little place with big bold flavors. i was ridiculously full from the first half of my day but had to trek on for the sake of the FOODSTRAVAGANZA. the coconut shrimp with spicy aioli sando pretty much won my heart. crisp and chewy bread with plenty of coconutty shrimp. aahh, it was love at first sight. i really wanted to finish the whole thing but sadly couldn't. good thing i had their blood orange lemonade to wash it down with.
stop #21 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
day 3 of our FOODSTRAVAGANZA had to begin with waffles. we'd been chasing it for the past two days to no avail. finally we located it in the morning and decided it would be "breakfast." of course we got the Throw Down waffle. yeah that's right...the one that BEAT the most irritating man in the world, Bobby Flay. (i seriously am not over the fact that he stood jumped up onto the chopping board in the original Iron Chef against Morimoto in Japan. rude!! who's with me??) it was a liege waffle with spekuloos and whipped cream. the spekuloos was crazy good and the waffle was hot and nice n' chewy. heart.
stop #22 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
from waffles straight to donuts...man what a morning. we got the creme brulee donut and the pb&j donut. the creme brulee was tiny with a custard center and a bruleed top. it was pretty good. the pb&j had a crunchy pb exterior and a jam interior. it was nice and fluffy with a light chew. a well execute donut, i must say. and the fact that it was square was entertaining. i can't say i was happy about the price of each donut, but money ain't an issue on a FOODSTRAVAGANZA, right?
stop #23 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
still ranks as #1 for pizza in my book. better than anything i had in italy (see previous review).
stop #24 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
after waffles, donuts and pizza, we about died on our way to Chip Shop. all those carbs were forming a nice round food baby inside each of us. as a matter of fact, i'm sure that by the end of day 3 we looked a good 5 months pregnant. so what did we do? we decided to get more carbs. a deep fried snickers bar. thank god Marjie T's friends came by to take a couple bites of it too or we would have exploded. this is a fact.
one of her friends got deep fried haggis. what in the world is haggis you ask? the menu says something like "if you have to ask you probably shouldn't order it." turns out it's sheeps heart and other things stuffed into an animal casing. NO THANK YOU. it was herby and gamey and i will steer clear from it if i should ever see it again.
stop #25 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
this review is strictly for the mac n' cheese, which was kind of perfect.
we seriously had a full day of carbs and couldn't fathom eating anything else. but again, we would not be defeated.
i am SO glad we forced ourselves to go to Dumont Burger. the mac n' cheese has gruyere, cheddar and bacon lardon with a crumbly top. and the noodles they use are radiatore, which has all those nice nooks and crannies to trap all the cheesy goodness in.
stop #26 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
a friend of mine works here and brought us a couple slices to try. now, if you've been following my foodstravaganza, you'll remember that i said that any place that feels the need to declare they are the best anything usually isn't the best (i.e. Buddy the Elf coffee scene in Elf). and this holds true with "The Best Chocolate Cake in the World." now if they'd have named it "We Have A Preeetty Good Chocolate Cake," then i would agree. it was pretty much ganache with merengue. good but not the best. and i wouldn't even really call it a cake.
stop #27 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
how in the friggin world did i ever manage to eat a full dinner after a days worth of food seeking?
this was the final meal on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA. Marjie T knows the bartender and her friend used to work there. so due to her association, i got to reap the benefits of VIP treatment.
the final meal:
--toasts with fontina and bacon(?)- a nice little amuse bouche. salty good.
--charcuterie- a few quality meats. more salty goodness.
--duck liver mousse with a fig compote- so creamy good!
--POPOVERS!!!!!!!!- i LOVE POPOVERS!!! they make me happy. and they are gigantic here. AND they give you the recipe. so i'll have to try it at home one day.
--tuna tartar- with crispy onions, avocado and a ponzu sauce. it came with homemade chips. mMmmm
--beer battered onion rings- fluffy good.
--baked, fried and sauteed potatoes- all the goodness of potato skins but up 5 points in class scale.
--brussel sprouts- with bacon. always a good thing.
--lobster cobb- lots of lobster with all the traditional cobb fixins.
--peanut butter chocolate mousse- with banana ice cream. so smooth and decadent without being heavy.
--crepe souffle with passion fruit sauce- i would have never ordered this if i were handed the menu. luck for us it magically appeared before our eyes. it had the consistency of a light bread pudding with a cruncy bruleed top. the passion fruit was a nice touch. i call it a HEAVEN CLOUD. it was that good.
i had a fantastic meal here. it was the perfect ending to our FOODSTRAVAGANZA. potentially i loved this place because we got the VIP treatment. potentially i wouldn't have liked it as much if i'd paid full price for everything. but i remember it as a glorious finale to my trip in NYC.
stop #28 on our FOODSTRAVAGANZA
just kidding! i thought BLT Steak was the finale, but we ended up going to Bar Carrera where i was told it was a must to get the egg in a blanket. truffled egg in brioche with serrano ham and manchego cheese. now THAT is a finale! tiny and pefect. smiles!
and the place itself is cute and spanishy, dark and chill. and he who tends the bar is pretty awesome, and a friend of my foodie friend, Marjie T.
i was at the airport way too early for my flight. after binge eating approximately one million food items over the past 3 days on my NYC FOODSTRAVAGANZA, i hadn't eaten a single thing that day until i reached the airport at 4pm.
i was told NEVER to get mexican in NY since i come from SF where there is an endless supply of great mexican food. Mexico is too far from NY for there to be great authentic mexican in NY, you see. take that however you want to. you know what i mean.
but Todd English is a pretty well known chef, so i wrongfully assumed that his restaurant might provide some great nachos. they were pretty "meh." the guacamole looked like green liquid. WTF? it could have been ninja turtle slime for all i knew. (just kidding, it just made me think of ninja turtles for some reason, so i had to throw that in there some how) oh well. the nachos weren't horrible, they just weren't great. the burgers looked good though.
whoops! how did this get lost between all the NYC food eats revies i did? this place has some really good thai food. everything was really flavorful and were marked at reasonable prices. my only complaint is that for rice plates they are really skimpy on the rice.
|the quote is from and episode of How I Met Your Mother. anyway, i love brunch and you should too!||desserts/sweets are my favorite part of any meal...or any day, really. here are the good, bad and the ugly.|
|going to French Laundry was probably the highlight of my life. since then nothing has matched my experience there but i've been to a few fine dining establishments and here they are.|
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