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Estela, Nolita, NYC

Estela, Nolita, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Everything

 

Ignacio Mattos is the brilliant chef behind Estela on Houston Street.

Raised in Uruguay, Mattos veers his cuisine towards a Mediterranean bent.

Sharing is strongly encouraged at this small plate spot, which has a menu that changes often and is limited to about fifteen items.

Mattos’s training at the kitchens of Chez Panisse, Il Bucco and Isa shine through in his modernist offerings. His combinations are really quite spectacular.

Take for example the burrata with salsa verde and charred bread. Every bite of this stunner is filled with complimentary yet contrasting flavors. I also thought the Bialy with smoked salmon was superb.

Estela offers a brilliant wine list along with some really delicious cocktails. Co-owner Thomas Carter showcases his talent here just as Mattos does in the kitchen. The menu at Estela is really perfectly designed to compliment its beverage offerings.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Spiced Almonds 

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Burrata with salsa verde and charred bread

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Bialy with smoked salmon, crème fraîche, and horseradish

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Cod with romesco, aioli, and potatoes

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Avocado pancetta, and egg on danish pastry (tebirke)

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Ivan Ramen, Lower East Side, NYC

Ivan Ramen, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance:☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Spicy Red Chili Ramen, Lancaster Okonomiyaki

 

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Desnuda, Williamsburg, NYC

Desnuda, Williamsburg, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$ ½

 

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Jade Asian, Flushing, NYC

Jade Asian, Flushing, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Dimsum, special tasting menus 

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Wa Jeal, Upper East Side, NYC

Wa Jeal, Upper East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$ ½

Must try: Wok Roasted Diced Chicken w/ Thousand Chili

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Sage General Store, LIC, NYC

Sage General Store, LIC, NYC

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Food: ☆☆ ¾

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Brownies

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Balaboosta, Nolita, NYC

Balaboosta, Nolita, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Fresh Burrata, Israeli Street Fair, Kanafeh

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Lure Fish Bar, Soho, NYC

Lure Fish Bar, Soho, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Big Bash Burger, Lobster Roll

 

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Brunch at Lafayette, Greenwich Village, NYC

Brunch at Lafayette, Greenwich Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Soft Scrambled Eggs Vol-Au-Vent

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Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Chinatown, New York

Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Chinatown, New York

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Rice-noodle rolls, Shrimp and Chive Dumpling

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Jaiya Thai, Murray Hill/ Yorkville, NYC

Jaiya Thai, Murray Hill/ Yorkville, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Special Sauce, Indian Curry, Laad Na

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Da Marcella, West Village, NYC

Da Marcella, West Village, NYC

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Pastai: An Artisan Pasta Bar, Chelsea, NYC

Pastai: An Artisan Pasta Bar, Chelsea, NYC

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LIC Market, Long Island City, NYC

LIC Market, Long Island City, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Frittata, Soups, Brownie

 

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Hakkasan, Midtown West, NYC

Hakkasan, Midtown West, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Dim Sum, pumpkin-duck puffs, Chicken Sanpei

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Bohemian, Greenwich Village, NYC

Bohemian, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½ 

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$ 

Must try:The Bohemian Tasting

 

Ever done the secret dining circuit in New York? If not then Bohemian is a great place to start.

There is such a thrill in going to that clandestine, unmarked restaurant with no published phone number that is hidden away behind a Japanese butchers store. I was expecting a super snobby, exclusive chic kind of atmosphere but what lies behind Bohemian’s doors totally disarms all of that.

 

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Once you are buzzed in, the entire mystique melts away and what you are left with is a really inviting space, which feels more like being in someone’s living room. Here you are served rather remarkable fare by the nicest of people. Trust the Japanese to create the ultimate speakeasy!

 

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At Bohemian, chef Kiyo Shinoki prepares Japanese inspired creative plates that are artful both in composition and presentation. Each dish is thoughtfully created blending Japanese cooking techniques to maximize flavors.

The Bohemian Tasting for $55 (6 courses) is a very reasonable offering which allows you to sample an array of different tastes. There also is a full bar with an assortment of Asian inspired cocktails.

Bohemian has a very a stringent reservation policy which is by phone only. They also ask for a referral when you call in.

Bohemian respectfully requests that their “secret phone number” not be published anywhere but if you ask nicely…I might just share with you!

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Farmer’s Fresh Vegetables Fondue

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Washu-Beef Short Rib Sashimi

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Uni Croquette

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Pan Roasted Branzini

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Washu-Beef Mini Burger

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House Caviar Rice Bowl

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Foie Gras Soba

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Honey Lemon Pannacotta

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* Restaurant Name
Bohemian
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
East Village / Japanese / Steak
* Street Address
57 Great Jones St. (bet. Bowery & Lafayette St.), New York, NY 10012
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El Anzuelo Fino, Jackson Heights, NYC

El Anzuelo Fino, Jackson Heights, NYC

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

I was recently invited to El Anzuelo Fino, a family owned Peruvian restaurant, which has locations in Jackson Heights and Woodside in Queens.

What I went in expecting was a Pio- Pio styled Peruvian meal (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but the experience I came away with was something completely different.

Boris Torres, the son and face of the next generation at El Anzuelo Fino, is a professionally trained chef as well as an architect.

Both professions require fashioning an art form and that is exactly what Torres does on the plate. He is a truly gifted chef who is pushing the boundaries of Peruvian food into modernity whilst still staying close its roots and heritage.

Torres schooled me throughout the meal on the complexity, depth and phenomenal ethnic influences that have fashioned Peruvian cuisine. Each dish that was presented to me had a little history lesson on how its flavors borrowed from its cultural past.

Be it African, Chinese – “Chifa”, Japanese –“Nikkei”, Spanish or Italian, Torres’s creations pay true homage to a gastronomic heritage that is so rich. Take the classic favorite “Lomo Saltado” for example, which is made with sautéed beef tips, onions, tomatoes, reduced with soy sauce and served over French fries. What seems like a crazy combination of flavors actually works beautifully! Look at all the cross cultural pollination going on in that dish!

The Anticuchos con Papa or veal hearts drew on African heritage whilst their superb Ceviche draws on Spanish influences.

At El Anzuelo Fino, do not miss trying the Corvina, which is a firm-fleshed South American fish. We sampled a Ceviche and  an “A-la- Plancha” version of this fish and both dishes were spectacular.

El Anzuelo Fino, in my opinion is truly a gem of a find. Located in its unassuming digs one can really find artful creations of seriously tasty, home-style Peruvian food here.

I, for one, am a fan!

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Canch

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Ceviche de Corvina

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Anticuchos Con Papa Y Choclo

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Pulpo al Olivo

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Corvina A La Plancha

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Lomo Saltado

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* Restaurant Name
El Anzuelo Fino
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Jackson Heights / Peruvian
* Street Address
8601 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights, NY 11372
* Phone
(718) 426-8660
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Uncle Boons, Nolita, NYC

Uncle Boons, Nolita, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Chicken and Banana Blossom Salad, Khao Soi, Grilled Blowfish Tails

  

Uncle Boons is a wonderful downtown dining spot serving uncommon Thai fare.

This eatery was opened the by husband and wife team of Ann Redding and Matt Danzer, both of ex- Per Se pedigree.

The menu here shies away from the regular Thai offerings of copious amounts of curries, noodles, satays and so on. The selection here is limited but in a thoughtful way.

Many of the recipes used in the kitchen are handed down from Redding’s family – who was born in Thailand. Where else can one try delicate dish of tender charcoal-grilled blowfish tails served with a fresh green chili sauce or chicken and banana blossom salad with several layers of flavor and texture in every bite. The Khao Soi is a must try dish consisting of a flavorful yellow curry served with both soft and crunchy noodles.

The one thing I missed at Uncle Boons was spice. The menu seems to focus more on the gentler side of Thai food which is refreshing too.

At Uncle Boons the attention seems to be on creating a culinary experience that is a little set apart from the rest and yet authentic in its core.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Spicy Roasted Chicken & Banana Blossom Salad

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Steamed Egg wrapped in Red Curry & Kaffir Lime

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Northern Style Golden Curry (Khao Soi)

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Grilled Blowfish Tails

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Water Spinach with Garlic

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* Restaurant Name
Uncle Boons
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Lower East Side / Thai
* Street Address
7 Spring St. (Between Bowery & Elizabeth St.), New York, NY 10012
* Phone
(646) 370-6650
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Juliette, Williamsburg, NYC

Juliette, Williamsburg, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Eggs Forestière

Juliette is an ultra charming brassiere in Williamsburg located right next to the famed Egg.

Nested in an area where trendy restaurants open ever so often, Juliette has managed to hold its own. Offering a locally sourced, French inspired menu classic favorites with a twist rule here. The meal we had here was very solid.

The interiors at Juliette are French country whimsy. The space offers locales to suit every mood. There is a vintage barroom up front, a main dining room, a solarium adorned with vines and an extremely popular rooftop bar that is packed during warmer weather. 

For those who care, Juliette was recently featured on Project Runway in Episode 9 (Let’s do Brunch)! That is definitely one way you can spend your time here by checking out the scene but for others like me…..the food will occupy you just fine too.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

BAKED FARM EGGS

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SMOKED SALMON BENEDICT 


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EGGS FORESTIERE

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* Restaurant Name
Juliette
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Williamsburg / French
* Street Address
135 North 5th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
* Phone
(718) 388-9222
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The Little Owl, West Village, NYC

The Little Owl, West Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Gravy Meatball Sliders , Spring Asparagus Soup, Pork Chop & Butter Beans

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Buttercup Bake Shop, Midtown East, NYC

Buttercup Bake Shop, Midtown East, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Carrot Cake 

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Bagatelle, Meatpacking District, NYC

Bagatelle, Meatpacking District, NYC

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Bún-ker, Maspeth, NYC

Bún-ker, Maspeth, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆ ½ 

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½ 

Cost: $$

Must try: Crab Spring Rolls, Ca Ri Ga, Cha Ca La Vong, Bahn Xeo (actually get one of everything on the menu!) 

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Sushi of Gari, Upper West Side, NYC

Sushi of Gari, Upper West Side, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆½ 

Service: ☆☆☆½ 

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$ 

Must try: Omakase

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Sushi Nakazawa, West Village, NYC

Sushi Nakazawa, West Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Omakase only

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