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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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Madangsui, Midtown West, NYC

Madangsui, Midtown West, 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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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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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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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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White Bear, Flushing, NYC

White Bear, Flushing, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆

Cost: $

Must try: Wontons in Hot Oil

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Jewel Bako, East Village, NYC

Jewel Bako, East Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Omakase Makimono, Omakase

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Lao Dong Bei, Flushing, NYC

Lao Dong Bei, Flushing, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆

Cost: $

Must try: Crispy Sliced Fish with Cumin, Triple Delight Vegetable, Stir Fried Mountain Root Vegetable with Pork

 

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Yamaguchi, Port Washington, New York

Yamaguchi, Port Washington, New York

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Shrimp Tempura Salad, Dragon Rolls

 

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Tamarind, Flatiron,NYC

Tamarind, Flatiron,NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆ 

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Kaikra Chat, Lamb Kababs

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Pok Pok NY, Columbia Street Waterfront District, NYC

Pok Pok NY, Columbia Street Waterfront District, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Yam Makheua Yao, Sai Us Samun Phrai

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Talde, Park Slope, NYC

Talde, Park Slope, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Chow Fun with Braised Pork Shank, Long Island Fluke

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Yunnan Kitchen, Lower East Side, NYC

Yunnan Kitchen, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Charred Eggplant

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Linn Japanese Restaurant, Astoria, NYC

Linn Japanese Restaurant, Astoria, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Omakase, Yose Tofu, Pork Belly
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Pok Pok Phat Thai, Lower East Side, NYC

Pok Pok Phat Thai, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Kuaytiaw Khua Kai

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Pacificana, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Pacificana, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Shrimp and Chive Dim Sum

 

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Biang! Flushing, NYC

Biang! Flushing, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Any lamb and noodle dish

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Zabb Elee, Woodside, NYC

Zabb Elee, Woodside, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Kai Yang, Crab Fried Rice, Larb, Spicy Shrimp with Basil, Pad Thai

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Momofuku Noodle Bar, East Village, NYC

Momofuku Noodle Bar, East Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Pork Bun, Shrimp Bun
 

Momofuku Noodle Bar was David Chang’s very first eatery that launched his enormously successful Momofuku brand of restaurants.

The concise menu here primarily focuses on ramen, seasonal eats, buns and daily specials. They also offer a fried chicken dinner (priced at $100) for parties of 4-8, which must be reserved in advance. Dessert offers soft serve and cake truffles.

Chang’s eats are inventive and extremely gratifying. The Ramen was good enough though I still think Ippudo rules. However, what I just could not stop eating were the buns! These soft steamed beauties filled with melt in your mouth pork belly or fried shrimp with just the right crunch are seriously addictive.

The Noodle Bar is priced just right, that is of course if you can stop with just eating one order of them buns! I know that I certainly couldn’t.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Heirloom Tomato – watermelon, crab, avocado

 

Pork Bun – hoisin, scallion, cucumber

 

Shrimp Bun – spicy mayo, pickled shallot, iceberg

 

Momofuku Ramen – pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg


 

Ginger Scallion Noodles – pickled shiitakes, cucumber, cabbage


 

Spicy Miso Ramen – smoked chicken, swiss chard, sesame


 

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* Restaurant Name
Momofuku Noodle Bar
* Overall
★★★☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
East Village / Asian Fusion
* Street Address
171 1st Ave., New York, NY 10003
* Phone
N/A
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Red Farm, West Village, NYC

Red Farm, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

I recommend: Dim Sum Menu

 

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Xi’an Famous Foods, Flushing, NYC

Xi’an Famous Foods, Flushing, NYC

 

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Stall # 36 marks the spot for Xi’an Famous Foods which is housed in the basement of the Golden Mall in Queens. Here’s where you will find some really incredible hand pulled noodles. It’s best known for its Liang Pi “cold skin” noodles, Savory Cumin Lamb Burger and Lamb Face Salad. Read the rest of this entry

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VANESSA’S DUMPLING HOUSE, Lower East Side, NYC

VANESSA’S DUMPLING HOUSE, Lower East Side, NYC

Food: ☆☆
Service: ☆☆
Ambiance: ☆ 1/2
Cost: $
I recommend: Wonton with Spicy Sauce, Sesame Pancake Sandwich.


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Strolling around Chinatown one day, my interest was piqued by the hustle bustle at a neat looking dumpling house. That’s how I discovered Vanessa’s Dumpling House on Eldridge Street. Vanessa’s works like a well-oiled machine and is run by an all women crew – love that! Read the rest of this entry

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Spice Market, Meatpacking District, NYC

Spice Market, Meatpacking District, NYC

 

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Take a trip to Southeast Asia by eating at Jean-George Vongerichten’s Spice Market. The cuisine here  is inspired by regional street food combined with Vongerichten’s distinctive touch. The interiors are resplendent and definitely make you feel like you are in some exotic locale of Asia. There are decorative pagodas and arches that adorn the enormous space and a grand staircase that leads to the hopping bar area downstairs. All of this makes for a really great spot to hang out at where one is stylishly served by waiters and scantily clad waitresses, dressed in bright orange hues. Read the rest of this entry

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