Category Archives: Bar Menu/ Bar Bites

Desnuda, Williamsburg, NYC

Desnuda, Williamsburg, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$ ½

 

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Pastai: An Artisan Pasta Bar, Chelsea, NYC

Pastai: An Artisan Pasta Bar, Chelsea, 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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Sel et Poivre, Upper East Side, NYC

Sel et Poivre, Upper East Side, 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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Whitman & Bloom Liquor Company, Murray Hill, NYC

Whitman & Bloom Liquor Company, Murray Hill, NYC

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(I was invited as a guest to this establishment. All opinions in this review are my own.) 

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Bonjour Crêpes & Wine, Yorkville, NYC

Bonjour Crêpes & Wine, Yorkville, NYC

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Food: ☆☆

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

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Incognito Bistro, Chelsea, NYC

Incognito Bistro, Chelsea, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Sweet Pea Soup, Porcini and Truffle Risotto, Highland Haggis, Cranchan

 (This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review)

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V-Note, Yorkville, NYC

V-Note, Yorkville, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Black-eyed Pea Cake

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North End Grill, Tribeca, NYC

North End Grill, Tribeca, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Grilled Clam Pizza, Upma Polenta, Thrice-Fried Spiced Fries, Rice Flaked Halibut, Butterscotch Pot de Crème

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Tartinery, Nolita, NYC

Tartinery, Nolita, NYC

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Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Soups

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DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Lower East Side, NYC

DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Lower East Side, NYC
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Food: ☆☆☆½

 Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Price: $$$

I recommend:  Burgers, Fried Egg Bourguinon, 

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Minetta Tavern, Greenwich Village, NYC

Minetta Tavern, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Black Label Burger

 

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The Village Restaurant, Litchfield, CT

The Village Restaurant, Litchfield, CT

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Village Wings

The Village Restaurant is a classic, pub style restaurant located in the heart of Litchfield, CT.

Serving better than average pub style food, this neighborhood gem seems to be a local favorite. Be sure to make reservations on weekends at it is always crowded with locals and tourists alike.

The wait staff is super friendly and the surroundings are always lively making The Village, a great dining pick.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Village Tomato Basil Soup

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Village Wings

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Village Potato Skins

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Village Chopped Salad

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Black Bean Burger

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Classic Village Burger

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Handmade Cheese Ravioli

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Warm Apple Crisp

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The Village Brownie Sundae

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* Restaurant Name
Village Restaurant
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American New
* Street Address
25 West St Litchfield, Litchfield, CT 06759
* Phone
(860) 567-8307

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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Thalassa, Tribeca, NYC

Thalassa, Tribeca, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

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Oficina Latina, Nolita, NYC

Oficina Latina, Nolita, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Avocado Cilantro Margaritas,  Sardinas a la Plancha, Jarrete de Cordero

(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

 

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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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Miss Lily’s Restaurant, Greenwich Village/ West Village, NYC

Miss Lily’s Restaurant, Greenwich Village/ West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Ackee Dip And Plantain Chips , Jerk Chicken

 

Jerk chicken does not get better this!

 

 

Miss Lily’s is my new Mecca for Caribbean food in New York City.

The menu offers modern Jamaican food, which maintains its authentic roots. Chef Bradford Thompson is French trained and has racked up accolades from Food and Wine and James Beard for best chef. All his skills are evident in just one dish – the Jerk chicken! I have never had a bird more tender yet spiced and grilled to perfect crispness.

I really enjoyed everything I tried there. The plantain chips with Akki dip was fabulous and the curried goat with roti was yummy too, albeit a bit watery for my taste. The hot sauces were really spicy and added all the more to the fun and flavor of this wonderful Caribbean oasis!

Multifaceted in its structure – Miss Lily’s weaves in and out of avatars in its Houston Street location. There are three facets to this spot that you can enjoy.

 

 

One is the Miss Lily’s bar/ restaurant part. Then there Miss Lily’s Variety & Bake Shop and Melvin’s Juice Box. This is a West Indian Boutique, record store, casual café, bakery and juice bar all rolled into one. The variety store is home to Radio Lily which is Miss Lily’s Internet radio station where a DJ is live streaming Reggae beats. This creates what they refer to as a “cultural social club”.

Basically what is – is a really cool space to hang out at with great eats at arms reach!

 

Here is some of what we ate:

  

Ginger Beer

 

 

Jaquitos

 

 

Ackee Dip And Plantain Chips

 

 

Jerk Chicken

 

Curried Goat

 

 

Roti and Rice and Beans

 

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* Restaurant Name
Miss Lily’s
* Overall
★★★☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Village / Jamaican
* Street Address
132 West Houston St., New York, NY 10012
* Phone
(646) 588-5375
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Tableau, The Wynn, Las Vegas

Tableau, The Wynn, Las Vegas

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Ahi Tuna Tartare, Open Faced Dungness Crab Club Sandwich

Tableau might be one of the best-kept secrets at the Wynn.

This elegantly whimsical restaurant is tucked away in a serene corner of the Wynn Hotel. Overlooking a pool and garden, Tableau offers a luxurious breakfast and lunch menu. The food here is top-notch as is the service and the prices.

Known for its Saturday and Sunday brunch – Tableau really offers a wonderful respite from the brisk pulse of the Vegas beat.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Ahi Tuna Tartare

 

Open Faced Dungness Crab Club Sandwich

 

Grilled Vegetable Salad

 

Chocolate Dessert

 

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* Restaurant Name
Tableau
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American New
* Street Address
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd , Las Vegas, NV 89109
* Phone
(702) 770-3330

Maialino, Gramercy , NYC

Maialino, Gramercy , NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Mortadella , Tonnarelli

 

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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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DE Santos, West Village, NYC

DE Santos, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Truffled Mac & Cheese

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Mint, Midtown East, NYC

Mint, Midtown East, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Chicken Malai Kabab , Chilly Fish, Lamb Shahi Pasanda,  Garlic Naan 

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Seasons 52 at Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City,NY

Seasons 52 at Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City,NY

I was invited to an exclusive VIP Media preview lunch at Seasons 52 hosted by the Executive Chef and Master Sommelier. The highly acclaimed fresh grill and wine bar restaurant, is scheduled to open March 26, 2012 at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City.

 

 

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The DL, Lower East Side, NYC

The DL, Lower East Side, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: PB&J, Rice Crispy Crusted Monkfish

 

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