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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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Corkbuzz Wine Bar, Chelsea Market, NYC

Corkbuzz Wine Bar, Chelsea Market, 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.

 

Corkbuzz Wine Bar recently invited me to a power lunch with a wonderful group of women from the world of food media.

 

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Master Sommelier Laura Maniec of Corkbuzz Wine Studio in Union Square has curated an ideal meeting place for spectacular wines and outstanding eats at Corkbuzz Wine Bar Chelsea Market.

Teaming up with two-time Michelin star Chef Missy Robbins, this intimate wine bar is inspired by a European style outdoor market vibe where people gather together for a casual glass of wine and some light bites.

At Corkbuzz, women really pave the way both behind the scenes and at the front end. Aside from Laura and Missy leading the charge – the team that helped put this together from design (Stephanie Goto) to construction, were women. A HUGE shoutout to our wonderful hostess Rachael Wilson, the Communications Director, who guided us through our afternoon of indulgence.

 

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Corkbuzz Wine Bar aims to provide that ultimate space where all kinds of people with an interest in wine (from novice to expert) can come together to share this passion whilst sampling a glass or a bottle or two! The wine menu offers about 150 bottles of some of Maniec’s favorites as well as signature picks from top sommeliers.

 

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The menu at Corkbuzz comprises of Italian-accented small plates where each dish has been inspired by an experience from Missy’s extensive travels. These narratives compelled her to recreate the flavors and emotions behind each story on a platter.

The food was nothing short of stellar. I did have my favorites and they were unusual and “to die for”. Don’t miss the “Potato Chips with Fennel and Chili, the “Gougeres”, the “Anchovies with Salsa Verde”, the “Tomato Braised Calamari”, the “Panzarotti” and the “Sopressata”. Each dish was artfully paired with a wonderful pours of wines and champagne.

 

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Make sure to avoid the crowds of Chelsea Market and access Corkbuzz from its backdoor on 15th Street. There’s no sign yet but just look for neon pink lights and cryptic messages – they will light up the way for you.

 

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Lunch at Corkbuzz begins at 11:30 am and goes straight through to 11 pm. The bar is open from 11:30am -12pm Sunday -Tuesday & 11:30am-2am on Wednesday-Saturday.

The best deal of all though is their “Champagne Campaign” where bottles of champagne are available at half off from 10pm to close every day!!

Chelsea Market now has a perfect spot for grownups to play in – if I were you – I’d be heading over right about now!

 

Here is some of what we ate and drank:

 

Potato Chips fennel, chili, sea salt (Aubry Premier Cru Brut)

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Gougeres fontina, speck (Aubry Premier Cru Brut)

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Roasted Eggplant, pine nuts, golden raisins (Chateau du Coing ’00 Muscadet)

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Cucumbers, coriander, cumin, chile, yogurt (Chateau du Coing ’00 Muscadet)

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Whole Artichoke, Italian dressing (Chateau du Coing ’00 Muscadet)

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Anchovies Salsa Verde, bread, butter (Kiralyudvar ’11 Furmint)

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Tomato Braised Calamari, fennel pollen (Domain Labet Fleurs ’09 Chardonnay)

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Cured Swordfish, giardiniera, taggiasca olives (Kiralyudvar ’11 Furmint)

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Tuna Conserva, zucchini, dill (Domain Labet Fleurs ’09 Chardonnay)

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Sopressata, gnocco fritto (La Provostura ’10 Nebbiolo)

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Panzarotti, ricotta and mozzeralla filled (La Provostura ’10 Nebbiolo)

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Cotechino Sausage Sandwich (Señorio de P. Pecina Reserva ’05 Tempranillo)

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Burrata Sandwich (Señorio de P. Pecina Reserva ’05 Tempranillo)

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Popped Corn (Madeira)

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Cannoli Cream Filled Éclair (Madeira)

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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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Dinner with Chopped star Ted Allen at Pok Pok Ny hosted by Pepcid/ Eater

Dinner with Chopped star Ted Allen at Pok Pok Ny hosted by Pepcid/ Eater

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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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Musical Mondays and Le Cirque’s 40th Anniversary at Le Cirque Café

Musical Mondays and Le Cirque’s 40th Anniversary at Le Cirque Café

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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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Dovetail, Upper West Side, NYC

Dovetail, Upper West Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½ 

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$ 

Must try: Potato Gnocchi, Hamachi, Cured Carrots, Chocolate soufflé

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The Nipponista Event at Maison O hosted by Isetan, Soho, NYC

The Nipponista Event at Maison O hosted by Isetan, Soho, NYC

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Last night I was invited by Tabélog to attend ‘Nipponista‘, an event hosted by Isetan, the largest department store in Japan. Nipponista is part of a Japanese project called ‘Cool Japan’ and was created to transmit Japanese fashion, art and food information throughout the world.

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ABC Cocina, Union Square/ Flatiron, NYC

ABC Cocina, Union Square/ Flatiron, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆ ¾

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Grilled Maitake Mushrooms, Raw Shaved Fluke, Guacamole with Grapefruit Salsa

 ABC Cocina is Jean-Georges Vongerichten and executive chef Dan Kluger’s endeavor at inventive, Latin inspired, tapas style fare.

Housed within the stunning ABC Carpet & Home Store, this hot spot is fashioned in abcmkt’s eclectic style – an aesthetic I love (of course everything is available for purchase on the shop floor).

The menu consists of seven sections with choices that range from a “Raw Bar” to “Light and Bright” to “Wood Burning Grill” and more.

The cuisine is based on flavors from Latin America and Spain and is for most part executed rather well. Dishes that blew me away were the “Raw Shaved Fluke with Green Chili Dressing” and the “Grilled Maitake Mushrooms”. Other such as the “Fish Taco” felt lacking in clean flavors and brightness as is was unnecessarily doused with some kind of creamy heavy Russian type dressing. The “Short Rib Tacos” though are a clear winner!

Service was very pleasant but uneven. We were kept waiting for fairly long spells between certain dishes.

I didn’t fall in love with ABC Cocina the way that I did with ABC Kitchen….but the small plate fare piqued my interest enough to make warrant several revisits.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Guacamole with Grapefruit Salsa

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Raw Shaved Fluke 

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Shrimp with Sizzling Garlic and Chili Oil

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Short Rib Taco

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Fish Taco

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Grilled Maitake Mushrooms

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Salted Caramel ‘Impossible’ Flan

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Soft And Crunchy Almond Cake

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* Restaurant Name
ABC Cocina
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Flatiron / Latin American other / Tapas/Small Plates
* Street Address
38 East 19th St. (Between 5th Ave. & Park Ave.), New York, NY 10003
* Phone
(212) 677-2233
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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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The NoMad, Chelsea, NYC

The NoMad, Chelsea, NYC

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 Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Corn roasted with tomato, basil & corn cream, Tagliatelle, Milk and Honey 

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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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David Burke Kitchen, Soho, NYC

David Burke Kitchen, Soho, NYC

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Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Burrata and Prosciuitto

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The Modern Dining Room at MoMA, Midtown West, NYC

The Modern Dining Room at MoMA, Midtown West, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: prix fixe

 

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Saul, Boerum Hill, NYC

Saul, Boerum Hill, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Must try: The Tasting Menu

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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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Babbo, Greenwich Village, NYC

Babbo, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Gamberoni all’ “Acqua Pazza” , Crispy Branzino with Roasted Baby Carrots

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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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Dominique Ansel Bakery, SoHo, NYC

Dominique Ansel Bakery, SoHo, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Almond Croissant , Dka “dominique’s kouign amann”

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Gramercy Tavern, Gramercy/Flatiron, NYC

Gramercy Tavern, Gramercy/Flatiron, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Prix – Fixe, Mushroom Lasagna

 

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Marea, Midtown West, NYC

Marea, Midtown West, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Crudo, Granchio peekytoe crab, Astice nova scotia lobster

 

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Gotham Bar and Grill, West Village/ Union Square, NYC

Gotham Bar and Grill, West Village/ Union Square, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Butternut Squash Ravioli, Fresh Tagliatelle, Gotham Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Parfait with Black Sesame Cake.
 
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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 Information


* 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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