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Juni, Murray Hill, NYC

Juni, Murray Hill, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Prixe-Fixe

 

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Estela, Nolita, NYC

Estela, Nolita, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Everything

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Pure Thai Cookhouse, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

Pure Thai Cookhouse, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Nakorn-Patom Duck Noodles Soup, Egg Omelette, Wok Chili Turmeric With Beef

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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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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:

 

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Pulpo al Olivo

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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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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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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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The Masala Wala, Lower East Side, NYC

The Masala Wala, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Kakori Kabab, Dahi Puri, Lamb Biryani, Gobhi Manchurian

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

 

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Dos Toros, West Village, NYC

Dos Toros, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Burrito with habanero sauce and quesadilla

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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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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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Motorino, East Village, NYC

Motorino, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Brussel Sprouts Pizza

 

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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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Lady M’s Cake Boutique, Upper East Side, NYC

Lady M’s Cake Boutique, Upper East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Lady M Mille Crêpes, Gateau au Chocolat, Strawberry Mille Feuille, Gateau aux Marrons

 

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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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Traif, Williamsburg, NYC

Traif, Williamsburg, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: roasted portabella-truffle toast, fried egg, Dayboat Scallops , Bacon-Wrapped Blue Cheese-Stuffed Dates

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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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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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Bi Lokma, Midtown East, NYC

Bi Lokma, Midtown East, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Musakka, Chicken Adana,

 

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Thalassa, Tribeca, NYC

Thalassa, Tribeca, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

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Almondine Bakery, Park Slope, NYC

Almondine Bakery, Park Slope, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

 

The Almondine Bakery now has a second location in Park Slope!

The former pastry chef from Le Bernardin and Windows on the World Hervé Poussot has been serving up delectable treats at this French patisserie in Brooklyn for quite some time now.

Using ultra fresh ingredients, Almondine offers a host of fresh-baked French goods such as croissants, fruit tarts, muffins, macarons, baguettes, pastries and more. They serve delicious coffee using La Colombe beans from Philadelphia and a decadent hot chocolate made with Valrhona chocolate.

The Park Slope Almondine is housed in a small cozy space with a working fireplace, which seats about 25. Located right by the train station, it is really hard not to make a small detour to start your day just right!

 

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* Restaurant Name
Almondine Bakery
* Overall
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* Neighborhood / Cuisine
DUMBO / American Traditional
* Street Address
85 Water St ((between Main St & Washington St) ), Brooklyn, NY 11201
* Phone
(718) 797-5026
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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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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:

  

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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
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