Category Archives: MANHATTAN

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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Sweet Buttons, Lower East Side, NYC

Sweet Buttons, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance:☆☆☆½

Cost: $

Must try: Chocolate Cupcake, Caramel Tart

 

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Brunch at Hudson Clearwater, West Village, NYC

Brunch at Hudson Clearwater, West Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance:☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Crab Monsieur, Baby Spinach Salad

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A Tasting Event at La Maison Du Chocolat, UES, NYC

A Tasting Event at La Maison Du Chocolat, UES, NYC

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

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Desnuda, Williamsburg, NYC

Desnuda, Williamsburg, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$ ½

 

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Laut, Union Square/ Flatiron, NYC

Laut, Union Square/ Flatiron, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance:☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Salt and Pepper Squid, Mee Goreng

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Il Punto Ristorante, Hells Kitchen, NYC

Il Punto Ristorante, Hells Kitchen, NYC

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Paname Restaurant, Upper East Side, NYC

Paname Restaurant, Upper East Side, NYC

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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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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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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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Da Marcella, West Village, NYC

Da Marcella, West Village, NYC

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Angus Club Steakhouse, Midtown East, NYC

Angus Club Steakhouse, Midtown East, NYC

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Pastai: An Artisan Pasta Bar, Chelsea, NYC

Pastai: An Artisan Pasta Bar, Chelsea, NYC

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Sel et Poivre, Upper East Side, NYC

Sel et Poivre, Upper East Side, NYC

 

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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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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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Thelewala, Greenwich Village, NYC

Thelewala, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Chicken Phall Roll

Thelewala, as its name suggests, has recreated the street food experience right here in New York City.

 Situated on MacDougal Street amongst numerous tiny eateries, Thelewala offers stiff competition to Kathi Roll Company that is situated diagonally across.

The concise menu here offers uncommon variations on kati rolls which they call “Famous Nizami Rolls”. There are several fillings one can choose from with both vegetarian and non- vegetarian options. My favorite was the spicy Chicken Phall Roll.

Thelewala also offers other street style food ubiquitous in Kolkata. Do try their Jaal Moori which is a riff on the more common bhelpuri. It is prepared with puffed rice, peanuts, red onions, potatoes, lime and oil (ask for mustard oil which is the authentic version vs. olive oil)

The owner Shiva Natarajan’s who also owns Chola, Dhaba, Bhojan and more, is a native of Kolkata – where street food reigns supreme. As I too am of similar origins, I can tell you that Thelewala is the real deal.

 Here is some of what we ate:

 

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Jaal Moori

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Chicken Malai Roll

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Chicken Phall Roll

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Restaurant Information


* Restaurant Name
Thelewala
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Village / Thai
* Street Address
112 MacDougal St. (Between Minetta Ln. & Bleecker St.), New York, NY 10012
* Phone
(212) 614-9100
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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 Information


* 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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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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