Oppa, Chelsea, NYC

Korean fried chicken is all the rage in New York City right now with many spots offering good rendition of it. However in my opinion no one makes it as well as Oppa does – none come even close.

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Kola House, Meatpacking District, NYC

I was recently invited to a media dinner at Pepsico’s brand new Kola House in Chelsea. Pepsico has teamed up with Lenny Kravitz’s design firm, Kravitz Design, and The Metric, the group behind Gilded Lily, a nightclub to bring the Kola House into being.

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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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La Bergamote Patisserie, Clinton, NYC

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La Bergamote

Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Concorde

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Mŏkbar, 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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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.

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Il Punto Ristorante, Hells Kitchen, 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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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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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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Bloggers Night at the Cook & Go Culinary Studio, Chelsea, NYC

 

I was invited to a Bloggers Night at the new Cook & Go Culinary Studio in Chelsea.

 

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Aldea, Chelsea, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Foie Gras, Shrimp Alhinho, Knoll Krest Farm Egg

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Jeanne & Gaston, Chelsea, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½ 

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Pike Mousseline, Chocolate Napoleon with Rasberry Soufflé

 

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Mihoko’s 21 Grams, Chelsea, NYC

 

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Mihoko Kiyokawa has made her debut into the New York City fine dining scene with her high-end Franco-Japanese restaurant named Mihoko’s 21 Grams.

I was invited to a cocktail party to preview the place where I spent an evening noshing on little bites made for the elite of the New York scene.

At 21 Grams (which refers to the alleged weight of a person’s soul) Mihoko’s tries to blend the essence of French cuisine with the subtlety of Japanese cuisine.

 

 

The digs are elegant, designed by Bruno Borrione and leans more towards the French aesthetics. This richly decorated space boasts of etched-glass murals from the Cartier mansion and rare tableware and other artifacts collected by Mihoko during her world travels. There is a really cool French Lounge in the basement, which showcases unique and artfully created cocktails.

The menu is still a work in progress. I thought the food lacked clarity and definition but was told that they are still in the process of fine-tuning many of their dishes. The restaurant has had a soft opening and will officially launch in the fall.

 

Here is some of what we ate & drank:

 

Mixed Cocktails

 

Wildflower and Herb Salad Sushi


 

Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad

 

Chickpea Panisse

 

Alaskan King Crab with Avocado

 

Chawan Mushi

 

Maine Lobster Tempura

 

Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado

 

Asparagus and with Black Truffle 

 

Spanish Mackerel

 

Beef Ragu

 

Duck with Potato

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MORIMOTOS, CHELSEA, NYC

 

 

Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Fit for: People Watching, Bar Scene, Notable Chef

Dishes not to miss: Creamy Crab Croquette,  Tuna Sashimi Salad, Sushi, White Chocolate Panacotta

 

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Masahru Morimoto’s imposing iron chef personality sure does translate into his restaurant.

His sprawling, modern, cavernous restaurant is quite magnificent. One of the most striking elements is the wall made of bottles filled with clear liquid, which has an interesting play of lights on it. There is a very funky bar area downstairs alongside some really cool bathrooms. Continue reading

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Crema, Chelsea, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆ 1/2

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Fit for: Lunch Spot, Brunch, Dine At The Bar, Outdoor Dining

Dishes not to miss: Salsas de la casa, Quesos Flameados, Burrito de Atún

 

Chef Julieta Ballesteros, of Mexicana Mama fame, has traded up to Crema in Chelsea, where she serves upscale, refined Mexican cuisine.

This eatery is a place to try delightful combinations of carefully composed plates. Ballesteros has put a lot of thought into the creation of each dish. At Crema, one experiences combinations of Mexican flavors that are rare and very pleasing to the palate. Continue reading

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Fat Witch Bakery, Chelsea , NYC


 

 

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Who doesn’t love a good Brownie?

In New York City’s Chelsea market, the Fat Witch Bakery has built an entire business on selling just brownies. Their brownies area called “witches” and you can get them in all kinds of bewitching flavors and sizes. What a marvelous concept! Continue reading

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