Xi’an Famous Foods, Flushing, NYC

 

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Stall # 36 marks the spot for Xi’an Famous Foods which is housed in the basement of the Golden Mall in Queens. Here’s where you will find some really incredible hand pulled noodles. It’s best known for its Liang Pi “cold skin” noodles, Savory Cumin Lamb Burger and Lamb Face Salad. Continue reading

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Ilili – Brunch, Gramercy/ Flatiron, NYC

 

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Philippe Massoud has a story to tell at Ilili (which means tell me). Ilili is a high end, contemporary Lebanese restaurant, located in the Flatiron district.

Massoud’s culinary tales are woven into the nouveau Lebanese cuisine he’s created that draws on his beginnings in hospitality in Beirut and experiences that followed suit in the United States. Continue reading

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Buttermilk Channel, Carroll Gardens, NYC

 

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MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL
 Food: ☆☆☆☆
 Service: ☆☆☆
 Ambiance: ☆☆☆
 Cost: $$
 I recommend: Country Ham and Foie Gras Terrine, Duck Meatloaf, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

 

 

A long time ago……so the story goes…… during low tide, farmers from Brooklyn could walk their cows across a mile long tidal strait from Brooklyn to Governors Island. It is said that the water currents in this channel were so strong, that it would churn milk into butter – hence the name “Buttermilk Channel.” Continue reading

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Ippudo, East Village, NYC


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While slurping is considered bad table  manners in the West, it’s quite the opposite in Japan. To express appreciation for a delicious bowl of noodles, slurping is perfectly acceptable, in fact complimentary to the hosts. Continue reading

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Java Girl Inc., Upper East Side, NYC

 

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I’m sitting in the cutest coffee shop on the Upper East Side as I write this. Everything in this place spells comfort – from the fabulous aromas of fresh Java to the woodsy, country, rustic look of the Café that makes it feel like home. Continue reading

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Chiles & Chocolate: Oaxacan Kitchen, Park Slope, NYC

 

I was intrigued by this little restaurant that was dedicated to my two favorite foods of all time – chilies and chocolate.

So of-course I had to trek over to Park Slope to check out this charming joint, that has carved out a niche of its own. This tiny restaurant can only seat about 16 people at a time. Its very informal and the server was very friendly. Continue reading

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Nougatine at Jean Georges, Central Park West, NYC


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MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL

Food: ☆☆☆1/2

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

I recommend: Sweet Pea Soup, Shrimp Salad, Salmon with Poblano Peppers

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Naya – Mezze & Grill, Midtown East, NYC

NAYA – MEZZE & GRILL
686 3rd Ave
(between 43rd St & 44th St)
New York, NY 10017
(212) 557-0007
http://www.nayarestaurants.com/



At Naya, traditional Lebanese cuisine meets designer chic!

The sleek, modern space consists of a narrow passageway lined with cool glass and white leather cubicles. It opens up to a bright back room which is suitable for group seating.



The food at Naya is outstanding and so well priced. You could just eat their Mezze and be full! Continue reading

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Panorama of My Silent Heart Cafe, Jamaica, NYC

 

 

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This is my new favorite “hang out with your best buddy”, local spot.

Panorama Café is the most unlikely find, in this neck of the woods. It’s an artsy, warm café with a whole lot of soul.

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53rd and 6th – Halal Cart, Midtown West,NYC

 

 

MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL

 

Food: ☆☆☆☆

 

Service: ☆☆

 

Cost: $

 

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“The Best Halal. Delicious Chicken and Gyro  – We are different!” scream the yellow shirts worn by “The Gyros Guys” on 53rd and 6th avenue.

They have no official name and are known as anything from  the Halal Cart to Chicken and Rice to Platter!


There are many Halal Carts around that block but this one in particular is in a class by itself. They are known by their distinctive yellow sweatshirts and plastic bags that read ” The Best Halal……….”

They are only open at night from 7:30 PM to 4:00 AM. It doesn’t matter what time of night you go  – they always have a long line of eager night owls waiting to get their fix.

This was the line we found when we got there at 2:30 AM on a Saturday night!!



But here’s the BIG secret. They usually charge $6 for a chicken rice platter but for $10 – you get to cut the line!!!

So, if you dont want to wait and are willing to pull out the big bucks……. all you have to do is go up to the guys directly and tell them that you want the ten dollar deal!!



Needless to say their food is fabulous. There is no better way to wind down the New York night scene.

They have two options on their menu – the chicken and rice platter or the chicken gyro sandwich. Their sauces are to die for!

Apparently the recipe for their white sauce is top secret – that’s where all the flavor is and they have a kick-ass hot sauce. I’m a spice hound but you really have to take it easy on this one – its is SMOKING hot!

So delicious!!


So if you ever get those late night munchies and need a hit of something cheap and fabulous……53rd and 6th is the place to go!



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Restaurant Information


* Restaurant Name
The Halal Guys
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Brooklyn / Middle Eastern other
* Street Address
6th Ave & W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
* Phone
(347) 527-1505
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Rouge Tomate, Midtown East, NYC

Food: ☆☆☆☆
Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆
Service: ☆☆☆☆
Price: $$$
I recommend: Kale Dip, Peekytoe Crab with Celery Root Panna Cotta, Tagliatelle with Oregon Morels


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VANESSA’S DUMPLING HOUSE, Lower East Side, NYC

Food: ☆☆
Service: ☆☆
Ambiance: ☆ 1/2
Cost: $
I recommend: Wonton with Spicy Sauce, Sesame Pancake Sandwich.


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Strolling around Chinatown one day, my interest was piqued by the hustle bustle at a neat looking dumpling house. That’s how I discovered Vanessa’s Dumpling House on Eldridge Street. Vanessa’s works like a well-oiled machine and is run by an all women crew – love that! Continue reading

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Fishtail by David Burke, Upper East side, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆ 1/2
Ambiance:☆☆☆
Service:☆☆☆
Price:$$$
I recommend: Tuna & Salmon Tartare, Pretzel Crusted Crab-cake, Grilled River Trout Almondine,  Cheesecake Lollipop Tree

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Clinton Street Baking Company, Lower East Side, NYC

 
MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL
 
Food: ☆☆☆☆
 
Service: ☆☆☆
 
Ambiance: ☆☆
 
Cost: $$
 
I recommend: Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich, Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes, Fried Green Tomatoes, Cheese Grits.
  

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Brick Lane Curry House Too, Midtown East, NYC

 

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MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL
 
Food: ☆ ☆ 
 
Service: ☆☆☆1/2
 
Ambiance: ☆
 
Cost:$$
 
Overall:☆☆
 
I recommend: Brick Lane Kebab Rolls, Bombay Aloo


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Spice Market, Meatpacking District, NYC

 

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Take a trip to Southeast Asia by eating at Jean-George Vongerichten’s Spice Market. The cuisine here  is inspired by regional street food combined with Vongerichten’s distinctive touch. The interiors are resplendent and definitely make you feel like you are in some exotic locale of Asia. There are decorative pagodas and arches that adorn the enormous space and a grand staircase that leads to the hopping bar area downstairs. All of this makes for a really great spot to hang out at where one is stylishly served by waiters and scantily clad waitresses, dressed in bright orange hues. Continue reading

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Le Perigord, Midtown East, NYc

 

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“Tired” is the word that comes to mind when I think about my evening spent at Le Perigord, which is nestled in the heart of Sutton Place. Every thing about the evening was just so pathetically dreary and tiring.

There was no real “welcome” when we entered the restaurant. We were ushered to our table and just kind of left there for quite some time  with the menus till we asked for someone to come and take our order. The general air of all the servers was brusque. And even the little charm that I thought the place had in its simple table setting wore off by the time the appetizers were done. For the rest of the meal – I just kept hearing the “tick-tock” of a clock….when will this be done? Continue reading

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Chao Thai, Woodside, NYC

 

Food: ☆☆☆☆ 1/2
 
Ambiance: 
 
Service: ☆☆☆
 
 Price: $
 
Overall experience: ☆☆☆
 
 I recommend: Crispy Watercress Salad, Soft Shell Crab with Curry Powder, Steamed Whole Fish with Lime Juice.
 

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Chao Thai is one of Elmhurst’s food treasures. It’s the kind of place that really makes Queens famous for having some of the best ethnic eats in New York City. This tiny eatery couldn’t be more than 200 sq. ft, but they sure have packed in some flavor into that small space. 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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Dong Yi Feng, Flushing, NYC


 

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Tortilleria Nixtamal, Corona, NYC

 

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Sushi of Gari 46, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

Sushi of Gari 46
347 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
Ph# 212-957-0046
http://www.sushiofgari.com/


 


 

Sushi of Gariis the abode of celestial sushi! Chef Masatoshi “Gari” Sugio in his brilliant creations has redefined sushi completely. Gari set out to educate Americans on how to truly enjoy the delicate flavors of sushi without dousing it in globs of wasabi and soy sauce. In doing so, he has masterfully paired the finest fish with the most innovative toppings and sauces.  So, when the sushi is presented to you at Sushi of Gari, it is complete in itself and requires no additional flavoring to be added.

If you are looking for an other worldly experience at Gari, then don’t try any of the “regular” items on the menu. Skip the appetizers and go for the gold. All the food is really good at Gari but the thing to really have is the “Sushi Special or the Omakase( chef’s choice). Be prepared to spend spend spend but for food this good – who needs to save for college anyway!! Continue reading

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