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Brunch at Friedman’s Lunch

[Translate] Friedman’s Lunch signage; Interior; Cappuccino and Latte Friedman’s Lunch is one of the few casual, sit-down restaurants in Chelsea Market. I’ve passed this restaurant myriad of times over the years and always remembered seeing it being bustling during the afternoon hours. I finally went there for brunch as my friend and I wanted to do eat somewhere different. Entering this narrow restaurant, packed to the gills of diners, it’s a homey kind of place with industrial touches from the exposed brick and metal pipes. We were fortunate to have a table available without much waiting, even though a crowd..

Mihoko's 21 Grams – Japanese-French Fare in an Elegant French Setting

[Translate] I recently ate at Mihoko 21 Grams last week for an event. Exterior, interior, one of the tables, shelf of top-shelf liquor, the beautiful crowd This restaurant is founded by a former Japanese ballerina, Mihoko. She collected most of the items from her travels and used them to decorate and/or be sold at this restaurant such as these rare, utilitarian teapots I photograped. The dining room space is gorgeous, it feels and looks like I’m eating at a Baroque dining room. It’s opulent but it’s not overdone. The name of this restaurant is refers to the purported weight of..

Mihoko’s 21 Grams – Japanese-French Fare in an Elegant French Setting

[Translate] I recently ate at Mihoko 21 Grams last week for an event. Exterior, interior, one of the tables, shelf of top-shelf liquor, the beautiful crowd This restaurant is founded by a former Japanese ballerina, Mihoko. She collected most of the items from her travels and used them to decorate and/or be sold at this restaurant such as these rare, utilitarian teapots I photograped. The dining room space is gorgeous, it feels and looks like I’m eating at a Baroque dining room. It’s opulent but it’s not overdone. The name of this restaurant is refers to the purported weight of..

StarChefs Rising Stars Gala 2011

[Translate] At Bar Basque, Murgo 2007 Brut Rosé for VIP reception, and the lavish table display at Bar Basque This year’s StarChefs Rising Stars Gala 2011 took place at Bar Basque. (If you do recall, last year was at Maritime Parc in Liberty State, New Jersey.) Much closer to home and it’s a really nice sheltered outdoor space to be at that beautiful evening. The honored chefs, mixologists and sommeliers came out this evening to cook their best dish and for a few, pair the food with great cocktails, wines and sakes. This Year’s Rising Stars If you’re inquiring who..

Carnivorous Dinner: The Metzgete at Trestle on Tenth

[Translate] Trestle on Tenth: Exterior and Interior, The Metzgete on the menu For the past few years, I’ve heard of Trestle on Tenth and placed it on my (long) list of places I want/should eat in New York City. Finally, I made a dinner date with my mom this past Thursday because of the Metzgete that runs every night through this Saturday, January 22, 2011. The Metzgete is basically a meat-centric platter (can be done either family-style or individually) that costs $26 per person. I’ll get in depth with this later and yes, my mother and I love to eat..

Amazing Pizza at Co. (or Company)

[Translate] Waaay back on Friday, January 9th, I’ve invited a whole bunch of friends: K, Doug, Helen, Kim, Julie, and Giulia for dinner at Co. Most of us who are familiar with Jim Lahey’s Sullivan Street Bakery are fans of his bread and wouldn’t pass up the chance of trying out his wonderful pizza. Hell, the biggest temptation was Adam Kuban’s multiple posts about Co. made us all weak in the knees and tortured us with the glorious food photos when he previewed and ate during the soft opening run. Co’s exterior and interior Expecting a somewhat of a long..

Lunch at BBQ Chicken

[Translate] This is one of the rare posts that is SHORT. Yes, I know I usually write Bible-length posts but for once I’m keeping it short because my mind’s getting a bit burnt from writing the articles for Gotham Digest. I’m not complaining. I’m just tired. Also the time lapse from eating here was three weeks so my memory’s dissipating about the food. I just hope you’ll tolerate with this very short post. Whenever I’m at work, I usually chat online with K and Robyn talking about various things about our lives and most of the time about food. Since..

Fro-Yoing for Gotham Digest & Dinner at Taïm

[Translate] As some of you might know, I’ve done a few things for the upcoming debut of Gotham Digest. No, they’re not ready yet until May. If they’re up and running, I’ll let you know and show some love and support to me and my freelancing employer! Frozen yogurt was the chosen topic by the assistant editor so I’m out to try out five different places for fro-yo. Since I wasn’t able to stomach all of that. I invited Helen, Ariel, Seungmi, Julie, and Joo He on this fro-yo expedition of finding the best. THE WINNER! (more…)

A Late Lunch/Fooding with Sam: Boqueria & Cafe Grumpy

[Translate] The past Thursday, when the weather in NYC was atrocious: it rained then changed to sleet, transformed to snow, then back to the pouring of rain. Isn’t Mother Nature great?! Sighs… The good thing was that fact I don’t have classes but I had to study for my finals since they’re starting on Monday (4 finals in a row = mind suicide). Anyways, ever since I had my previous dinner at Momofuku Ssam with Sam and a bunch of other friends, I never really hanged out or went fooding with him. Since he’s going back to his hometown in..