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Solid Korean BBQ at Madangsui

[Translate] Interior of dining room and most of our banchan Madangsui is one of the few better restaurants in Manhattan’s Koreatown. The large, single floor space is comfortable to sit in for a meal quite quickly. Madangsui serves a large assortment of banchan, small appetizer-like plates, that runs that gamut from cold dishes like mildly spicy kimchi, shaved pickled daikon radishes to the small, hot cast iron pots filled with a spicy vegetable stew, and a Korean style steamed egg dish called gaeran jim. The latter was very good — fluffy and light savory eggs topped with fresh scallions —..

Sud de France Festival 2014: Dinner at Contra

[Translate] Sud de France Festival is an annual, three-week celebration of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, notably for their wines. Events involved in sommelier competitions (those in the wine profession) or for the non-wine professionals like us, attend fun things like the launch party, wine tasting classes, and their series of “Tasting Tables” and typically features a French jazz band to entertain the crowds. This year, one of the participating restaurants that are collaborating with Sud de France was Contra ($90 per person for this particular dinner). Contra cooks seasonal, beautiful and naturalistic dishes (à la Noma) and it seems..

The Clove Club (London, UK)

[Translate] Of all my snacking and meals I have had in London, The Clove Club is definitely one of my favorite meals that really stuck with me even months after eating there. The food is very different and exciting compared to the U.S. or New York City are having these days (see Adam Platt of New York Magazine’s interview.). The Clove Club is sort of out of the way for those who are residing on the west part of London but certainly worth the trek. When you enter the light blue doors of The Clove Club, the first thing you..

Fantastic Lunch at Gramercy Tavern & Excellent Desserts from Chef Miroslav Uskokovic

[Translate] Gramercy Tavern is one of my perennial favorite restaurants in New York City. The restaurant looks pretty with the many colorful flowers on display (as it is spring) at the Tavern Room and the splaying tree on the bar. It feels cozy and home-y in the best way possible but in an upscale manner. We chose to stick with the Dining Room for a calmer atmosphere. The waiters are very astute, professional, and friendly. And of course, the food is fantastic. It reflects the seasonal changes of what the restaurant receives from the local farmers and suppliers with flavors..

Solid Brunch at Ted Montana’s Grill (NYC)

[Translate] Photos from top to bottom: Exterior; Interior; brunch menus; mugs of coffee and the Shindig cocktail A few weeks ago, a friend and I had brunch at Ted Montana’s Grill not too far from Rockefeller Plaza. Brunch in Midtown is mostly mediocre that no one really searches for it around this neighborhood however, after eating a couple of dishes at Ted’s, this might make me reconsider, especially when I have out of town visitors who want to stick around here for brunch. Ted Montana’s is a restaurant franchise that started in Columbus, Ohio by Ted Turner and George McKerrow..

Dinner at Alobar

[Translate] Alobar is a unique American restaurant that has the warm, wooden, masculine, rustic look that feels welcoming and the kind of place you want to hang out over drinks at the bar (in nice evenings like when I visited, the entire front wall of the restaurant opens to the street) or have dinner at the dining area. Chef Greg Profeta is running a pretty tight ship with his crew to cook very delicious food that even has a dish inspired by a Queens neighborhood, Flushing. We started with drinks Nice Pear ($13) made of a sweet and fruity cocktail..

New Taste of the Upper West Side 2014: Best of the West

[Translate] New Taste of the Upper West Side is an annual series of food events that benefits The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), not-for-profit corporation, and one of New York City’s official business districts. The BID area, from West 67th Street to West 82nd Street, is a continuous stretch of shops and restaurants, including the American Museum of Natural History and the New-York Historical Society. All commercial properties within the area are members of the BID. Our focus is on making our area a superb public space, so that business thrives and the quality of life for visitors and..

Amazing Dinner at Mokbar (NYC)

[Translate] Entrance to Mŏk bar and Counter bar seating and open kitchen This past weekend, we headed to Mokbar located in Chelsea Market, right across Los Tacos No. 1. It was one of those wet, rainy evenings that my dining companion and I craved a comforting bowl of noodles and maybe more. This restaurant, on the surface, looks like most ramen bars around Manhattan but what really makes them stick out is their push on traditional Korean fare but utilize Japanese ramen noodles to use it as a vehicle for familiarity. In other words, since most New Yorkers know what..

Dinner at Smokehouse (London, UK)

[Translate] Exterior of Smokehouse; Interior and towards the kitchen Smokehouse located in the east side of London of Islington, is owned by Chef Neil Rankin that opened August 2013. I dined with the lovely, fellow Londoner Cassie as she suggested this place after informing her my crazy itinerary of eating. This gastropub is not the typical pub one would think of. It’s casual but prettily done and not overtly masculine. Candles indoors and fairy lights in the pretty garden, a few small antlers, blackboards boasting of many craft beers, and food menu. When you peruse the food menu, it’s eclectic..