[Translate] We went to a new (as in one-month young) Japanese restaurant ROKI Le Izakaya. It’s a modern, spacious restaurant that is buzzing with activity ranging with people on dates (or at least pairs of people) seated and dining around the large square bar/open-kitchen. There were many six-top tables for groups around the main dining room and side rooms that were located toward the front of the restaurant. The music was audible to keep it lively but not blasting that I had to shout to my friend. The main issue with any new restaurant that tends to be it overwhelmed..
[Translate] Dinner at Dominique Bistro was very solid when my friend and I were there very recently. The atmosphere here reminds me of the cozy Parisian bistros I’ve seen and dined in my trips to France but it has a New York feel to it as well. We started our evening with glasses of lovely brut rosé and Côtes du Rhône. The foie gras poêle was very tasty. The lobes of foie gras were perfectly seared and not overcooked. The waffle could have been cooked a little longer so there would have the textural contrast of crisp waffle melding with..
[Translate] Tapestry by partner-chef Suvir Saran (formerly of Devi) is a very good Indian fusion restaurant. I know the word ‘fusion’ attached onto any cuisine tends to make stomachs turn sour but this was thoughtfully done and for the most part, executed very well. The underlying flavors are rooted in Indian cuisine but the menu goes global in terms of the actual dishes and cooking techniques like a Mexican taco (which the restaurant does an excellent version of and I’ll get to that soon). The restaurant is lovely with the large windows that faces Greenwich Street look like an upscale..
[Translate] Recently, we had dinner at Caffe Dei Fiori in the Upper East Side. It’s a very solid Italian neighborhood restaurant. The food isn’t fussy but it feels and tastes familiar. The restaurant is a narrow, cozy dining room with what seems like an outdoor terrace in the back. A waiter comes cover to our table and presents us a large bread tray filled with five different choices, including good housemade focaccia rolls and replenished whenever your bread plate is empty. (more…)
[Translate] TESSA in the Upper West Side is a Mediterranean inspired restaurant that is a solid choice to dine in the neighborhood. Usually when you think of the Upper West Side, you don’t normally think of dining destinations kind of place but there are very great places to shop for food or specialize in a certain dish (e.g. Zabar’s and Barney Greengrass). When we entered the restaurant, there’s exposed white-washed brick walls with the black steel gates on the ceiling that gives it an industrial yet rustic look and a long and deep bar. We were escorted to the main..
[Translate] Given that Valentine’s Day is a week away, there’s plenty of fantastic chocolate options from great artisan chocolate makers. Some go whimsical and adorable to he glam decoration but flavor is and always key for these brands. There is one tea brand that has a Valentine’s Day theme if you or your Valentine want to limit your chocolate intake. (more…)
[Translate] Very Fresh Noodles is one of the newest casual restaurant additions to the Chelsea Market that serves steaming bowls of biang biang noodles. It’s a small stall that has one chef stretching and pulling the fresh balls of dough with such force that you hear the broad bands of dough vibrate at the pull and loud thwack on to the counter. It’s a popular place to have these bowls of delicious noodles that even arriving during opening time on a Saturday morning, there’s a small crowd of people patiently waiting for their food. The flavor profiles of these noodles..
[Translate] Virginia’s is located in the far east side of East Village that serves a tightly edited menu that showcases eclectic American cuisine and their cocktail program is strong. The look is old-world bistro (marble bar, smoked mirrors, tan banquettes, vintage restaurant menus) and it feels like an elegantly easygoing neighborhood restaurant. We started out with a Maplebrook Farms Burrata that’s set on a pistachio, salsa verde spiked with yuzu kosho and a glass of Henry Varnay Ugni Blanc Brut, Loire NV. The burrata was fresh and it had good flavors but it lacked the unctuous creamy center that’s expected..
[Translate] Cochon555 is back again for 2017 and they are generally the first big food event to kick off the year. For me, it’s been a couple of years since I’ve last been to this event and while most of this is familiar, it’s in a gorgeous venue of Weylin that is formerly the Williamsburgh Savings Bank. At the beginning of the event, we can’t help but look up and around the beautiful Art-Deco domes of the rooms. The format is generally the same, having five local chefs cooking with heritage pigs and compete for the title, Prince or Princess..