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Choice Eats 2017

[Translate] This year’s Village Voice‘s Choice Eats is another great food event that took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Friday. There’s lots of great bites provided from the fifty or so restaurants and shops like Chefs Club, Doughnut Plant, Glasserie, La Vrai Raclette, The Lucky Bee, Pinto Garden, The Black Ant, Buka, The Gander, The Handpulled Noodle, Raclette, Huertas, ilili Box, and Underwest Donuts. We really adored the plmeatates of shrimp noodles salad and spicy wontons from Mooncake Foods. Great, balanced flavors from both dishes and they were cooked very nicely. The shrimp salad was savory, a little sweet..

San Carlo Osteria Piemonte (NYC)

[Translate] The dining scene in New York City never ceases to amaze me. It’s a city rife of Italian restaurants some are by big celebrity chefs that are great (and sometimes carry a hefty price tag to go along with it) and mediocre restaurants that you wouldn’t care to return to. However, there are a few hidden gems like San Carlo Osteria Piemonte that recently and quietly celebrated its one-year anniversary. This Italian restaurant is not the typical Italian joint that tries to cover all the bases of Italian cuisine — it focuses in the Piedmont region of northern Italy,..

Lunch at Patisserie Chanson (NYC)

[Translate] Patisserie Chanson is a newcomer for the high-end pastry shop and bread bakery. Don’t mistake this modern bakery for the standard retail and dine-in space, Chef Rory Macdonald has bigger ambitions to open a subterranean dessert bar for sweet tasting menus soon. Since I’m patiently waiting for the dessert bar to start service (and I’m super curious what that would be since the pastries and desserts are both beautiful and delicious – more on that later), my friend and I stopped by for lunch. (more…)

Spring Chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat

[Translate] Easter is coming up shortly and that means chocolate! For the chocolate connoisseurs out there who love their serious chocolate but have some bit of cuteness for the holiday from La Maison du Chocolat. Nicolas Cloiseau, Master Chef of La Maison du Chocolat, captures the playfulness of spring and select farm animals and created chocolate bars with their expressive eyes fixed in chocolate. Crackling, crispy, and crunchy textures of the light and airy pralinés of Nicolas Cloiseau reveals the gourmand appeal of each character for this collection. The one I have, seen above, is Monsieur Bunny hops all dressed..

Dinner at ROKI Le Izakaya (NYC)

[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..

Dinner at Dominique Bistro (NYC)

[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..

Tapestry (NYC)

[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..

Caffe Dei Fiori (NYC)

[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…)

Dinner at TESSA (NYC)

[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..