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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..

Dinner at Virginia’s (NYC)

[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..

Brunch at Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera (NYC)

[Translate] On Sunday, a friend and I had plans to see the Chinese Philharmonic performing at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. Since it’s a few minutes away, we had brunch at Grand Tier at the Metropolitan Opera. (The Sunday brunch at the Grand Tier started on December 4th.) A video posted by Tina Wong | Food & Travel (@wanderingeater) on Dec 12, 2016 at 6:40am PST Walking up to the second floor where the Grand Tier is located in the Met Opera house, it’s a beautiful restaurant with the stunning drop chandeliers and natural light from the large windows..

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate (NYC)

[Translate] Chef Gabriel Kreuther and his pastry chef Marc Aumont recently opened a luxury chocolate shop, Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate, located next door to Chef Kreuther’s proper restaurant. It’s a great place to duck away from the crowds of Bryant Park or a holiday shopping break from Fifth Avenue. The moment I stepped into ths beautiful shop, I see the glass encased chocolate workshop and the large display cases toward the back showcasing the jewel-like chocolate bonbons and bars and a separate pastry case filled with trays of cheesecake macarons, eye-catching colorful pastries, and uniquely shaped travel cakes that are essentially..

Christmas Pastries from Maison Kayser USA

[Translate] This year for Maison Kayser USA‘s holiday pastries, there’s going to be Bûches de Noël – Bûche Kayser, Bûche Fruit Rouges, Bûche Châtaigne, and Bûche Noisettes & Yuzu. Bûche de Noël is a yule log but the Kayser team takes it to a modern French way. (more…)