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Lunch at Boulud Sud

[Translate] Boulud Sud’s Menu, The Bar & Interior Last week I went to lunch at Boulud Sud with my mother. I recalled enjoying their octopus a la plancha dish at StarChefs Gala last October and I’ve kept a mental bookmark to visit one day – which was last Friday. I ended up choosing Boulud Sud as our lunch spot because it’s closer to where I work and I’m curious about Chef Boulud’s newest restaurant as a whole. It feels inviting, sunny and warm here from the use of wood, yellow-beige tones, and the two large, colorful paintings toward the back..

Afternoon Tea at Épicerie Boulud

[Translate] Épicerie Boulud (exterior) and Interior: at the bar Épicerie Boulud is one of the latest ventures of super chef Daniel Boulud, found right across the street from Lincoln Center. This world-class, French deli and market is filled with ingredients, pastries, and some light fare (e.g. various salads and charcuterie) that has the same high standards that you would expect from any Boulud-owned venue. Glass cases filled with beautiful cakes and pastries I was visiting here for an afternoon tea with a friend. We perused the gleaming pastry cases, pretty much almost wanted to order one of everything! But knowing..

The New Taste of Upper West Side: The Best of the West 2011

[Translate] Best of the West This year’s New Taste of the Upper West Side’s Best of the West featured 38 fine dining restaurants and bakeries of the area and Dana Cowin, Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine magazine as the honoree. Arriving at the VIP Hour, it’s easier to move around and mingle with chefs and other partygoers. It was also nice to be sheltered within the block-long tent on Columbus Avenue, as it rained after the first hour or so of the party. (more…)

Lunch at Jean Georges

[Translate] Taken place on September 25, 2009. I do admit I’m being terribly lazy but explaining every minute detail of my experience at Jean Georges might be a bit boring to you readers (since I wrote about them thrice already, not counting this post). I’ll let my photos to do the talking. Most of the food was very good. The memorable dishes were crab and squash blossom beignet; not the beignet itself, I found the filling poorly made (use of finely shredded crab meat and waay too much mayo) but the salad component of the dish. I never loved cherry..

Dinner at Marea & Clo Wine Bar

[Translate] Taken place on September 18, 2009. (I’m giving you the slideshow treatment for this blog post just because I can’t catch up if I do my routine post. When you reach the slideshow, you may click on the photo to read the captions or go to that particular Flickr photo page.) Probably all of you who do follow the food critics, notably Sam Sifton of the NY Times, read his Marea review that’s published this week. I do agree with him that this is an expensive, casual restaurant. (Side note, this is my second meal here. The first one..

Dinner at Marea & Clo Wine Bar

[Translate] Taken place on September 18, 2009. (I’m giving you the slideshow treatment for this blog post just because I can’t catch up if I do my routine post. When you reach the slideshow, you may click on the photo to read the captions or go to that particular Flickr photo page.) Probably all of you who do follow the food critics, notably Sam Sifton of the NY Times, read his Marea review that’s published this week. I do agree with him that this is an expensive, casual restaurant. (Side note, this is my second meal here. The first one..

Restaurant Week at Bar Boulud

[Translate] Taken place on July 28, 2009. Note to all of the NYC diners who want to participate RW, most are ending today, July 31st. Menu and bread and butter I’m at Bar Boulud again. It’s been a year or so since I’ve been here and think I might as well have a RW lunch because it’s relatively accessible for me and my friends, Helen and Giulia, to come over. Looking down the tunnel I know the whole concept of this restaurant is to look like a wine cellar but it always make me feel like I’m looking down a..

Epic Eating – Momofuku Milk Bar, Everyman Espresso, Bouchon Bakery, and Gus & Gabriel

[Translate] Originally taken place on July 3, 2009. The first part is from Ssam Bar’s prix fixe lunch (it started with the beef tendon dish). I didn’t have the intention of stuffing my face with a ton of Momofuku food that day… Burnt honey + mustard croissant?! But Seungmi was hungry and wanted something to eat. I was presuming Helen was coming downtown from work and Seungmi never went to any of the Momofuku places, I might as well introduce her to the “lighter” fare of

Epic Eating – Momofuku Milk Bar, Everyman Espresso, Bouchon Bakery, and Gus & Gabriel

[Translate] Originally taken place on July 3, 2009. The first part is from Ssam Bar’s prix fixe lunch (it started with the beef tendon dish). I didn’t have the intention of stuffing my face with a ton of Momofuku food that day… Burnt honey + mustard croissant?! But Seungmi was hungry and wanted something to eat. I was presuming Helen was coming downtown from work and Seungmi never went to any of the Momofuku places, I might as well introduce her to the “lighter” fare of