One of the few Asian restaurants I’m intrigued recently is the newly opened modern Korean restaurant Hwaban in Chelsea. Hwaban is easily the best choice if you want a refined, tasty meal and the serene atmosphere that has a generally casual air is much appreciated since there aren’t many options out there that fits the bill (unless it’s very expensive). Entering the restaurant without a sign indicating the restaurant, it’s a lovely yet minimalist decor. Lots of white with touches of warm wood and small vases of fresh flowers on each table for splashes of color. (more…)
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Over this weekend, a friend of mine and I made the treacherous trek out in the Arctic frozen city for brunch at Lamano. What I like about Lamano that it is tapas and you can eat small plates and since we both traveled to Barcelona a few years back, it brought moments of nostalgia. While the tapas served for brunch are classics, they were done very well. We started off with brunch focused cocktails of a Sherry Mary and a peach Bellini. Lamano’s unique take on the Bloody Mary was interesting. It replaced the tomato juice with beet juice (I..
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 are..
Salinas is a tapas restaurant in Chelsea, conveniently located a few blocks north of Chelsea Market, that actually serves very good Spanish fare. The type of Spanish cuisine Chef Luis Bollo cooks is trendy but not much of the molecular or modernist techniques involved. It’s real cooking that explores Galician-style Spanish food and most of the dishes we had were very good and some were excellent. When we entered to the bar area, it’s a tight space and not exactly the most appealing place to hang around despite of being surrounded by the artsy or cool people. But once we..
Time stops when you pass through the doors of the Flatiron Room. Fifties-era Italian floral wallpaper, rolling library ladders. There’s live jazz or blues performed on a velvet-curtained stage makes this place intriguing and felt like you’ve walked back in time. What really draws a cocktail and spirits snob back is the whiskey. Old, rare, indie, you name it — if it’s distilled from fermented grain, it’s probably here. There are nearly 1,000 bottles to choose from, including Gordon & MacPhail, the Maltman, and 27-year-old limited-run Glenmorangie Pride (you should sip slowly — it’s a very pricey dram). A private..
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 ramen..
New York Magazine’s Taste 2013; Chef George Mendes (Aldea); Chef Dominique Ansel (Dominique Ansel Bakery); Chef Jonathan Benno (Lincoln Ristorante) This year’s New York Taste held on Monday, November 11th at The Waterfront Building in Chelsea. It’s hosted by New York‘s Culinary Editor Gillian Duffy featured the city’s most respected chefs (like chefs Mendes, Ansel, and Benno, photographed above) and mixologists (a total of 40). A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to City Harvest to help fight hunger. As usual, this shindig was fun especially with a live band playing. Some of the most memorable..
SuperPier – Venue of 2013’s StarChefs’ ICC This year’s StarChefs took place at the SuperPier (last year). The venue has a lot of character like large steel shipping containers suspended in mid-air and exposed brick walls. This year’s theme “Guts & Gory” seems to fit this venue – rustic, unfinished space to have a sophisticated industry four-day event – that’s if you include their public kickoff event, Smoke@ICC. (This was my third year attending this amazing event. You may read through my experiences for 2012 and 2011.) Gorgeous day to have a BBQ; Various plates at StarChefs’ Smoke@ICC Smoke@ICC was..
Setting outside the classroom; Kitchen demo area; Table setting at the Men’s Health Cooking School This past Saturday, I attended the Men’s Health Cooking School at Institute of Culinary Education in the hopes of picking up a few tips from most of these classes and to meet Chef/Owner Andy Ricker of Pok Pok in person. These cooking classes are actually cooking demonstrations rather than the cooking classes where you would get your hands dirty touching and chopping the ingredients. Nevertheless, you will have fun since the chefs who were cooking for us are very cool people and beyond just a..