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Choice Eats 2012

Last night was the 5t Annual Choice Eats 2012 with over fifty NYC-based restaurants picked by The Village Voice food critics Robert Sietsema, Lauren Shockey (who will leave her position this week) and the staff of Fork in the Road. Like last year, it’s packed, both people and food. If you did attend, you are bound to be eating at least an entire day’s worth of calories and then some. (As I’m typing this post, I’m not remotely hungry and just drinking my morning manual drip cups of coffee.) Some restaurants are familiar faces (e.g. The Meatball Shop, Spicy Bampa,..


Maialino – Restaurant Week Lunch

Hearing good things about Maialino, I cannot help but make a reservation during Restaurant Week when I found out they are participating. It’s inexpensive compared to what one would pay for lunch, as most of their pastas hover in the upper teens, as the main courses are in the twenty dollar range. And it’s run by Danny Meyer’s restaurant group, generally speaking over my many years of eating out, a bad experience is rarely encountered. I’ve asked three friends to join me and we’re all hungry, anticipating greatness as to what Chef Anderer’s kitchen has in store. Views of the..


Lunch at SD26 – Restaurant Week

I went to SD26 last Friday with Helen and Seungmi in tow for Restaurant Week. Part of the allure was the fact that this is the reincarnation of the old San Domenico (think refined and genteel) that went downtown hip. Top left, clockwise: Kitchen view, Salumi area, and Interior Entering the restaurant from the windy, bitter cold, we’re greeted by the hostess and saw the automated wine dispensers, something that reminds me of Clo Wine Bar in the Time Warner Building in the Upper West Side. When we entered the dining room, it’s minimalist in design: a huge bar before..


The Breslin: Restaurant Week

From top left, clockwise: The Breslin, Chef Bloomfield laughing, Interior & RW Menu I’ve been holding back on going to The Breslin for quite a while. Part of me wanted to go in relatively blindly, as in earlier during the first week of opening, but I want a restaurant to work out their service and possible food kinks before I can reasonably write or say anything. Since it is Restaurant Week, it’s somewhat a good idea to give them a try with my friend, Giulia. So here it goes…


Shake Shack UWS & Stumptown Coffee

Taken place on January 8, 2010. Free from the grips from the GREs, I’ve made plans with my friends Helen and Seungmi to have lunch at Shake Shack. Needless to say, I craved a burger after putting myself into self-exile from my social world. I chose to meet at the Upper West Side location just so we don’t freeze our butts off and our food wouldn’t get cold within a few minutes. Cheeseburger I ordered the cheeseburger with everything on top since I needed to save some calories and stomach space for my group dinner at Szechuan Gourmet (I’ll talk..


Lunch at Casa Mono – Take 2

Taken place on September 4, 2009. Around the second week when Ruskie is in town, we arranged to have lunch at Casa Mono. Both of us went there before but we’d agree that it would be nice to visit there again since it’s been a while and we did like their food (in our disparate ways). Baguette & Olives in Olive Oil The baguette and olives were still the same as I remembered – not too crusty with fluffy crumb and the olives were still briny while the olive oil gave it additional richness.


Tasting Lunch at Gramercy Tavern

Eaten back on September 2nd, 2009. (I’m working on it…) Dining Room Interior I have to admit, if I haven’t said it yet, I love Gramercy Tavern. It has the casual, down-home earthiness yet it’s innovative of what one would expect from fancy pants fare. The service is great, as expected from a Danny Meyer institution, and I absolutely love their food. They haven’t steered me wrong from the multiple times I’ve eaten here and ever since Executive Chef Michael Anthony helmed the kitchen. I went to their dining room for the tasting lunch. Back when I ate here (on..


Restaurant Week at Gramercy Tavern

Taken place on July 17, 2009. In case you all didn’t know, New York City’s Restaurant Week (or “weeks” should be the correct nomenclature) started last week (July 12th). The somewhat strange thing with the Danny Meyer owned restaurants, namely Eleven Madison Park, Union Square Cafe, and Gramercy Tavern that they are doing their own version of RW – broke down into one restaurant per week for City Harvest. During that week, Gramercy Tavern was doing RW; this time, I went with Helen. Partial view of the Dining Room area Since this was the beginning of lunch service, the dining..


Lunch at the Tavern in Gramercy Tavern

Taken place on March 5, 2009. Interior of the Tavern, left, and Exec Chef Michael Anthony During the week when half of my lab is out to conference in the West Coast, I managed to relax a bit to have lunch at Gramercy Tavern. It also helps with timing, since I have to use their gift certificate that was given out during Restaurant Week in February. Not wanting to bother with spending a whole lot of money and time in the formal portion of the restaurant, I opted to dine at the tavern room. Oddly enough, I spotted Executive Chef..