[Translate] Menu, Interior and tea with edamame served on the side On a recent Saturday, a friend and I went to Flushing, Queens for grocery shopping. Starving and craving for something different than dim sum, we thought of having Taiwanese food. My friend suggested 101 Taiwanese Cuisine as there’s word around that it’s pretty good. The restaurant is located a block away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street, not far off from the 7 train station, making it a bit more serene than most establishments who are on it. Two things I’ve noticed when we entered were how..
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[Translate] Pera SoHo exterior and interiors; Our drinks to start This past weekend I had a good brunch overall at Pera SoHo. This Mediterranean restaurant had lots of Turkish touches that intrigued me to have brunch here. (I’m not a fan of traditional brunch. I think a typical brunch would be run of the mill breakfast food and one has an excuse to drink booze in the morning.) On that note, we started with a delicious and fruity red wine sangria and a potent yet balanced Turkish apricot bellini ($7 each). Not long from the arrival of our drinks, the..
[Translate] Exterior and interiors of Eleven Madison Park and my (belated) birthday card I’ve been trying to keep with tradition to celebrate my birthday at Eleven Madison Park (as I have last year and in 2010; I’ll shorten Eleven Madison Park as EMP), albeit a bit late since November was fully booked by the time I’ve tried making a reservation but it’s a first for me to have dinner there and eating a winter tasting menu. (I ended up having a closer to my birth date dinner at Humm and Guidara’s other restaurant The NoMad.) This 3* Michelin restaurant has..
[Translate] Interior Marble Lane located at the beautiful and hip Dream Downtown Hotel is a fairly new restaurant located in the Chelsea/Meatpacking District. This restaurant has an open-floor plan that once you enter this hotel on West 16th Street, you’d be practically greeted by the hostess and can’t help staring at the eye-catching, sea of drop-ceiling spherical lights and straight down is the hotel’s lobby where one may lounge at their plush silver leather sofas and look out at the lush back garden area even though the temperature of Manhattan was in the high 30s. (more…)
[Translate] Interior, Menu, Papadam with chutneys, Indian inspired cocktails Papadam located in the Upper East Side is one of the fewest neighborhoods I would imagine having very good traditional Indian food at a very reasonable price that we went on a recent Saturday night. Admittedly, I’m a novice to the realm of Indian cuisine but I am fascinated by the complexity of flavors and spices used in their food and I think this restaurant is a good stepping stone. This narrow restaurant that has an exposed brick wall with a long leather banquette looks pleasant and relaxing to be in...
[Translate] Sugr and Plumm: Exterior, retail counter, dining room Sugar and Plumm is the newest addition to the dining scene on the Upper West Side. Sugar and Plumm’s flagship location in Paramus, NJ expanded to this Manhattan location looking like a sophisticated, polished kind of Candyland with the general color scheme of lavender purple, cream, and touches of polished silver. When you step foot through the door of this bakery, gelateria, and restaurant, you’re welcomed with literally eye candy. Piles of cookies, muffins, and croissants on a display case near the register, along with the ice cream and sorbets, chocolates..
[Translate] Chió’s Exterior, Main dining room interior, Garden area, and the menus Chió (pronounced kee-OH) is located on the Waterfront District of Brooklyn that mainly focuses on rustic Italian fare, opened in August 2012. Unlike most restaurants, co-owner Chef Alex McWilliams created a menu that has hints of proteins (meats and fish) rather than focusing on it. Their wine menu (no hard liquors and spirits served) is focused on biodynamic, sustainable and organic offerings that place a strong emphasis on the growing and harvesting process. These handcrafted products are sourced from boutique producers who are passionate about their craft and..
[Translate] A few nights ago, I had a solid dinner at Ken and Cook. Co-owner and chef Richard Diamonte was at the kitchen that humid evening. Exterior (at night), looking out on Kenmare from the bar, and part of the interior, the bar Ken and Cook’s ambiance is what I would call an American brassiere type of restaurant. Pressed tin walls, white painted brick walls, touches of brass, and leather banquette booths on one side of the restaurant. The bar is found toward the back of the restaurant. Familiar and not too trendy. This also reflects on the menu. The..
[Translate] Interior, upstairs and table setting Pampano is a contemporary Mexican restaurant found in Midtown East. The decor and the menu vaguely reminds me of my recent press trip to Los Cabos, Mexico – and the food primarily focused on seafood. Entering this restaurant on a humid, drizzling evening, we’re greeted by two friendly hostesses and a civil happy hour crowd several yards away at the bar, whose conversations weren’t too convivial. We’re eventually escorted upstairs to the dining room, where the beige walls with white palm trees carved onto them felt vaguely tropical and the large mirror made it..