Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ramenritto from Presstea 10-18-2014

Location:167 7th Ave S
Time: 4:30pm
People: RB, CK and myself

List:
-Ramenritto by Presstea, an adorable cafe in West Village, might be the best dish of the year.
-We saw ladies enjoying high tea: biscuits, scones..and ramenritto. Such a view.
-I like the combination of ramen and tea shop already, but the Zucchini Ratarouille Ramenritto Bowl ($12, in-house made ratatouille, aioli, cheese, corn salsa, mango salsa, mixed greens and pickled cucumbers) is an epic dish. Even on the second day, it was tasty.
-Sun Noodle's Hawaiian-style noodles is made to order, so expect some wait.
-Pickled English cucumbers add crispy textures and refreshing flavor.
-Pulled Pork Ramenritto ($9, in-house made pulled pork, cheese, corn salsa, mixed greens and pickled cucumbers) is decadent and wonderful.
-What a way to make a burrito even unhealthier and delicious! What makes it even more lovable is that Presstea specializes in tea, not noodle-filled goodness. I suppose if they are good at blending their tea, they can create the best flavors in town.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Huertas 10-11-2014

Location: 107 1st Ave.
Time: 12pm
People: RB, CK and myself

List:
-Popular Basque-inspired pintxos spot in East Village channels aromatic Northern Spanish cuisine.
-The talk of Basque secession has been on the news since Scottish independence referendum last month. I am curious how the chef/owner feels about this-- it might be a good topic over Spanish wine, craft beers, ciders and cocktails.
-The back room of Huertas ("Orchards") is spacious and inviting. The front dining area carries the intoxicating garlic and meat smell.
-Outstanding, engaged service. It is extremely professional yet casual and relaxing at the same time.
-Spanish omelet, Tortilla de Calabaza ($11, butternut squash, sage, onion) is fluffy and delicious
-Huertas Rotos ($13, potato strands, chorizo, poached eggs) is wonderfully rich and decadent. The shredded potatoes are a wonderfully crunchy spaghetti substitute.
-Churros and Chocolate ($6) is a must.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

GG's 10-05-2014

Location: 511 E. 5th St.
Time: 12pm
People: RB, CK and myself

List:

-The former Goat Town (one of my favorite brunch spots) space was revamped into GG's.
-Both Goat Town and GG's are by restaurateur Nicholas Morgenstern of Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream. So of course GG's carries Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream on their dessert menu.
-The backyard garden provides fresh produce. 
-The menu is NYC inspired New American, modern fare: pizza made in a classic New York style deck oven, burger, oven baked pasta, and don't forget the ice cream sandwich.
-"Going to be Healthy" ($11, kale, poached eggs, goat cheese, romesco) is flavorful and fresh. I am obsessed with their romesco sauce.
-They don't offer pizza by slices for dining in. "1986" ($15 for round pie with spicy sopressata, fennel agrodolce, pickled peppers, arugula), recommended by our server, is fantastic and a must for the Mets fans. It is, however, a bit too spicy for kids especially from the spicy sopressata and pickled peppers.
-The housemade ricotta on the side is sweet and creamy.
-Highly recommend GG's for a relaxing dining experience with amazing service. Your friends and family from out of the town would enjoy the modernized version of traditional New York food.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Seoul Chicken 09-27-2014

Location: 71 Clinton St.
Time: 12pm
People: RB, CK and myself

List:
-Chef Chaz Brown of Top Chef and Fatty Crab fame opened a new Korean-style fried chicken spot in LES.
-Chef chatted with us for a while--He is a lovely conversationalist. Of course we realized later who he was.
-Foodie football fans' (Go Gators!) dream: Saturday afternoon football over eight different types of chicken ($8 for 6 pcs) and non chicken snacks like kimchi fries ($6 with miso aioli). And interesting beer selection such as Hitachino beer by Kiuchi Brewery in Japan.
-RB's "szechuan peppercorn and sea salt wings" caused a tongue numbing sensation. Very crispy and tasty and a large portion for a good price.
-Fried cauliflower ($7) and sing sing rock shrimp ($12) are both intensely flavored and textured. In result, quite addictive.
-This spot is great for large groups and sharing different types of wings and snacks over fresh coconut ($8) and fresh young coconut cocktail ($13).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bierkraft 09-14-2014

Location: 191 5th Ave. BK
Time: 2pm
People: RB, CK and myself

List:
-Beer lovers Rejoice! Along with hard-to-find beer selections, you can even try their home brew.
-Plenty of snacks and real food: sandwiches, cheeses, meats and famous ice cream sandwiches,
-They essentially started the growler trend.
-Cheese board ($12) comes with a large amounts of artisanal cheeses (three kinds), dried apricots and bread. It would feed at least two-three people unless you really, really love cheese, then it's all yours.
-RB's pastrami spiced brisket ($11) was a very tasty sandwich, and the grainy mustard was delicious.
-The ordering process is overly complex. Where do we wait? There's a sign that says to wait at the table, but how do we know when the order is ready?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Vendy Awards 2014 09-13-2014

Location: Governor's Island
Time: 12:30-5pm
People: RB, CK and myself

List:
-This is the 10th annual Vendys, the Oscars of the street food! Tickets were sold out in advance.
-All the drinks were pouring, including all you can drink Brooklyn Beer and wines from Santa Cristina, but the rain started to pour instead towards the end of this fun event.
-Thankfully, Yelp has prepared us with their adorable ponchos.
-Kids eat free (children under 8). CK was given "under 21" wrist band. It's his first.

Our Vote:
  • The Vendy Cup: Lechonera La Pirana (Mr. Angel and his machete, hat and delicious pork combo won our heart)
  • Masters Cup: NY Dosas (RB's lunchtime favorite)
  • Best Dessert: Ice &Vice (Grab their ice cream asap. It is the best.)
  • Best Market Vendor: Zha Pan Asian/ Bolivian Llama Party (Both our favorite savories of the show)
  • Rookie of the Year: Big D's Khao Cart
  • Ramen and Friends Award: Ice &Vice
  • CK's Favorite Award: Dough
The Vendy 2014 Winners:
  • The Vendy Cup: Cinnamon Snail
  • Masters Cup: Calexico
  • Best Dessert: Ice & Vice
  • Best Market Vendor: Zha Pan Asian
  • Rookie of the Year: Snowday
  • People’s Taste Award: Nucha
Congratulations! Thank you, Vendy's for a great time. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Big Smoke Burger 09-01-2014


Location: 70 7th Ave.
Time: 2pm
People: RB, CK and myself

List:

-Ontario based burger chain, Big Smoke Burger opened with three scoop milkshakes and a beloved Canadian delight, poutine.
-This new NYC outpost is owned by a Calexico mogul.
-It is supposed to have a variety of Canadian and local beers, but they are currently waiting for their liqueur licence.
-Excellent, friendly, fast service.
-With the generous amount of cheese curds and gravy, the poutine ($6.50) is a major winner here.
-For the burger, there are four to choose from: veggie pattie, chicken, lamb or organic beef.
-RB's "Big Smoke Burger" ($8.95 horseradish mayo, caramelized onions, smoked cheddar, tomato and lettuce) was overcooked for his liking. This chain specializes in medium well burgers, so if you prefer some pinkish hue in your meat, this may not be the place for you.
-Easy access to poutine is always a plus.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

UFC: Unidentified Flying Chicken

tLocation: 60 3rd Ave.
Time: 1pm
People: RB, CK and myself

List:

-Jackson Heights' famous Korean fried chicken spot, UFC opened a new location in East Village, occupying the former Apiary location.
-Certified organic and humane chicken is made-to-order, so expect some wait (about 20 minutes) and make sure to order some starters.
-Delicious and refreshing pickled Korean radish ($2.50) and simultaneously crispy and soft Asian sweet potato fries ($6.50) are must. Fried shrimp is crispy and flavorful. We didn't need to use the tartar sauce.
- The hot drumsticks were moist and tender with a crispy crust, but not as much heat as RB would have liked.
-They were so generous and gave us soy flavored wings for CK to try.
-Bulgogi burgers and salads are also available and salads. Lunch special during the weekdays is a great deal, with 5 pieces of chicken with fries or rice for $10. All drinks are half price.
-Plenty of craft beers at the bar.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Yonekichi 08-18-2014

Location: 238A East 9th St. (former Otafuku location)
Time: 7pm
People: RB, CK and myself

List:

-Much anticipated Yonekichi soft-opened with rice burgers and shaken fries. There was about 30 min wait last Monday.
-Rice burgers have been popular in Japan since the fast food chain, MOS Burger first introduced in 1987. I recall all the rage when they were first released.
-Fultummy's in Brooklyn (now closed) used to serve good rice burgers in NYC. Yonekichi is the first spot to specialize in rice burger in the city.
-They don't travel very well - The rice buns were dry, and overall it was quite salty. But the kinpira ($6.50) was tasty and the pork shoulder, Ginger Mugifui ($8.00)was well seasoned and tender.
-Shaken fries with plumkombu-cha and sansho pepper was also salty (even after shaken), but it could taste amazing if the seasoning ratio is re-considered.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

North River 08-17-2014

Location: 166 1st Ave.
Time: 11:30am
People: RB, CK and myself

List:

-Amazing list of comfort food with locally sourced ingredients...without kale and other overdone cliches.
-Victorian style flatware and decor in modern setting. There are more seats in the back room.
-Highly recommend "Belly Doughnut"($8)-- toasted coconut doughnut is sliced, and pork belly is sandwiched in between. It is playful and creative but never gimmicky.
-Eggs are perfectly cooked, and the seasoning for home fries is well balanced.
-Every flavor is subtle and elegant yet vibrant, and the quality of ingredients is exceptional.
-Serves complimentary rolls with butter and sea salt (delectable) and seltzer water. Free seltzer!!!
-Also recommend fluffy banana bread despite its dense appearance.
-When we were dining, they were playing amazing 80's power ballads. They complimented the wonderful soft butter. Both melted in my heart.