Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Little Prince 12-31-2014

Location: 199 Prince St.
Time: 3pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-Little Prince is a quaint, cozy bistro with traditional French fare and modern flavors.
-The ambiance is relaxing with a great neighborhood feel. The service is excellent but not stuffy.
-French Onion Soup Burger ($18, gruyere, caramelized onion, dijon, hand-cut fries) tastes exactly as as would expect - in a very good way: A wonderful marriage of flavors.
-Spaghetti Squash ($8, aged cheddar, brown butter) is creamy and decadent.
-Perfect place for a romantic date!

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Bao 01-10-2015

Location: 13 St, Parks Pl.
Time: 12:30pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-The Bao on St. Marks is an outpost of another Chinese eatery, Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao in Flushing, both known for their xiao long bao, or the Shanghainese soup dumplings.
-Delectable dumplings come in different flavors. From classic varieties like pork and crab to more exciting wasabi spiked ($7.95-$9.95) and even chocolate dumplings ($6.95) are available. The thin, translucent skin creates a great texture.
-There are wide array of dishes that go beyond Shanghainese. Noodles, scallion pancakes, turnip puffs-- we accidentally ordered an unhealthy amount of beige food, but they were delicious nonetheless.
-The Bao may not be the best in the city, but for the convenience of its location, this is a must-visit.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hanamizuki 01-02-2014

Location: 143 W 29th St.
Time: 12pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-Hanamizuki means dogwood flowers, and it's also the title of a popular Japanese song that inspired a film with the same name.
-This humble yet modern and beautiful place seems out of the place on gloomy 29th street.
-They specialize in rice balls--from traditional Japanese style to something more unique like "Italian" ($2.5, salami, black olive, caper and fresh pepper corn).
-There are four types of miso soup. If you are more culinarily adventurous, B.L.T. ($4 bacon, lettuce, tomato and black pepper) gives you the new meaning of miso soup.
-Lunch Combo is a great deal. At $10.50, you can have two rice balls of your choice, miso soup, sozai (souzai, appetiziers/side dishes) and Japanese pickles.
-For dessert, excellent Japanese chiffon roll cake, cookies, and black sesame creme brulee are available. La Colombe coffee and Paromi tea are served here too.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

RB's Bento on NHK!

RB has been making bento for CK and I since the beginning of the school year. Yes, every single day. His adorable "Kyaraben" has been featured on NHK's Worker's Lunch ("Salameshi"in Japanese)! Congrats RB, and thank you Salameshi!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Birds and Bubbles 12-27-2014

Location: 100B Forsyth St.
Time: 1pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-City Grit's Sarah Simmons' newest Southern-style restaurant, Birds and Bubbles pairs up fried chicken and Champagne, as the restaurant name depicts.
-If you are not a fan of bubblies, do not worry, they have plenty of cocktails, wine and beer along with great coffee by Counter Culture.
-In a narrow maze-like setting, the place remains posh with a mixture of Lower East Side un-fussy vibe.
-Fashion girls can have their drinks of choice, Champagne, while nibbling on egg dish from the brunch menu.
-Shakshuka ($13, poached eggs, san marzanos masala, feta, sally lunn toast) unfortunately had some egg shells in it but creamy and tasty nonetheless.
-Sugar biscuits, butter milk biscuits, and home made pop tart were all buttery and excellent.
-"Chicken Tender Basket" ($14, with Spicy Sorghum Mustard ) was crispy and plentiful, and the dipping sauce was a good compliment.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wilma Jean 12-20-2014

Location: 345 Smith St. BK
Time: 2:30pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-Fried chicken, tater tots, craft beer, and Southern hospitality, enough said.
-The owner also runs Nightingale9 and the former occupant, Seersucker.
-Wilma Jean is more casual with communal tables and friendly service. The menu is far more simple compared to Seersucker.
-Brooklyn kale lovers, new veggies are in town. Salad Bowl of raw collard and roasted peanut ($7) is fresh and perfect for those who are tired of kale salad. Okra chips (4) has interesting addictive nature of texture and lingering flavors.
-Chicken Dinner ($14, half chicken, 1 side, coleslaw and roll) is incredibly crispy and moist. May very well be the best fried chicken in town.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The 2014 Ramen and Friends Awards! 12-16-2014

Welcome to the 5th annual 2014 Ramen and Friends Awards! It is now time to reflect on all the food we devoured this year. Curious about last year? Click here.

Best Shopping and Bakery: Rose Bakery
Best Shopping and Tea: Miansai
Best currywurst and curry ketchup: Wechsler's
Best smorrebrod: Aamanns-Copenhagen
Best fries and kale sandwich: Lincoln Station
Best new Sichuan in East Village: Han Dynasty
Best modern Chinese in UWS: RedFarm
Best whoopie pie: Bklyn Larder
Best take out eggs: Choice Market
Best pub food: The Double Windsor
Best Northern Thai: Pok Pok NY
Best Iranian: Cafe Nadery
Best Thai puff pastry: Puff Cha
Best French take out: Poulette
Best Montreal style bagels: Black Seed Bagels
Best Mission style fun Mexican: Mission Cantina
Best Jamaican but please fix the crazy-narrow staircase: The Islands
Best Japanese lunch set: Sakagura
Best artichoke dip: Freemans
Best Arabian French: Au Za'atar
Best ice cream but the wait was too long: Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream
Best East Village ice cream with Jesus painting: Oddfellows
Best Brooklyn dosa: Dosa Royale
Best Brooklyn barbecue: Fletcher's
Best unpretentious ramen: Ramen-Ya
Best French: French Louie
Best Mexican barbecue: Mexicue
Best Brunch: North River
Best Indian: The MasalaWala
Best Korean chicken: Seoul Chicken
Best East Village Korean chicken: UFC
Best cheese board: Bierkraft
Best poutine: Big Smoke Burger
Best British: The Peacock
Best Ramen dish: Ramenritto
Best Spanish: Huertas
Best pizza brunch: GG's
Best patacon: Patacon Pisao
Best French toast bites: Narcissa

Ramen and Friends Hall of Fame:

Best Japanese: Hibino
Best Coffee: Crop to Cup
Best Pasta: Brucie
Best Japanese-Italian: Basta Pasta
Best Hummus: Mimi's Hummus
Best Brooklyn Israeli Falafel: Kulushkat
Best Vegetarian Ramen: Totto Ramen
Best Miso Ramen: Ramen Misoya
Best Malaysian: Taste Good in Elmhurst
Best Falafel: Azuri
Best Dim Sum: Ocean Jewel
Best Soba: Cocoron
Best Veggie-Centric Italian: Rucola
Best Korean + Uzbek: Elza Fancy Food
Best Kale Chips: Whitman's
Cheapest R+F Outing: Uncle Zhou
Best Korean in Midtown West: Danji
Best Ice Cream Sandwich: Coolhaus

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Narcissa 11-22-2014

Location: 25 Cooper Sq.
Time: 12:30pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-"A new spot on the ground floor of newly renovated Standard Hotel in East Village"--would usually attract the certain types of clientele, especially non New Yorkers who seem to have been on the Millionaire Matchmakers several times. However, Narcissa is something more than a "scene."
-Warm, inviting staff ensures that you are comfortable with quality service.
-With wooden tables and open kitchen, it is quite casual and humble, which is really the real, current trend, isn't it?
-Dovetail's Michelin starred chef, John Fraser, creates a unique, many vegetable focused dishes.
-"French Toast Bites" ($7) is a must for brunch.
-"Egg White Frittata" ($15, spinach, shiitake, fontina, tomatoes) is excellent and flavorful but a bit overdone.
-"Skillet Burger" ($18, guacamole, manchego, watercress) is large and flavorful, if not a bit too messy for such a nice environment.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Patacon Pisao LES 11-23-2014

Location: 139 Essex St.
Time: 2pm
People: RB, CK and myself

-Naturally gluten-free Venezuelan dishes, patacon sandwiches (meat stuffed in fried and flattened plantain cakes) can be found at this casual takeout spot.
-Founded in 2005, a popular food truck now has outposts in LES and Elmhurst.
-Amazing service-- to the point that an annoying customer who talked endlessly about the lack of dates meant nothing to us, thanks to their lovely customer service.
-Mix Patacon ($9, with two meats with fried queso blanco, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup and salsa verde), with chorizo and steak was a big hit!
-There are arepas, cachapas, pepitos as well as delicious patacones.
-Vegetarian Cachapa ($8.75, black beans, avocado, queso blanco, sweet yellow plantains and salsa verde in sweet corn cakes) is filling and just plain, plantain wonderful, full of sweet and salty flavors.
-On weekends, they are open until 2am, perfect for late night cravings sans bread.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Osaka Eats! 2014

ume udon

egg and veggie tempura

veggie curry udon

mister donut

chirashi sushi


maple leaf tempura

sesame paste


beef sushi


chicken with cheese and mayo

katsu sandwich


apple tea


mini mille feuille

plum chips



kaisen donburi

gateau au chocolat

$8 pour over


tofu, veggies, miso soup, rice





natto ramen

ramen by ramen rekka

real soy milk

gaspard and lisa latte and cookies

cat bread

"kids meal" --why a german flag?

onion rings at beer museum


various drinks of choice






shrimp in chili sauce


koala bread


vending machines


kakinoha sushi and noodles