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Eating my way through the Big Apple and around the world.

Always in favor of extraordinary flavor versus saving a few calories, I’m constantly seeking the best restaurants, recipes, and random little food finds. This blog chronicles my discoveries, most of which are located in New York City, the foodie heaven I am fortunate to call home.

I am an editor at Zagat, but all opinions on this blog are mine and have nothing to do with my employer.

I take my photos with a point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD850. Which goes to show that if you're passionate about photography but can't afford fancy camera equipment, you can still take quality photos.

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20 September 2011

Danji, Hell’s Kitchen

Brisket bulgogi sliders; hwe dup-bop (spicy hamachi salad over sushi rice)

Korean tapas? I had no idea what that meant, but I couldn’t wait to find out at Danji, a newish 36-seat restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen. FYI, Korean tapas turn out to be absolutely delicious, so delish that I can’t decide which dish was my favorite. I’m obsessed with this whole place, from the spoon door handles, to the modern decor, to the little table drawers that hold the menus. If you like vibrant food at affordable prices, served in a stylish, discreet location, you will love Danji. Can’t wait to return, although not ordering what I had last time will be a challenge.

7 September 2011

Mooncake Foods, Hell’s Kitchen

Mooncake is my new favorite restaurant in my work neighborhood. The cafe is bright and minimalist, the prices are cheap, and the Asian comfort food is delicious. It’s all made from scratch and is as healthy as possible; there are no woks, fryers, or microwaves in the restaurant—a true feat for a diner. Lucky for me, there’s also a Mooncake in my Soho neighborhood, and one in Chelsea.

From top: Pulled pork sandwich with curry lime BBQ sauce, seared tuna and arugula salad with soy lime vinaigrette, spicy roasted pine nut hoisin fish tacos.

**This post is dedicated to Miss Meggie, who first introduced me to the amazingness that is Mooncake.

10 June 2011
Indulge this weekend.
Pad Thai from Wondee Siam II, Hell’s Kitchen, New York

Indulge this weekend.

Pad Thai from Wondee Siam II, Hell’s Kitchen, New York

12 April 2011

Gourmet Food Truck Bazaar, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

On Sunday, the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market kicked off the Gourmet Food Truck Bazaar, which will take place the second Sunday of each month through October. The half a dozen trucks’ lines ran smoothly, with no more than a 15-20 minute wait. (Besides Kimchi Taco Truck, which was out of control!)

Rickshaw Dumpling Truck's chicken and Thai basil dumplings, 6 for $6.

Kelvin Natural Slush Co. slushies, in Ginger-Raspberry and Ginger-White Peach, $3.

The Cinnamon Snail vegan donuts in S’mores and Maple Pecan, previously mentioned here and here.

11 April 2011
Wouldn’t Monday mornings be better with S’mores donuts? 
Can you believe this puppy is vegan?!
From the Cinnamon Snail food truck at the Hell’s Kitchen Gourmet Food Truck Bazaar. 

Wouldn’t Monday mornings be better with S’mores donuts? 

Can you believe this puppy is vegan?!

From the Cinnamon Snail food truck at the Hell’s Kitchen Gourmet Food Truck Bazaar

10 April 2011
Today I straight up attacked a vegan s’mores donut from The Cinnamon Snail food truck at the Hell’s Kitchen Gourmet Food Truck Bazaar.

Today I straight up attacked a vegan s’mores donut from The Cinnamon Snail food truck at the Hell’s Kitchen Gourmet Food Truck Bazaar.

3 November 2010

Hell’s Kitchen, Hell’s Kitchen

Food truly is an art form. Ancho-crusted tuna and yucca cakes in smoky peanut sauce.

Sadly, my meal at Hell’s Kitchen, a tiny Nouvelle Mexican restaurant, was super rushed (all thanks to me). But it’s a great spot for pre- or post-theater dining, just be sure to make reservations several days in advance. 

12 July 2010

Zanzibar, Hell’s Kitchen—CLOSED

Simple al fresco Mediterranean food from Zanzibar. Easy enough to recreate at home, but the restaurant’s a fun patio option pre-theatre. 

 

Tomato and Feta Flatbread: farmer greens, oregano and red wine vinaigrette.

Spanakotyropita: spinach and feta in a fried phyllo shell.

8 June 2010

Agua Dulce, Hell’s Kitchen—CLOSED

Just under a year old, this Latin-fusion restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen is a great summer respite. The décor is airy and sunlit, and immediately transported me to Havana (well, since I’ve never been, Miami).

The food was decent. I had grilled snapper tacos and yuca fries. Although light and refreshing summer fare, it could have been more flavorful. However, my uncle had a sublime torched salmon (served over bok choy and sweet and spicy coconut crumble) that was absolutely delicious. There’s a great $15 lunch special which includes two courses and a beverage.

I can’t wait to return for happy hour to try some of the innovative cocktails.

17 May 2010

5 Napkin Burger, Hell’s Kitchen

I walked by 5 Napkin a few weekends ago and the smell nearly knocked me out. Sweet, sweet greasy food heaven. So when I found myself back in the area Friday nite, I knew there was one place and one place only where I was going to chow down later.

I ordered the Original 5 Napkin Burger, 10 ounces of ground chuck with caramelized onions, gruyere cheese, and rosemary aioli. Yes, that’s right. That big dollop of white is not cheese. It’s a straight up mayo mixture on top of cheese. The gourmet burger originated at uptown French restaurant Nice Matin, where it quickly became the joint’s top seller. Two years ago, the chef decided to create an entire restaurant based around it, and voila, 5 Napkin Burger was born.

The verdict? Granted I only eat about four burgers a year so I’m no expert, but I don’t think I’ll be back anytime soon to waste one of those precious patties here. The burger was extremely juicy, but there was just no special flavor to it (same with the fries). I’d much rather have a Shake Shack burger for a fraction of that price (5 Napkin Burger: $15). My favorite part of the meal was my frozen strawberry mojito. It was one of the most refreshing drinks I’ve ever had, and it never got watery like most frozen drinks. All in all it was a fun experience, but not one I’ll be dying to repeat regularly.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh