AboutEating 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.
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Talk about an experience—both culinary and culturally. Shopsin’s, a tiny (re: six tables and three bar stools) “general store” tucked away in the back of Essex Street Market, is where the notorious Kenny Shopsin serves up a 900-item brunch/lunch menu that seems straight from the mind of a four year old—or from mine.
French toast stuffed with s’mores. Mac ‘n cheese pancakes. A scramble that is more cheese than egg. Nutella milkshakes. Lord help me.
That mac ‘n cheese cake above—one of his most famous dishes—gets smothered in both hot sauce and syrup. Don’t ask, just eat.
Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly spend any more time on the Orchard block between Houston and Stanton (thanks kickball league!), I was introduced to A Casa Fox, a Latin/tapas restaurant that had totally snuck right by me. This place is everything you want your New York restaurant to be: cozy (only a dozen tables, fireplace, couch), quirky (book- and knickknack-lined shelves, mismatched furniture), can accommodate groups (one large table seats 10, small plates are great to share) and cheap (I left wined and stuffed for under $30).
And most importantly, the food was yum. The large open kitchen churned out tasty small plates; if you’re not sure you like dates, you will love them stuffed with chorizo and wrapped in bacon. The sweet and salty balance was true flavor explosion—hands down the best thing I ate here.
(Exterior photo via The New York Times)
Of course I was skeptical of uber trendy Beauty and Essex before my dinner there last week. Hidden behind a pawn shop facade, it’s the new, younger sister to neighboring Stanton Social, which I love. So I attempted to go in with an open mind and empty belly—and left completely impressed. Yes, it’s a total scene, and our reservation was delayed, but the space is stunning, there’s free champagne in the ladies room, and the food was spot on—shockingly good, to be honest. Find out what you can’t miss and what you should skip after the jump. Hint: the two pics below won my “Best in Show.”
I’ve been dying to eat at Teany since forever, but something always got in the way. (Including the time two years ago when I showed up for dinner only to learn there was a fire there the nite before.) I’m a long-time fan of their Teanychino tea latte, but on Sunday I finally had a full feast.
The tiny 9-year-old cafe (owned by Moby) is bright and calming, and the menu is chock-full of vegetarian and vegan options. They also have 98 hot tea selections—total paradise! I love how Moby describes the concept on the website:
When we first had the idea to open teany we also decided that teany should focus on tea. The reason for this is that tea is healthy, tasty, fascinating, varied, and full of history. Not to mention the fact that we both thought that a small space filled with 96 canisters of tea from around the world just seemed like a cool idea.
The afternoon tea special sounds amazing—pot of tea, two tea sandwiches, scone with cream and jam, and cupcake or cookie; 22/pp or 38 for two—and is definitely my excuse for a return visit asap.
I feasted on the vegan warm ginger chicken salad (the chicken is soy-based) and a slice of vegan carrot cake that was so rich it didn’t taste vegan or healthy. Win!
I love the simplicity of the place and can’t wait to make this one of my new hangouts.
PS- Teany bottled teas are sold widely across the East Coast, and perhaps elsewhere? Check it out.
Essex (and NoLita House) are always my go-to brunch spots when I have friends in town. And as I’ve had guests two weekends this month, I’ve been chowing down at Essex pretty frequently. $18 will get you an all-you-can-drink brunch, with your choice of mimosas, bloody marys, screw drivers, or bellinis. The food is pretty standard (minus some more unique Jewish dishes), but it tastes good and that’s all that really matters. You’re there for the drinks and the fun party atmosphere anyway.
Crispy Potato Pancakes with sautéed apples and honey cream sauce and spinach-shiitake-black bean hash. This won’t be a frequent order, but fun for trying something a little different every now and then.
Crabcake Benedict. Love this!
A few weeks ago (I know, I know, for a blogger I’m not very time sensitive) my friend Andrea and I attended an all-you-can-eat dessert party at Luxee Dessert Cafe. Let me tell you, eating that much dessert is really hard! And this coming from someone who loves sweets! But I gave it my best shot, all in the name of eat your chow.
The first dish was far and away my favorite. Crepe Suzette: hot caramelized sugar sauce, orange juice, and oranges on top.
More mini cupcakes! Blackcurrant and Chocolate.
Caramel Apple Cake Cup: real green apples and caramel wafers on top of mousse.
A mini Fruit Tart.
Here’s the carnage. I’ve never had so much sugar in my life. Shockingly, all you can eat dessert might not be such a good idea. But I have no regrets.