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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

7 March 2011
I recently had lunch at Menkui Tei, a tiny Japanese restaurant tucked away in corporate Midtown. It was packed—a line stretched out the door, and we were asked to leave immediately after paying our bill so others could file in. 
This picture in no way does the size of the bowl justice, but that giant serving of Sara Udon cost just $10 and easily made three meals.
I’m not always the most adventurous ethnic eater, but it was refreshing to try something outside of my soup-salad-sandwich lunch routine. What are some of your favorite ethnic spots?

I recently had lunch at Menkui Tei, a tiny Japanese restaurant tucked away in corporate Midtown. It was packed—a line stretched out the door, and we were asked to leave immediately after paying our bill so others could file in. 

This picture in no way does the size of the bowl justice, but that giant serving of Sara Udon cost just $10 and easily made three meals.

I’m not always the most adventurous ethnic eater, but it was refreshing to try something outside of my soup-salad-sandwich lunch routine. What are some of your favorite ethnic spots?

21 September 2010

Chai Home Kitchen, Midtown

Thai cravings are THE WORST! They always hit out of nowhere, and once you have ‘em there’s no turning back. Chai is right around the corner from my office and has a sweet lunch special: $7 for appetizer and entree. It’s not the best Thai in the world (where’s the spice??!), but at that price I’ll take it. Plus the modern Asian decor is a nice departure from the typical kitschy or bland Thai restaurant ambiance.

I’m now realizing I haven’t found much awesome Thai in this city. I love Lovely Day Cafe in NoLita, but that’s almost more eclectic than Thai. It sure doesn’t beat True Thai in Minneapolis, my ultimate favorite.

Have any recommendations for me?

8 February 2010

Hot Pot at XO Cafe, Chinatown

New York’s trendy restaurant scene is a lot of fun, but this year I’m making an effort to try as many authentic ethnic restaurants as I can. I’ve lived on the cusp of Chinatown for almost two years now and feel pathetic that I’ve not taken proper advantage.

Thursday nite I was invited along to XO Cafe for hot pot, the Chinese version of fondue. Luckily I was with a cast of characters who knew what they were doing, so I sat back, sipped my almond bubble tea, and enjoyed hot pot without any worries.

Hot pot starts with a pot of spicy broth boiling in the center of the table. You order all the ingredients you want; we did tofu, chicken, beef, scallops, clams, dumplings, and a wide array of veggies. Some participants ordered tripe, or cow intestines. I definitely was not ready to try that.

The contents come to the table raw. You throw whatever you want into the pot, let it cook, then fish it out to enjoy.

It was a feast for the ages.

Although so far on my cultural culinary trail I would say I enjoyed my dim sum brunch a wee bit more, this was a unique experience and I would definitely return. The $24 all-you-can-eat hot pot includes beverages, appetizers (like the pan fried dumplings, below), and dessert.

21 December 2009

Dim Sum at Red Egg, Chinatown

On Sunday I finally accomplished my dream of having dim sum. Although we didn’t go to the most authentic of places (no food carts, BOO!), the food at Red Egg was outstanding. And we got to write down our orders on little score cards with mini pencils. I felt like I was mini golfing!

Besides all that, this seemingly unlimited amount of delicious food came to just $12 a person. My New Years Food Resolution is to try every dim sum place in New York. Once a week baby, once a week. Who’s with me?!

Here’s a smattering of tasty treats we enjoyed:

Vegetarian Spring Rolls

Shanghai Bun. Can’t remember exactly how this tasted, except that it was delicious.

Roast Pork Bun. If you know me, this is not something I would normally eat, but I didn’t feel like I would really experience dim sum without it. Thank God. This was the best thing ever.

Sweet Sesame Ball for dessert.

15 October 2009
I’ve been meaning to get a group together to do Dim Sum for a long time. Because shocker, I’ve never had it! Anyone up for trying one of these places (minus Chinatown Brasserie, not a fan) some time this month?
mascarah:

[Life: Eat] Best Dim Sum in NYC
I don’t eat dim sum nearly enough. On the agenda for this winter is to work this more into my brunch routine. I’m researching places I’ve never been and looking for suggestions so if you have any, please do let me know.
This is my current list of favs:
Golden Unicorn: shrimp dumplings w/shark fin, 2 floors, delish
Jing Fon: massive banquet style experience, most people say this place is the best 
HSF Restaurant: classic, famous for clams in black bean sauce
Oriental Garden: best seafood options of all the dim sum places I’ve been to, Bouley is a regular here so it MUST be good
Ping’s Seafood: small, more intimate experience, known for fresh fish 
Oriental Pearl: large, busy, pretty typical selection
Dim Sum Go Go: contemporary, clean, lighter dim sum than other places, available during all open hours
Chinatown Brasserie: the posh John McDonald owned version, but consistently good
88 Palace: under manhattan bridge, endless carts, you’ll be full for $10 or less
What am I missing?

I’ve been meaning to get a group together to do Dim Sum for a long time. Because shocker, I’ve never had it! Anyone up for trying one of these places (minus Chinatown Brasserie, not a fan) some time this month?

mascarah:

[Life: Eat] Best Dim Sum in NYC

I don’t eat dim sum nearly enough. On the agenda for this winter is to work this more into my brunch routine. I’m researching places I’ve never been and looking for suggestions so if you have any, please do let me know.

This is my current list of favs:

  • Golden Unicorn: shrimp dumplings w/shark fin, 2 floors, delish
  • Jing Fon: massive banquet style experience, most people say this place is the best
  • HSF Restaurant: classic, famous for clams in black bean sauce
  • Oriental Garden: best seafood options of all the dim sum places I’ve been to, Bouley is a regular here so it MUST be good
  • Ping’s Seafood: small, more intimate experience, known for fresh fish
  • Oriental Pearl: large, busy, pretty typical selection
  • Dim Sum Go Go: contemporary, clean, lighter dim sum than other places, available during all open hours
  • Chinatown Brasserie: the posh John McDonald owned version, but consistently good
  • 88 Palace: under manhattan bridge, endless carts, you’ll be full for $10 or less

What am I missing?

Reblogged: mascarah

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh