Friday, August 29, 2014

El Sabor del Taco

West 18th Street, (south west corner of 6th Avenue), New York, NY 10011

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 1
In brief: It's not as cheap as I'd like (I got a little more then $2 in change when I handed them a $10bill), but it was a really nice sandwich. I'm happy.
08-29 Sabor del Taco
I've been meaning to check this food truck out for ages. Frankly I'm not even sure that it's the same one, but it's whatever Mexican food truck that's parked at this corner. For a small food truck torta, I thought the price was a little steep, but the pork was succulent and juicy and the roll soft. Perfect proportions and flavor distribution. I will definitely be back, and now I'll make sure to stop and get some breakfast there too.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Maxin Cafe Mooncakes

Rating: B - Above Average
Taste #: 1
In brief: As our contractor reminded me, Autumn Moon Festival is coming up (September 8th if you must know), and he brought us a whole box of moon cakes to celebrate. So far the lotus seed proved yummy and the red bean a little dry. There is still pineapple, green tea and something with walnuts or dates to go.
08-28 mooncake

wichcraft, with Kemo

Bryant Park, NY, NY

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 15
In brief: The Bryant Park location of wichcraft is a little confusing because each kiosk sells a separate and different thing. Lemonade here. Breakfast sandwiches here. Sandwiches there.
08-28 'wichcraft
An old college friend just started working in midtown so we agreed to meet at the north-west corner of Bryant Park for lunch outdoors. Except for the occasional loud truck passing by, it was the perfect place to catch up.

Pies 'n' Thighs, the donut

166 South 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11411

Rating: B - Above Average
Taste #: 1
In brief: Of course we wouldn't leave Pies 'n' Thighs without a donut in hand! We opted for plain sugar and were pleased. 08-27 doughnut

Pies 'n' Thighs

166 South 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11411

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 1
In brief: Our first time revealed a delicious coleslaw and platters too big for one person to comfortably fit in their stomach at lunchtime unless you happening to have extra big stomachs. Which we don't.
08-27 Pies n' Thighs
We were out at the recently renovated Williamsburg Bank, also known as Weylin B Seymour's, to work with TedxNewYork on spatially and digestively plan their upcoming event. When I looked at the map to see what subway we should take, I also saw PIES 'N' THIGHS screaming its name a scant two blocks away. What's a gal to do but have fried chicken for lunch. The portions are overwhelmingly generous, the fried chicken really good (though our preference for Bob White remains), and the cole slaw a surprise of tiny itty bitty chopped up pieces in a subtly spicy dressing.

McNally Jackson Cafe

52 Prince St, NY, NY 10012
Rating: A - Excellent
Taste #: 9
In brief: If you didn't already love McNally Jackson for its books, its charming cafe (self-props) and its knowledgable (and friendly!) bookish staff, now you can love it for serving up a Four & Twenty Blackbirds apple currant pie with a dollop of something delicious and creamy.
08-26 pie

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

L'asso with Urban Omnibus

192 Mott St, NY, NY 10012

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 12
In brief: Always a crowd pleaser, the super thin rectangular pizzas at L'asso are delicate pieces of yum.
08-26 L'asso2
The DOC pizzas at L'asso are the main attraction so it's funny that you're looking at a picture of a salad, but the long rectangular flatness of the pizza makes it exceedingly hard to get a good shot. We had a merry lunch with Cassim and Jonathan of Urban Omnibus talking about how food might parlay into urban investigations of demographics, history, immigration trends and even architecture.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Once Upon a Tart, RIP

135 Sullivan St, NY, NY 10012

Rating: 1 - Wonderful
Visit #: The last
In brief: Change happens to everyone and everything and even neighborhood institutions like Once Upon a Tart are not immune to rising rents.
08-25 cookiebits
We stopped by this weekend, me and my sister, to have one last roast pork loin sandwich from Once Upon a Tart on its last day in Soho or elsewhere. The mood was melancholy but sweet. I picked up a handful of cookies and have been slowly munching on nostalgia these past couple of days.


37 Union Sq West

Rating: 5 - Disappointed
Visit #: 3
In brief: Normally a paragon of efficiency and reliable food choices, service was a little slow today.
08-25 Republic2
Republic came onto the scene when we had just moved to NY. It was popular from the start, though we never understood why. It's still too loud and the food is nothing too special. But now that the 15 year mark has passed, we have to consider it a classic, or so we tried to convince Hong. Even if you're not a fan, Republic does manage to offer an incredible consistency of taste and speed, which has its merits. Naturally it would be today, with Hong, that the service lagged far behind it's usual speed.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Curried Chicken Salad from Trader Joe's

675 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 2
In brief: I really love their curried chicken salad, and I know I'm not alone
08-13 Chicken Salad Sandwich
Yep, Y is out of the office, and out of my laziness it's time for the curried chicken salad from Trader Joe's. It is really really tasty, and from a quick Google search, there's a lot of love out there for this item. Go try it if you haven't and already shop at Trader Joe's!

Shanghai Cuisine w/ Khoi

89 Bayard Street, New York, NY 10013

Rating: 5 - Disappointed
Visit #: 1
In brief: Too much sugar
08-08 Shanghai Cuisine
A friend had told us of Shanghai Cuisine, noting that he thought they had the best soup dumplings. We had always wanted to check this place out, so it was a no-brainer when we were to choose a spot in Chinatown for lunch. The restaurant is breezy and uplifting unlike most Chinatown restaurants, and looks like they overtook an Italian one (with red checkered tablecloths). The first bite was quite good, however I noted that all the dishes were quite sweet (a mark of asian food made for westerners), and the more we ate the more it was hard to escape.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Neapolitan Express

Food Truck parked on 5th Avenue above 20th Street

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 2
In brief: This is one good pizza, and not enough people know about it, at least around Flatiron
08-07 Neapolitan Express
We had been invited to try out Neapolitan Express' delicious pizzas back in last September, and ever since, wishing it would come to our neck of the woods. I wasn't expecting to see their truck but as soon as I did, well you know how that ended. The pizza was even more delicious than I remembered (I ordered the verde - with kale and olives), and with a relatively short wait time, just oh so very impressive. This truck must not be on anyone's radar because there was barely a line. I wanted to yell at everyone waiting in Cinnamon Snail and Nuchas food truck to get their ass over to the pizza truck.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Butter and Scotch

@Smorgasburg - East River State Park, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Rating: A-Excellent
In brief: I'm not a s'mores person but I could get into these
08-06 S'mores Bar
My friend Bryan has befriended the fabulous ladies behind Butter and Scotch who are in the process of opening up their first brick and mortar dessert and cocktail bar in Brooklyn. This translated to me getting a sample of their goods. The s'mores bar was decadent but not too sweet. And it really didn't taste like s'mores which I enjoy by a campfire but not really any time else.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Gahm Mi Oak

43 W. 32nd St, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 14
In brief: I can never say no to Gahm Mi Oak.
08-01 Gam Mee Ok
The plate of kimchi and bowl of sul long tang at Gahm Mi Oak is one of our happy places. We don't even get menus, we just sit down and say two bowls please.

Ridgeway Diner

664 Ave of Americas, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 2
In brief: A cleaner, brighter diner than most.
07-31 Ridgeway Diner
We keep gravitating towards the Greek sandwiches, Ridgeway Diner is, after all, a Greek diner at heart. But the omelets look pretty promising and if accompanied by the straight up diner fries, we're game. There is something bright and cheery about this otherwise rather typical diner. It feels out of place but in a charming way.