Friday, May 27, 2016

Wisefish Poke

263 E. 19th St, NY, NY 10011

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: 1st time
One minute poké is a casual Hawaiian classic, found all over the islands, the next minute it's the new it thing, the dish on everyone's tongue. If you don't know it, you will soon. At it's mostly basic, it's chunks of tuna marinated in soy and sesame. But everyone has their own interpretation so we stopped by the newly opened Wisefish Poke in Chelsea to try theirs. M. had the classic tuna while I went with salmon. The space itself is charming, bare and extremely loud. Even when the group of 10 next to us left, sounds rebounded against the hard surfaces in close to deafening levels. The bowls themselves are alright. Not worth the long walk, but decent enough if you're in the neighborhood. Despite the fresh ingredients, they're missing some kind of something something.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Cannibal @ Madison Sq Eats

24th and 5th Ave, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: 1st time
I can think of no worse hell than braving the crowded lunch hour at Madison Square Eats on a stifling hot in the sun day. But we did anyway, stopping at the least crowded food stand, The Cannibal. Sometimes, when we can't decide what to eat, we ask what they recommend or what's popular. Without hesitation the guy said the Pigs Head Cuban. And wow was he right. We copped a squat underneath the shade of the trees in the park and enjoyed a thoroughly good pressed sandwich. Love when a recommendation hits the spot. Makes it almost worth the hell we endured to get there.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Luke's Lobster

5 W. 25th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: 1st time, new location
We're back! And what better way to celebrate than with lobster rolls from the new Nomad location of Luke's Lobster. We thought it would be packed, what with the strange summer weather we're having today, a full three days away from Memorial Day weekend, but it wasn't. The best part of the lobster rolls at Luke's is the proper buttering and grilling of their buns. Yum and yummier. Very little seating but I imagine it's best for take out to be eaten in the park on a hot summer day.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Rubirosa, with Urban Omnibus

235 Mulberry St, NY, NY 10012

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: Oldie but goodie
You might have noticed some sporadic posting lately and it's true, we're having a lazy summer which is turning into a complete break for August. We'll see what September brings, but in the meantime have a great summer! I hope it's filled with warm evenings and hot beach days.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Oreo Thins

Rating: A - Excellent
Visits: First taste
A couple weeks ago I saw something on a twitter feed about getting a sample pack of Oreo Thins and we jumped on it. Oreo Thins are basically the Oreo's M. dreamed of as a kid. As adults we find them sophisticated and just lovely. They feel crunchier than regular size Oreos and the little bit of cream feels like a nice touch. Fan!

BXL Zoute w/Sandra

50 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: Once in a while
We encountered a piece of hair in our food today, but the staff was super gracious about it and acted appropriately so I think we all walked out feeling satisfied. The steak frites was better than usual also.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Green Tea Mille Crepe from Lady M

36 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018

Rating: B - Above Average
Visits: Rarely
A stop at Lady M Confections is a special treat, an expensive one at that, but hard to resist when you walk by one of their locations. The last few times we've strayed from our favorite Lady M Mille Crepe cake, and I think we should go back to it. Though I'd be perfectly willing to try thisthis and this, all of which the Japanese versions are hard to find in the States.

Friday, July 24, 2015


2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: Rare
When our last visit was a disaster, Maialino, graciously sent us a gift card inviting us to come back. We very much appreciated the gesture, and were happy to make another trip on this gorgeous summer day. While we don't want to dismiss the good food and warm atmosphere, we were yet again not impressed with the service. We opted for the 3 course prix-fixe and while they very promptly cleared our plates, silverware for the next course was brought out 3 minutes later, another 10 minutes passed before the pastas came out. Biscotti was brought out at least 3 minutes after the espressos (where you start worrying that your espressos will be cold). It's a place to have a leisurely lunch for sure, but the timing is just off, and it's not like the place was noticeably understaffed. I don't think we would swear off going there again, but perhaps not when you are hungry or trying to maximize the time spent with your dining companion.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from City Bakery

3 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10010

Rating: B - Above Average
Visits: Once in a while for dessert
We don't really get why this place continues to be so popular. And the last few times the place has smelled like a wet mop. No matter, their cookies are good, and today the oatmeal raisin is better than usual, thanks to its extra oaty crunchy chewy texture.

Ridgeway Diner

664 Avenue of the Americas

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Once in a while
We both had the lamb gyros today, and they were soo good!  The meat was piping hot dripping with juicy grease, the pita fresh and the tzatziki just tangy enough. We've always liked this place although it's generally off our radar. At least after today, we think we should be coming here more often. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sala One Nine

35 W. 19th St, NY, NY 10011

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visits: Not as often as we should be.
I don't know why we don't have lunch at Sala One Nine more often. M. had, and loved, the lunch special consisting of a bowl of gazpacho, half a BLT and a bit of salad. I always get the lomo because I find pork loin sandwiches impossible to resist. Everything was tasty, down to the perfectly dressed sides of salad. The thing to watch is the servers who are way busier chatting with the kitchen at the pick up window than paying attention to the floor. We had to do some serious hand waving for service, but to fair we were also in a bit of a rush. In short, go for good food, do not go for efficient service.


37 W. 32nd St, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visits: Once in a awhile
It's hard not to want cold noodles in our city's current state of heat and humidity. Shilla is a strange sort of place, rather empty with a worn down decor. Their menu is extensive though, Junkip style extensive. Which means M. could satisfy a naengmyun craving and I could have whatever the hell else I could have possibly desired.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Park Avenue Summer, with Liz and Peter

360 Park Ave S, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 1 - Wonderful
Visits: First Time
Time for our bi-annual lunch with Liz and Peter! M. and I had been to Park Avenue Summer back when they opened in the Upper East Side but we hadn't yet gone to the newly opened location further downtown. It's a beautiful space, I am definitely tempted to go back in its next season's incarnation. The food was absolutely fantastic, everything we had was spot on. If you're looking for a quiet and upscale spot, this is where to go.


11 W. 29th St, NY, NY 10001

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visits: Regularly
Everything about Chandni makes us happy, including the fact that we sat at a table for 10 minutes waiting for a friend to show up with nary a comment from anyone working there. I wonder how long we could have sat there without ordering from the buffet counter?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Birreria @ Eataly

200 Fifth Ave, 14th Flr, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 5 - Disappointed
Visits: Only when we're feeling fancy
We absolutely love the atmosphere of Birreria with its grand moving roof panels, letting everything of the sky flood in. We do not love the fancy prices for the teeny tiny portions of salad, though we are willing to overlook that once in awhile for a delicious and transporting lunch. But today we especially did not appreciate paying $18 for a porchetta sandwich that was all fat, no exaggeration. I don't know if it was meant to be that way but then they should probably call it a pig fat sandwich and not porchetta. We poked at it for awhile, hoping to discover even the smallest portion of meat, but to failed miserably.