Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ashby's

64 W. 22nd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: B - Above Average
Visit #: 1 
In brief: $1 for 2 reasonably good peanut butter cookies is ok in my book any day. I can't remember the last time I took out one dollar bill and received two anythings for it.
04-16 peanut butter cookies

Sala One Nine

35 W. 19th St, NY, NY 10011

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 3
In brief: $10 lunch special? That's worth a visit.
04-16 Sala One Nine
We like this place, though there is nothing especially remarkable about Sala One Nine. But a $10 lunch special is not to be taken lightly, even if we didn't take that option and split two sandwiches instead. I still love the lomo (pork loin) one, and paired with the tuna makes for a nice self-made combo platter.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Olive's

120 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Rating: B - Above Average
In brief: Almost everything at Olive's is above average, but also nothing that has me clawing my way back for more. This cookie was precisely that, and oh I think they had a little mishap with the sugar?
04-03 gingersnap

Olive's



Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 3
In brief: We never came here when our office was in the neighborhood, so why would I come now? Because there's really nothing else around to grab a quick lunch.
04-03 Olive's
I had a showroom to visit around the corner, and I was really trying to get back to the office as soon as possible, so while part of me wanted to lazily wonder the streets of Soho and have a nice relaxing lunch, I opted for a quick one instead.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lindt Chocolates via Switzerland

Rating: A - Excellent
In brief: I feel like all Swiss people bring their famed chocolates as gifts. Almost all visitors to Switzerland bring chocolates back as souvenirs. I guess it's easy being Swiss when it comes to bearing gifts. But whether you like Swiss chocolates or not, what makes these chocolates so wonderful is not the quality or flavor, but the sheer thinness of the pieces. It makes all the difference and absolutely enjoyable.
04-14 chocolates

Ennju

20 E. 17th St, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 4
In brief: Even in take out form, this dish holds up. It's so good, with all the contrasting textures, the salty salmon and crispy skin, the salmon roe that pops in your mouth. Salmon roe is not my favorite fish egg, but it really works here.
04-14 Ennju
I was surprised Y came here a few weeks ago while I was away, considering she rarely wants to eat here when I suggest it. Yeah the atmosphere is less than ideal, and not comfortable at all. But with this tasty dish how can you refuse it?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Maison Kayser

921 Broadway, NY, NY 10010

Rating: D - Disappointed
Visit #: 13
In brief: Most things from Maison Kayser are good, but there are some duds.
04-09 palmier
The very outer layer which I sampled while photographing was flaky light and delicious. But somehow in its entirety, it is heavy dense, hard and practically candied. Not exactly what I was looking for in palmier, boo.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Republic

37 Union Sq West, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 4
Visit #: 2
In brief: Even though it's far from our ideal asian lunch spot, it's nice to be able to add Republic on our rotation list, especially in this ethnic eats starved neighborhood.
04-09 Republic
Republic's strongest trait may be its consistency. You get the exact food every time no matter how many times you go. That is more than you can say about a lot of places. I got one of my go to dishes the glass noodles plate. It's a little on the bland side, but simple and nice when I'm not in the mood for anything in particular.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dunkin Donuts

I can't say no to donuts, no matter where they come from. And especially when they magically appear in the common eating room.
04-08 donut

Zero Otto Nove, with Van Alen

15 W. 21st St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 5
In brief: Zero Otto Nove has not yet disappointed us, we share an insalata tonno and pizza every time.
04-08 Zero Otto Nove
We had a studio visit from Susannah and Sarah, our next door neighbors at the Van Alen Institute, and afterward we crossed through the parking lot to Zero Otto Nove. They took our advice and shared their own tuna salad and pizza. We tried a new one today, the la Carmanuccio, which I absolutely loved. No mozzarella to weigh down a stomach at lunch time, but just enough of a sprinkling of grated cheese to be tasty. Happy happy me.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dig Inn

17 E. 17th St, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 1
In brief: A fresh approach to the choose-your-own-ingredient, but still the same bowl.
04-07 Digg Inn
I find this whole make your own bowl concept so quintessentially American. It's about fast and efficient eating but at the same time completely customizable! Amazing! Total freedom of choice AND faster than fast food! Wow! But at the end of the day, no matter if it's American farm, Mexican made or barbecue smoked, all bowls taste the same to us. I wonder what that's all about.

Maison Kayser

921 Broadway, NY, NY 10010

Rating: B - Above Average
Visit #: 2
In brief: Every time I have a chouchette, I am happy. Then I want a cream puff.
04-04 chouchette

Friday, April 4, 2014

Millesime, with Anik

92 Madison Ave, NY, NY 10016

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 1
In brief: A spacious dining hall and yet secluded, Millesime is tucked into the Carlton Hotel which we reached though a street level entrance. A perfectly fine place for a peaceful afternoon meal.
04-04 Millesime
When I wrote Anik to have lunch at Millesime, I only thought it was about halfway between our offices and not that it would be a hotel restaurant. I have a soft spot for hotel restaurants, the diners are often transitory and the mood can be relaxed. M. and I both ordered the salad nicoise. I left a handful of cherry tomatoes, olives and some potatoes. She left more olives and a big leaf of lettuce.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Poilane, from Hotel Esprit St-Germain

22, rue Saint-Suplice 75006 Paris, France

Rating: B - Above Average
Visit #: 1
In brief: What a thoughtful thing to give me 2 bottles of water and a bag of sable cookies as I'm rushing out the door to catch a taxi to the airport. Hotel Esprit St-Germain, I like your style. I also liked the breakfast spread in the morning and the afternoon self-service cocktail hour. You make work trips to Paris a breeze.
04-03 cookies

Lenny's

16 W. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 3
In brief: If you can ignore the hectic line, the long wait, the bland atmosphere and focus instead on the absurdly good Italian hoagie, you will have a killer lunch.
04-03 Lenny's
The Italian combo hoagie (#2) is so engrossingly good that we forgot to be annoyed by the 15 minute wait, the crowded wait in line, the girl who stood in front of the stairs to the upstairs dining area, the lack of napkins and the completely sad dining area. Of course our expectations were rather low to begin with.