If you're looking to finish up, or maybe even start your Christmas shopping, I can highly recommend a box of Kee's Chocolates. M. received one over Thanksgiving and even though we have exceeded their recommended 1 week to consumption guideline, it matters not a whit. They are still lovely and delicate and all that is divine about little bites of chocolate. Bring them to a holiday dinner and I guarantee you will be a hero.
Kee's Chocolates Midtown West, 315 W. 39th St, NY, NY 10018 (near 8th Ave)
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
M. randomly picked Indian as a genre on seamless.com and we ended up with a rather good, vibrantly spicy, meal. No surprise that afterward she found this flattering review about Kokum on Serious Eats. We tried some random things but next time the chicken fry for sure.
Kokum, 106 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016 (btwn 27th and 28th)
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
We're always on the look out for a good cookie, especially since they can turn up in the most unexpected places. We found one at Hill Country BBQ a couple weeks ago and yesterday, on my way to work, I found one at the MUD truck. Theirs, baked by them, is especially good with the ocasional bite of sea salt and almost crunchy edge.
MUD, 22nd St btwn Broadway and 5th Ave, NY, NY 10010
We met up with an old friend today at Republic and she made a comment that caused me to re-think my attitude toward the whole place. She, native New Yorker, has just moved back after a many year absence abroad, and she said, it's so nice that Republic is still here. So much has changed everywhere that it was reassuring to see an old familiar face. I guess 15 years is a lifetime in the changing face of city dining. When it first opened, I remember thinking pshaw, a place that claims to take from everywhere Asian will never succeed, not to mention the loud music and the bare concrete floors making it impossible to have a conversation. But it succeeds nevertheless! 15 years later I find my heart has changed toward the place, I think we'll be including it in the regular lunch roster after all.
Republic, 37 Union Sq West, NY, NY10003 (btwn 16th and 17th Sts)
Monday, December 9, 2013
This is a pure swag post, in that we said yes please send us samples, then we got them and now, in exchange, we are going to tell you that Dec. 15 is National Cupcake Day. But not just that, also that you can find a Cupcake Truck from California based Cupcake Vineyard tooting around the city on both Friday and Saturday to hand out delicious treats and delicious libations in the form of white and red wines (I think, at least, that's what we tried). It's a win-win if you like cupcakes and wine or just wine or just cupcakes. Or if you like following food trucks around.
I rattled off a dozen or more lunch spots for M. to decide, but none of them struck her fancy until I got to Old Town. You can't beat their hot dogs and french fries for sheer coziness of a meal.
Old Town Bar, 45 East 18th St, NY, NY 10003 (btwn Park Ave So & Broadway)
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Something's going on at Num Pang today, like a major sauce overload. The pork steak rice bowl was laden with sauce, making it nearly impossible to finish without additional rice to cut down on the saltiness. The pork belly sandwich was similarly heavy with some sweet sauce that did nothing for the balance of tastes that I normally quite love.
Num Pang, 1129 Broadway, NY, NY 10010 (btwn 25th and 26th)
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
M. said don't get excited when I saw the Eataly bag holding what appeared to be a prime rib sandwich, so I knew she tried something else, which was the brisket and salsa verde. Not a bad sandwich, nice even, but nothing approaching the something something of the prime rib.
Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10010 (at 23rd St)