Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sullivan Street Bakery, Bomboloni

236 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Rating: A - Excellent
Visit #: 1
In brief: We've had these before but never fresh, but now I can see why it's so revered.
05-21 bomboloni
Ever since the original Sullivan Street Bakery moved away from Sullivan Street in Soho, we rarely have a chance to have their goods. But today on a stretch of 9th Avenue I'm not usually on but will be for the next few months, I was happy to spot this location. I guess we were in luck with the freshness. The dough was pillowy and melt-in-your-mouth. There could be a tad less of the jam (and I ate the less jam half of the bomboloni), but nevertheless it was quite lovely. Looking forward to trying the vanilla cream and chocolate next.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Empire Cake, Lemon Liz

112 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011

Rating: A - Excellent
Visit #: 2
In brief: Leftover birthday cake from Empire Cake is just as good as first day cake but without the singing. 05-19 Liz Lemon cake

Live Bait

14 E. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 3 
In brief: The menu changed at Live Bait since we last lunched there two years. Instead of having just an ok meal, we had a really good one! I was craving blackened catfish but they were only blackening salmon on the menu. Not the best choice as its sweetness can overwhelm, but when paired with a bed of addictive collard greens and a potato parsnip puree, we were pretty impressed. I suspect we'll be back before another two years passes us by. 05-19 Live Bait

Monday, May 18, 2015

Empire Cake, Liz Lemon cake

112 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011

Rating: A - Excellent
Taste #: 1
In brief: I've been looking forward to this birthday cake ever since M. and I picked it out last week from the extensive menu at our favorite underrated bakery, Empire Cake. It's wild coincidence that we got a Liz Lemon cake for my birthday, which is also Tina Fey's birthday. 05-18 Liz Lemon Cake

BXL Zoute

50 W. 22nd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 5
In brief: Too lazy to go too far, we stop down the street at BXL Zoute for a straightforward meal of french fries and personal meat preferences. 05-18 BXL

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Xi'an Famous Foods

14 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10016

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 4
In brief: We're happy with all the branches this mini-chain is opening up
05-14 Xi'an Famous Foods
Xi'an Famous Foods has been an enormously successful local mini chain, and we're really happy for them. The food is always good, always spicy in the happiness inducing way. Today we opted for my favorite, Liang Pi Cold-Skin Noodles - which has the most satisfying texture which is hard to describe, the oxtail hand-pulled noodles and the cucumber salad. We were happy with the variety of flavors and contrast of textures between the three dishes. This particular location seems to provide a welcome refuge from the excessive tourist crowds squinting upwards taking photos of the Empire State Building.

Quin Candy

Rating: A - Excellent
Visit #: 1
In brief: Drop everything and go to Quin Candy and buy yourself a ton of caramels. You will not regret it. A friend from Portland brought me a sampler bag and they are so incredibly good that I will not be bringing some home to share with the kids. M. and I are going to eat them all with no guilt whatsoever.
05-13 Quin

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bombay Sandwich Co. at Madison Square Eats

btwn 24th and 25th Streets @ 5th Ave & Broadway

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 5
In brief: I was on my way to Bombay Sandwich Co. but spotted their stall walking through Madison Square Eats and decided to venture no further.

05-13 Bombay Sandwich Co
They only had 3 items on their menu, 1 sandwich, 1 wrap and 1 platter so the decision wasn't hard. I opted for the gluten free platter as it seemed to have all that sounded good on the menu. Their delicious chickpeas over rice, sweet potatoes and kale salad on the side. It doesn't look like a lot of food, but it was pretty perfect, and their mango lemonade was really refreshing.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Abbate Bakery

247 Main St, Matawan, NJ 07747

Rating: C- Average
Visit #: 1
In brief: I had to pick up something at Abbate Bakery on Mother's Day but forgot I had no cash and had to supplement with $4.75 worth of cookies to be able to pay with a credit card. 05-11 cookies

The Bao

13 St Marks Pl, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 1 - Wonderful
Visit #: 2
In brief: I was worried, because we have been craving The Bao for a while but my sister told me the other week that she hadn't been that impressed lately. 05-11 Bao
Not to fear however! We ordered the xiao long bao (soup dumplings), sauteed green beans, cold tofu with scallions and wonton in spicy sauce. It was the prefect lunch! Last time the green beans were deliciously flavored but the quality of the beans themselves was disappointing. This time everything was on point. I could have eaten that tofu and scallions dish until I collapsed from the weight of tofu in belly.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Just Salad

315 Park Ave South, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 1
In brief: Rarely do we have a salad craving but something about the impending hot weather made me want a tart vinaigrette. There is little, to us, that distinguishes Just Salad from Chopt from Sweet Green, except maybe the decor. And after a bowl of leafy greens I started feeling a bit like a rabbit. 05-08 Just Salad

Friday, May 8, 2015

Maman

239 Centre St, NY, NY 10013

Rating: C - Average
Visit #: 1
In brief: I sure wish this adorable little cafe was open beneath our old office back when the 2nd floor was our old office. 05-07 apple tart

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe

100 Mott St, NY, NY 10013

Rating: 1 - Wonderful
Visit #: 24
In brief: Sadly there were only the two of us for lunch so we could only get two dishes instead of our usual trifecta, but how pleased were we when the two ladies next to us ordered exactly the same thing. 05-07 Shanghai Cafe Deluxe

Thursday, May 7, 2015

tbsp at Spoon, oatmeal raisin cookie

17 W. 20th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: B - Above Average
Visit #: 1
In brief: We continue to be happy with the desserts we pick up at tbsp. 05-06 oatmeal raisin cookies

Barn Joo

893 Broadway, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 4
In brief: The hot stone bibimbap is still our preferred lunch at Barn Joo. 05-06 BarnJoo
We went to Barn Joo last Friday for lunch and were told it would be a 20 minute wait without a reservation, nuttiness! I'm glad we got a table yesterday though. It's probably not the most authentic bibimbap but we like it here.