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.

Republic

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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Flatiron Hall

38 W. 26th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 4
In brief: Flatiron Hall is a solid lunch choice and perfect for large groups with its easy going menu and perfectly attentive (but not too!) wait staff.
07-30 Flatiron Hall
Not to be all Harry meets Sally picky, but we when asked for the bibb salad lightly dressed and without the grilled chicken, it became the perfect accompaniment to the Flatiron burger.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

all'onda, with Liz and Peter

22 E. 13th St, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 1 
In brief: When the service is so bad it outweighs the very good food and the very nice decor, makes you think twice about going back.
07-29 All'onda
We picked all'onda for the biennial lunch with Liz and Peter because it's new and looked pretty. Certainly the interior is very nice; rustic elements combined with refined metals in a way that we architects appreciated. The food worked too, we each enjoyed a raw fish appetizer and pasta entree. What did not work whatsoever was the terrible service. Long lag times between all moments of the meal including many pointed looks from me to the waitress. The lunch dragged on so long that we actually had to forgo dessert.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Schnipper's

23 E. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 3
In brief: Three times is the charm.
07-28 Schnippers
Our third visit to Schnipper's Kitchen and we have finally found some things worth going back for. Slices of pickles on the crispy chicken filet sandwich gave it an extra punch and I fell deeply and madly in love with the sloppy joe, a well constructed sandwich of both sweet and saltiness in one. Both the regular fries and sweet potato fries are a good bet. And like last time, the people bringing out food are exceedingly friendly.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tappo

49 W. 24th St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 2
In brief: No wonder it's packed at Tappo, super reasonable lunch menu specials make it worth going.
07-25 Tappo
We had forgotten that lunch on Friday tends to be crowded everywhere in the Flatiron District. We tried two places before remembering Tappo. While deafeningly loud, the lunch combos are so nicely priced that it was almost worth the inattentive end service and too sweet salad dressing.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ilili Box

999 Broadway, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 1 
In brief: The cutest little take out joint across from the Flatiron Building manages to serve innovative Middle Eastern at very reasonable prices. And they make a killer mint lemonade.
07-24 The Box
Shame on us for not trying the takeout joint from Ilili before, but it was the right temperature out today and we were in the right mood. M. tried the falafel which she liked and I had a lamb shawarma which is only good if you happen to love parsley. I'm don't mind parsley but I'm not a fan of it in overwhelming quantities. We both adored the mint lemonade, just the right amounts of tart and sweet.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lenny's

16 W. 23rd St, NY, NY 10010

Rating: 2 - Super Happy
Visit #: 5 
In brief: Today's lesson: the magic #2 Italian combo should never be ordered on a roll. Always a hoagie.
07-23 Lenny's
I had been raving about the #2 Italian combo to my sister, who has been coming to the office for Wednesday lunches for the past several months now. Instead of facing the hectic crowds at Lenny's I decided to try their online ordering system only I completely missed the part where I had to choose roll or hoagie and I guess it defaults to roll. It's still pretty good but not quite as great.