Tuesday, April 22, 2014

RedFarm

2170 Broadway, NY, NY 10023

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 1
In brief: I guess the trick to RedFarm is to go for lunch at the expanded UWS location. Be prepared to spend some serious dough on some serious dim sum.

04-22 Red Farm 04-22 Red Farm I did not realize lunch at the uber popular RedFarm would involve some deeper pockets than usual. At $14 for one dim sum dish, that's not something for the faint of heart. Still we had to try. The lemon-yuzu oysters were a swallow of deliciousness and we loved the stuffed jalapeno poppers. The pac-man dumplings, as recommended by the server, tasted standard though what an adorable presentation. And then the soup dumplings. They were much larger than usual, making it almost impossible to eat from a soup spoon without making a huge mess. The meat was especially mushy, but when you take it as a whole I could see an intention to make a soup dumpling that felt like you were taking a bite of solid soup, which is interesting as a concept but not so sure it succeeds in making a dish worth ordering again.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Laut

15 E. 17th St, NY, NY 10003

Rating: 4 - Just Fine
Visit #: 4
In brief: No trouble getting a table today, but underwhelmed with the Mee Hoon Goreng (too salty) or the Pad See Ew (too sweet).
04-21 Laut
I haven't been impressed with Laut at lunch, but I also can't complain about the extremely affordable lunch options. What do people get here? It's always packed.

Friday, April 18, 2014

homemade Toll House cookies

Rating: A - Excellent
Taste #: 1
In brief: The walnuts make a huge difference and I love the lumpy shapes. The brown sugar must really contribute to the overall taste, because I don't remember the Toll House cookies of my youth quite as tasty. These are pretty nice! In short, I am a fan and M.'s hubby can bake these anytime he desires for our office consumption.
04-17 toll house cookies

Carta Azul (Pinche Taqueria?)

103 W. 14th St, NY, NY 10011

Rating: 3 - Feeling Good
Visit #: 2
In brief: Fish tacos, fish tacos and fish tacos.
04-17 Carta Azul
It's Friday! Time for fish! And Pinche Taqueria, I mean, Carta Azul (what's with the name change!?) thinks so too. For not very much money we got an extra fish taco each. Three tacos, $11, including tip. Win-win!

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.