It's often the hole-in-the-wall places that surprise you. Nestled in the East Village, a red circular sign boldly announces Curry Ya's presence among the other Japanese restaurants and bars on the block.
Space is limited here, so be prepared to squeeze your way in. Despite the size, the interior is clean and simple with plain white walls and tall wooden stools with a little storage compartment at the bottom for your personal belongings. A long counter stretches from one end of the wall and bends around. Behind the counter you get an unobscured view of the kitchen, where the chefs work quietly around the stoves and oven.
Dinner is never a dull moment at Sik Gaek. The Korean restaurant in Woodside is pretty famous for the Sannakji — live octopus — and yes, you can see where this is going.
Even if you’re dead set against having slimy tentacles squirming on a sizzling black plate in front of you, your neighbors at the next table might not share the same disdain. In fact, they might want to order the huge seafood platter with lobsters, crabs and octopus — all alive, of course. Go big or go home, right?
As you can tell, Sik Gaek is not for the faint-hearted. If you can handle the Sannakji, kudos to you! The squishy tentacles are sliced up, so technically, they're not alive (but they're still moving, though). They are coated in sesame oil so the slippery texture helps the tentacles to slide down your throat quite easily. After all, we all try to avoid choking on tentacles. But once you get past the initial fear, the freshness of it is overwhelming.
Are you going mad for chicken? Don’t just wing it and settle for regular fried chicken. If you’re going to satisfy your craving, you might as well go all out and experience one of the best fried chickens the city has to offer.
Mad For Chicken houses the famous Korean fried chicken, which is crispier and less greasy in comparison to other fried chicken out there.
Our friends had been egging us on to try the chicken. So on a Saturday night, while the air was crisp and chilly, we arrived at the Flushing location for dinner and waited 20 minutes to be seated. We took that as a good sign. When there’s a line, the food is most certainly divine. Besides, 20 minutes is a pretty standard waiting time for restaurants in New York.
The Lower East Side is amazing for its never-ending plethora of cheap, tasty dishes. When we discovered Pok Pok Phat Thai over the weekend, we couldn’t keep this to ourselves. We just had to share the goodness! Located on 137 Rivington St, this tiny outlet offers authentic Thai food, with marble counters protruding from the walls to serve as tables. Photos of Thai artists from decades ago consumed the walls, dating the restaurant back to an older period. It was a clean, cozy setting, nothing too overwhelming.
Pad thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes. It is also one of Pok Pok’s best-sellers. It would be a pity to go all the way to one of the city’s favorite pad thai spots and not try the signature dish. That would be like jetsetting to Asia and settling on McDonald’s. The pad thai arrived in all its steaming glory, garnished with chives, eggs, dried shrimps, peanuts, bean sprouts, chili powder and lime halves on a layer of banana leaf. Asian dishes are usually colorful, and the pad thai did not lack in visual appeal.
When Chef Adam Sobel decided to launch an organic, vegan food truck, he had one thing in mind: to capture the attention (and appetites) of passersby who might normally opt for an animal-based meal. Like a morally-charged version of MTV’s Pimp My Ride, Sobel and a few kindhearted friends came together to transform a ramshackle hot dog truck into The Cinnamon Snail: a vibrantly painted, fully renovated mobile food purveyor dishing out gourmet vegan cuisine and desserts in Hoboken and Manhattan.
Since opening, The Cinnamon Snail has been moving at anything but a snail's pace. It's been dubbed one of Yahoo's top ten “remarkable food trucks,” named one of the top five vegetarian food trucks by PETA, and was a finalist in the 2010 Vendy Awards.
Everyone has his or her favorite place for burgers in New York City. However, not all burgers are the same, as we well know, and not all burgers match one’s mood.
Here is Joonbug’s fast, easy and fun City Guide to some of the town’s best burgers, for a wide array of feelings, moods or situation you happen to find yourself in!
You’ve both just had that lovin’ feeling and now, you are STARVING! Where to head? Try the superb, super -hip brunch spot Freeman’s Restaurant- with its bustling bar, warm yet super-cool atmosphere. Go ahead, have that burger at 11 am on a Sunday. Heck, make it a cheeseburger! How about the Piedmontese with Fries? You’ll have that thrilling feeling of being alone, just the two of you, in a fun atmosphere. All the more to make you run back home and jump back on that futon for the rest of the day!
When you walk into Pitango, you will be greeted by a sleek interior with blown glass light fixtures, and a glass counter that encases 20 metal containers, all brimming with some truly tasty gelatos and sorbets. Despite the modernity of the decor, the posters that adorn the wall ensures that Pitango promises authentic gelato, without all the modern -day additives.
Pitango uses organic milk, sugar, fruits, and nuts in their gelatos and sorbets, and no artificial flavoring or color. The base for each gelato and sorbet comes from their farm in Pennsylvania and is then delivered to each of their five locations in the DC Metropolitan area. Each location churns the gelato and sorbet fresh in the store before placing it in separate canisters to be kept at the perfect temperature of 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Before serving to the customer, the Pitango server whips and molds the gelato or sorbet to ensure a creamy and smooth texture.
More and more people are becoming interested in consuming local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Why? They're healthy, energizing and good for the mind and environment. Unfortunately, maintaining a sustainable diet and a fruitful bank account is a challenge.
Your solution: Nopalito.
This Mexican restaurant offers flavorful, organic and affordable fare that leaves you craving another visit. With its laidback, intimate atmosphere and indoor and outdoor heated patio seating, Nopalito welcomes you.
Clement Street may be known to most San Franciscans as the other Chinatown, but you can also find Giorgio’s Pizzeria. Since 1972, Giorgio’s has been a successful Italian family restaurant, offering affordable dishes for just you or the whole family.
Giorgio’s may have pizzeria in its name but you should not discount the plethora of pasta options that are available. If you want something more traditional, you can choose your own pasta and sauce. Options for pasta include spaghetti, penne, fusilli, beef ravioli, spinach and cheese ravioli or cheese tortellini. Try topping it with Giorgio’s meat sauce, Giorgio’s marinara sauce, butter and Parmesan, fresh pesto, pesto marinara sauce, pesto cream sauce or Alfredo sauce. You can also add meatballs or Italian sausage to round out the dish. Classic pastas range from $9.25 - $10.75, with an additional $3.75 for a meat addition.