Great news, New Yorkers! The Big Apple just scored itself another amazing Asian eatery: Han Dynasty. The famous Chinese restaurant recently branched out from Philadelphia and snagged a sweet spot in the East Village, catering the same delicious Szechuan cuisine as its Philly pioneer.
You can expect no less from Han Dynasty, which was voted one of the top 50 Chinese restaurants in America and also featured on the Food Network. The restaurant smells like fresh wood and spices. The interior boasts dark wooden furniture and yellow walls lined with Asian oil paintings.
Masq weaves a distinct New Orleans flavor into New American food at its Midtown location, which functions as both a restaurant and lounge. Founded by husband and wife George and Nora Chaprastian, the cozy townhouse is graced with a distinct New Orleans flair — the walls are lined with Mardi Gras masks from Italy and the restaurant is furnished with vintage furniture.
There are a number of restaurants in New York that try to replicate Cajun cooking, but sadly not all these restaurants nail the authenticity in taste and texture. Fortunately, Masq proves that this restaurant triumphs in serving quality New American food with a distinct Cajun flair.
Meat, meat, and more meat. That’s what Korean BBQs are all about. At Picnic Garden in Flushing, you’re in for a real treat. The buffet comprises a wide range of meat and other condiments such as congee, kimchi, vegetables, fried chicken, soup and more. Be warned that getting a table during lunch or dinner time is no picnic.
Upon entering, your nostrils are greeted by the strong aroma of meat sizzling on the grills. Think about all the meat you can devour, from marinated pork to beef to chicken. You’re encouraged to help yourself to as much meat or condiments as you want at the long buffet table.
Dim lights washed over the charming interior of Ribalta, the Italian pizza restaurant on East 12th Street. With Skrillex dropping hard beats over the speaker, the dinner crowd started filing in. The founder of Ribalta, Rosario Procino, paced around the restaurant ensuring that everything was going well for the night. It was a special evening at Ribalta. In fact, it was the restaurant’s first night introducing a new member to its menu of palatable pizzas: the White Truffle Pizza.
The idea stemmed from Procino and Chef Pasquale Cozzolino. White truffles, known as the “diamonds of the kitchen” in the culinary world, are only present this time of the year and are valued for their exquisite taste. They are a type of fungus that grow under trees in forests, and are harvested underground.
Autumn in New York is amazing. We love how the leaves slowly rain down in fiery shades of red and gold, and we absolutely love the smell of hot chocolate and coffee wafting through the streets. Above all, we love the introduction of fall menus across the city. This is the perfect city for foodies, and as food curators ourselves, nothing makes us happier than eating to our hearts’ content and concealing our tummies behind oversized sweaters.
Nestled in Greenwich Village and helmed by John DeLucie (one of the city’s most sought-after chefs), The Lion recently launched its Sunday fall brunch menu.
Sitting on the East River with a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline, eating plates upon plates of some of Brooklyn’s best tamales, pasta, pizza, curry, sandwiches, and ice cream, is exactly where we always want to be. And thankfully, TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint provided that experience during its fourth annual festival this year.
Adjacent from Sunday’s Williamsburg Flea, in East River State Park, local vendors lined up tents along the perimeter of the park, preparing small plates best representing their restaurant’s cuisine. In the center, local wineries, breweries, and bars created cocktails and offered samples of their beverages. In exchange for a ticket, ($25/ 4 tastes & 2 drinks), each unique taste was yours. Ticket sales benefitted Northside Town Hall, a community and cultural center to be located in a historic firehouse.
Vynl in Hell's Kitchen serves up a hearty all day breakfast, with hot plates of homemade waffles, frittatas, and breakfast burritos! Lunchtime breakfast can sometimes be just the key to re-starting the day on a better note. Weekends feature brunch specials like chocolate pancakes and morning cocktails named after popular divas.
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The Fourth is an East Village American brasserie with an eclectic breakfast menu. The Paõ de Queijo is a gluten-free Brazilian cheese bread; crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. The New Yorker, a toasted everything bagel with smoked salmon, whitefish salad, cream cheese, tomato & Bermuda onion, is a favorite item for locals.
It’s Fashion Week! The most glamorous week of the year will make its well awaited return to New York, and to celebrate, Fashion Plate Prix Fixe and Lincoln Square Crew Cuts will make sure there are some good entrees’ to add to the excitement. As the models storm the runway, local restaurants will be brimming of locals and visitors indulging in the good deal meals.
Fashion Plate Prix will start their promotion during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week which runs from Thursday September 5 to Thursday September 12. Well renowned restaurants such as A Voce, Atlantic Grill, Bar Boulud, Boulud Sud, Gabriel’s, Lincoln Ristorante, and Rosa Mexicano ( just to name a few) are providing special deals for everyone coming to the Lincoln Square neighborhood. Most of the eateries are offering a three course prix fixe lunch for less than $35 , and members working in fashion related events can even grab take-out offerings from a wide range of affordable foods around the area.
When looking over a menu, there are often a few things that catch our eye: the familiar, the strange, and perhaps a new dish with some of my favorite ingredients. Often after agonizing decision making, we'll veer towards the familiar or the favorites, not wanting to risk a bad meal on a night out.
This past Saturday, however, we went to dinner at Ootoya in Chelsea, and a dish on the appetizer list sounded too interesting to pass up:
"Homemade Tofu with World Selected Salt"
Yes, we have plenty of salt and tofu at home, but words like "homemade" and "world' stand out; we needed to get my chopsticks on this starter.