to eat / what i ate recently around nyc

(1) Bagel from Tompkins Square Bagels (Can’t get a good bagel in NJ!)
(2) Roasted broccoli is a fave (olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, 425F for 25 min)
(3) Bar Primi fiore di carfiosi pasta (pretty but so-so). They take reservations now, but I probably won’t go back!
(4) Fresh California uni at Chelsea Market‘s the Lobster Place.
(5) Chelsea Market Mokbar bulgogi ramen. Share and get a side of extra noodles. The ho cake and tteokboki was less exciting.
(6) Cauliflower steak. Same process as (2). Cut it less than 1 inch thick.
(7) Roasted chicken using Trader Joe’s brined chicken and used some of this recipe. I need a meat thermometer. Love my Falcon enamelware. So easy to clean!
(8) Hu Kitchen “Benny” eggs benedict with chicken sausage, kale, and jordy cakes.
(9) Shake Shack’s new Shackmeister burger with crispy beer marinated shallots. I still prefer the Shack burger… 

(1) The only Beard Papa’s Cream puff left in NYC also sells Mud coffee. The Paris brest cream puff wasn’t as fresh and cream filled as my memory.
(2), (3) Red Farm is Asian fusion and was a surprisingly good brunch – their shrimp & snow pea leaf dumplings and curry crab dumplings were delicious. The skin was thin.
(4) Harbs is a new Japanese cake boutique. Beautiful cafe, much pricier than Lady M (think $10+ on average for a slice). Their cakes are less sleek and more ambitious than Lady M and tends to tumble over. This slice had tons of berries, chocolate chiffon cake, and some rum.
(5) Simit and Smith — Turkish “bagel” is called a simit. Slim and chewy.
(6) This is a relative of the pomelo — it’s so much more fun to eat when it’s all peeled and segmented.
(7) The Harbs’ spin on the millecrepe has tons of fruit. I didn’t care for the banana.
(8) Seasonal red velvet cake from Lady M did not impress.
(9) Shiny Tea in Flushing Panda milk tea = mini white pearls + normal pearls. The mini white pearls fascinate me. They have the same texture!

to eat / sakagura jewel oke bento

I haven’t posted any food in a while… not because I haven’t been eating.

A friend and I fetched lunch at Sakagura the other day. Sakagura is located in the basement of a non-descript office building. Lunch is a busy time so reservations are recommended – and easily made through OpenTable. They have limited bar seating, where I think all of those without reservations go and those seats fill up very quickly. They had a special uni noodle dish and though I LOVE uni, it looked a bit too rich. I love variety and Sakagura has a ton of sets and bentos. We opted for the $20 jewel oke bento which had sashimi, fried tidbits, mini rice balls, miso soup, broiled eel, egg, preserved vegetables, and a semi sweet gelatin mound. I was starving from a coffee breakfast so this really hit the spot. Yum!

And best yet, my friend brought me my Baukjen Maryna blazer, which I stupidly left in my hotel in Amsterdam. The hotel wanted 200 euros to ship it back to the US via FedEx!

to eat / flex donuts in grand central terminal

Zac Young from Top Chef Just Desserts opened a pop up doughnut shop, Flex Donuts, in Grand Central Terminal over an year ago. I waited too long to post this because the pop up is now gone. If any of this whets your appetite, head over to Flex Mussels.

If you visited in the evening, it is buy one, get one free. Despite it’s cakey appearance, they were moist and light. Perfect for sharing with coworkers on a long night!

Triple Chocolate and Salted Caramel:

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to eat / chef’s table suckling pig table at the breslin

With the amount of restaurants, cafes, patisseries, etc. popping up in the city every day, it can take a while before I make my way to one. I’d been to the Stumptown in the Ace Hotel, but never the adjacent gastropub. After a delicious trip to Quebec, my friend N asked if I wanted to join the suckling pig feast at the Breslin. I couldn’t find a reason not to.

We had a group of ten. We added a few bottles of wine to the meal. It was a very meat heavy meal and despite everyone’s best efforts, we left with a ton of leftovers. As an ice cream lover, the cherry topped ice cream at the end of the meal was the perfect ending to a charming evening. Overall, I think the Breslin’s price point on this meal is a bit high. I’d charged the meal to my British Airways Visa, realizing later that I was getting a $50 credit because the Breslin has a Michelin star!

~ The menu ~

~ Half of the group ~

~ The surroundings ~

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