Posts Tagged 'restaurants & food'





Went to Resto last night for Restaurant Week dinner last night. I didn’t take many pics, but my favorite things I ate last night were the deviled eggs on top of a pig toast and the Beignets with chocolate sauce. The Beignets are even tastier dipped in coffee! The deviled eggs are from their regular menu and they are just divine. It’s the best combination of food you could ever put together to make a deviled egg. Definitely worth a visit. The food is great!

111 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016
212- 685-5585


(images by: vivien chin)



Stumbled upon this Wine Bar/Italian Cafe yesterday in Nolita area. Small and intimate with great atmosphere and outdoor seating.  Had some tasty artichoke ravoli with a pesto sauce.  Started with a delicious Cheese & Vegetable platter (chose the small, but they come in Med. and Large w/variations of Cheese & Fruit or Cheese & Meat.  Food is reasonably priced with large wine selection.  Nice casual place to drop into if you are in the area and need a break.

200 Mott St. (between Kenmare & Spring St.)
New York, NY 10012

(image by: vivien chin)


Little pillows of deliciousness are what these are. While trying to feed a donut craving, found this place called, Bomboloni, that sells little donuts of the same name. Bomboloni are Italian filled donuts topped with powdered sugar. My favorites are the Strawberry, Creme Brulee, Apple, and Raspberry.  Other flavors include Valrhona Chocolate, Traditional, etc.  They are $1 a piece or half-dozen for $5.  Yummy and well worth it.  A must try, you won’t regret it.  There are also other goodies there so check them out!

187 Columbus Ave. (btwn 68th and 69th st.)
New York, NY 10023
(212) 877-3080

(image by: vivien chin)

a salt & battery: fish & chips

I love love love fish and chips. Finally stopped in and ate at this tasty place I always pass by when i’m in the area.  Love the name – “A Salt & Battery”.  Tried the Sea Bass and Sole (with chips of course!).  Everything was delish and perfect!  I will definitely be going back.  If you love fish and chips, check this place out.  Fun sightings: Ballot from Bobby’s Flay’s Throwdown on the Food Network on the wall and a poster for deep fried Cadbury Eggs for Easter weekend.  (Melissa, you are probably the only one I know who might be willing to try those deep friend Cadbury eggs.  I know how much you love Cadbury eggs!!)

A Salt & Battery

112 Greenwich Ave
(between 12th St & Jane St)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 691-2713

(images by: vivien chin)

alice’s tea cup

This is the best little place ever! Alice’s Tea Cup in the Upper West Side has the best tea selection, scones, and food in general. I had the french toast for brunch (1st pic) and it was some of the best french toast I’ve ever had. For tea, had the Silver Needle Jasmine tea which was sooo aromatic and tasty. It complimented the buttermilk scone and raspberry with chocolate scone very nicely. The scones really were the best–so buttery and soft and perfect. This place really has turned the novel idea of a tea party into a great experience with delicious tea and scrumptious goodies. I saw groups with towers of scones, sandwiches, & cupcakes and other yummy things accompanied by pots of tea. Alice in Wonderland is inspiration for this little teahouse/restaurant/cafe/place. I can definitely see myself coming back here for a great cup of tea and scone or anything else on the menu. It’s so relaxing inside that you really could lose yourself in there for a few hours. It’s great. A must try. The tea party is not for little girls anymore! There were more than plenty of adults in here enjoying themselves.

Alice’s Tea Cup
102 West 73rd Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-3006

(images by: vivien chin)

restaurant week_mesa grill

Ate at Bobby Flay’s Restaurant, Mesa Grill for restaurant week.  The restaurant serves southwestern food.  My dishes of choice were a salmon tartare appetizer (2nd pic), grilled mahi mahi w/risotto entree (1st pic), and for dessert pineapple upside down cake with vanilla ice cream.  Everything was delicious!  Great choice for restaurant week.

Mesa Grill
102 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 807-7400

(images by: vivien chin)

restaurant week_nyc

Restaurant week NYC starts next week!  Get your reservations in online at their website.  Reduced rates at typically expensive restaurants is always great thing.  I’ve gotten to try restaurants that I couldn’t typically enjoy except on a splurge for a special occasion.  January 25-February 7, 2010.  Check it out.

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Tried Mario Batali’s restaurant, Otto, near Washington Square park recently.  Thought the food was really great and really cheaply priced which is always a plus for NY.  One of my favorite parts of the restaurant is the flipping train schedule (seen above).  If you are waiting for a table you are given a ticket with a city name on it and your ticket name flips up on the board when your table is ready just like in a train station.  Thumbs up. 

Delicious food to try:  Penne Con Noci e Zucca (penne, succa, hazelnuts, and ricotta); Swiss Chard and Goat cheese pizza; for appetizer they have daily special bruschetta.  I had the Otto Lardo which if you are up to it you will love.  It is toasted bread with a slice of pig’s fat on top.  It is buttery and delicious.  I loved it.  Funny story, the girls at the next table thought I was eating bread with cheese on it, but the waiter informed them of what it reall was and they were turned off.  I say don’t be turned off because it was very yummy and you should try it.  It was the Friday Bruschetta.

I’ll definitely be going back sometime soon.
Otto Restaurant Enoteca Pizza
1 5th Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 995-9559

sunday brunch w/ some live tunes @ moto

moto brunch music

Met up with Jeff and Laura for some absolutely delicious brunch food at Moto.  This was my first time having brunch here.  Always seem to just make it out for dinner.  (see earlier post on 4/13/09 on Moto).  This is really one of my favorite restaurants to go to.  Great atmosphere, delicious food and live music.  The music is always good there.  Really makes for a good time.  The pic above is of the guys we had the pleasure of listening to on Sunday.  I think they are the “BJJ Trio” if I remember correctly, but not 100% sure.

Food to try for brunch:  Baked Ham and Cheese Egg with Grilled bread and salad greens (yum…soo good I want more); the freshly made donuts with some cinnamon are the best;  and the Date Cake with warm toffee sauce and whipped cream (always a must get and not just a dinner dessert menu item).

That’s just what I had, everything looked great so you can’t go wrong.  Can’t decide which is better, brunch or dinner at Moto.  Love them both!!

394 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-6895

(image by: vivien chin)


kefi spreads

kefi upstairs

kefi downstairs

One of my favorite Greek restaurants.  It is located in the Upper Weset Side.  A must have appetizer is the pita with 4 spreads shown above.  It is sooo tasty.  Warm pita with 4 spreads–tzatziki, eggplant, caviar, & chickpea with sundried tomato–is my favorite appetizer.  Entrees that are also good there are: Grilled swordfish; Pan seared striped bass; Sheep’s milk ravioli with brown butter and sage (MY FAVE!); Flat pasted with pulled braised rabbit and graviera cheese. 

Usually have dinner there which is delicious, but had brunch there today with Jeff, Laura, and Justin today and it was scrumptious!  I had the French toast which is a given since I LOVE French Toast and am determined to try the French Toast at all my favorite restaurants.  The pancakes were very tasty too with the lemon zest infused flavor as well as the Eggs Benedict.  All these are worth trying for brunch.



setagaya receipt sketch

setagaya receipt

Cute sketch on my receipt from Ramen Setagaya.  Shio Ramen was yummy!


Ramen Setagaya
90 University Place
New York, NY 10003
(212) 229-1489


snapshot of exterior from my streetcar ride

delmonico dining area
one of the dining areas

gulf crabmeat cake (further description of all food following last image)

delmonico duck confit
confit duck leg

pan fried red fish

delmonico_lime cheesecake bites
lime cheesecake bites

delmonico dessert pudding
pudding trio

Took a detour towards the fancier side for my final dinner in New Orleans.  Headed to Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant, Delmonico.  He has so many in New Orleans that I didn’t know what to pick, but I think this is his newest and is really affordable for such a nice place.  I always chuckle a little when I think of Emeril because all I picture is him going, BAM!! BAM!! BAM!! on his show on the food network.  The food is definitely worth going for and the atmosphere is great.  Feels like you are walking into someone’s fancy home when you step through the door as opposed to a “restaurant”.  You get attended to by not just the waiter who takes your order, but also the other 4 or 5 in the room who make sure you are having an excellent time there.  Makes you feel extra special.  Mood lighting of course and elegant decor, but not too over the top.  Still felt like you were in a nice home.

Now onto the food.  I of course wanted to try everything, but since I can’t I did end up trying these dishes that I HIGHLY recommend.  (All pictured above)

Appetizer: Gulf Crabmeat Cake with green tomato chow chow

Main Course: Confit Duck Leg with French Lentils, Fig Marmalade, & Sugar Snap Peas (duck was cooked perfectly, the marmalade was the best I’ve ever tasted, and the snap peas were so sweet);  Ran Fried Red Fish with Fingerling Potato Lyonnaise, Stewed Green Beans, Shrimp Veloute Sauce

Dessert:  Lime Cheesecake Bites dipped in Chocolate Ganache and Graham Cracker Crumbs (I want to learn how to make this!); Pudding Trio – Chocolate, Salted Caramel, & Vanilla

I highly recommend all of the above.  Everything was delectable and savory! 


1300 Saint Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-4937

(images from Delmonico site and some by: vivien chin)


ignatius restaurant

Gumbo and jumbalaya were on my checklist of things I have to eat when in New Orleans.  Had them both at dinner here for the first time and they were delicious!  The jumbalaya was my favorite.  Ignatius is located in the Garden District on Magazine street.  Real New Orleans food at non-tourist prices.  Low priced and tasty…always a good combo.


4200 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 896-2225

(image by: vivien chin)

muffeletta & napoleon house

Napoleon house 1

napoleon house

muffuletta sandwich

One of my favorite spots in New Orleans was Napoleon House in the French Quarter.  It’s a 200 year old building who’s first occupant, Nicholas Girod, offered the building up to Napoleon for refuge during his exile in 1821.  Napoleon never came, but the name stuck. 

It has one of the BEST sandwiches I’ve ever had–the Muffuletta (seen above).  The sandwich is huge and in it has: ham, genoa salami, pastrami, swiss cheese, provolone cheese, and homemade italian olive salad in it.  The combination is delicious–all my favorite things in one sandwich!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  Went great with a cold Abita Amber on that hot day.  I want to learn how to make the muffuletta olive mix because it was so amazing.  This is a must go in New Orleans, seemed like pretty popular place when I was there.


500 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

(images by: vivien chin)

cafe habana

cafe habana

cafe habana_grilled corn

cafe habana_fish tacos

Cafe Habana is one of my favorite lunch spots on the edge of SoHo.  Really delicious Cuban-Mexican food.  A must-have is the grilled corn (shown above) which is topped with cheese, a little chilli powder, and a side of lime.  It is the best thing ever.  The fried plantains are also one of my top picks.  My favorite entrees are the fish tacos (shown above) and the sincronizada which is similar to a quesadilla in form, having 2 tortillas with cheese and avocado in the middle.  The meat version, sincronizada toluca, has chorizo added to it and is also very delicious.  Brunch is excellent there as well.  They have some of the best french toast with scrumptious fresh fruit and syrup. 

It’s a small place so you can expect a wait if you go during busy times, but I think it’s well worth it if you have the time.  I’ve waited almost an hour for brunch one during winter because I really wanted some of their french toast.  (i’m a french toast lover!).  If you can’t wait, just around the corner there is the Cafe Habana to-go shop which serves the same food, but you can grab it to go and eat elseware or try and grab on of the few seats they have in there.  Highly recommend eating here!


17 Prince St
(between Elizabeth St & Mott St)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 625-2002


dining area and bar

reception desk

old post office boxes (images from

Had an amazing and delicious birthday dinner last night at PUBLIC located near the New Museum (I included the address below).  The restaurant is designed and operated by design firm AvroKO whose office is located right above the restaurant.  AvroKO designed and operates a few other pretty cool restaurants that I want to check out someday.

The space at PUBLIC has very industrial yet elegant feel through their use of materials, fixtures, and lighting.  It was a really beautiful space to be in and the lighting is much darker than it appears in the pictures so it sets a great mood for dinner at night.  The restaurant and bar filled up fast so it seems like a pretty popular place.  The food is a mix of Austrailian, Asian, and Mid-Eastern cuisine. 

The items off the menu I tried were all delicious and I would highly recommend: 

[Starters] Grilled scallops with sweet chili sauce, crème fraiche and green plantain crisps (the scallops were sooo tenderly cooked and go really well with the sweet chili sauce); Artichoke salad with mixed Spring greens and vinaigrette

[Main] Snail and oxtail ravioli with pickled shiitake mushrooms, oven dried tomatoes, peashoots and smoked paprika oil (this is very very delicious if you are willing to give it a try); Crispy skinned barramundi with a wild mushroom broth, fingerling potatoes, pickled ginger and pea leaf salad

[Dessert] Cheesecake flan, blood orange caramel, citrus salad and pistachio brittle (highly recommend! This was sooo good and I want to learn to make my own); the dessert wine paired with it was – Lilly Pilly “Noble Blend”, 2002 (Riverina, Australia) – (Loved the name Lilly Pilly and it had a great taste as well)

210 Elizabeth St. (Between Prince St. & Spring St.)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 343-7011

easter and dim sum



My Easter activities didn’t involve any egg hunts, but there was plenty of delicious food to be had.  Went to Golden Unicorn Restaurant in Chinatown for dim sum with Dave, Hannah, and Justin.  We kind of just stumbled upon it after we found out the place we were going to go to was closed for renovations.  This was a very good find!  I had heard about it from other people, but didn’t know where it was.  My search for tasty dim sum in NY continues.  This one is definitely on my favorites list and everyone should try it.

18 E. Broadway (between Catherine St. & Market St.)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 941-0911


entry of moto

   entry of moto. (image by: vivien chin)

This is by far one of my favorite restaurants in NYC.  Great atmosphere and food.  Moto is located in  Williamburg (Brooklyn, for all the non-NY people).  It is right under the Hewes stop off the JMZ.  I was introduced to it by my friends Matt and Danny who live a couple blocks from it.  The restaurant is small and can get pretty busy but it is worth the wait.  They serve French style food and have live music that is pretty awesome and makes me think of New Orleans, or what I would imagine music in New Orleans might include.  I’ve only been there for dinner, but I’ve heard from Alison and Kristin that brunch is pretty yummy so I’ll have to try it some time.  What do I suggest to get?….EVERYTHING.  That probably won’t work out, but seriously everything on the menu is delicious.  My favorites are the artichoke with saffron mayo, mac and cheese, risotto, date cake with warm toffee sauce, and creme brulee.   SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT!  The date cake is the best and a must try.  You’ll definitely leave here with a very satisfied tummy.

394 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-6895


Some old photos of the interior.  This place has been around for awhile.  Not much has changed except for a few more cool items scattered around that have been collected over the years.  It’s pretty awesome.

moto interior (image from:

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