Sunday, March 27, 2011

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Ice cream is one of my favorite foods on earth. My co-worker and I recently snagged coupons for free scoops of ice cream at the Van Leeuwen truck from www.tenka.com. The truck serves homemade pastries, espresso, coffee and ice cream.



Ice cream menu.



Earl Grey (small, regularly $3.95). I was deciding between hazelnut and earl grey, but since I'd already had a hazelnut latte from Starbucks, I chose the earl grey. Such a strong flavor and nice and creamy. According to the website, Van Leeuwen uses only fresh milk and cream and no preservatives.



There are 3 Van Leeuwen trucks in New York City:

The Turtle:
Monday-Sunday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Central Park West & 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

The Panda:
Monday-Friday, 7:30am-10:00am
6th Ave & 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010

Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm
5th Ave & 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010

Monday-Friday 4:00pm-6:00pm
5th Ave & 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010

The Kangeroo:
Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm
5th Ave & 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

Saturday-Sunday 12:00pm-7:00pm
Prince Street & Greene Street
New York, NY 10012


Website: www.vanleeuwenicecream.com


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Friday, March 25, 2011

Dine Out for Japan


Dine Out for Japan is a great opportunity to help Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims. Over 60 NYC restaurants are donating 5% of total sales between March 23rd to March 30th to the Red Cross.

The full list of participating restaurants:
www.nysra.org/dineoutforjapan.

To donate towards Dine Out for Japan:
american.redcross.org/jaany-pub



Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mermaid Inn revisited

My sister is kind of obsessed with mermaids, thus her love for Mermaid Inn began and slowly passed off onto me. The food is consistently great, especially the lobster roll! Visited last Saturday night with the roomies. Great experience as usual.

Maine Bouchot Mussels $12. Really can't eat just one of these... So simple yet impressive! There definitely wasn't enough bread to scoop up the broth at the end.



Lobster Bisque $8. I love it when restaurants don't get stingy with lobster meat in soup! Props to Mermaid Inn!



Lobster Roll with Old Bay Fries $26. Was looking forward to this all week. So very fresh and delicious.




Shrimp corndogs $9.



Lobster & Truffle Mac & Cheese $9. Omg. Hands down favorite dish of the night. So creamy and lovely. I really do believe that truffle makes everything better.



Hush Puppies $7. Kind of Mediocre. The roomie found this airy and lacking flavor.



Address:
79 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
Phone number: (212)260-0100
Reservations recommended.

Website: www.themermaidnyc.com

Other locations:
568 Amsterdam Avenue (between 87th Street & 88th Street)
New York, NY 10024

96 2nd Avenue (between 5th Street & 6th Street)
New York, NY 10003



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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Waffle Craving, Petite Abeille

I had such a strong craving for waffles last week that I spent quite some time looking up places to have waffles for brunch. I came across some great reviews for Petite Abeille, so four of us headed there at noon on Saturday. The wait was surprisingly short for a popular small restaurant, we only had to wait 20 to 30 minutes for a table.
The smell of waffles fills the entire restaurant and it's such a wonderful surprise when one walks through the front doors.

Cute bumblebee logo




Waffles being made near the entrance of the restaurant.



Spotted the fries being served with a burger on someone else's plate, so we got a side order of it $4.



Cheese Croquettes $8.50. Just fried and so good. I usually love when a small salad is served on the side of fried foods, makes me feel better about eating the fried part. Unfortunately the lettuce here tasted way too much like grass. Bleh.



I got the waffle special of the day $14. The waffle wasn't as fluffy as I usually like, but was still pretty fantastic. The fresh whipped cream, blackberries, bananas, strawberries and strawberry sauce= a heavenly combination.




Omelette Maison: smoked salmon, scallions & sour cream $13.50. Had a bite of this off my friend's plate. Loved the salmon.



Address:
44 West 17th Street (between 5th Avenue & Avenue of the Americas)
New York, NY 10011
Phone number: (212)727-2989
*No brunch reservations

Website: www.petiteabeille.com

Other locations:
466 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

401 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10009

134 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013


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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tomoe Sushi!

We got to Tomoe at 5:40pm on a Saturday night and there was no wait for a table. By 6:30pm the restaurant was full and people started to have to put their names down and wait outside. The restaurant's really small and does not take reservations, so it's probably best to go in a small group.

Sushi Sashimi Combination-- 10 pieces of sashimi, 5 pieces of sushi and half spicy tuna, $35. The pieces were bigger than expected and everything tasted really fresh. My favorites were the salmon and spicy tuna. This dish was served with a bowl of rice and a salad.



Oysters with mushroom in broth $7.75. The oysters were huge and the broth was full of flavor from the oysters.




Mapo Tofu (麻婆豆腐), stir-fried tofu in chili sauce $8. Eyed this dish on the table next to us. Spicy but sooo good with rice. I miss eating tofu! Such a staple food at home.



Grilled Miso Cod with tomato sauce $14. omg grilled perfectly with a hint of sweetness. The tomato sauce tasted like salsa, which was kind of random. The cod was good enough on its own to not need to be dipped in anything else. This was probably my second favorite dish of the meal.



Tempura banana with vanilla ice cream $6. Generous scoop of ice cream! There was enough to have a good-sized spoonful with each bite of banana. Delicious!



Address:
172 Thompson Street (between Houston Street & Bleecker Street)
New York, NY 10012
Phone number: (212)777-9346
*No reservations
*Cash or Amex only

Website: www.tomoesushi.com

The restaurant offers takeout, but know that the menu on the website isn't entirely up to date. Call in to check if they have something that you don't see on the online menu.


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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Wings at BonChon Chicken

I wasn't a big fan of BonChon's wings the first time I visited the restaurant a few months ago. I've heard so many great things about the place though, that I decided to give it another shot. Three of us arrived at the BonChon on 38th Street at around 7:30pm on a Thursday night. We were told there would be a 10 to 15 minute wait for a table. It ended up being 45 minutes.

There's a menu right inside the restaurant for ordering takeout.



The bar on the first floor.



The second floor.



Scallion Pancake $9.99. The red blob is chili sauce that spilled onto it. The pancake was too greasy.



Large Mixed Wings, half original (soy garlic) and half spicy, radishes in the middle $21.99. Perfectly crispy with a very thin batter. The spicy was way too spicy for me. The original was delicious, although I really can't eat more than 2 or 3 wings in one sitting. I felt like my stomach had a layer of oil in it halfway through the meal.



Fries (The wings come with a free side!) We chose french fries. These were nicely crispy too!



From the reviews I've read on Yelp, I think the free side that comes with an order of wings is only available at the 38th street location of BonChon.
The wings were great, but note that the restaurant really feels like a club. The top 40 music is really loud and you have to kind of shout to be heard when talking to people at your table. The volume on the tvs are also on, so you have to talk over that as well. It's definitely a lively atmosphere.

Address:
207 West 38th Street (between 7th Avenue & 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10018
Phone number: (212)221-3399

Other locations:
325 5th Avenue (between 32nd Street & 33rd Street)
New York, NY 10016
Phone number: (212)686-8282

104 John Street (between Cliff Street & Pearl Street)
New York, NY 10038
Phone number: (646)682-7747

Website: www.bonchon.com


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Brunch at Boutique Eat Shop



Side of bacon $5. Most generous portion I've ever seen. Unfortunately, none of it was crispy.



French toast with sausage, onion & apple $12. I liked the fluffiness of the french toast, but there wasn't anything very special about it.



Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with sauteed spinach & prosciutto wrapped asparagus $14. An interesting looking eggs benedict. I like it when there's spinach in eggs benedict, and the asparagus on the side helped with fulfilling a portion of vegetables for my meal. The dish wasn't spectacular, but it was decent.



Overall a fine but forgettable meal, hence the 2 month lag in writing this post.
My friend tried to order a latte and the server said that the restaurant does not have espresso nor do they have loose tea-- only tea bags and French press coffee. The service was scattered and we weren't checked on throughout the entire meal. Even the bill took a long time to be returned to us after we gave our credit cards.
I just looked up the brunch menu on Boutique Eat Shop's website and it's changed since I visited the restaurant in January. The eggs benedict and french toast are both different from those pictured & described here.

Address:
559 West 22nd Street (between 10th Avenue & West Street)
New York, NY 10011
Phone number: (212)414-8700

Website: www.boutiqueeatshop.com


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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Balthazar Revisited

I LOVE Balthazar. The service is great, the food is consistently wonderful, and there's a lovely French bistro feel in the restaurant. (Previous Balthazar post here)




Macaroni & Cheese with bacon $15. Ultimate comfort food. (Well, after soup noodles..) Perfectly done and there were clusters/chunks of bacon in it. Always welcome bacon.



Eggs Norwegian $22. Of course I had to get this. Hits the spot every time.



Sour Cream Hazelnut Waffles with Warm Berries $18. My favorite thing ever. The tartness of the berries with the warm fluffy waffles-- heaven!



Address:
80 Spring Street (between Broadway and Crosby Street),
New York, NY 10012
Phone number: (212)965-1414

Website: www.balthazarny.com



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