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YPX Gala: A Celebratory Night for Chinese Americans

I was invited to attend the YPX Gala held by the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) which celebrates Chinese American artists, chefs, and designers that are becoming America’s trendsetters. They had several honorees like Lucy Liu, Dave Liang of the Shanghai Restoration Project, and Chef Chris Cheung. There was only Chinese food served but no complaints here!

One of the highlights was that they were serving Taiwan Beer. Even though they didn’t have the Gold Label Taiwan Beer (my fav), it was still really great that they had this as an option. Right now only Xiao Ye serves this beer but hopefully more places will get on this.

Foie gras buns, made by Chef Chris Cheung of Lair Lounge and Restaurant, is an interesting take on chinese buns and a french delicacy. The starchy bun exterior helped tone down the richness of the foie gras. Being a person that doesn’t like foie gras, I was surprised how good this was, and easily would have eaten two more.

Another dish by Chef Chris Cheung’s Lair Lounge and Restaurant. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to see what this was, but it was very good. The outside was a thin fried roll and inside there was a light crab mixture. I took two and still wanted more.

Bite-sized dumplings paired some some vinegar and soy sauce. I felt these were very good but hard to grab them by the chopstick. It’s probably easier to eat them using a fork but no such utensil was in sight.

Kyotofu took care of the dessert that night and brought mini chocolate miso brownies. They were nicely dense and moist, and a perfect dessert to pop into your mouth.

Lastly, the mini yuzu tofu cheesecake. The yuzu added a nice citrus flavor to the cheesecake. Another easy dessert to eat and enjoy.

Great food, music, and drink. All in celebration of the achievements that Chinese Americans have made in American culture. Hopefully there will be more to come in the future!

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A Slew of General Deliciousness

Okay since I am having trouble writing about ONE particular restaurant/bakery/eatery, I figure this entry can be about a myriad of places that have one common trait: tasty food. I will name some “must-haves” when in New York, though this definitely is not a complete list whatsoever.

What is this, you ask? Let me introduce to you the oatmeal raisin cookie from Levain Bakery. Trust me, it is as good as it looks. How many calories? WHO KNOWS, but who really cares? Once the buttery goodness enters your mouth, you will feel like all is well just like the Oracle said to Neo in The Matrix, “I promise by the time you’re done eating it, you’ll feel as right as rain“.

Can we say saaandwich? This is the Michigan #6 from Grey Dog Coffee. I love the thick bread combined with layers of grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, pesto, and roasted tomato. There is a perfect ratio of ingredients to bread, which is VERY important when it comes to having a good sandwich. As you chomp down on the sandwich, you first notice the lightly toasted yet soft bread. Then gradually hit the beefiness of the chicken and mozzarella. Lastly, the roasted tomato adds the silkiness and tartness of the sandwich. It is a voyage of great textures and tastes with every bite. Definitely two thumbs up!

A simple dessert but oh-so-tasty – Greek-style Yogurt with Honeyfrom Snack. I would say it is not just beautifully presented, but they allow you to put as much honey as you want to your Greek yogurt. I tend to add honey one spoonful at a time so I appreciate the option. A lot of restaurants put mounds of honey, but since you can adjust the amount at Snack, I am thoroughly satisfied with my Greek yogurt.

Lastly, I think this is just a funny looking piece of French toast…but hey, either way it’s edible right? This is the Japanese-style Brioche French Toast from Kyotofu. It is served with served with coffee shochu syrup and a side of kurobuta Berkshire sausage. Even though it may look good, I actually don’t remember it being very memorable or delicious which is kind of sad and disappointing. However, it is not too expensive and comes with a complimentary drink! Not to mention, how often do you see a cube-sized piece of French toast?

Conclusion: None of these places are very expensive so it is affordable to the average person. Even more importantly, these restaurants provide the city some really great cheap eats.

Location, location, location:
1. Levain Bakery
167 W. 74th St.
New York, NY 10023

2. Grey Dog Coffee
90 University Place
New York, NY 10003

3. Snack
105 Thompson St.
New York, NY 10012

4. Kyotofu
705 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10019