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dinner/ Fusion/ nyc/ Queens

Day: Rose House; Night: Buddakan

These two outings happened on different dates but they’re both memorable. Memorable = Post-Eligible. That’s right folks, I try to bring you the best of what I encounter as well as what I see. Not to mention it is in time to make a New Years Resolution: to blog more often. So…here goes!

Day: Rose House

After a nice dim sum meal with the family in Flushing aka. “China-in-New-York”, we decided to spend more time with each other at the Rose House located in Queens Crossing. They actually have locations all over Asia (definitely in Taiwan!), and they are now in Flushing too. You can basically order rose teas from polite waitresses. Well I decided to order this dessert along with a bunch of tea:

Ice Cream with Warm Waffles. Oh yes, it was pretty great – the combination of cold ice cream with warm, crispy waffles.

Conclusion: This place is not cheap for what you’re getting. Hopefully you can enjoy the atmosphere and believe what you’re paying is going into the floral couches and delicate teacups.

Rose House (in Queens Crossing)
136-17 39th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355

Night: Buddakan

I remember running to meet my friend that night for drinks at Buddakan. I have never been there but heard a little bit about it so we decided to check it out together. As we pushed through various crowds that looked like they were attending corporate happy hours, we got to the bar to order drinks. I gotta say…they were delicious. They were able to mix beers with asian flavors pretty well. It went down my throat very smoothly. However, the longer we talked the more we got hungry so we decided to order some snacks, as pictured below:

Beef tartare with a sesame cracker. Not too bad.

Jade Shrimp Dumplings. We killed these pretty easily…

Conclusion: I would say this place is great for drinks and I’m still a bit undecided about the food. I think we need to go back again and have a real meal there.

75 West 16th St.
New York, NY 10011

American Traditional/ Baked Goods/ Fusion/ Greek/ lunch/ nyc/ snack

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

BBQ/ dinner/ Fusion/ Japanese/ nyc/ Queens/ snack/ Spanish/ Thai

August Part 1

Long time no blog!

It’s been quite a busy few weeks finishing up my internship, seeing friends from home, helping out with freshmen orientation at NYU…so I apologize for the lack of entries. However, that doesn’t mean I’m taking any less pictures. My friends around me can testify to that. My ability to sneak in a picture before everyone dives their forks into a dish is inpeccable.

In the month of August, I’ve been exploring restaurants all over the place. Being that there are so many places I have decided to highlight certain foods and activities surrounding my restaurant excursions.

In celebration of my friend Sunny’s birthday, we decided to take it back to Barcelona…or at least close enough to La Paella East (214 E 9th St., New York, NY). Of course we got some sangrias, tapas, and paellas. It was pretty good, but relatively pricy as well.

As you can see, this is the Seafood Paella that we got which has large shrimp, calms, mussels…yum yum. We actually ordered a bunch of other food as well but I’m going to keep this post relatively short and sweet!

Then for one of my favorite freshmen, Eric Lum, is now in Prague…but for his going away party we went to Spanky’s BBQ near Time Square (127 West 43rd St., New York, NY 10036). That was pretty fun. The menu screamed unhealthy to me – take a look at their menu. The typical American Southern BBQ kind of place.

I shared one of the two salads on the menu with my friend. As you can see, it’s got beef, taco bits, and avacado. I feel as though the greens were on the side rather the actual dish. hahahah. All in all, a decent place if you want to eat your heart out with a real All-American Southern BBQ. Wait, why are Americans obese again? haha.

So I had a small reunion with some friends at Momofuku Noodle Bar (163 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003). The head chef was a guy who also worked at restaurants like Craft I believe. This was also one of the top cheap eats listed in the New York Magazine so I definitely had to check it out. The line is extremely long so I give you warning – be ready to wait in line for up to an hour (depending upon when you go). Aside from the food, the actual restaurant can only fit around 30 people.

I got the Rice Cake with Baby Bok Choy and Braised Pork. It was pretty good I guess, but a bit too salty for my taste. That mainly came from the braised pork though.

We ordered their famous Steamed Pork Buns…and they were 2 for $9! Yeah, even though in my opinion this is pretty steep, it definitely lived up to its price. It was really good, especially because even though there was fat on the meat, it did make it taste better and not gross. I think there’s also cucumber and peking duck sauce. The combination of meat and fresh ingredients in these buns made me want to eat 50. Yum. Of course that would make me extremely poor…

I ended up going back the next day because my other friend wanted to go there. Thus, more pictures of their dishes:

My friend got their Chicken and Rice dish. It was REALLY good so I do recommend this to eat if you decide to go. I got a taste of the chicken, which was prepared really well. The flavors of the whole dish seem to come together very well so my friend adores this dish.

I got their famous Momofuku Ramen. It was really good too, but still a bit salty. I do realize that ramen in general tends to be saltier, so I’m sure it’s good ramen. I just have a dull palette. ha.

The next day I went to the Donut Plant (379 Grand St., New York NY) which I’ve been meaning to for the past few months. I finally got to go and it was definitely real good. Very unique flavors.

They’ve been on the Food Network before, showcasing their variety of flavors for their donuts. It’s crazy because they seriously make different ones each day. I got the White Peach donut. Oh man, that was really good too.

I definitely enjoyed my donut. I wouldn’t mind going back sometime…:hint hint:

Lastly, I went to this place in Fresh Meadows called Kyoto (153-11 Union Turnpike, Queens, NY). It’s a real cute place right next to a relatively sketchy bar…but nonetheless, they had good sushi rolls and an assortment of Thai and Japanese food. I ordered an Angel Roll, which I can’t remember what it consisted of. It definitely had crunchy stuff on top with tuna I believe…

It was fun times, eating and celebrating my friend Jenn’s birthday. We ordered a bunch of other things, but as I said before this blog entry cannot be any longer…hahah.

Anyway, this is just part 1 of my August eats. Check back next time to catch my other adventures around this beautiful, food-ridden city.