New Year, New Blog

This is my first time blogging, so here goes nothin'!

I'm not quite sure what I really envision for this blog, but for now, I'm excited to share with you all of my NYC restaurant experiences...both the good and the not so good. Some may say I dine out way too often, but I just think life is too short to be spent eating at home all the time when we live in one of the greatest culinary cities in the world!

I think my interest in (and sometimes disdain for) searching out great restaurants began when I was studying in Paris six years ago. Before my new friends and I learned the ins and outs of the city and its many neighborhoods, we'd often take the Metro to a popular area, and hope to stumble upon a restaurant that would make everyone happy. Between picky eaters (mainly me, but not anymore), others with food allergies, and menus in a foreign language, this almost always turned into a huge headache.

After a few months, we all realized that we needed to do a little research before meeting up for dinner. This is where my Zagat-like skills really came in handy. Now, after almost five years in New York and hundreds of meals out, these skills are even more fine-tuned...especially with the ease of menus in my native tongue, and great websites like Menu Pages and Yelp. Friends and co-workers come to me all the time for recommendations for birthday dinners, business lunches, and even dates. And now, so can you!

My goal is to write many posts on here featuring all sorts of restaurants...different neighborhoods, different ethnicities, even different atmospheres. That way, the next time you need an idea for a dinner with your parents at a French restaurant on the Upper West Side, you can log onto Miss Menu and find some great ideas!

Stay tuned for more...and Bon Appetit!!