Tuesday, September 27, 2011

W is for...

Wild Ginger

What we ordered:
- Steamed vegetable dumplings

- Spicy green tuna roll and Volcano roll

- Chow fun with chicken and vegetables

It gets an A for:
- Having a variety of food. Sometimes that's a negative (why are they serving Thai food in the same place as Japanese?!), but it's nice when you want a little bit of both!
- One of the better chow fun dishes I've had. Great flavor, nice mix of veggies (broccoli, sprouts, onions mushrooms, zucchini, and green beans), and good portion size.
- Great dumplings - they were SO green! And they tasted even better than they looked.

It gets an F for:
- The server to customer ratio was a little out of wack. They came over at least 6 times to ask if we were ready to order. We were trying to have a relaxing dinner on a Sunday night. Patience, ladies!

226 East 51st Street
b/t 2nd & 3rd Avenues
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

F is for...

Fusha

In Midtown, there are a lot of very upscale sushi restaurants. And there are a lot of places you'd only order in from, but wouldn't want to dine in. What falls somewhere in the middle is sometimes hard to find. But, Fusha definitely fit the bill.

What we ordered:
- Spicy crunchy tuna roll
- Salmon avocado roll

- Vegetable roll with lettuce, carrot, cucumber, avocado and mushrooms

It gets an A for:
- Great ambience inside
- Nice sidewalk seating perfect for a relaxing dinner on a nice Summer night
- Other types of Asian cuisine available if you're not in a sushi mood

It gets an F for:
- Not much to say negatively about this place!

1065 1st Avenue
@ 58th Street
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

O is for...

Obao

Even though I've lived in my neighborhood for 2 years now, I have only just started taking advantage of the great and diverse restaurants that are on 53rd b/t 2nd & 3rd. In the last month, I've been thrilled to checked out Social Eatz, Cello Wine Bar, Radicchio Risotto Co., Little Thai Kitchen, and most recently Obao.

What we ordered
- Vegetable spring rolls with tofu, jicama, mushrooms, taro, mint, and soy dipping sauce.

- Marinated chicken with vermicelli noodles, assorted vegetables, herbs, peanuts

- Pad Kee Mao with flat rice noodles, chicken, egg, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, basil in chili basil sauce

It gets an A for:
- It's 212 happy hour specials Thursday - Saturday: $2 Sapporo, $1 shots, and $2 appetizers
- Cool atmosphere and great back garden

It gets an F for:
- Lacking service - Had to keep "interrupting" the servers to place our order, to ask for more water and napkins, and for our check
- One of the walls is covered in fake grass, which is part of the cool atmosphere mentioned above. Except for the fact that bugs were flying in and out of it the entire meal and swarming around us and our food.

222 East 53rd Street
b/t 2nd & 3rd Avenues
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Friday, September 9, 2011

L is for...

Le Parisien

Anyone who knows me well knows that after spending a semester in Paris during college, j'adore Paris and anything French. My apartment is decorated with tons of French tchotchkes. Nutella and crepes hold a special place in my heart. And I can speak the language...on a good day.

So, until the day comes that I get back to Paris, I jump at any chance to feel a bit Parisian while I'm here in NYC. And on Wednesday, I was definitely able to do that, and within 20 blocks of my apartment!

What we ordered (in French!):
- Filet Of sole with haricots verts, toasted almonds in a butter lemon sauce

- Parisienne PEI mussels in a saffron and mustard cream served with frites

It gets an A for:
- Making you feel like you are actually in a small, Paris neighborhood bistro complete with vintage posters, street signs, black & white tile floor, and tin ceiling
- The most delicious, rich butter lemon sauce on the sole
- The frites - light, crispy, perfectly salted
- A great wine list - I went with the sauvignon blanc
- Being able to order great French food IN French!

It gets an F for:
- I'm having trouble finding something, but if I have to give one, I'd have to say the bread that is brought out to the table. Pretty stale and unimpressive.

163 East 33rd Street
b/t 3rd & Lexington Avenues
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

H is for...

Haru

What we ordered:
- Vegetable dumplings
- King crab dumplings with spicy soy vinaigrette
- Kani salad made with imitation crab, spicy mayo, cucumber, tempura flakes, and roe

- Spicy Titanic Roll with salmon, avocado and caviar wrapped around
spicy tuna and tempura flakes
- Salmon Avocado Roll

- Golden Passion Roll with charred super white tuna wrapped around asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, avocado and carrot, served with yuzu
- Vegetable Tempura Roll

It gets an A for:
- Really creative rolls
- Nice outdoor seating area in front that is really quiet at night
- Delicious yuzu dipping sauce

It gets an F for:
- The view from this great seating area is a construction site (obviously not the restaurant's fault, but a slight negative)

280 Park Avenue
@ 48th Street
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Y is for...

Yakiniku West

I love group dinners. It's a great way to catch up with a lot of friends...and a great way to try a lot of dishes at the same time. Last night I went with some friends to Yakiniku, a Japanese BBQ restaurant in the East Village. It was great. You take your shoes off at the door, sit on the floor at sunken tables, and cook your own food on a grill at the table. Such a fun night!


What we ordered:
- Chicken breast salad with avocado, cucumber, and sesame sauce

- 3 Bibimbaps (2 veggie and 1 steak)

- Chicken, shrimp, IS Kobe beef, short rib, shitake mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, and corn

- Kimchi

- Miso soup
- Ice cream (mango, vanilla, red bean, and green tea)

It gets an A for:
- A fun, interactive meal...and pretty reasonable too
- A lot of options for meat eaters and vegetarians alike
- Great happy hour specials: $2.50 beers and $9 pitchers til 8pm; $7 US kobe beef (instead of $10)

It gets an F for:
- We were tucked away in a private area, which was great, but the servers forgot about us a bunch

218 East 9th Street
b/t 2nd & 3rd Avenues
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