the ultimate dining experience at per se

if you ever wanted to splurge on a dining experience to celebrate a special occasion, Per Se is the place to go. from great food to pampering service to excellent view, it’s all thumbs up. meaning “in and of itself”, Per Se is a restaurant owned by chef Thomas Keller. located on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center, Per Se has a beautiful garden outside of the entrance to restaurant where you can sit and wait for the rest of your party. as you enter the restaurant, you see the blue French doors which is modeled after Thomas Keller’s … Continue reading the ultimate dining experience at per se

asian fusion vegan meal at franchia

for variety, my friends and i went to Franchia for a vegan meal, asian fusion style. the restaurant is beautiful, like their website. to start, we had ‘clam’ chowder, spicy rice cake sticks, peking buns, spicy ‘tuna’ roll. the ‘clam’ chowder tasted good and had a great ‘clam’ texture. the peking bun was very tasty – so much that you didn’t miss the meat, and the spicy ‘tuna’ roll had the flavor spot on. while the appetizers were fun, the main meals were only ok. i had the tofu and vegetable claypot in spicy ginger sauce that was quite plain. … Continue reading asian fusion vegan meal at franchia

absorb the radiance

after dinner we came to Radiance Tea House & Books for dessert. we tried: Assorted Mochi Platter with 6 pieces of mochi: red bean, green tea, peanut, sesame, taro and mango mochi served with a tasting cup of dessert coffee drink Green Tea Scone with homemade green tea scone with whipped cream and homemade strawberry glaze Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich with choice of cookie and and ice cream flavors the mochi was quite tender and delicious but the inside of mango and green tea mochi was flavored jelly, perhaps Americanized for non Asian customers. the ice cream sandwich was ok – … Continue reading absorb the radiance

slurp up the noodles at sapporo

sometimes you’re just in the mood for a big bowl of ramen and that’s what you’ll get at Sapporo. all of the ramen noodles are in chicken and vegetable stock soup. we tried 4 different ramen bowls: Sapporo Special: noodles in miso flavored soup with extra portion of sliced pork, mined pork, fishcake, bean sprout corn, scallions and spinach Miso Ramen: noodles in soybean flavored soup with sliced pork, minced pork, fishcake, been sprout, corn and scallions Mabo Ramen: spicy miso chili sauce with tofu beancurd and minced pork Tan-Tan Men: noodles in sesame flavored soup with minced pork, spinach, … Continue reading slurp up the noodles at sapporo

take a morning ride to jack the horse tavern

for a nice brunch in the brooklyn heights neighborhood, stop by Jack the Horse Tavern. from eggs, to burgers, to pancakes, to sandwiches, they have all the brunch staples – but done well! i had the scone plate & jams, which included 5 scones of various flavors including vanilla, chocolate chip and strawberry. there was also 2 kinds of jam: grape and marmalade. it was SO GOOD! i thoroughly enjoyed it. my party had the duck confit and the fried oyster florentine. the duck confit had pieces of duck with potatoes and sweet potatoes. yum! the fried oyster was large, … Continue reading take a morning ride to jack the horse tavern

no language necessary at broken english

UPDATE: CLOSED we were in cobble hill so m & i decided to try a nice looking restaurant called Broken English. specializing in seafood, we ordered the day’s specials: rissotto with squid ink with scallops, calamari, cherry tomato and shitaki mushroom and soft shell crab with yellow carrots, sauteed spinach with white wine caper sauce. they were both delicious! there was an abundance of seafood in the rissotto and as long as you don’t mind your mouth turning black, the flavor of the squid ink rissotto was awesome. then the soft shell crab, which is currently in season, with the caper … Continue reading no language necessary at broken english

momofuku milk bar

i have been a big fan of the momofuku restaurants so i was looking forward to trying momofuku milk bar! milk bar have both sweet and savory baked goods. unfortunately our first experience at milk bar was good and bad. m & i only had savory goods in this trip. we tried: bagel bomb: GOOD we had the bagel bomb with scallion and bacon cream cheese in the middle. it was fun to bite into the bagel and the cream cheese center in the center was warm. i would definitely get this again. pork bun: BAD! the pork bun was topped with pickled … Continue reading momofuku milk bar

cobb salad

when you go to diners and restaurants, the ingredients in a cobb salad vary. my favorite is from a diner in midtown east. but what makes their salad the best is their house dressing. love it!

so, when i was in the neighborhood recently, i had a salad there and i asked for some extra dressing and made my own cobb salad with my favorite veggies and protien. making your own is the best!


  • 2 persian cucumbers, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 medium colored bell pepper
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 10 ounces organic spinach, thoroughly washed
  • 1/4 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, whites only – cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup grilled chicken, thinly sliced ~optional
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite dressing, i.e. house dressing from Palace Restaurant

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you need 5 napkins to eat this burger

there are many restaurants i have to go on my “i will eat” list. one of them is Nice Matin in the upper west side in new york city. even though i haven’t made it there yet, i went to the “offspring” of the restaurant: the 5 Napkin Burger, named after Nice Matin’s most popular dish. what can i say, this place is burger heaven: a variety of 10-ounce custom ground beef. between the 6 of us, we ordered the 5 napkin burger, the bacon-cheddar burger, the cheeseburger and the lamb burger. burgers were cooked to order and flavorful. each burger … Continue reading you need 5 napkins to eat this burger

BAK: sports bar, korean style

sports bars can be fun to go to watch a game and indulge in some fun American fast food. but at BAK it’s a sports bar with korean food done well. i had the Haemul Pajeon (korean pancake) and Bulgogibap (marinated steak with vegetables). the pajeon could be a little crispier but the bulgogibap was very well flavored and tasty. friends had the korean tacos, Bibimbap (assortment of vegetables with or without meat over rice) and Mandu Gui (deep fried crispy dumpling). i tasted some of the mandu gui and that was really good too! unfortunately the team i was … Continue reading BAK: sports bar, korean style