The Ice Cream Renaissance of Chinatown

Be it for Instagram or just to eat, people in NYC flock to dessert spots like little else. In the past two years alone, there has been a massive increase in the number of Asian dessert shops that have opened featuring rolled ice cream, bubble waffles, and ube… everything. Most compelling, though, are the founders behind them. All are young New Yorkers, many with a background in finance who decided that they wanted to pursue something more creative and fulfilling in partnership with their best friends. Ice cream became that channel, but each put a unique and Asian-inspired twist on the classic American dessert.

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Five New(ish) Food Halls to Get on Your Radar

Move over Chelsea Market, there are new heavy-hitter food halls in town! Perfect for when you want to try a variety of the food that New York City offers but not venture around too much, food halls are a great option. They’re curated and diversified and just in the past year, there have been a plethora of new openings. Here’s the low-down on some of our favorites: Continue reading “Five New(ish) Food Halls to Get on Your Radar”

First Look: Momofuku Nishi

Written with @OneMoreDish.

THE LINE:
4:45 PM: We are the first in line. Huge accomplishment. Feeling proud.
5:00PM: Watch pre-service staff meeting, cheering alongside (and taking snaps) as they amp up for the second night of service.
5:01PM: Chug water.
5:05PM: David Chang runs by and is looking stressed. He’s in the zone but still waves hello.
5:15 PM: Solid line. We discover a picture of the menu on Instagram and start planning our meal – which isn’t hard because we immediately decide we’re ordering almost the whole menu.
5:20PM: People start asking us what we’re waiting for. We’re offended that they don’t know, but proudly recite the facts of the Momofuku empire. Continue reading “First Look: Momofuku Nishi”

Kellogg’s Breakfast Pop-Up at Mission Chinese

This past weekend I stopped by Danny Bowien’s breakfast pop-up at Mission Chinese featuring Kellogg’s cereal. I’m a big Danny Bowien fan and had no doubt in my mind that he would put together insanely innovative and equally delicious breakfast foods. The only bad part was that I had to wait all week to try it!

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GoButler or GoHome!

Just when you were starting to think we’ve run out of convenience services, Go Butler arrived in NYC.

Go Butler is your 24 hour personal assistant that will do anything you need, from booking your flights to delivering your packages…for free! This personalized SMS text service essentially combines every luxury program into one. Just think of your butler as your new best friend, and the best, best friend you’ve ever had.

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Jewel Bako Review

Jewel Bako was on my list for awhile and I was both pleased and surprised to learn how easy it was to get a table here.  As soon as I walked in, I could tell that this place meant business. The vibe here is authentic and low-key, think Sushi of Gari or Hatsuhana. The only difference here is that Jewel Bako is an upscale restaurant, though not nearly as flashy as other sushi joints like 15 East or Sushi Samba.

Overall, I’d have to say this place is underrated for a few reasons:

Jewel BakoFirst off, I think the price point is great. We ordered two “large” rolls, two regular rolls and a hand roll, which to me seems like a fairly conservative amount for two hungry people. Our waitress warned us that it might be a lot, and apart from four leftover pieces, she was pretty accurate. Why? The rolls here are big. For $18 you get an 8 piece roll that’s stuffed with a lot of great stuff and pleasantly packed with sticky rice–quite a bargain if you ask me.

And don’t assume this place skimps on quality, all of the fish here is shipped in from Japan so you’re not going to find much better quality sushi around these parts.  If you’re still not convinced, Jewel Bako has earned a Michelin star for the past nine years. BOOM.

Although I didn’t try the Omakase (several options starting at $75), it’s pretty clear that this place is serious when it comes to food. I watched the sushi chefs artfully put together each piece of sushi, complete with a brushstroke of sauce. That sh*t’s Jiro style if you know what I’m saying.

Solid sushi, top quality fish and a great ambiance. 9.1 for you, Jewel Bako. I’ll be coming back soon!

Il Buco Review – The Hype is NOT Real

Rating: 7.8

After my less than pleasant experience at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, I decided to give the Il Buco family another shot last night.  I’ve been told that Il Buco is better than the Alimentari & Vineria, so I thought it was only fair to try them both out.

Il Buco was definitely a leg up from their casual counterpart, but by no means was it a vast improvement. Continue reading “Il Buco Review – The Hype is NOT Real”