Momofuku Nishi

I’ll admit it: I’m a Changophile.  Whole heartedly obsessed with David Chang’s restaurants, his Instagram feed, and his empire, my expectations for the latest addition to the Momofuku family were set impossibly high.  So it’s only fair that I wasn’t completely blown away – it was self-sabotage. This by no means implies that Nishi should…

Talde

I’ve waited a long time to write about Talde, mostly because I’m spoiled: I live across the street.  For anyone who believes that restaurants belonging to celebrity chefs are shams, I recommend you bee line it to Talde, where Dale Talde is doing wonderful things for Asian cuisine.  Time after time after time, the food…

all’onda

Sometimes New York restaurants get too damn fancy for their own good.  Despite the overly complicated premise of “Venetian cuisine with Japanese influence”, I have been dying to eat at all’onda since it opened a year ago, because seafood + pasta = heaven.  Delightfully, I was not disappointed, and this seemingly bougie restaurant lacked all…

12 Chairs

Do you like hummus?  Do you like pita?  Do you like it when these items are made really, ridiculously well?  Then 12 Chairs is the place for you.  The room is rustic and cozy, and its wooden furniture and soft lighting are conducive to hunkering down and getting into some dips.  Pro-tip: bring friends you…

Bar Bolonat

At first glance, the menu is intimidating.  Technically it’s Israeli, but actually Executive Chef homegirl is of Iranian and Yemeni descent, which means there’s……hummus?  Falafel?  Matzoh balls? Curry?  It’s all very fusion, very fuzzy, and confusing – but it smells amazing. If you are looking for familiarity via text, you’ve come to the wrong place….

Noreetuh

Hawaiian cuisine is admittedly not something that inspired much envy on my part.  Spam and pineapple?  I’m all set. Luckily, this East Village restaurant whose name means “playground” in Korean pays homage to the 50th state and the nationalities and flavors that influence it. Taking cues from Japan, Korea, and the Phillippines, the menu is…

Avant Garden

When you are an avid omnivore, someone who enjoys both cooking at home and going out to eat, and you tell people you are trying “a new vegan place in the East Village”, the most common response was inevitably a wrinkling of the nose.  When I followed that sentence with “it was one of best,…

Nai Tapas

This particular stretch of First Avenue has become extremely precious real estate in the culinary world.  Nai Tapas, a quaint Spanish restaurant a few steps down from street level, has been quietly staking its claim to this desirable neighborhood for the last five years.  After half of decade under Chef Ruben Rodriguez’s steady hand, Nai…

Garfunkel’s

Meet your new favorite speakeasy. In a city where there are so many people trying to be visible, we seek places in deep corners where we can hide behind velvet curtains or heavily guarded steel doors simply to avoid crowded, messy social interactions.  The over stimulation and exposure of the senses in New York drive…

byCHLOE.

First and foremost, let the record show that I love any and all attempts to make healthy food (or even semi-healthy food) more attractive, more attainable, and more delicious.  As someone who thinks a lot about what I put in my body (read: when alcohol isn’t around), I can’t tell you how happy it makes…

Speedy Romeo

Wild cards are exciting. They throw a wrench in your day, shake you up and force you to live outside your comfort zone.  While Speedy Romeo’s existence may be a wild card – converting an old auto body shop into a restaurant, resisting having gas lines installed in favor of cooking everything over an open…