Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park 11 Madison Ave New York, NY 10010 Yelp You may remember that in 2013 I went to Eleven Madison Park.  It was then and there that I had THE BEST F*CKING meal of a lifetime.  There have been many meals since then that certainly deserve to be up there with Eleven Madison…

The Lobster Place / C&P Galley

The Lobster Place Chelsea Market 75 9th St. New York, NY 10011 Yelp   Chelsea Market is one awesome food hall and I highly recommend the place for any foodie.  I loved wandering the place, checking out menus, seeing what was good to eat, and perusing the various markets.  The Lobster Place is both a…

Los Tacos No. 1

Los Tacos No. 1 Chelsea Market 75 9th St. New York, NY 10011 Yelp Coming from Southern California, I am not so inclined to eat Mexican food unless I am visiting a place that has more Mexican people than my home state.  However, Los Tacos No. 1 came highly recommended to me by another food blogger.  It also…

Num Pang

Num Pang Multiple locations throughout NYC I stumbled upon Num Pang on Yelp.  I was interested to see something that looked very much like a Vietnamese sandwich categorized as “Cambodian.”  I tried the location at Chelsea Market, which by the way is an AWESOME food lovers paradise. The sandwiches have all the construction and accoutrements of…

ChikaLicious Dessert Bar

Chikalicious East Village 203 E. 10th St. New York, NY 10003 Yelp   Sweets Raku has to be the best stand alone dessert restaurant.  It’s been hard to find anything like it, let alone anything as delicious.  ChickaLicious comes close.  Both places craft beautiful desserts with multiple components, layering and contrasting flavors and textures.  It makes a…

Sushi Nakazawa

Sushi Nakazawa West Village 23 Commerce St. New York, NY 10014 Yelp I don’t do a lot of documentaries, but Jiro Dreams of Sushi has to be one of my favorites.  The artistry, cinematography, and simplicity of its story telling can make anyone fall in love with sushi.  I definitely wanted to run out and…

Xi’an Famous Foods

Xi’an Famous Foods Midtown West 24 W 45th St. New York, NY 10036 (multiple locations throughout New York) Yelp I’ve seen so many TV pieces on various food and travel shows highlighting the famous noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods.  Spicy food isn’t my favorite, but I can appreciate the heat  if the food is good.  It…

Momofuku Milk Bar

Momofuku Milk Bar 220 8th Ave New York, NY 10011 (Multiple locations throughout NYC) Yelp   I guess the Weather God wasn’t smiling down upon me during my birthday NYC trip.  It was gloomy, a little cold, and rainy.  So we were glad to finally escape the drizzle when we stepped into Milk Bar.  I…

Joe’s Shanghai

Joe’s Shanghai 9 Pell St. New York, NY 10013 Yelp It’s probably been 12-15 years since I’ve been to Joe’s Shanghai.  It was probably the first time I had xiao long bao and the first time I ate at a restaurant that forced you to share a round table with multiple separate parties.  I think…

Jean-Georges

Jean-Georges Trump International Hotel & Tower 1 Central Park West New York, NY 10023 Yelp People always talk about the fantastic value to be had with a “power lunch” at one of the many fine dining establishments in NYC.  I’m sure many multi million dollar deals have been made over lunches at these places.  …

Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin 155 W 51st St. New York, NY 10019 Yelp I always plan my vacations around food.  I make reservations for the toughest spots first and then fill in the gaps with other restaurants or tourist attractions.  For my recent NYC trip I put Eleven Madison Park and Sushi Nakazawa at the top.  Le…

OoToro Sushi

OoToro Sushi 2222 Michelson Dr. Irvine, CA 92612 Yelp OoToro has been on my radar ever since its opening months ago, but the price point was a big deterrent.  In OC, I am accustomed to paying double digits for pretty great sushi, but OoToro touts a triple digit price tag for omakase.  The reviews from…