A Pleasant Dinner at Cutting Board

Cutting Board
53 Bayard Street New York, NY 10013

Will and I attended a conference with a few of our friends a few weeks ago. After the 4-6 hour conference, we all decided to grab early dinner at Cutting Board in Chinatown.

Cutting Board adds a uniqueness to Chinatown because it's a fusion restaurant and has a twist on a lot of Italian/Japanese/Chinese dishes. The restaurant looks small from the outside, but it's actually quite spacious and has two additional rooms in the back of the restaurant. The staff at CB are attentive and quite friendly.

Will and I had been to CB earlier this year and liked it. During our second visit, we were happy to see that their menu has expanded which gave us a great opportunity to try new menu items.

Lobster Bisque 
Will ordered the lobster bisque ($4.50). The lobster bisque was creamy and rich with lobster flavor. The bisque was seasoned perfectly. It came with one bread stick which really goes beautifully with the creamy lobster bisque. Dip a piece of that bread stick in that bowl of lobster richness and you'll find yourself experiencing a foodgasm. I wished they gave more bread sticks.

Shake Shake Fries
Our friends ordered the Shake Shake fries ($4.00). Nothing too special. It's just crispy fries seasoned with parmesan cheese, togarashi, and seaweed. It is accompanied with a cheese dipping sauce as well.

Sweet Potato Waffle Fries
I'm such a sucker for sweet potato fries. I've never seen or had sweet potato fries that looked like this before. They remind me of the Ruffles potato chips. The sweet potato waffle fries ($4.00) were delightful. Slightly crispy and not too sweet, just perfect!

Grilled Calamari Salad
One of our friends ordered the Grilled Calamari Salad ($8.00). I really loved the presentation of the salad because it's simple, it's clean, and looks great with vibrant colors. The grilled calamari was served on a bed of  arugala with pickle, roasted tomato, and a sesame balsamic dressing. The salad was refreshing and I really liked the calamari because it was tender, smooth, and seasoned perfectly.

Linguine with Clams
This was the entree that I ordered. The linguine and clams ($8.00) were seasoned and cooked with sake, garlic, parsley, and miso butter. I wasn't very impressed with this dish. It didn't "wow" me and felt very bland.

Seafood Creamy Rice
I was initially going to order this dish, but Will ordered it instead. This dish contained a small variety of seafood in this dish - shrimp, clams, mussels, and I believe scallops. The seafood creamy rice ($9.00) was full of creamy deliciousness and with chopped onions and peppers.

Green Tea Molten Lava Cake
My friends and I saw a picture of this beautiful dessert on the windows while we were outside of the restaurant and knew we just had to have it after our dinner. It looked so beautiful that I almost didn't want to eat it.

There was a foam-like cloud, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a piece of cookie that accompanied the Green Tea Molten Lava Cake. The cake was absolutely divine.This dessert really hit the spot. I don't remember how much it cost, but I do remember it was inexpensive.

This was a truly yummy and hearty dinner. I can see myself coming back to Cutting Board again. The food is simply delicious and reasonably price.


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