Showing posts from July, 2015

Tacos El Bronco in Sunset Park

Tacos El Bronco
4324 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11220

A few weeks ago Will and I grabbed a late lunch with our friends at Tacos El Bronco. Although we arrived around 4-4:30PM on a Sunday, it was very crowded and we had to wait for about 10-15 minutes for a table.

The restaurant is quite spacious and has a very lively atmosphere. The staff here are extremely busy with taking orders and bringing food to the customers. The waitresses were very helpful and friendly. Service was on point! Prices are very cheap, but the food is really the main star and top notch!

Before we could order our food and beverages, the waitress brought us a basket of tortilla chips with salsa dip. The salsa dip had a bit of spice in it, but it was tolerable and there were other sauces to dip into too.

I tried their papaya shake without milk and it tasted amazing and refreshing! It tasted more and felt more like a syrup instead because the consistency of the sake was very thick.
I ordered the two tacos - …

Sweetness and Deliciousness in Every Bite at Brooklyn Farmacy

Brooklyn Farmacy
513 Henry Street Brooklyn, NY 11231

Brooklyn Farmacy has been on my list of places to visit for the longest time and I finally got to try it this summer!

Brooklyn Farmacy is a nice spot for brunch, late afternoon snack, or some insanely delicious sundaes.

The staff here are quite friendly and down to earth! I really enjoyed the vintage, 1960s-like atmosphere here.

During my first visit, I came here with Will and our friends for dessert. Since our friends come here often, they knew exactly what they wanted to try.

I ordered the Affugazi Affogato which was absolutely delightful! It is an espresso-based dessert and was featured on The Food Network's  "Bobby Flay's Top 10 Restaurants". This dessert consists of a vanilla sponge cake soaked in piping hot Brooklyn Roasting Co. espresso and topped with vanilla ice cream encased in the hardened chocolate shell, fresh whipped cream, and shaved chocolate.
The chocolate shell was difficult to break …

The Good and The Bad at Cutting Board - Flushing

Cutting Board
37-20 Prince Street Flushing, NY 11354

If you've read my review about Cutting Board in Chinatown, than you would understand why Will and I didn't enjoy our experience there.

We know that there's a Cutting Board in Flushing and I was a little curious to try this location and hoped the food would be a lot better than in Chinatown, but nothing good came of our experience.

The location is a lot bigger and roomier compared to the one in Chinatown. The decor is simple yet uniquely designed and cute. The menu is pretty much the same as the one in Chinatown and the pricing is just about the same too.

I've recently bee n on a mussels kick so we decided to order the CB Mussels (sake, cream, saffron, and bread stick) to give it a shot. The CB mussels felt cold and didn't have much flavor to it and I was really hoping to taste the saffron, but no. Unfortunately there were two mussels I bit into that had sand on it.

I was really excited about this dis…

A Little More Than Just Mussels

Mussels & More
8001 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11209

I've never really visited any seafood restaurants in New York City because I feel that the seafood isn't as fresh, possibly overpriced, and not tasty - but I was wrong and it all changed when I visited Mussels & More.

Mussels & More is definitely a hidden gem in Bay Ridge. Will and I had dinner here a few weeks ago with our friends and we really enjoyed our time here.

The front of the restaurant is where the large bar is and in the back is where the dining room is. I like that Mussels & More is spacious, comfortable, and dim-lit. The staff here is on point. The food was
delectable and the portion sizes are huge!

The pictures of this appetizer on Yelp looked amazing and I am quite a fan of clams so I knew instantly we had to order this. The waiter recommended that I get it with breading so I took his recommendation. The baked clams were sensational and on point! 
The grilled octopus looked amazing! I…

Beating The Heat With These Treats

Holy Cow! It's been really sizzling hot in The Big Apple. Hope you are doing your best staying hydrated and cool.

Honestly, Will and I don't do too well in this hot weather because of our sensitive skin, we tend to get red easily from the heat, and it makes us angry. So, how do we relax or remain stable in this scorching weather? We try not to eat soups, stews, noodle soups, or anything raging hot because it would just make it all worse.

Below is a list of treats and foods that we like to eat or try to eat to beat this heat:

I think it's pretty clear to you that I absolutely love ramen, but how can anyone eat a hot bowl of ramen in this heat unless you are in an air conditioned restaurant? Any way, I do enjoy eating cold ramen and cold noodles and I am so happy it's become an option in most Japanese restaurants

I must admit it's a lot different from hot ramen, but it's really pleasant to eat and the only exceptions are that it's not hot and there …

New Xe Lua in Chinatown

New Xe Lua  86 Mulberry Street New York, NY 10013 212.577.8887
Will and I haven't been to Xe Lua  since the first few months of dating which was about 4+ years ago. We recently came here for diner after work since we were both craving for Vietnamese food.

We noticed it is now "New Xe Lua" and the staff and ownership have definitely changed. Everyone looked new and different, but at least they are friendly and accommodating. The menus, layout, and decor is the same. Unfortunately, the quality of the food has changed and we weren't quite pleased with the quality of it.

We ordered the following:

I found it kind of interesting that they served us ice water in Coca-Cola glasses.

I don't know about you, but whenever we have Vietnamese food  - Vietnamese spring rolls are a must have! The springs rolls at New Xe Lua are skinnier then your typical Vietnamese spring rolls  This is the only restaurant I know that has skinny Vietnamese spring rolls that taste differently an…

Revisiting An Old Favorite of Mine - Thai Son

Thai Son
89 Baxter Street New York, NY 10013

I've been coming to this Vietnamese restaurant since I was seventeen years old and there hasn't been a time where I went and was disappointed, because I was't. My second sister introduced me to Thai Son and I always enjoyed their food and service.

Will and I haven't been coming here as often because for the past three or four years we've been exploring different restaurants and foods instead. Will and I just recently started returning to Thai Son for lunch and/or dinner and it felt good to know that the service and food is still top notch.

The staff has changed quite a bit, but the service they provide is still good and efficient. Their menus haven't change, but there is an additional menu for fruit and veggie smoothies that they make in-house.

On our most recent visit at Thai Son, we had the following:

Vietnamese spring rolls are like a must-have whenever we eat Vietnamese food. I love Thai Son's sp…

Revisiting Cutting Board

Cutting Board
53 Bayard Street New York, NY 10013

It's been almost two years since Will and I ate at Cutting Board and I really missed the food from here, so we decided to revisit Cutting Board a few weeks ago for dinner.Unfortunately, we ended up regretting we came.

The service isn't so bad, but the quality of the food has really sunk which is a total bummer because I really liked the food here.

We always seem to order the lobster bisque whenever we are here and it's still rich, creamy, and full of lobster goodness. It was seasoned just right!

We've also had their fried calamari before too. However, this time it was mediocre. This time when we tried the fried calamari, it wasn't as crispy and lacked seasoning. It felt so boring and bland.
Will ordered the Grilled Salmon Omelette Rice and it looked really appealing. This was another disappointment because even though the salmon was cooked just right, there was absolutely no taste, seasoning, or flavors…