Showing posts from February, 2016

STOUT NYC - What a change it has been!

133 West 33rd Street New York, NY 10001

I don't typically go to bars or pubs, but there's one pub that I've been going to for years, because it's a nice alternative from Korean food and etc. around the 34th street area in Manhattan and because their food was always yummy, until my last visit. The food and service felt different.

During my most recent experience at STOUT NYC, Will and I asked for our typical root beer, but literally everything we asked for wasn't in stock and the server recommended a diet cream soda. That sounded bad to me, so I just stuck with a classic coke.

The servers usually bring a plate of condiments to add on our food, but this time they only brought salt and pepper.

We ordered our usual appetizer which is the fried calamari with marinara and lemon aioli sauce. I feel like they really skimped this time because during past experiences, there would be a lot of fried calamari, now I don't know what's going on. Sad…

Wine, Cheese, and Much More at The Cellar

The Cellar
900 Broadway New York, NY 100003

Our friend Sam planned Alex's birthday surprise at The Cellar which is located downstairs from Beecher's Handmade Cheese. The Cellar is absolutely stunning! Dim lights, relaxing atmosphere, and ideal for small groups, but not the best place to take for a first date. The Cellar is a perfect place for a friend or someone that is a wine and cheese lover or just loves good food.

Service was on point and food was phenomenal!

We did two cheese plates and one meat plate (don't remember the names, sorry). It was an interesting and different way of enjoying food, something that Will and I don't typically do.
Some of our friends had a bottle of wine, but Will and I just kept it casual and had:
Will got the Original Sin and I got the Pumpkin Ale. The Pumpkin Ale was different, tasted more wheat than pumpkin. We also ordered a few different entrees/appetizers to share and try.

A friend ordered this to share and oh boy, was i…

Manila Social Club - An Amazing & Relaxing Brunch

Manila Social Club
2 Hope Street Brooklyn, NY 11211

Will and I had brunch with our friends Sam & Alex just before the holidays at Manila Social Club. We made reservations for noon on a Sunday and surprisingly, it wasn't crowded at all. The restaurant is very clean, simple, cozy, and just feels relaxing. The staff are very friendly, super nice, and laid back. It wasn't crazy busy here and it was a nice, calm, and relaxing brunch experience. I almost didn't want to leave.

We were given complimentary biscuits and ube butter. These were probably the best biscuits I've had because they were fluffy and had a little sweetness to it. The ube butter complimented the biscuits very well. The ube butter was unlike anything I've ever had. It had a smooth and melt-in-your-mouth texture, not too sweet. I really liked it!  I could eat a container of ube butter and still be happy.
Will ordered the Tres Leches (espresso, milk, Dulce de Leche, whipped cream). This dr…

Birthday Dinner at Broccolino

Broccolino 446 Dean Street Brooklyn, NY 11217

I took Will out to Broccolino for his birthday dinner. Broccolino is quite small restaurant, not ideal for a group dinner - maybe 2-4 people at most. Staff here are very friendly and helpful! The service is on point and the food was decent, but the price was a little expensive in my opinion.

*Please forgive me as the photos came out a little dark*

We started off with two cocktails which very good, refreshing and not too strong.

We started off with the Frittura Di Calamari (Fried calamari with a side of spicy tomato sauce). The appetizer was expensive - $16.00 (never have I spent that much on calamari before) , but any way the spicy tomato sauce was very spicy to the point, my mouth was starting to catch on fire. I asked the waiter if he could bring a regular tomato sauce on the side and he did. Fried calamari was fried to perfection, crisp, and crunchy so it was definitely well worth $16.

Will ordered this dish and boy was it …

Parigot - Just Around The Corner

155 Grand Street New York, NY 10013

Have you ever walked by a restaurant numerous of times, but never stopped to take a breath and see what's it about? Well I have with Parigot. It's located on the busy corner of Grand Street and between Lafayette & Centre Street. Parigot piqued my interest and it seemed like the perfect place to have brunch here with my boyfriend and a few friends.

Parigot is quite small, but very casual and cozy to dine in. I made reservations for a party of six for a Sunday which wasn't necessary because when we arrived to the restaurant at noon, it was quite empty. The service was impeccable and the staff made us feel comfortable and like a valued customer/diner.

Everyone ordered their own dishes so I didn't get to sample or snap a picture of their food, but here's what I did try and know:

For Brunch, Parigot has a Weekend Special where if you order a brunch, eggs, or omelets it is served with one cocktail (Mimosa, Bell…

Yaso Tangbao - Soup Dumplings Making Their Mark in Downtown Brooklyn

Yaso Tangbao
148 Lawrence Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

This is a long overdue post, but just an FYI: a Shanghainese restaurant has landed in Downtown Brooklyn! I first heard of Yaso Tangbao from the New York City Dumpling Festival back in September 2015 and when I heard they were opening up just 1/2 block from where I used to work, I was excited!

Yaso Tangbao isn't like your typical Shanghainese restaurants, but rather it is a counter-serve, fast-casual restaurant. I came on a Friday afternoon with Will and boy was it crowded! There's a few communal tables and benches for you to sit on and eat as well as smaller tables that are ideal for one person or two people and counters with seats. The service is pretty quick and the staff here are very friendly!

We started off with the pork xiao long bao ($8.50). That's quite expensive for the six golf ball sized dumplings we had, but at least the taste and quality was on par. They were freshly made, each one squirting out …

Birthday Dinner at Mr. Soon Tofu

Mr. Soon Tofu
152-22 Northern Boulevard Flushing, NY 11354

I came here with Will and our friends to celebrate a friend's birthday. We made reservations ahead of time so we had a table ready for us. The restaurant had two different rooms for dining. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre and service is in serious need of an improvement.

At Korean restaurants, servers typically give you Banchan and at Mr. Soon Tofu, they sure gave a lot of Banchan. There were at most 10-15 different items and when we asked for extras they would give it to us - free of charge!

I was actually not too impressed with their version of Japchae because it was very, very oily and unseasoned. It just felt like we were eating a blob of oily noodles.

Will and I shared the beef soondubu (non-spicy) and it was actually our first time trying a soondubu and I loved it! It was hearty, rich, warm, and yummy! Perfect for a chilly or winter-like day like today.

The bibimbap was okay, not as savory or as del…