Showing posts from May, 2016

Heights Cafe

Will and I visited Heights Cafe for a group project I did with my team and plus one of my team members is a server at Heights Cafe. We arrived at 5PM, just as dinner finally started. Many of the servers asked us repeatedly if we needed anything while we were waiting for my friend/server. 

Heights Cafe is located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights and is in a beautiful location because it's just a short walk from the Brooklyn Promenade. The restaurant/cafe has a warm and cheerful atmosphere as there are maroon-like leather seats at the booths and majority of the seats and tables are made of sleek wood. The walls are decorate with paintings from local artists.

Our friend greeted us with a warm and friendly smile and asked what would we like, gave us recommendations, and etc. We started off with drinks:

Will ordered an Angry Orchard ($6.00) and I had a Watermelon Martini (don't remember the price). The watermelon martini had a nice and refreshing watermelon taste to it. It reminds…

Two Hands Cafe

There's this little cafe called Two Hands Cafe located in Little Italy, NYC that I've been interested in trying for a long time. I had plans to have lunch and coffee with a friend, but they ended up showing up late so instead of just waiting around I decided to experience the cafe by myself. 
Gorgeous, white interior, natural light, and very inviting/trendy, and just super chill and hip customers. The cafe is quite small with limited space and the wait can be anywhere from 1-1.5 hour, so be prepared. I arrived on a late Friday afternoon and it was very crowded, but luckily I got a seat with no problem.
I ordered the Matcha Latte ($5.00) which was served in a mason jar, no surprise there. The matcha latte was unsweetened, but very refreshing and great to have on a warm-ish day. It tasted slightly like cinnamon because there was cinnamon sprinkled on top of the matcha latte.
I also tried The Good Life Salad ($13.00) which was baby spinach, carrot, chickpeas, quinoa, golden rais…

Ramen Quest: The Graffiti Room

Around April on a Friday afternoon to be exact, I visited The Graffiti Room with Waz of Let's Nom Nom. I found this spot on Yelp and it looked new and the artsy decor caught my eyes.

I can feel and see that The Graffiti Room is all about art and presentation. It has an industrial and artsy touch and decor to the restaurant. Even the restroom is artsy-focused so even if you don't need to use the restroom, it's worth checking out and/or to snap a few pictures. 
First off they give you a laminated menu with a dry erase marker. Mark off what you want to eat. So basically a build it yourself concept. We specifically came here for ramen. There's two choices for ramen broth - tonkotsu (chicken & pork broth) OR Miso, both are $9.50. And all of the toppings are add on's which range between $2 - $4. If you add nothing your ramen would only consist of: sauteed greens, bean sprouts, scallions, and corn kernels.

I started off with a drink - Passion Tea with Sweet Lemon ($4.…

Petite Abeille

It was an early Sunday morning when Will finished his doctor's appointment in Gramercy Park in the city and we needed breakfast since we went to the doctor's office on an empty stomach. I quickly looked up a restaurant on Yelp and Petite Abeille came on my search, so we opted for it and drove to Flatiron District/Chelsea and got a parking spot without any issues.

It's tucked away on 17th street and walking in, the restaurant is narrow, country and rustic decor. It may seem like seats are limited while walking in, but they actually have a secluded section towards the back and a little outdoor patio. We were seated right away when we arrived and got to sit in the back section.

After we ordered, first came my Iced Coffee - can't really have any breakfast utside without something caffeinated. 
Will is an absolute salmon lover - raw and cooked! He got the Omelet Maison ($14.25) which contains smoked salmon laid perfectly on potato pancakes/hash and topped off with cr√®me fra…

Food Market: Eataly NYC

On Sunday's post, I mentioned that I visited Chelsea Market and Eataly for a school project that I had to complete. Today's post is about my first experience at Eataly which has been on my list of places to visit for a while. Eataly is the largest Italian marketplace in the world and a foodie destination.

After our visit to Chelsea Market, Will and I took the M23 bus across to Flatiron District to embark on our next adventure. I was warned that Eataly is very crowded on weekends and to try and avoid going on the weekends if I can, but I didn't listen. Honestly, the day I went it was about 60-70 degrees absolutely beautiful and to my surprise Eataly wasn't that crowded.

The main entrance of Eataly is very spacious, big, and grand. It felt like I was walking into a bank and they also have high ceilings. I also like that they have an information desk inside the market where you can speak with an guest service associate if you have questions or comments and at the desk, th…

Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar at Chelsea Market

During the visit at Chelsea Market, Will and I made a stop at Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar which is located next to The Lobster Place for lunch. The lunch menu actually says "All seafood  is provided by our sister company, The Lobster Place, next door." which is good to know as a customer and if you are a seafood lover.

The restaurant is quite small, dim lights. I like that the restaurant was divided by half of it was table and seats whereas the other half was counter and bar. We chose to sit at a table. Our waitress was very friendly, helpful, and nice. Unfortunately, two customers were sat in the table next to us and they were constantly staring at us, our food, and as I was carrying out my food photography in front of Will. The experience became uncomfortable as they kept staring. Food was average, but the price was quite ridiculous. 
Will and I ordered their iced tea which we later learned that it was homemade, which is always a plus in our books. The Homemade Iced Tea w…

Food Market: Chelsea Market , NYC

It feels good to be back on blogging especially since I have a lot of food adventures to share with you.

Last month, I went to visit both Chelsea Market and Eataly, both of which are foodie destinations for a school project/presentation that I had to complete. Today, I will be sharing with you about my visit to Chelsea Market and thoughts.

I've been to Chelsea Market 2-3 times already, but didn't know anything about the history of the building or the building at all.

The building has an industrial, woodsy, and stripped-down brick walls, The lighting is quite dim between 9th avenue & 10th avenue, but there's a beautiful lighted walkway in the center of market.
Chelsea Market was actually built  in the former National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) factory complex where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced. The display case is filled with assorted vintage Nabisco memorabilia, including old Saltine tins vintage advertisements and even a clock. 

There's a beautiful lig…

Nan Xiang Dumpling House (Revisit)

Before I immerse myself in endless amounts of projects that I need to sit still (maybe) and work on, I just want to update the blog.

Lately, I've been eating out a lot at different restaurants and cafes, so have no fear because there will be a lot of posts coming your way as soon as this semester is over and I have free time.

It's been less than a year since Will and I last visited Nan Xiang Dumpling House in Flushing, but we decided to give it a second shot since we were already in Queens one evening. We arrived around 6-6:30PM and already there was a 10-15 minute wait, same as last time.

The experience was close to sub par, but at least the soup dumplings made up for it.

I heard the Soy Milk ($1.50) was sweet tasty goodness here so I ordered it and what I heard held truth. The soy milk had just the right amount of sweetness and you can taste the rich soy bean flavor. 
It reminded me a lot of the fresh soy milk and tofu an aunt of mine used to make when she owned this establi…