The camera crew at Bing follows me as I wander the city snipering shots of pretty produce and catches me chowing down. Stops: ACE Hotel/Stumptown Coffee Roasters, EATALY, and Food Gallery 32.
I got over my outer-borough-itis and was rewarded with a heavenly Gravlax Pie at gastrodiner M. Wells in Long Island City, Queens. Afterwards, a stroll to 5 Pointz to see some rad graffiti art.
A look into The Restaurateur, a documentary following Danny Meyer through the whirlwind dual openings of Eleven Madison Park and Tabla in 1998.
The Shack Stack: cheeseburger meets deep-fried, panko-crusted, gooey mushroom cheese bomb.
Favorite cheap eats in NY. When I walk in and inhale the scent of freshly roasted duck, and hear the deadly chop of a flashing knife against a butchering block, I know that all is ok in the world.
From barbecue pork buns (cha siu baau) to shrimp dumplings (har gau) to pan fried dumplings with chives and shrimp (gau choi kau... a feast for cheap.
The Tasting Room offers a wholesome brunch menu, and will feed it to you before your stomach starts to eat itself from morning-after hangover hunger. The gentle prices will also take the sting off last night’s bar tab.
While dishes were great in theory, many fell a bit flat and I was still craving a juicy taste of the ocean when I finished. In truth, pastry chef Jansen Chan was the real hero with his inspired dessert. A wonderfully complementary and complex concoction that had me keep searching for more.
A great date place, Raoul’s has the warmth of an old French salon with eclectic touches like the spiral staircase leading to gypsy tarot card readings upstairs and the deck of cards they use for the coat check.