All’onda

All’onda              22E 13th (5th Ave.), NYC  

I was dining here on the first night All’onda opened and you can definitely believe the hype; the decor and atmosphere was sooooooo lovely *(^_^)*.  The bar and  the communal table is on the first floor, and there are two different dining rooms with cute private booth tables upstairs. Chef Chris Jaeckle created a menu that is Venetian-inspired with Japanese influence. I was lucky enough to meet Chef Chris to ask him some questions. He told me that he used to work at Ai Fiori and also Morimoto which makes perfect sense because I noticed All’onda was using a lot of Japanese spices such as miso, soy, yuzu koshou, shio konbu, and they had three dishes that had Sea Urchin. I was dining here with two other Japanese restaurant critic friends from Tabelog. We ordered the perfect amount for the three of us. Two seafood appetizers, two pastas, and two entrees for all to share. New York City has a lot of Italian restaurants,  yet I was very impressed with All’onda’s menu. We tried one third of the menu and everything I had was delicious, memorable, and had such pretty plating. I highly recommend you to go to All’onda before it gets hard to make a reservation. The place is perfect to have a group dinner or intimate date, but my favorite seat is the four person booth table upstairs. My recommended dishes are the Razor Clam with Sopressata Fine Herbs Miso, Kampachi with Red Kuri Squash Pepperoncino Soy, Rigatoni with Aged Duck Ragu and  Treviso Chocolate, and the Guinea Hen with Parsnip Shio Konbu Foie Gras Sugo. One disappointing dish was the Sea Urchin Pasta… maybe I had too high of an expectation. It was a little too lemony and the portion was too small. I am giving 4.5 hearts overall and I can’t wait to go back again.

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Razor clam – sopressata, fine herbs, miso $11 ♥♥♥♥

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Kampachi – red kuri squash, pepperoncino, soy $16 ♥♥♥♥

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Rigatoni – aged duck ragu, treviso, chocolate $18 ♥♥♥♥

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Bucatini – smoked uni, spicy bread crumbs $19 ♥♥♥

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Monkfish – sea urchin polenta, squid ink, arugula $25 ♥♥♥

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Guinea Hen – parsnip, shio konbu, foie gras sugo $27 ♥♥♥♥

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Jerusalem Artichokes – brown butter, soy capers $7 ♥♥♥♥

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Marc Forgione

Marc Forgione          134 Reade street, (between Hudson St & Greenwich St) NYC

Iron chef America, Chef Marc Forgione has two other restaurants in Tribeca, American Cut and Khe-Yo, but this is his original spot in Tribeca. There were five of us, and of course we ordered two of the chef’s famous dishes: Chili Lobster and Chicken Under a Brick. Both dishes were DIVINE GOODNESS! and perfect comfort food for this weather.  Although I loved those two plates, my favorite was Halibut en Croute, Artichoke, Golden Raisins, Hazelnuts, Sauce “Proposal”.   The sauce is truly rich and fantastic.

At the end of dinner Chef Forgione was so sweet to show up at our table. He told us the story of how he came up with his famous Chili Lobster dish after his  dining experience during an Asia trip. I love love listening to stories like that!! And Chef Forgione gave me his steak knife too! Yay *\(^_^)/* I eat out so much but meeting chefs are always the most exciting part of dining.  The great ambiance and food here is the type where I can come all the time with friends on any night of the week. This place has a New York chic and casual feel to it so it’s nice to take visitors or friends from out of town too. How great to know that Chef Forgione spends a lot of his time here, even though he is SuPa busy with all of his work and projects (♥0).  Thank you chef for the fantastic food and it was wonderful meeting you. xoxo

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Bell & Evans Chicken Under a Brick, Yukon Potatoes, Broccoli Rabe, Pan Drippings ( two ppl size ) $59 ♥♥♥♥

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Chili Lobster, Texas Toast $34 ♥♥♥♥

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28 Day Dry-Aged Creekstone Farms Ribeye, Marrow Butter, Roasted Garlic, Mustard Greens $49 ♥♥♥1/2

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Peconic Bay Scallops, Apple Nage, Wild American Caviar, Black Truffle Butter $19 ♥♥♥♥

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Kampachi Tartare, Avocado, Sechuan Buttons, Toasted Pinenuts, Saratoga Chips $18 ♥♥♥♥

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Halibut en Croute, Artichoke, Golden Raisins, Hazelnuts, Sauce “Proposal” $? ♥♥♥♥

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chef Marc Forgione *\(^_^)/*

Brooklyn Taco Co

Brooklyn Taco Co     120 Essex St (between Rivington St & Delancey St) at Essex St. Market, NYC 

Snack Time Patrolling The place is incredibly small and tucked inside of the Essex Street Market in Lower East Side. The Brooklyn Taco is literally like a mini stand out in the open. There are a few high stools in the waiting area. Tacos are around $4 each.  We ordered the Chilorio Brisket taco and the fish and Chipotle’d Chicken taco. The tacos are served on soft blue corn tortillas, which were fantastic *\(^_^)/* My favorite was beef brisket!! I will try Cola-Braised Pork next time!!! Stay tuned…….

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Skal

Skál                37 Canal St ( corner of Canal St & Ludlow St ) NYC

Skal is located at the restaurant which was formerly Les Enfants Terribles. It’s still the same owner but I couldn’t recognize the former space. They changed everything completely from the inside out. Skal is located on the corner of Ludlow and Canal St at the edge of the L.E.S. and the beginning of Chinatown. This area has a few cute restaurants which I have blogged about in the past such as Fat Radish, Bacaro, and the Leadbelly. I was here around 8:30 PM 0n Thursday night.  When we got here the place was not so crowded but soon after 9, 9:30 the place was packed. I came here with with my friend Justin who is a cook book editor (^_^).  The menu was small yet interesting Scandinavian style cuisine. At the end of dinner it was wonderful to meet their Canadian chef Ben. This was my first visit but Justin had been here once already and said the menu had changed from his last visit. He ordered Smoked Mackerel for an appetizer and for his entree Chatham Cod, Chantrelles and Laurel. My pick was Beef for appetizer and Cod for an entree.  In the end we shared one dessert.  The biggest hit from dinner was the Monkfish with Roasted Sunchoke for sure. I would say the main reason why Justin and I were so excited over the Monkfish with Roasted Sunchoke was because they cooked the Sunchoke as a whole. I am used to eating Sunchoke prepared as slices and have never seen Sunchoke in its whole form before. The taste was so sweet that I thought they tossed it in brown sugar but I was wrong. Chef Ben explained to us that it is just naturally sweet from the Sunchoke itself. Shocking!!!! Aside from this, there was a little bit of a downside to Skal which was that the plating could have been a bit prettier and also they used the same puree for both Justin’s  and my fish. I would love to go back for brunch sometime in the near future. Also I would love to come back when the weather gets warm so I can enjoy the outside table facing the street.

Ps- We ordered the Smoked Mackerel and Monkfish gluten-free for Justin, so this may be slightly different from the regular menu.

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Smoked Mackel and Foie $? ♥♥♥1/2

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Glazed Berkshire Cheeks, Buckwheat Porridge, Whelks and Mustards $16 ♥♥♥1/2

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Grilled Monkfish, Roasted Sunchokes with Cauliflower and Cabbages $24 ♥♥♥1/2

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Chatham Cod, Chantrelles and Laurel $25 ♥♥♥1/2

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Beetroot, concord Grapes and Skyr $8 ♥♥♥1/2

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Hecho En Dumbo

Hecho En Dumbo    354 Bowery (between Cooper Sq & 4th St)  NYC

My food blogger friend Lord of the folk invited me to join him for five-course Mexican tasting menu at Hecho En Dumbo another night. I came here few years ago for regular dinner but I didn’t know about their tasting menu at chef’s counter room. Overall great food and price isn’t bad. Best dish was Chile Relleno/Stuffed chile and Langostinos Petroleros with squid ink! Also we had a two complimentary dishes from the chef. Tuna Tartare and Veal Sweetbreads. I enjoyed Sweetbread very much. (^_^)

Five corse tasting $60

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Chile Relleno – Roasted chile guetro stuffed with seared scallop, Alaskan king crab, and Maine lobster, with roasted hen of the wood mushroom and baby leek in creamy chile ancho sauce ♥♥♥1/2

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Tuna Tartare – chile dulla mayo, fried leeks, avocado, jalapeno oil ♥♥♥1/2

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Langostinos Petroleros – Smoked langoustines sauteed with pickled chile guero, fennel, and red onion, finished in a creamy squid ink and parsnip sauce. ♥♥♥1/2

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Neal Sweetbreads (hearts) with mayocoba beans puree, shallot, chile de arbol and champagne vinegar butter sauce ♥♥♥1/2

Langostinos Petroleros

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Ensalada de Berros – A creamy Oaxacan-style cheese made in house and served with watercress, pomegranate, smoked marcona almond and a mint pumpkin seed oil ♥♥

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Mole Chichilo – Grilled muscovy duck breast served with celery root piree, roasted chanterelle mushroom, and a spicy Oaxacan mole of chile chihuacle and hoja santa ♥♥♥1/2

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Pastel Impossible Vanilla Flan with caramel glaze upon mexican-chocolate cake ♥♥♥1/2

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Pastel de Almendra al Azafran – Fluffy almond saffron cake served alongside a star anise and salted caramel ice cream with an almond brittle ♥♥♥

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Open kitchen view.

Umami Burger

Umami Burger           432 6th Ave (Btwn 9th & 10th St) NYC 

California Burger Patrolling report  (^_^) Finally I had a Umami Burger!!!!!!!!!!!! Umami burger is one of most popular burger shop in California and finally this summer they opened their first shop in Greenwich Village, New York city. Please enjoy my food photos!

Ps-I am not specialist of burger so please don’t take my heart rating too serious at this time

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Let’s the burger patrolling begin (^_^)

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Truffle Burger – beef with roasted garlic aioli, house truffle cheese. truffle glaze $15

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Fried Pickles – artisan crafted pickles jalapeno ranch $4

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ice cream sandwiches ( Free dessert for Cutie Patroller!!! Thank you Umami Burger ) $8

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Market Salad chef’s seasonal dressing with Ahi Tina $

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Umami Caesar kale, butter lettuce, white anchovy, fresh parmesan lemon zest, umami, caesar dressing with chicken $11

Bisous Ciao

Bisous Ciao            101 Stanton Street ( b/t Orchard St & Ludlow St ) NYC

OMG Size Holiday Special Macaron!!!!!(^_^)!!!! Everyone got so excited for this giant size Macaron which my friend brought for Thanksgiving dinner but I was thinking in the back of my mind about how ugly this look……. I know….(-_-)zZz …..I know…. Don’t judge me please….I was very thankful for Macaron!! Can you tell what is this supposed to look like!?  Hey Pumpkin Ha!! My friend bought this Macaron at Lower East Side location. Another Bisous Ciao is located on Bleecker Street in West Village. If you wanna bring unique dessert for party then this Macaron is the right one for you.

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