White Street

Executive Chef Floyd Cardoz ”White Street” in Tribeca

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stuffed quail, bicolor barley, bacon, ruby streaks mustard,cider $14 ♥♥♥♥

 White Street     221 W. Broadway (b/t Franklin St & White St ) NYC    (212)-944-8378

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
♥♥ ♥♥♥1/2 $$$$
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fluke crudo. micro shiso,wasabi and tamari $14 ♥♥♥♥

Having opened on September 18th, White Street is located on West Broadway in Tribeca with Executive Chef Floyd Cardoz. Chef Cardoz was once the Executive Chef at Tabla where he was renowned for his New Indian cuisine, melding Western technique with the flavors of his background. Recently he was Executive Chef at North End Grill where he left to rekindle his love of Indian cuisine and write a cook.

I arrived at White Street around 6:45pm on Thursday night. Since it is still new, the menu is not online yet and their OpenTable page was not set up so I made a reservation by phone. As soon as I was seated the waiter serves us complimentary Prosecco. Nice :)

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Braised beef short ribs, anson mills grits, hors eradish,shoe string potatoes $32 ♥♥♥

Near the entrance is a lounge room for drinks and in the back is a large dining room. The decor is bit flashy for my taste so I give it only 3 hearts ♥♥♥

My friend and I shared two appetizers, two entrees and one side dish, and one dessert in the end.

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North atlantic sea bream, shaved brusssels sprouts, tamarind glaze $29 ♥♥♥

My two favorite dishes were both appetizers. The Fluke Crudo had very much a Japanese flavor (soy sauce base) and it was clean and light. I absolutely loved it. The stuffed squid was one of the most baby squids I ever had. The squid was so small and cute looking as well as flavorful. I highly recommend both dishes.

 The seabream and braided beef was good too, but not something I would order again. Lastly, for dessert we ordered the chocolate moose. It was not just beautiful, but also yummy! The flavor was sweet & bitter all at the same time. It had a full peanut flavor to it. If you love a chocolate/peanut combo I highly recommend you order this.
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Roasted half cauliflower with pickled shallots, pine nuts & raisins $18 ♥♥♥

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Chocolate Mousse ♥♥♥1/2

Overall, it was a great dinner, but I won’t crave anything enough to come back here anytime soon. Also, the atmosphere is not my style of restaurant. I am giving it three hearts for overall so you should come here and find out for yourself.

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Marta

Perfect Casual Business Lunch at Marta

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Marta       29 E 29th St (b/t Madison Ave & S Park Ave) NYC  (212) 651-3800
OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥1/2 $$$1/2

Marta is Danny Meyer‘s new pizza restaurant at Martha Washington Hotel in Flatiron District. The place opened last last Wednesday, September 10th. I’ve gone here for once dinner and twice lunch recently. My dinner with my friend Anthony was perfect but I now think that Marta is my new favorite business lunch spot! My office is a block from Marta and this place has the perfect atmosphere for a daytime, casual business lunch.

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I didn’t realize (or maybe I had too many cocktails at my first dinnertime visit), but in the day I clearly noticed that the crowd is made up of very adult business men with suits & neckties. I was shocked at how soon this new place already became so known. I’m sure a big name like Danny Meyer is well known to more than just foodies.

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POLPO – Charred Octopus, Purslane, Cherry Tomatoes, Cranberry Beans $14 ♥♥♥1/2

This place has high ceilings and a classy decor. They also offer excellent service. If you compare the dining room area, the action of the kitchen is very casual. There is an all open kitchen where you can see the casually dressed young chefs with baseball hats and tattoos. The main executive chef is Nick Andere who is also the chef at Malialino. Check out the cute photo below!

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I sat at the open kitchen pizza counter and also a dining room table for both lunch and dinner. One thing I wish for is that the counter seat’s wall was clear glass or no wall at all so people can better see the chefs work. Isn’t that the whole point of sitting at an open kitchen counter? Anyway, I still love sitting here and the chefs are all very nice about answering my questions about pizza.  :)
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FUNGHI – Fontina, Hen of the Woods, Red Onion, Thyme $17 ♥♥♥1/2

I have had three different kinds of pizza so far. My favorite pizza is CAPRICCIOSA mozzarella, artichokes, prosciutto, olives, egg and I also enjoyed FUNGHI fontina, hen of the woods, chanterelles, red onion, thyme. Their style of pizza is super super thin crust which is my kind of pizza. Yay! I’ve also had 5 different appetizers and Lamb chops. I think the price point is very reasonable for this hyped-up, big name restaurant.

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I’ll admit, pizza is not my favorite…..OMG who said such an awful thing?!?! I know. I know, but I always enjoy the first slice and one slice is all I need to know how many  I need to give. I am definitely giving 4 for the pizza at Marta! #Bam
I recommend for you to come here for lunch or dinner any day of the week! You will probably see me here often during lunch hours Monday – Friday.

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MACELLAIO – Mozzarella, Soppressata, Sausage, Guanciale $16 ♥♥♥♥

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MACELLAIO – Mozzarella, Soppressata, Sausage, Guanciale $16 ♥♥♥1/2

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RADICCHIO – Treviso, Quinoa, Peaches, Almonds, Ricotta Salata $12 ♥♥♥

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Ps – The Martha Washington Hotel is part of the Chelsea Hotel Group. Did you know this hotel was the first women’s only hotel in NY back in the day?

 

 

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Ivan Ramen

Ivan Ramen, the second location in L.E.S.

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 Ivan Ramen           25 Clinton Street ( b/t Houston St & Stanton St ) NYC         (646)-678-3859

Ivan Ramen opened a second location in the Lower East Side earlier this spring. Although I was disappointed with the ramen at their first location in Gotham West Market last year, I decided to give it another try at this new location.

I ordered two different kinds of appetizers and two different kinds of ramen. I’m sorry, but all four dishes were not for me. :(  I’m giving it a two star rating for food. However, I’m giving it 3 hearts overall which I think is a more important rating. The best thing about this place is that they have an outdoor space in back. Since I came here in the early spring the weather was still cold, so I sat inside. I am sure people enjoy sitting in the outdoor back room during the summer time. I suggest you try the outdoor atmosphere yourself before the weather gets cold. This place still has buzz right now.

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
♥♥ ♥♥ $$$1/2

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Grand Banks

Oyster & Cocktail on the boat ”Grand Banks”

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Grand Bank    Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 in Tribeca. The closest cross streets are N. Moore St.  NYC   (212) 960-3390
OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥ $$$$
 This is late post from last month. Grand Bank is seasonable oyster bar that locate on a boat at the end of Peir 25 along the Hudson River. The view of the Statue of Liberty and Freedom Tower are great from Grand Banks. Price point is higher side but you come here for their unique location and atmosphere in my opinion. I had 5 different kind of oysters and glass of wine at counter seat. Oyster is between $3-$4 each. Lobster roll is $25. I came here with group of friends on Sunday after brunch before dinner but this place is a fun afternoon places for drink and oyster with your date too (^_^) I’m not sure when they are closing for season so make sure you check their site. 
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I had five different kind of oysters – From East Coast (Washburn Island, Plymouth Rock, Hurricane Island, Black Point.) From West Coast (Royal Miyagi )

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Sunset & Me *\(^_^)/*

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Oyster counter

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IMG_0255.JPG From East Coast (Washburn Island, Plymouth Rock, Hurricane Island, Black Point.) From West Coast (Royal Miyagi )

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Birds & Bubbles

Champagne & Fried Chicken at Birds & Bubbles

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken (Half) $16 ♥♥♥1/2

Birds & Bubbles    100 Forsyth St (b/t Broome St & Grand St) NYC    (646) 368-9240

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
♥♥ ♥♥ $$$1/2
Birds & Bubbles opened this week at the former space of Grotto near the border of Chinatown and Lower East Side.
Besides the fried chicken and champagne, some of menu is more French tapas than southern cuisine in my opinion. For example, the tomato pie and croquette I ordered. Their champagne selection is large and, of course, very expensive! But if you are not into bubbles don’t worry, they also serve wine, cocktails, and beer. My friend very much enjoyed the tea champagne cocktail. I was in the mood for white wine and they had three choices of white wine by the glass. My pick was Amycas 2011 by Brooks.
Before my visit I asked my blogger friend Mike A.K.A. Food Baby NYC for his recommendations. He came here for dinner on the first day of opening. He suggested I sit in the outdoor garden. I ended up starting my dinner inside, but as soon as a table was available we moved to an outdoor table. It was lovely to run into my blogger friend Eva Rock Shic in the garden. How cute that she was on date night with her hubby! She told me how yummy tomato pie was, so I had to try it with the croquette for an appetizer. Three of us had two orders of the half chicken in a bucket with mac & cheese on the side.
The food was OK, but I recommend this place more for their interesting location. If you’re looking for a great outdoor dining experience before the weather gets cold, this is your little downtown gem. So hurry to Birds & Bubbles before the outdoor garden is no longer open!
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Outdoor garden at night

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Tomato Pie ($13) ♥♥♥

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Sophie’s Mac & Cheese ♥♥♥

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Pimento Cheese Croquettes ($7 for 3) ♥♥♥

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Amycas 2011 by Brooks

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Root & Bone

Fried Chicken & Waffles at Root & Bone

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Crispy Free-Range Bucket Of Bird sweet tea brined, pickled lemon $18 ♥♥♥♥♥

Root & Bone       200 E 3rd St,b/t Avenue B & Avenue A, NYC     (646) 682-7080

This may be NYC’s best fried chicken EVER!!!!! I came here for Sunday brunch with no expectations. When I put my name down on the list I was told there was a 45 minute wait. We were very lucky to be seated after waiting only 15 minutes! I ordered two different yummy cocktails. I really liked the Bumble n’ Bone (gin, white egg, maple, lemon, and black pepper). The signature dish at this restaurant is a fried chicken and waffle sandwich.

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
♥♥ ♥♥ $$$1/2

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While seated, I looked around to see what people were eating and most of the tables had someone eating this sandwich. However, I ended up ordering the half fried chicken in a basket instead (without the waffle). I also ordered the waffle benedict. I really didn’t expect both dishes to be this gooooooooooooooooood! The chicken was so crispy and tasty. Some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had in my life! This is only a guess, but I think they may have used potato starch flour instead of regular flour. I thought this because my mom makes great Japanese fried chicken (karaage) back home in Japan and the crusty outside is very similar. :) Potato starch flour makes it much more light with a very soft yet crispy outside.

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Waffle Benedict root & bone’s signature thick cut bacon, soft poached egg $15 ♥♥♥1/2

I am not a fan of southern food or waffles, but this waffle benedict is the exception. It was fluffy like pound cake. They could definitely change my mind about waffles forever ~ The poached eggs with lemon yolk sauce and side salad were also great. My only complaint is the two pieces of tiny cut bacon that came with this dish. You can order extra bacon as a side, but I wish they were a more generous size. :(

Over all I give this place 4 hearts. Very cute decor and the brunch atomosphere was lovely with the open windows.

P.S. — Check out my patrolling report of another newly opened southern restaurant, Birds and Bubbles. This place serves fried chicken and Champagne!

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Bumble n’ Bone (gin, white egg, maple, lemon, and black pepper) $12 ♥♥♥

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Cocktail – Grand Old Fashioned $12 ♥♥♥

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Hudson Eats

Food Court Patrolling – Hudson Eats At Brookfield Place

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New edition to the NYC food court

The Plaza Food Hall

Eataly

Gotham West  Market

&

Now

Hudson Eats

225 Liberty St, 2nd Leve, NYC 

Current Vendors

Opening Soon

 
Me and my friend had Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque for lunch :)
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Brisket Sandwich $8.95

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Edamame & Sweet Pea Salad $3

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Brontosaurus Rib Sandwich $8.95

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Broccoli $3

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Olive’s – Sandwich shop http://www.olivesnyc.com

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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar – Coming Soon http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/

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Sprinkle Cupcake http://www.sprinkles.com/

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Little Muenster http://littlemuenster.com/

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UMAMI BURGER http://www.umami.com/

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Black Seed Bagels http://blackseedbagels.com/

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Dos Toros Taqueria http://dostoros.com/

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Chop’t Creative Salad Company http://www.choptsalad.com/

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Window View

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Happy Food Court Patrolling :)