Momofuku Ko

Momofuku Ko
Momofuku Ko by Davit Chang

Lazor clam – Pineapple, basil seed

Momofuku Ko     8 Extra Place, New York, NY 10003   (212) 500-0831

Cuisine: Japanese, New American

Chef: Davit Chang

Neighborhood: East Village, Bowery

Occassion: I was here for dinner

What I had: counter menu $175

Michelin: two stars 2016

Note: I had 15~20 small bite size course dishes. Two of my favorite dishes were Shaved foie gras and Lazor clam soup with pineapple, basil seeds.

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Lobster paloise, tartlet

Millefeuille with Arctic Char Roe

Madai – consomme, shiso

open kitchen

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Ai Fiori

Ai Fiori

Crudo di Passera : fluke crudo, american sturgeon caviar, meyer lemon

Ai Fiori       400 5th Ave. 2nd Level, New York, NY 10018   (212) 613-8660

Cuisine: French, Italian

Neighborhood: Midtown

Recommend Dishes: Trofie Nero. Crudo di Passera

Occassion: I was here for dinner

Michelin: one star 2016

Note: Everyone know Trofie Nero is a Bucket Dish at Ai Fiori but WOW Crudo di Passera-fluke crudo, american sturgeon caviar, meyer lemon was simple yet powerful. You should try it once. I don’t recommend steak 😦

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Trofie Nero
squid ink Lingurian crustacean ragu, seppia, scallops topped with spiced mollica

Vitello amish
veal chop “au four,” new potatoes, prosciutto, sage

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Aldea

Michelin one star ”Aldea”

Aldea      31 West 17th St., New York, NY 10011   (212) 675-7223

Cuisine: Spanish / Portuguese

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Recommend Dishes: SEA URCHIN TOAST

Seat: I recommend you to sit at open kitcken counter.

Occassion: I was here for dinner

Michelin: one star 2016

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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SEA URCHIN TOAST 16
cauliflower purée, mustard seed, shiso, lime
($4 supplemental for Prix Fixe)

MADAI SNAPPER CRUDO cilantro, radish, grapefruit

Open Kitchen

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Semilla

Semilla
vegetable-forward restaurant ”Semilla”

Creamed English Pea Tart with ramp flowers

Semilla    160 Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, NY 11211       (718) 782-3474

Cuisine: American (New) / vegetable-forward

Neighborhood:  Williamsburg Brooklyn

What I had : 8 course $95  

Occassion: I was here for dinner

Michelin: one star 2016

From restaurant: We are a vegetable-forward restaurant. This means your evening’s menu will be vegetable-leaning with meat and/or fish playing alongside in a more supporting role. Ingredients are based solely on the best of what’s available from our farmers, and change upon season and inspiration. All seating is around an 18-seat central bar. Our communal-style dining is intended to provoke conversation and interaction at your will.

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Pattypan squash with peanuts and dried mint

Tomato with avocado and nasturtium

Potatoes with bok choy, squash blossom and curry

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Wildair

Contra sister restaurant ”Wildair”

Cuisine: New American, Tapas

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Recommend Dishes: Sardines, Japanese eggplant, feta, green olives $16

Occassion: I was here for light dinner

Reservation: No

Sister restaurant: Contra in Lower East Side, NYC

Wildair  142 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002   (646) 964-5624

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Beef Tartare, Smoked Cheddar, Chestnut $14

kitchen

Scallop, Crudo crispy kale, grilled cucumber, oro blanco $16

Sardines, Japanese eggplant, feta, green olives $16

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Alta Linea

Lovely outdoor restaurant ”Alta Linea” in West Village

Alta Linea      180 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011  (212) 933-9735

Cuisine: Cocktail Bar, Small Plate

Neighborhood: West Village

Occassion: I was here for cocktail and snack

Reservation: No

Note: Foods are just okay but you come here for their great atmosphere in my opinion. I’m not sure when they are closing garden for season so make sure you check their site before you go.

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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bar area

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Rebelle

Modern French ”Rebelle”

Cuisine: Modern French

Neighborhood: Nolita/Lower East Side

Exclusive Chef: Daniel Eddy

Occassion: I was here for dinner.

Seat: I highly recommend to make reservation at the chef’s counter.

Wine: Wine list is 80-plus page long.

Sister restaurant: Pearl & Ash

Recommend Dishes: SWEETBREAD Artichoke, fava, lobster sauce $16. SCALLOP Turnip, apple, green juice $16

NYT: 2 star

Rebelle    218 Bowery , New York, NY 10012  (917) 639-3880

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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SWEETBREAD Artichoke, fava, lobster sauce $16 ♥♥♥♥1/2

FLUKE Brown butter, sherry, caper, lemon $12 ♥♥♥

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Luksus

Luksus

”Luksus” Greenpoint Brooklyn

Chef-Owner Daniel Burns

Michelin: One Star

Cuisine: New Nordic/Scandinavian

Menu: 5 course tasting menu at $115. The menu changes every 3-4 months.

Drink: Beer only, beer pairing $45 ( you can BYOB wine, with a $25 corkage fee )

Chef-Owner: Daniel Burns

Neighborhood: Greenpoint Brooklyn

Occassion: I was here for dinner. Good to come here with foodie.

Seat: I recommend to sit at the chef’s counter.

First I walked through the bar to the restaurant. The restaurant tucked in the back of the beer bar Tørst in Greenpoint Brooklyn. The restaurant itself is a small, 26 seat room with minimalist decor. Luksus was opened 2013 and received a Michelin one-star in 2015. I sat at the chef’s counter right in front of the kitchen to see chef Burns in action, Chef used to work for Noma Copenhagen who create modern Nordic/Scandinavian dishes. The menu is a 5 courses chef’s tasting only with an optional beer pairing for an extra $45/pp. With a $25 corkage fee you can BYOB wine. Our meal began with five different snacks, or amuse bouches. The food was unique and tasty, and everything was beautifully presented. The menu changes every 3-4 months. I hope to go back again sometime to try new menu 🙂

Menu:

First Course – 5 mini snacks:

Beetroot, roasted garlic

Beef Tartare, Black Pepper

Main Shrimp on Knækbrød

Lobster, Hazelnut, Seaweed

Oyster, Cabbage, Sweet Potato

Second Course:

Maitake – Purple Potato, Dandelion

Third Course:

Smoked Bluefish – Sunchoke, Pear Onion

Fourth Course:

Lentils on the Side with Squab Legs and Pickled Carrots

Lamb – Tokyo Turnip, Sorrel

Fifth Course:

Cara Cara Ginger Sorbet

Carrot – Yogurt, Tarragon

Caramelized Honey with Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Luksus  615 Manhattan Ave., Albany, NY 12222  (718) 389-6034

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Beetroot, roasted garlic

Beef Tartare, Black Pepper

Main Shrimp on Knækbrød

Lobster, Hazelnut, Seaweed

Oyster, Cabbage, Sweet Potato

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Cafe Boulud

Cafe Boulud

Lunch at ”Cafe Boulud” in UES

 

Cuisine: French

Michelin: One Star

Chef-Owner: Daniel Boulud

Neighborhood: Upper East Side

Occassion: I was here for lunch. Good for lunch with friends, business lunch

Prix Fixe Lunch: Two Courses for $37.00/Three Courses for $43.00

The menu is in four sections: La Tradition, La Saison, Le Potager, Le Voyage, as well as a separate printed list of daily Prix Fixe Lunch special.

Café Boulud, one of Daniel Boulud’s restaurants, located at Surrey Hotel in UES. Hotel also has glamorous cocktail lounge called Bar Pleiades on the same ground floor and wonderful outdoor lounge on rooftop. 

 

Cafe Boulud  20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021  (212) 772-2600

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Spring Vegetable Salad
golden raisin, nettle pesto
pine nuts, meyer lemon vinaigrette
$19

( First Course – Prix Fixe Lunch )

Stuffed Squid

piquillo, shishito peppers, basil brioche

Soupe de Petits Pois

ruby red shrimp, opal basil
preserved meyer lemon
$19

I had a lovely lunch with foodie sisters 😊

You can follow Ali & Daryl’s eating and adventures in NYC and beyond on Unbuttoning Pants

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Costata

Costata
Steakhouses ”Costata” Soho

 

Cuisine: Contemporary Steakhouses/New American

Neighborhood: Soho

Occasions: Good for business dinner

Recommend Dishes: 40 day dry aged 44 oz. tomahawk ribeye for two $126.

SEA SCALLOP CRUDO celery root, black truffle vinaigrette $21

Costata  206 Spring St., New York, NY 10012  (212) 334-3320

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Upstair Dining Room

RAZOR CLAMS

marinated razor clams, fennel, soppressata $18 ♥♥♥

FUSILLI

alla convivio, pork shoulder rag ù, pomodoro, robiolina $22 ♥♥♥

Upstair Dining  Room

COSTATA

40 day dry aged 44 oz. tomahawk ribeye for two $126 ♥♥♥

Downstair Dining Room

SEA SCALLOP CRUDO

celery root, black truffle vinaigrette $21 ♥♥♥

HEN OF THE WOODS parsley, butter $9 ♥♥♥1/2

Upstair Bar Counter

 

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