Bara Restaurant

Former Momofuku Chef opened French Japanese tavern in the East Village ”Bara”

 

Whole grilled black bass with ginger tare glaze and togarashi cucumbers, $28  ♥♥♥

This dish is on ”Bucket Dish NYC

BARA  58 East 1st Street ( btw 1 Ave & 2 Ave ) New York, NY 10003 (917) 639-3197

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Preserved artichoke gratin, crispy lavash, smoked paprika $11 ♥♥♥

Crispy pork belly with tare dipping sauce, $8 ♥♥♥

Duck meatball yakitori with miso mustard, $7 ♥♥♥1/2

Cucumber, Califlower Pickles

Rice with Japanese Flikake

Red bean and sesame macarons with cocoa powder, $2/ea ♥♥♥

White miso and rosemary panna cotta with apple preserves and candied pistachio, $8 ♥♥♥

Bara Restaurant

Sobaya

My favorite lunch spot ”Soba-Ya” East Village

 

Mini Maguro-Don & Mini Soba Lunch set $16 adding with Ikura and Tororo on the side 🍚🐟🇯🇵 ♥♥

Soba-Ya   229 East 9th St. ( b/t 3 Ave & 2 Ave ) New York, NY 10003   (212) 533-6966

 

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Those are two different kind of lunch set special.

Mini Soba+Mini Donruri set $16 ( front )  I added extra Ikura and Tororo on the side.  ♥♥

Lunch Box – You can choose Soba or Udon noodle, Shrimp Tempura, Mini Chirashi rice, Green Salad, Osouzai, Dessert $25 ( back ) ♥♥1/2

Mini Udon Noodle from lunch box menu

Tofu panna cotta from lunch box set

Vic’s

Vic’s

Holiday Dinner at Vic’s

“little purse”, borsa, Ricotta, Hazelnut, Lemon 12 ♥♥♥

Ps-You should try their pizza! My girls were on the diet so I couldn’t try it at this visit  but I would looooooove to try some of pizza next time 🙂

Vic’s    31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Patrolling Vic’s with Yumi Kim & Nam Vo 🙂

Roasted Oxtail, brisket, Chili Agrodolce, Mint 28 ♥♥♥1/2

Littleneck clams, Pistachios, cannellini beans, lovage 13 ♥♥♥

crispy Sweet onions, Dried Tomato, Parmigiano 11 ♥♥♥1/2

Sunchoke ♥♥♥

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Bar area

Dining Room

The Black Ant

The Black Ant

Mexican at ”The Black Ant” East Village

The Black Ant   60 second ave, New York, NY 10003  (212) 598-0300

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Pollo De Plaza 

black ant jerk roasted chicken, chile amarillo pomme purée, grilled garlic ejotes $22 ♥♥♥1/2

Enchiladas De Conejo 

pulque braised rabbit, chile morita salsa, queso fresco, guava fennel salad $23 ♥♥♥

Black Ant Guacamole

Avocado, orange, pasilla, grilled scallions, chicatana salt, corn tortillas $13 ♥♥♥1/2

Huertas

Huertas

Spanish Tapas ”Huertas” East Village

 Cuisine: Spanish Tapas

Neighborhood: East Village

Chef & Owner: Jonah Miller (Video interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fVABbHkIC0 by Food Republic)

 Huertas    107 1st Ave, Manhattan, NY 10003 (B/t 6th & 7th St) (212) 228-4490

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Barnacles ♥♥1/2

‘Huertas Rotos’ Potato Strands, Chorizo, Poached Egg 13.00 ♥♥1/2

Mejillones / Mussels in Escabeche, Herbs, Lemon, Housemade Chips 11.00 

Open Kitchen

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Pulpo a la Gallega

Octopus, Potato, Pimentón 14.00 ♥♥1/2

Arroz Saffron Fried Rice, Mushroom Aioli 14.00 ♥♥♥ 

Minca Ramen

Minca

Big Bowl of Ramen at ”Minca”

Spicy Basic Ramen pork broth $12 ( thin noodle ) ♥♥

The place’s decor and atmosphere are both not cute like IPPUDO or MOMOFUKU but I can promise you that MINCA serves very yummy ramen. My favorite ramen is Spicy Basic Ramen with pork broth (picture above). Basic salt & roast garlic flavor Ramen is also my favorite. They has two different options for noodle. I recommend you to order thin noodle for both ramen. I just don’t care for thick noodle. Also this place has sister restaurant called KAMBI on EAST 14th Street. I heard MINCA and KAMBI serve exactly same menu. Good to know 🙂

Minca     536 E 5th St (btw Ave A & Ave B) NYC (212) 505-8001

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Basic salt & roast garlic flavor Ramen ( thin noodle )  $11 ♥♥

Root & Bone

Fried Chicken & Waffles at Root & Bone

Root & Bone

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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.

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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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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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Root & Bone on Urbanspoon

Zen 6

Zen 6

Ramen at ”Zen 6” East Village

Dancing Spicy Ramen $12.50 ♥♥1/2

I tried two different kind of Ramen and both Ramen were not good but Zen 6 was on my check-list. #CHECKED You can’t judge any foods until you try them by yourself so don’t read too much into this post and just patrol here by yourself 🙂 Also remember this please! No wait like IPPUDO and much cheaper Ramen here! I am still giving 3 heart rating  for overall.

Zen 6        328 East 6th St., (b/t 1st Ave & 2nd Ave ) New York, NY 10003

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Homemade Gyoza Dumplings ♥♥♥

Shoyu ramen ♥♥1/2

Zen 6

Sobakoh

SobaKoh

Soba Noodle & Saki Pairing at ”Sobakoh” East Village

Sobakoh     309 East 5th St., (At 2nd Ave) New York, NY 10003

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Uni Ikura Soba

cold soba with sea urchin, salmon roe, shiso leaves on top ♥♥♥1/2

Sake Paring ♥♥♥1/2

Cold Duck ♥♥♥1/2

Ikura and Crab Sushi  ♥♥

Crab Chawan Mushi

steamed egg custard with crabs, ginkgo nuts, shitake and mitsuba ♥♥

Shishito Papper ♥♥♥1/2

Age Soba deep fried soba with sea salt ♥♥/2

Black Sesame Pudding ♥♥

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