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
♥♥♥1/2
♥♥♥1/2
♥♥♥ $$$1/2

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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Bhatti Indian Grill

Bhatti Indian Grill

My Favorite Indian in Kip Bay ”Bhatti Indian Grill”

 

Cuisine: Indian

Neighborhood: Kip Bay

Occasion: I was here for lunch. Good to come here with friends

Recommend Dish: Daily Lunch Special $11.95

Ambiance: Casual

Bhatti Indian Grill is an Indian restaurant located in the Kip Bay of NYC. This neighborhood is known as ‘curry hill’. My office is a one block away and sometime me and my coworkers are coming here for lunch during the weekday. I tried every single Indian restaurants in this neighborhood but I can guarantee you Bhatti Indian Grill is the best Indian restaurant. It’s well decorated inside and pretty nice for an Indian restaurant. I won’t come here for dinner but if you have a chance, try the weekday lunch special – only $12 and amazing!!! On peak lunch times expect a wait of around 15 minutes.

 Bhatti Indian Grill   100 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016   (212) 683-4228

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

Appetizer : chicken tikka

Naan Breads included in Daily Lunch 🙂

Lunch Time

Paneer Tikka Masala

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Saag – spinach

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Basmati rice

Modern Decor

Beef Curry

 Cauliflower Curry

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A B C Kitchen

ABC Kitchen

2015 Lunch Menu Update ”ABC Kitchen”

 

Cuisine: Farm-to-table/Organic/New American

Neighborhood: Flatiron/Union Square

Chef-Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Recommend dish: Ricotta and farm egg raviolo, pork ragu, chilies, sageand parmesan was outstanding

Special: lunch prix fixe 32

Occasions: good for lunch and dinner. with friends, date.

2011 when ABC Kitchen first opened I had a my birthday dinner. Four year later I returned here for lunch with girlfriend. The place was lovely as I remembered. We both had BlackboardEats three courses prix fixe $32.

*My photos are 2015 lunch and 2011 dinner.

ABC Kitchen   35 E 18th St, New York  (212) 475-5829

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥
♥♥
♥♥♥ $$$$
( starters )
roast carrot and avocadosalad, crunchy seeds, sour cream and citrus
( starters )
the Line Caught Tuna Sashimi marinated with ginger and mint
( entree )
crispy skatesalad, romaine, potatochips and tartar sauce
( entree )
ricotta and farm egg raviolo, pork ragu, chilies, sageand parmesan
(dessert)
almond cake with toasted almond sorbet, rhubarb and fresh cream
(dessert)
salted caramel icecream sundae candied peanuts & popcorn, whipped cream, chocolatesauce

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Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke
New Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois ”Blue Smoke”

New Executive Chef – Jean-Paul Bourgeois 

Last week was the third time I’ve visited Blue Smoke in within 7 months. Danny Meyer’s empire, Blue Smoke is a well-known BBQ restaurant in Manhattan since 2002. The restaurant is located on 27th Street, between Park Ave & Lexington Ave in Flatiron District. ( Second one is located at 255 Vesey St in Battery City). At my last visit to Blue Smoke Flatiron, I had wonderful lunch with food blogger Gary. Gary run popular BBQ blog called Pig Trip between Boston and New York. Here is his Blue Smoke’s newest review (http://www.pigtrip.net/review-BlueSmoke.htm🐖

Let me start from décor and atmosphere about restaurant. The décor was kind of southern fabulous.  I don’t really know what that means……I meant the decor is more upscale than what you’d see at your usual chicken wings and biscuits restaurant. Between my three visits I sat in a booth downstair ( booth is perfect for three to four peoples ). This two floors big venue has lots of seating and during day main dinning room is nice and sunny. I don’t drink beer and whiskey but BBQ and those drinks just naturally go well together so it only makes sense that Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke has a great draft list and whiskey collection. Cheer ~ 🍻

Now are you ready for a meat feast!?  🍗🐷🍗 Firstable prices are very reasonable, especially after I visited at trendy BBQ join Fette Sau in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! I recommend you to order the Rib Sampler from dinner menu and “Rhapsody in Cue” from lunch menu. My ultimate favorite meat was beef brisket from brisket sampler. For the sides, you HAVE TO get the collard greens and the maple sweet potatoes. They were both so delicious! The cornbread madeleines are pretty cute. They’re bite sized and come with great gravy. Roasted smoke oysters were nice and garlicky. Deviled eggs were spicy so I ate 3/4 but tuome‘s Deviled eggs are still my #1 🐣 Buttermilk Biscuits are done right! I asked chef Jean-Paul his favorite dish and he said Black Pepper Sausage so don’t forget to order it!

The restaurant has named Jean-Paul its new executive chef since March 2014. I had a great time talking to chef Jean-Paul. He was so cool and fun. Even I didn’t have enough knowledge about BBQ, he kindly explained about preparation and ingredients for me. Blue Smoke now uses hickory, oak and maple. The smoker is an Ole Hickory.

Newest addition to Danny Meyer’s empire, Porchlight is now opened and chef Jean-Paul is part of Porchlight team. Click here to read more about chef Jean-Paul http://www.bluesmoke.com/story/

 

Blue Smoke    116 East 27th St., New York, NY 10016  (212) 447-7733

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

Rhapsody in Cue

Spare Ribs, Pulled Pork, Backyard Chicken, Black Pepper Sausage $28 ♥♥♥

Roasted Oysters smoked 

garlic butter, green onions 16.00 ♥♥♥

Chipotle Chicken Wings

blue cheese dip 12.00 ♥♥♥1/2

Main Dining Room is nice and sunny 🙂

Collard Greens  

with potlikker 8.00 ♥♥♥♥♥

Mash Butternut Squash

with toasted pecan and maple syrup 8.00 ♥♥♥♥1/2

Full rack Kansas city ribs ♥♥♥1/2

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UPLAND

Upland

Lunch & Dinner at Upland

 

Chef Justin Smilie, who left Il Buco Alimentari, has now created a contemporary Californian/Italian cooking at this brand new restaurant called Upland in the Flatiron District. Upland is run by Stephen Starr known for Buddakan, Morimoto, Caffe Storico and many other restaurants in the NYC and Philadelphia areas. I don’t have many food options to go to in the area near my office besides Marta on 29th St. Upland is definitely great new addition. The decor and vibe of this place is classy and lovely, yet very casual and relaxing. It’s a great place for just two or a group of people. However, right now they have a maximum of a party of six.

It was the second week after opening when I went with four of my teammates for an after work dinner. My absolute favorite dish was the Estrella chicken liver. The Bucatini Carbonara was good too, but not as good as the Estrella. For an appetizer I loved the Live Scallop Crudo with sea beans. I also enjoyed the Beef Tartar, Roasted Lamb Confit, and Branzino, but they were not as memorable as the other two dishes (estrella and scallops). One of the most wonderful things about this place is their wine list. 500varieties from all over the world with many different price points. I’m going back this week just for a drink with a friend. They are still only open for dinner right now. Hopefully they’ll soon open for lunch.

PS – UPLAND is now open for lunch. I came to patrol lunch special burger recently 🙂

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

upland cheeseburger

grass fed beef, american cheese, peppadew peppers + avocado $20 (Lunch Time Only ) ♥♥♥1/2

Estrella chicken liver, sherry, rosemary + sage $16 ♥♥♥1/2

The chicken liver pasta is on Bucket Dish in NYC.

Live scallop fermented radish, sea beans, fresh chili + olive oil $14 ♥♥♥1/2

Bar Counter

Beef tartare black trumpet mushroom, puffed farro, anchovy + egg yolk $16 ♥♥♥

Branzino a la plancha, sungold cherry tomatoes + basil $32 ♥♥♥

Bucatini alla carbonara pancetta, farm eggs, parmigiano + black pepper 16 ♥♥♥

Roasted lamb confit carrots, dates, lettuce + natural jus $36 ♥♥♥

blistered shisito peppers + bottarga 12 ♥♥♥1/2

Kitchen

duck wings lemon, olive oil + yuzu kosho $18 ♥♥♥1/2

seared brussels sprouts meyer lemon, oregano + chili 11 ♥♥1/2

Chocolate-orange semifreddo citrus + sea salt $10 ♥♥♥

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Park Avenue Autumn

Park Avenue Autumn

Saying Goodbye to ”Park Avenue Autumn – Winter” Hello ”Spring”

I liked the overall theme of changing decor and menu based on the season. Four of us were here for ”winter” during Restaurant Week’s (three course lunch $25). Park Avenue Spring has débuted a few weeks after my visit. Over a forty-eight hour timeframe, the restaurant was completely transformed from ”Park Avenue Winter” to a completely new décor for ”Spring” 🙂

Park Avenue Autumn  360 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010 (212) 951-7111

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
♥♥♥
♥♥
♥♥♥1/2 Restaurant Week Lunch Menu $25

Seared Scallop Sandwich

♥♥♥1/2

PEEKYTOE CRABCAKE

citrus & hearts of palm

♥♥♥1/2

One of a main dining room

BRAISED SHORT RIB SANDWICH

horseradish and gorgonzola

♥♥1/2

( Entree )

Everything-crusted Branzino

Smoked Cream Cheese, Pickled Onions

♥♥♥

Lunch Time

( Main Course )

Free Range Amish Chicken

Savoy Cabbage, Black Garlic Vinaigrette

♥♥1/2

Park Avenue Chocolate Cube

Milk chocolate caramel mousse with diced devil’s food cake folded in

Chocolate Ancho Sorbet ( $5 Supplement )

♥♥♥

Salted Pistachio Sundae

popcorn Ice Cream, Coconut & White Mocha Sauce

♥♥1/2

Private Dining Room

Housemade Bread

♥♥♥

Nomad

The NoMad
New Two Course Lunch Menu ”Nomad”

 

 

Nomad’s lunch served from 12pm to 2pm weekdays as a $29 two course prix-fixe. Until a few month ago they didn’t have prix-fixe menu so I was coming here and spend over $50 for lunch. ( my previous Nomad’s lunch review) Me and my client we both ordered two course lunch and shared everything 🙂 I was very impress by new menu. Specially TORTELLONI with celery root & black truffle was amazing. I wasn’t excited to order chicken burger first because I thought chicken sound dry and boring but I was wrong! Burger was opposite of dry. It was incredibly juice and delicious. We had ”Milk & Honey” in the end of meal. I can never leave here without having their signature dessert. Officially Nomad is now my favorite lunch place in downtown NYC. 

Nomad   1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 (212) 796-1500

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
♥♥♥♥1/2
♥♥♥1/2
♥♥♥♥1/2 $29 two course prix-fixe

CHICKEN VELOUTÉ

HEN OF THE WOODS MUSHROOMS & CHICKEN LIVER MOUSSE ♥♥♥1/2

TORTELLONI

WITH CELERY ROOT & BLACK TRUFFLE ♥♥♥♥1/2

ARCTIC CHAR

SEARED WITH FENNEL & WINTER CITRUS ♥♥♥

Dining room with fire place

CHICKEN BURGER

BRIOCHE, FOIE GRAS & BLACK TRUFFLE MAYONNAISE (WITH PICKLES & FRIES) ♥♥♥

Main dining room

MILK & HONEY

SHORTBREAD, BRITTLE & ICE CREAM $15 ♥♥♥

The NoMad Library Bar

Hotel Entrance