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

♥♥♥ $$$1/2

cauliflower purée, mustard seed, shiso, lime
($4 supplemental for Prix Fixe)

MADAI SNAPPER CRUDO cilantro, radish, grapefruit

Open Kitchen

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Casa mono

Michelin Star Tapas ”Casa Mono”

photo1 (1)Duck Egg with Mojama and Black Truffles $18

Casa Mono is a Michelin one star restaurant located on the east side of Union Square at Irving Place (on the corner of 18th St. & 17th St.) This restaurant has been one of my favorite tapas places in New York for a long time. They serve many interesting tapas. However, if you are expecting one of those regular Italian or Spanish tapas restaurants, then this is not the place for you. I call it a tapas wine bar because everything is smaller in portion, yet the price is on the high side. I would consider each dish to be more like an appetizer with an entree price point. Make sure you try everything and order a bunch of different dishes with your group of friends. You will probably get a big bill, but each dish is so unique and delicious that you will walk away with one big, happy smile. 🙂 If you are on a date night, I recommend that you sit at the counter seat so you can enjoy watching the kitchen’s action.

Here are some of my favorite dishes that I would highly recommend you to order:

*Foie Gras with Cinco Cebollas $19
*Fideos with Chorizo, Sea Beans and Clams $18
*Stuffed Lamb Belly with Artichoke Purée, Blood Oranges and Radicchio $16
They are open for lunch as well as dinner and serve the same menu. Please make sure to call for a reservation ahead of time because you won’t have much luck if you think you can just walk in for dinner. The place is always SuPa SuPa busy.
Casa Mono – 52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
♥♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥   $$$$

 20140509-001949.jpgFoie Gras with Cinco Cebollas $19


Creamy Eggs with Sea Urchin, Walnuts, Lime and Ancient Anchovy Oil $16

DSC02203Confit Goat with Avocado Queso, Scallion Ash and Pistachios $19

photo2 (1)Fideos with Chorizo, Sea Beans and Clams $18

photo3 (1)Stuffed Lamb Belly with Artichoke Purée, Blood Oranges and Radicchio $16

DSC02168Atlantic Calamares with Harissa and Squid Ink $15

DSC02185Burrata with anchovies

DSC02176Pulpo with Fennel and Grapefruit $13

DSC02204Confit Goat with Avocado Queso, Scallion Ash and Pistachios $19

DSC02248Bar Counter

DSC02247Open kitchen




An Always Lovely, Chic Lunch at “Maialino”

Ever since my office moved from Midtown to the Flatiron area, I often go to Maialino for lunch during the week. Maialino is located at the Gramercy hotel on Lexington Avenue across the street from the charming Gramercy Park. The lunch crowd here is always a fashionable, casual elegant.

 At lunch they have a two-course pre-fix for $35 plus a complimentary cookie and biscotti at end of your meal.
My usual choice for an appetizer is the prosciutto with fresh mozzarella balls. The entree I absolutely I love is the steak with fava beans. One dish that I had had recently and I won’t be ordering again is the seafood stew….you can see a photo below.
Maialino is one of the Danny Meyer‘s Group restaurants. It’s exclusive chef Nick Anderer is the same as the new hot-spot pizza restaurant Marta‘s.
♥♥♥ ♥♥ ♥♥♥ two-course pre-fix for $35


Roasted Sirloin Spring Onion & Salsa Verde

Prosciutto e Mozzarella

Prosciutto di Parma & Mozzarella di Bufala

Spaghettini alle Vongole

Clams, White Wine & Garlic


Braised Pork Ragu & Grana Padano


Oxtail Ragu & Pecorino




What to Eat at ”elan” in Gramercy


foie gras pop fig, pistachio 4/ea ♥♥♥

élan is a new contemporary American restaurant by Exclusive Chef David opened in June this year. Restaurant is located on East 20th Street in Gramercy area. I came here in mid September after hearing about mix reviews. Two of us ordered one snack, two appetizers, two entree. I hope this simple post will help you to decide weather you wanna go or not and if you go what to order at élan.
Small good snack was mushroom truffle croquettes 3/ea
Best dish from my dinner was butternut squash ravioli oxtail ragout 18/34 ( my order is small plate )
Cutest look dish was muscovy duck terrine, foie gras, pistachios 19
One of famous dish at élan is “general tso’s” sweetbreads leeks, orange, chilies 19/35 ( my order is small plate )
I didn’t care for “general tso’s” sweetbreads leeks, orange, chilies 19/35 ( my order is large plate )

élan      43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

♥♥♥ ♥♥ ♥♥♥  $$$1/2


“general tso’s” sweetbreads leeks, orange, chilies ♥♥♥

butternut squash ravioli oxtail ragout ♥♥♥

seared duck breast sherry vinegar, chilies 32 ♥♥1/2

mushroom truffle croquettes 3/ea ♥♥♥

egg white cocktail

Cutie Patroller is always on the prowl in NYC for great foods and cute places


Terakawa Ramen

Terakawa Ramen

Ramen Lunch at ”Terakawa”


Terakawa Ramen $9 ♥♥♥

Terakawa is not the best Ramen shop in NYC but I visit them sometime for lunch. The place is located on Lexington Ave, between 23 St & 22 St. Lunch special you can choose your favorite Ramen ( all $9~$10 )  plus $2 you can choose half size fried rice or Japanese Curry or Gyoza dumpling.

Warning: Cash Only

Terakawa Ramen    18 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

♥♥♥ ♥♥   ♥♥1/2 $$1/2

Mayu Ramen $10 ♥♥♥

Miso Ramen $9 ♥♥♥

Gyoza ♥♥♥

Half Chahan ♥♥♥

half curry ♥♥♥

Basta Pasta

Basta Pasta
”Basta Pasta” from Tokyo

Basta Pasta were doing Uni Pasta before anyone else in New York city. The restaurant has been located in near Union Square for more than 20 years. Originally Basta Pasta comes from Tokyo, Japan. Absolutely you need to order two pasta when you come here. One is Spaghetti Con Prosciutto E Parmigianospaghetti with parmigiano reggiano & parma prosciutto, served in a half wheel of parmesan cheese at the table. Another pasta is Linguine ai Ricci di Mare with Fresh Sea Urchin, pink sauce & basil. They serve two different kind of Uni pasta. Both pasta are very good but pink sauce’s one is their signature dish. If you’re a fan of Japanese style Italian then I recommend you to try Dieci in East Village also 🙂

Basta Pasta    37 West 17th St., New York, NY 10011  (212) 366-0888

♥♥♥ $$$1/2

Spaghetti Con Prosciutto E Parmigiano

spaghetti with parmigiano reggiano & parma prosciutto, served in a half wheel of parmesan cheese at the table ♥♥♥1/2

Duck breast with wild mushrooms ♥♥♥1/2

Spaghetti Ai Ricci Di Mare spaghetti

fresh sea urchin, fresh tomatoes, jalapeños, garlic oil, fresh basil ♥♥♥1/2

Linguine ai Ricci di Mare

with fresh sea urchin pink sauce and basil ♥♥♥


braised octopus, baby fingerling potatoes, radishes, olive flakes, pangrattato, paprika tomato sauce ♥♥♥

Hamachi Crudo ♥♥♥

Seared Scallops with green peas and parmesan cheese ♥♥♥

Cherrywood-smoked sliced duck breast, watercress, arugula $12 ♥♥♥

Cod fish ♥♥♥

Spaghetti Con Uova Di Pesce

spaghetti, tobiko (flying fish roe), shiso $17 ♥♥♥

Crespo Deluxe

single layer crape, vanilla gelato, almond candy, crushed white chocolate, fresh strawberry sauce ♥♥♥

Pure Food and Wine

Vegan Lunch with @FoodieMagician at ”Pure Food and Wine”

 Vegan / Vegetarian / Raw Food Lunch 🙂

Pure Food and Wine      54 Irving Pl., New York, NY 10003

♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥ ♥1/2 $$$1/2

Prix Fixe Lunch – 3 course $35


 zucchini and heirloom tomato lasagna

sun-dried tomato sauce, pistachio basil pesto, pumpkin seed macadamia ricotta ♥♥


arugula, kale, kalamata olives, tomatoes, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, balsamic vinaigrette ♥♥

chocolate coated pecan cookie with vanilla cream ♥♥




taco salad
romaine lettuce, spicy taco crumble, pico de gallo, guacamole, cashew sour cream, cilantro-lime dressing ♥♥


Pure Food and Wine

Friend of a farmer

Brunch at ”Friend of a farmer”


I had a great brunch at Friend of a Farmer, located in the Gramercy Park area this past Sunday. This 2-floor brunch spot is gonna make you feel like you’re having breakfast at a Bed & Breakfast in the country or your grandmother’s house.  While I was here, I had flashbacks of having brunch at this other great place called White Dog Cafe in the University City location in Philadelphia a few years ago. My usual choice for brunch is a Salmon Bennie but I asked the waiter what is their  popular dishes from the brunch menu and he recommended ” Farmers Market Omelette, Healthy Farmers Omelette, Hearty Omelette,Wheat & Tuna sandwich, Pumpkin Pancakes , Blueberry Pancakes, French Toast, or Gramercy Park salad. I skipped the Salmon Bennie and instead ordered Old Fashion Pumpkin Pancakes with toasted walnuts & maple syrup and a Hearty Omelette w/ roasted red peppers & mozzarella cheese with Orange juice &  a couple of coffees (no fufu bloodymary & cappucino!! I stayed old American:  simple & classic !!) The Omelette was sooo fluffy and fantastic on the iron pan!! You must order!! How cute that we have this place in NYC for Sundays, so we don’t have to stay at a Bed & Breakfast or visit granny any more (Sorry granny…..LOL)
Ps I do enjoy staying at Bed & Breakfasts. My last stay was at a place called Beltane Ranch in Sonoma California for a friend’s wedding. Their close friends and family members stayed at this mini Bed & Breakfast and they had a super cute and rustic outside wedding in the late afternoon till night. The next morning I had a very memorable breakfast with the newlyweds & their families. Cutie Patroller always enjoys something new & something old…..xoxo     77 Irving Place, NYC 10003

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥ ♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥


Hearty Omelette roasted red peppers & mozzarella cheese $12

Old Fashion Pumpkin Pancakes with toasted walnuts & maple syrup $13

Friend of A Farmer