Hide-Chan Ramen

Hide-Chan Ramen
Its my second time visit at ”Hide-Chan Ramen”

Hakata Kuro Ramen ♥♥♥1/2

Many peoples say that Hide-Chan Ramen is too salty……… 😦 My first visit to Hide-Chan I thought the same thing too! But my both Kuro Ramen and Spicy Ramen were perfect when I came here for the second time. I would like to go back again for third time sometime soon to give you my final thought about their Ramen. Stay tuned ~ XO

My favorite Ramen is The Hakata Kuro Rame.

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Hide-Chan Ramen    248 East 52nd St (b/t 2 Ave & 3 Ave), 2nd floor restaurant,  New York, NY 10022   (212) 813-1800

Hakata Spicy Ramen ♥♥♥1/2

Chashiu Tonkotsu Ramen ♥♥♥

Pork Gyoza ♥♥♥

 

 

Mokbar

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Korean Ramen & Ho’ Cake at ”Mokbar”

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The only thing that could warm me up right now is Spicy Kimchi‬ Ramen‬ at Mokbar 🍜

Mokbar is located at inside of Chelsea Market in Meatpacking District. I ate so many different kind of Ramen before yet this was my first time eating Korean Style Ramen ( except instant noodle Shin Ramyun ). Three of us shared three different kind of Ramen and a few appetizers. Also we had Saki and Marc A.K.A NY Journal had a Makgeolli #Cheers ~ 🍶

I had to try Black Ramen and Spicy Tofu Ramen as food blogger. They were very unique and delish but my favorite Ramen was Kimchi Ramen. If you’re fan of Mapo Tofu and spicy food you will love Spicy Tofu Ramen. It was #HotHotHot 🔥🔥🔥

BUT more than Ramen, more than dumplings or Disco Fries ”Ho’ Cake” was OMG delish and only $6!! I have never had a Ho’ Cake before and now I’m so in love with this cute bun with yummy dipping sauce 🙂 I started new page called ”Bucket Dish” on Tabelog (www.tabelog.usBucket Dish is a special dish that worth traveling across the world just to eat. I am so ~ adding this dish on BucketDish of New York City.

Mokbar      75 9th Ave, ( at Chelsea Market ) New York, NY 10011  (646) 964-4448

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 Kimchi Rame – Kimchi bacon broth. Braised pork. Stewed kimchi. Scallion $13 ♥♥♥

Ho’ Cake – crispy bun with heavenly pork belly filling $6 ♥♥♥

This dish is on Tabelog’s Bucket Dish NY

Black Ramen

Black bean, bacon, vegetable sauce. Pork belly. Cucumber. Pickled daikon. Scallion $13 ♥♥♥1/2

Open Kitchen

Spicy Tofu Ramen

Pork and tofu sauce. Spicy garlic paste. Minced pork. Poached egg. Scallion $13, Pork belly topping $2 ♥♥♥1/2

Disco Fries

ramen gravy, cheese curd, kimchi, nori $12 ♥♥♥

The chef /owner Esther Choi

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Halmoni Dumplings $7 ( 6 pc )

ground pork, zucchini, cabbage, tofu, kimchi, garlic chive relish ♥♥♥1/2

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Japchae Dumplings $7 ( 6 pc )

Pickled shiitake. Glass noodle. Garlic chive. Tofu • Garlic chive relish ♥♥♥1/2

Saki ♥♥♥

Makgeolli

Mokbar ( left side )

Ivan Ramen

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.

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1000 years old deviled egg – hen egg + preserved duck egg, tomato, bonito 3.50 ♥♥♥1/2

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double dredged chicken hearts + livers, ponzu honey mustard $8 ♥♥

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Four Cheese Mazemen dashi, pickled bean sprout, pork chashu, whole wheat noodle $15 ♥♥

Kewpie ebI – fried whole prawns, smoked chili,
watercress, lemon 15 ♥♥♥

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Spicy Red Chili Ramen dashi + chicken broth, minced pork, smashed egg, rye noodle $14 ♥♥

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Lancaster Okonomiyaki scrapple waffle, charred cabbage, pickled apple, maple kewpie $12 ♥♥

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Chicken Paitan Ramen – white chicken broth, chicken confit,
schmaltz fried onions, rye noodle 16 ♥♥♥

Braised Beef Tongue – dashi + beef broth, hot mustard 11 ♥♥♥

Roast Pork Musubi ♥♥

Tokyo Shio Ramen sea salts, dashi + chicken broth, pork chashu, rye noodle $13 ♥♥1/2

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Tavern on the Green

Re-Opening of Tavern on the Green

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Tavern On The Green   67TH STREET & CENTRAL PARK WEST, NYC 

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After two years of renovations and $38 million the NY icon Tavern On The Green has now re-opened in Central Park.
Last month, I came here for a business meeting with Jenny (MeltingButter) and my teammate, Kenta (Lord of the Fork). I took a cab from Bowery and OMG! A $30 cab ride! This is why I don’t eat up here that often, but I was amazed as soon as I walked in the building. They did such a great job!! The place is so gorgeous!! You walk through the bar to the dining room which is an open kitchen. The whole room is surrounded by sunny glass windows. Once I got past the beautiful surroundings, the downside was that I couldn’t find anything I really wanted to order…
After our order came to the table, I immediately thought there was not enough food for us. Jenny had a salad and tuna tartar. I ordered Japanese eggplant and tuna tartar. Her salad was so sad looking. It almost looked like a bowl of different grasses. I’m not kidding. After I saw Kenta’s burger I thought I should have ordered a sandwich. I then ordered a turkey sandwich for us  girls to share. This $17 sandwich was nothing special. Plus, the sandwich came with potato chips that I already had as a side with my tuna tartar. I was starting to think that this lunch was a disaster!!! Hopefully they have a better dinner menu.
I don’t post places that I rate under 3 of 5 hearts which means this place still made the cut! It is a very  beautiful space and I still recommend you visit this NY regent place. Maybe for a daytime drink and enjoy the elegant atmosphere in the afternoon.
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Hinata Ramen

Chicken Broth Ramen

Hinata Ramen 159 E.55th St. b/t 3rd & Lexington Ave | 212-355-2974

I read on Twitter that Chef Michael Anthony from Gramercy Tavern visited Hinata Ramen a few months ago. I hadn’t heard of this ramen shop until then. So, I decided to come here for lunch. Hinata Ramen opened last November in Midtown East. I often eat ramen for lunch. There are many choices of ramen shops around my office in Midtown such as Hide-chan, Totto, Ippudo West, and a few more places. Today I found a new edition to add to my ramen lunch options. Chef Anthony mentioned this place’s noodle and that it was somehow related to Ippudo. So I was even more curious about this place!! I was also interested in tasting their broth. Most popular ramen shops often serve pork based broth, but Hinata specializes in chicken broth ramen.

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Original Hinata Paitan Ramen – Chicken broth $12.5 ♥♥♥1/2

I started my lunch with gyoza and pork bum to share. I didn’t much care for either appetizer, but it was good and decent enough. I sat at the front counter seat so that I could see the action in the kitchen behind the glass window. (It does not have an open kitchen.) I ordered the Original Hinata Paitan Ramen and my friend ordered the Aburi Niku Miso Ramen which is limited to 10 bowls per day. Both ramen were very good.

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Aburi Niku Miso Ramen – (Limited 10 bowls per day) ♥♥♥1/2

My favorite is Shoyu Tonkostuu (soy based and pork based mixed.) Compared to pork based this was much lighter and cleaner. Definitely refreshing.

It was also great to meet the owner, Chef Madoka Tamura. I was a little shocked to see a young Japanese lady. I guess I always imagine a ramen shop owner to be a man. Like I said, Hinata’s ramen is very clean and elegant. This made perfect sense once I met her. She was lovely. I asked her about her background. She said this is her first restaurant and she taught herself how to make ramen. I’m the owner of Cutie Room, but having a boutique and running a restaurant are two different things. I was very impressed. I love seeing Japanese women doing their thing in NYC!

Owner/ chef Madoka Tamura

I eat at most ramen shops more than twice before giving a rating. So, at this time I can’t give a proper rating yet. I am definitely going back for lunch again soon. Stay tuned for an update!

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Hinata Pork Bun ♥♥♥

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Kurobuta Gyoza ♥♥♥

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Sushi Nakazawa

            Believe The Hype!!  The Best Sushi Patrolling Ever

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Sushi Nakazawa 23 Commerce Street, NYC   (212)-924-2212 DSC02342 I finally made it to Sushi Nakazawa!! This patrolling was definitely the most exciting patrolling ever. Especially since it’s still hard to get a reservation at Sushi Nakazawa. Actually, it’s the most exciting patrolling ever since I started my Cutie Patroller blog!!!  You can believe the hype about Nakawaza. I am not over exaggerating. Sometimes you get disappointed when you have high expectations, but my experience at Nakazawa was so much more than I expected. Super friendly Chef Daisuke Nakazawa explained each nigiri to us in English and Japanese. Chef Nakazawa kindly answered any questions I had with smile. Also, how cute is it that he uses a mini iPad to show pictures of fish and explain each nigiri to the counter guests? This is definitely a new way of “OMOTENASHI” (the heart of Japanese hospitality) and I’m loving it!! We had 20 pieces of sushi Omakase. Plus one extra in the end. All of the sushi pieces were incredible. Traditional, yet each piece had a cute twist. When I had salmon it was full of wara-smoke flavor. The red snapper had Kinkan zest. One of my favorite nigiri was Akagai. Since I’m mini clam which Mirugai, Agarai, Aoyagi, and Awabi are my absolute favorite sushi so when the chef told me he had Akagai I was so excited!! It was the best Akagai I ever had between NY and Japan.

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Akagai ( Red calm ) 赤貝Akagai ( Red calm ) 赤貝 We didn’t mention to the chef that we were from Tabelog until after dinner and he said he always uses Tabelog when he is in Japan. We exchanged business cards, of course. I’m so excited to send him my blog post and my many thanks, too.

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Uni from Santa Barbara サンタバーバラの雲丹

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Bonito ハガツオ

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Hon-Maguro (tuna) 本マグロ

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Zuke Maguro (marinated tuna) 漬けマグロ

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Otoro (fatty tuna) 大トロ

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Hirawasa (yellowtail amberjack) 尾鷲産 ひらわさ

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Corkbuzz

Corkbuzz        13 E. 13th Street (b/t 5th Ave. & University) NYC

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Patrolling member – Ryo a.k.a Pinkyotto & Nam Vo

 

My girl Nam just got back from SF so three of us decided to meet up at Corkbuzz for din din din ~ Guess what!!! First time we actually used YELP checkin deal and we got two free glasses of wine. hehehe *\(^_^)/* The place is cute and food was good but nothing special and memorable. NY offer so many SuPa SuPa cute and yummy foods and unfortunately this place wan’t for me and my girls. One of the best dish from our ordered was Hamachi Crudo, kumquat marmalade, basil purée for sure. I go to eat often and maybe I’m kind of jaded about restaurant….who know~ But the end of meal what is most important!? Great time with great friends and certainly this place was perfect for this night for us. I might go back to here I might not but you should definitely use YELP checkin deal for wine for sure! #DEAL

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Steak tartare, squid ink, quail egg, salsa verde $17 ♥♥♥

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Hamachi Crudo, kumquat marmalade, basil purée $15 ♥♥♥

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Duck breast, black garlic, squash grits, Brussels sprouts $26 ♥♥♥

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Whole grilled Bronzino, celery root, brown butter $25 ♥♥♥

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Brussels sprouts, pecorino $10 ♥♥♥

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Bread pudding ♥♥♥