www.ilovebuvette.com   42 Grove St (Btwn Bedford & Bleecker St)

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

Whenever it is meant to be… at Buvette

Buvette has been one of those cute, cute West Village French Tapas spots for a couple of years. One bad thing is that they don’t take reservations. Sometimes I happen to be near there and pop in, but oh my ~ always such a long wait so it is kinda hard for me to plan to come here. I guess I’ll dine here whenever it is meant to be… Amen!!!

I came here for a date night last time. I ordered a bunch of tapas to try. The most memorable dish was the rabbit stew pictured above. It was so yummy and comforting. I remember finding the octopus to be very salty, but HEY! I’m sure it’s already fixed. Otherwise this place wouldn’t be so popular still. No matter how cute places are or their great location, in the end it’s all about good food. Sometimes New Yorkers are so jaded and picky, just like me! (^o^) My name is Cutie Patroller and I am a jaded New York foodie! Bahahahaha!!!

Good luck getting a seat without waiting. If you don’t have enough time to wait or you are with someone for a first date, the bar seat is wonderful for two people as well. But you’ll probably find a wait list for that, too♪♪☆~(>__<)~☆♪♪

New update: I came back to Buvette summer 2015 so I added a few more photos. xo

Chilled leg of lamb with flageoulet ♥♥♥♥

Quail with prosciutto ♥♥♥♥

Continue reading

Beauty & Essex

www.beautyandessex.com146 Essex St , NYC

This is one of the largest restaurants that has opened in the LES with 10,000 square feet on two floors. I believe it’s Chef Chris Santos‘s second restaurant in NYC (he owns Stanton Social a few block away).  The ambiance is more of the style in the Meat Packing area where the space is very flashy and luxurious (think circa Glam 70s and sexy!). This is the spot to go with a bunch of friends, not if you want to have an intimate dinner or with parents who are in town. The main dining room is downstairs and upstairs is lounge style (you can order the full menu upstairs too.) Their tapas menu is big & food is very good. Often at this type of giant sized trendy spot the food is just ok …but everything here is very good. The bone marrow with shallot marmalade is one of the best I EVER had, even better than Prune’s …and I love Prune. Trendy Japanese Shishito Peppers are a must to order and share. The tapas size & price is fair except for their meatballs (after I found out it was $18, I will never order it again, especially when a few blocks away you can have amazing meatballs for $7 at The Meatball Shop). 

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



Yellowtail Chicken Fried Oysters w/apple & bacon braised spinach $15 – very good ♥♥♥


Charred Shishito Peppers  $10 – This is a must order for sharing. Who doesn’t like shishito? Spicy, salty goodness ~ perfect with a cocktail ♥♥♥ 


Hi  \(^_^)// Me & Yumi Kim


Roasted Bone Marrow rioja braised shallot marmalade $17 – Combination of fatty marrow & sweet shallot marmalade is perfect ♥♥♥♥   


Sashimi Of Tuna, Tonnato Style lemon zested olive oil, crunchy chorizo, sea salt $13



Hand Cut Prime Steak Tartare crispy mustard & chive sticky rice cake $16 – Pretty good, me like it ♥♥♥


Crudo caramelized citrus yuzu, avocado, cilantro $14 –   Normally I don’t like yellowtail but I loved the  yuzu flavor ~ so refreshing  ♥♥♥



Heritage Baby Back Ribs tangerine barbeque glaze, tempura onion rings $19 – I didn’t expect it to be this good ♥♥♥


Salt & Pepper Shrimp miso-sambal mayo $16 – skip it ♥♥ 


Lobster Tacos beer battered maine lobster, red cabbage slaw, jalapeno crema $19 – expensive but really good ♥♥♥


Seared Nori Spiced Tuna wasabi parsnip puree, miso glazed asparagus & roasted shiitake salad $28 – good but nothing special, skip it ♥♥♥


Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs sheep’s milk ricotta, wild mushroom, truffle $18 – Just 3 meatballs for $18, skip it ! It’s not all that ♥♥


Sashimi Of Tuna, Tonnato Style lemon zested olive oil, crunchy chorizo, sea salt $13 – simply good ♥♥♥1/2




Chicken Fried Oysters apple & bacon braised spinach $16


Black Bottomed Butterscotch Pot de Creme coconut chantilly $10 –  The spoon is actually a cookie, great great dessert ♥♥♥

Please follow me on Pinterest & Instragram & Tumblr & Facebook