Gato

Chef Bobby Flay ”Gato”

Gato

 Gato            324 Lafayette St, b/t Houston St & Bleeker St, NYC

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chef Bobby Flay *\(^_^)/*

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Bobby Flay’s newest restaurant, Gato, opened a few months ago on Lafayette Street in NoHo. I’m sure you’ve probably been to one of Chef Flay’s restaurants before such as Mesa Grill (closed) or Bar Americain. Honestly, I wasn’t much of a fan of his restaurants, but I changed my mind after visiting Gato! I even went twice within one month which is unusual for me. Chef Flay has created a very impressive, new style of Mediterranean cuisine. On your first visit you must try the tapas listed at the top of their menu. You can choose three tapas for $17. I tried 6 dishes between the two times I visited. I forgot a camera my second time there, so I don’t have food photos of everything I ate. My favorite tapas was the Beef Crudo, Lamb Tenderloin, and Piquillo Filled With Raw Tuna. You can see my photos below.

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I enjoyed the rabbit with couscous so much that I ordered it again on my second visit. This time the dish came with vegetables instead of fava beans. If you read my blog regularly, you know that I’m a huge fan of fava beans! So, I wish it came like that all the time. It was still yummy, though. 😉
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RABBIT FREGULA SARDA, CHANTERELLES, PEAS, CARROT HOT SAUCE $30 ♥♥♥♥

I love that you can see the kitchen through a glass window because you can watch Chef Flay hard at work. It was wonderful to meet him on my first visit, too! 😉 I recommend Gato for any night of the week. I also suggest you go soon while Chef Flay is still cooking everything himself. I believe the first few months after an opening a famous chef will work in the kitchen to make sure operations run well. Don’t miss your chance for his personal touch to your meal 🙂
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BEEF CRUDO PICKLED FRESNO CHILES ♥♥♥♥

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LAMB TENDERLOIN SALSA VERDE ♥♥♥

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PIQUILLO FILLED WITH RAW TUNA SAFFRON SAUCE ♥♥♥

MUSSEL & RAZOR CLAM SALAD SAFFRON PICKLED SHALLOTS ♥♥♥

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Bar Primi

BAR PRIMI

Specialty Pasta Bar on Bowery Street ”Bar Primi”

 

 

Bar Primi    325 Bowery (b/t Great Jones St & 3rd St) NYC 

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Bar Primi opened last month on the corner of Bowery and Bond Streets. The location is the former space of Peels. The chefs are Andrew Carmellini from Lafayette and Locanda Verde and Sal Lamboglia working on their team is Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard. My girl, Ryo a.k.a boss lady at Pinkyotto, and I patrolled here on a Saturday night around 9:30pm. We both live across the street from here, so we decided to just do a walk-in. (Not that we had much of a choice. They don’t take reservations for parties under six.) However, we were lucky to get a table upstairs.
I remembered former tenant Peels’ space well and I noticed they did not renovate much. The only major difference that I saw was the outside awning used to be all white and now it’s red. This means if you used to like Peels’ decor, don’t worry, Bar Primi is just as cute *\(^_^)/*
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  Cutie Room (me) *\(^_^)/* Pinkytto (Ryo)

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Spaghetti – clams casino $19 ♥♥♥
Now let’s talk about food! This place specializes in pasta. Every day they have one special entree, but otherwise they only serve appetizers along with many choices of pastas. We ordered three pastas and two appetizers. The pasta portions were a little smaller than expected so two pasta dishes did not fill up two hungry girls. We ended up adding one more pasta later. All three pasta dishes were good, but nothing special. Don’t forget the price point is around $19 so you can not expect sea urchin or truffle pasta.
I had a great time chatting it up with Ryo and patrolling this new neighborhood place for sure. I just don’t think I’ll be coming back here anytime soon. It would be nice if they served a menu with more unique and special pastas. I don’t mind paying $28 for pasta as long as it’s amazing. I will go back if the menu changes sometime in the near future.

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Seafood Antipasto $12 ♥♥♥ & Grilled Local Asparagus – boiled egg, gremolata $10 ♥♥♥

breakfast spaghetti kale, pancetta, poached egg $16

strozzapreti ragu alla bolognese, ricotta $18

IMG_8268Pappardelle – spring mushroom, marsala $19 ♥♥♥

Khe-Yo

laotian restaurant in Tribeca

Khe-yo

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Khe-Yo – 157 Duane St, (b/t Broadway & Hudson St) NYC 

I became very curious about Khe-Yo after I saw many food bloggers posting pictures. I came here with six friends on aSaturday night. I was able to make a last minute reservation through OpenTable. The place was very busy when we get there around 8pm. After we all sat down we were ready to order drinks right away! Yay! I love Saturday! *\(^_^)/*  I noticed the wine menu was surprisingly reasonable for this kind of restaurant in Tribeca. My girl, Nam, got there first and she already knew what she wanted to order. So, we let her order for the table. This was my first time eating Laotian cuisine and I was ready for a new experience. Well, well… Let me start with the highlight of our dinner. My favorite dishes were the Creekstone Farms Steak Tartare salad and the Banana Wrapped Red Snapper entree. They were good. I thought the Wok-Fried Glass Noodle entree was OK, too. However, the Grilled Laos Style Sausage was very disappointing. Overall, I’m sorry to say that I didn’t care for anything I ate during this visit. I’m not planning to go back to Khe-Yo anytime soon, but Laotian cuisine is unusual even in a city like NY which normally has every kind of cuisine. Maybe you should check it out at least once and try some other dishes that I didn’t order. Also, here is my friend’s blog posts on the Tabelog site. You can see the different dishes’ photos and their reviews. Please let me know your favorite dish if you do decide to go there!
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Racines

Chef Fréderic Duca “Racines” in Tribeca 

Racines opened last month on Chambers Street in Tribeca. My friend,Onick, and I were super lucky that we got counter seating in front of the open kitchen. YAY! *\(^_^)/* I highly recommend for you to make reservations at this counter seat. However, if your party is bigger than two people this might not be the right space for you. In either case, good luck with reservations because they only have four counter seats!! I enjoyed being right at the heart of the restaurant, listening to French, and watching Chef Fréderic Duca and the others in action. Oh, by the way, I can’t speak French…hehe (~_~) My friend and I ordered two appetizers and two entrees to share. We enjoyed all four plates. I will definitely go back again sometime soon to try new dishes.

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Chef Fréderic Duca *\(^_^)/*

 

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East Coast Halibut – Spring Vegetables, Paloise Sauce $34 ♥♥♥1/2

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Black Sea Bass Ceviche – Grapefruit Marmalade, Avocado & Bottarga $16 ♥♥♥1/2

 

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Veal Tartare – Tarragon & Pine Nuts, Warm Mayonnaise $18 ♥♥♥

 

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Confit Lamb Shoulder – Artichokes, Preserved Lemon, Black Olives $33 ♥♥♥1/2

Amuse – Cod mousse ♥♥♥1/2

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Kitchen view

 

Hearth

”Hearth” World’s Best Wine Lists 2014

Hearth

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RICOTTA SFORMATO Roasted Mushroom Trifolati, Gremolata, Parmigiano 19 ♥♥♥1/2

This time patrolling I didn’t order a lot…(~_~)…..Why?

a. I wasn’t very hungry.

b. I thought the menu was bit pricier than I expected.

The three of us shared three different dishes. The best dish, by far, was the RICOTTA SFORMATO. At this time, I can’t give a fair recommendation to visit Hearth. Part of my reasoning is that I have had much better Bronzino at other restaurants. It was disappointing and I felt it was overpriced. I have heard that the time to come here is for brunch. I may be willing to give it another try to experience their brunch menu. If I ever go back to Hearth I will update my patrolling report again

Ps– Hearth in East Village gets the highest honor, being deemed the Best Wine List in North America! WOW (Winner: Best Overall in Region/Jury Award) Congratulation *\(^_^)/* xoxo

Hearth – 403 East 12th St., New York, NY 10009

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Roasted Venison Loin – Apples, Celery root, sausage, blacktrumpet mushrooms $39 ♥♥♥1/2

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Roasted Branzino – Roasted potatoes, fennel, lemon, lemon, rosemary $68 ♥♥♥

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Wallflower

Wallflower 235 W 12th St (between 4th St & Greenwich Ave) NYC
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The real deal bartender “Xavier Herit”, who spent seven years as the head bartender at Daniel, opened his own bar restaurant in the West Village this month. Menu is freanch/small plate. Please enjoy my food & cocktail photos ~~~ xoxo Cutie Patroller

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Xavier Herit\(^_^)/

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Black Sea Bass Crudo with Matsu Apple & Seaweed $15 ♥♥♥1/2

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Foie Gras Sandwich with Quince Mostarda $15 ♥♥♥

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Game Bird Terrine with Pickled Crosnes $16 ♥♥♥1/2

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Good Point $14 ♥♥♥, Betty Draper $14 ♥♥♥1/2

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Beef Short Ribs with Potatoes, Mushrooms, Onions & Bacon $25 ♥♥♥1/2

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East Coast Halibut with Figs in Red Wine $27 ♥♥♥1/2

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Bar counter room

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Hehehe cheers\(^_^)/

Masket Room

Musket Room  265 Elizabeth St ( between Houston St & Prince St ) NYC
The Musket Room

Musket Room opened a couple of months ago in my neighborhood in Nolita. This SuPa cute restaurant serves amazing & interesting New Zealand cuisine. It was so good that I had dinner twice within two weeks. You MUST order the Mushroom custard with black truffle ($19). This appetizer is small but it is a bite of heaven. New Zealand Red Deer ($33) was too good to be true!!!! Amazing!!!! Seared foie gras was perfect to share with my date. Just one dish I can’t recommend, which is “Bone Marrow with caviar and sea urchin”……. I know I know it sounds great on menu, but I was very disappointed (>_<) You should come here with your foodie friends for sure. Also great place for date night too. I hope Musket Room is going to open their garden in spring time. (^_^) xoxo

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Hamachi ♥♥♥1/2

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Mushroom custard, raw mushroom & black truffle $19 ♥♥♥♥

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Seared foie gras, torchon, brioche, apricots and mandarin $19 ♥♥♥♥

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Cold smoked scallops, cucumbers, black garlic, pears and sea beans $15 ♥♥♥

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Bone Marrow with sea urchin and caviar ♥♥

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New Zealand red deer with flavors of gin $33 ♥♥♥♥♥