Michelin Two Star ”Soto”

Sushi Chef Sotohiro Kosugi

Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Michelin: Two Stars 2015

Sushi Chef-Owner: Sotohiro Kosugi

Neighborhood: West Village

Occassion: I was here for dinner. Good for a date, with foodie friend

Signature Dishes: Uni Ika Sugomori Zukuri/Chutoro Tartare/Steamed Lobster with Uni Mousse

What I had: Omakase $115 plus drinks

Seat: I recommend Sushi counter

Soto    357 6th Ave., New York, NY 10014  (212) 414-3088

♥♥♥1/2 $$$$1/2

Goma Tofu

Sea Trout Carpaccio

-with black truffle sea salt, chives, and caviar.
-served with watercress and sesame salad

Uni Cocktail
with seaweed, wasabi, and soy reduction

Fluke Ponzu

-with chives, shiso leaf, ginger shoot, and scallions on top.
-served with ponzu sauce

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Via Carota

Via Carota

Tapas at ”Via Carota” West Village

Cuisine: Italian Tapas

Neighborhood: West Village

Recommend Dishes: Orata Al Forno sea bream & potatoes

Via Carota is a SuPa SuPa cute tapas restaurant in West Village. My another favorite tapas place is Buvette which also located in West Village. Worst part of both places are they don’t accept reservation! Good Luck 🙂

Via Carota    51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014  (Btwn 7th Ave S & Bleecker St) (212) 255-1962

♥♥♥ $$$1/2

Coniglio Fritto fried rabbit, rosemary & garlic ♥♥♥1/2

Polipo grilled octopus & green olives ♥♥

Braised Sweetbreads with Polenta ♥♥♥1/2

 Orata Al Forno sea bream & potatoes ♥♥♥1/2


Cafe Clover

Cafe Clover

Beautiful Ambience ”Cafe Clover” West Village

Location: Greenwich/West Village

Cuisine: New American

Exculusive chef: David Standridge, formerly of Market Table and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Cafe Clover  10 Downing Street ( corner of 6 Ave ) New York, NY 10014 (212) 675-4350

♥♥♥ ♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥1/2 $$$1/2

Ivory lentil risotto  with shaved black truffle $18 ♥♥♥

Nova Scotia lobster on a bed of parsnip, jalapeño, and grapefruit $17 ♥♥♥

Brussels sprouts $8 ♥♥♥

Poached halibut with black lentils, almonds, olives, and lemon $29 ♥♥♥

The striploin steak with potato purée $21  ♥♥♥

A crèpe cake with mascarpone mousse and espresso chocoloate sauce $9 ♥♥♥

Hehe ~Guess who is behind wine!? Marc a.k.a NY Journal 🙂 I’m a huuuuuuge fan!

Here is his Cafe Clover review

Instead of bread restaunrant serves crackers made from flax, chia, and sunflower seeds, served with a butternut squash hummus ♥♥♥

Bar counter

Main dining Room

Empellon Taqueria

Empellón Taqueria

Taco Feast at ”Empellon Taqueria” – West Village


The Empellon team (Al Pastor, Cocina, Taqueria) now has three locations in New York City. The newest taco bar, called Empellon Al Pastor, just opened in October on the corner of St. Marks and Avenue A. Empellon Cocina serves modern Mexican and is also in the East Village. Tonight I was at their original restaurant, Empellon Taqueria, in the West Village where they specialize in tacos.

Let me tell you my prego girlfriend, Michelle, had a blast. She used to love tapas food and wine, but since becoming pregnant she can’t drink, eat cheese, cured meat, or raw seafood. So she went cray cray ordering three different kinds of tacos plus reordering another plate of fish tacos again. Damn ~ #PregoGoneWildOverTacos

Here is what I enjoyed.  We tried three different kinds of tacos and two appetizers. I must say these were the best fish tacos I ever had. Even better than tacos I had in Mexico. But my two favorite dishes from dinner were the Shrimp (shrimp chorizo, nugget potato, serrano salsa) and theDiver Scallop (cucumber, tomatillo, mezcal) from the appetizer menu .  The scallops were raw so she Michelle cheated a little bit. hehe 🙂

I highly recommend that you order these three dishes the next time you visit Empellon in the West Village.

Mucho delicioso  *\(^_^)/*

P.S. — I recently visited Empellon Cocina for dinner and it was a completely different experience than the one I had at Empellon Taqueria. My patrolling report is coming soon so stay tuned! 🙂

♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥1/2 $$$1/2





Italian Tapas Bar ”Cotenna” West Village

Cotenna       21 Bedford St , New York, NY 10014  (646) 861-0175

Cuisine: Wine Bars, Italian

Sister Restaurant: Aria Wine Bar 

Neighborhood: West Village

Occassion: Dinner and Drinks


♥♥♥1/2 $$$1/2

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Charlie Bird

Cute Italian ”Charlie Bird” Soho West

Charlie Bird            5 King St (b/t Mac Dougal St & Avenue Of The Americas) NYC 


Razor Clams fennel & pickled chiles $14 ♥♥♥♥

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

Dry Aged Beef Carpaccio horseradish, blackened leeks $16 ♥♥♥


Black Bass sicilian cauliflower, sausage & pine nuts $28 ♥♥♥


Pappardelle braised duck in red wine $21 ♥♥♥


Winesap Apple Olive Oil Cake mascarpone & salty oat crumble $12 ♥♥1/2


$12 ♥♥1/2



Bob’s Steamed Clams & Mussels, Green Chilies, Tomato, Fresh Mint & Olive Crostino 14.00 ♥♥♥1/2

I came with my friend for dinner when weather was super cold. He wanted to try ”Grilled Guinea Hen” so we had but we both didn’t care for this dish at all. Spaghetti Carbonara was OK yet nothing memorable. The best dish from my dinner was Bob’s Steamed Clams & Mussels, Green Chilies, Tomato, Fresh Mint & Olive Crostino for sure. I normally avoid to order Mussels, I found it Mussels are quite boring. This dish got great broth and little neck clams were yum!

♥♥ ♥♥ $$$1/2

Spaghetti Carbonara, Red Onion, Egg, Guanciale & Black Pepper ♥♥♥

Grilled Guinea Hen, Fregula, Pumpkin, Scallions & Saba ♥♥1/2