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NEW YORK: Bar 89

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 27, 2010

89 Mercer Street, New York, NY
212 274 0989

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Great
Directions: RW to Prince, 6 to Spring
Reservations: You don’t need them
Must Get: Their burgers or their 89 club with chicken and avocado

Bar 89 is the go to back up spot. The food is great, the staff is friendly, the decor is trendy. If you can’t think of a place to go, this is the place. Everything I’ve ever had at this place has been worth it: nachos, wings, burgers, sandwiches, drinks.

If you haven’t been yet, head over and before you leave, make sure you stop by their bathroom. Their bathroom will blow you away.

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NEW YORK: Shake Shack

Posted in Uncategorized by sue on April 21, 2010

The burgers are what to get here, do not even look at the hot dog menu. Pictured above is their shake stack. And while it was tasty, it just wasn’t filling. It was tiny, but I guess at half the price of a normal New York burger, what do I expect? The atmosphere is what makes the place though. With it’s outdoor seating in the middle of Madison Square Park, it’s a great way to spend an hour or two over the weekend. It would be even better if they brought back their coconut macaroon mix-in for their concretes though!

NEW YORK: Alfanoose

Posted in Uncategorized by sue on April 20, 2010

Despite the financial district being a major hub during the weekday, it’s a ghost town come the weekend. Everything is shut, heck even Duane Reade is closed before nightfall there! So, if you find yourself stuck this far downtown and starving, go check out Alfanoose. I’ve been here twice now and their falafels haven’t disappointed me yet. They are light and fluffy, not too crisp. Sure, it may be twice the price of Mamouns, but it’s also twice the size. It’s worth checking out if you happen to be in the area, but not worth the trek just to come here.

NEW YORK: Panya

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 19, 2010

10 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003
212 777 1930

PRICE: Reasonable
RATING: Great
DIRECTIONS: 6 to Astor, RW to 8th St
RESERVATIONS: It’s a bakery!  You don’t need them.
MUST GET: Green tea cookie custard!

I used stop here on my way to school everyday during my last year at NYU, back when this place was no bigger than a closet. Now that it has tripled the size, I thought it might not taste the way I had imagined. Luckily, I was wrong. I had my usual green tea cookie custard and a curry pan (pan means bread in Japanese; panya means bakery), both tasted the same as it did years ago. And if those two are a reflection of their other dishes, which from looks alone I think they are, I recommend you stop by for a snack or a quick meal. Besides their bread selection, they also sell sushi, rice bowls, and (surprise!) Mexican food… I don’t know if their Mexican food would be any good though, so don’t hold me to that one.

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NEW YORK: Tuck Shop

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 13, 2010

115 St Marks Place, New York, NY 10009
212 979 5200

PRICE: Reasonable
RATING: Good
DIRECTIONS: L to 1st Ave, 6 to Astor, RW to 8th St
RESERVATIONS: You don’t need them.
MUST GET: Mince beef pie or guiness steak pie

Australians do not eat kangaroo meat or have shrimp on the barbie every day like stereotypes might have you think. Meat pies and sausage rolls are instead the common delicacies, but don’t worry, you don’t need to take the 15 hour flight just to get your hands on these carb and protein heavy treats. (Haha!) Instead, you can make your way to one of the Tuck Shops in Manhattan. (A tuck shop is what Australians call a school cafeteria by the way. Cute, isn’t it?) My personal favorites are their guiness steak and regular mince meat pies. Pictured above is their Indian chook (chicken) pie– great concept, but poor execution. The big chunks of chicken inside were just too dry. Joe, my favorite Aussie, also loves their sausage rolls, so that’s saying a lot right there. The next time I go back I will definitely try their mac and cheese pie.

Now I highly suggest if you decide to stop by this place, the St Marks location would be a good place to go with friends as it’s more spacious and has more seats. Grab yoursef a pie and a beer now that they have their liquor license– I like James Boags, Joe prefers Coopers. Let me know which one you prefer.

NEW YORK: Tavern on Jane

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 11, 2010

31 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014
212 675 2526

PRICE: Reasonable/Expensive
RATING: Good/Great
DIRECTIONS: L to 8th Ave, ACE to 14th St
RESERVATIONS: You don’t need them.
MUST GET:

This cute and cozy place is a great place to go when the line at Corner Bistro is unbearable. Pictured above is their yellowtail club; it was delicious. Joe was also a big fan of his turkey burger. But although their food was amazing, the best thing was their handcut fries dipped in their ginger wasabi mayo.

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NEW YORK: Sapporo East

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 9, 2010

164 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009
212 260 1330

PRICE: Reasonable for Japanese
RATING: Great!
DIRECTIONS: L to 1st Ave
RESERVATIONS: You don’t need them.
MUST GET: Sashimi!

Even though I lived on this block for two years while I was in school, I only ate here once or twice before. It was only because I was on the search for inexpensive good sushi with Myra and Debbie (and Hiro was closed) that I decided to revisit this place. And I’m really glad we did. Everything was great– fresh fish, good sized servings, attentive staff, and not overly priced.

The miso soup and grilled yellowtail neck could have been better, but the sea urchin, yellowtail, and salmon sashimi pieces more than made up for it. You will definitely see me back here soon.

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BROOKLYN: Cafe Enduro

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 9, 2010

51 Lincoln Road, Brooklyn, NY 11225
718 282 7097

PRICE: Reasonable
RATING: Good.
DIRECTIONS: BQ to Prospect Park
RESERVATIONS: You don’t need them.
MUST GET:

This Prospect Park Mexican restaurant doesn’t have the typical Mexican flavors I’ve come to expect from my trips below the border with my parents, but it is still good. I would come back here again if I were in the neighborhood– that says a lot.

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NEW YORK: Baoguette

Posted in Uncategorized by sue on April 7, 2010

Never ever go to the baoguette on third ave. I ordered delivery and had the worst service ever. The lady had the nerve to call me twice and hang up on me, yell at me when she finally got here, and then send me a rude text message when she left. Its not my fault you cant find my apartment, especially when you have an iPhone. Never ever again.

NEW YORK: Kate’s Joint

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 7, 2010

58 Ave B, New York, NY 10009
212 777 7059

PRICE: Reasonable
RATING: Good.
DIRECTIONS: 6 to Astor, RW to 8th St
RESERVATIONS: You don’t need them.
MUST GET: Southern fried cutlet!

The image is too dark I know. I just refuse to be one of those people who bring their camera and use their flash in the middle of a restaurant. I actually read on another food bloggers page that she brings her food out of the restaurant to find the best lighting sometimes. Once she even took her food and placed it on top of the garbage bins because it had the best light! That’s just ridiculous to me!

Anyway, onto the restaurant. I am and will always be a meat eater, but I can handle a meatless meal once in a while, especially when I am having dinner with a vegetarian friend. And I have to say, I loved this place. I had their southern fried cutlet (aka fried tofu) sandwich with a side of garlic fries; everything was great. If it were a blind taste test, you could have probably fooled me into thinking it was chicken on first bite. And the garlic fries were great, but definitely not as good as the ones you get when you go to a Yankees game.