Insatiable Girl

NEW YORK: MoMA Terrace 5

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

www.moma.org
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
212 708 9400

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Good
Directions: EM to 53rd and 5th Ave
Reservations: Unnecessary

Strolling through the Museum of Modern Art is a great way to waste away an afternoon of the hot summer heat. Even though I am not a fan of modern art, I can still enjoy browsing throw the collections, especially when it also includes some of my favorite paintings by Van Gogh, Seurat, Picasso, Kandinsky, etc. etc. It also helps that the cafe on the fifth floor serves great coffee, wine, cheese, and ginger beer and overlooks its private garden.

The ricotta cheese plate pictured above was good, but I’m comparing it to the ricotta cheese plate Joe got from Le Pain Quotidien that I am still daydreaming about. I was craving sweet, but it was salty. The flatbread was fantastic though; I wish I knew where I could get some so I could have some lying around my house all the time to snack on. Yum.

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NEW YORK: Sakagura

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on May 17, 2010

211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017
212 953 7253

Price: Expensive
Rating: Great!
Directions: 456 to Grand Central
Reservations: You need them
Must Get: pork belly

There’s an added cool factor to all hidden bars and restaurants, but this one is definitely at the top of my list. It’s not only hidden in the basement level of an office building, but the food is practically to die for. Their pork belly melts in your mouth– it’s no surprise it’s the most popular item on their menu. Their sushi is some of the best I’ve had since my time spent in Japan or that grungy place in Torrance, California (which has beaten every sashimi restaurant in my book). Their duck breast, steak sauteed with onions, and shrimp and almond balls round out my list of favorites as well. One dish that I wish I hadn’t ordered would be their kimchi rice bowl; I should have known better!

Their sake menu is even more extensive than their food menu, so make sure you come hungry and thirsty… And willing to spend some hard earned dollars. This place is not cheap, but it’s worth the treat.

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