Long Island Duck Breast, Red Cabbage, Pumpkin Flan, Roasted Apples, Black Currant Gastrique
Golden Beets, Fromage Blanc, Salmon Pearls, Horseradish
Braised Beef Short Ribs Whipped Parsnips, Apple Smoked Bacon, Brussels Sprouts
Lemon Cake, Raspberry Frangipane, Crème Anglaise
I have never been a big fan of NYC Restaurant Week but it is great for discovering restaurants. I have passed by this building many times and never thought there was a restaurant downstairs. It is a very beautiful venue where you enter the bar and lounge area after the winding stairs. The seating in the dining room is spread out, very atypical of a New York City restaurant establishment!
Though the food is not really worth writing home about (other than the perfectly cooked medium rare duck!), it is a great place to have a nice, quiet dinner. No obnoxiously loud music and the waiters are very attentive. Come here and enjoy the ambience.
Tip: This place has 1 dollar oysters during Happy Hour in the bar and lounge area. Perfect for midtown slurping after work!
Brasserie 8 1/2
9 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
naan with curry
The service is quick, food is cheap, and all the sauces are on point at this Elmhurst located restaurant. The satay is okay but you can make it better by dipping it in the sweet chili sauce next to the hainanese rice. This totally satisfied my craving for roti canai!
Tip: Bring CASH and order all the things. I certainly did!
82-18 45th Ave, Elmhurst, NY 11373
Duck Confit & Chanterelle Sugo, Brussels Sprouts, Honeynut Squash
Grilled Avocado, Crispy Olives, Orange
Salsa Verde, Roasted Potatoes, Arugula
White Chocolate-Almond Clusters, Concord Grape Sorbet
Union Square Cafe reopens in Gramercy/Flatiron district and it looks brand spanking new and classy as hell! There are two bars, downstairs and upstairs and two levels of table seating area.
Tip: The Lamb Shank is a great dish to share. It is this humongous piece of meat on bone with a side of perfectly cooked fingerling potatoes and arugula.
Union Square Cafe
101 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003
Apple, Peanuts, Mint & Tamarind
Served with Chickpeas, Steamed Rice, Coconut-Fingerling Potatoes-Shishito
I have never been to a modern Indian restaurant until this one. I really enjoyed every dish but the portions are a bit small. It is probably a good idea to order a few appetizers and and a main course per person. You will be able to try out different things this way.
Drinks wise, I really like the double insulated cups! The cocktails are good but the mixes are a bit inconsistent.
Tip: Try to arrive before 1pm on the weekend. It gets pretty busy!
195 Spring St., New York, NY 10012
Feel like having a variety of foods grilled for you Japanese style? This is the place to be if you are around the NoMad/Flatiron area. Definitely get the mochi wrapped in smoked bacon (for that difference in texture) and beef tongue. I know, I know, beef tongue sounds gross but it’s good. Just think of it as regular beef and your stomach will thank your brain.
Hint: Bring a friend so you can share more different types of dishes!
13 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010
Spicy Tamarind Margarita, Chili Sugar RIm
Thai Style blood sausage, kaffir lime and herbs wrapped in banana leaf
Boneless Beef Ribs with Massaman Curry, Potato, Red Onion, Peanut and Green Peppercorn
whole charcoal roasted dorade with charred leeks and nam prik diping sauces
Pea shoots with garlic, chiles
champagne mango, condensed milk, sticky rice, coconut
Favs: everything! I don’t think there was anything I do not like here. What’s not to like? Fish? Gooood. Blood sausage? Gooood. Mango with sticky rice? Goood.
I don’t think you can go wrong with picking any of the dishes here. Come early as they get busy real quick.
Warning for the people with seafood allergies: they put it in just about everything, even if it’s not labelled. Shrimp paste/flavoring is a common ingredient, even in the vegetables. Be careful!
7 Spring St, New York, NY 10012