élan

Tip: come on a weeknight during happy hour for dollar oysters and if you want to be fancy (or indecisive like me!), let the bartender choose your drink.

élan
43 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Burma Love

We ate more vegetables I swear! There was a plate of pea shoots that we devoured before I remember to get a picture of it.

I really like their coconut rice. It may be because I am developing a crazy sweet tooth but now I want to make all rice coconut flavored. On the other hand, I hate coconut candy or anything with those little strings or flakes of coconut in it. I think I like the smell and sweetness of it which makes it tolerable when it is used in liquid form.

Bonus points: the server was kind enough to let me take a picture before mixing the salad. I am surprised my friends still let me go out to eat with them 🙂

Burma Love
211 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

State Bird Provisions

State Bird Provisions serves you food dim sum style, where they bring you a cart and asks you which item you want. Everything in the pictures was delicious. Shoutout to the nectarines dish and the steam egg in a cup!

Caution for people who hate planning ahead (aka didn’t have reservations): try to get there an hour early before opening to wait in line. Even if you don’t get seated immediately, they have limited time slots for you to come by later. Still try to get there early!

State Bird Provisions
1529 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Sakagura

This place is across from Sushi Yasuda and located in the basement of a building. My favorites are the soft boiled egg with seach urchin, beef back ribs, and the black sesame creme brulee! If this is your first time here, definitely try the hot foods first.

Sakagura
211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

Barn Joo

I arrived a little before 6pm and was able to snag a seat at the bar for happy hour. For a Tuesday night, the bar area was pretty busy! I ordered a dozen oysters to start off. I got the oysters very quickly and they were hugee! The picture I took don’t do it justice. There was no grit or sand in them what so ever. I polished them off like a pro.

Next I got some chicken wings because you can’t go wrong with korean chicken wings. The great thing about these types of chicken wings is there’s plenty of flavor on the fried skin without the messiness of a sauce. Tried the soy and garlic and it was not too salty or garlicy. I would definitely want to try the hot and spicy next time!

By the time I left (a little before 7pm) it got fairly busy, even in the dining room. I would definitely come back for the dollar oysters and chicken wings!

Barn Joo
893 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Gochujang in Food Gallery 32

Pretty decent kimbap for the price. I also enjoyed the rice cakes with fried squid as it wasn’t too spicy! If you want a quick, cheap, korean lunch, this is the place to go.

The Gochujang at Food Gallery 32
11 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

The Modern Dining Room (MOMA)

Came here for lunch as I had the day off and wanted to do something extravagant! I got seated next to the window which definitely have the nicest views into the courtyard of the MOMA.

From start to finish, the service was impeccable. I was never short on water and the food just kept coming from the tasting menu. I ordered the 4 plates tasting menu and it was wayyy too much food for me but I ate it all anyways! I couldn’t help but keep going!

My favorite dishes was the pumpkin soup, lobster and truffle, and the dessert! The lobster and truffle had the perfect taste of seafood with a bit of a ‘salad’ twist. The dessert, Gianduja Crémeux satisfied my craving for chocolate and the wafel streusel was like eating your favorite chocolate cereal with nutella ice cream.

Try to get a seat next to the window if you can for lunch. You can people watch and eat at the same time!

The Modern (MOMA)
9 West 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Totto Ramen (51st Street)

I came to this Totto ramen a little before 2pm on a weekday and there was plenty of seating. I ordered the pork bun, uni don, and chicken ramen. The pork bun was pretty good but a tad bit more mayo than I liked. The uni don was delicious! The uni was melt in your mouth soft and whatever sauce they put in the rice really complimented the dish. The chicken ramen was very creamy and fulfilling, but the best part was the noodles. Love the al dente noodles!

Would definitely come back again for the uni don and the pork bun. For lunch, the uni don was half off!

Totto Ramen (Yelp)
464 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Casa Enrique

Casa Enrique
5-48 49th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Food in London

I went to a few restaurants in London and none of them ‘wow’-ed me. It was possible that since my budget was pretty low or that I never knew what I wanted to eat in London, I just ended up with only 4 favorite things I ate there.