Smorgasburg Queens

Smorgasburg Queens is deceptively small. What I didn’t realize was there was an inside area when I walked by it the night before.  I would say there was about 15+ vendors total on Saturday last week.

The lobster and duck confit roll was good, but maybe not 19 dollars good. I would have prefered two more arepas from the arepa lady instead! As you can tell, I really liked the arepa. It was my first time having an arepa and I wish I can get just the flatbread by itself everyday. That sweetness with the corn and cheese is delicious. For the last stop, Wooly’s was a good choice. I enjoyed the pop rocks in my mouth with some shaved ice. Mmmm.. shaved ice.

Tip: Try going with someone who you can share food with so you can try more things! #howtofeellesslikeapig

Smorgasburg Queens
43-29 Crescent Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

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

April Eats

So I did held  back a little in April. Just a little 🙂

M. Wells Dinette – MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Tip: You don’t need to purchase a museum admission if you are just going to eat at M. Wells Dinette.


The Inkan – 4502 23rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101

Tip: Free chips and salsa!


Hot Honey Chicken - Bareburger
buttermilk fried chicken, wasabi carrot slaw, pineapple relish, crispy lotus root, hot honey, sprout bun

Bareburger – 366 West 46 Street, New York, NY 10036


Luu’s Baguette – 134 E 26th St, New York, NY 10010


 

A Salt & Battery – 112 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

Tip: Get a basket of ‘chips’ to share!


 

Smorgasburg – Saturdays in Williamsburg – 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7th St.) – Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5

Tip: Try to only get one thing at each stand so you can have different varieties of food.

March Eats

Here’s a summary of all the places I hit up last month (totally not good for my wallet!):

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


Matador Combo - Pio Pio
going clockwise: rotisserie chicken, tostones, avocado salad, salchipapa, and yellow rice + beans.

Pio Pio  – 604 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036


The Gochuchang – 11 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001


Totto Ramen 51 – 464 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019


The Pullman Kitchen – 959 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022


The Modern – 9 West 53rd St, New York, NY 10019


Chicken Pad Thai - Rhong-Tiam Food Truck

Rhong-Tiam Food Truck – 153 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010


Sevilla – 62 Charles St, New York, NY 10014


Banjoo – 893 Broadway, New York, NY 10003


Almond Mocha Donut - Dough

Dough – 14 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011


Marta – 29 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

That seems like an awful lot now that I listed them. I probably should cut back. Or not!

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