Brasserie 8 1/2

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

Union Square Cafe

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

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

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