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
1 Dollar Oysters 4-8pm
Served with confetti cherry tomatoes & a basil vinaigrette
Lightly breaded & fried with peppers, Served with tartar & marinara sauces
My favorite dish from John Doe was the Mozzarella Burrata.The tartiness from the vinaigrette, the sweetness from the colorful cherry tomatoes, and the ridiculously fresh mozzarella created the best taste in mouth combo.
They have one dollar oysters from 4-8pm and happy hour drinks. I got a well drink (rum and pineapple) for 6 dollars!
John Doe – Craft Bar & Kitchen
253 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016
I really like the pickled plum soda. It might be an acquired taste but I am a fan of eating dried pickled plums by itself.
The pho was good with the oxtail broth. There wasn’t a lot of choices for pho like you would usually see at a pho shop but still a good place if you’re craving pho and don’t want to trek further into Queens.
5-51 47th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
pineapple juice + draft beer
Mini Homemade Soba Noodle with Pickled Plum Sauce and Grated Radish on top served with Ootoya Original Sauce
Asparagus wrapped in a Slice of Pork Belly
assorted Blue Fin Tuna, Amberjack, Scallops, Scottish Salmon, Simmered Shrimp and Salmon Roe served atop of Sushi Rice
vegetables and pork
comes with steamed egg, pickled vegetables, and miso soup
pumpkin and sweet potato ice cream, root chips, matcha mochi, whipped cream
Tip: Go for the ‘mini’ version of the soba and dinner sets if you want to try everything.
My two favorite things: the asparagus wrapped pork belly and the pumpkin and sweet potato ice cream. Wrapping asparagus in anything meat related will get me to eat it. Otherwise, I would never order asparagus by itself.
Why was the ice cream a favorite? There was a small potato in the parfait!! And it worked! Imagine eating a really sweet cold boiled potato with your ice cream. I kid you not, it was so good!
8 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
garlic soy sauce marinated sauteed chicken thigh served with slice scallion & onion
mild spicy sauce
slow cooked korean style pork belly with white kimchi & scallion topped with chef’s sauce
This is the second time I have been here to this Korean restaurant and it is really great for carnivores and small groups who like to share. The food is served family style and pork belly is their specialty.
Tip: try to get here by 6pm to get a seat. The tables fill up quick even on a week night!
15 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016
egg yolks, rum, and jalapeno
half shell, beet, sorrel mignonette, cucumber, wassabi, tobiko
taro root chips
clam dashi risotto, yuzu vinaigrette
bruleed rice pudding blueberries, vanilla, lemongrass
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.
43 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
Fresh Tuna Sashimi Served with Fermented Soy Beans
Soft Boiled Egg Topped with Sea Urchin and Salmon Roe in Cold Soup
Grilled Japanese Squid Brushed with Garlic Soy Sauce
Shredded Beef Back Ribs Stewed in Miso Topped with Grated Daikon Radish
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.
211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017