Jun-Men Ramen

Short and sweet: sweet potatoes fries is definitely a must order. The syrupy maple butter with the mayo on the side makes a great sweet tooth appetizer.

Tip: If you get the chicken buns, order the sauce on the side. It gets everywhere and it would just be a lot easier to eat if you dip each bite instead.

Jun-Men Ramen
249 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Phayul

This Tibetan restaurant allows you to order shareable plates so you can indulge on as many different dishes as you want. I really like the vegetable dish and the noodle soup broth. The noodle soup reminds me a lot of Pho but with hand drawn noodles instead of vermicelli.  I even tried buttered tea for the first time and now I want to put salt in all my teas!

Phayul
37-65 74th Street, 2nd Floor, Queens, NY 11372

John Doe

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

Del Posto

Birthdays are always a great excuse to go to a michelin star restaurant and I can justify that I am practicing my photography skills in low light areas!

Okay, who really believes that last part?

My favorites at Del Posto are the lobster alla cesare, spaghetti with dungeness crab, and wild striped bass in saor.

I know I picked all the seafood dishes but the spaghetti with dungeness crab was really good. You don’t exactly expect ‘spicy’ from spaghetti but it was delicious. Since it is a 5 course meal, I picked seafood items for most of my courses because it was much lighter and I was still stuffed at the end of the night. Okay, I really picked them because I love seafood but win win all around!

Tip: If you don’t have reservations, arrive at opening (5.30pm) and they might be able to fit you at the bar. If you don’t want to chance it, definitely make a reservation. The dining room looks absolutely beautiful with the double staircase.

Del Posto
85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Cyclo

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.

Cyclo
5-51 47th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Ootoya Chelsea

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!

OOTOYA Chelsea
8 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Take 31

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!

Take 31
15 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

Razza Pizza

Ridiculously good thin crusted pizza in Jersey City. Who woulda thought? It is definitely worth the wait if you are in the area. They also do take out if you are in a hurry. It tastes even better the next day when you heat it up in the oven to make that crust extraaaa crispy!

Razza
275 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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