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Battello

Everytime I walk by the waterfront of Jersey City I always marvel at this super modern setup Battello has on the pier. After many remarks of ‘oh we should really go there’, we finally did!

The restaurant sat us outside with a beautiful view of downtown Manhattan.

While the inside was not too shabby either.

Outdoor and Indoor Dining at Battello

On to the main event: the food!

Everything was excellent down to every last crumb along with the service. I got to try out my new (to me) camera and enjoy the modern takes on Italian food. Squid ink pasta? check. Octopus? check. Truffles? check.

Would I go back? Probably! Maybe even bring guests too so we can all enjoy the lovely view at night once the weather warms back up.

Website: Battello
Location: 502 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310


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Sushi Nakazawa

This is my third time going to Sushi Nakazawa so that shows how much I love this place. Now that NYC has opened up indoor dining, I immediately booked a reservation for this restaurant. The following is the first set of nigiris that were all tender and delicious.

I also got the 3 types of uni:

Japan, California, and Maine Uni

My favorite is.. all of them. I can never say no to uni and none of them have that typical chemical taste you get when you buy from the grocery store. I know I know, you can’t compare grocery store uni with this.

Here is the rest of the nigiri omakase set:

To finish the night, there was tofu creme brulee and the classic egg custard:

How would I describe the whole experience? Definitely worth going back to as another special occasion! Is it worth the bar experience versus the dining experience? That, I am not too sure. I enjoy watching the sushi chefs making the food and I always sit at the bar every time I come. Since I’ve never sat at the dining room, I can’t really comment. If you enjoy watching your food being made, it’s worth the extra 20 dollars!

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Lobster Rolls of Bar Harbor, Maine

Please note: this list is heavily influenced by the places we went. This is not a list of TOP lobster rolls at Bar Harbor, rather just a list of lobsters rolls eaten by me. Bonus: one whole lobster picture as it is somewhat related. Lobster, Bar Harbor, close enough keywords!

Terrace Grille at the Bar Harbor Inn

Enjoy the lobster roll and view! A++

Stewman’s Downtown

Okay okay, this is not a lobster roll, but it’s just as delicious, A+

Leary’s Landing Irish Pub

Hunger and late night dinner makes this A+.

The Independent Cafe

Lobster Roll for Breakfast: I will never say no. A++

Side Street Cafe

Last lobster roll for the trip: worthhh it regardless of the phone photo! A+
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Jeju Noodle Bar

I have been following this restaurant’s instagram feed since they received their Michelin star. I just can’t resist those perfect uni shots, mouth drooling ramyun, and those sweet sweet seafood hashtags!


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Jeju Noodle Bar
679 GREENWICH ST. NEW YORK, NY 10014

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Eleven Madison Park

Fortunately, I was able to come to Eleven Madison Park before it shut down for the summer for renovations. It was a very lovely (late, as in 9.45pm reservations!) evening of ridiculously good food. The menu consisted of 11 dishes from 11 years that the restaurant was open that were crowd favorites. The service was impeccable and it was very enjoyable to be seated facing the room. It made people watching much more fun while eating perfectly flavored and beautifully plated food.

I was very full afterwards (so not sure what yelpers are talking about with the tiny amounts of food..) and the plate of dessert and apple brandy for the last course was a very nice touch. Definitely a once in a lifetime meal!

P.S. They gift you a jar of granola for breakfast. I may be eating some of it right now.

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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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

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Taste Good

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!

Taste Good
82-18 45th Ave, Elmhurst, NY 11373

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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

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Paowalla

I have never been to a modern Indian restaurant until this one. I really enjoyed every dish but the portions are a bit small. It is probably a good idea to order a few appetizers and and a main course per person. You will be able to try out different things this way.

Drinks wise, I really like the double insulated cups! The cocktails are good but the mixes are a bit inconsistent.

Tip: Try to arrive before 1pm on the weekend. It gets pretty busy!

Paowalla
195 Spring St., New York, NY 10012

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The Modern Dining Room Take 2!

I came back for dinner with a few friends as there was some celebrations to be had! Apologies for the dimly lited photos as this was a bit hurried.

This 2 Michelin starred place is still as good as ever. It is the perfect place to indulge, especially if you have a seafood preference. They have meat options as well so that satisfies certain individuals who may be allergic! The desserts, which are made in house, creates a perfect end to the evening.

Hint: Hospitality is included so you do not have to tip on top of the total bill.