Posts Tagged 'NYC restaurants'

Last Meals: Corner Bistro and Joe Shanghai

On Tuesday I went to Corner Bistro (followed by a visit to the Cubbyhole Bar), and on Friday I went to Joe Shanghai, and yesterday I had a fabulous farewell brunch. It’s been an amazing week of debauchery. I’ll start with the restaurants, and then I’ll tell you about the brunch in a separate post.

Again, I have no pictures because I ate everything too quickly and with friends. Sorry. But I’ll have a picture or two of the brunch!

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Last Meals: New Tu Do

Today was my last meal at New Tu Do, a pho restaurant on Bowery between Grand and Hester off the B, D (I’m really selling it here). That has one of the most personal stories of all the restaurants I have relationships with. (weird?)

my last bowl of pho in NYC! well, what's left of it anyway.

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Careening Through the Universe

For those of you who don’t already know, I’m leaving NYC at the end of June. (I’m planning a farewell brunch, which I will tell you more about soon!) Being the lover of food that I am, I’ve made a list of all the places I need to eat before I leave. I thought I would share it with you, with the hope that you’ll give them your patronage after I’m gone. After I visit each of them one last time (for now), I’ll write more about why it’s so special to me and why you should/will like it.

New Tu Do: this is my favorite pho place in the city. It’s the only place I’ve been going to consistently during my four years here. The link takes you to the description of their old location, but they only moved across the street.

Wo Hop and/or Joe Shanghai: I list them as and/or because I don’t know if I’ll be able to convince my friends to go to both within the next couple of weeks. I’m guessing I’ll go to Joe Shanghai, simply because Wo Hop’s cuisine is more like what I get back in California, but I had never seen soup dumplings before.

Middle Eastern chicken: I’ve never been to this place on 1st Avenue btw 14th and 13th streets, but it looks like the chicken place I went to in Cairo. I feel like it would be a shame if I never went.

Grimaldi’s: Not necessarily my favorite pizza place, but it is quite awesome. And possibly run by the Russian mafia.

Corner Bistro: If you don’t know about Corner Bistro, then you must’ve never asked anyone “Where can I get a good burger?” If that’s the case, then why are you in NYC?

Shake Shack: Inititally I wasn’t a fan. But then I was. And their custards are just ridiculous.

Momofuku milk bar: Again, I’ve never been. I’ve had things from it when people have brought cookies to parties or whatever, and they’re always amazing.

So that’s my list for now. I’m sure many things will be added to it in the next couple of weeks.

So Close and Yet So Far

It’s finals week, which means I’m getting more stressed out and less concerned with cooking fun, tasty, and healthy meals. I’ve been buying chicken wings every week so that I can at least make two solid meals. I’m hoping that once school is over and I’m working part-time for the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, I can get back on track.

Meanwhile, I just got my Spring edition of Diner Journal, the Poultry Special Edition! It’s just pages of recipes for chicken, turkey, and duck of all different cuisines (The last one was all about wine). I’M SO EXCITED. Its production, its art, its layout, its stories, its recipes…I love it all. It’s hole-punched and they include a small measurement converter card. It may seem pretentious, but I think Diner Journal an accessible, humble quarterly magazine produced by Marlow & Sons. For $36 you get 4 issues a year, I say subscribe right now.

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Once Upon a Time, I Used to Cook


These past two weeks I haven’t done much cooking because I’ve been out doing one thing or another. And this is part of student life, which will be no longer in less than 30 days! It means the purpose of this blog will change a little, but when it comes down to it, I won’t be earning the big bucks after I graduate, so I’ll still basically have the same food budget.

I’ve ordered a couple times from this Chinese restaurant called Mee Noodle Soup on 9th ave. And I promise, it’s not your regular Chinese delivery place. Why? Because they have Chinese sausage! I haven’t been able to find this dish anywhere in NYC. Unfortunately, I tried to order it yesterday and they called to tell me they didn’t have it! I’ve been really happy with them, and if you’re in Midtown and want delivery, I highly recommend this place.

So that’s all I really have to say for now. Hopefully I’ll get back on track these next few weeks and cook more, but I have a feeling it’s unlikely. I have a potential job offer after I graduate, so maybe then I can get back on schedule. But for now, go eat something awesome.

Budget? Groceries? Recipes? What?

FINALLY my thesis is hung, my family has left town, and now I can focus on other things to consume my life. I know I still haven’t posted my sarma recipe, but I’ll try. I promise. I just wanted to let anyone in NYC know that there is a fantastic brunch place called Forty-Fourth and Tenth in Hell’s Kitchen that is absolutely fabulous. I had the herb scrambled eggs, Vermont cheddar cheese grits, and sweet breakfast sausage and it was phenomenal. Plus, the staff is super nice and attentive. It opens at 11:30, and when I got there a little after noon, it was a 40 minute wait. Totally worth it.

Anyway, hope you had a great weekend and I’ll try to keep you updated!

My Little Box Is Not So Little Anymore

As I mentioned in my previous post, I made some changes to my Urban Organic order:

– green beans instead of lettuce
– 8oz block of muenster cheese
– 16oz of plain firm tofu

They charged me $1 for the green beans, but I also got the lettuce, which was cool. Unfortunately, they forgot to send me the tofu, but charged me for it anyway. I just sent them an email to let them know, and hopefully I will be refunded the $2.99.

For anyone who didn’t know, today is national cheeseburger day! My friends and I went to Corner Bistro, an infamous classic west village bar/pub with amazing bacon cheeseburgers. So if you’re in NYC, check it out. Anyway, here are the lists (groceries not from U.O. in italics):

local kale
green leaf lettuce
green beans
yukon gold potatoes
valencia oranges
red bartlett pears
gala apples
muenster cheese
(tofu that wasn’t delivered)
plain yogurt

Urban Organic ($35.26) + groceries ($13.23) = $48.49
money left in budget: $8.15 (bought dinner and beer yesterday and today)

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