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Bouley
120 W Broadway
b/w Duane & Reade St.

$$$$$

2.7

18

Bouley is one of my favorite restaurants, and also one of Lon's, but this was our first time there together. Everything about this place is wonderful. They have lovely decor that i.. >

Balthazar
80 Spring St.
b/w Broadway & Crosby St.

$$$$$

4.3

17

pistachio doughnut for breakfast, anyone? ;) My parents and sister went back to Hawaii a few days ago, but we were lucky enough to dine at a dozen or so restaurants, all which wil.. >

Nobu
105 Hudson St.
at Franklin St.

$$$$$

2.7

13

Black gold... >

Financier
62 Stone St.
b/w Mill Ln. & William St.

$$$$$

3.1

12

financier patisserie is in lower manhattan down in the wall street area. it has several branches , one on stone street, another on cedar street. where is stone street and cedar str.. >

Les Halles
15 John St.
b/w Broadway & Nassau St.

$$$$$

3

11

Went to Les Halles for a going away dinner with some co-workers Thursday. I've frequented this place many a time before, but this was the first time in about 4 years. Still a sol.. >

Chanterelle
2 Harrison St.
at Hudson St.

$$$$$

2.8

10

The bank Swimster worked for this summer offered him a full-time position in London and he moves in February. I am so happy for him. I also can't help but feel an ounce of pride kn.. >

Blue Ribbon
97 Sullivan St.
b/w Prince & Spring St.

$$$$$

3.3

9

An appreciation of the Blue Ribbon chain. .. >

New Green Bo
66 Bayard St.
b/w Mott & Elizabeth St.

$$$$$

3.2

9

Today (the 18th) was my birthday and last night (the 17th) I celebrated with friends at New Green Bo in Chinatown. It was a perfect venue: the table squeezed all fourteen of us in .. >

Joe's Shanghai
9 Pell St.
b/w Doyers St. & Bowery

$$$$$

3

8

[This entry originally took place on November 3rd. A month ago, practically. Dammit.] "Number 72? Number 72?!" The young hostess at Joe's Shanghai given the task of rounding up the.. >

Alidoro
105 Sullivan St.
b/w Spring & Prince St.

$$$$$

3.3

8

Alidoro's namesake sandwich is so delicious I often find myself gravitating there even when I have no other reason to be in SoHo. What's in it? Smoked chicken breast from Nodine's,.. >

Blue Ribbon Sushi
119 Sullivan St.
b/w Prince & Spring St.

$$$$$

2.8

8

Frank Bruni finally gets to Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill, and he agrees with me that it is one fine restaurant. He didn't find the sushi as impressive as I did. His quote: "In t.. >

Landmarc
179 W Broadway
b/w Leonard & Worth St.

$$$$$

3

8

Landmarc in TriBeCa was an instant hit when it opened almost three years ago. A second branch of the restaurant is expected to open in the Time-Warner Center early next year. I din.. >

The Tasting Room
264 Elizabeth St.
b/w Prince & Houston St.

$$$$$

3

8

I wanted to give an oenophile friend the perfect birthday dinner. After mulling (no pun intended) over the excellent Veritas and I Trulli, I instead brought her to The Tasting Room.. >

Once Upon a Tart
135 Sullivan St.
b/w Prince & Houston St.

$$$$$

3.1

8

the first time i came here with chich (i think. or cynthia?), i had no idea where i was. but now that i’ve spent some more time in soho and more time staring at google maps, i can .. >

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard St.
b/w Elizabeth & Mott St.

$$$$$

3.2

8

A famous ice cream store. And a favorite of my husband's. Exotic flavors available include lychee, almond, and taro, as well as the more conservative flavors like strawberry and pi.. >

Viet-Nam Banh Mi So 1
369 Broome St.
b/w Mott & Elizabeth St.

$$$$$

3.1

7

A Vietnamese sandwich, or bánh mì, has minced pork, potted meat, salami, carrots, cucumbers and cilantro. They are served in a slightly toasted French baguette with a special sauce.. >

Room 4 Dessert
17 Cleveland Pl.
b/w Spring & Kenmare St.

$$$$$

3.6

7

To celebrate Wil's first year, he threw a party for friends, followers and newbies with complimentary champagne at the stroke of midnight on Thursday the 18th. Delicious desserts f.. >

LomBardi's
32 Spring St.
b/w Mott & Mulberry St.

$$$$$

7

I hadn't been to Lombardi's in a year or so, so when two pizza-crazed colleagues from Minneapolis came to New York this week I decided they should experience eating at the oldest p.. >

Saigon Banh Mi
369 Broome St.

$$$$$

3

6

An old favorite bánh mì shop gets sloppy...and it shows... >

Egg Custard King Cafe
76 Mott St.
near Canal St.

$$$$$

3

6

The red date honey drink (small; $1) is simply two spoonfuls of fruit concentrate, a drizzle of honey, and a cup of hot water; it's like a thinned-down version of a cough syrup I u.. >

Peking Duck House
28 Mott St.
at Pell St.

$$$$$

2.9

6

After researching where to eat in Beijing, the urge for peking duck became hard to ignore. I can’t say for sure that Peking Duck House is a top contender in NYC—I’ve only tried a f.. >

Adrienne's Pizza Bar
54 Stone St.
b/w Coenties Alley & William St.

$$$$$

3

6

Square pies draw huge downtown crowds to Adrienne's. But is the pizza worthy?.. >

Blarney Stone Restaurant
121 Fulton St.
b/w Nassau & Dutch St.

$$$$$

3.7

6

If you’re looking for a St. Patty’s Day Midtown Lunch, there really is only place to recommend…  The Blarney Stone on 3rd Ave. btw. 44+45th.  An Irish Bar, to be sure, but not one .. >

Rice to Riches
37 Spring St.
b/w Mott & Mulberry St.

$$$$$

3

6

How have I managed to eat at this place several times and not once blogged about it? It's been in my links list since I started this blog. I first happened upon Rice To Riches thre.. >

Devin Tavern
363 Greenwich St.
b/w Harrison & Franklin St.

$$$$$

3.3

6

I had a first look at Devin Tavern late last week. The website describes it as a “rustic American tavern.” I didn’t detect much rusticity in the décor, which reminded me of a count.. >

Mai House
186 Franklin St.
b/w Greenwich & Hudson St.

$$$$$

3.2

6

I did like the crispy skate... >

Lure FishBar
142 Mercer St.
at Prince St.

$$$$$

6

A Catch: It's counterintuitive to order a burger at a seafood restaurant, but this one rewards stubborn landlubbers with a boatload of briny deliciousness... >

Blaue Gans
139 Duane St.
b/w W Broadway & Church St.

$$$$$

2.9

6

so in procrastinating and inspecting my newly “public” and “stalker-friendly” restaurant reminiscing for some form of propriety, i realized that i never posted about brunch at blau.. >

Dim Sum go go
5 E Broadway
b/w Catherine St. & Chatham Sq

$$$$$

3

6

Very little is better after a few drinks than dim sum, even if it is way past noon... >

Danube
30 Hudson St.
b/w Duane & Reade St.

$$$$$

2.9

6

There is something both attractive and repellant about the longer running fine restaurants of New York. On the one hand if they have had a run longer than five years in this fickle.. >

Jing Fong
18 Elizabeth St.
at Canal St.

$$$$$

3

6

Venturing into Manhattan's Chinatown yesterday morning, I thought my appetite would be satisfied by the extravagant array of dim sum options at Jing Fong. That, however, was not to.. >

Megu
62 Thomas St.
b/w W Broadway & Church St.

$$$$$

3.2

5

There are certain restaurants I would never go during Restaurant Week for many reasons.  I don’t like to fight with the twenty bajillion more people who are trying to get a cheaper.. >

Kittichai
60 Thompson St.
b/w Spring & Broome St.

$$$$$

2.9

5

My friend and I had dinner at Kittichai on Friday night. The Thai-inspired cuisine is artfully presented by executive chef, Ian Chalermkitticha, for whom the restaurant is named. T.. >

Nyonya
194 Grand St.
b/w Mott & Mulberry St.

$$$$$

3.1

5

Fusion cuisines are all the rage, but the idea of mixing flavors across boundaries is hardly new. On Grand Street, Nyonya sits among the remnants of today's Little Italy; the resta.. >

Sweet-n-Tart
76 Mott St.
at Canal St.

$$$$$

3

5

Happy Chinese New Year’s!!!! Went back to Sweet and Tart on Mott for Chinese New Year’s dinner this year. Despite the tight space (they really pack them in during the holiday), we .. >

Dominic
349 Greenwich St.
b/w Jay & Harrison St.

$$$$$

2.8

5

Last week, I had to arrange dinner for 31 people in TriBeCa. I wanted something memorable, but not ridiculously expensive. Dominic was the low bidder, at $55 per head, beating out .. >

Public
210 Elizabeth St.
b/w Prince & Spring St.

$$$$$

2.8

5

Dear Boo, We've talked a lot about hangover foods in recent posts. Today though, I must admit I'm suffering from a food-induced hangover. Aka, yesterday I ate more than Jabba the .. >

Provence
38 Macdougal St.
b/w Prince & Houston St.

$$$$$

3

5

Let the critics say what they will about Soho's recently rescued French bistro, Provence. I, for one, immediately succumbed to the irresistible charms of the romantic, countryside .. >

Harry's Cafe
1 Hanover Square
at Pearl St.

$$$$$

3

5

In area and population, Manhattan is just a small fraction of New York City, but even so, it has broad swaths and little nooks that go uncrossed by people without specific business.. >

Upstairs at Bouley
130 W Broadway
at Duane St.

$$$$$

3.1

4

When we first came to New York City about 25 years ago our taste buds were opened to a new world. Certainly we always enjoyed good food and I had even cooked way back then sometime.. >

Savoy
70 Prince St.
at Crosby St.

$$$$$

3

4

These days, there is nothing newsworthy about a restaurant menu that’s built around seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers—what New York’s Adam Platt calls an “haute barny.. >

Cercle Rouge
241 W Broadway
b/w Beach & White St.

$$$$$

3

4

This is a bit late, but been quite busy and a bit sick. Last Sunday, we had a phenomenal day with the dudes and it all started with brunch at Cercle Rouge. Great times, but I hav.. >

Kitchenette
156 Chambers St.
b/w Greenwich St. & W Broadway

$$$$$

3

4

If you live on the upper west side and are looking for a cute place you can become a local at...Kitchenette is the place. On a Sunday morning you'll find it hard to get a table, bu.. >

Aquagrill
210 Spring St.
at 6th Ave.

$$$$$

3

4

**if you look closely, you can see me in the reflection, holding up my cameraBy our 2nd night in Iguazu, my friends were getting a bit tired of red meat and craved salads, greens, .. >

Lung Moon Bakery
83 Mulberry St.
at Canal St.

$$$$$

3.1

4

When you're hungry, you tend to forget that your stomach will reach that point of over-satiated-ness. You know, when you feel like your stomach has expanded to reach your throat or.. >

Vegetarian Dim Sum House
24 Pell St.
at Doyers St.

$$$$$

3

4

I don’t understand people who hate tofu and mock meat. Sure, fake buffalo wings and tofurky are kind of wrongheaded, but bean curd and gluten can be completely tasty, especially wh.. >

Ping's
22 Mott St.
b/w Mosco & Pell St.

$$$$$

3.2

4

"She's not so Dim, that Sum" To round out my weekend in NYC, I had brunch at Ping in Chinatown. Although I am liking Boston more since my big move, one complaint I do have about Bo.. >

Fiamma
206 Spring St.
b/w 6th Ave. & Sullivan St.

$$$$$

3

4

I had originally planned to write about Fiamma Osteria. Okay it wasn't much of a plan. I was looking for a last minute dinner reservation and I clicked onto Grub Street to see if I.. >

Salt
58 MacDougal St.
b/w Prince & Houston St.

$$$$$

3.1

4

When Salt opened, I believe 6 years ago, we went. I forgot what it was I liked and didn't like since so much time has passed. We were at the high school play this weekend so I book.. >

66
241 Church St.
at Leonard St.

$$$$$

3.1

4

In the course of researching a story I chatted on the phone the other day with Lois Freedman, who manages Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants, and as she shared an anecdote abo.. >

Xo Kitchen
148 Hester St.
b/w Elizabeth St. & Bowery

$$$$$

3.3

4

A strange twist of events found me at XO Kitchen last night...I'd had plans with Cookie to go shopping, but I wound up bailing because I thought I should clean. (I'm sorry!!!) Bu.. >

Sweet Melissa
75 W Houston St.
at W Broadway

$$$$$

2.8

4

Sweet Melissa is expanding into the space next door and, according to the person at the counter, is planning to open in April. The new space will serve beer and wine (always a good.. >

La Esquina
106 Kenmare St.
at Lafayette St.

$$$$$

2.9

4

Last year, I celebrated my birthday at the downstairs La Esquina. My guests and I had to walk through the door marked with an Employees Only sticker, down the stairs and past the k.. >

Paris Sandwich
113 Mott St.

$$$$$

3.4

4

Fast-food café from the Left Bank, except that the river in question is the Mekong... >

Barmarche
14 Spring St.
at Elizabeth St.

$$$$$

3

3

Well, maybe not the end of the bars on Spring Street, but I did walk to the end of Spring Street where it hits the Bowery. The Bowery is booming. I remember the good old days with .. >

Sau Voi Café
101 Lafayette St., Ste 3

$$$$$

3.6

3

This place on the outskirts of Chinatown (conveniently a few steps off the #6 train) has alot of small dish samplers of Vietnamese food at the counter. They're going to keep me bus.. >

Nha Trang
87 Baxter St.
b/w Bayard & Walker St.

$$$$$

3

3

The other week, my parents and sister met Robyn and Tristan for the first time over dinner at Nha Trang in Chinatown. Robyn had just returned back from a weekend in Charlottesville.. >

Dos Caminos Soho
475 W Broadway
at Houston St.

$$$$$

4

3

Winette and I planned to celebrate the first days of 2007 with a night of drinks and laughs. I know, you're thinking, "Those girls celebrate every night like its new year's." That'.. >

Bread
20 Spring St.
b/w Elizabeth & Mott St.

$$$$$

3

3

The area east of Soho has changed so dramatically over the past few years.  There are a variety of different stores and restaurants that are absolutely worth checking out.  I had l.. >

Dylan Prime
62 Laight St.
at Greenwich St.

$$$$$

2.9

3

Dylan Prime is an haute steakhouse in Northwest TriBeCa. To an extent, it’s built on the standard model, with steaks à la carte and side dishes that plump up the bill. It departs f.. >

Bread Tribeca
301 Church St.
at Walker St.

$$$$$

3.1

3

There’s no way around it. No way not to admit it. I have a backlog. More restaurants visited than time to write dedicated posts about each one. That’s not wholly unusual: I head ou.. >

Lo Scalco
313 Church St.
b/w Walker & Lispenard St.

$$$$$

3.5

3

They say that timing is everything, and mine, in this case, is awkward... >

Cendrillon
45 Mercer St.
b/w Broome & Grand St.

$$$$$

3

3

Without intent I enjoyed a pair of Filipino meals back-to-back. Filipino cuisine does not have the charisma of Chinese, Thai, or Vietnamese cuisine. Its hominess seems more attuned.. >

Tasty Dumpling
54 Mulberry St.

$$$$$

3

3

I *believe* this place is owned by the same people who own Dumpling House on Eldridge (it appears they have an identical menu). Anyway, 5 fried dumplings for $1.00 - a great deal. .. >

Great NY Noodletown
28 Bowery
at Pell St.

$$$$$

3

3

N.Y. Noodletown is loud, crowded, ugly, frenzied and full of great food. In other words, it typifies everything I love about Chinatown. The portions are also enormous, the service .. >

ama
48 Macdougal St.
b/w Prince & Houston St.

$$$$$

3

3

I am working my way down the list of new restaurants.  Ama was on the list, and so off we went.  It was a Monday night and summer.  I mention that because it is incredible how in t.. >

Goblin Market
199 Prince St.
b/w MacDougal & Sullivan St.

$$$$$

3

3

With its strategically exposed brick wall and pounded-copper bar, Goblin Market feels like it's been around for much longer than four months. Today, I was on my way to Grandaisy Ba.. >

fresh.
105 Reade St.
b/w Church St. & W Broadway

$$$$$

1.2

3

The idea behind Fresh is simple enough. Eric Tevrow, the owner, also owns Early Morning Seafood, which supplies the fish to “every four star and several three and two star restaura.. >

Centrico
211 W Broadway
at Franklin St.

$$$$$

3.3

3

1/2 Sometimes I’m hesitant to try upscale takes on humbler dishes. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve never been to Chinatown Brasserie, despite Joe Ng’s dim sum pedigree. But my r.. >

Alfanoose
8 Maiden Ln
b/w Broadway & Nassau St.

$$$$$

3

3

Establishments serving Middle Eastern food in New York tend to be starkly divided into two categories: pricey and very cheap, with very little in between. At one end there are the .. >

Salud
142 Beekman St.
b/w Front St. & South St.

$$$$$

2.5

3

Certain restaurants– most street-facing Chinatown eateries, and the pantry-sized West Village boites, for example–never let you forget that, despite the cuisine, you are still in N.. >

Buddha Bodai
5 Mott St.
at Woth St.

$$$$$

3

3

You can never have enough General Tso Chicken (veggie style).  In NYC, there's more than one place to get the goods - especially if you happen to be walking down Mott Street.  Of c.. >

Sophie's
96 Chambers St.
b/w Church St. & Broadway

$$$$$

3

3

Searching for cheap eats downtown can be a dispiriting experience, especially when you’re out with friends and hankering for something different from the chain restaurants or pushc.. >

Hiroko's Place
75 Thompson St.
b/w Spring & Broome St.

$$$$$

2.8

3

After Won Jo, we decided it was time for dessert. Somehow we ended up in Soho, and stumbled upon a cute little Japanese cafe. Their siphon technique of brewing coffee ultimately co.. >

Nolita House Restaurant & Bar
47 E Houston St.
b/w Mulberry & Mott St.

$$$$$

3

3

nolita house is a small, cozy affair, made cozier and more charming with its chalkboard walls proclaiming its various nightly specials and generally interesting facts about the res.. >

Ruby's
219 Mulberry St.
b/w Prince & Spring St.

$$$$$

2.9

3

Ruby's is a tiny restaurant on Mulberry. The menu is inspired from Australia. Simple good food with an interesting combo of flavors. I met Fred, Jess and Em there for lunch on Satu.. >

Deluxe Food Market
79 Elizabeth St.

$$$$$

3

3

Dumpling houses are a dime a dozen in Chinatown, but these days Deluxe Food Market (79 Elizabeth St.) is my go to place for dumplings. I like Deluxe's dumplings because they use th.. >

Tribeca Grill
375 Greenwich St.
at Franklin St.

$$$$$

3

When New York was young it was an engine and each neighborhood did its part to keep it running. Its fuel was the constant stream of goods from all over the world, arriving on ships.. >

Thalassa
179 Franklin St.
b/w Greenwich & Hudson St.

$$$$$

3

3

What’s the best restaurant in Manhattan that has never had a rated review from the Times? My vote goes to Thalassa, which carries three stars on this website. I’ve eaten there four.. >

Wo Hop
17 Mott St.
b/w Mosco St. & Chatham Sq

$$$$$

3

3

Let’s be honest: There is NO bad time to go to Wo Hop. There are times, though, at which you can waltz in and sit down, and there are times that you’ll be squeezed in at the front .. >

Spring Street Natural
62 Spring St.
at Lafayette St.

$$$$$

3

3

I initailly had no idea that Spring Street Natural used only organic ingredients in their food; although, the name “natural” should’ve been a big hint.  I’ve walked by this place m.. >

Mercer Kitchen
99 Prince St.
at Mercer St.

$$$$$

3

3

Making brunch reservations is not easy. Most places don't take reservations, just a first come first policy. But, it was mothers day and there were 7 of us. The Mercer Kitchen take.. >

InTent
231 Mott St.
b/w Prince & Spring St.

$$$$$

3

3

In Tent is such a hokey name for a restaurant but the main dining room indeed has a removable tent made of rust-colored silk fabric because zoning regulations do not allow a perman.. >

Porcupine
20 Prince St.
at Elizabeth St.

$$$$$

3

3

A recent entree that I had at one of the best new restaurants I've been too, Porcupine. It was tender braised veal that had been formed into a patty, coated with flour, and then fr.. >

Fraunces Tavern
54 Pearl St.
at Broad St.

$$$$$

3

3

Hawkeye and I spent our first day in New York together in search of a little history downtown. We hopped in a cab at the airport terminal, I mean, the Hilton Hotel, and told the ca.. >

Shore
41 Murray St.
b/w W Broadway & Church St.

$$$$$

3

Got to love this little neighborhood. Just so many places to go. I had a decent day today and think I am going back one more time tomorrow... >

Dragon Land Bakery
125 Walker St.

$$$$$

2.8

2

...in Chinatown. Took care of a few errands the other morning and stopped off at Dragon Land Bakery. I craved baos. What kind of bao, I was not sure. So many options lining the s.. >

Centovini
25 W Houston St.
b/w Mercer & Greene St.

$$$$$

3.1

2

Moss is one of my favorite stores in all of New York City.  Moss carries modern home accessories from glassware to pots to vases to flatware to wine glasses to an occasional lamp a.. >

SoHo Park
62 Prince St.
at Lafayette St.

$$$$$

4.2

2

I was eyeing Soho Park ever since I saw the green picnic table out back for what is now their beer garden. Soho Park sells basic grill and street foods with a menu consisting mainl.. >

Burger King
273 Canal St.

$$$$$

3

2

We were still hungry after our too-expensive dinner, so we decided to supplement with Burger King, which is totally shameful (we know). Chicken Tenders $3 Pretty darn gross. Rat.. >

Despana
408 Broome St.
at Lafayette St.

$$$$$

3

2

I've just returned from Spain - well, more accurately, Broome Street, but I might as well have been in Spain for all the Spanish delicacies I just purchased and ate! For eight mont.. >

Babouche
92 Prince St.
at Mercer St.

$$$$$

2.8

2

How is that that proprietors can pour so much money — and, one can assume, so much hope — into a restaurant, then let a series of questionable decisions and avoidable mistakes trip.. >

Di Palo Fine Foods
200 Grand St.

$$$$$

3.3

2

Gothamist interviews Lou DiPalo, proprietor of Little Italy's Di Palo's Fine Foods. Here he is on his favorite pizza: That's like asking me what my favorite cheese is. When you tal.. >

Ivo & Lulu
558 Broome St.
at Varick St.

$$$$$

2.5

2

I really wanted to like Ivo & Lulu Ivo & Lulu. They had great reviews and low prices, especially for organic produce and free range game. I tried so hard to like this far, out-of-t.. >

Rice
227 Mott St.
b/w Spring & Prince St.

$$$$$

3

2

You might be dubious about a place that has Mexican chicken soup (left) and a Vietnamese chicken salad on its menu -- too diverse to be good at any one thing. But you'd be wrong ab.. >

Ear Inn
326 Spring St.
b/w Greenwich & Washington St.

$$$$$

3

2

Benjamin Franklin may have discovered that lightning conducted electricity, invented bifocals, and founded UPenn, but his greatest contribution to every college student's life is a.. >

Vintage New York WineBar
482 Broome St.
at Wooster St.

$$$$$

3

2

My friend MassPrep and I were hoping to see "Macbeth" in Central Park earlier this summer, but after she waited in line in what a theater worker called the "longest line ever" and .. >

Hampton Chutney Co
68 Prince St.
b/w Broadway & Lafayette St.

$$$$$

3

2

Some people drink copious amounts of alcohol and turn into drunken monkey-esque creatures (well, I suppose we are monkey-esque creatures already). I drink many cups of tea and turn.. >

The Odeon
145 W Broadway
at Thomas St.

$$$$$

3

2

Today I tried to go to Blaue Gans for brunch (owned by the same people who own cafe sabarsky), but forgot that the world cup final started at 2. It was packed and had a $10 cover. .. >

Nha Hang Pho Viet Huong
73 Mulberry St.
b/w Bayard & Canal St.

$$$$$

3

2

I didn't like this place. The day I went, the service was slow. I ordered a frog dish, and ended up chewing around vertebrae throughout the meal (and I don't mind that in general -.. >