Momofuku Noodle Bar

I've been to Momofuku Noodle Bar twice. First time was for dinner during a freezing snow storm, so the ramen really hit the spot. This time is during lunch on a warmer day during the end of summer. Momofuku's reputation goes far and wide and it definitely got my approval both times.

Meal:
Fried Egg Buns (smoked pork loin, hollandaise, chives)
Momofuku Ramen (pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg)
Spicy Miso Ramen (smoked chicken, poached egg, sesame)
Chilled Spicy Noodles (sichuan sausage, spinach, cashews)

Taste: 8/10
I started with the Prohibition, which I chose because of the label design. Another choice would be their slushies! Filled with a fruity taste of either lychee or watermelon, with a dose of alcohol. Very refreshing. The bunds were delish as usual. The Momofuku Ramen was very good! The fatty pork belly was tasty along with the other ingredients. It could of used a pinch of more salt for some taste. The Chilled Spicy Noodles were also tasty but SUPER spicy. My low tolerance could barely handle a cashew from the bowl. But if you can handle the high, dry heat, this dish is a nice alternative from the usual ramen.

Service: 7/10
Their was a minor wait when we arrived in the nick of time for it to open for lunch. After we were seated at the bar, our drinks were promptly served. The noodles took a little extra time, but it's understandable with a packed house.

Decor/Branding: 9/10
Big fan of the multi-layered wooden interior. A nice compliment are the lights and tones. The combo gave a very warm, welcoming feel.

Tab(5): $$$

Afterthought:
If you come at the opportune time to avoid the lines, Momofuku is a nice place to swing by. Nice atmosphere, chill drinks, buns to start off, and a satisfying bowl of ramen to end.

www.momofukunoodlebar.com


Tom Fruin: Kolonihavehus Installation

China: Through the Looking Glass

The "China: Through the Looking Glass" exhibit has just wrapped up it's summer showing at the Metropolitan of Art in NYC. Recently, I stopped to view the popular exhibit. I'd say it was well worth the trip! The exhibition consisted of a vast array of galleries. Each with it's own unique taste, such as, the eye-popping porcelain gallery. Whether you're into fashion or not, something you can definitely appreciate is the detailed, creative work that was put into each unique gallery. The fashion aspect was the main attraction, but along with it came a whole scene and idea that assisted in furthering the idea. Below are images of a few of the galleries.

Destination: Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York City, NY
Season: Summer
Hardware: Canon 70D
Software: Lightroom


Cafe Henri

I've walked by this place plenty of times since it resides right off the 7 train at the Vernon/Jackson stop. With service being consistently busy and Yelp having great reviews, I dropped in for brunch. After a short 20 minute wait, we were seated. The place has an artistic approach for it's decor. With bright colors, wooden/brick spots and random paintings placed. For brunch, we had the usual eggs benedict and omelette, but the menu looked great so we added a crepe. In the end, it was all great! The expresso was extra strong, eggs benedict was on par (the bacon was a nice plus), and the crepe capped it off.

Meal:
Café au Lait
Les Oeufs Benedict
L’Omelette avec choix de trois
Crêpe

Taste: 9/10
Strong espresso with delicious eggs benedict.

Service: 8/10

Decor/Branding: 9/10
Nice, artistic decor on the inside. Bright colors and random paintings!

Tab(5): $$

Afterthought:
Food was great and the dinner looked awesome too! Must come back for the dinner course. Interesting fact: their sister restaurant is Casa Enrique!

www.henrinyc.com


Sunset in Long Island City

Chef's Club NY

Restaurant Week NYC!

Cocktail:
Sarsaparilla Julep (Rye Whiskey, Sarsaparilla, Mint, Anise)

Appetizers:
Fluke Crudo (Preserved Lemon, Espelette Pepper)
Johnny Cake - Chef Linton Hopkins (Asparagus, Spring Greens, Mojo Rojo)
Maine Diver Scalklops (Quinoa, Meyer Lemon, Calabrian Chili Oil)

Entrees:
Sasso Chicken - Chef Gabriel Rucker (Grilled Zucchini, Marcona Almond, Black Truffle, Cipollini Onion)
Thai Glazed Short Ribs - Chef Erik Anderson Barrel Aged Fish Sauce, Broccoli, Peanuts, Mint, Cilantro)
Artic Char (Peas, Baby Romaine, Pearl Onions, Pistachio, Coconut Curry Sauce)

Taste: 8/10
The food was insanely fresh from the drinks to the desserts. Scallops were cooked perfectly and the Artic Char was delicious in the coconut curry sauce. The Peach Crisp was my favorite dessert (I'm biased towards fruit!) and the chocolate mousse cake was sweet and on par. A couple of the dishes were on the smaller side.

Service: 9/10
What you would expect from a nice restaurant

Decor/Branding: 9/10
The open kitchen was a great view, seeing the chefs put together the dishes. A classy place with a nice bar and waiting area. The brick ceiling was a nice, unexpected touch.

Tab(5): $$$$

Afterthought:
I'd go back on special occasssions for the food and decor, the price tag was a bit much for a normal dinner.

www.chefsclub.com/new-york/


6th Ave Festival

Watkins Glen State Park

A short trip upstate to explore the streams/waterfalls of Watkins Glen State Park. Turned out to be a touristy hike that follows a basic cement trail. Although the hike was disappointing, the scenes were amazing. Plenty of trails to browse about to get a number of views of the waterways. Little details of life can be seen within the cliffs. Afterwards there is plenty of room for a bbq or picnic.

Destination: New York City, NY (upstate)
Season: Spring
Hardware: Canon 70D
Software: Lightroom


Terakawa Ramen

Small spot with delicious ramen. A few different choices to customize including a bowl with all the fixings that will definitely have you leaving with a to-go box. Didn't have to wait when I went, so that was a plus!

Meal:
Shoyu Ramen

Taste: 8/10
Had to ask for less spicy to save my taste buds)

Service: 7/10
Single person serving it all!)

Decor/Branding: 4/10
Decor images were everywhere)

Tab(5): $$$

Afterthought:
Prefer this over waiting a couple hours and paying more at the popular spots.

www.terakawaramenny.com


Kiin Thai Eatery

Cozy spot in a busy area, Kiin has an array of Thai cuisines. From a number of appetizers, to soups, to rice. Many of them, I've never heard of! The dishes seemed authentic and more on the bare, dry, simple side with an organic feel. Although, I went for the "less then usual" dishes that I would normally get.

Meal:
Appetizer: ‘Sai Oua’ Sausage (spicy)
Appetizer: Spicy 'Larb Kua Moo'
Entree: 'Ab Moo' Grilled Herbal Pork in Banana Leaf
Entree: Spicy Pork Basil with Preserved Eggs

Taste: 7/10

Service: 8/10

Decor/Branding: 9/10
Simple interior, nice branding

Tab(5): $$$

Afterthought:
Recommend to atleast try out the unique dishes, unfortunately, I couldn't handle the spiciness...

www.kiinthaieatery.com


Robert NYC

RobertNYC is located right in Columbus Circle on the top floor of a museum. Great view of Columbus Circle! (reserve early to get a window seat) The interior decor was interesting and colorful with a nice chill area upfront. The food was decent, but I felt the price tag was because of the view and decor.

Meal:
Ravioli Short Rib
Risotto with Duck (custom)
Chocolate Mousse grand marnier chocolate truffle, cherry compote
Chocolate cake balls (complimentary!)

Taste: 6/10
Ravioli was good but not enough, but the dessert was good!)

Service: 9/10
Complimentary sushi and cake balls!)

Decor/Branding: 8/10
Great view and colorful/contemporary decor)

Tab(5): $$$$

Afterthought:
Nice spot, but the food doesn't live up to the place

www.robertnyc.com


Otto's Tacos

Casual, to-go spot for some quick tacos!

Meal:
Carne Asada Tacos

Taste: 7/10
Defintely good, but I've had tastier

Service: 7/10

Decor/Branding: 7/10

Tab(5): $$$

Afterthought:
Convenient place with a few spots around. Good to grab some last minute tacos, dip or beers before heading to the bars or before heading home

ottostacos.com