When in New York, there are thousands of restaurants to go to. It is PARADISE for anyone who loves to eat!!! One of the reasons I LOVE NY! So many restaurants and each is unique and has it’s own character and story to tell. We look forward to every meal!
1.) WonJo – Korean in Korea Town is always a must for us – If you have not heard or tried Chadol Baegi- try it. My cousin Gippy introduced it to us many years back in New York and from that time on, it is a MUST- we have not ever seen it in any korean restaurant in other countries except for the ones in New York
The photo on top is the regular kalbi beef but below is the Chadol Baegi – it comes with a salt sauce. TRY IT and you might like it too!
23West 32nd Street New York, NY 10001Tel : (212) 695-5815
It is really a sushi restaurant, but we liked the 2 unique tempuras they had – Lobster tempura and the Anago ( eel ) tempura
3.) Serafina– WOW! This was a yummy Risotto!!
Serafina Broadway 210 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 315-1700
4.) Joe Shanghai – We only go here for the Xiao long Bao ( Soup Buns ) – nothing else! And that is really what they are known for. James went here three times this trip! It is his favorite. He said to make sure you order the CRABMEAT with pork soup buns
From Joe Shanghai’s website:
Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)
Xiao Long Bao or “Little Dumplings from Basket” was originated from Nan Xiang, a suburb of Shanghai. Their perfectly symmetrical shape, resembles a pagoda.
These tender pouches, “little dumplings”, are freshly made to order. They arrive at the table in piping hot bamboo steamers. Each plump dumpling contains a little pork meatball surrounded by a delightful meaty broth.
To prevent burning one’s mouth and to savor the dumpling, the preferred method of consumption is to bite off a little piece of the doughy wrapper, suck the broth with a “slurp”, then eat the rest.
There are two variations available at Joe’s Shanghai – crab meat and pork meat. Each basket is freshly made to order, so don’t forget to order your Soup Dumpling upon arrival at your table. Otherwise it might be a long wait.
A cartoonist, Robert Zimmerman, had drawn “Soup Dumplings: A Survival Course” comic strip that was once published in the newspapers. It comedically depicts the hazard of eating a fresh, piping hot dumpling. Although a little extreme, the danger of burning one’s mouth is no different from the dangers of enjoying a hot cup of coffee.
Soup Dumplings : A Survival Course
5.) Doughnut Plant- Our brother, John recommended this place. So we made sure we went to check it out. It is a small shop downtown with only one branch in the city. Since they only have one shop, they sell their doughnuts in other locations – Dean and Delluca, Whole Foods, Zabars and other known food specialty stores.
This is Tres Leche which is supposedly their bestseller and recommended by John. We liked it. It is a different kind of doughnut. More “cakey” – not the Krispy Kreme melt in your mouth type.
6.) Buttercup Bake Shop
Buttercup is the Queen of all cupcakes! This is where we first fell in love with cupcakes many years ago! Even the kids always ask to go back to Buttercup so they can have their cupcakes. The icing is the BEST!
7.) Basta Pasta
Basta Pasta was established in Tokyo Japan 1985, which was designed after the TV program Iron Chef with a totally open kitchen as a Kitchen Theater. In 1990 Basta Pasta opened in New York. We would like our guests to enjoy Italian as The Japanese do
As you enter the restaurant, you see this gigantic freezer where they store all their ingredients
One of their specialties – Spaghetti with Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma prosciutto,served in half a wheel of Parmesan cheese at table – Pepato in Greenbelt also has something similar to this dish
37 West 17th Street New York, New York, 10011 (212) 366-0888
8.) Ollie’s- Thanks to Tito Stephen and Tita Reggie for our despedida lunch