Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

RASA, 25 West 8th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Macdougal Street), Greenwich Village

When I finally dined at Rasa, I was hoping to find a dish that would make its way to these pages, but I didn’t think beef rendang would be it. Rendang is one of the more common Malaysian dishes and it seems like a cliché to choose it as the one to write about. I almost think of it as the Pad Thai of Malaysian food. If there’s one dish you expect on the menu, it’s this one.

But this restaurant, which has been serving the changing crowds of 8th Street for three years now, serves a killer version. I’m happy to see a cute, homey Malaysian restaurant thriving on this strange restaurant street. All the other businesses seem to come and go so fast, but I hope this one sticks around for a long time. Especially because the food is so good. (more…)


Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

DOUGH, 305 Franklin Avenue (at Lafayette Avenue), Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

If you’d asked me to tell you about Dough, the growing New York business from chef Fany Gerson, I would have told you that they make the absolute best doughnuts in the city. Big, yeasty, and inventive – they’re everything you want a doughnut to be.

But if you asked me to talk more about their food, I would have looked at you with confusion. What else could Dough possibly do? (more…)


Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

OLMSTED, 659 Vanderbilt Avenue (between Prospect Place and Park Place), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Just when I thought the seasonal, local food scene in Brooklyn was getting a little tiresome, dare I even say boring, Olmsted comes along and breathes life to the Brooklyn restaurant world. The meal I had at this bright, classy Prospect Heights dining room was one of the best I’ve had in a long while.

It’s the brainchild of Chef Greg Baxtrom (who has worked at some of Manhattan’s top restaurants like Per Se and Atera) and Farmer Ian Rothman who have a beautiful garden behind the restaurant that provides many of the dishes’ herbs and vegetables and acts as a stunning waiting and bar area for diners waiting for their table.

Our entire experience was airy and sophisticated without the high price point or the stuffy service. I can truly say everything was perfect. And I don’t say that a lot. (more…)


Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

MÁLÀ PROJECT, 122 First Avenue (between East 7th Street and St. Marks Place), East Village

The issue of spice can get a bit frustrating at restaurants where spice reigns supreme. I suppose some people might end up with a dish that burns their mouth off and then others might be expecting lots of fire and then end up with less than a spark.

So when the waitress at MáLà Project asked how spicy I wanted my order, I wasn’t quite sure how to respond. I wanted it the way that they make it best. This was a Szechuan restaurant and I know that means the heat is a big part of the cuisine.

My options were Non-Spicy, Mild Spicy, Spicy, and Super Spicy. I didn’t want either extreme, but I was confused as to whether mild spicy was a “mild spicy” for timid Americans or for Szechuan eaters who just wanted to take it easier than usual.

In the end I went with Spicy, and surprisingly, it wasn’t nearly as spicy as I had expected. But I still got to taste how full-flavored and numbingly bold the food at this establishment can be.

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My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

DANISH DOGS, 89 East 42nd Street (at Park Avenue), Inside Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East

While most people probably think of hot dogs as an American dish, the truth is they were actually brought over by German immigrants. We might have adapted them better than any other country, but everybody likes to try their hands at tubed meat.

In New York, we have Asian style hot dogs, Chilean hot dogs, and now Danish dogs. You can travel the world in this city just by eating hot dogs. Crazy! (more…)


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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

KOBRICK COFFEE CO., 24 Ninth Avenue (between West 13th and West 14th Street), Meatpacking DistrictI love coffee, but I can only drink so much before it manages to keep me up all night. I also love cocktails, but I can only drink so many before I completely pass out. The solution?? Coffee cocktails!!!

I’m only half kidding as I don’t want my heart to explode, but that might have been thinking at Kobrick Coffee Co.

Last year, the almost century-old coffee roaster and wholesaler opened up a bar and café in the heart of the fashionable Meatpacking District. The idea is that during the day, coffee reigns supreme and you can get a selection of beans brewed many different ways. But also, this is a full-on cocktail bar. And get this: an entire page of the cocktail menu is dedicated to coffee cocktails.

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