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

This might be a controversial post. This might even bring about some angry comments. But I’m ready for that. I don’t think anyone will have issue with the drink I will be talking about, but some may balk at the coffee shop that created it.

When I randomly peeked my head into Clever Blend, a new coffee shop in the old Gorilla space in Park Slope, I was taken by their Toasted Coconut Cold Brew. It’s funny because I was walking around feeling both tired and thirsty. I was craving both a coffee and a coconut drink at the exact same time. Clever Blend seemed to answer my very specific desire.

I didn’t realize that this coffee shop was the center of some controversy over the last few weeks. I had read about a coffee shop in Brooklyn that put up a questionable sign on their bathroom door but didn’t realize that was here until after I tried and enjoyed their unique iced coffee.

 

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

When a dish comes out of the kitchen glowing red and spiked with peppercorns, I’m expecting some heat. The only thing that hinted at the spice level for this clear green fish soup was the name “spicy” and the two pepper symbols on the menu. It was a unique floral, numbing spice and was one of the most exciting dishes I’ve tasted at a Chinese restaurant.

Price: $25

HAO NOODLE AND TEA BY MADAM ZHU
401 Sixth Avenue (between Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue)
Greenwich Village
(212) 633-8900
madamzhu.com

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

Although they have been marketed as a tasting menu of banchan, Atoboy really serving a tasting menu of composed modern Korean dishes. And they’re pretty good – I just take issue with the marketing of the dishes as high-end banchan. Whatever you call it, the fried chicken with garlic and spicy peanut butter sauce is worth paying for.

Price: Part of $36 tasting

ATOBOY
43 East 28th Street (between Madison and Park Avenue South),
Flatiron District
(646) 476-7216
atoboynyc.com

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

I guess this is a traditional thing in parts of the Swiss and French Alps, but it’s not every day in New York that your waiter offers you up a big hunk of bubbling melting cheese to pour on top of your entreé. That’s what happens at this romantic breezy bistro in the East Village.

Price: $18

RACLETTE
511 East 12th Street (between Avenue A and Avenue B),
East Village
(917) 853-5377
raclette.nyc

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

I wish I could afford to search for the best New York steakhouse but my budget would disappear after on appetizer. But if more Japanese steakhouse like Ikinari opened, I might be able to swing it. This is the place to come for affordable, high-quality steaks. Just don’t expect wait staff or a comfortable place to sit.

Price: $16-$27

IKINARI STEAK
90 East 10th Street (between Third and Fourth Avenue),
East Village
(917) 388-3546
ikinaristeakusa.com

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

As much as I’d like to eat four donuts, the reality is I would hurt myself. We have to know our limitations. At Rider, they were kind enough to let me order just one donut. It was sprinkled with lemon and fennel sugar with a side of creme fraiche. It turned out to be so good I wanted three more.

Price: $12

RIDER
80 North 6th Street (at Wythe Avenue),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 210-3152
riderbklyn.com

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