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

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. In Locals Know, I explore a new city through the tours of Urban Adventures.

You’ll be hearing a lot more about Bucharest soon, trust me. The tourism industry in the capital of Romania is growing and before you know it, you will understand why it is often called “Paris of the East.” Its stunning architecture is a cornicopia of different styles and eras. Its food is satisfying and rich. And there is plenty of romantic plazas and gardens to rival the City of Love.

On the Urban AdventuresBohemian Bucharest tour, I got to really get a local sense of this ever-growing and vibrant city. We rode on the tram past some fascinating Communist buildings, visited abandoned mansions that are now young, hip bars, and explored a local market where we were the only ones who didn’t speak Romanian.


Category: Travel, Video

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

My search for the best cheesecake in New York continues….

Bushwick is not exactly the neighborhood you’d expect to find an old Italian bakery. Up until recently this area has been mostly a Latin American community. And the new hipsters have not yet chosen cannolis and sfogliatella to gentrify. Beer, coffee, chocolate, bread, sure. But with a few exceptions, they’ve left Italian pastries alone.

But here sits Circo since 1945. And when I found myself out here recently to visit a distillery and taste some vegan Ethiopian food, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Category: Cheesecake

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