Category Archives: USA – New York

Roberta’s – New York City

While eating at Madison Square Park’s Shake Shack, I noticed a lot of people carrying Eataly‘s paper bags.  Eataly! The foodies at Rose’s suggested Eataly and I totally forgot.  Luckily, there was an address on the bags and it turns out, Eataly is right across the street.

Eataly is a high end Italian food hall with restaurants, food and beverage stations.  It’s like a candy store for serious cooks and gourmets!  We ended up buying spreads, cookies and pastas…even though our luggage were full!

We had to hurry back to our hotel to go to the airport but right outside of Eataly were food stalls..

I saw the list of vendors and Roberta’s were there!  Roberta’s was the pizza place the foodies we met at The Spotted Pig mentioned.  We didn’t plan on trying because it was really far into Brooklyn so I was beyond happy when I saw Roberta’s.

They brought their own oven to make freshly-baked pizzas!

Margherita Pizza (tomato, mozzarella and basil) and added pepperoni …. the pizza was slightly burnt.. but the crust was thin enough…lots of sauce and cheese…

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Roberta’s

pop-up @ Madison Square Eats : located between 24th and 25th Streets at the intersection of 5th Ave and Broadway

the actual Roberta’s in Brooklyn:

261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, United States
+1 718-417-1118

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John’s Pizzeria – New York City

This trip has all been about eating and Broadway shows.. we watched musicals 3 nights out of the 4!  After watching Lion King, we headed to John’s Pizza, which was directly across from Phantom’s Majestic Theatre (didn’t notice it the night we watched Phantom…).

Apart from being famous for the pizza, John’s known for being in an abandoned church.

It has high ceilings with stained glass windows…probably the classiest pizza joint! It’s also the largest pizzeria in the world!

We ordered:

1 large size pizza…. it’s baked in coal-fired brick oven so it was very aromatic. loved the crust.. very thin and slightly crispy!

house salad.. the vinegrette was too sour…

New York Cheesecake.. 

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

John’s Pizzeria

260 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, United States
+1 212-391-7560

Monty Q’s – New York City

Last time we were in NYC, we only walked part of the Brooklyn Bridge and didn’t actually step into Brooklyn.  This time, we joined a “free” 6 hour walking tour of Brooklyn!

Originally, the itinerary had a lunch stop at DUMBO, where the famous pizzerias Juliana’s and Grimaldi’s are located. I was so hyped for the pizzas but unfortunately, we stopped for lunch at Brooklyn Heights instead.

Since I wanted NY pizza anyways, we ate at Monty Q’s… the only pizza place we saw on the main street of Brooklyn Heights.  There’s a lot of pizza choices.. once you pick your slice, they reheat it again in the brick oven.

We ordered the chicken white pie…..I didn’t have high expectations but I was wrong. This was pretty good!  Thin crust, creamy white sauce and tender chicken.. If Monty is this good, I can’t imagine what Juliana’s / Grimaldi’s would taste like!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

Monty Q’s

158 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States
Phone:+1 718-246-2000

Jean-Georges – New York City

I wanted to have one mini splurge meal in New York so my friend suggested lunch at Jean-Georges.  It has 3 Michelin stars and the 2-course lunch is only $48! (it used to be $38 only).

I’ve been to Market by Jean-Georges in Vancouver but this restaurant in New York is the group’s flagship restaurant.

very minimalist decor…

For the 2 courses, there’s a choice of more than 20 dishes!

Started off with a trio of amuse bouche, which I forgot what it was…. but I remember it having an Asian twist to it..

spinach or melon soup???

Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, Black Bread, Jalapeno and Yuzu…mom picked this… the Yuzu covered any seafoody taste of the urchin.. very fresh!

Yellowfin Tuna Ribbons, Avocado and Spicy Radish, Ginger Marinade…. Dad and I both ordered this as this was a signature dish..very fresh tuna and the sauce used paired really well with the fish (better than just plain soy sauce and wasabi)…

black bass, crusted with Nuts and Seeds, Sweet and Sour Jus…. the parents both ordered this… i had a bite.. the fish was extremely tender and the skin was so crispy..

Seared Salmon, Cherry Tomatoes, Crispy Rice, Miso-Yuzu Broth… when I ordered this, the server mentioned that the salmon would be undercooked.. and this is why the salmon tasted to tender.  The fish didn’t have a strong taste since it wasn’t concentrated miso but miso broth.  I also liked the different in texture of the accompanying tomatoes, tofu and crispy rice.

We decided to order 2 dessert samplers ($12 each)

FIG dessert sampler (Fig Financier, Raspberries, Ginger Syrup and Spiced Fig Jam, Soft Chocolate, Almond Milk Sorbet)

CHOCOLATE dessert sample:  White Chocolate Ice Cream, Yuzu Sorbet,  Warm Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!!

Jean-Georges

1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023, United States
+1 212-299-3900

Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant – New York City

The last food stop of the full day of eating was dinner at Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant.

It’s famous for its pancake and the line for their breakfast/brunch is usually 1-2 hours.  Since I don’t mind eating breakfast for dinner, I decided to skip the lines by going at night.

pancakes with wild maine blueberry and warm maple butter… the pancakes were warm and fluffy and didn’t sag.  The maple butter tasted more than maple syrup.

the award-winning buttermilk fried chicken dinner…. the parents weren’t up for breakfast food and ordered this.  I had a bite and the chicken was pretty good… fried perfectly!

kale salad with avocado chunks, quinoa, cherry tomatoes, red onions, spiced green pumpkin seeds and lemon vinegrette….

IMO, the pancakes are delicious.. but I wouldn’t wait 2 hours for it..

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!!

Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant

4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002, United States
+1 646-602-6263

Dominique Ansel Bakery – New York City

After Magnolia Bakery, we walked down to Soho to try Dominique Ansel Bakery.

Dominique Ansel is famous for inventing the cronut (a croissant and doughnut hybrid) and he has even trademarked the name! People usually start lining up at 5am (bakery opens at 8am) and the cronuts are sold out right away.  I didn’t have the energy to wake up at 4am to go line up.. but surprising, I’m not too sad about missing it.

Luckily, we went when the lineup was short and in the store.. usually it’s around the corner..

cookie shot (cookie lined with chocolate on the inside and filled with milk)…. it’s only served after 3pm (don’t know why) and it’s limited to 2 per person…. The chocolate cookie is soft and chewy.. yet hard enough to hold the milk.  The milk is sweet and has a taste of vanilla.   I love drinking milk between bites of chocolate chip cookie.. so this is a pretty interesting creation.  You kind of have to sip the milk, then nibble on the cookie, and sip again.

Frozen S’more (a frozen and modified version of classic camp desert that is flamed on order: custard ice-cream covered with chocolate and wrapped with marshmallow on a applewood-smoked tree branch) … As a kid, one of the only activities I look forward to during camp is s’more making… so obviously I had to try Dominique’s version of a s’more.  I loved the presentation (a more hygienic version than camp’s) and the taste.  The ice-cream and the marshmallow together weren’t too sweet.  The texture was interesting.. with the marshmallow being warm and soft while the ice-cream was cold and harder. Another clear winner!

Dominique’s Kouign Amann DKA(caramelized croissant with a crispy shell and flaky interior)… apart from cronut, this is Dominique’s other specialty.  It’s a bit crispier than regular croissants.. but nothing really special..

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Dominique Ansel Bakery

189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, United States
Phone:+1 212-219-2773

Magnolia Bakery – New York City

After a rather filling lunch at The Spotted Pig, we shopped around West Village before trying Magnolia Bakery.

Magnolia is famous for its cupcakes and puddings and also because it appeared on Sex and the City .

There were so many people and most of them are tourists..

the famous banana pudding…. Mixed between the pudding are slices of banana and cake.  It has a really strong banana flavour and was toooooo sweet.

We decided not to try the cupcakes since we were so full (and Yelp reviews say the cupcakes are overrated).

FAIM? un peu…

Magnolia Bakery

401 Bleecker Street, W. 11th Street, New York, NY 10014, United States
Phone:+1 212-462-2572