Tanoshi (NYC)

Tanoshi offers one of the most affordable omakases in NYC, and it’s quite easy to make reservations online. I also love that it’s BYOB. For $99, you get 10 courses of amazing fresh fish, and you can add more if you want from their menu on the wall (which changes according to what’s in season).

Tanoshi

Tanoshi

Tanoshi

Tanoshi

Cherry trout

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Amberjack with cherry blossom leaf

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Sardine

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Botan with uni (one of my faves)

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Blue fin toro

Tanoshi

Tanoshi

XXX (FAVE)

Tanoshi

Tanoshi

Miso soup

Tanoshi

Tanoshi

Tanoshi

Additional courses that we ordered a-la-carte.

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Tanoshi

Salmon belly

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I had to get more of this!

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Yellowtail belly.

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Nakaochi

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Sea eel

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Crab brain

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Tanoshi
1372 York Ave
New York, NY 10021
b/t 73rd St & 74th St 
https://www.yelp.com/biz/tanoshi-sushi-sake-bar-new-york

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Eleven Madison Park’s 11 course menu (2017)

It’s been one year since I last updated this blog. I guess I’ll get back to it and start off with food. Last year, Eleven Madison Park offered an 11-course retrospective tasting menu featuring signature dishes from the years it’s been opened, for a limited time only. Named “The World’s Best Restaurant” of 2017, I booked a table right away, since I had never been there. Pro tip: ask for a tour of the kitchen. They brought us to the back after the meal was over and mixed us dessert cocktails! That was probably the highlight of the entire meal for me.

Eleven Madison Park

Gougère with grated gruyere (2006)

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Sea Urchin – cappuccino with peekytoe crab and cauliflower (2006)

Eleven Madison Park

Little neck clam – clambake with velouté and parker house rolls (2011)

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Prawn roulade with avocado and yogurt (2007)

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Foie gras torchon with maple syrup and pain d’epice (2004)

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Carrot tartare with rye toast and condiments (2012)

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

You have to put in a little work here, mixing according to your liking.

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Turbot poached zucchini and squash blossom (2007)

Eleven Madison Park

Winter in Provence – black truffle, celery root, potato and chèvre frais (2009)

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Suckling pig confit with rhubarb, leeks and cipollini onion (2010)

Eleven Madison Park

Milk and honey with dehydrated milk foam and bee pollen (2010)

Eleven Madison Park

Chocolate palette with peanut butter and popcorn ice cream (2008)

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More desserts.

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

Complimentary apple brandy at the end.

Eleven Madison Park

Goodie bag with the menu and granola.

Eleven Madison Park

7/24/15 NYC Restaurant Week: Riverpark

A year ago, I stepped into Riverpark during NYC Restaurant Week (Yelp review here) and fell in love immediately. I knew I had to come back again. Its RW menu is only available for weekday lunch.

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Last year, I opted for outdoor terrace seating which had a spectacular vibe: overlooking the East River with a slight breeze. This time, since I was dining with my father, we chose to stay indoors and luckily got a window seat. I’ve had nothing but great service both times.

The Restaurant Week lunch menu includes 3 courses for $25.

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Manhattan clam chowder.

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Cow’s Milk Burratini || Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Peaches, Basil, Breadcrumbs — I must say, this was the highlight of my meal; it was super fresh and it was the best cheese I’ve ever had. Loved the herbs and peaches. The breadcrumbs added a nice crunch to the soft cheese.

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Prawns A La Plancha ($5 SUPPLEMENT) || Grilled Corn, Shisito Peppers, Cotija, Lime-Pickled Onions, Delfino Cilantro

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Hanger Steak & Bone Marrow ($10 SUPPLEMENT) || Balsamic Onions, Charred Tomatoes, Broccolini, Fingerling Potatoes

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I love everything about this restaurant. Simple and modern decor, friendly service, farm to table meals.

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Ice Cream || Sweet Corn & Mint Chocolate Chip — LOVED these flavors and the real mint! Nothing artificial about them.

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“Cereal & Milk” ($5 SUPPLEMENT) || Chocolate Ganache Cake, Caramelized Rice Puffs, Vanilla Malt — the cake was a little too sweet for my taste, but nevertheless an overall great dessert.

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Riverpark still remains one of my favorite restaurants because of their fresh ingredients, amazing atmosphere and ever-changing creative menus.

Riverpark
450 E 29th St. New York, NY 10016
212-729-9790
info@riverparknyc.com

Birthday & Anniversary Dinner: Jungsik (NYC)

“We have to take the 1.”

That was the only hint I got when I was on my way to meet him for dinner on my birthday. What could it be…?

JUNGSIK. New Korean fine dining in New York City; the first Korean restaurant in America to be awarded two Michelin stars. We had a choice between a la carte and their 9-course $160 tasting menu. Of course, we went with the latter.

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We started off ordering two non-alcoholic drinks: a yuzu spritzer and an elderflower one, both refreshing and good in their own way.

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Our server presented our amuse bouche on a black slab, with 4 little bites to tease our taste buds. There was a fried chicken, eel cigar, a broth that I could not catch the name of.

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Next came one of my favorite dishes of the night, the bulgogi egg.

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The egg was perfectly poached and the crispy rice added a texture that complemented the soft, well-marinated beef. It was one of the more distinctly Korean dishes and a great start to the meal.

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Scallop: I thoroughly enjoyed the crispiness of the top, and was surprised to see that the inside was cooked to perfection, no rubbery meat here!

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Fried oyster: This was yet another amazing dish, with the oyster encrusted with black ink.

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Octopus: This was nicely charred, and was not chewy but crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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The meal was interrupted by bread and butter (and salt!)

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Our server asked if we wanted more bread. After that, the courses continued.

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Crispy red snapper: This dish was juicy and clean. We didn’t care much for the green aioli sauce though; reminded me of salsa.

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The royal bibimbap: As soon as I heard the words “truffles” and “foie gras”, I dug in. It was a barley risotto with shaved black truffle. Definitely rich and hearty — I had a hard time finishing it.

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Jungsik steak: Wagyu. Need I say more? Juicy, melt-in-your-mouth, soft, tasty, all around delicious. This was my other favorite of the night.

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Watermelon: The series of desserts started with this refreshing sorbet as a palate cleanser; even though I’m normally not a fan of watermelon, I loved it.

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Green tea cremeux: Dollops of different flavors and milk ice cream! The green tea cremeux was like a dense mousse with a rich matcha flavor.

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Our server also brought out a chocolate dessert with “Happy Anniversary” and a candle on the plate.

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Corn creme brulee: It’s not a typical creme brulee; the deceivingly thin layer of custard was soft, which made me savor the dessert more. The top was not the hard, stuck-in-your-teeth kind of caramelized sugar, but melted instantly once it hit my tongue.

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After that, we thought it was over. But wait, not yet! Our server brought over an “anniversary bonsai”, with the top being a bonsai plant and the two trays below were filled with petit fours. There were macarons, more green tea and chocolate bites.

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Overall, JUNGSIK was a great dining experience. Service was outstanding and the atmosphere reminded me a little bit of Alinea, although not as extravagant and interactive. Their dishes were all beautifully plated and I must say, worth the trip to the West side.