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Cafe Habana | New York City

Cafe Habana New York

we came here for one thing and one thing only.  the grilled mexican corn ^^^

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our thoughts:  it was bomb.  cojita cheese, spicy powder, lime… ugh so good.  i could have one all to myself (it’s only 3 bucks). but since we were on a major eating adventure, we only ordered one to share.  #pros

Cafe Habana New York

  • ambience:  since we were looking to get in and out quickly, we opted for the to-go location right next door to the restaurant.  no line, same menu, and fast service.  there are a couple small tables plus bar seating at the window.  that’s all you really need to enjoy your corn.
  • overall:  the corn.  it’s delicious. it’s cheap.  it’s exactly what you dream it would be.  next time, we want to try all the other items on the menu.  we were smelling and staring at everyone’s food around us.  yes, we were those people.

you made us happy, cafe habana. very happy.

Cafe Habana
17 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

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Cafe Habana To-Go (right next door)
229 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

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By |September 26th, 2014|Food, New York, Restaurants, Travel|1 Comment

Tacombi | New York City

Tacombi New York

what’s better than watermelon fresca and horchata on a hot, hot day in nyc?  nothing. obviously.

Tacombi New York

we stumbled on tacombi walking to the chelsea market.  the big jugs of sandia drank drew us in.  how stupid cute is this?

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  • drinks: watermelon fresca is refreshing.  the horchata is also good.  it’s on the thicker side so we had to ask for extra ice.
  • service:  everyone is ridiculously nice.
  • overall: the watermelon and horchata alone won us over.  we look forward to trying food here net time.

Tacombi
267 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

Neighborhood: Nolita

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By |September 25th, 2014|Food, New York, Restaurants, Travel|1 Comment

Bianca | New York City

Bianca New York

before coming to nyc, we had bianca bookmarked.  so when we heard that this was our friend’s (he’s italian) favorite italian restaurant in manhattan, we had to go.  here is what we ordered:

  • tagliolini ai frutti di mare ($14)
  • tagliatelle alla bolognese ($11.50)
  • pomodori ($9)
  • salmone croccante ($16.50)
  • tiramisu
  • panna cotta with caramel sauce

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pomodori – tomatoes with red onions and anchovies.  p and chris loved this.

Bianca New York

tagliatelle alla bolognese. meat sauce.  pasta is amazingly fresh! the sauce was good but a little on the bland side.

Bianca New York

salmone croccante – crispy roasted salmon filet.

Bianca New York

tagliolini ai frutti di mare.  clams, mussels, calamari and shrimps sauteed in garlic, evo and light tomato sauce.

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the panna cotta, in my opinion was just okay.  the texture was on the jello-y side but smooth.  it was slightly a little too sweet for me.

tiramisu (i am told) was pretty good.  it is, however, more cream and less cake than the average tiramisu.

Bianca New York

  • food:  we would describe this place as a no-frills italian restaurant.  the pastas were very fresh and have very comforting, homey tastes.  our pastas were a little blander than we would have liked but so fresh that it is forgivable.
  • ambience:  very cute.  the outer front walls completely open up providing an open air space.  we dined on the earlier side so appreciated the natural light.  the rest of the restaurant is pretty dark, lit with candles… making it a pretty good date spot.  keep in mind that the restaurant is small and the tables are crammed together. cozy is the best way to describe this place.  give its size, you and your party may have to wait during peak times.
  • service:  very friendly.
  • overall: very cute italian restaurant with good, fresh pasta at extremely reasonable prices.  if you are looking for a casual italian dining experience, you will definitely like this restaurant.  oh. it’s cash only.  be prepared.

Bianca
5 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012

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By |September 24th, 2014|Food, New York, Restaurants, Travel|0 Comments

Tina’s Cuban Cuisine | New York City

Tina's Cuban Cuisine New York

kyle had this place bookmarked before going to nyc.  since it was down the street from momofuku milk bar, we stopped in.

Tina's Cuban Cuisine New York

we ordered:

  • the spicy chicken plate with rice and plantains (comes with two sides)
  • beef empanada

Tina's Cuban Cuisine New York

the beef empanada was definitely the winner.  super flavorful meat inside the empanada.

tip:  make sure you eat it with the spicy green sauce.  actually, make sure you drench anything you get here with the green sauce.  we will warn you, the green sauce bottle that innocently sits on each table is indeed spicy… but oh so good.  i actually felt the burn an hour after our meal.

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the spicy chicken plate was good.  the chicken could have been moister but still delicious with green sauce. the chicken is topped with onions and tomatoes. mmm.  the plantains were good (not the best) but great choice with our meal.  i’m sure the other sides are bomb.

Tina's Cuban Cuisine New York

  • food:  bomb.  next time, i want to try all the empanadas.
  • ambience:  casual cuban restaurant.  you can either get hot food to go in the front of the restaurant (laid out cafeteria style) or go to the back where they have table service.  keep in mind that the space in the back is pretty small.  a little weird thing about the back room: there is a weird constant vibration on the floors… no idea why.  but you really aren’t there for that long. so i guess it’s ok?
  • service:  nice. since food is already made out front, food comes out quick.  so you are in and out within 20 minutes.
  • overall:  if you love spicy, flavorful food, come here.  if you love sauce like me, try the green sauce. delicious.  do yourself one and get an empanada!

Tina’s Cuban Cuisine
23 W 56th St
Between 5th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas
New York, NY 10019

Neighborhood: Midtown West

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By |September 22nd, 2014|Food, New York, Restaurants, Travel|0 Comments

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque | New York City

Mighty Quinns New York

we came here since it was featured in a few magazines and everyone raved about this place.

we ordered the brisket sandwich.  it looked amazing.

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the brisket itself was on the dry side, which was a huge disappointment.  we had to drench it in bbq sauce.  the bbq sauce was good.  it was on the sweeter side.  another disappointing thing about this sandwich was the bun.  even though our bun came from a fresh batch, it wasn’t very soft.  we weren’t fans.

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  • service:  okay.  there was a long line when we came here but the staff did a decent job getting people through quickly.
  • ambience:  really cool place.  dark interior (dark woods) but lots of windows.  we went for the outdoor seats since it was a beautiful day outside.
  • overall:  we wanted to love this place but it was a let down.  we didn’t love our sandwich… the brisket just fell short.

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque
103 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

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By |September 20th, 2014|Food, New York, Restaurants, Travel|0 Comments