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il Laboratorio Del Gelato | New York City

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our awesome friend, lauren recommended that we stop by her favorite gelato shop, il laboratorio del gelato (near katz’s).  after trying a few samples, we decided to get a scoop of the amaretto crunch and blackberry.

bomb. so bomb.  amaretto crunch is so delicious.  we got the blackberry since we thought it was a nice balance between creamy and tart.

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  • ice cream:  scoops are on the smaller side… but still worth it in my opinion. get the amaretto crunch. you will not regret it.
  • ambience: very open space.  white walls accented with orange and blue.  large windows with lots of natural light.  limited seating along the windows.
  • service:  staff is good.  during peak times, you have to grab a number and wait to be called.  they are pretty efficient at servicing people even though everyone is trying to sample different flavors.
  • overall:  great gelato.  we will be coming back, fo sho.

il Laboratorio Del Gelato
188 Ludlow St
b/t Houston St & Stanton St
New York, NY 10002

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

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By |September 23rd, 2014|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Dessert, Food, New York|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

Momofuku Milk Bar | New York City

Momofuku New York

last time we were in new york city, we tried momofuku’s ramen and pork bun and fell in love.  after that experience, we put momofuku milk bar on our must try list!

i will be honest and say that we did not do any homework before walking into the relatively new location in midtown west.  first question to our cashier: “sorry, this is our first time here… what is crack pie?”  response: “a gooey pie made of butter, sugar, eggs, cream.  it is so addicting!”  done! we will have one slice please!

second question:  besides crack pie, what else do we absolutely need to try right now? soft serve! whaaat?! cereal milk soft serve with cornflake crunch.  whaaaaaaat??!

Momofuku New York

  • cup of cereal milk soft serve ($4.50) with cornflake crunch ($0.75) – yes, just like everyone else has claimed… its like eating a bowl of cereal.  but!  imagine, eating the coldest bowl of cereal in your life.  sounds good, right?!  welp! we were fans and would highly recommend this.  if you are a texture person, you will definitely love the cornflake crunch.  they top your cup with it and add some to the bottom of your cup. nice touch.
  • crack pie by the slice ($5.50) – this is pretty darn good.  however, it is verrrrrry sweet.  (this is coming from a person who loves sweets… take it how you want to)  i would recommend coffee.  or! get the soft serve… it helps cut the sweet.

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milk bar is good.  we will definitely be back to try other things on the menu (anyone want to split a whole birthday cake with me? it looks amazing and i have to have it!)  if you had to get one thing though, i would get the soft serve… that’s just me though.

Momofuku Milk Bar
15 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019

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By |September 21st, 2014|Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Dessert, Food, New York, 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

Murray’s Bagels | New York City

Murray's Bagel New York

the bagel:  we got the onion bagel (my fav), lox, red onions, tomato, (no capers).  love. best bagel ever.  why?  the bagel itself is uh-mazing!  i dont know what it is.  it’s fresh.  great texture (i dont think fluffy is the right word…a cloud of heaven?).  i normally like my bagels toasted but (i) they dont toast their bagels and (ii) its so fresh, you dont need it toasted. mind blown. ugh. how did i live without you?

notes:  they have lots of different bagels but now that i have the perfect combo, i dont know how i eat anything else.  they also have tons of different cream cheeses.  go cray.

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  • service:  fast.  you get in and get out. 
  • atmosphere:  small. limited seating.  you are surrounded by lots and lots of bagels and cream cheese.
  • overall:  this is my favorite bagel.  ever.  we have been to this location in chelsea and the one in greenwich village (made us hooked).  i do have to say that the bagel at the greenwich bagel was a little more loaded (aka more cream cheese, more lox, more onions!)…and they cut it in half for us there.  so i think if i had to choose between the two locations, i would choose the greenwich village one but again, best bagel we have had.  los angeles has nothing compared to new york bagels.

242 8th Ave
(between 22nd St & 23rd St)
New York, NY 10011
Neighborhood: Chelsea

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here is the info for the greenwich village location:

500 Ave of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

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By |June 28th, 2013|Food, New York, Restaurants, Travel|2 Comments