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Momofuku Noodle Bar | New York City

Momofuku | New York

we went to nyc last week for a few days. obviously before we went, we made a list of places we had to try on our second food adventure in nyc. momofuku was one of the places. two things we were excited about: pork buns and the ramen.

made it over to the east village for lunch. lucky for us, we only waited 10 minutes to get seated. we talked to the hostess who told us that dinner time gets extremely hectic. good thing they take your cell phone number and just call you when your table is ready. efficiency.

Momofuku | New York

since we had a long, long day of eating ahead of us, we only ordered the staples. pork bun ($10). momofuku ramen ($16).

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no wonder people rave about the pork buns. they are fantastic. absolutely fantastic. the pork belly melts in your mouth. i get it now. so we have had ippudo’s pork bun too. i think they go head-to-head. i cant say one is definitely better than the other. both are delicious.

Momofuku | New York

the ramen was good. we got the momofuku ramen (had to go with the original since it was our first time). it has pork belly, pork shoulder, a poached egg, scallions, cabbage, and kamaboko. don’t be fooled. this will definitely fill you us. i cant put my finger on it but the noodles are different. more al dente? is that it? we enjoyed it.

Momofuku | New York

  • atmosphere: long communal table in the front of the restaurant with high chairs. it gets pretty loud in there. loved sitting near the window…i cant get enough of natural light. seating in the back is for bigger parties.
  • price: a tad on the pricey side. but i would say worth it.
  • service: food comes out fast. good thing because there is always a line of people waiting to be seated.
  • overall: loved our meal. pork bun, i will dream about you and await the day we meet again.

Momofuku | New York

Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave
(between 10th St & 11th St)
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village

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By |June 10th, 2013|Food, New York, Restaurants, Travel|9 Comments

nyc part IV – food adventures

on monday we panicked since we realized there were still so many places we wanted to try.  so we woke up at 7am to go to russ & daughters on the lower east side.  yelp: 463 reviews. 4.5 stars. top tips: scallion cream cheese, smoked salmon and bagel.  we had to try it since last time we loved murray’s bagel (best bagel we ever had).  it was pouring outside and our taxi didn’t drop us off right in front of the bagel joint so we had to run about 4 blocks.  drenched.  verdict: totally worth it.  the smoked salmon with scallion cream cheese – delicious!  however, the bagel itself was a little hard (the bagel at murray’s is better).  this place is a a market so there was no where to sit and enjoy the bagel so we had to eat it outside in the rain! we were still happy campers.

our next stop was katz’s delicatessan.  from what we heard, best pastrami in the city.  since it was down the street from russ & daughters, we stopped in there.  last time we ate at carnegie’s deli so wanted something to compare it to.  yelp: 2651 reviews. four stars.   we got:

  • matzo ball soup
  • pastrami and corned beef on rye with mustard (we really wanted to get it with mayo but didnt want to be yelled at)

according to kyle (pastrami lover and lover of all meats), it really was the best pastrami he has had.  mission accomplished.  after our two-part breakfast, we walked around soho to do some shopping and visit dean & deluca for a nice cup on coffee.

it’s like we never stop eating.  we met up with katy to grub at clinton st. baking company on the lower east side.  (recommended to us by lauren) this place apparently is always packed and that was no exception on a monday.  our wait was an hour and 45 minutes.  we were fine with the wait since 1432 yelpers gave it an average of 4 stars!  another need-to-try-for-ourselves place.  since we had so much time to kill, we decided to grab some snacks in chinatown!

vanessa’s dumpling house.  881 yelp reviews. 4 stars.  (why does new york have such great food?) we got some steamed dumplings and a roasted pork sesame pancake to go.  since katy used to live down the street from this place, she ordered for us.  her favorite thing to get was the sesame pancake.  this was amazing and its only $2.50! the dumplings were also good but overshadowed by the awesomeness known as the sesame pancake.  since i was also craving some milk tea, katy took us to quickly to get some boba! as you can imagine, we were starting to get full after eating vanessa’s and drinking the tea.

the time came when we got seated. we got:

  • clinton st. omelette with biscuit
  • fried chicken sandwich
  • fresh strawberry layered cake

the fried chicken sandwich is a really, really good sandwich and i would definitely recommend.  is it the best? no.  i think the fried chicken sandwich is better at son-of-a-gun in los angeles but this one is up there with my favorites. i cant opine on katy’s omelette because we dont really like eggs but the hash browns were really good.  they both agreed to get the strawberry layered cake for me since i dont eat chocolate.  it was good but the frosting was way too sweet.

by the end of the meal i think we all felt like complete food coma.  we walked through little italy and ran into lombardi’s pizza (a place that we wanted to try but when to artichoke instead).  we didnt have the stomach to get a slice.  next time!

dont worry we definitely continued this food adventure into dinner at boukies, drinks at maya, then dessert at max brenner and then midnight snack at halal cart.  since it started raining, we decided not to bring out the dslr.  why is food in nyc so good?  we will definitely be going on a diet after we get back to los angeles.

By |July 3rd, 2012|Food, New York, Restaurants, Travel|4 Comments

Locanda Verde | New York City

day two of nyc.  i fell in love with tribeca (which i just found out means triangle below canal).  we met up with my cousins for brunch at locanda verde. sunday was about 85-88 degrees and felt like 150% humidity! although walking around downtown was awesome, it was just rough especially carrying around the 24-70mm lens.  i know a lot of people say that it is the perfect walk around lens due to its versatility, but for me (just a “photography enthusiast”), i struggled all day.  i didnt take pictures of a lot of things because it was so uncomfortable (sweat city and my shoulder hurt from having the dslr in my purse)! how do photographers do it?! do they have caddies?

taking this picture made me realize how much i need a polarizing filter. even though this has a lot of reflective glare, its one of my favorites.  also, locanda verde is a very cute brunch place.  definitely try the sheep’s milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast! it is amazing!  the second thing i would recommend is the lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberries and meyer lemon curd! it’s what they’re known for…and you will understand why.

here is everything we ordered (if you cant tell yet, our trip to nyc was pretty much a food tour.  everyone we visited knew we loved food so tried to take us everywhere. brace yourself):

  • Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast
  • Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with blueberries and meyer lemon curd
  • Uovo Modenese with cotechino hash, spinach and tomato hollandaise
  • Uovo Raviolo with asparagus, english peas and pancetta (there is a surprise egg in this! not loving eggs, i was very surprised when it spewed out)
  • Lamb Sausage Grinder with spicy peperonata, broccoli rabe & ricott

(more…)

By |June 28th, 2012|Food, New York, Photography, Restaurants, Travel|7 Comments

short NYC trip – part I

its good to be back home.  i had a few meetings in nyc on tuesday so i decided to make a weekend of it with the hubby! we were debating whether or not to do it since it was so last minute. but! the stars aligned perfectly and it turned out to be a very opportune time for us to go: katy (best friend. known her since i was twelve) was there for a couple of days (she has been out of the country for a month now), two of my cousins recently moved to nyc (move motivated by amazing job opportunities), contiki friends were going to be there (these are awesome people), and kyle’s cousin was in town…i’m telling you. perfect alignment.

we were only gone for 3 days/3 nights but we came back (i) 5-7 lbs heavier, (ii) with a combined total of 17 mosquito bites, (iii) with a whole lotta food pictures, and (iv) happy to have seen friends, family, and the city.

part I

meet our gracious host, lauren.  it was her birthday early last week and it just so happens that all three of us love lobster. naturally, we went to luke’s lobster on the upper east side to celebrate. how did we find this place?  yelp (have i told you how obsessed we are with this site? huge advocate.  yelp, linking foodies together one review at a time) a combined 1300 reviews (multiple locations in manhattan). 4 solid stars.  we needed to try this place.

verdict: bomb. everything on yelp is true.  get “noah’s ark” – lobster roll, crab roll, shrimp roll. it’s pricey, but worth it.  make sure you grab a blueberry soda or the mandarin orange soda!

i had to write a special caption for this photo.  kyle is strutting my new camera bag (case logic, review to come) around upper east side. reminds me of the brawny man (slightly).

happy birthday, lauren.

By |June 27th, 2012|Food, Friends, New York, Photography, Restaurants, Travel|7 Comments