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Birthday Dinners

Ahh, another year has passed! A little older, and a little wiser (ehh, maybe).

Birthday celebrations started with a bunch of my greatest friends from college. It was a joint birthday dinner celebrating for both me our friend Stephen, as we share February birthdays. 

Dinner was at Pio Pio in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. For starters we shared the cebiche and the causa (whipped potato) stuffed with crabmeat. The cebiche looked like a tuna tartar more than the traditional Peruvian cebiches. It tasted a little sweet, but was good and fresh. In addition, the causas were very flavorful and there was quite a bit of crabmeat. image

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Pio Pio is known for their Peruvian style roasted chicken. Their Matador Combo could serve 3-4 people. It comes with a whole chicken served with a plate of rice & beans, avocado salad, tostones (crispy fried plantains), and a huge plate of salchipapa (sausage & french fries). The chicken was nicely marinated with  Peruvian spices and the meat was tender and juicy. We also shared a huge plate of seafood rice. image

Dessert was a little disappointing, so just skip that if you come here. 

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Birthday celebrations continued and this time it was dinner at Fukurou, a small Japanese style izakaya in Greenwich Village, NYC. Supposedly, they have a very nice selection of Japanese sake and beers along with tasty tapas style Japanese dishes. 

Fukurou is known for Zuru Teba, their amazingly delicious, fall of the bone, grilled chicken wings. One order comes with 3 pieces. image

We ordered a bunch of other small dishes and shared everything. Food here is good. If you come here strictly for dinner, I recommend you order a rice dish or the omu yakisoba (egg omelet wrapped around stir fried noodles) to fill you up. Here are the other dishes: 

Seared Fatty Salmon with Roeimage

Avocado Tofuimage

Grilled Black Pork Ribimage

Fried Baby Mackerels image

Kobashira Tempura Rollimage

Deep Fried Tofu Simmered Beefimage

Omu Yakisobaimage

Grilled Black Pork marinated with Misoimage

Finally, Mango Pudding Cheesecakeimage

Thank you everyone for all your birthday wishes. It’s been a tasty birthday!!

Pio Pio 8, 604 10th Ave (btw 43rd & 44th Street) Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

Fukurou, 87 McDougal Street (btw Bleeker & W Houston St) Greenwich Village, NYC

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Two weeks ago, I had an amazing meal at a tapas restaurant called Alta located in Greenwich Village. The restaurant was a little tricky to locate as there was no signage and the facade looked like all the other brownstones on the block. But once inside, it feels like you’ve stepped into someone’s house in the Spanish countryside. The decor filled with heavy dark wood tables and dimly lit candle lighting for ambiance. The hostess walked us upstairs to our table which overlooked the main dining room. 

The food was amazing. We started off with 4 items and told the waiter to leave us the menu to order more for later. First came the crispy brussel sprouts with apples, creme fraiche, and pistachios. If you usually don’t like brussel sprouts, these will make you fall in love with them. The sprouts were slightly crispy and charred giving them a nice smoky flavor while the apple balances out its natural bitterness. Next, we had the fried goat cheese dipped with lavender infused honey. As per my friend Winnie, this dish looked like curry fishballs that you can get at a hawker stand in Hong Kong. Honey and cheese usually pairs well, but the added scent of lavender made it so much more special. The lamb meatballs were served piping hot over a tomato based sauce with a slightly cooked egg yoke. We ordered and shared 8 dishes in all and then we each got a dessert as well. For dessert I had the torija which is like a sweet bread pudding-like dessert served with ice cream and a blueberry compote.

By the way, all the tapas dishes came out really fast. So fast that we think a lot of them were already premade in preparation for the Friday night dinner crowd. Alta only accepts cash and American Express. If you don’t own an AMEX card, be sure to bring plenty of cash. This meal was really good, but also quite expensive.

Alta, 64 West 10th Street, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Happy Hour and a Half at the Mermaid Oyster Bar

I have finally made my way to the Mermaid Oyster Bar.  I’m a follower on their Tumblr blog and I aways drool when they post pictures of their oysters.  

Finally, this past Friday my friend Matt and I went for their Happy Hour and a Half deal where east coast oysters are $1 each and west coast oysters are $1.75.  I’m not an oyster expert and didn’t know which oysters to get, so we decided to first try one of each east and west coast oysters to see which ones we liked. The west coast oyster was smaller in size, a little bit brinier than their east coast counterpart, and very smooth.  They tasted like the ocean.  The east coast oyster was larger in size, sweeter, meatier, and less salty. Later we ordered 10 more of the east coast oysters to share. We also ordered a bunch of small dishes: jalapeno corn bread, lobster sliders, shrimp corn dog, and mini fish tacos.  Everything was delicious. They also gave us complimentary chocolate pudding for dessert along with a fortune teller fish. Everything was so good; dinner was just awesome! 

Mermaid Oyster Bar, 79 McDougal Street (btw. Bleeker & W. Houston St.) Greenwich Village, NYC