Company’s New Years Holiday lunch at Spice Market
so yummy! (at Ootoya)
I eat. I cook. I travel. And I blog about it.
Stella 34 Trattoria
I’m liking the new renovations and transformation of the Macy’s Herald Square department store. The store is looking really nice, but of course what excites me the most is the new Italian restaurant located on the 6th floor.
I would never of thought to go to Macy’s for dinner, but after reading about the great reviews for Stella 34, I put it on my “must try list”. I went last week with a friend for early dinner. The restaurant is surprisingly spacious and quite elegant and modern. If you get to sit near the floor to ceiling windows you’ll get a very nice view of the Empire State Building.
My friend and I shared two appetizers, the roasted brussel sprouts and the octopus. There was a sauce on the brussel sprouts which was a little too sweet. The octopus wasn’t tough, but it was a little bland if you ate it without the sauce. I would skip the octopus next time. For my entree I tried the Eggplant made from the wood burning oven. It was so good! The eggplants were thinly sliced so when cooking in the oven the sides got a little crispy and crunchy. The sauce was amazing, zesty & garlicky and so fresh. The eggplant didn’t come with any pasta so I was still a little hungry after the meal. When I come back I would share a pasta or a pizza next time. I only tried a little bit of my friend’s cuttlefish ink pasta and the flavors were really nice as well. So whenever you’re shopping at Macy’s and need a bit to eat for lunch or dinner, you don’t have to go to far!
P.S. they also have Florence’s famous Vivoli gelateria located in the front of the restaurant. I highly recommend the hazelnut and pistachio flavors!
Stella 34, Macy’s 6th Floor - 35th & Broadway Entrance, 151 West 34th St
Few weeks ago, Louro Restaurant held a supper club using Uni (sea urchin) as the theme for the night. For $75 we got a 6 course uni meal.
We started with the Amuse-sorrel, white asparagus, uni truffle vinaigrette.
Next course was the Uni & Fluke Crudo-meyer lemon vinegar, greek olive oil. We got two huge pieces of uni and I love the accompanying pickled onions with it.
The third course was Ostrich Egg-soft scramble, confit garlic uni foam, toasted amerinth. I loved this course. I wish I had it with rice or bread to mop up the goodness. Amerinth is a grain, like rice. Toasted, it added a nice flavor to the dish.
The fourth couse we had Uni Chowder-goose pancetta, smoked onions mussels, and cultured cream. This was my favorite of the night. I loved the flavor of the smoked oysters and in each bowl we had huge chunks of uni.
Next we had Skate & Uni Stuffing-rhubarb curd, tempura arugula, and uni butter. Uni butter was served on the side and we were suppose to spread it on the fish. It should have came with the bread basket too! The tempura arugula was really nice and crunchy! I loved it.
Next came the Uni & Pork Belly served with Portuguese kimchi rice, coriander curd. The fatty piece of pork belly just melted in my mouth.
Finally for dessert, we were served a Toasted Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream with vanilla cake and hazelnut brittle. We joked with the waiter as to why there was no uni in the dessert dish as well. Dessert was fantastic. I loved how the cake had a crunchy crust.
This has been my second time participating at Louro’s supper clubs and it’s been so satisfying. Their supper clubs are usually held every Monday starting around 7PM. Each week has a different theme and sometimes there are guest chefs. Join their newsletter to receive upcoming supper club events and menus! http://louronyc.com/
Photos courtesy of Kenny. Thanks!
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.
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.
Dessert was a little disappointing, so just skip that if you come here.
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.
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 Roe
Grilled Black Pork Rib
Fried Baby Mackerels
Kobashira Tempura Roll
Deep Fried Tofu Simmered Beef
Grilled Black Pork marinated with Miso
Finally, Mango Pudding Cheesecake
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
Last Monday, I finally had a chance to eat at David Santos’ restaurant Louro. I’ve been following David Santos ever since reading about him on my tumblr feeds through Annie’s blog http://fritesandfries.com/. He use to hold supper clubs in his Roosevelt Island apartment, but I’ve never had the time to make it there. Now, David has a restaurant in the West Village called Louro and has continued his supper club every Monday night.
Last Monday’s menu was a five course meal featuring a Black History month theme.
We started with the Amuse or a bit sized hors d’œuvre which was a raw oyster served with citrusy granita. The oysters were large and plump. It was a very refreshing and luxurious starter.
Next in honor of Jackie Robinson, David served a crab salad with thai curry aioli topped with tempura arugula. You can taste the sweetness of the shredded crab meat and just a subtle hint of coconut and curry. It wasn’t overpowering. I also loved the texture contrast of the tempura arugula.
The meal followed with a tribute to Muddy Waters. Truthfully, I had to Google search Muddy Waters, and learned that he is the “father of modern Chicago blues”. We had cornmeal crusted fried catfish with braised greens served with a grainy mustard sauce. I found the fish to be very moist; however, this dish didn’t leave me that excited.
Next was a tribute to our President Obama using his very own bean chili recipe. The chili was served with a side of sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese. I really enjoyed this dish. The chili was so hearty and flavorful. Best of all it was served piping hot. If you’re curious about President Obama’s recipe, I found it online here. Thank you Lydia for your chili photo!
By this time in the meal, I was getting full. But we still had the main event which paid tribute to Muhammad Ali featuring lamb and rice. Our waitress explained to us that this was one of Muhammad Ali’s favorite dishes. Reading Annie’s blog, I knew David makes really good lamb. I also love lamb, so I was excited for this dish. And it was amazing! The flavors were robust and not game-y at all. The meat was so tender it just fell off the bone. The braised vegetables on the bottom became a little too salty as they soaked up all the pan juices. Overall, I really really liked this dish.
Finally for dessert, we had “Pecan Pie” in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Looking back at the menu, I now understand the purpose of the “quotation” marks around pecan pie. What came out wasn’t a piece of pie, but more like a deconstructed crumble. I had large chunks of pecans, mixed with a cookie crumble and topped with vanilla ice cream. I forgot to take a photo. Sorry!
David took his time to visit each table after the meal for some light conversation which I found very welcoming and endearing. I’ve signed up for updates for future supper clubs. I really would like to go again. And also the regular restaurant menu looks and sounds amazing as well.
FYI, following supper club tradition, guest can bring their own wine and beer. They also have a full bar at the restaurant.
Louro, 142 West 10th Street (btw Greenwich Ave and Waverly Place) West Village, NYC. Call for reservations: (212) 206-0606
Tabata Ramen, chicken and coconut based broth with dark meat chicken, perfectly boiled egg, red onions and cilanto. The soup was creamy and and flavorful. Absolutely delicious. (at Tabata Noodle Restaurant)
My company celebrate our 2012 Holiday Lunch & Secret Santa that The Dutch located on 131 Sullivan Street in Soho, NYC. Our office manager took photo’s of everyone’s plate. I had the hot fried chicken with honey buttered biscuits. Boy, those biscuits were flakey and moist with just a hint of sticky sweetness. They were so good I wanted to order a dozen to go. The chicken had a nice crunch, but some pieces were a little bit dry. Everyone enjoyed their meal and we had a great time.