Novecento Holiday Party

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Hey, world.  It’s been crazy busy and Vic and I don’t get to see each other often since we’re both working and separated physically!  Therefore, regardless of how insanely late this is, we wanted to share our experience at Novecento.  An Argentinian restaurant/bar.  Pinky is interning and the company had a office holiday dinner party there.  Here were the menus for that night! {Apologies for the blurry photos, it was super dark!}

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Pota-topia: Pinky’s Dream Come True

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New York, NY

What has this world come to!?!? A restaurant that only serves potatoes as a main course?!?! You heard it right, this place only serves potatoes… in all shapes and sizes, with whatever toppings you desire. Pota-topia initially started as kiosk in Menlo Park Mall in Edison, New Jersey. After much success and popularity, the owner decided to open one up in Manhattan, New York. Definitely, a great decision because it’s hugely popular in the city too. Did I also mention that Pinky absolutely LOVES POTATOES? You can also visit their website at here!

Fun fact: Victor gave Pinky a raw potato for her 20th birthday with a candle on top…and she bit it for a perfect photo op.

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COMATOSER
Skin Chips, House Salt and Pepper, Cheddar Cheese, Asiago Cheese, Pepperjack Cheese, Green Onions, Red Onion, Garlic, Cilantro, Jalapeño, Broccoli, Bacon, Melted Cheddar, Roasted Pepper and Ranch $7.75

CURLY SUE Curly Cut, House Salt and Pepper, Pepperjack Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Jalapeño, Garlic, Green Onion, Chipotle Ketchup and Garlic Aioli $6.50
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Curly Cut, House Salt and Pepper, Pepperjack Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Jalapeño, Garlic, Green Onion, Chipotle Ketchup and Garlic Aioli $6.50

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Quite an interesting place in my opinion. New York City never ceases to amaze me in its wide variety of wacky and  unique restaurants. This dainty little place can be found near West Village in Manhattan. This restaurant can be hidden amidst all the other stores around it, but once you see it’s signature potato logo, you know you’re heading towards the right place.

The design of Potatopia reminds a lot like the Wafels and Dinges Cafe, even though they are different in their own  ways. They use very warm colors like yellow, gray, and white, as well using wooden decor and seats. Sort of a like urban eco-design I would say. The vibe and environment is also quite similar to Wafels and Dinges. The staff are all pretty young folk, but they are also very friendly and just seem genuinely happy.

This place like a fast food take out joint, so don’t expect it to be a quiet sit-down kind of place. If it was a busy hour, I think it would be hard to find a seat.  Upon arriving through its glass doors, there is a table against the window to your left and a long wooden table towards the middle with a couple of seats. To right of the entrance are the paper menus you can grab if you don’t want to wait on line yet.

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Well, I guess I should start talking about the real stuff: the food.

On their menu, they have signature dishes and the possibility of creating your very own dish.Pinky and I decided to try the signatures, The Comatoser and Curly Sue.

The Curly Sue is made up of Curly Cut fries with House Salt and Pepper, Pepperjack Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Jalapeño, Garlic, Green Onion, Chipotle Ketchup and Garlic Aioli. Sounds like a mouthful, eh? Out of the two dishes we got, I actually really enjoyed this one more. I’m a big fan of curly fries and I just felt that all the ingredients went together wonderfully well. A big part of this were the interesting sauces. You don’t see Chipotle Ketchup or Garlic Aioli on fries normally, it made it so savory. The fries were absolutely crunchy and the scallions were a nice addition. I do feel that it was a little bit too much scallion, but that’s okay. Overall, I really enjoyed this signature dish and you should try it out too!

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Comatoser skin chip

The Comatoser is composed of Skin Chips with  House Salt and Pepper, Cheddar Cheese, Asiago Cheese, Pepperjack Cheese, Green Onions, Red Onion, Garlic, Cilantro, Jalapeño, Broccoli, Bacon, Melted Cheddar, Roasted Pepper and Ranch. A little pricier than the Curly Sue, but it also contains more stuff too! As you know, I’m a big fan of quality, not quantity. To me, the flavors just didn’t really stand out to me.  I’m not saying it’s awful or anything, I just liked the Curly Sue much more. It’s pretty much the suped-up version of a Wendy’s Broccoli, Bacon, and Cheese potato.

Overall, this place is pretty good, so check this place out. It’s not too relatively expensive with dishes ranging from $7-$10. If you’re daring and want to make your own special potato, go ahead, you potato connoisseur. If you don’t like potatoes at all, maybe this place will change your mind.

Pinky says 4.5/5 16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg2 coffee

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How can someone go wrong with a restaurant that serves so many different kinds of potatoes?!  I loved the COMATOSER better than the CURLY SUE.  I would have to disagree with Vic on his comment that it tastes like a glorified baked potato.  I felt that that texture of the skin chips was so unique and awesome.  The inside of the “chip” tasted like a mashed potato and the outside tasted like a potato oven-roasted chip.  I really want to learn how to achieve that texture with my potatoes at home!  (If someone knows the secret…please share!!!!!)  I loved the delicious veggies, scallion, red onion, broccoli.  Oh my, the sauce was even more delicious — I literally wanted to lick the whole bowl.  The bacon was so savory too.  THE CHEESE. THE CHEESE. Dang those cheese combos caressed my taste buds in a velvety dance!

The Curly Sue I felt that you can just have this texture in regular fries, but I did loved the combination of flavors — the chipotle ketchup seriously how can you go wrong?  I don’t think I ever had fries with scallions.  Level up from regular fast food fries!  However, I just wish there was more of it…and to it.  I could easily make this one — now that they listed all the ingredients!

Okay, Pinky of course you’re giving such a high score for a potato restaurant, but why the half point off? Honestly, the prices were pretty steep.  I get it that it’s in Manhattan but this was more like a snack than dinner.  Don’t assume you’ll be full after this “meal”!  It’s a horrible habit to develop, but if it was cheaper I would come every single day. (I’m a poor recent graduate!!) And get fat, of course.  There is so much cheese in the signature meals!!!!  These sig meals would be cheaper than the “build your own potato” meals.

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October 2013 Favorites

ImageHey everyone! October was such a busy month for both of us.  We had a lot of adventures that did not always involve eating good food, but some days involved things greater than ourselves.

We had a month full of celebrations (for my two birthdays; my real birthday and my Baptism, hoo-hah! and thank you Vic for being a big part on both days — and also have you noticed so many people’s birthdays are in October?!) !

1) Run River North

It was also the month when the Price of Life ’13 was happening.  The issue of human trafficking has been an evolving social injustice within Victor’s and my hearts.  Being that we both are followers of Jesus and InterVarsity alumni, we wanted to explore more on how to put our efforts in ending human trafficking (labor slavery and sex slavery).

There are 27 million slaves in the world today.  To learn more about human trafficking, you can visit this infographic.

DSCN6447That night we also got the chance to see the art work of our friend Maria (which is…not an ordinary lamp — photo shown on side)– as well as listen to our new favorite band Run River North.

We even got so crazy about them that we went to their show the week after we saw them first.  Their music definitely has a unique tambre, as well as touches emotions of their listeners, whether it is to fire them up or paint a peaceful atmosphere around them.  Their harmonies gave me such goosebumps!!!  Take a listen.

It was such an awesome night! Human trafficking is REAL and it happens in our very own city.  Make sure you follow Price of Life events and together we can put an end to human trafficking.  Everyone has a life purpose and no one should be not allowed to live the life that God has created for them.  Shout-out to our friends Eric, Sam, and Christine for being there also!

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2) Film Biz Recycling

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540 President St
Basement
(between 3rd Ave & 4th Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

A place like none other. On one of the days we were thrift store shopping, we ran into this unique gem in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

You won’t find this place easily.. it’s sorta hidden on the side of a building next to a parking lot.  Don’t worry though, there will be signage to guide you along your way.  You’ll have to buzz in at the gate first though!

Unlike your conventional thrift store, this place rents out movie props for you to use. Anything you can imagine, these guys might have. You’ll find all sorts of wigs, gadgets, props, decorations, and devices to fulfill your inner Spielberg.

Aside from all the cool movie stuff you can rent, they also sell a bunch of furniture and a lot things you wouldn’t normally find. They have a lot of old electronics for sale that range from the 70’s through 90’s. I’m not sure if they even work at all, but it’s still pretty cool — use them to film your own movies!!!

The staff here are super friendly and would love to help in anyway they can. Be sure to stop by here!  They even just give out office supplies (for some reason) based on a “whatever you can pay” transaction method.

3) Center for Architecture: New York

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The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
NY, NY 10012

This place was pretty awesome, even though it was small — Right now they are featuring a lot of beautiful buildings and scapes that are in Asian countries.  They also had a lot of explanations in the text descriptions of each “artwork” to discuss why these buildings were made like how they are.  They also feature time lapse videos of some of my favorite cities in Asia.  I can probably sit there all day to watch them repeat on and on.  Museum is completely free and ..surprisingly empty.  Although you might not spend much time here because of its size, I still think it’s a great feeling to appreciate these huge buildings people take so much time and spend so much money to create!  Amazing!

Funny side note: If you end up visiting this place — please make a stop at the Earth Room.  Please.  You’ll know what I mean hahahhaha..

141 Wooster St
(between Prince St & Houston St)
New York, NY 10012

Happy late Halloween.

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Souvlaki GR …and Pinky’s Worst Nightmare

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(between Ludlow St & Essex St)

Menu and Prices

This nicely decorated place was very intriguing to me (Pinky) — I was won over by their whole Greek-inspired decor, at first sight.  On the side once you enter, they have the latest magazines hung on a wire, as well as some snacks from Greece (I am assuming).

DSCN6166OKAY, an important note: BEWARE when you sit down at a small circular table.  Victor almost destroyed the restaurant because the tables are so badly designed.  The legs of the table STICK out, so when you put your own legs under the table, you will most likely hit it and therefore attempt to turn the table (and glassware) on its side…Seriously, be careful — it happened three other times to other people and that all during our visit.

So what is a gyro anyway? How do you even pronounce it? “EURO” should be a close enough pronunciation guide.  As we all know how Wikipedia is entirely legit, here is how they define it:

gyro (/ˈjɪəroʊ/yeer-oh,/ˈʒɪəroʊ/zheer-oh;[1]Greek: γύρος, [ˈʝiros], lit. ‘turn’) is a Greek dish of meat roasted on a vertical spit. It is commonly served in a sandwich with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce, wrapped in pita or sandwich bread.

I also learned from Wikipedia and Souvlaki GR that sometimes they add fries to your gyro…strange!

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Souvlakia Kalamaki Paketo– Your choice of six Chicken or Pork skewers with Tzatziki & Pita … $14 (Individual skewers … $2.75 each)

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Souvlaki GR isn’t that good and you can definitely find better Greek food around. This place can be a tourist trap with the bright lights and nicely painted walls, but don’t fall for it! It’s quite expensive for the portion you get and it just tastes… okay.

By first impressions, this place looks sorta nice. They got these dangling lightbulbs in front their restaurant. We also saw their food truck across the street. The decor inside was nicely painted. It had a very Mediterranean feel with the white and blue colors with fake doors and windows. There’s also one table that’s elevated from everyone else. Honestly, I think that’s just silly because the stairs take up space to get to that one table. The restaurant itself is not very spacious either as noted from my close call of destroying the tableware.

SGR Pita Souvlaki -- (Tomato, red onions, fries & Tyrokafteri-spicy feta dip) pictured with pork $6.50
SGR Pita Souvlaki — (Tomato, red onions, fries & Tyrokafteri-spicy feta dip) pictured with pork $6.50

Time to talk food. First off, it’s expensive for something that’s not very spectacular. We ordered a chicken and pork skewer. The chicken tasted a bit raw. It wasn’t seasoned very well and it just didn’t appeal to me. The pork one tasted a little better and had more seasoning. It also came with a cup of tzatziki sauce with slices of pita bread. Majority of the time, I found myself spreading the tzatziki sauce to make it taste better.

The SGR Pita Souvlaki I ordered was basically a pork skewer gyro. It’s the same amount of meat as the skewer wrapped with two french fries, tomatoes, red onions, Tyrokafteri (spicy feta dip) in a pita.  It’s such a small portion and I feel like you can get more for your buck at other places. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by other Greek restaurants, but this place didn’t live up to it’s hype.

Probably won’t be coming here any time in the near future.

Bifteki Pita Traditional Greek Burger -- Tomato, red onion, feta & tzatziki ... 6
Bifteki Pita — Traditional Greek Burger — Tomato, red onion, feta & tzatziki … 6

Pinky says 2/5 16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg16-coffee-cup-icons-square-brown-lg

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There is a piece of hair nicely tucked into the warm pita bread near the top-left side of it.  Delicious, right? No, that was not listed on the menu as an ingredient.  I was so appalled by the little new friend peering at me.  Thank you Jesus, that I did not bite it on that side, but bit the right side.  I did not even notice it at first, while I was taking the picture.  By the way, we apologize for the blurry dark pictures — bad lighting in there.

However, what…kind…of… hair, do you ask? Beard hair.  Not even head hair, which I don’t think I would mind as much?  I’m not sure, what do you all think? What’s worse: Beard or head hair in your food?

I have to say that the manager was alright with my complaint and gave me a new gyro, but they probably did spit in my food. Hahaha.  I should have actually cancelled the order because it wasn’t even worth the $6. I thought it would taste completely amazing, but it was just normal gyro that I can get from a food cart, and possibly those food cart ones would be bigger and more filling.   The only special thing was that it had massive amounts of feta cheese.  BLEGH, which only made it extremely salty.  I only asked for it to be re-made because we were already so hungry.  While eating it, I kept imagining that I had a hairball stuck in my throat.  I’m not even sure why we waited longer compared to the other people around us, despite the fact that we sat down first.

DSCN6168On the topic of seating, I was sitting right next to an ACTIVE doorway, with the employees coming in and out.  During the whole night I was scared to move an inch because it can result in total chaos.  I could not move my arms or I can hit a waiter holding food and could not move my legs or I can flip the table and all of its contents over.  For me, I get stressed easily in social situations, so you can already tell I was not having a grand ol’ time.  Being that I watched the documentary film, Objectified, there is seriously no reason for a chair to be uncomfortable…and there should definitely be no reason why a table should be unstable.  I understand those tables are cute, but if I am eating a legit meal and not having a tea or coffee break, I would like to have my table to hold more than three small plates.  It was pretty hilarious to knock the table over then see others do the same though.

DSCN6170And being the silly girl that I am, I was not aware that there can be fries put inside a gyro.  When it said “fries” on the menu, I thought it would be on the side, and being the big potato girl I am, I was so excited.  Then I fell into deep depression, as I only saw two fries sticking out of it.  The more entertaining fact was that since both of Vic’s and my gyro were plated on one plate, I thought both of them were one order.

The skewers were also nothing special — I can’t believe they were $2.25 each. I can grill them myself, thank you very much — there was no real flavor to it.

I miss Akropolis

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A Real Shanghai Mong (Dream)

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New York, NY 10001

This popular restaurant in the heart of NYC’s Korea Town features many Chinese and Korean fusion dishes.  That is why you might be confused with all the red in their decor, hey — are they Chinese or Korean? Doesn’t matter! Just enjoy the combination of delicious food from different cultures that come together in this place.

Might be pretty pricey for dinner, but you may be paying more for their fancier menus, service, and decor.  For lunch, this place is pretty affordable with a dollar off regular prices and with the same serving size (or might even be more?) than the dinner serving size of the dish.  Either way, you always leave full and satisfied! Here is the menu.

A Chinese/Korean fusion dish called, Jajangmyeon (자장면) is quite popular here.  It is a noodle dish that is covered in thick sauce made from black soybean paste.  Here they also add pork and veggies.  Okay, it might not sound or look appetizing, but…

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Mini Bites Fried Dumpling with Lemon Cream (10 piece $8.99)
Jja Jang Mmyun “자장면” $8.99 Noodles with pork and vegetables in black bean sauce
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Noodles with pork and vegetables in black bean sauce

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DSCN5345I might be a bit bias since I have been coming to this place countless times ever since I discovered it back in 2011 or so.  I still have not had Jajangmyeon better than how this place makes it though!! Someone please prove me wrong and show me the best one you’ve ever had, seriously.  When you order this, the waiter/waitress asks you if you need them to cut it because the noodles are too long.  Should say yes, if you don’t want a face filled with delicious black bean sauce afterwards…

Not sure if you all know the story, but in Korea they have something called “Singles Day” or “Black Day” (for the sauce) where they eat Jajangmyeon by themselves in a restaurant.  And of course if you’re eating it by yourself, there might be someone else in the restaurant eating by himself or herself too.  Then…what happens? Match-made in heaven lol.  I used to eat this a lot more..when I was single =P But lo and behold, I did not meet Victor over a romantic evening of Jajangmyeon…bummer.

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Anyway, there is really something different about their noodles here — thicker? So it catches more of the sauce as you slurp it? Perhaps…or maybe it’s their perfectly cooked pork bits that remind you of the crispy American bacon?  Not really sure, but I do know that this stuff is ADDICTING.  I would dream about this bowl of heaven, no joke.

Our friend ordered an appetizer (I haven’t tried an appetizer here in a long time), the lemon cream dumplings.  It was a pleasant experience to have a sweet dessert-like dumpling, but after a while it got soggy.  I don’t think I would order it again…Be sure to eat those as soon as the plate hits your table, our you’re just going to eat a big mushy sweet and salty blob.

Also, if you eat seafood (I sometimes eat it when I think it’s worth having a mild allergic reaction to) you should try the also delicious 1/2 seafood Jjamppong (a seafood spicy noodle stew) and 1/2 Jajangmyun dish.  Get two dishes for the price of one!

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Jajangmyun is good. I like it, but not as much as Pinky does.  This was my first time here.

This place does make the best Jajangmyun I tried so far, so you should check it out. I ordered the spicier version and it’s a dollar more than the normal one.  To me, it wasn’t that spicy, but it still has a little kick to it.  The chunks of meat are pretty big compared to other places I have been. I guess it’s pretty good.

However, I really really liked the appetizer. I have a knack for trying strange and unique things (except for seafood related things). Lemon Cream Dumpling? Now thats just genius. Like Pinky said… it’s a sorta like a dessert and it should savored right away. Its just that they served the food really fast the day we went and got our meal like 3 minutes after we got the dumplings.  It has a unique flavor and I really enjoyed it.  Very sweet and savory.

You should check this place out! The atmosphere is nice, but the modern day radio music sorta throws off the mood.  Expect spend anywhere from $10 -15 for a meal! I’d probably be coming again in the future…. because of Pinky. hahaha

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1/2 seafood Jjamppong (a seafood spicy noodle stew) and 1/2 Jajangmyun — Photo by Dave
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Chicken Noodle Soup $10.99 Noodle soup with chicken breast and vegetables in chicken broth –Photo by Dave

Our new friend, Vicki ordered the Chicken Noodle Soup and was shocked by the massive portion of it.  She did find a piece of hair in it though…the forever mystery of whose hair is it?

Dave ordered the 1/2 jjampong and 1/2 jajangmyun and said that the seafood part was spicy! He also thought it was pretty filling.

However, in the words of Dave:

Good friends > Good food

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Thanks for the treat, Dave!

Love,

Victor and Pinky

New Twist on an Old Classic

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96 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

This little hidden gem, created by ALAN WOO AND DAVIS NGO, is located only a couple blocks from the bustling St. Mark’s area of NYC in the East Village.  It features a new spin on the classic Vietnamese sandwich called the Bánh mì.  It is usually made with a baguette type of bread, topped with some kind of meat (chicken, pork, etc), fresh vegetables (pickled carrots, cilantro, etc), and some kind of sauce.

Xe May is a very small shop, so it’s only good for a quick power lunch or if you’re buying to go.  Not a good place if you’re planning to have a big group meal.  Here is the menu, featuring their sandwiches, salads, tacos, and even a lunch special with a drink and snack.

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The “Hog” — Grilled Pork, Scallion Oil, Fried Shallots (fresh Cilantro, Pickled Carrots, Daikons, Cucumbers and Chili Mayo) $6.50

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DSCN5148I think these are the best Vietnamese sandwiches I have ever had to this date.

Sooo…. I’ve been wanting to go to this sandwich place since like last year. Every time we visit St. Marks, I’m asking Pinky “Can we finally stop by Xe May?” and she would say “maybe next time, we’re full”…. LOL.

So the day finally came…. we went and it was good.  Just to let you know, this place is very small. There are probably only about 4 seats here, so you will most likely be grabbing it to go, which is perfectly fine. Fortunately for us, no one else was there when we were eating. I really like the vibe here and the workers seem so chill.

Now that you guys know what a Banh Mi is… you can try it here! It’s relatively cheap, but actually expensive if you compare it to other Vietnamese sandwich places around New York City.  A sandwich here is about 6 to 7 bucks, which is not bad for Manhattan. It’s filling and delicious, but most of all, flavorful.

What makes this sandwich a step above the rest is its unique flavors. Pinky and I shared the “Hog.” Aside from their included ingredients, The “Hog” consists of grilled pork, scallion oil, and fried shallots.  The chili mayo is also a wonderful addition to this sandwich and I think it is actually one of the major things that make this Vietnamese sandwich shop stand out above the rest.  The baguette was absolutely crispy and toasted perfectly. I felt like it was a perfect combination of ingredients. Of course I wanted to order another sandwich, but I will save it for next time!  Will definitely be back here in the future to try the other sandwiches!

We also shared an ice Vietnamese coffee. I thought it was pretty good, a tad bit sweet for me. Unlike Pinky, I am not a coffee addict/ professional. You can ask her how it was.

So if you’re around the area and wanna grab something quick to go, I would highly recommend this place if you just want sandwich for a good price.

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DSCN51491I’m personally not that much of a sandwich fan, but I would definitely recommend a good refreshing viet sandwich now and then.  The shop is cute and it reminds me of those informal street vendors in Asia.  The baguette part of the sandwich was very crispy and crunchy and the pork was seasoned perfectly.

I wish it was a bit spicier though.  I thought we would have a special sauce when we asked for more spicy, but it was just jalapeno.  No fouls there though.  I’m usually also not one to like cilantro or those minty strong herbs.  However, I don’t know why I only like it when it’s in a Vietnamese sandwich…they really know how to marry flavors together.  I also liked the kick of flavor from the chili mayo.  I think this is the first viet sandwich I had with chili mayo!  It was very filling too.  I only had half of the sandwich and I was stuffed.

DSCN5147The iced coffee for $2.50 is a pretty good deal, considering it’s not watered down — but it doesn’t really taste like the real Vietnamese coffee, simply coffee that I could get anywhere else.  The place is really easy to miss if you’re not looking for it so be sure to look out for it and go give it a try.

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Wafels and Dinges Cafe: Living up to the hype?

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Thanks to the model standing right in front of the new Wafels and Dinges Cafe on the corner of Ave B & E 2nd St in Manhattan, NY

So you might or might not have heard the great Wafels and Dinges food truck has recently opened their new cafe on the corner of Ave B and E 2nd Street in the Lower East Side. For our thoughts about the food truck, you can visit this link here.

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The decor is flawless and totally in tune with their image and friendliness from their food truck stands.  As you reach for the door knob, you already feel like you’re in wafel paradise because you are really reaching for a spatula ! The wafel station is like an island in the middle of the cafe and there are menus on both sides that reminds you of the food truck menus.

However, the prices are a bit higher (by a dollar or two) because I’m assuming of the indoor service they are providing.  Also, I believe they offer a lot of various items such as the affogato and specialty shakes, that the food trucks do not offer.  The seats remind me of sitting in a kindergarten classroom since they are low and there are benches that have the same color theme of yellow and brown.

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You can also grab the daily newspaper on the side of the cafe and sit all day with the Wifi provided too.  The WiFi password is located on the chalkboard menu right in front of the cash register.  Near the back and the restroom area, there is also a fun little chalkboard area where you can draw little waffle characters or whatever you enjoy doodling for the other waffel lovers to view.

The cafe also features some shelves of books and even their own infamously delicious speculoo jars and maples syrup jars.  Be sure to explore around every corner of this place!

WMD brussels waffel with fixings - strawberries, banana, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and dulce de leche ($ 8.00)
WMD brussels waffel with fixings – strawberries, banana, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and dulce de leche ($ 8.00)
Bailey's chocolate shake $8.00
Bailey’s chocolate shake $8.00

Pinky says 3.75/5

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Okay let me explain this rating before you go all crazy on me! I guess I was expecting a lot more from them than they could have done…I ordered the WMD Brussels waffel for $8, but I was expecting the same freshness from the food truck…but that didn’t happen.

The waffel was a bit cold even though all the toppings were fresh and the plate was beautifully decorated.  I am assuming because the place was pretty empty, they don’t sell fast enough.  I did however love the staff as always for their friendliness and courtesy.  I ALSO loved their dang deliciousness mug of pleasure, called the Bailey’s chocolate shake. Oh baby, it was like pure heaven.  Great for the hot summer day and chocolate milk lovers because of its thickness and silkiness at the same time!

The area is a bit out of the way, being that it is quite a walk from other more popular places, but I salute your efforts towards opening this great new place! However, I think it just takes the excitement out of food stands, you know? The spontaneity. The unknown…of whether or not you’ll get a seat while enjoying your great waffel.  Good visit, but I don’t think the possibility of coming back is high…

Victor says 3.75 too!

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A nice little shop, but not located near the heart of New York. It’s in a rather strange location, but I guess it’s close to Wiliiamsburg at least. The decor in the place is quite nice. I like the colors and it’s just warm place to be. The staff is just amazingly friendly as well the manager/ boss. This manager/ boss guy just kept getting us straws and utensils, and kept asking us how the food was. We had no idea he was the manager/ boss because he wasn’t in uniform and he just looked like some in guy on his mac in a cafe.

Aside from the splendid service and decor, their food was good, but not as good as the food carts surprisingly. They have some things on their menu that are only available at their restaurant, so you should stop by here if you want to try something new!

I ordered a Bailey’s Chocolate shake, which was a bit expensive ($8) but it tasted awesome. Basically, its an chocolate ice cream shake with Bailey’s chocolate fudge on the sides topped with whipped cream and a basil leaf. It’s not very thick and you can drink it up with a straw. Very rich, creamy, and smooth! I can drink it all day!

The wafel… was not as good as the carts sadly. Pinky ordered a WMB waffel with strawberries, bananas, fudge, and powdered sugar. The wafel wasn’t warm and didn’t taste freshly made. They grabbed a wafel from their tray and we weren’t sure how long it has been out there. The bananas were mushy and warm. Aside from that, it was okay. I guess it’s different from the food carts, because they make the wafel in front you.

Overall, if you want to try something that’s not from the carts, I would check this place out. It is definitely out of the way though. A bit pricier too, by at least $1.

Here are some more photos of the decor and cafe overall:

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Wafels and Dinges Menu

Eileen’s Cheesecake, New Museum, & Caracas Arepa Bar

Eileen’s Cheesecake

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Plain Cheesecake $3.50

17 Cleveland Pl (between Kenmare St & Spring St) New York, NY 10012 This small secret gem can be easy to miss when you’re walking around Nolita, but make sure to stop by and try these delicious little prizes!

Pinky says 5/5

DSC08921DSC08922 I always head out to Eileen’s for my cheesecake cravings.  I have been coming since I was little and they are never a disappointment.  The crust is not the usual one where it’s hard an crunchy, but it is crumbly and sweet on its own.  Beware though if you have one of these cheesecakes, I highly doubt you will revert back to the other ones you can get anywhere else. I am like the cheapest girl in the world and yet I still think $3.50 for that little thing is worth it, believe me!

Victor says 4/5

For a cheesecake, it’s pretty good… coming from a guy whose not the biggest fan of cheesecake. However, for such a small piece, it was very expensive. I would have loved to try the other flavors of cheesecake they had, but you would have to purchase a whole cake, dishing out about $20-$40 for a whole cake. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t hurt to indulge on a little treat. The outer crumb layer is amazingly soft like no other cheesecake I’ve ever had before. The cheesecake portion was just very creamy and airy. Tasted pretty good too. Don’t know how to really describe how cheesecake taste like.

New Museum

235 Bowery (between Rivington St & Prince St) New York, NY 10002

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This museum was a huge disappointment.  I will never ever doubt yelp again.  From first impressions, I assumed that this would be the best museum and that I found the best secret gem in the city.  Not only did we have to pay $10 each, there was only– if you really think about it — three real floors.  Once we went into the elevator I said to Vic, “HEY ITS 7 FLOORS. 7 FLOORS OF GOODNESS!!!!” Boy, was I wrong…Most of the museum is made up of half floors, it was more like those one gallery places of Chelsea.  For now, the exhibition was Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.  The entire museum was situated as a time capsule of some sorts…Although it was pretty interesting to see how 1993 was, I really didn’t feel anything after leaving the place.  Most of the art was forgettable and if not forgettable, very,very, disturbing on a weird level.. If you have children, please don’t bring them to this exhibition of 1993 for there is a lot of sexual innuendos (maybe not even innuendos since they were really straightforward)… I really only liked the rooftop, and Hey, New Museum that’s cheating.  You can’t have your only best artwork be the city landscape!  Maybe if they showed other pieces of art here, I MIGHT come back…but it’s too small! Even Chelsea has more art than that. Get to it, New Museum.

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Not gonna lie, this New Museum/ Gallery/ etc.. was pretty bad. I don’t think I will be coming back here… It was a 7 floor building with only about 4 of them open to public. Out of the 4 accessible levels, the one I appreciated the most was the roof top. It’s a got a nice view, but I’m sure I could get a similar rooftop experience somewhere else. Much of the galleries were time capsules from 1993. Didn’t really catch my eye. I do however like watching old documentaries though. I just think it’s interesting looking into the past. Some of the videos, images, and things may be inappropriate for the young. Not a big fan of that kind of stuff. DSC08933 DSC08971DSC08955DSC08967DSC08952DSC08968

Caracas Aprepa

93 1/2 E 7th St New York, NY 10009 Located in East Village, this bar restaurant serves Venezuelan food! It is a lively place, but more crowded during the night time where there is almost always a long wait for seating.  There is a Caracas To-Go area right next to the restaurant, for those who are in a hurry and cannot stand the wait to sit.  What is an Arepa? It is a type of flatbread made out of corn dough or cooked flour.  They are very popular in Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine.  These tasty little sandwiches can be served with almost anything from sweet to salty!

Pinky says 4.5/5

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La Surena $8.00 grilled chicken, chorizo, with avacado slices, and classic chimi-churri sauce

This would actually be my second time venturing out to Caracas, but this time it was for lunch.  I would suggest people come here for dinner since I think they are more legit and it’s more lively then.  However, I still highly recommend this place..just for dinner only! I ordered the La Surena –Grilled chicken, chorizo, with avocado and chimi-churri sauce AGAIN!– and it was so packed with flavor.  At first I was concerned with the size of it but I was surprisingly really filled up after it!  The chimi-churri packs a punch so I don’t suggest eating it if you do not favor spicy.  For me, the spicier the better. I also had the plantain chips with the guacamole. DELICIOUS. Guac was so smooth and had so much flavor in it’s little amount!  I’m not sure if it’s the taste of the guacamole, but I always end up with more plantain chips than guac… SAD.

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Guacamole with plantain chips $6.25
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lunch special add-ons — salad and soup of the day gazpacho

For the lunch special, I ordered it with a salad.  It wasn’t particularly special just your regular garden salad.  Despite that, I think they added artichoke to it too.  It was quite new and tasty since I’ve always been afraid to try artichoke!  Perhaps my new favorite vegetable now. Lunch specials are not really worth it since they just give you a salad or soup for the same price and not make the meal cheaper.

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Pabellon Criollo $15 Venezuelan national dish- shredded beef, white rice, black beans and sweet plantains with cheese

I also tried the $15 Pabellon Criollo the first time I came here– it was a huge plate of deliciousness.  The shredded beef was so juicy when you bit into it…mm.. it was an explosion of flavor and juices!!! I do say that you should probably share this dish though since it is HUGE. For dinner service (from the first time I came):

Me with my friends making a party of 5 (they don’t let you have a table of more than 5 b/c of the size of the place) were seated after 45 min + but I wasn’t particularly mad because the host was really sweet.  Even though we didn’t have our full party when we were called, he let us have the next table when my last friend came.  I believe that any other place we would have needed to wait an additional 45 min+!!!!! He was a pretty nice guy!

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Mimosa de Parchita – $6 classic mimosa with passion fruit juice

The place is really cramped but really intimate.  If you’re having a large gathering, this place is a bad choice, but if you’re ready to impress your date, pick this place for dinner!!! The level of noise was really fun to be part of…it’s such a lively and hip place. Although their mimosa wasn’t decorated, it was pretty tasty.

Victor says 3.75/5

Eh.. maybe the lunch time isn’t as good as the dinner or I just happen to come on an off day. This place is  REALLY small… so be prepared to wait. Come at the signature lunch or dinner hours and you may be doomed to wait. It’s relatively popular too! They have interesting little decorations along the wall. It took a while to be seated, but that’s only because it was crowded. The waiters seemed in a flurry, so I guess they couldn’t tend to our every whim. For our appetizer we had plantain chips with homemade guacamole. I ordered the De Pabellon lunch special  and it came with  gazpacho soup. The plantain chips were deep-fried to perfection and everything was just right about it. The guacamole here is just amazing. Its smooth and delicious and just compliments the chips. I could just eat the guacamole on my own. In the end, we had more chips than guac, but Still recommend it!

Maybe it’s just me… but I thought the De Pabellon Arepa was only good, but not amazing. My Arepa was filled with shredded beef, black beans,  white salty cheese, and sweet plantains. Honestly, I was really expecting like a ton of flavor after my initial bite …The De Pabellon is really messy and oil kept dripping out of it. Despite the greasiness of the arepas, I still enjoyed it.  I would recommend getting another one of the arepas though.

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another view of the gazpacho
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De Pabellon $7.50

The gazpacho soup was interesting. I think it’s the first cold soup I have ever had. It’s very tomato-ey and grainy. It was sorta of salty too. Not sure what to think of it.  I felt like I was drinking salad dressing though because it actually goes well  when you pour it over salad. Maybe next time, if I come back, I’ll learn to appreciate Arepas a bit more. Still, you should check this place out!

Rain Room at MOMA

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We had the greatest pleasure of going to MOMA’S Rain Room.  If you have not heard of it, we urge you to visit and experience this yourself.  Although there is a 3-4 hour wait, this special exhibition is a room that showers artificial rain, but wherever you stand it does not rain on you!  Even when we went before the Museum’s opening hours, there was already approximately 50 people on the line. Get your ticket for general admission for MOMA then head straight out the opposite doors and turn left to stand on line! The Rain Room does not require extra money although after standing in line for so long, you will get really tired and not particularly want to walk around the entire museum. Note: FREE FOR CUNY AND SUNY college students! Don’t pay the $14 fee! Go to help desk and just show your student ID.

Pinky says 5/5

worth the wait! I thought on a Monday morning, no one would wake up before 10am, much less be standing on line already. Victor and I along with another couple were standing outside in the rain waiting for entrance to the rain room.  Ironic, I know! Advice for you, do not go when it’s a rainy day!  Each time 3-4 people are let in — HOWEVER there is still a line inside the room.. I was very wrong…Apparently there is a special hour dedicated for MOMA members only from 9:30am-10:30am, so basically the line doesn’t start moving until 10:30am..You also only get 10 minutes to be in the rain. Don’t be disrespectful and stay for like half an hour! Everyone outside is waiting! I was walking really quickly trying to test out the sensors, although they’re not that perfect it was funny to get splashed a bit.  Don’t wear black or dark clothing to this place or it won’t work well.  Also, no high heels ladies ! The heel might get stuck on the floor and damage the room.

Victor says 4/5

…Longer than waiting for a roller coaster at Six Flags! I’m not going to lie, that was a really long wait…. and in the rain. Can you believe we waited 3 hours IN THE RAIN to go to an indoor exhibit to see rain?!?!?! I couldn’t believe it too, hahaha. But I actually enjoyed it though. If you do plan on going, be prepared to wait. If you can wake up early, try to go there early. We got there before the MoMA even opened (opens at 10:30AM) and still had to wait about 3 hours until we got into the expo.

It’s a really cool exhibit if it wasn’t for that wait. In the center of this large exhibit is this square-ish area that constantly rains. These sensors can detect where the human body is on the grid and it will stop raining. However, you have to walk slowly through this exhibit or you will get wet. It’s almost like controlling nature, as if you had super powers or something. Too bad you can’t do that in real life. It’s interesting how you can use technology to create “art”.

Definitely check this place out if you have the time!

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Tina’s Cuban Cuisine

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23 W 56th St
(between 5th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas)
New York, NY 10019

Upon entering this place, it reminded us of Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine — they must be best friends!  It offers somewhat similar choices and has the infamous green sauce.  Also, it seems that it is also a popular lunch spot.  This time we had our special guests of Mary and Andrew (Andy) to join us on our PINCTOR ADVENTURE! YAY.  MENU HERE

Pinky says 3/5

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I am on the fence between a two and a three star rating for this one.  I ordered the pork with spanish potato salad and the sweet plantains.  I felt like the pork was really really dry in that it was so hard to chew and my dish was the only one out of four other dishes that were cold.  Perhaps, not many people order the roast pork — BUT still not a good reason to serve close to cold dishes.  The waitress was nice enough to be patient with my party as we took a while to choose what to eat.  Service was fast and had a lot of food on our table in what felt like seconds.

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Spanish Potato Salad $2.49
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Roast Pork Pernil $9.99 includes 2 sides (pictured with plantains)

Potato salad was interesting as it had a very strong lemon juice flavor…but other than that it tasted regular.
The plantains was really really sweet and reminded me of dessert and I’m the kind of person who doesn’t eat dessert before meals lol.  My taste buds were really confused! I DID order sweet plantains but I didn’t realize it would be that sugary…Tasted more like just regular bananas.
Compared to Sophie’s (yes, I have to mention this!) it was a bit disappointing.  The green sauce was not as good in that it was a lot more watery and less flavored. I didn’t use much of it because of that fact.  The place itself is very similar though.  Decor is simple though it was not as crowded as Sophie’s.

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I was a bit disappointed in that we invited Mary and Andy to this place first since we always have home-run restaurants that we go visit haha.  But, you win some you lose some.

Victor says 3/5

Rice with Chicken Arroz Con Pollo ($9.00) includes only one side since rice is already one side
Rice with Chicken Arroz Con Pollo ($9.00) includes only one side since rice is already one side

I may have set my standards a little high because I was comparing this establishment with Sophie’s (we reviewed this earlier in the year). It also looks very similar to Sophie’s too! However, I just don’t think the quality of food is the same.

First off, this place is relatively busy. It appears that they have a lot of the customers and such. It’s good place to grab a quick bite if you’re on the go, though.

The waitress was kind, but didn’t come back to us after we got our food. I ordered tamales and rice with chicken. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the tamales honestly. It’s a corn meal patty stuffed with ground pork garnished with onions. I didn’t find this appetizer very appealing (but that’s just me). It was moist and sorta tasted like corn bread. Didn’t really taste the pork though. It was however, very moist and soft.

The main entrée, the rice with chicken, was pretty average in my opinion. I decided to get the sweet plantains as my side. The chicken was juicy and moist. It looked seasoned, but I couldn’t really taste it. Just your average chicken. The rice was sorta clumpy. The quality of rice is sorta like from a bad Chinese food restaurant. I really loved the  sweet plantains though! Sadly, they gave such a small portion as a side.

What very positive thing about this restaurant is that it serves its food incredibly quick. It’s probably because that they have most of it ready from the take-out section, regardless, you get your food relatively quick. It’s possible that we may have also come on an “off day” and things weren’t exactly their best.

Mary & Andy says 3/5

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Mary ordered the Cuban Sandwich ($7.45 which includes Roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, mayo and mustard) She also had part of a Cheese patty {cheese empanadas} ($1.65)

I guess I was expecting more “authenticness” but the mustard in my sandwich seemed like regular mustard.

Cheese patty ($1.65)
Cheese patty ($1.65)

It [Empanada] was okay.  I didn’t know that the cheese empanadas was just cheese.  I thought it was beef and cheese…I should have got meat in it. But Andy liked the crust.

Spicy Grilled Chicken includes two sides, pictured with sweet plantains and yellow rice ($9.99)
Spicy Grilled Chicken includes two sides, pictured with sweet plantains and yellow rice ($9.99)

Andy ordered the Spicy Grilled Chicken – Pollo Picante ($9.99 that includes 2 sides)

Chicken was dry.

Andy…a man of few words.

Update: S’MAC

This just in, the East Village famous Mac and Cheese restaurant — S’MAC just closed down because of health violations!

The eatery, which does dine-in and takeout, racked up 71 violation points after jumping from 13 in its previous inspection in September, during which it earned an A grade, according to the Department of Health website.

Read more here !

I’m somewhat embarrassed that this place was one of our earlier restaurant reviews!

And also update from Victor and I — we are almost at the homestretch! After our graduation at the end of this month, you will all see us posting more often! Apologies to our loyal readers!!!

Happy May!!!! The weather is gorgeous these days here in NYC!

Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine

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New York, NY 10013
Neighborhoods: Civic Center, TriBeCa

With the big red flag, this place is hard to miss.  The place is really casual and very friendly.  Although there are no fancy plating or fancy decor, the place is worth visiting and is a very popular lunch joint.  It was crowded with people shoving the cashiers with money in exchange for the delicious food.  If you’re in the area and looking for a quick bite to satisfy your taste buds as long as your wallet, this is the place to go.

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Baked Chicken with Yellow Rice and Plantains $9.00
Baked Chicken with Yellow Rice and Plantains $9.00
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Pernil with a Twist – Roast pork, mayo, onions, sweet plantains, and Sophie’s special green sauce $7.99

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Victor says: 4.75/5

The outside and inside of this restaurant isn’t appealing. The atmosphere within the restaurant is noisy and hectic. I’m going to warn you though… the food is EXTREMELY OILY.  So don’t come crying back to me when you find a pimple the next day.

But what really captures our interest in this restaurant is the AMAZING food here and it’s relatively CHEAP too. In less than 5 minutes of ordering, our food was already on our tables. It’s almost as fast as fast food, but better! The waitress may be hard to understand and may mix up your order, so make sure she doesn’t give you the wrong thing! But nevertheless, the ordering mistake turned out to be delicious. We originally wanted beans, but we were given plantains and I DO NOT REGRET IT  one bit at all.

We ordered a Baked Chicken Meal and a Pulled Pork Sandwich with a twist. Both very delicious dishes that were recommended by others. The baked chicken was juicy, tender, and mouth-watering, even though it oozed of oil. The skin of the chicken was sweet and seasoned very well. The rice was delicious too, but I suspect it was cooked in butter and oil because of how thick and smooth it was. It came with a side of plantains…. and they were probably the BEST plantains I’ve ever had so far. It’s like a mix of having the sweet taste of bananas with the texture of a potato.

The pulled pork sandwich was pretty darn good too! It had a very smokey flavor and it had plantains too!!! They had this green sauce too! Not sure whats in it, but I think it has cilantro. It’s sweet and tangy and adds a good kick to the sandwich. The pork was a bit dry, but it was definitely enjoyable.

Overall, I would definitely check this place out. Not the greatest place if you’re looking for a romantic atmosphere, but it has some delicious food!

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SO GOOD. SO MUCH FOOD.  Vic and I came here after my work session at Euphoria Spa and tried the recommended dishes and was not disappointed at all.  Although the staff was a bit rushed because there were many customers, they seemed tired and over-worked but still served us on time.  It was great!  They were very fast and good workers.  All food had many flavors sunk into it.  We had the baked chicken with side of yellow rice and plantains.  The plantains, I was a bit afraid to try but they were delicious too!!  As you may know, I am more of a potato person and I was reminded often that the plantains tasted like potatoes!  But maybe even better!  We were actually going to get the beans but the waitress misunderstood me.  She gave us plantains with the yellow rice.  The rice was so oily but it was oily goodness.  I wish the baked chicken had a bit more meat in it though.

The pulled pork with a twist was very tasty  too.  The sandwich was oddly matched pretty well with the plantains too. THE GREEN SAUCE IS SO DARN ADDICTING.. YUMM-OH. I kept drowning it in everything….even writing about it now, my stomach is growling…GRR GRRR…

Wafels and Dinges

Find them around the great NYC!  You can follow them on twitter to see where they’re parked.

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This winter wasn’t the first time Vic and I had these waffles.  We set our teeth into their waffle back last summer in front of the Guggenheim, we…fell…in love.

If you have heard the hype, do not deny it!  The hype lives up to its level.

Previously, we had de Bom which was one of their waffles topped with vanilla ice cream (that they made themselves) and the hard-shell chocolate sauce!  Awesome and yet so simple! I don’t understand their magic!

de Bom for $7.00 awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww yeah
de Bom for $7.00 awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww yeah

 W&D at the Winter Holiday Markets at Union Square

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vic waiting patiently for a piece of delicousness
vic waiting patiently for a piece of delicousness

Victor says: 4.5/5

To this day, I still don’t know what a dinge is, but whatever it is, it is most certainly delicious. However, I must say, I do prefer its summer-counterpart more than its winter half.  In the summer, you get a scoop of ice cream on top of your waffle with whatever toppings you desire. During the winter, it’s just whipped cream. I guess people wouldn’t want ice cream in the winter anyways. Nevertheless, both times I had the waffle, they were exceptionally well. Here’s a short little story: when we went to the waffle stand in the winter, the guy advertising said we were the last customers. We just couldn’t resist. Later on, he told that to 10 other customers.

The waffles were baked freshly in griddles right in front of us, so when we got them, it was warm and toasty. The chocolate sauce they used was creamy and solidified after touching the ice cream or being exposed to winter air. The fruits were fresh. Can’t really go wrong here. I would definitely give it a try. I know Pinky absolutely loves this place and we’ll probably be getting more if we run into one of their food trucks randomly.

Pinky says: 5++/5

These waffles have magic in them.  Even when I’m a poor college student I am very willing to splurge on these waffles.  Since I go to school all the way in Long Island, I now and then have these cravings for these delicious waffles.  Yes, it’s that good that I dream about them.  Their sweetness doesn’t overwhelm the toppings.  The one we had with the ice cream was a lot better though.  For some reason, we couldn’t find it on the menu…probably because it’s winter time they don’t do ice cream?  Anyways, whipped cream was just as good :].  It is the best dessert ever…or even a snack…or get 5 of them, to make a meal.  Don’t think that I won’t do that one day!DSCN8848

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Pommes Frites

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the counter with so many sauces!

123 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village

This place is so tiny! It was a bit hard to find because it’s right in between two other places.  The front isn’t really flashy enough to pay attention to it.  It was so narrow that once you enter, you probably won’t fit!  That’s because of the actual dimensions of the place and the fact that it will probably be very crowded.

Menu

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another counter shot
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dining area with a mini ipad on the side
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the large golden fries ($6.25) with some sweet mango chutney mayo (extra $1) with raw onions and jalapenos (free) = total $7.25

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What could possibly go wrong when eating french fries. This is the place to go if you are desiring some edible condiment shovels. They literally only serve fries with a a wide variety of sauces. I would suggest taking a look at the menu outside before going in to order. It easily gets crowded and it may be difficult to find a seat. This places serves their fries in a cone, which is rather interesting. Conveniently, there are these unique holes in the table and which allow you to rest your cones of fries in.

This place has some great fries, but the real gem of this little shop are the sauces. Pinky and I were only able to get Sweet Mango Chutney Mayo (their most popular sauce). It was indeed very good as the staff recommended. It was sweet and it was not as thick as normal mayo. However, I have made the poor choice of asking for sauce on the fries instead of a cup. Because of that, the consistency of the sauce on the fries was different throughout the cone. A lot of the sauce also made its way to bottom on the cone too. So if you do go, I would suggest getting the sauce in the cup. You also get the option of adding some other little things for free such as jalapenos, onions, or ketchup. However, adding jalapenos could take away from the flavor of the unique sauces.

All in all, this place is pretty good. A bit pricey just for some fries, but its yummy. The fries are crispy and pleasant. The sauce was zesty and delicious. You should check it out if you’re a die-hard fry kind of guy .

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I LOVE POTATOES. “Love” as in “I would eat potatoes for every friggin’ meal” love.  I love it any way.  Boiled, baked, fried, mashed…the only thing I have not tried is probably potato smoothies (which they do make by the way, in Macau..sadly, not here at Pomme Frites and yes I wanted to try it but I was with my family that time and we didn’t have time to buy it).  ANYHOO…this place, you have to try. I would come here often if it weren’t for the prices though.  I never had $7.25 bunch of fries.  I was a bit disappointed that they add a dollar for the sauces.  I wonder who would actually only get the fries without any sauce.  I am a condiment-fiend.  Sometimes I wished people would invent fries scoopers..you know like those Tostitos tortilla chips, but in potato form! Million-dollar idea people! I should actually patent that..But the sauce for these fries were all the way on the bottom :[  I know that they are probably most known for their paper funnel cones to put in the fries but there must be a cleaner way to eat these! We were dropping these expensive babies all over the place.  You can put your funnel in the table! Very cute idea lol…Don’t plan to bring a lot of people here though the place is small and be willing to share a table with some strangers if your party is small.  The sweet mango chutney mayo was very tasty! I would highly recommend it.  The fries were extra crispy b/c apparently they’re fried 2x! Each were hot and fresh, good on a cold winter day.  The jalapenos were very very spicy because according to Victor, that means they’re fresh.  I could have done without them though.  I loved the raw onions but man, they give you such bad breath obviously lol so I would advise against that if you’re on a hot/blind date.  Victor is already used to my occasional bad breath ;] so it’s okay for us.

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S’Mac

345 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village

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pretty small area to dine
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note this restaurant, although they serve the food to you at your table — you have to clean up yourself!

Not to confuse this place with the MAC BAR (which Pinky did) this place was on a lot of television shows and has gotten a lot of publicity.

Sometimes, it works for the place and sometimes it doesn’t…for this place i would say, it hasn’t worked out too well.  With more publicity, comes higher expectations and harsher judgments.

The plates are pretty pricey {for college kids like us} considering it’s just pasta and cheese and very little of anything else. However, since we weren’t planning on coming back anytime sooner we decided to try the $16 platter that had a little bit of everything.

That place has really no room to do anything.  We were practically sitting on top of each other.  Once you go in there’s already so many tables in front of you.  For a saturday night, this place was bustling!!! Many young adults.  Some were on dates or just casual chilling.  Probably not a good place to stay if you are planning to chat for a while though…Or for any reunion.  You will definitely receive many death glares for your seats!!!  Once you order, you get a number to put on the table you are seated.  When your order is done, no need to get up..they bring it to you! But that’s all the service you’re going to get!  They do NOT clean up after you.  Do not be a party that gets yelled at for not cleaning up after yourselves!  The people working there aren’t particularly friendly but perhaps, it’s all because of how chaotic it is over there.  No one can blame them.

ImageVictor says: 3/5

After I saw this place on the Travel Channel, I had a sudden urge to eat some mac n’ cheese. I mean, if a place is on television, it must be good, right? In the case of S’Mac, it was just alright. It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t horrendous. I’ve made my fair share of mac n’ cheese throughout the years, but I have never thought about deviating from the norm. That’s what S’Mac does.

This place is awfully small and awfully cramped at times. Not my liking. The colors of this little restaurant are bright and “fun,” but the attitudes and the atmosphere certainly isn’t (only unless you were one of the few lucky ones that obtained a seat)

We ordered the sampler because I didn’t want to only try one type of mac n’ cheese. It was a hefty $16, but I guess that’s the price of trying multiple things in one sitting. If you are interested in getting the sampler, then expect to wait some time because you can only order the sampler if you are eating in the restaurant.

The sampler consists of a variety of flavors ranging from Cheeseburger to Cajun. Each type has unique blend of ingredients. Some are good, others are bad, and the rest may be in just okay. My favorites were the 4 Cheese, Cheesburger, Napoletana, and the Cajun. 4 Cheese and Cheeseburger are pretty self-explanatory, but they just tasted exceptionally well when mixed into mac n’ cheese. Napoletana was very herby, but it tasted delightful. It had a consistent flow of cheese with roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, and basil. The Cajun consisted of cheddar and pepper jack cheese, andouille sausage, green peppers, onions, and some celery and garlic. I personally liked it, but I can’t say the same for Pinky.

The other types were okay. I wouldn’t recommend the All-American unless you are big fan of Kraft cheese. It tasted a bit bitter. Parisienne was interesting, but didn’t exactly captivate me. There were figs in and mushrooms in it. It was sweet from the figs and cheesy at the same time, which was a rather strange combination.

All in all, this restaurant is alright. It certainly isn’t something to go crazy for, but its definitely worth a shot. If you are an avid mac n’ cheese enthusiast, go ahead and try your luck here. This could be what your heart desires. Other than that, I don’t think I will be coming here a second time.

Image Pinky says: 3.5/5

I would go to this place once but probably not again.  The place is too cramped to really enjoy the atmosphere.  If I was really depressed and really need of that comfort food, I would make it myself lol. I wouldn’t come out all the way to the city to have some of it.  If you’re like me, I wouldn’t even go outside for ANYTHING if i was actually sad.  My favorites were the Cheeseburger and the Napoletana! The Cheeseburger was extra cheesy and tasted just like what it was called! …how would i describe this? burger pasta?! The Napoletana was very interesting, the basil really overwhelmed the cheese and I never had tomato with my mac and cheese. That was quite a delight! My least favorite was All American, probably because I don’t really like American cheese.  For the Perisienne, the rosemary flavor was a bit too strong for me so it wasn’t one of my favorites either. I had a lot of trouble using the plastic forks for these mini pasta dishes.  If they’re baked in, they should at least offer us metal spoons to scrape off the cheesy goodness.  The sampler is like a special off to the side above the menu.  Keep a look out! I’m glad we didn’t order just one flavor dish.  I would have wanted to try more flavors and probably would have bought more than one dish LOL. that would have been horrible because these are really really really filling.

gooey goodness!
gooey goodness!

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and it's gone!
and it’s gone! not really.. haha