Simply ‘Slurpable’ Ramen

Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop. Enough said. Once you have this ramen you won’t want any other kind. I have become a huge ramen fan and when my mom and I went to their location in Gotham West Market I was in heaven–and not to mention, Gotham West Market is SO cool.
Image We both ordered the Classic Shio Ramen ‘Fully Loaded’– yes, that says fully loaded. It was the best decision. When you order the fully loaded you get: the sea salt, dashi + chicken broth, pork chashu, and rye noodles topped with egg, chashu and tomato. Oh it was good. I love the way the egg soaked up the sauce–it was utterly delicious. I was a little hesitant about the tomato but it turned out to be a delicious surprise. It melted in your mouth. And not to mention, the pork. It was so tender it was difficult to use the chopsticks to pick it up!
 
Needless to say we both ‘slurped’ our way to the bottom of our bowls…and wanting more. We also ordered the Napa Cabbage Salad which was crispy and flavorful. The miso sesame dressing was incredible. Both the napa cabbage salad and the ramen were perfectly complementary.
 
ImageIf you’ve never been, you MUST check it out. It’s ramen worth going back a second time for. And if you have a chance, walk around the market as well. But until next time, keep eating!

Mac Attack!

My friend and I recently tried Spitzer’s on Rivington Street. And let me tell you, I’m glad we did. It’s this cozy restaurant and bar that has this amazing truffle mac n’ cheese. Yep take a second to soak that in. Truffle mac–need I say more?
ImageWe decided to split the truffle mac n’ cheese and their homemade spinach and artichoke dip that came with warm, fresh pita bread. Good choice made.
When the food came out we dug right into it. The truffle mac had a baked breadcrumb crust atop of it which was the perfect amount of crisp to the rich and gooey mac n’ cheese. We both couldn’t put our forks down. Same goes for the spinach artichoke dip–we had to order additional pita bread to finish it. Utterly delicious.
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I highly recommend Spitzer’s for both their drinks and food (or even just for their truffle mac). But until next time, keep eating!

NYC’s Island Burgers

If you love a good burger, this is the place to go. Island Burger, in Hell’s Kitchen, has a menu the size of 39 inch flat screen TV (ok maybe not that large but you’ll see once you go) with every possible burger combination you could ever imagine.
The atmosphere of the restaurant fits perfectly with the food they serve. There is a small bar with craft beers on tap and the walls are covered with exposed brick with one wall covered by a giant chalkboard. It’s small yet you don’t fee cramped.
ImageWe sat at the bar and immediately ordered chips and chili. YUM. We devoured it in seconds. Then it was on to chili cheese fries and our burgers. I opted for the Bourbon Street–a blackened burger with bacon, jack, bayou mayo, and sauteed onions on sourdough bread. I would never think to have a burger on sourdough but let me just tell you it worked.
Despite my burger being the size of my face, it didn’t stop me from devouring the entire thing. If you’re ever craving a burger, you need to visit Island Burgers (and if you’re feeling to lazy to leave your apartment, they deliver! *probably something I was better off not knowing). But until next time, keep eating!

Brunch That Will Knock Your Socks Off

The title says it all. If you haven’t already, you have to check out Sarabeth’s in Tribeca. This charming and sophisticated restaurant has some of the best brunch I’ve ever had and I owe it all to my friend for taking me there.
The menu has a glorious array of foods with everything from eggs benedict to waffles and pancakes to homemade donuts–talk about divine. My favorite meal is breakfast–I could eat it all day everyday–so naturally it was hard for me to decide what I wanted.
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After several minutes of pondering I finally decided to go with pumpkin pancakes, bottomless coffee, a homemade strawberry donut and pork and apricot sausage. Pure bliss.
The pancakes had the perfect amount of fluff and some even had a dough like consistency to them. Needless to say, I couldn’t get enough. The pumpkin flavor combined with maple syrup and butter was incredible. The pork sausages were flavorful and juicy and together with the apricot jam was insane. And not to forget the homemade strawberry donut. It was fluffy and sugary and in the center was the most delicious strawberry jam. When you took a bite you got the combination of all the trifecta — dough, sugar, and jam.
If you love brunch, anything pumpkin, or anything fried and coated with sugar (like me) you need to check this palce out. I’ll definitely be back this weekend–and just maybe every weekend after that so I can try everything off the menu. If you go, let me know what you decide to try! But until next time, keep eating!

Not Your Typical Hotdog

Yesterday the weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky. While my trusty phone app told me it was going to rain, the weather gods pulled through and gave us endless amounts of sunshine. My mom and brother came in for the day and I had to take them to Madison Square Eats. It’s only around September 27 to October 25 and it’s amazing.

There are at least 20 different food ‘stalls’ lined in rows with every type of cuisine you could imagine. My mom and I had been once before and knew to make a beeline for our two favorite stalls: Red Hook Lobster and Asia Dog. Red Hook lobster has THE BEST lobster rolls in the world. We both ordered the ‘Maine style lobster roll:’ chunks of fresh Maine lobster salad atop a toasted hot dog bun. The lobster was tender and juicy and the roll was the perfect amount of crisp. Can you say heaven?!

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We devoured those in minutes. Then it was on to Asia Dog. I’m not a huge hotdog fan but when it comes to these I can’t get enough. This isn’t you typical hotdog. Since we couldn’t each just choose one, we opted for two different Asia dogs: the Vinh and the Sidney.

You start with a base (we chose the organic beef hotdog) and then chose toppings. The Vinh is: aioli + pate + cucumbers + pickled carrot and daikon + cilantro + jalapeno. YUM. I never would have guessed these combinations of different flavors would work as a hotdog topping–it sure beats ketchup and mustard. Our second hotdog (the Sidney) was: relish with mango + cucumber + red onion + cilantro + crushed peanuts + fish sauce. Another one for the win, Asia Dog is killing it with the flavor profiles.

If you haven’t been to Madison Square Eats, I recommend you go! Just remember to go on an empty stomach, you’ll want to eat everything there (I’m not kidding). There are so many other stalls I wanted to try but my eyes were bigger than my stomach that day. If anyone has been and has tried any other glorious food, please let me know! I know I’ll be making a trip to the actual Asia Dog restaurant. But until next time, keep eating!

Cheeseburger in Paradise

Okay so now that I live in NYC, the mecca for restaurants, it’s time for me to venture out and explore the food world this city has to offer.

First stop: Shake Shack. While this is a bit predictable, I felt it was a must. I’ve been dying to try this for quite some time and last night presented the perfect opportunity (and a little “persuading” from my coworker).

I was trying to contain my excitement as my coworker and I walked to Madison Square Park but caved when I saw the twinkling lights and infamous ‘shack.’ We practically dashed to the line (and while it was long it was so worth the wait). I had plenty of time to decide what I wanted to order.

Final decision: The ShackBurger and fries. Best decision I had made all day. First of all, the shack secret sauce was absolutely incredible–although I wish there had been more–and combined with the flavorful, juicy burger it was simply out of this world. After I took the first bite of that burger I was wondering how my meal could get any better until I tasted the fries. They were crinkle fries, my ABSOLUTE favorite type of fries in the world. That automatically made them ten times better. It was the combination of crisp and grease that won me over.

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I can not begin to tell you how fast I consumed this meal. I might have even set a new record for myself for ‘fastest time a meal was consumed.’ I was a happy camper.

It’s safe to say that I will be making Shake Shack a regular stop during the week. I need to give a big shout out to my coworker Rebecca for taking me. If anybody has any recommendations on restaurants in the NYC area–please, please, please let me know! But until next time, keep eating!