230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge/Bar

December 13, 2011

May 25th, 2011. Last Fun in NYC: 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar!

230 fifth rooftop lounge

230 fifth rooftop lounge

 
 
 
  My last real night in NYC…..had to have one last hurrah!  Eric and Olivia had been saying that we NEED to check out one of NYC’s great rooftop bars/clubs..so we decided on one close by on 5th Avenue called 230 Fifth.  How exciting!!
230 fifth rooftop lounge

230 fifth rooftop lounge

 

 

 

  Calamari, Oyster Omelet (East coast oysters, cilantro, chili vinegar & bean sprouts), Lamb Tea Sandwiches (Braised pulled lamb shoulder, sweet chili sauce, vietnamese mint, raisins, aioli).  According to Eric, these are very Malaysian inspired snacks 😉

Munchies!!!

230 fifth rooftop lounge/bar

230 fifth rooftop lounge/bar

 

 

 

 

 

 The rooftop club was so much fun!!!!  Great view of the city, low wooden benches and tables, casual atmosphere, fresh air, lots of chatter and laughter everywhere, palm treems and the big, open  night sky above us.  I had my amazing new-found friends around me, no worries, all smiles, and it was just a wonderful night

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May 21st, 2011.  Crumbs Bake Shop~

crumbs bake shop

crumbs bake shop

 

 

  Mmmmmmmmmm~~~!!!!  Finally Crumbs Bake Shop opened on Park Avenue!  Best part is that it’s just a block down from Franchia~  Whenever I walk by it’s packed with a line going out to door…. I finally found a day where it wasn’t as busy.

crumbs bake shop

crumbs bake shop

 

 

 

 

  Rows and rows of delicious, interesting cupcakes!  I got the special of the month Margarita Cupcake.  Loved the lime frosting.  It was kind of grainy like the sugar rim on a margarita.  Yummy cupcake~~!!  Totally satisfied my sweet tooth

May 8th, 2011.  The New Love Of My Life

pinkberry - nyc

pinkberry - nyc

  Swirling at Pinkberry in K-Town NYC with Litchi Frozen Yogurt with Blackberries and Honey

  I’m not much of an ice cream person.  I love the idea and the multitude of combinations and flavors that such a canvas as ice cream can support..but I’m just not a cold food person. 

  After months of just walking by Pinkberry nearly every day, hundreds of times I finally walked in to try it.  I’m not gonna lie, the poster up front advertising their new seasonal litchi flavor froyo was one reason why, the cute decor another. 

  First.  I LOVE the fact that they give you samples to try.  Second, I love that you can get your order as a “bite-sized” portion.  Most of all, I love the incredible freshness of the froyo and the ingredients!  So simple, so refreshing and so delicious!  I love the perfect balance of tart and sweet and the texture and taste of it is so sliky and smooth.  I’m in LOVE~~

  Since my first visit I’d been going almost every single night after work…hahahaha!  Tonight I got Chan Young and Eric to come too~!  Deliciousness x 3!!!

May 2nd, 2011.  Cake Time~~~

koryodang

koryodang

 

 

  After a dinner in which we literally were inhaling the food from sheer hunger we just couldn’t help but feel that the night had just begun….so we stopped by at Koryodang for some cake~~!

  Pillowy soft icing, moist cake and even a super cute macaroon topping!  Yum, yum yum~~!

May 2nd, 2011.  Hangawi Friends Together For Dinner

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

 

 

 

  So one by one as we all slowly got off work we all snuck across the street to 돈의보감 (Don’s Bogam) for some much needed dinner…in the form of meat!  Hahahaha!

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Problem is that the kitchen was closing in 30 minutes and not all of us had arrived yet….well, we ordered anyways and hoped we had enough for all!

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  The spread.

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Love when we get free goodies…especially when it’s Chawanmushi!

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Spicy Pork.  Yuuum~!!

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Seriously…Who doesn’t love Korean BBQ??  Tender meat grilled on a hot coal grill (creates perfect charring on the outside), garlic slices in sesame oil, wrap it up with some ssamjang, spicy green onion strings insome delicate Korean lettuce and it’s a mouthful of happiness!

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

돈의보감 (don's bogam)

   

 

 

 

 

 

  We all had a really fun dinner together.  Lots of laughs, fun and friendship  🙂

Pret-a-Manger – Midtown

November 2, 2011

March 25th, 2011. Pret-a-Manger on Park and E 32nd

pret-a-manger (midtown)

pret-a-manger (midtown)

 

  A perfectly beautiful morning!  I arrived in Midtown a little early so I was able to grab a light breakfast of Chocolate Croissant and a  Latte at Pret-a-Manger on Park Avenue and E 32nd Street.  Happy me~

HaruHana – K-Town, NYC

October 25, 2011

February 25th, 2011.  Late Night Dinner at HaruHana on W 32nd

haruhana nyc

haruhana nyc

 

After a 10~12 hour work day we just wanna get out of work and eat something!  With Min Obba there’s no hesitation about it.  His philosophy: “If you need to eat, then eat!  Nothing worse than feeling like a beggar after a long day of work!”  We love to eat 😉

haruhana nyc

haruhana nyc

 

 

 

 

Well, K-Town in Midtown NYC is perfect for a late night dinner because there are always places that are open til late and even places like, BCD Tofu House, that are open 24 hours!  We decided on HaruHana.

haruhana nyc

haruhana nyc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love Lemonade~!  Sweet, slightly tart and so refreshing

haruhana nyc

haruhana nyc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Assorted Sashimi: Tuna, Salmon, Hamachi.  Yum!

haruhana nyc

haruhana nyc

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Breast Salad: Tender seasoned chicken breast atop some greens with a creamy sauce/dressing.  Not overly complicated or impressive, but it’s good to eat

 

 

 

We ate a bunch of other stuff as well, but…we were too busy eating 🙂

Koryodang – Koreatown NYC

October 18, 2011

February 20th, 2011.  Coffee & Cake at Koryodang

koryodang nyc

koryodang nyc

 

After a long work day Eric and i hopped over to Koryodang for some late night coffee, cake & chat! It was a well deserved pat on the back after a long hard day, plus it was fun to bond with my new work dongseng, Eric~~!

I had an Iced Latte and Passion Fruit Cheesecake.

koryodang nyc

koryodang nyc

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric had a Mocha Cake with his Iced Coffee.

 

 

 

 

In all honesty, we don’t really like the coffee here.  It’s not really all that good.  But you don’t have a lot of options for late night cake & coffee in Midtown’s Koreatown past 11:30pm…so, hey, we gotta make do!

Franchia Vegan Cafe

October 9, 2011

January 8th, 2011.  Starting a New Life in NYC

franchia vegan cafe

franchia vegan cafe

 

 

 

 

Day 2 of NYC Life: I had an early morning getting into Midtown for a job interview with a successful Korean restauranteur.  The “interview” stretched out a lot longer than I expected as I was given a task as a sort of test.  As this was going on I realized I had left my phone in the cab I rode in on and there was nothing I could do about it!

franchia vegan cafe

franchia vegan cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panic set in, but I got the task done and was on my way to meet with Ryoon Seok Samchon & Terri Sookmo at her restaurant, Franchia, a vegan cafe.

franchia vegan cafe

franchia vegan cafe

 

 

 

 

Franchia is such a warm and inviting place.  In contrast to the stately serenity of Hangawi, Franchia is more of a tea house.  Though it has the same quite demenor the general operation of the place is more casual.  I fell in love with the high ceilings, the breathtaking ceiling installments and the concept of a 3-tier balcony type layout.  Terri Sookmo really went to great lengths in thinking through the concept of the place.

 

–>Citron Paste Tea, you soothe my spirit… 🙂

July 31st, 2010. jenn hearts nyc: pio pio peruvian restaurant! 

pio pio peruvian restaurant

pio pio peruvian restaurant

  For a good month and a half I started to plan a trip to every girl’s dream city: NYC!  With limited days off, I was determined to make this summer count by making the most of a long weekend.  True, slightly less than 72 hours is NOT enough time to get the full experience…but I was willing to be flexible with my activities.  I really just needed to get away from here and go somewhere where I could get lost, be enchanted, and eat!  

pio pio peruvian restaurant

pio pio peruvian restaurant

   As soon as I arrived at JFK I got my stuff, breezed through customs and grabbed a taxi to Manhattan.  I had made reservations at The Distrikt Hotel, a brand new boutique hotel situated on West 40th and 9th Avenue in front of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.  I arrived early in the morning, and my check in time wasn’t til 3pm.  Luckily when I arrived they had a room available for early check in right away so I was able to go straight upstairs.  Because I hadn’t slept at all on my flight I forced myself to take a short 1hour nap so that I would be able to recharge my body somewhat for the packed day and evening ahead! 

pio pio peruvian restaurant

pio pio peruvian restaurant

  After the nap I immediately hit the streets.  I walked a few blocks and found myself smack in Times Square!  WOW!  It’s like Times Square in and of itself is a mini neighborhood.  It’s alive 24/7!  Everywhere you turn you get bombarded with colors, advertisements, entertainment, pizzaz, people, personalities….such a whirlwind of sight and sound!   

pio pio peruvian restaurant

pio pio peruvian restaurant

   At length I wandered off to another part of the city to find some lunch.  A friend had recommended a Peruvian place for the ceviche so I made it my mission to find it.  On my way I walked through the Theater District.  I enjoyed walking through a more residential area.  It’s amazing how just within a few blocks of each other you get these parts of the city that are so unique and have their own distinct personality and vibe. 

pio pio peruvian restaurant

pio pio peruvian restaurant

  

  Pio PioI absolutely loved this place!  From the outside it’s extremely unassuming and looks quite small, but as soon as you walk inside you’re transported into this lovely, open space!  The ground level is actually the upper level with the front being a narrow hall with a bar to one side, more small tables.  The kicker is how the space opens up to the lower level where larger parties can be sat.  The restaurant uses raw elements like sticks, brick and stone in a completely modern loft-like way!!  

pio pio peruvian restaurant
pio pio peruvian restaurant

   Being that it is Peruvian cuisine I was recommended to have the ceviche, so i opted for the Mixto Ceviche which is a traditional Peruvian seafood ceviche with Corvina, Octopus, Calamari, Baby Scallops, Shrimp, Lime Juice and Rocoto Pepper.  The ceviche was insanely fresh and packed with flavor.  The lime juice in the ceviche was pronounced but I could still taste the delicate flavors of each of the seafood items.  The only drawback was that I felt that the red onions on top were over powering.  The ceviche came with a bowl of some sort of amazingly spicy and yummy hot sauce a spoonful of seasoned “corn nuts”, some giant white corn and a round of candied yam as well as puree.  Oh, baby, baby BABY!  That yam was heavenly!  

 

pio pio peruvian restaurant

pio pio peruvian restaurant

  So, this “green sauce” or “aji verde” that Pio Pio is popular for, supposedly the recipe is top secret!  From what I can gather from fellow Chowhounds, along with aji peppers, the sauce may or may not contain cilantro, parsley and garlic.  But I have it on good authority that it does have black mint, or huacataya, in it!  A generous helping of it came in a little side bowl for me to dip my food in.   

pio pio peruvian restaurant

pio pio peruvian restaurant

  

  

    I was positively having a foodgasm in my own little corner of the restaurant!  I swear..the staff were probably laughing at the asian girl taking pictures, smiling, purring and eating happily by herself