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 19th, 2011.  Spot Dessert Bar 

spot dessert bar

spot dessert bar

 

  After some bar hopping I definitely needed some dessert.  Luckily, D knew just the right spot: Spot Dessert Bar!  Seriously, the Japanese know how to do it up.  Tiny little almost-basement space, again with the wooden tables and benches.  With ice cream toppings like fresh fruit, cookies, foam, and other interesting choices, it’s too difficult to decide!!  Of course I’ve also learned that too much is not always good, so I try to stick to only 2 (maybe 3) toppings.

spot dessert bar

spot dessert bar

 

  Condensed Milk Ice Cream with Caramel Popcorn and Chocolate Pearl Toppings!!  Accompanied with one Black Coffee and one Thai Milk Coffee.  The delicious milky sweet ice cream with creamy texture was so perfect with the caramel popcorn!  And really..I should have known better than to get chocolate pearls with cold ice cream…takes forever to melt, which is annoying….But it was still lovely!  I would totally come back for more~~!

  What a lovely evening!  Ate a lot of wonderful, delicious food and made a really cool friend ;D  Thanks for the fun night, D!

May 19th, 2011.  Momofuku Noodle Bar

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

  Meeting DLee for the first time for an evening of fun in the East Village!  We had discussed a few different options for dinner, but in the end came to a consensus to make first impressions over Japanese ramen.  I know.  2 in a row.  But hey, how can you not love Japanese comfort food?

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

  The restaurant is tucked away in a niche on 1st Avenue.  The full windowed front shows the never-ending crowd of people inside slurping away on their noodles.  It’s one of my favorite kinds of interior styles with the warm, slightly ruggedness with the brick and wood but with a clean, modern silhouettes.  Love it!

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

  D had the Full Sail Session Lager from Hood River, Oregon and I had the Lychee Soju Slushie.  The slushie was pretty yummy!  As soju can be it kind of flies under the radar.  Paired with the sweetness of lychee, this could be deadly!!  Luckily, I knew what I was getting into 😉

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

 

 

  Baos again!  I have a thing for them   These are the Pork/Shiitake Buns with hoisen sauce, cucumber and scallions.  Juicy pork with the earthiness of the shiitake mushrooms, sweetness of the hoisen, cool freshness of cucumber and the mild tang of scallions.  Great precursor

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

 

 

 

  I usually don’t over-order.  I know I have a smaller stomache so I try to stick with just enough instead of too much.  But with D’s staple “eff it”, we ended up with a second appetizer, the Kimchi Pork Tamale

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

  I found that it was slightly underseasoned and still prefer the bun, but it was still fun to eat!

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

 

 

  We both had the Momofuku Ramen: pork belly, pork shoulder and poached egg.  It’s totally different from my ramen experience at Ippudo.  The broth is clearer, but the deep richness comes from the fatty pork belly and shoulder, which were fall-apart-melt-in-your-mouth tender! 

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

 

 

  Add the creaminess of egg yolk and you’ve got a heavy bowl of soup.  I liked the lightness the asian cabbage lent to the soup.  Unfortunately, we over-estimated our stomaches..and couldn’t finish our meal….which was, by the way, AMAZING! 

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

  

 

 

 

  Momofuku lived up to expectations and I only hope that I’ll be able to visit all the other Momofuku establishments sometime in my lifetime

Ippudo NY

December 3, 2011

May 12th, 2011.  Ippudo NY

ippudo ny

ippudo ny

 

  My next great eating adventure, Ippudo NY!  Just as much as the Japanese Ramen culture is booming in Vancouver, the Japanese Ramen culture had already taken root in NYC and Ippudo has been one of them that’s paved the way.  Located in the little Japanese district of East Village, this place is always jam packed!

ippudo ny

ippudo ny

   

 

 

 

 

 

  A refreshing glass of iced Oolong Tea.

ippudo ny

ippudo ny

 

 

 

 

  There’s nothing more soothing than hot broth with perfectly al dente noodles and tons of savory flavors.  I was all ready for what Ippudo would dish out for my first experience.  I’d read some reviews on Yelp beforehand and knew that I couldn’t miss out on their pork belly bao either   I was so glad to be sitting at the bar so I could have the perfect vantage point of the flurry of bao action going on!

ippudo ny

ippudo ny

 

 

 

  The famous Hirata Buns.  Soft steamed buns stuffed with lettuce, mayo, and deliciously juicy, tender pork belly with their original spicy bun sauce.  Oh, yes, I was licking my fingers.  I love bao!!

ippudo ny

ippudo ny

 

 

  After contemplating and asking the really friendly waiter’s opinion I finally decided on the Akamura Modernwith the additional egg.  Come on, ramen is not complete without egg!  The original “Tonkotsu” noodle soup topped with Ippudo’s secret “Umami Dama” paste (the red blob on top), pork chashu, cabbage, kikurage, scallions and fragrant garlic oil (the black stain in the soup).

ippudo ny

ippudo ny

  

 

 

  This was unlike any ramen I’d ever had before.  Heavy, rich, savory flavors, delicious combinations, and so SO comforting!  There was nothing not to love!  Ahh~~  my happy little tummy!

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 6th, 2011.  A Night In The City

la lanterna di vittorio

la lanterna di vittorio

 

 

 

  Another magical night in the city.  Thank GOODNESS the weather has finally gotten warmer!  Even though it was late at night the air was still fairly warm.  I almost forgot how stinkin’ freezing it had been for the past 4 months…..hahahaha!

la lanterna di vittorio

la lanterna di vittorio

 

 

 

 

   I desperately needed a coffee..after wracking his brain Aaron came up with this incredibly amazing place in Greeenwich Village, La Lanterna di Vittorio.  And what do you know..the garden was open! 

la lanterna di vittorio

la lanterna di vittorio

 

 

 

  Basically this “little” cafe has 3 sections, a tiny little front of house cafe, a downstairs celler lounge where there sometimes is live jazz, and the delicious back indoor garden!  Super intimate, full of romance and just perfect!

la lanterna di vittorio

la lanterna di vittorio

 

 

 

 

This place has been around forever, it seems, and even at 2 o’clock in the morning this place was packed and busy..so they MUST be doing something right   I ordered the Mocha..and honestly..it’s the best mocha I’ve ever had in my LIFE!  I just couldn’t stop smiling over my cup… I literally am drooling just thinking about it now…I will never be able to forget this night!!

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  🙂

May 1st, 2011.  Sunday Brunch at Colicchio & Sons

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

  You know what I’ve always wanted to do?  Sunday Brunch.  I remember my family used to every once in a while after church when we were younger, but as church responsibilities grew it became a non-option.  My gripe is that a lot of establishments have amazing Sunday brunches…arg!!

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

 

  Anyways, I finally got a Sunday off and to top it off it was a beautiful day!  When posed with this opportunity a few days in advance I immediately knew where I wanted to go to celebrate: Colicchio & Sons!  I had had such a wonderful experience the last time and I already knew they had a great looking brunch menu, so off I went on my merry way ~

 

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

  Toad In A Hole with Candied Fennel and Spicy Tomato-Molasses Marmalade.  I’ve always wanted to try this..and the moment the plate came out I was in love!  Plating is so clean and simple, the colors are vibrant, and it looks inviting just looking at it!  The creamy yolk, soft, chewy bread…but best of all was the marmalde!  It was so extremely decadent…I couldn’t get enough~!  I wished I could take a little pot of it home with me  🙂  Oh, and of course the bacon just brought everything together.  The smokiness of the bacon with the sweetness of the marmalade was a great marriage.

 

  A successful Sunday brunch~♥