There’s a lot of reasons people like Locanda Verde. The restaurant is bright and airy. The staff is extremely good looking (if you’ve been to the restaurant, you’ve probably seen the younger, taller version of Javier Bardem behind the bar), and the clientele who swarm the restaurant at all hours of the day are just as attractive. On my last visit, the “angelic” Adriana Lima was sitting one table down from me and caused quite a stir. (One man stood entranced by her table for an outrageous amount of time.) However, the reason I love Locanda Verde is the food. The man behind the culinary magic is Andrew Carmellini, and I’ve been a fan since his A Voce days. Even at the posher A Voce, Carmellini never shied away from the bold or funky. The food was always elegant yet full of flavor. Locanda Verde is probably the opposite of what A Voce once was. It’s more casual, at times rustic, but still enormously delicious. MORE »
A few weeks ago, Hannah (my sister-in-law), told me she was coming to the city and wanted to eat shrimp wontons. Unfortunately, I was stumped. I didn’t know of one restaurant that had good wontons. So when in doubt, what do you do? You appeal to the twitterverse and hope someone comes through. In this case, twitter friend Kathryn Yu came to the rescue with the suggestion to go to Noodle Village. Supposedly, it’s the only place her aunt will go for wontons. The following week, I ate wontons every day at a different restaurant in Chinatown. After much “research,” it seemed Kathryn and her aunt were right. For wontons, only Noodle Village warrants repeat visits. MORE »
I passed by Balade every day for six months on the way home, and finally after much lurking outside, I decided to check it out. The verdict: leaps and bounds better than I expected. The prices are very reasonable, the interior is well-designed, and the menu selection is perfect for carnivores and vegetarians alike. So unlike most of our restaurant outings, my boyfriend (a recovering vegan) and I (an absolute omnivore) both left happy. And trust me, this is not an easy feat. MORE »
When Eater put Sushi Uo on their Deathwatch List, I was hoping they were wrong. Sure, in their short history Sushi Uo had four different chefs, the place was never packed, and their website had a perpetual placeholder that said “Coming Soon,” but still, of the two times I went, the food was fabulous.
Perhaps it’s the weather, but I’ve been having a mean craving for chocolate chip cookies these days. So a few weeks ago when I saw Jacques Torres Chocolate en route to Levain Bakery for a chocolate chip cookie, naturally I popped in and got another cookie. So with two different chocolate chip cookies in tow, another Bite vs. Bite was inevitable. MORE »