Last weekend, David and I went on a little road trip to Maine for a wedding. Besides a six hour drive in the pouring rain, getting our car keyed by a deranged hick in a Walmart parking lot in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (he seemed to have issues with us being from New York), and the general bad weather (cold and rainy), we actually had a good time. Although the weather didn’t cooperate for the outdoor wedding (thank god there was a tent!), it was a beautiful, casual New England wedding. (Congrats again, K & J!) The best part? Lobster, corn, mussels, and steamers for dinner! It was probably the first time I ever had more than edible food at a wedding. Lobster and steamers is where it’s at, people! Keep your sad, wilted greens and overcooked steak to yourself!
The next day, everyone decided to go play paintball, but I had more important plans… to eat more lobster! Obviously, it was the smarter option. Another smart woman, Dunisha, volunteered to assist in “Operation More Lobster,” and soon we were off. MORE »
Not exactly a burger but more of a Chinese pancake sandwich, the Spicy Cumin Lamb Burger ($3) at Xi’an Famous Foods has been a long time favorite of mine since I first had it in the basement of Golden Mall in Flushing four years ago. Since that time, the little stall has done amazingly well — thanks to the likes of Bourdain and Zimmern — with four more locations in the New York area. One even in Midtown! God bless America. Still, in recent years, because of its proximity to the B/D line than anything else, I’ve been cheating on Xi’an with the pork pancakes at Henan Flavor (now Spicy Village). So yesterday, after a dry spell, I decided to revisit the the lamb burger at Xi’an. This time, at its East Village outpost. MORE »
Everyone loves lobster in Chinatown, but I still haven’t found a great lobster spot. My recent favorite was the house special baked lobster with cheese at Danny Ng’s Place, which sounds weird, but was really tender with a thin, salty cheese crust. Unfortunately, that restaurant recently folded. According to Danny at Food in Mouth, it was due to asbestos (the secret menu featured cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis), but according to Bowery Boogie, a mixed-use building being built in its place may be the cause. In any case, while the perfect lobster in Chinatown is yet to be found, good fried flounder is easier to find. A few months ago, I had a flounder at Fuleen Seafood, and last month at Oriental Garden. Both were good, but one was much better. MORE »
Do C restaurant grades scare you? Not me, if they did, I wouldn’t be a frequent customer at Cong Ly where they serve bun bo Hue. I wrote about bun bo Hue a few months ago when I had it at a restaurant in Los Angeles dedicated to the dish. It was aptly named Bun Bo Hue So 1. Unfortunately, in New York, such dedication doesn’t exist, but when the mood strikes, Cong Ly delivers. MORE »
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 »