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ROKC

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I have a favorite new spot in the city and it's so good I want to keep it all to myself. But that would be a shame because everyone should really check out the incredible food and drinks at ROKC- Ramen, Oysters, Kitchen and Cocktails.


This tiny little spot tucked away on the ground floor in Hamilton Heights looks unassuming from the outside.  But don't let those looks fool you; inside the bartenders are whipping up some of the best cocktails in the city like the incredible Thai Tea. 

Made with cachaca, condensed milk and absinthe this is every bit as creamy and refreshing as the original Thai Iced Tea with a cute little quail egg on the side filled with an extra shot of liquor.


The Pineapple cocktail doesn't look like much from this picture but it was literally on fire upon arrival with red and blue flames shooting up from the tropical blend of vanilla, lime and pineapple on top.

This place has a cocktail for just about any palate and the food follows suite.  A short list of o…

Sing Kee Seafood

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There's nothing better than having a big feast at a restaurant in Chinatown.  There's the Lazy Susan that sits in the middle, spinning around all of the plates; the BYOB policy that always means lots of wine and of course all the wonderful food everyone gets to share.

My most recent visit was to Sing Kee Seafood on Bowery for mounds of Cantonese Style Lobster with ginger scallion sauce, sauteed garlic pea shoots and crispy chicken with ginger.  


Since we were celebrating a birthday an order of classic Longevity Noodles with ginger and mushrooms was a must order, but the real highlight of the meal were the insanely delicious Peking Pork Chops with sweet and sour sauce.


The only thing better than the food is the final bill which is always such a bargain in Chinatown.  This is feasting at its finest.

Sing Kee Seafood
42 Bowery between Canal and Bayard Street
New York, NY 10013

Raclette

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Being an insane cheese lover I honestly have no idea why it took me so long to check out the restaurant Raclette.


This tiny East Village spot specializes in la raclette which is basically a big round of Swiss Cheese melted over a raclette grill, then poured over potatoes, mushrooms and charcuterie.  There's really no reason to try and describe how delicious this is; I think the pictures speak for themselves.  Click on the video below to see all the super cheese goodness in action.


Raclette
511 East 12th Street at Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

Lunch at Thai Villa

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My favorite new spot in the city for Thai food is newcomer Thai Villa in the Flatiron District.  The restaurant itself is absolutely gorgeous; big golden leaves hang from the ceiling over wooden alcoves with soft golden lights illuminating the main dining room.

Thai Villa is excellent at any time but I like to go at lunch where every entree comes with a free salad and appetizer.  On my last visit I started with the Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumplings with the Chicken Cashew Nut entree.

I loved the spice level of this dish; the hot chili jam and roasted peppers balanced by the jicama and scallions.

My friend ordered the Fried Chive Pancake appetizer which was actually more like a chive dumpling served with a sweet brown sauce and the Eggplant Basil lunch with long hot peppers and Thai basil leaves.

The food is always incredible and for just $12.00 a person this is a seriously filling and affordable way meal for just about any budget.
Thai Villa 5 East 19th Street at Broadway New York, NY 1000…

Dim Sum Brunch at Joy Luck Palace

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There's nothing quite like starting the weekend with a crazy dim sum brunch in Chinatown.  It's loud and raucous with carts clamoring around the dining room and people shouting out orders.  It's a great way to kick off a Saturday morning and this time we enjoyed all the craziness at Joy Luck Palace on Mott Street.


Here's a run down of our Saturday morning feast:


Fried Tofu Skin Shrimp Rolls- always the first thing that comes to the table.  I love kicking off a meal with these delicious rolls.

Spinach Dumpling- I was actually expecting these to be warm but they tasted like they were straight from the fridge. Delicious nonetheless.

Crystal Shrimp Dumplings- one of Mr. T's favorite dim sum orders.  I actually don't enjoy the thick outer shell and just eat the inside.  Blasphemous, I know.

Pork Sui Mai- these were actually not that great.  The dough stuck to the bottom of the steamer and the just didn't have much flavor.  I've certainly had better at other dim s…

Gabriel Kreuther

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My final birthday celebration was a solo lunch at Gabriel Kreuther.  Located right off Bryant Park on 42nd Street this restaurant is like a hidden oasis of calm and beauty right in the middle of busy Midtown East.  Long wooden beams surround the main dining area with a bright platinum ceiling and luxurious ivory banquettes dotting the floor.  


The menu is described as Alsatian inspired cuisine and lunch offers a two course prix fixe for $58 with the option of additional savory courses at $29 a plate. 

My meal began with a classic Austrian Kugelhof; a springy sponge like cake flecked with raisins and citrus.  I'm not a huge bread person but this was incredible.  I loved the light fluffy texture of the dough and the creamy chive butter that arrived alongside could make just about any dish a five star experience.

Four small amuse bouche followed including a creamy corn chowder croquette, a crispy scallop chip and green tea black pepper gelee.

First Course- Sturgeon & Sauerkraut Tart …

New Brew Friday- The Unicorns Are Making Us Do This

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It's New Brew Friday and today we head east to Connecticut and a brewery making some of the coolest looking cans of beer around Kent Falls Brewing.


This beer is called The Unicorns are Making Us Do This; a big hoppy Double IPA that clocks in at 8% abv.  The hops used in this beer rotate with each batch so every release brings a totally different flavor profile.  Luckily the can art stays the same with beautiful sparkling ribbons of color shooting out of an angry looking unicorn.  Kent Falls has a bunch of cool labels and the beer is fantastic as well.  Check out their website to see them all or head up to Connecticut and take a tour of the farm and brewery.  Cheers to the weekend!  

Kent Falls Brewing
33 Camps Road
Kents, CT 06757