Yum, Massamum


Spice Noodle | 1744 1st Ave. (Bet. 90th & 91st Sts.) | 212.369.5019 | | |

Spice Noodle Beef Massamum Curry

ABV Is A-OK!

…Properly seasoned beef finely minced to an almost silky texture, earthy fresh olives, robust and salty anchovies, floral and only slightly bitter greens, mellow and homey parmesan, all make for several great bites…. [Full Post]


Tartare Pizza

Dive Into The Seahorse Tavern

…The Seahorse Tavern represents a long overdue post for real adults to chow down on some down-home chowder, sling back some raw Blue Point oysters with a pint of Blue Moon Belgian Wheat Ale, or enjoy Basque-style mussels and lemon sole with a friend or date over a bottle of moschofilero from Greece…. [Full Post]


Cod | The Seafood Tavern

Achin’ For Jamaican


…I got to enjoy a most excellent meal, enjoying meats layered with flavors from obvious hours of slow cooking with a wide array of spices, infusing the both the tender juicy chicken and slide-of-the-bone oxtail meat with hearth, heartiness, and heart…. [Full Post »]

Curry Chicken, Oxtails, Rice & Beans, Mac & Cheese

Families First at “2nd” on First


…The pastrami teeming with flavor, and not just from its perfectly warmed and rendering fat, adding just the right amount of moisture to every bite. The lean folds highlighted the beef’s natural earthiness and nuanced sweetness. The rye bread added aromatic hints, and the kicky, textured grain mustard made sure the every taste bud got something to enjoy….. [Full Post]


Hot Pastrami & Liverwurst on Rye | 2nd Avenue Deli

Am I Blue?


…The burger is decent, nothing more. Plenty juicy, but lacking in any real identifiable flavor. I more “felt” the patties in my mouth as I chewed them than tasted them, lucky to have all those condiments and melted cheese slices to keep my taste buds occupied…. [Full Post]

Double Cheeseburger Combo, Blue 9 Burger

Landing On The Fairway


…On the third day, finally depleting my supply of the smoked salmon and sopprasata, I recreated my fried egg sandwich masterpiece, this time with camera ready…. [Full Post]


Fried Egg, Smoked Salmon, Sopprasata Sandwich

Pinche Bueno


…these razor clams, whose smooth, toothsome yet nicely creamy texture and deep, briny properties were deftly complimented by the kicky heat of the chili and sweetness of the caramelized garlic flavor in the oil…. [Full Post]

Razor Clams, Cantina by Cascabel

Germanic Monday


…The sausage loaf had the texture of a refined thick slice of good bologna, and was flavored by a rich combination of spices. This was a great dais for the soft-fried egg and a hit a ground mustard, which together augmented the leberkäse’s unctuousness and almost guilty amount of porkiness. The runny yolk of the egg, which I’m always a fan of, evenly integrated the texture dichotomies between the hot protein and the chilled finely chopped yet still toothsome potato salad…. [Full Post]

Wiener a la Holstein with Homefries & Red Cabbage

Elio’s-Centric


…I had forgotten how the rest of the city—the world—kind of falls away when I’m at Elio’s. The dishes were simple yet expertly executed, channelling many layers of “home cooking comfort”. My veal was so tender that my butter knife sliced straight through it in one motion…. [Full Post]


Elio's Veal Parmesan

The New Fish Dish


Still excited about the new menu items at Dorrian’s Red Hand, in some part due to my having input into it. So now they/we offer—as part of their/our expanded entrée menu—a Teriyaki-Glazed Pan-Seared Salmon Filet, that is served over a crisp, warm salad of julienned veggies and some roasted potatoes.

Teriyaki-Glazed Pan-Seared Salmon Filet, Dorrian's Red Hand, UES, NYC

No Balon-ey


Italian Charcuterie Platter | Mild and Hot Sopprasata, Prosciutto, | Paremsan and Softtaleggio Cheeses | Gorgonzola-Stuffed Green Olives with Red Pepper | Pistachios




Back Where I Balon

…This dish was triumph of surprises. The fish remained flaky throughout eating, countered nicely by the slightly bitter yet “verdant” bok choy bulbs and leaves, and accentuated by the properly understated amount of mango purée… [Full Post]




Colombia On Lex

…Everything in the shop was made from scratch, including the dough for their arepas, as well as the masa more typically (if less commonly here in the states) used as the “shell” for their empanadas, stuffed with aromatically seasoned stew beef/chicken, deep-fried to order, and served to me in mere minutes piping hot…. [Full Post]




“Chip” On The Ol’ Block

…And it was quite good! Lots of flavor, great textures, juicy pork, toothsome black beans, crisp lettuce; it all worked together surprisingly well—and not just for fast food—and was plentiful enough to excuse the $8 price tag (over $10 with the addition of guacamole)…. [Full Post]




Danny’s Burger Evolution

…Danny became a fan of the burger after two quick bites—and absolutely loved the crinkle-cut fries, which I agree don’t get the recognition they deserve—and is now more eager to be able to enjoy more of them from the Shake Shack on East 86th, just two and a half blocks from his apartment…. [Full Post]




Oh. Mah. Jong!



….My favorites were the Spanish Breakfast (you had me at “chorizo”, then kept me at “runny, poached egg”!), and the Run Forrest, with its simple prep, letting the shrimp flavor flow through the tender, only slightly toothsome dumpling skin, complimented nicely by the mellowed citrus kick of the tomato salsa, and needing only the smallest dip into the the side dipping sauce…. [Full Post]