Dinner

Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop

How can we not go back to Gotham West Market?! It was a mouth party the last time we ate at Gotham (party over here). So we agreed that the next time we go to Gotham we would try some ramen.

We were excited to try ramen from Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop. My boyfriend and I are huge fans of ramen, we love it and thought it would be a nice quick dinner before the Yuna concert!

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On the bright side, these were cool. The Art of the Slurp was displayed across the ramen bar.

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Ha, number five is my favorite. But, is anyone doing the art of slurp with salty ramen?

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Where did U go last night?

Gotham West Market

600 11th Ave

New York, NY10036

(212) 582-7940

in Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West

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Yeah Shanghai Deluxe

This is how we roll! Being the secret fat kid who loves food I only get to eat all these delicious dishes in one sitting during special occasions like weddings and in this case my cousins birthday. I sampled all these dishes of course and only had a bite of the pork then stayed away. Yeah, I feel the need to explain all this food here, hahah. I don’t encourage everyone to do this all the time, but do it at least once! Plus its so cheap, to start we ordered eight dishes, rice for nine people and more food along the way which totaled to about $24 a person.

The dinner at Yeah Shanghai Deluxe was served family style so everyone had a go at the spinning round table. I called it the Wheel of Fortune, I mean look at all this food (I will be working out like a mad man)! Side note: We had a Cantonese speaker at the table who ordered everything so if you would like to know the names of any of these delish looking dishes, I’ll find out for ya!

The lobster was good and the sauce was good, but overall it wasn’t extra special (but I ate the last piece anyway).

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So I suggested that we take the party to Joe’s Shanghai before we entered Yeah Shanghai Deluxe, but hey it wasn’t my birthday and gotta try some place new right? So compared to Joe’s Shanghai these dumplings would lose, although I must say it was good, but do not be mistaken they were Not Joe’s Shanghai good.

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Ah pork. I secretly wanted more but I just sampled a small piece. It was good, the sauce didn’t over power the meat and it wasn’t soggy.

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Walnut Shrimp you are my enemy. Really what is in these things?! Whatever just for the bday, I ate two shrimp and it was oh so creamy, rich and the shrimp was nice and plumpy.

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These were not bad, but I did wish they were crispier. I don’t want to say it again, but these are better at Joe’s Shanghai.

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You can’t go wrong with Bok Choy sauteed in oil and garlic.

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I usually stay away from duck, they are fatty and well delicious! So I gave it a shot. First off the meat was dry, second those were not pancakes, they were tortilla wraps and third the Peking Duck with Pancakes I ate in Beijing, China are still the shitzzz!

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No matter how many times I have seen it, the fish head creeps me out. But, I was still excited for a whole steamed fish. This was hard to eat with everyone poking at it and it only made the bones go everywhere. I had a few bites, I’d say it tasted better with some sauce on it, but as you can see the sauce of course is oily.

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What a feast! Having been to Shanghai, China this place did justice. I was satisfied and I think everyone else was too even the non Asian kids. This restaurant is definitely great for big groups, families and kids. Our waiter was nice and the dishes came out in no time.

Because it’s my family, we were not done stuffing our faces yet, Kung Fu Tea was the next stop.

Booo! It was not good and I felt like puking on the train ride back home. Ugh, the tapioca pearls had a weird sweetness to it and the drink was watery for my taste, I like it creamy. Also, it had a strong black tea taste to it and it did not tasted like taro. The pictures made all their drinks looks so Yum that I was even nervous for my Saint’s Alp’s place. Even their Oreo tea drink which we all thought would taste like a McFlurry (yeah I referenced McDonald’s), tasted like crushed up Ores with water, ugh. What was all the fuss about Kung Fu Tea guys?! I still think Saint’s Alp Tea House makes some banging bubble tea, period.

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Thanks for reminding me we’re all getting a year older and for all the greasy calories, happy birthday dude.

Where did U go last night?

Yeah Shanghai Deluxe

50 Mott St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 566-4884

 Kung Fu Tea

various locations

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Viv

I grew up eating Thai and having been to Thailand Viv is a winner for best Thai in NYC in my book. I have been there numerous times and each time Viv delivers. They are consistent, everything is just right, the spices, flavor, and if you ask for spicy be prepared for spicy!

Chicken & Shrimp Dumpling with Soy Vinaigrette Dipping Sauce

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We got it steamed, the dumplings were delicious and just right with a touch of the dipping sauce which was on the sweet side.

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Queen of Siam Basil with Squid

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I got it extra spicy of course and a side of brown rice. The portion was big enough for two servings, but if your me you’d kill it in one sitting (hehe).

Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken & Cashew Nuts

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This was delicious, not too oily and greasy. A nice surprise crunch with the cashew nuts and it was seasoned just right. I never put lemon on rice but a squeeze of lemon did add a nice finish taste to it along with the pineapples chunks in there. To my surprise it was served in a cool pineapple.

The restaurant had a trendy vibe with top hits music, blue lights and a dragon hanging from the ceiling. It sounds fancy, but really Viv is not a fancy place, I would say they are stylish. The crowd is always pretty mixed each time I visit and not crazy crowded. The prices are average for the midtown area and the service, well they are very attentive. They like to visit the tables often and ask if you need anything in a very sweet and polite Thai manner.

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You know it, I had a Lychee Martini! The martini was strong, it was like four drinks in one. Hey, no complaints here and in fact I like that the drink felt grown up. By grown up I mean it was like a Classic Martini with a lychee as garnish and mostly because it wasn’t sugary or sweet like most martinis.

Where did U go last night?

Viv

717 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019

212 – 581 – 5999

in Hell’s Kitchen

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It’s a Market night

First stop – Gotham West Market. If you haven’t been and your around the area and you love food, you must go check it out! I don’t want to call it a food court because when I think of food court I think of fast food places in the mall. Right? I want to say its a big open place with different venues and food to choose from with well known chefs involved! I mean with the team behind Saxon + Parole (mmm we have to chat about this another time too), I would not call it a food court. This place is great for lunch, snack, or dinner.

Signs pointing to the different venues.

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I decided to get a chicken salad and mmm it was so yummy. I mean one of the best ever. It had romaine, kale, spinach, radishes, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, crispy shallots and avocado. I think the crispy shallots did it, way to go guys!

This Is Your House Salad from Genuine Roadside

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I know you peepep the tacos up there. They were not for me, but I did have a few bites anddd readyyy… KA – BOOOM, it was a fiesta in my mouth. It was O-M-G good. Oh I want one now. The tacos were filled with raw marinated ahi, spicy mayo, border slaw, avocado and sesame in crispy corn shells. They were the shitsnit (one of my made-up-excited-vocab words)!

Hawaiian Style Ahi Tartare Tacos from Genuine Roadside

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I sampled the corn on the cob also, it was good but not a ka – boom.

Corn On The Cob ‘Elote‘ from Choza Taqueria

However, the sandwich you see down there… ahhh WoW it was sooo freaking good. Again, it was not for me, hehe but I sampled it. Talk about an Italian combo, these dudes got it right. The sandwich was filled with mortadella, salami, hot coppa, swiss, mozzarella, pecoring romano, arugula, red onion, mayo, ‘CSG’ hoagie spread, and red wine vinaigrette on caputo’s hero roll. Phew, hope I got it all. It is some serious Italian.

Italian Combo Sandwich from Court Street Grocers Sandwich Shop

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Hats off to the chefs! Now that I want to eat my laptop, I thought these were some cool props.

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Great quote.

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Next stop… Spice Market. Its a great place for some drinks and dinner. I love the food at Spice Market (I know I keep saying this but we have to chat about this place too – ahhh so many places), but we just ate at Gotham so we got their Passion Fruit Sangria. The sangria is made with rose wine, gran gala, blackberry, and orange. Mmm, it was refreshing and delish. I know I have said that I am not a fan of passion fruit anything in a previous post, but hmm… I have been a long time fan of their passion fruit sangria… I might have to reconsider… thanks Mr.Vongerichten.

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Where did U go last night?

Gotham West Market

in Hell’s Kitchen

Spice Market

in Meatpacking District

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Shanghai Heping

We stumbled upon Shanghai Heping while walking aimlessly in Chinatown after visiting Central Perk, wooo FRIENDS! Well actually the boyfriend and I both drank a lot of water and needed a baño ASAP so we were looking for a Starbucks. Of course it was no where to be found. It was time to chow down anyway so we just went in the first place we thought we would both like. Never again!

First the “hot and sour soup” was neither hot or sour it was just a bowl of oil and blah.

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Don’t you just want to jump in the screen and eat this!? Well, don’t!

I didn’t order this dish, but I tried it and it wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t anything special either. My boyfriend liked it, eh he’s not Asian what does he know (I love you).

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I looked at the menu and wasn’t in the mood for anything at all but the beef stew with rice noodles was like pick me, so I did. Ugh, it was out of character as I never go out and order beef stew with rice noodles or beef anything (ok occasionally). I was so disappointed! I mean it looked good and the first bite of the beef was full of flavor, but the broth was boring. It was a drab finishing the meal. I grew up eating these where the broth is rich and bursting with flavors…mmm now I want a bowl of good ol’ homemade beef stew.

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I was in the mood for a taro bubble tea. Ugh, another disappointment. I was drinking sugar and tapioca pearls. I took a few sips and no more bubble tea for me.

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The place was spacious for a Chinatown restaurant and the service – I swear all the waitstaff were sleep walking.

Sorry Shanghai Heping overall grade, fail. I looked up the restaurant to link it to my blog and to my surprise there are some great reviews out there about Shanghai Heping. As I’m writing this I’m thinking maybe the other dishes are good or maybe the chef had a bad day. Sorry first impressions are everything right? You’re better off with your shit local Chinese food places.

Where did U go last night?

Shanghai Heping

104 Mott St

New York, New York 10013

212 – 925 – 1118

Between Canal & Hester St in Chinatown/Little Italy

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Ageha Sushi

Bento box? Its me new obsession! Ageha Sushi is the second place I have been to (that I actually looked at their bento box specials) that offers a bento box with soup, salad, rice, something fried (spring roll/ tempura), a sushi roll with six pieces, and an entrée. All of that for $20, I don’t know about you but that’s a steal!

Before we talk about food let’s talk about the menu. I wanted to eat it! If your a first timer there and is a visual sucker like me then it will take you a few minutes to get through the menu. It was like reading Erik Carle’s, The Very Hungry Caterpillar but the food will actually come out (if you order it)!

Pizza sushi?! They called it the Yummy Pizza.

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Is it just me or the Sweet Heart Rolllooks like some sort of meat wrap?

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Eat the art.

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They also had stir-fry dishes anddd

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here goes the Bento page 🙂

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Ha, OK I was too excited about the menu, but you see why!

Food

 The sushi, sashimi, and shrimp teriyaki were good. The fish was fresh and excellent.Yellowtail Sashimi was the Shitnitz.  Spring roll, if you even want to call it that – there was nothing in there! The sauce that I assumed that was for the “spring rolls” I want to say… was ketchup? I am a fan of seaweed salad, I am happy to say it was a good one. Overall Bento box – thumbs up.

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Miso soup, nice. It didn’t have that fishy, salty taste and came with a good amount of tofu and seaweed.

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If there is a Lychee Martini on the menu chances are you will find me with one. The martini was not too sweet with equal parts of liquor and whatever else they used. The lychee fruits were fresh, delicious, sweet, and juicy, but wished the drink was a little stronger.

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Service, Ambiance, & Decor

Hellrooo, hand towel? The service was like any ol’ Asian restaurants in the city. If you have been to any Thai, Korean, or Japanese restaurants in the city you know what I mean (not places like TAO or Morimoto of course – ah they are both such good places). The staff were attentive and the dishes came out quickly.

The lighting was just right, a little dimmed. Not a fancy place, but its appealing. The prices are decent and brings in a mixed crowd from the neighborhood (Hell’s Kitchen).

At the end you get a little treat.

Sorry I eat half of it before I took the picture.

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Where did U go last night?

 Ageha Sushi

767 9th Avenue

New York, New York 10019

212 – 581 – 8188

between 51st St & 52nd St in Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West, Theater District

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The Liberty NYC

It’s Oyster Week in NYC! What better way than to start the week off with some fresh oysters. They are tasty, nutritious (if you eat them raw), and they are green!

I was expecting more restaurants to participate in Oyster Week (which is actually September 11 to September 28) but to my surprise there weren’t too many options. Most of the restaurant on the list are great for seafood like Blue Water Grill, Oceana, and Lure Fishbar, but I have been there already (we’ll have to talk about all these next time).

The Liberty NYC it is.

Food

They had a featured dish for Oyster Week that caught my eye. Stoli Bloody Mary Oyster Shooter.

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