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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Winner winner chicken dinner

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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Winner winner chicken dinner

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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Bars

AOA Bar & Grill

Monday Night Football! Whooo, not! Ha so I tagged along to “watch” football at AOA Bar & Grill in Tribeca. I am not a sports fanatic, but I have probably been to more sports bar in the NYC area than most sports fanatics. For some reason AOA is not the type of place I think of when I hear the words sports bar.

Here’s a picture… do you know what I mean?

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Yes, it is a spacious restaurant with high ceilings and you definitely don’t feel crowded by anyone at all. There are a good amount of TVs in the restaurant but I think they are all a bit too far to see anything. Well good thing I wasn’t there to watch the game huh. Unless you sat by the bar where I was (hey being close to all of that liquor – I didn’t mind) it was a perfect seat to watch whatever your sports heart desires. I should’ve taken pictures with the two TV screens there but hey doesn’t the bar looks cool with all that liquor (and that design and lights).

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Speaking of the bar, I thought it was pretty neat that the bar ran from the entrance of the restaurant to the end of the restaurant on the left side of the room (you can see it a bit in the first picture). As for crowd, it seemed like folks from around the neighborhood. I’d say expect a more mature and business crowd than most sports bar (not too many screaming patrons). In fact it was pretty quiet, expect from my corner of the bar.

I ate dinner before the game because I didn’t want to eat game snacks (believe it or not but I am a conscious eater – I swear). They boys ordered guacamole and wings. I had to sample each of course so I could blog about it! Kind of wished the boys ordered more food so I could have sample more dishes.

The guacamole was too citrus-y, mushy, and cumin-y. I am a guacamole lover, so yes I am a bit picky when it comes to guac. I love colors so the chips looked fun, however the taste was not. It tasted a bit stale to me.

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Ah right and for those of you who are into this whole cider beer madness, they have Angry Orchid.

I sampled the Korean BBQ chicken wings. MMM! They were good, crispy and BBQ-y anddd we didn’t have to tell them to make it extra crispy. Its finger lickin’ good (sorry KFC).

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Goose and soda (seee conscious) and water – gotta keep hydrated.

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Ahhh, so that’s what AOA stands for? Not that I was wondering – just thought it was weird A-O-A.

Where did U go last night?

AOA Bar & Grill

35 Ave of the Americas
New York, NY 10013

212 – 925 – 1600

In Tribeca

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Events

San Gennaro Festival

I am late, but I finally ventured to Little Italy to check out the San Gennaro Festival. It goes on for 11 days with raging food galore and tons and tons anddd tons of people (like NYC wasn’t packed enough).

There were lots going on with parades, musical entertainment, food, restaurants, cafes and a cannoli-eating competition. There was a Ferris wheel there too which I wanted a picture of it but figured I get it later. Later came and I couldn’t find the Ferris wheel. I swore there was one by Lafayette St and… ah!

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Big, giant stuffed animal anyone?

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 Yummm, sausages! I really want to eat one of these someday.

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And these.

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Maybe next year.

Where did U go last night?

San Gennaro Festival

Mulberry St in Little Italy

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Winner winner chicken dinner

Green Rancho !

It a dilemma every night.

Manhattan blocks offers so many different types of restaurants and cuisines. On this island in a one block radius the kitchen staff may outnumber any small US town population. Yes, it’s overwhelming.

What do you want to eat? Where do you want to eat? My boyfriend and I go through this every night. So we walked down 9th Avenue. As always though we don’t walk down 9th Avenue for too long, my boyfriend gets uncomfortable (if you know what I mean). So it was between sushi and Mexican. Since we were hungry and most importantly I wanted margaritas, any sushi place wouldn’t stand a chance. Instead of trying a new place which we always end up disappointed when we are in the state of hunger – we went with a familiar place. Green Rancho here we go!

Green Rancho is a nice little place in the midst of the chaotic Hell’s Kitchen. As you enter you are greeted by a nice little lady outside handing out flyers. No need for the flyers and yapping about the specials lady, this is our destination.

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The restaurant was nicely dimmed for dinner time, but not too dark where you can’t read the menu. Ah, the smell of fresh warm Mexican tortilla chips. Right, so the crowd was pretty mixed, couples, families and tourists. They have a few TVs around the restaurant (for the guys who love their sports).

I have been craving for a good margarita for like two weeks now! I usually like to order the good ol’ original lime margarita with a spicy rim (red crushed peppers and salt, yum). But, last night they had a special margarita – strawberry jalapeno on the rocks and yes I got it with a spicy rim! It was absolutely refreshing, you can taste the strawberry and it was definitely spicy. I could have done without the spicy rim, but I did it anyway for all three drinks! Ah, got my margarita fix. Their margarita is the real deal people, probably one of the best in Hells’ Kitchen or even Midtown West (hmmm).

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My boyfriend ordered the passion fruit frozen margarita. I am not a fan of passion fruit anything! I do not like frozen margaritas either – like where is the liquor?! But, of course I had to try it. Not a bad choice for the folks who prefers frozen margaritas. Although one might be enough as it becomes very sweet at the end.

We started with guacamole and chips. If you like hearty, chunky, fresh guacamole – this is the place! Unlike many guacamole, at Green Rancho you can see chunks of guacamole in the molcajete. There were some onions, cilantro (you can taste and see it) and a heap of chopped tomatoes on top. It just all melts in your mouth mmm. We devoured it.

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We decided to share an entrée, we ordered garlic shrimp. It came with rice and half an avocado on top. Typical of a Mexican place, the plate was huge. A serving with two portions enough for two people. The sauce had a bit of a citrus kick to it, but it was a good compliment to all slices of garlic that were loaded in there. Maybe it was all the kick ass margaritas but I said aloud, “ah nice they even have almond slices in here, ok.” As I kept eating I realized that it did not have the crunchy almond texture OR taste like almonds, IT WAS GARLIC! I mean I like garlic but I felt like Pepé Le Pew fuming out garlic to my fellow diners as I sat there… well at least I got my margaritas.

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The best thing about Green Rancho are their tacos. I’ve had plenty of tacos around the city, but these were de-lish! We got carnitas and steak tacos. The meat in the tacos were bit size friendly, flavorful, and there was a bit of a crunch to it. Get them with flour tortilla. Sorry, you can’t really see the tacos in the picture. I guess I was super excited about the Pepé Le Pew shrimp dish.

As always the staff were friendly, the service was great and the good food came out in no time!

In honor of the late Joan Rivers, “Is Elizabeth Taylor fat? Her favorite food is seconds.”

Where did U go last night?

Green Rancho

741 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019
212 – 956 – 0731
in Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West, Theater District

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