New York. The City of Dreams for Food Lovers. Part 2

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New York is often titled as the city of dreams. But to me, it is the city of dreams for food lovers around~ I am one of them that find that this city has just too much good food to eat. If I were to live in this city for college, I think I'd be morbidly obese.

When I first landed in the States to pursue further education, New York became my first port of entry into pursuing my education and I have made numerous memories with a bunch of people in this city- both good, and bad and I have visited this city multiple times. One thing that draws me back into going back and forth into town was its food. I felt that New York is a food haven that has numerous cuisines from all over the world housed all into the different boroughs the city has. I can find all good food from all over the world in NYC.

A panoramic shot of Times Square

This time, its all about Italian, Korean, and a to-go place for breakfast. I am also featuring a hip places to go to a.k.a tempat kekinian in Indonesian. Scroll down now, and click the Zomato widgets  for more reviews and directions.


All the ladies joined in our trip has been blabbering day and night about trying this tiny place out in the East Village that incorporates goooey cheese in their menus they heard online and was always poured right in front of the guests. See below!

And yeap. The raclette was as good as it looks when poured on top of their Havana.


We also ordered their other dishes like their Fig Tartines and their Lollote Croques and both were also good. The Fig Tartines was sweet and refreshing, whilst the Croques was warm and rich due to the presence of slices of Jambon de Paris.

Fig Tartines

Lollote Croques 

Overall, whilst their dishes were all delicious and satisfying, The queue took forever and the restaurant had to make us come to their tiny cramped restaurant to reserve a spot. This should've been made able online!  Nice one ladies!

Raclette Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato  

 Bar Pitti


Jess has always said that Bar Pitti has the best Truffle Pasta. But sadly, they said that they were out of season at the time of visit. But nonetheless, we had a portion of mussels to share and it was very tasty. Cooked with a tomato base with hints of vodka, this is a must try! We also had different cheeses to share and everything was just refreshing to eat during the hot sunny days we were in.

As for the entree, we had different kinds of pastas and everything was just cooked to al dente. I had trouble recalling the names of the dishes I ate.. Sorry. But I hope you can just show the pictures to the server when you are there!

I forgot what this one was as this was listed on their daily specials but to me, the pasta above reminds me of mie ayam.... in an Italian way of course! On the other hand, the dumpling-like pasta below was also a good try as it is seasoned just right.

Bar Pitti Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Levain's Bakery

Now this one was also getting enough buzz online and some of the ladies were also keen to try them. Some said  online on Yelp that Levain's cookie might be the best one they tried in the world! Curious, I decided to go with the ladies and buy some!  OMG! Their Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter cookie was heavenly delicious! So chewy, so moist.. I'm practically speechless about this one! You'd just have to come, wait in line, and try.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie

Levain Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

DB Bistro Moderne

One of the things I'd never do every time I visited New York was to get a room with no breakfast included. This will allow me not to waste money and to travel for the best breakfast spots the city has to offer. So as I searched on Yelp for a breakfast spot, this place came out on top and I love it! The first on the list was their Omelette with Gruyere Cheese. The egg's cooked just right.. feels fluffy, and the cheese simply raises this dish to a different level! delish!

Omelette with Gruyere Cheese

Another delicious item that we ordered was their Poached Eggs with Duck Confit Hash! Superbly rich and satisfying - to me. And also, don't forget to add more protein to your breakfast by ordering a side of sausages and bacon!

 Poached Eggs with Duck Confit Hash

Bacon and Sausages

 db Bistro Moderne Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Jong Ro

That night, me and my buddy Anthony was just busy debating to eat Korean Barbeque and it was between the infamous Kang Ho Dong or Jong Ro. We decided to try on the latter and it was quite an epic meal. Simply said, for less than $100, you'll get generous servings of meat with tons of banchan and a serving of those soft korean eggs and a bowl of soondubu.

  The meat! Look at those colors!

Soft Eggs in the making!


 Meat under the grill! Yummmmm!  

And of course. Have some soju to chill the vibe whilst chatting with your closed ones. Despite being generous, I felt that the meats needs more seasoning onto it. But other than that, everything's awesome!
 Jongro BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

And there it is! That's another recap of what I ate in New York. I hope that I would be able to feature some more posts like this in the future! 

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New York. The City of Dreams for Food Lovers. Part 1

New York is often titled as the city of dreams. But to me, it is the city of dreams for food lovers around~ I am one of them that find that this city has just too much good food to eat. If I were to live in this city for college, I think I'd be morbidly obese.

When I first landed in the States to pursue further education, New York became my first port of entry into pursuing my education and I have made numerous memories with a bunch of people in this city- both good, and bad and I have visited this city multiple times. One thing that draws me back into going back and forth into town was its food. I felt that New York is a food haven that has numerous cuisines from all over the world housed all into the different boroughs the city has. I can find all good food from all over the world in NYC.

Indonesian food? Check.
Japanese? Check.
Italian? Check.
Vietnamese? Check. 
Thai? Check.
Mongolian? Check.
Pakistan? Check.
You name it. 

Being a lover of the city, I am presenting to you a series of reviews dedicated into the delicious grubs that I have when visiting NYC.

But before going in to the food, here's a picture of the famous Manhattan Bridge, taken while I stroll around Manhattan to offset what I ate. You and I do need to offset those calories. :D
Just click and see the beauty full screen.

Based on my last visit, I have decided to recap the highlights I had during my trip. Err. my food trip. my cheat meal trip. my just sleep and eat trip.

Just click the widget below each establishment's review for directions, menus, and what others got to say. 

Katz Delicatessen

Reuben with Sauerkraut and Swiss Cheese

Clockwise: Pickles, the reuben, more pickles, Beef Tongue sandwich, and on the center; Matzo Ball. 

Numerous people said that Katz makes the best corned beef and pastrami no one would be able to replicate. I have to agree that their pastrami was delicious! Their meat was cut to perfection and seasoned well enough and the sauerkraut and gooey Swiss cheese complements the deliciousness of the meat itself.

With regards to the matzo ball, to be honest, this was the first time I had a matzo ball and it is surprisingly... tasty! The matzo ball was actually bland in taste.. but somehow, there was this indescribable richness once its gets into my throat and it kept me eating and slicing more of the ball with the flavourful broth.

I did not dare myself to try Chris' beef tongue sandwich. But he said its delicious.

 Katz's Delicatessen Menu, 
Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Peter Luger's Steak House

Prior into dining in at Peter Luger's we made a reservation that was made rather.. late but we were fortunate to get a table. For those of you who are not aware of this establishment.. this establishment has existed since the late 1800s and is famous for their delicious porterhouse! I had a bread of basket with some butter and I enjoyed these breads as the textures of these breads reminds me of the butter rolls I loved back home in Jakarta.  Delish! 
A basket of bread, served with butter. 

Steak for Two, Cooked to medium rare

Well let the picture do the talking and I'll explain the details that could not be explained by the picture. The plate that holds the steak was VERY hot and it allows me to cook it to medium well - my preferred temperature. I love their steak very much and I'm practically speechless if I have to explain more about their steak.

Peter Luger Steak House Menu, Reviews, 
Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Joe and Pat's Pizza

This beauty is located at Staten Island which took me a half an hour just to get here from Lower Manhattan. After watching one clip from YouTube that made me drool...  I decided to give this one a shot since it looked deliciously thin on the video I saw. Yet.. it is. Chris and I decided to order one pan of pizza with two toppings: Calamari and Prosciutto.

Pizza with Calamari

Pizza with Prosciutto

I'm also practically speechless about their pizza. It was very tasty and the thin-ness of it was like something I never had (well.. I have not traveled to Italy, so further comment). The sauce used was vodka-ey and tomato-ey (haha) Surprisingly, calamari works very well with this pizza and we loved it!

Joe & Pat's Menu, 
Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Guy's American

Chris mentioned that he had one of the best ribs and wings he ever had thus far in his life. Show me. I replied. I did not realize that this restaurant features Guy Fieri's cooking up until I saw a picture of him.. displayed huge size-wise at the restaurant.

Chicken Wings with Bourbon Brown Sugar sauce

Now.. I loved the Chicken Wings. They're surprisingly still very crispy on the inside despite all the heavy sauce that coats the outer skin. Crispy, sweet, and savory. Loved this!

Motley Que Ribs

The ribs.. I find the seasonings very good and I find this one tasty. But for me.. I preferred those fall-of-the-bone ribs compared to these ones. We also ordered a plate of Cajun Chicken Alfredo and it was delicious! But then.. I forgot to took a picture of those.. Sorry.

Guy's American 
Kitchen & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato  

Lastly: If you happen to pass by a Momofuku milk bar or if you happen to be in town, then you should also have:

Momofuku's Cereal Milk Soft Served Ice Cream!

Founded by the infamous Masterchef USA judge Christina Tosi, this is a must try and a must have for me and my friends every time I visited town. It's silky rich and sweetened just right! The added corn flakes just made the dish felt like an icy cold breakfast in a delicious manner. Fancy!

 Momofuku Milk Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos,
 Location and Info - Zomato


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Coming Soon! 

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Dumpling Daughter

I have been on various diets which hindered my ability to try and eat things that would not fit in to my daily macros. Nonetheless, As I was reading through the Boston Globe for references for this upcoming Chinese New Year (click here for the article!) , I stumbled across Dumpling Daughter and I began looking for reviews for comparison. You know, I had to put my food critique cap on first. Then I went to Yelp for more reviews and I saw mixed reviews.. Some said it was bland, but the ones that appeared were mostly positive (here). Hence, I decided to check this place out with the gang and I decided that I would have a cheat meal with this one.

When I arrived there, I loved how the place was decorated. It's casual, bright, has a contemporary feel, and was crowded at my time of visit and I was expecting GOOD dumplings because of their name plus the fact that the owner's Asian so I assumed that she should know awesome Asian cooking!

But then, my expectations were ruined. Having said, growing up in an Asian country and the fact that I have traveled to a number of Southeast Asian country and a number of the Northern Asian countries.. I have my references  and their food did not resemble any of the qualities, nor taste of those served in China, Hong Kong, and even Singapore and Indonesia! But, I would say that some of their foods do look great sight-wise and in picture.

 Pan Seared Pork Dumpling

The first dumpling that came to our table was their pan seared pork dumpling with napa cabbage and it was bland taste-wise. I did not taste any crunchiness  at all with regards to the cabbage, nor any texture that would represent that the fact that there were cabbages in it.  The filling was too little, yet the thick skin was WAY to thick for the gang nor I have never eaten a guo tie (Guo tie is the chinese word for pan fried chinese dumplings) with a skin that is so thick as the one they served in my life. The skin was so thick that I have to use a table knife to cut neatly and I can't simply use my chopsticks to pierce through. Plus, the dumplings arrived warm and not piping hot.

However, the dish was rescued by their sweet and slightly tangy dipping sauce in which I think was good. It just need slightly more salt.

Petit Chicken Dumplings with Szechuan Sauce

Next on arrival was  the Petit Chicken Dumplings with Szechuan Sauce (they spell them Sichuan, but I always spell Szechuan using the latter) and boy, this was horrible. Despite looking very appetizing with those garlic-looking stuffs, these dumplings suffer from the same issues as mentioned above: the skin was too thick, and it was bland (It should be noted that these dumplings are normally not served hot, so it's normal) . Frankly, I find their warnings very misleading because these babies did not taste very Szechuan at all - it was marked spicy on the menu, but it was not spicy at all! Perhaps they should not name these babies bearing the Szechuan name coz it ain't szechuan without the heat.   

Steamed Organic Chicken and Napa Cabbage Dumpling


The same disease was also suffered by the steamed chicken and napa dumpling: It's bland, and I did not taste the traces of any napas, the skin's too thick plus the filling was way too little. The only remedy was the dipping sauce. R also ordered the Pork and Chive dumpling and for me, this was the best tasting out of all three as the richness of the pork saved it and made it rich in taste. But then again, the same disease were present and I also could not taste the chives. Both dishes arrived very dry and closer to cold rather than being  piping hot whereas the Jiaozi (the chinese word for steamed chinese dumplings, not the same as Wonton!)  I used to eat arrived always slightly moist, steamy and piping hot!

 Braised Pork Belly Buns

Unlike any other braised pork belly buns I have ever tasted in my life, this one does not have the overpowering sweetness and saltiness unlike the buns I have ever eaten in Asia. I would not mind more seasonings, though. The buns came out cold in which I do not really adore as I always got them heated, but the mantou (the buns!) they used was perfect for my liking, nonetheless. 

Three-day Pork Ramen

Where I should I start? Ramen. Since the establishment decided to title this dish with the title Ramen, it does not mean that it should have bamboo shoots in it in which I and Chris think that the bamboo shoot is way out of place for this dish as it does not complement the Giu Nyuk a.k.a Babi Hong. Despite the Giu Nyuk (the pork) smelled like a typical giu nyuk, it is bland and needs to be sweetened more. Then comes the broth which was tasteless and didn't taste rich at all.  Are they sure that they took three days to make this? I don't believe so because ramen joints that boasts that they took 24 hours to cook their broth was able to create something that is richer without MSG of course! (Missing you, Marutama Ramen...)

 Golden Fried Buns with Condensed Milk

Last but not least, I have been avoiding desserts for the sake of the success of my diet and I could not resist trying these good looking buns. I cut a small bite and I was immediately saddened as I have to cheat, even for a small piece of buns that tasted horrible. Despite being crispy and having a great texture, the buns carries over the fragrant from frying using a used cooking oil. I did not finish my bun due to this unpleasant smell as I find it disturbing to my palate.

Hence, I had a not-so-good experience dining here in this establishment despite the fact that I enjoyed taking pictures of these good looking foods. Reminiscing the fact that I have to take a cheat meal resulted me in enduring more guilt because I spent my cheat meal eating the foods I did not enjoy eating. Despite the fact that the dishes we ordered looked very appetizing and great presentation-wise, taste highly needs to be improved and they should serve their dishes at the right temperature. Plus, they shall re-title their Szechuan dumplings into something else.

I realized that my expectations might be slightly too high on this one, but well.. Guo tie-s are Guo tie-s, and Jiaozi-s are Jiaozi-s. and it is relatively easy to find alternatives that served better guo ties and jiaozis around Boston with a lower price tag and a bigger portion, and even ones that were HEAVENLY in Asia and in my hometown, Jakarta.

Dumpling Daughter 
37 Center St
Weston, Massachusetts

Dumpling Daughter Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato