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Fish ice cream? Crazy good.
Taiyaki NYC is serving up some of the thickest, most delicious soft serve in fun waffle-like cones that are shaped like fish. I loved the green tea flavor – it brought me back to the Taiyaki desserts in Japan. The ice cream is sweet and has a subtle green tea flavor. Topped with some condensed milk and some colorful Mochi pieces, this dessert is super fun.
I also really liked the chocolate Taiyaki. It’s a must go.
119 Baxter Street
New York, NY 10013
Tel: (212) 966-2882
Drunken Dumpling in NYC is serving up some delicious soup dumplings. They have a couple types of soup dumplings, but my favorite is the Pork Soup Dumplings. Filled with tasty light broth and a small amount of salty pork, the dumplings are a great snack. If you are in the mood for something bigger, they have an XL soup dumpling that you can wait 25 minutes for. This giant dumpling must be consumed with a straw handy!
(Also, right next door, is Davey’s Ice Cream! Stop by for an unbelievable scoop of Speculoos Chocolate Chip Cookie)
137 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Tel: (212) 982-8882
Da Greco has a large variety of pastas and Italian dishes. I did not expect to have such delicious pasta in Spain, but Da Greco has some of the best pastas ever. Each dish was better than the next. From the light gnocchi smothered in incredible, sweet tomato sauce to meaty, delectable lasagna to the best spaghetti arrabbiata of my life (angel hair, super thin pasta), Da Greco was so good that my mouth waters thinking of it.
To finish the meal, the desserts are very good. My favorite was the super sour Lemon gelato, which is very refreshing.
Carrer de Santa Teresa, 10,
08012 Barcelona – Spain
Tel: +34 932 18 65 50
I have to admit that my favorite restaurant in Barcelona was Can Solé. I also have to admit that I am a huge fan of paella. Simply put, I have never had or seen such beautiful and amazing paella in my life. The yellow rice is exactly al dente, seasoned pleasantly with saffron and topped with either a ton of seafood or lobster that has no chew and just melts in your mouth with the flavor of the rice. The paella is served per person and comes in a giant pan. This is the best paella in the world.
To start, I highly recommend the delectable garlicy, salty prawns and the anchovies if you want a small snack. However, the paella alone can make for one of the best meals ever.
Carrer de Sant Carles, 4,
08003 Barcelona – Spain
Tel: +34 932 21 50 12
On the walk back from Boqueria Market, we passed a place called Escriba. I got a freshly cooked waffle out of a window in the store with crèma catalana. It is kind of like a slightly orange-zest flavored vanilla cream topped with sugar and then torched to a crunchy shell on top of the soft, sugary waffle. Great snack.
Rambla de les Flors 83,
Barcelona – Spain
Tel: +34 93 301 60 27
In the New York Times building, there is an awesome Japanese restaurant serving up some delicious grilled vegetables and fish, traditionally called “Robata.” They cook and grill many the dishes in front of your eyes and it is a really fun experience in NYC.
231 West 40th Street
(New York Times Bldg. Ground Floor)
New York, NY 10018
UES China Fun closes after 25 years. The fun is over.
There is an unbelievable dessert bar by Iron Chef Kittichai located under The Bao in New York City. From the new innovative light bulb glass bubble teas to the moist, molten “Green Tea Lava” cake, Spot Dessert Bar is a definite find.
I loved the super airy, creamy, gelato-like green tea ice cream that accompanied the extremely rich lava cake. Inside the lava cake is a mixture of chocolate and a gooey sweet green tea, making a tasty center.
My other picks on the menu are “The Harvest” (a fun soft layered cheesecake in the shape of a plant) and the “Banana Chouff” (a delicate puff with interesting banana milk ice cream and sweet bruléed bananas).
The Spot Dessert Bar is my new favorite place for desserts.
Spot Dessert Bar
13 St. Marks PlaceNew York, NY 10003