The Latest Pines Picks — Updates and New Picks

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No Spicy Feta Spread at Estiatorio Milos for At Least 10 Days

 

Unfortunately, Estiatorio Milos, home of the incredible Spicy Feta Mediterranean Spread, is undergoing a complete renovation and will be closed for the next 10 days.

Milos is located at: 125 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019.

Over 100 types of Licorice at Myzel Chocolates

Although Myzel Chocolates does not have the word licorice in the name, it is basically licorice heaven. There are more than 100 types of licorice from around the world. I loved the licorice cats (from Denmark) as well as the shoe laces. The black licorice seems tough, but it is actually smooth and has no bitter finishing taste. The selection of licorice is unparalleled.

Myzel Chocolates is definitely worth a trip.

Myzel Chocolates: 140 W 55th St # 1, New York, NY 10019

Tasty Dumplings and Peanut Noodles at Buddakan

While Buddakan is well known for its “scene” and appearance in the first Sex in the City Movie, it has some unbelievable dishes. I especially enjoyed the “General Tso’s Dumplings” as well as the “Chilled Udon Noodles.”

The dumplings at Buddakan are all very tasty, but the General Tso’s Dumplings stand out. They are compact chicken dumplings that are injected with sweet and sour broth, making them similar to soup dumplings. They are served five to an order and arrive piping hot, so be wary when you take your first bite. The mixture of sweet and sour creates a flavor similar to that of a classic General Tso’s sauce.

Also, the “Chilled Udon Noodles” were noteworthy. The dish is basically a spicy, refreshing version of cold peanut noodles but with fluffy, thick udon noodles. Because the udon noodles have more surface area, the sauce holds on to every single bite.  Served with some sliced spicy peppers and a scoop of lime sorbet, the dish has a cooling, smooth flavor and is very easily inhaled.

Buddakan: 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Tom Yum Noodle Soup at Galanga in NYC

Known for impeccable Pad Thai, Galanga restaurant in NYC has an innovative dish on their menu called Tom Yum Noodle Soup. The soup has the classic Tom Yum soup flavors: a sour citrus along with a very subtle chili-flavored spice. Topped with minced chicken, shrimp, and some vegetables, there is an interesting variety of colors and textures in the soup. Instead of just soup, Galanga’s version of this dish incorporates an excessive amount of super thin, extremely long noodles. The noodle soup is uniquely flavorful and works very well. So, if you want a steaming bowl of flavor-packed noodle soup, Galanga is the spot.

 

 

Galanga — 149 W 4th St # 2, New York, NY 10012

 

Great Fondue at Taureau in NYC

Taureau serves up a great three-course fondue meal. The first course is choice of cheese fondue from a list that ranges from spicy “Devil’s Whiff” to traditional “Old Swiss.” I ordered the “Perigord” cheese fondue, which is basically traditional with some truffle oil and black truffle shavings. The fondue is served with croutons, but a secret is to request classic, pieces of soft bread. I feel that soft bread is crucial to the cheese fondue, and it really goes well with the salty, cheesy flavor. The fondue itself is smooth and heavily seasoned.  It is accompanied by a tasty green salad, which is very refreshing in contrast to the melted cheese.

 

The second course consists of a “Fondue Bourguignonne,” which includes a fondue pot of either boiling oil or broth to cook meat. I got the classic canola oil fondue and also tried the red wine based broth fondue. Served with seasoned, sliced filet mignon (or hanger steak or chicken) and five sauces, the course is fun and filling. Honestly, as it can take a while to cook the meat, the canola oil is more efficient and supplies the same amount of flavor.

The final course is a chocolate fondue, accompanied by different chopped fruits, slices of cake, and marshmallows. The milk chocolate fondue was pretty classic–smooth, rich melted chocolate. There is also a dark chocolate option.

Overall, Taureau’s fondue course is a very filling, very good meal in NYC.

(Note: You can also get just the cheese and dessert courses for a reduced price).

Taureau — 558 Broome St, New York, NY 10013