Taiyaki

Taiyaki NYCFish 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.

 

 

 

 

Taiyaki
119 Baxter Street
New York, NY 10013
Tel: (212) 966-2882
http://taiyakinyc.com/

Drunken Dumpling

Drunken DumplingDrunken 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)

 

 

 

Drunken Dumpling
137 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Tel: (212) 982-8882
http://www.drunkendumplingny.com/

Da Greco

Da GrecoDa 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.

Da Greco 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Da Greco
Carrer de Santa Teresa, 10,
08012 Barcelona – Spain
Tel: +34 932 18 65 50

Can Solé

Can SoléI 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.

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Can Solé
Carrer de Sant Carles, 4,
08003 Barcelona – Spain
Tel: +34 932 21 50 12
http://restaurantcansole.com/

 

Escriba

EscribaOn 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.

 

Escriba Rambla
Rambla de les Flors 83,
Barcelona – Spain
Tel: +34 93 301 60 27

Inakaya

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.

Inakaya
231 West 40th Street
(New York Times Bldg. Ground Floor)
New York, NY 10018
(212) 354-2195
www.inakayany.com

MAST Brothers -Brooklyn

Mast cookiesMast Brothers make some of the best, smoothest chocolate bars in the world.

Luckily, they have a few stores in New York.

Once you walk near the chocolate shop in Brooklyn, you can smell the sweet aroma. They sell many varieties of chocolate bars, but the standout items in the Brooklyn store/factory are the giant warm Chocolate Chip Cookies. The edges of the cookies have a layered appearance and are crispy, while the centers are soft and chewy. Topped with a light amount of sea salt and filled with tons of premium chocolate, the cookies are a must have.

Mast Brothers
111 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-2644
https://mastbrothers.com/pages/brooklyn

UES China Fun Closes

UES China Fun closes after 25 years. The fun is over.

Spot Dessert Bar–NYC

spot-dessert-barThere 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
(212) 677-5670
www.spotdessertbar.com

 

Interview on Woshi

I had the pleasure of being interviewed for Woshi.com – a blog from Australia. You can read my interview here.