Best Bacon in NYC by far!

Tavern62After ordering the “clothesline” Candied Bacon at Tavern 62, I may never be able to look at regular bacon the same way. The thick cut caramelized bacon has delicious sweet flavors from a glaze that has hints of honey, maple and red wine vinegar. The glaze is very thick and contrasts the saltiness of the chewy bacon. The bacon is perfectly lean, while still having a good amount of buttery fat. The ends are made to a caramelized black color and the bacon is topped with some black pepper. The dish is unreal and the restaurant as a whole serves some of the best dishes in NYC.

I also recommend the “Angry Dumplings,” which are filled with lobster and topped with a fiery chili oil based sauce.

Tavern62
135 E 62nd St
New York, NY 10065, USA
Tel: (212) 988-9021
http://tavern62.com/

Soto is closed

Tiny Japanese sushi restaurant at 357 6th Ave, New York, NY is now closed.

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/

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

 

Two Little Red Hens

two-little-red-hensThe Brooklyn Blackout Cupcake at Two Little Red Hens is a chocolate lover’s dream. It is layers of incredibly moist chocolate cake and super sweet, extremely light chocolate frosting.

It is a nice treat for anytime.

Two Little Red Hens
1652 Second Avenue
(@86th Street)
New York, NY 10028
(212) 452-0476
www.twolittleredhens.com

 

Black Velvet Cupcake

Black Velvet CupcakeAt Sprinkles, until the 30th, there is a special cupcake: the black velvet cupcake. With almost as thick as a fudge like texture, sure dense, rich chocolate cake, and darker chocolate icing, the cupcake is delicious and worth a try, if you can get one. Hopefully they make them again soon.