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.

Pommes Frites: Victim of East Village Fire

A few days ago, there was a tragic 7-alarm fire in NYC’s East Village. I learned last night that one of the four buildings that burned to the ground was the home of Pommes Frites!  The Pommes Frites web site said none of its workers or patrons were injured. That is certainly good news. But, very sadly, at least for now, Pommes Frites – the New York City french fry institution – is closed. It will be sorely missed; we hope for its return someday soon.

Pommes Frites
123 2nd Ave,
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-1234


What’s happening to Dylan Prime?

Dylan Prime appears to be closed. I don’t know what the story is. I’m not sure if the closure is temporary (I hope) or permanent. This is a great place, and I’m pulling for it!

French Onion Soup — Brasserie

I have always liked Brasserie’s French onion soup, but recently I tried it again, and I have to say that it is better than ever.  Brasserie’s version of French onion soup comes in a huge bowl, covered with beautifully-browned and bubbly melted cheese, just the right texture—not too thick and not too thin to hold up to your happily digging spoon.  Underneath the baked cheese cover, is a tasty, hot onion broth, that contains a piece or two of soft French bread, lots of sweet onions, and some more gooey melted cheese.  The onion soup seems to be on Brasserie’s brunch, lunch and dinner menus at so you can get it almost any time of day.

100 East 53rd Steet (between Lexington and Park Avenues)
(212) 751-4840



New Red Farm Coming!

Rumor has it that another Red Farm restaurant will be opening soon on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at 2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 (it would replace Fatty Crab).

Given how much I love the dumplings at Red Farm and that I go to school on the Upper West side, I am really excited about this!

For the Cookie Lovers

I have found another really great place for cookie lovers in NYC called Levain Bakery.  Levain makes a truly phenomenal dark chocolate chocolate chip cookie.  It’s not pretty looking (it actually looks clumpy and seems like it will be too heavy), but it has an unreal taste and isn’t too heavy at all to enjoy.  The chocolate chocolate chip cookie is hot and fresh when they give it to you, and has tons of chocolate chips inside it that are hot, gooey, and melting. The cookie is rich and chocolaty, and has a delectable taste. It is AMAZING.

Check out their website or either of their two locations:

Levain Upper Westside
167 West 74th Street
New York, NY  10023

Levain Harlem
2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY  10026

A Note for Ketchup Lovers: The Inside Scoop on Ketchup at Milos

My pick for the best fish in NYC (Estiatorio Milos) apparently has caved on the ketchup issue.  As I mentioned on page 71 of my book, in the past, Milos refused to serve ketchup with their delicious fries. But guess what? I was told by an inside source at Milos that due to popular demand they now keep a bottle of ketchup in the kitchen, and if you ask the waiter nicely, you can, in fact, get some ketchup with your fries. Whew!!!

Chili No Longer Being Served at Go Burger

This is not a good day for chili lovers in NYC.  One of my favorite spots stopped making chili. Earlier this week I was told that Go Burger (one of my Runner Up picks for Chili) has taken chili off the menu completely. I told everybody that it was hard to find good chili in NYC — now it is even harder.


Spotted:  First BLT American Brasserie Coming soon on Sixth Avenue between 45th Street and 46th Street in Manhattan.

Jamba Juice on 1700 Broadway No Longer There

Got a craving for a Razzmatazz smoothie after school the other day so I headed down to the Jamba Juice on Broadway. Sadly, it was no longer there. There’s a Europe Café there instead. Luckily, I was able to get to the one on the Upper East side later that afternoon. AAAHHHH! Things really do move quickly in NYC.