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

Joanne Trattoria — Great Chicken Parmesan

After visiting Joanne Trattoria, I can conclude that Lady Gaga grew up eating some very tasty Italian food.

Lady Gaga’s family restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The definite standout at the restaurant was the “red gravy,” a thick tomato sauce that is perfect on Joanne’s al dente spaghetti and unforgettable chicken parmesan. With a thin layer of bubbling, oven baked cheese and the sweet “red gravy,” the lightly breaded chicken parmesan is complete. I simply could not get enough of the tomato sauce and even ordered some extra “red gravy” on the side: it was that good.

Joanne Trattoria is definitely worth a visit (or five).

Rotisserie Georgette

I recently had dinner at Rotisserie Georgette. Georgette focuses on traditional French dishes and executes each with near perfection and the best possible ingredients available.
Watermelon Salad
The first dish I had was the Chilled Watermelon Salad. The cubes of red and yellow watermelon rest on a bed of Lemon Ricotta and are topped with a delicate amount of sweet and sour balsamic vinegar. Although the salad seems simple, the blend of the juices from the watermelon and the other flavors culminate in one of the best salads I have ever had.
Chicken
Next, I tried the roasted chicken, the specialty of Rotisserie Georgette. I had the “Grand Mere,” which came with a thin red-wine based sauce that had some salty chopped up pieces of bacon.
The reason I believe that the roasted chicken is so good is the thin, not-oily skin. The skin holds flavors from the roasting and is truly something that stands out. After cutting through the skin, the chicken is incredibly moist, and with a bit of the sauce, has a very good salty, slightly garlic flavor.
Chocolate Souffle with truffles

Finally, I tried the dessert. I really enjoyed the chocolate souffle. Although it is small, it seems to be just enough as it also comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and three rich chocolate truffles. The souffle itself is very light and moist, yet still the right consistency. With some of the creamiest vanilla ice cream (made in-house), the dessert is truly fantastic. After finishing the souffle, I inhaled the small yet dense chocolate truffles. The truffles are a highlight of the dish, and I believe the best way to end a perfect meal.

 

Rotisserie Georgette 
14 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022