Momi Ramen – East Hampton

This weekend I tried Momi Ramen in East Hampton, New York. I have been to the Momi restaurants in Miami and was super excited to try their new restaurant in Long Island. I had an order of Gyoza and an order of Tan Tan Ramen. Both dishes were very tasty and delicious. The restaurant is fun—it has a giant television with a sports game on for the whole restaurant to see and a large communal table. They quickly served the juicy pan-fried pork gyoza which came all connected with a crunchy layer on each of the dumplings. They had a nice soft outside and a tasty sweet and tangy soy sauce-like dipping sauce. Next, I had the ramen which was soothingly warm on the freezing cold day. It was very, very good. The noodles have a slightly al dente bite; they are firm but hold the flavor of the spicy soup well. With the garlic and pepper marinated bits of minced pork and scallions floating in the almost red-colored broth, the dish was very flavorful. The ramen had a nice solid spice and made for a great meal. I highly recommend you go try Momi Ramen as soon as possible.

Momi Ramen
221 Pantigo Road
East Hampton, NY 11937

Eating My Way through Hudson Eats

I enjoyed exploring all the offerings at Hudson Eats to find the dishes I can recommend as my favorites. I wrote an article about it that was featured on Betty Confidential. Click here to check it out!

Breakfast Dumplings

Not long ago, I discovered the breakfast dumplings at Norma’s on 119 West 56th (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues). Norma’s is the first place I had ever seen breakfast dumplings on the menu so I got extremely excited about trying them.

Though I was hoping for the best, I was a little afraid each dumpling might turn out to be a disastrously heavy mini-omelet with clumpy pieces of food in it that the chef called a “breakfast dumpling” just to be different. But, what arrived at the table was exactly what I was hoping for: light, airy dumplings that are small, fragrant, and totally delicious.

The breakfast dumplings come out steaming, and are filled with fluffy scrambled eggs and finely chopped mushrooms and shrimp. They are served with a sweet and sour sesame sauce, which matches perfectly with the dumplings. It is worth going to Norma’s just to try the dumplings!

(Note: per my prior Pines Picks, Norma’s has awesome French toast and other delicious breakfast items as well). The dumplings, however, are definitely a unique standout dish. Not surprisingly, I finished them in record time and have been back several times to get more.


Pines PickRockaway Taco
95-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
(347) 213-7466

I tried a lot of fish tacos all over NYC. My choice: Rockaway Taco. Rockaway Taco makes one awesome fish taco. The fish they use appears to be tilapia: it is nice and white and flaky. The outside of the fish is crispy, almost tempura like. The tortilla is not soggy at all, and is hot, grilled and delicious. There is red cabbage on the taco, which give it a nice freshness and a good crunch. I recommend the delicious, flavorful guacamole as an added topping: it really adds zest and texture. All I can say is that is all the flavors combined make up an outstanding, not-to-be missed fish taco.

Runners Up

Pinche Taqueria
227 Mott Street
(Between Prince & Spring Street)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 625-0090

333 Lafayette Street
(Between Bleecker & Houston Streets)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 343-9977

Mole Mexican Bar & Grill
205 Allen St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 777-3200

57 Jane St
(Corner of Jane St & Hudson St)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-7559

1735 2nd Ave
(between 89th St & 90th St)
New York, NY 10128
(212) 289-8226

178 Kent Ave
(Corner of North 4th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 384-2300

Looking for a New Place for Muffins

Sadly, Beacon, the Pines Picks winner for muffins, is now closed so I’m on a hunt for a replacement. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

NEW PINES PICK — Whoopie Pies

Pines PickBaked

359 Van Brunt Street
(between Wolcott and Dikeman Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 222-0345

I set out to  find the best whoopie pie in NYC, and Baked turned out to be my favorite. Baked has a few flavors, but my favorite is the strawberry whoopie pie. It is sweet, moist strawberry cake that is very soft, with luscious creamy, fresh whipped cream. The whipped cream is extremely light and has the right amount of sweetness so as not to overpower this awesome dessert. (Normally, I really like chocolate whoopee pies as well, but Baked’s chocolate pie had an espresso taste that might not appeal to kids or adults who don’t really like the taste of coffee.)  But, overall Baked has great, fresh whoopie pies that will more than satisfy your cravings for a top-notch and super fun dessert.

Runner Up

Joyce Bakeshop

646 Vanderbilt Ave
(between Park Pl and Prospect Pl)
Brooklyn, NY  11238
(718) 623-7470



5 Carmine Street
(At 6th Avenue)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-4874

I have been searching for the best popsicle in NYC.  My overall favorite place is Popbar on Carmine Street.  The popsicles come in many cool (but straightforward) flavors, and are made of either gelato, sorbetto or yogurt.  My favorite popsicle at Popbar is the peanut butter popGelato.  It is smooth and creamy and had the perfect sweet peanut butter taste that I love.  I also really liked their strawberry popSorbetto — which I thought was sweet and refreshing.   At Popbar, you can also have any of the pops dipped in a fresh topping like milk or dark chocolate, which makes them even tastier.  Popbar is a truly delicious and unique shop.  If you are craving a great dessert, check it out.

I found some other great places for popsicles:

Runner Up

People’s Pops
Check their website for hours and locations

Runner Up

La NewYorkina Mexican Ice & Sweets
Check their website for cart schedule


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!

Pines Picks Earns Another Award

Indie Reader Discover Awards WinnerWe are proud to announce that Pines Picks has won an Honorable Mention in the Travel category of the Indie Reader Discovery Awards!

The book was also reviewed on the website for Indie Reader ( and can you can read the review here.


NEW PICK – Chocolate Cake

New Category – Chocolate Cake


The Palm

I tried a lot of NYC chocolate cake.  There are many varieties.  Some are more like dark chocolate tortes, but those are not for me.  If you love classic chocolate cake that is not too rich and has a mouth-watering milk chocolate flavor, the Palm is the place to go. They serve a delicious, humongous slice of multi-layered chocolate cake. The Palm’s chocolate cake seems to contain sweet chunks of fudge, which makes each bite really moist and flavorful. The icing on the cake is an even richer and more creamy chocolate.  The cake is super delicious and great with vanilla ice cream on the side.


The Palm

837 Second Avenue
New York, NY  10017

840 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017

206 West Street
New York, NY 10013

250 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10019


Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
1221 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10020

Black Hound
170 Second Avenue
New York, NY  10003