Roze's Recent Reviews
Dim sum restaurant Tim Ho Wan has dropped anchor in the East Village and the excitement for these cheap, Michelin starred Hong Kong eats has been non-stop. The line on 4th avenue stretches around the block most days with waits often quoted at one to two hours. Inside the small, sparely decorated space buzzes with happy diners ordering an array of small bites from the picture menu like the incredible Char Siu Bao.
Those even slightly familiar with Cantonese cuisine should know of this popular bun stuffed with slices of barbecue pork. Here at Tim Ho Wan the bun is baked with an outer shell that's both crisp and flaky with a slightly sweet flavor that reminded me of the egg buns my Polish grandmother used to bake.
The inside is stuffed with thick pieces of chopped pork without the gristle or grease of other restaurants; just pure salty BBQ pork goodness. I honestly never fully understood the allure of the Char Siu Bao until coming here and now I may never be satisfied by one again. These are AMAZING.
The Deep Fried Pork Dumplings were similar in texture with the outer shell being more like a slightly sweet cake.
The only big miss for me were the Steamed Dumpling Chiu Chow style. The outside shells were thin and rubbery which made the skin stick to the basket and rip apart.
Inside the blend of chopped peanut, pork, dried shrimp and garlic sadly fell by the wayside as I was unable to get a full bite from any of the dumplings in my basket.
I was absolutely stuffed after this meal and even had to bring home a few leftovers with the total bill still under $20.00 (with a beer). This is another fantastic addition to ever growing chain Asian restaurant scene in NYC.
The explosion of international chain restaurants continue as the first NYC Wagamama opened on 5th Avenue this past Fall, causing a line of hungry guests to camp outside in wait for their delicious bowls of ramen, donburi and curry. I love all three of those things but I was honestly most excited for their insanely delicious Warm Chili Chicken Salad.
Baby Gem Lettuce studded with stir-fry chicken mixed with red pepper, onion and broccoli then tossed with chili, spring onion and cashews in a sweet chili dressing. It's spicy and sweet; one of my all time favorite lunch salads. I've ordered this dish at both the Wagamama in Copenhagen and London so it's nice to finally be able to enjoy on my soil (not to mention 3 blocks from my apartment).
Mr. T and I don't have any children and to be quite honest we have no clue what to do when we're around them. I remember my sister-in-law bringing her twins into the city when they were about five years old and I suggested we eat at Eataly. Within 60 seconds of walking into the store a barrel of oranges were rolling on the floor and both kids had manged to touch every single fruit in the immediate area. Needless to say I didn't exactly think that spot through. So when my friends suggested brunch with their newborn baby I really tried to think of a place that would be comfortable and quiet during brunch, with wide lanes for a stroller and a somewhat calm pace and Florian ended up being just that place.
The brunch menu at Florian definitely leans towards lunch fare like creamy Carbonara Pasta, hearty Chicken Parmigiana and a large selection of thin crust pizzas like the Braised Short Rib & Meatball with pomodoro and basil...
...and the crispy Breakfast Pizza with porchetta bacon, caramelized onion and fennel powder topped with two fried eggs. Fans of thin crust pizza will definitely enjoy the cracker thin style of these pies.
I ordered the Classic Eggs Benedict with Prosciutto di Parma in place of Prosciutto Cotto (which they had no trouble substituting which was nice) served atop English Muffins with a light zesty salad on the side. Nothing was exactly mind blowing here but everything was delicious and the gorgeous dining room stayed at a low comfortable murmur the entire meal which is exactly what we were looking for.
The meal concluded with complementary Chocolate Chip cookies fresh from the oven which is always a big winner in my book.
Mr. T and I are finally getting back into the swing of Chinatown after a hiatus of much much too long. We used to spend our entire winter rolling through the streets in search of steaming hot dumplings, crispy sesame pancakes and white pillow buns stuffed with pork.
Well we're getting back into again with the first stop at Jing Fong for some incredible dim sum like Pan Fried Dumplings stuffed with of pork and chives.
Steamed Dumplings (Har Gow) packed full of juicy shrimp meat.
And because we have a soft spot in our heart for the Americanized dish of General Tso's Chicken we added one of those on too.
Jing Fong is best known for brunch where patrons literally line up for a spot at one of the many tables scattered across the ginormous restaurant. This is an incredibly fun way to spend a weekend morning but for those looking to just have a good meal without the fuss head there at dinner time.
Many of the same dim sum dishes are available off the menu and as you can see it's quite a calmer, quieter affair.
It's always nice to find some drink specials during happy hour but how about some killer Double Decker Broccoli Tacos for just $5 a piece as well- enter No. 7 Brooklyn.
This lively spot stuffs a hard shell taco full of chopped broccoli and creamy feta cheese then tops it with crispy fried shallots and wraps it all in a soft tortilla shell layered with black bean hummus. It may seem a bit strange and may not even sound that good to some people but I have yet to meet a person who doesn't love them.
Add on a cocktails like the Trigger Happy made with aquavit, vodka and Thai basil or a classic Negroni for the perfect after work pit stop.