HAN DYNASTY

Great news, New Yorkers! The Big Apple just scored itself another amazing Asian eatery: Han Dynasty. The famous Chinese restaurant recently branched out from Philadelphia and snagged a sweet spot in the East Village, catering the same delicious Szechuan cuisine as its Philly pioneer. Voted as one of the top 50 Chinese restaurants in America,…

COCORON

  Tucked in the NoLita, Cocoron aims to offer healthy Japanese home cooking that will lift your spirits, inducing the “heartwarming” feeling that its name translates into. The space is small and the tables are packed closely together — typical of Manhattan restaurants — but the dark walls create a calm, comfortable ambiance. Soba is…

THE LION

At the end of October, I was invited to sample The Lion‘s autumn brunch menu at its Greenwich Village location. It featured scrumptious dishes and equally delicious drinks. Helmed by one of NYC’s most sought-after chefs, John DeLucie, The Lion has generated a sea of praises from publications such as Vanity Fair, Time Out New York, W…

CRANKY’S CAFE

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is brunch. Two Sundays ago, I met up with Brian for brunch at Cranky’s Cafe in Hunter’s Point. This cozy French Louisiana Café in Queens dishes it Cajun style. The space is engulfed in a rustic charm through its furnishing — dark wood and brick walls make you feel…

GIANO

New York is peppered with Italian restaurants. While it’s not hard to find great Italian cuisine in a city with a strong Italian influence, it sometimes is a challenge to find good pastas and genuine Italian warmth in the same place. Giano is the exception. I was invited to dine at Giano a few weeks…

SIK GAEK

Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Woodside in Queens, Sik Gaek is a Korean restaurant that hardly ever sees a dull moment. If people aren’t gawking over the sannakji (live octopus), they’re probably too busy stuffing their faces in other delicacies. The steamed seafood in sweet pumpkin is a must-try, featuring assorted seafood baked in…

JOONBUG

Hey there. I know I’ve been MIA for a loooong time, and it’s not because I’ve given up on food writing. Actually, it’s quite the contrary. I’ve been juggling three jobs, including a freelance food writing position with JoonBug! 🙂 JoonBug is a social/lifestyle blog that covers the latest parties, events and happenings in New York and…

INOTECA

Lower East Side // Had dinner with Melwin and Stephen a few nights ago at Inoteca, a little Italian restaurant on Rivington Street in the Lower East Side. The LES is now one of my favorite food spots. Not only do you get a rich range of restaurants to choose from – you also get…

Queens Comfort

Weekend brunches are the best. I love waking up late in the morning and catching up with friends over a good, hearty meal. Astoria is nice Greek neighborhood with pretty little houses and a slice of that vintage Williamsburg-ish vibe, and most importantly, it’s a hub for good food. My friends took me to Queens…

FLAVORS

Lunch break // August 30 2013. I went to Flavors, a newly opened salad/sandwich place on 6th Avenue and 23rd St. I’m sure this small bowl of Thai spicy sesame noodles isn’t the popular thing on the menu (in fact, it’s not even on the menu, just on the shelf among the fruits and water…

LA MELA

I met La Mela in Little Italy on a warm summer evening in May. For that, I have my foodie friends Stephen and Melwin to thank, because they introduced me to the restaurant with the best penne vodka. (Well to be honest, I haven’t sampled every penne vodka NYC has to offer, but you can bet La…

THE MEATBALL SHOP

Early this year when snow was still descending upon New York City, I went with Ming, Jen and Christina to The Meatball Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I was glad Jen suggested the restaurant, because before she told me about it, I wasn’t aware of its existence. I’d only lived in New York for two weeks…