Rustic Table – Midtown West

Rustic Table is evidently a very popular restaurant. Upon arrival, the place was packed and there was a wait of about 30-35 minutes. They don’t take reservations, and it seems that people are genuinely willing to wait. If it wasn’t for the good weather, I perhaps would’ve split, but I decided to duke it out….

Bar Bacon – Midtown West

I stumbled upon Bar Bacon as a local joint near Terminal 5, a common concert venue in Midtown. The name was interesting and the menu was even more interesting. The place is a bar with plenty of tables available to have a full meal as well. Upon arrival, there is a huge, thick brown door…

Master Chef – Syosset

Master Chef is a new restaurant that has taken the place of various previous Chinese restaurants at the same location. In the past, this location was Empire Szechuan for a long time, and it was a very popular restaurant with great food, despite its very modest atmosphere. Then, the location shut down and restarted up…

Hummus & Pita Co. – Midtown West

Right by Port Authority is a small joint called Hummus and Pita Co. There are multiple locations throughout the city, and it appears to be a Chipotle-version of Mediterranean food. There is plenty of seating at this location, including an upstairs seating area. You order yourself at the counter. The location is clean and well…

Le Monde – Morningside Heights

Right across from Columbia University is a gem of a restaurant — Le Monde. I am amazed that I never noticed this restaurant considering I am constantly around Columbia, but that is because I usually opt to go to the restaurant next door (Community Restaurant). Nonetheless, I decided to try Le Monde, and I was…

NhΓ  Minh – Brooklyn

Near the concert venue Brooklyn Steel lies a small restaurant called NhΓ  Minh, a Vietnamese joint that — at first — seems rather questionable. The place seems to be more of a small shack than any formal dining experience. It fits the hipster Brooklyn vibe very well. Upon entry, I wasn’t sure what to expect,…

Brasserie Cassis – Plainview

Brasserie Cassis is a French restaurant located in the Plainview Shopping Center plaza. It seems relatively small from the outside, but the restaurant has tremendous depth inside, and features a large bar and plenty of booths. The atmosphere is extremely pleasant — dim lighting, Parisian decor, and generally has a very comfortably classy vibe. There…

Heirloom Tavern – Glen Head

Tucked away in the depths of Glen Head is Heirloom Tavern — a restaurant that is so off the main path that I’m amazed people find it. Nonetheless, the place is clearly popular, as the restaurant was packed around 7pm. Heirloom Tavern is not the largest restaurant, but large enough to not feel cramped. Upon…

Sweetgreen – Morningside Heights

Sweetgreen is a favorite amongst health fanatics and college students alike. Located right by Columbia University, this spot is frequented by passing joggers and hungry students. It is similar in nature to ‘Chopt’ — A Chipotle of salads, if you will. The decor is very modern and simple, with no smoke or mirrors. There is…

Rare650 – Syosset

I have passed Rare650 a billion times, and I may have been there once long, long ago. However, I stumbled in this past weekend, and had quite a time. The decor and atmosphere is definitely noteworthy. The interior is very nice — classy, tasteful, spacious. There is a nice bar and a small sushi bar….

Trattoria Spaghetto – West Village

After discovering that one of our all-time favorite restaurants — CafΓ© EspaΓ±ol — devastatingly closed, we decided to head over here to Trattoria Spaghetto. Apparently, this is the restaurant that served my mother her very first breakfast in the United States. I’d been to this restaurant before prior to the advent of this blog, but…

For Five Coffee Roasters – Manhasset

For my entire lifetime so far, I have searched for some sort of local, pleasant coffee shop that was not a Starbucks. Finally, I have discovered one in Manhasset that is exactly what I was looking for. For Five Coffee Roasters is located right at the crux of Manhasset on a busy street full of…