The Polo Bar – Midtown East

The Polo Bar has easily risen as one of my favorite restaurants in New York City. Elegantly designed by Ralph Lauren’s taste, the restaurant is ordained in handsome and classy brown leather, green plaid, and plenty of horse-related decor. A reservation is absolutely essential. Perhaps you could squeeze yourself in if you are truly lucky,…

Rothchild’s Coffee and Kitchen – Great Neck

On Middle Neck Road, which is a rather busy and trendy street full of small cafes, bakeries, and shops, there is a very quaint location for brunch, lunch, or even dinner. Rothchild’s has a menu collectively from American, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern background. The atmosphere is very modern and refreshing, and relatively casual. It seems…

Scarlatto – Midtown

Right around the corner from tons of Broadway theaters is an Italian restaurant draped in red called Scarlatto. The restaurant has a classic Italian family restaurant feel with the walls and decor in a rich red color. Many places were packed Sunday evening, but this restaurant was able to sit us rather quickly. They had…

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…

The Rolling Spring Roll – Syosset

I never knew much about Vietnamese food, so I was excited to try out this relatively new joint off of Jericho Turnpike. The interior is very casual, but pleasant. The place isn’t too big, and there’s a woody beige theme throughout. There is a bar, although I question if a bar-life exists. Nonetheless, the place…

Dos Caminos – ChelseaΒ 

Dos Caminos is an extremely comfortable Mexican restaurant right in the heart of Chelsea. It’s just around the block from the High Line, Chelsea Market, the Whitney, and all sorts of major Chelsea hotspots. It’s literally thinly sandwiched between two streets, hence the name of the restaurant.  The interior is rather dark, but not too…

Ocean – Bayville

Guess where this restaurant is located? If you guessed by the ocean, you are most definitely the next Sherlock Holmes. This restaurant is located right by my all-time favorite restaruant, Wall’s Wharf, and so it was most definitely interesting to see how this one would compare. The overall place is beautiful. Ocean is a restaurant…

Market Bistro – Jericho

I have passed Market Bistro a million times, but finally, at the end of high school, I actually walked in with my family and decided to have dinner. I had previously heard a lot of raving reviews about the place, but I was skeptical. However, Market Bistro turned out to be one of my favorite…

Ayhan’s Shish Kebab – Plainview

Ayhan’s is a secret gem in Plainview, right in the center of the Plainview Shopping Center. I’ve gone to the restaurant with my family for all of my life, and it feels comforting every time I walk in through the doors. Ayhan’s is a Mediterranean restaurant decorated with Greek murals, window panels, greenery, and plenty…

Tao Uptown – East SideΒ 

Upon entry, the first thing about Tao that catches your eye is a gargantuan Buddha statue in the back of the restaurant, so big that you can’t help but just stare at it for a few seconds to process its size. Tao Uptown was a pleasant experience all-around, with a sophisticated and urbane atmosphere inside….

Japengo – Lahaina, HIΒ 

Japengo was part of the Hyatt Regency in Maui where we stayed, and everyone was telling us that it was a very good restaurant to go to. It’s a Japanese restaurant elevated by the poolside and ocean, and it holds a comfortable lounge setting lit by torches and candles. There is live music almost every…

Old Tbilisi Garden – West Village

      My thoughts on Old Tbilisi went from 0 to 100 real quick. I’ve been there three times, and the first two times, I will admit, I was disappointed. But the third time, I totally fell in love with the place.  Now, I need to take a moment to discuss my initial bias going…