The Up & Up – Greenwich Village

Right on MacDougal, The Up & Up is a hidden gem. It’s easy to miss — you have to go downstairs into a relatively spacious dark room. First, outside, there is usually someone who puts you down on the waiting list. I am surprised that there is usually almost always a bit of a wait,…

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,…

Taras Bulba – SoHo

Taras Bulba is on West Broadway right by the heart of SoHo. I never noticed this restaurant before, but the entryway is very inviting and intriguing. The restaurant is Ukrainian with plenty of old-school Eastern European decor, and waitstaff dressed in traditional outfits. There is live music in the evening around 8 PM. There is…

Salvation Burger – Midtown East

My friend and I have been talking about going to Salvation Burger ever since our eyes set on all the Instagrams and video by InsiderFood. Well, we finally made it to Salvation Burger one fine evening, and it was nothing short of amazing. The restaurantΒ itself has a very chill vibe. The waitstaff is all kind…

Sugar Factory – Chelsea

For a long time, I have wanted to wander into the famous Sugar Factory for one of these mystical bubblyΒ sugary drinks. Finally, on one rainy evening for a dear friend’s birthday, the deed was done. Sugar Factory is right next to the High Line, so it’s great for an all-around experience of Chelsea. Upon entry,…

Big Daddy’s – Upper West Side

Big Daddy’s is a fun, upbeat diner full of retro decor and great choices of music. The place is very casual and a good place to go with a friend for an easygoing and classic meal of burgers and shakes. It’s definitely a good place to go for some comfort food and light atmosphere. The…

Vandal – Lower East Side

After my visit to the New Museum last week, I was very intrigued by the tons of cool and trendy restaurants around the area. Vandal immediately caught my attention, and after some investigation, I realized this restaurant was definitely one to go to immediately. What really sealed the deal was the moment I learned that…