Small Batch – Garden City

I used to watch Top Chef on Bravo a lot, so visiting Tom Colicchio‘s restaurant in Garden City was rather exciting for me. Located right at Roosevelt Field Mall, Small Batch is located amongst the other collection of restaurants at the mall, such as Capital Grille. I really liked the exterior of the restaurant. The…

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,…

Villa Mosconi – Greenwich Village

I have passed Villa Mosconi for most of my life on the way to Bleecker Street on Macdougal. The restaurant is more secluded from the hectic nightlife scene on Bleecker, but there is an old-school feel to the joint as you pass it. We finally decided to eat at this family-run Italian restaurant. Upon entry,…

Amy Ruth’s – Harlem

I have heard of Amy Ruth’s for a long time now, but have only recently gotten around to actually visiting the place for breakfast one day. Upon entry, a man greeted us and sat us down immediately. The place is very casual, making it ideal for breakfast or lunch. I am not sure if I…

Kotobuki – Roslyn

Kotobuki is considered an amazing place to go for sushi on Long Island, and I can’t say I disagree. It’s often very crowded, especially peak hours on weekends, but I could see the appeal. At first, Kotobuki looks like any regular sushi restaurant. The interior is very minimalistic, and almost too compact. It can be…