Month: January 2014

GoOrganic Organic Hard Candies

GoOrganic Organic Hard Candies

After a hectic day at work and being stuck in traffic for over 50 minutes, it’s always nice to get home and relax. Today I was surprised to come home to two bags of organic candy, a sweet and thoughtful gift from Max.  GoOrganic Organic […]

New York City – Our List of Restaurants to Visit

New York City – Our List of Restaurants to Visit

Before we took our NYC trip earlier this year, I started making a list of restaurants that we would like to visit based on their reviews, menu, prices, and imagery. I started my research in early November, yes, two months before the actual trip, and […]

David Burke Kitchen

David Burke Kitchen

We purchased a Groupon to David Burke Kitchen in Soho before making our trip to NYC. The Groupon cost $39 and it covered Lunch for Two with Appetizers, Entrees, and Desserts, up to a $96 value.

We walked over from our hotel, I swear, we chose the best hotel… it was close to everything, The Courtyard in Soho. Any who, once you walk into the restaurant you take the stairs down to see the entrance of the restaurant. Before entering, there is a large fake pic, which we enjoyed taking a picture with. As we entered the restaurant, we were welcomed by a friendly hostess and he seated us promptly. The restaurant has a country barn vibe, are portraits of farmers around the restaurant, and a wood island in the middle which serves as a station for the wait staff. Everything on the menu looked delicious and we each got to choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

This is their complimentary dish to munch on before ordering, we just tried the long bread sticks, they had great flavor.

David Burke Kitchen NYC

Max ordered the Duck Confit served with Crostinis as an appetizer, he had never had it before; it tasted like liver mousse. You have to be a big fan of Duck Confit to truly enjoy it, it’s an acquired taste, one that we have not acquired yet.
David Burke Kitchen NYC

I ordered their crab cake, their version of it. It was delicious and very light. The sauces went great with the crab and their version was one I had never seen before. It looked like it was crusted in thin bread sticks, similar to the ones they gave us complimentary during the beginning of the meal.
David Burke Kitchen NYC

I had their ravioli as my main course. It was one big ravioli piece in a pancetta broth and stuffed with an egg yolk. The flavors were very strong for someone that doesn’t like salty foods, they should have taken it down a notch with the pancetta.
David Burke Kitchen NYC

Max ordered their burger and he found it very enjoyable and filling. He wasn’t hungry for the rest of the day and din’t even finish the whole burger.
David Burke Kitchen NYC

The burger came with delicious jalapeno fries that are a definite must try, or at least try your own version at home.

David Burke Kitchen NYC

We both ordered the same dessert, it was a chocolate cake with bourbon ice cream. Wow o Wow, this was heaven! The alcohol flavors kicked in and it was a good combinations of flavors. Their caramel sauce was delicious, but this dish really didn’t need it.

David Burke Kitchen NYC

 

Omonia Cafe

Omonia Cafe

After being told that our flight was delayed at LaGuardia, we checked our bags, walked aimlessly around the airport and decided that airport food was not for us. We hailed a cab and took it to Sanfords Restaurant in Astoria, a great 24/7 restaurant near the […]

Sanfords Restaurant

Sanfords Restaurant

We were in a Taxi cab on our way to LaGuardia Airport when I checked the status of our flight online, it was delayed… by three hours. It was too late for us to turn around and go back to the City for dinner as […]

Pure Thai Cookhouse

Pure Thai Cookhouse

I found this little Gem before we took our trip to NYC. After extensive research, I chose Pure Thai Cookhouse as a Thai option while we were on vacation. We where in Times Square before we headed back to our hotel and decided to pick something up for dinner to take back to the hotel, we weren’t hungry yet, but knew we would be by the time we arrived back at the hotel. We walked over to Pure Thai Cookhouse, it took us a little over 20 minutes, but we wanted to work up our appetite.

As we opened the door at Pure Thai Cookhouse, we saw a line of people waiting to be seated… it’s always a good sign to see people waiting.

Pure Thai Cookhosue is fairly small and there was a 25 to 30 minute wait to be seated when we arrived, we let the hostess know that we were taking out and grabbed a menu. They have lunch and dinner prices for all their menu items, except for their snack items. Their menu is divided into four sections, snacks, wok stir-fried dishes, wok stir-fried noodles & rice, and pure Thai noodles. Everything looked great and we ended up ordering their Pad Thai with Calamari and Vegetable Spring Rolls. They accept credit cards, but with a minimum order of $15; bring cash if you will be ordering below that.

Their Vegetable Spring Rolls were $5 and are made up of shitake mushroom, jicama, and glass noodles with thai chili plum sauce on the side. They aren’t the size of your average spring rolls that you order at your local Asian restaurant, although small, they are packed with flavor. We were pleasantly happy with them and didn’t even need the sauce.
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We love Pad Thai and although their noodle soups looked and smelled delicious, we didn’t want to carry a soup dish all the way to the  hotel, but believe me, the next time we are in town, we are stopping here for a sit down dinner and I will be ordering one of their soup dishes. Their Pad Thai is usually served with shrimp, but we substituted it for Calamari, they also have the substitute options of pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, mixed vegetables, and tofu. Their Pad Thai was made up of rice noodles, peanuts, bean sprouts, scallions, egg, and tamarind sauce. Our Pad Thai also had small tofu pieces, although I believe that might have been a mistake. I like tofu and it was a nice texture opposite the softer texture of their large and delicious calamari pieces. The Pad Thai at Pure Thai Cookhouse was delicious, with consistent flavor, if you love Pad Thai, make sure to stop by Pure Thai Cookhouse to try it out. We would like to go back in the future to try some of their spicy dishes and of course their noodle soup dishes.
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II Corallo Trattoria

II Corallo Trattoria

We did some extensive research before taking our trip to NYC and had a full list of restaurants that we wanted to try out, we didn’t go to all of them, but did make it to II Corallo Trattoria, which was walking distance from our hotel. […]

Lombardi’s Pizza

Lombardi’s Pizza

We took the six train uptown to Lombardi’s Pizza after a day of touring around downtown and visiting the 9/11 Memorial. Lombardi’s is located near cute little shops and is walking distance to Soho which is where our hotel was located. We went into Lombardi’s […]

Katz’s Delicatessen

Katz’s Delicatessen

We started the New Year right and took a trip to NYC for five days. After dropping our luggage off at our hotel, we walked a little over a mile to Katz’s Delicatessen. We hadn’t eaten all day and had four hours of sleep, but the walk was worth it once we made it. When we first entered Katz’s Delicatessen, they gave each one of us a small ticket with different number options on it. In front of us stood the a long Deli counter with numerous workers behind it, behind us stood a long line of people, and to the left were seats and tables. When you arrive, they don’t give you instructions on what you have to do, which was pretty confusing for tourists like us. After asking one of their employees how the ordering process went down, we got it. First you take your ticket and order from one of the workers behind the counter, he prepares your meal, takes your ticket, crosses off the number related to what you order, and you then sit down and eat your meal. Once you are done with your meal, you take your tickets and make the line to pay. Side note, if you shared a meal with someone and only used one ticket, the other blank ticket still needs to be returned.
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The serving sizes at Katz’s Delicatessen are large, if you have a very big appetite, order your own meal

We ordered one Matzo Ball Soup and one Rueben with Pastrami. The serving sizes at Katz’s Delicatessen are quiet big and we ended up splitting everything in half. If you have a big appetite, go ahead and order your own meal…. remember, you don’t have to eat everything, take some home for later, there’s nothing worse than filling overly full.

The Matzo Ball Soup at Katz’s Delicatessen was delicious. The dish is made up of one big Matzo Ball surrounded by delicious chicken broth, there’s nothing better than a warm Matzo Ball Soup on a cold day. We live near a Jewish Community, and this was by far the best Matzo Ball Soup that we have tasted. The Matzo Ball was full of flavor and you could taste the chicken fat flavor .

Katz's Delicatessen Matzo Ball Soup

The Rueben was the best we’ve had. Full of Pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, Sauerkraut, and a flavorful Russian Dressing. This is a big sandwich and just eating half of one kept us full for the rest of the day. They served their sandwich with two sets of pickles, which we didn’t care to try.Katz's Delicatessen RuebenKatz's Delicatessen Rueben Sandwich
Address:
Katz’s Delicatessen
205 E Houston St
New York, NY

Picking the right restaurant during your travels

Picking the right restaurant during your travels

If you’re like us and dislike bad restaurant food on your travels, then do your research and prepare properly. Keep your research within your hotels proximity and within your hotels city, you don’t want to end up paying high taxi fees or gas bills. We […]