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NYC RESTAURANT WEEK: INSTAGRAMMY

It is my favorite time of the year again, and the foodie gawds are looking out for our wallets!  It’s NYC Restaurant Week from July 24th – August 18th.  During this special time, you are able to get a three-course prix fixe dinner for $42 or a three-course lunch for $29.  Of course this does not include beverages, gratuity, and tax SO BE SURE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SERVER – THANK YOU.  I highly encourage you to make a reservation due to the popularity of this event via their program sponsor OpenTable, or you could go old school and actually call the restaurant. Feel free to check out the NYC Restaurant week official website for more deets and a complete list of restaurants.

When it comes to food we first eat with our eyes.  By that I mean we are naturally stimulated by our sight.  The more appealing food is the more likely you are to indulge.  Here are some restaurants that do an superb job of stimulating us visually with a great IG page.  In the wise words of Fab “…you look so good you should win an InstaGrammy”.  Check out the list below and be sure to follow a couple, because they won’t disappoint you.  These restaurants should win an InstaGrammy!

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Save Ya Money: Sugar Factory

My reason for reviewing food establishments is because I have always wanted to share my experience with others.  If it was amazing – I wanted you to experience the same thing.  If it was terrible – I wanted to keep you from wasting your money.  For this reason I have decided to create a new segment called “Save Ya Money”.  I hope this does not become something that is a regular occurrence, but if you know me I am ALWAYS going to tell you the truth.  Things that would appear in this segment would include food crazes that do not live up to the hype or an overall sub-par experience.  At the end of the day I don’t want you to waste your time or money.

 

 

I recently visited the new Sugar Factory location on the Upper West Side that has been open for several months.  Sugar Factory is known for their over-sized drink goblets and their celebrity sightings.  Before going to any new restaurant I normally check out their (more…)

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A Night at Shi

This summer I have been keeping my promise to myself and exploring places other than Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Staten Island is the like red headed stepchild no one cares about in NYC (no shade, but I guess that is shade).  But I been spending my leisure time in The Bronx and Queens.  I recently dined at Shi in Long Island City and enjoyed myself so much I wanted to share it with the D.C. Fam!

Shi is an upscale Asian Fusion restaurant, and if you know me I am extremely funny when it comes to Asian Fusion restaurants.  My logic is how can you perfect making Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese food?  Surprisingly, Shi has convinced me you can!  The menu at Shi can be slightly overwhelming since it is Asian Fusion, but for starters their menu include things such as Chicken Satay, Lychee Calamari, Fried Wontons, and Shumai.   For entrees they are ready to bless your pallet with things such as Sake Infused Chilean Seabass, Spicy Basil, Vietnamese Noodles, and Peppercorn Scallops.  Lets also not forget they have over 10 different types of specialty sushi rolls which they are all moderately priced as well.  While dining I opted for The Shrimpy roll which includes shrimp tempura and spicy tuna.

 

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Brunchin’ In Queens: ORO

I have been living in New York City since 2014, and this past weekend I brunched in Queens for the first time.  Maybe it is because I have been living in Manhattan and this island has me spoiled rotten with endless brunch options.  Regardless, when given the chance to check out Queens with some good friends that are also foodies I jumped at the opportunity.

This past Sunday I checked out Oro, which is Spanish for GOLD.  Sounding classy already, huh? Before going to Oro I stalked their IG page, drooled over their food, and watched their promo video several times.  It was to the point my friend had to asked me if I was watching the video again and passing judgement at the same time.  Maybe it was the beautiful people having a good time, or my fav song playing in the background, or the positive energy this spot gave off.  From the video  I JUST knew I needed to experience it!

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Menu Preview at Zio

If you cannot tell from my IG feed and previous post I am a FAN of Zio Ristorante.  They lured me with their happy hour and stole my heart with their food.  They recently invited me to come and preview their May lunch prix fix menu, and what food blogger can say no to that?  Each month their 3 course lunch menu changes, and for a whopping $20 you can eat like a king or queen.  The quality, presentation, and portions will leave you wanting to snap a pics for the Gram and scheduling all future lunch dates at this restaurant.  Lets dive into this menu!

The starters for the May menu included Zuppa, Insalata, and Calamari.  The Zuppa is a puree of green peas that is served warmed and has a hint of mint.  The Zuppa has a great balance of the peas and the mint, the mint actually provided a delicate after taste.  The Insalata includes mixed greens, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, fresh mozzarella, and balsamic vinaigrette.  This salad screams spring and summertime because it is light and refreshing.  The calamari had to be my favorite from the appetizer section of the menu.  The grilled calamari included mango, cherry tomatoes, and fennel.  This perfectly grilled calamari just melts in your mouth.

 

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New Restaurant: BONMi

I recently got invited out to a new location for BONMi in the Flatiron District of Manhattan.  BONMi is a Vietnamese inspired fast casual restaurant featuring non-traditional Bánh Mì Sandwiches, Greens, Rice, and Noodle Bowls.  They pride themselves in using premium and all natural ingredients.  Their signature dishes include the Red Eye Bánh Mì Sandwich, High Five Rice & Quinoa Bowl, BBQ Belly Bánh Mì Sandwich, and the Kickshaw Salad.  They also have a Build Your Own menu with your base can be a sandwich or a bowl.  From there you also pick your filling, sauce, and finally toppings. (more…)

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Happy Hour: Zio

Ever get in a relationship, get hooked, things start moving fast, and next thing you know…you are sprung? Yeah that happened with Zio.  Zio is not a man, but an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant located in the Flatiron area of Manhattan.

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Cupcake Market

This cupcake shop in East Village takes art and desserts to a whole other level.  Their cupcakes, cakes, and celebrity inspired cookies have caught the eye of many New Yorkers and has created some awesome Instagram posts.  Back in December we shared with you the Drake Cake on our IG page.

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Carmine’s

Carmine’s is something you have to experience at least once in your lifetime.  And when you go bring a crew, wear loose top, and put on some stretch pants!  Carmine’s is an Italian restaurant serves family style portions and they could care less about you preserving your girlish figure!  Their first location opened up in 1990 on the Upper West Side and since then they have expanded to a second location near Times Square and three others outside of NYC.  I recommend the one on the Upper West Side because it will have less tourists, and it is the first of their locations.  I strongly encourage making reservations and have at least three or more in your party if y0u plan to successfully conquer this food mission.

For dinner, I had the calamari as an appetizer and their special pasta for that night.  The calamari was average and nothing to really rave about besides the large portion.  Now lets get into this pasta that is featured below! Scallops, shrimp, calms, mussels, garlic, tomatoes, and a white wine sauce.  It taste even better than it looks!

Contact Info:

Twitter:  @Carminesnyc

Instagram:  @Carminesnyc

http://www.carminesnyc.com

 

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V-Day Edition: Party of 1

Did you know about 190 million Valentines are sent each year just in the United States alone?  Either you love or hate this holiday, and I don’t think there is any gray area when it comes to feelings for Valentine’s Day.  On February 14th you are reminded yet again you are bae-less on this unnecessary Hallmark holiday.  From homegirl at work getting floors delivered, to walking past larger than life Valentine window displays, or all the couples on the subway holding hands and you JUST KNOW they are heading to dinner.  So to cure your V-Day blues I am giving you a list of places it is completely acceptable to dine alone because two would be a crowd.

 

Xi’an Famous Food –  This spicy Chinese food NYC-based chain has a total of 10 locations so I am sure you will be able to find one near you.  They are known for their hand pulled noodles and lamb burgers as well.  Great thing about Xi’an is their locations are made for fast dining and NOT group dining.  Party of 1 = being able to find a seat.  My personal favorite is the beef and noodles!

Spicy & Tingly Beef Noodles | Xi'an Famous Food in Midtown #Nyc #Food #Manhattan #YelpEatsNYC

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