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NATIONAL PASTA DAY: 5 Places To Grab Pasta

October is normally the strong nudge from Mother Earth that reminds us it is fall, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are a weekly requirement.  Call me basic if you will BUT I LOVE THEM!  We tend to forget about other marvelous things that bring us joy like PASTA!  Not only is it National Pasta Month, but it is also National Pasta Day TODAY!  Pasta is a staple for most Italian dishes, and the devil to those on those No Carb diets.  The first time pasta was mentioned in a book was during the 1100’s, and it is still finding its way to every restaurant’s menu today.  In honor of this glorious day I have provided with 5 places to grab a nice plate of pasta from.

 

CelesteThis quaint establishment is located on the Upper West Side and is cash only.  They are known for serving up authentic Italian food, unforgettable cheese plates, affordable prices, and providing superb customer service.  They do not take reservations but it is worth the wait.

502 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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HIDDEN GEM: TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie

I have been holding back on sharing this hidden gem for a while.  TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie has been in business over a year, and these Udon specialists are showing no signs of slowing down.  The Brasserie located near Union Square is the first location in the United States, but they currently have 13 locations in Japan.  Per a restaurant rep they have intentions of expanding to two more locations in NYC in the near future.

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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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Vietnamese Noodles

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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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