Laduree Soho

By grace.g.yang · September 11, 2014
Under: American,Brunch,Burgers,Desserts,Drinks,Gift Ideas,High Tea,My Life,Snacks,Soho,Things to do in NYC



One of my new favorite places to go in New York is Laduree. Originally it was the Upper East Side location but then Laduree opened a huge bakery, restaurant, and open outdoor space in Soho, where Ken and I went one wonderful weekend. It’s such a beautiful bakery and all of the macarons and baked goods are always delicious and perfectly made. I love just walking in the bakery and smelling all of the delicious butter that went into their croissants and salted caramel macarons.

The beautiful backdrop:

Laduree Soho

Laduree Soho is similar to the Laduree’s in Paris (especially the one on the Champs-Elysees); there is plenty of seating and lots of beautifully made desserts:

Laduree Soho

The original location in New York only sells macarons, sorbets, and little trinkets but the (new) location in Soho sells sandwiches, croissants, caneles, and lots of beautiful sweet creations:

Laduree Soho

The macarons are all perfect (when the UES location opened, they were delivered from Paris on a weekly basis. Now that there’s a larger location in the city, I wonder if they make their macarons in house):

Laduree Soho

Ken and I purchased some macarons and an additional croissant:

Laduree Soho

And my personal favorite, a canele:

Laduree Soho

Canele’s are crunchy on the outside (thanks to the beeswax finish) and the innards are delicious; a little vanilla bean, rum, and egg yolk make the perfect bite:

Laduree Soho

Laduree already makes perfect macarons but you have to visit the soho location for their other desserts or to have a glass of champagne on their patio and enjoy a canele!

Ladurée on Urbanspoon

The Brooklyn Kitchen

By grace.g.yang · September 9, 2014
Under: American,Brooklyn,My Life,Things to do in NYC

I have been visiting Brooklyn more and more and really enjoy each trip there (once I get there…the commute is still less than desirable). On one recent visit, I stopped by The Brooklyn Kitchen, a general store with groceries, tools, and classes:

The Brooklyn Kitchen

They have a NYC-decorated cow outside that lured me in:

The Brooklyn Kitchen

The store has another store (or counter) inside – the meat hook – where people were picking up fresh cuts of meat or freshly made sausages:

The Brooklyn Kitchen

I didn’t want to buy any meat because it seemed like you had to pre-order anything good (I’m not sure about that, I would call beforehand if you’re interested in buying meat) and instead, walked over to the Le Creuset and knife area to admire the kitchen goods:

The Brooklyn Kitchen

They had a really good selection of both pots and knives and also had a lot of interesting items for the kitchen. I wanted to buy something and ended up buying this amazing yogurt by The White Mustache:

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These are pretty pricey (the cheapest I’ve found is at Whole Foods and they’re $5 there), but it’s worth every penny. The sour cherry is my favorite!

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The yogurt is sweeter than Fage, has a similar thickness, and the sour cherry flavor is tart but not too tart. It’s so delicious and a good substitute for actual dessert.

Westville Chelsea

By grace.g.yang · August 25, 2014
Under: American,Brunch,Cheap Eats,Chelsea,Lunch,My Life,Snacks,steak



The last time I posted about Westville Chelsea, it was less than desirable. But, David lives down the street from the restaurant and the last time my mom was in town she liked it a lot, so Ken, David and I gave it another try on a recent Saturday afternoon. David always likes to order the veggies (I think everyone orders them because they’re seasonal and all basically roasted):

Westville Chelsea

David ordered the steak and poached eggs:

Westville Chelsea

Ken ordered the omelet made with tomatoes, ham, and spinach with a side of salad:

Westville Chelsea

And I ordered the kale salad with bacon, avocado, Parmesan, and two poached eggs:

Westville Chelsea

Our setup:

Westville Chelsea

Everything was well prepared and my kale salad was bomb dot com. The kale is slightly wilted from the heat of the poached eggs and has a great amount of salt from the bacon. Definitely rethinking my previous opinion of Westville Chelsea and can’t wait to go back again!

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Morimoto

By grace.g.yang · August 22, 2014
Under: Asian,Desserts,Dinner,Drinks,Japanese,Meatpacking,My Life,seafood,Things to do in NYC



A while back, I received an email from Urbanspoon emailed me asking if I wanted to go to dinner at Morimoto with their new general manager. (A free meal at Morimoto? Sign me up!) I met up with the general manager as well as Yvo from Feisty Foodie. Since I’ve been to Morimoto before (see here), I’ll just post photos from our meal.

The cooked oysters with foie gras served on a bed of salt and pepper:

Morimoto NYC

Make your own toro tartare:

Morimoto NYC

A simple salad to cleanse our palates:

Morimoto NYC

Uni with Ikura (roe) and yuzu zest:

Morimoto NYC

You can’t go to Morimoto and not order the rock shrimp:

Morimoto NYC

Yvo got a side of ramps (we went to dinner back in March so it was ramp season):

Morimoto NYC

I ordered the chirashi:

Morimoto NYC

And a few pieces of my favorite, tamago and kasutera:

Morimoto NYC

Keela, the new general manager of Urbanspoon, ordered the buribop (similar to bibimbap):

Morimoto NYC

My meal, along with my miso soup on the side:

Morimoto NYC

Morimoto was delicious and it was so nice to meet Keela and have dinner with Yvo. I haven’t been to Morimoto in such a long time that it was really nice to visit again!

Morimoto on Urbanspoon

Maison Kayser

By grace.g.yang · August 20, 2014
Under: Desserts,Flatiron,French,Lunch,My Life,Prix-fixe,Snacks,Things to do in NYC



I’m always looking for good places for lunch, especially since I live near my office now. I love Maison Kayser for their financiers (especially their raspberry financier, which is so dense and buttery), so I figured their lunch would be really good as well. They have a good deal for lunch, a pre-fixe where you can get a soup, an entree, and a dessert for under $30. My friend ordered the carrot soup to start:

Maison Kayser

With some bread:

Maison Kayser

While I started with the delicious French Onion soup that had a ton of melted cheese:

Maison Kayser

For Kerry’s entree, she ordered a chicken flatbread:

Maison Kayser

The chicken was slightly dry, but she thought it was acceptable for a lunch entree.

I ordered the salad with fresh peas and radishes:

Maison Kayser

I thought the dressing was really odd and had no flavor (not even an oily flavor) and wasn’t a fan of the way they prepared their asparagus, which was very stringy. The goat cheese was also flavorless and tasted more like ricotta than a tangy goat cheese.

For dessert, Kerry ordered a chocolate dessert with almonds, which she saved for her son:

Maison Kayser

While I ordered a mango-passionfruit dessert:

Maison Kayser

That I did not save for Ken:

Maison Kayser

The dessert tasted a little on the stale side (possibly because it was from the day before) but was acceptable for a lunch dessert.

After lunch, I was a little unsatisfied and ended up purchasing a raspberry financier from the bakery:

Maison Kayser

Which I knew would be good and a perfect breakfast for the next day.

I don’t think I’ll be dining at Maison Kayser again in their sit down area, but will continue to buy their financiers and breads from their bakery.

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