madison square eats, again!

Madison Square Eats is back. About thirty of the city’s restaurants gather in one space in the Flatiron District which encourages you to sample eats from multiple places. I visited the summer pop-up and had some great pizza from Roberta’s, and wings from Pig and Khao so I was excited to try a few different places. First stop, Red Hook Lobster Pound.  At Red Hook Lobster pound you can choose from three types of lobster rolls. Maine style: tossed in mayo. Connecticut style: warm with butter. And Tuscan style: tossed in a basil vinaigrette. I went with the Connecticut style roll and the first thing I have to say about the roll is RHLP is very generous with the size and amount of lobster it puts in its rolls. I’ve seen lobster rolls at other places and they are scant with the lobster and charge $30+ (RHLP charges $16). The only other lobster roll I’ve had was from Luke’s Lobster and it was the traditional chilled-mayo lobster roll. After tasting the roll from RHLP, I now know that I prefer butter soaked lobster to the traditional lobster roll.

lobster roll, red hook lobster pound Next stop, the Macaron Parlour for a macaron ice cream sandwich. It tasted good, and it’s an inventive idea but I’ve had better ice cream in the city. I can’t remember what flavor I ordered but it tasted like a generic store brand ice  cream. I’d like to go to one of the shops and try one of the more exotic macaron flavors like cheeto and candied bacon.

Macaron Ice cream sandwich- Macaron ParlourCheck out the full Red Hook Lobster Pound menu here.

Check out the full Macaron Parlour menu here.

Madison Square Eats runs until October 2.

Macaron Parlour Patisserie on Urbanspoon

The Red Hook Lobster Pound on Urbanspoon

happy national coffee day!

Without you coffee where would we all be? Probably back in bed. To celebrate, lots of stores in NYC and beyond are giving out free coffee. Check out the list.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Free medium dark roast iced or hot coffee.

Krispy Kreme: Free 12 oz cup of coffee or a 12 oz Mocha, Latte or iced coffee for $1.

Caribou Coffee: Free samples of the new Amy’s blend coffee

Central Perk: In honor of the Friends 20th anniversary. 8 o’ clock is still giving out free coffee until October 18th.

Doughnut Plant: Free mini coffee cake doughnut with the purchase of any coffee.

Ground Central Coffee Company: In collaboration with The Infatuation, pay for your drink using the Paypal App and get $3 off of your drink and free custom latte art. Look at how pretty it is.

America is a great country because we invent wonderful creations like the ramen burger. I’ve eaten many a burger in NYC but none has stayed on my mind longer than the ramen burger.

Ramen burgerThe noodle buns are fried but still springy when you take a bite, and the noodles hold together. It’s an interesting mystery how the noodles stay together. I looked up a few copycat recipes online but I don’t think any of them have gotten in right. The sandwich is dressed  with a secret sweet and at the same time savory sauce that makes the burger juicy. I mopped up the extra sauce with my potato chips because I didn’t want to waste it.

ramen burger 2The only drawback is that it’s pretty small for an 8 dollar burger.

Check out the full Ramen.Co menu here. They make more than just burgers. You can buy a bowl of ramen too. on Urbanspoon

central perk

I’ll be there for youuuuuuuuu! Hell yes I’m a Friends fan. The series ended when I was a freshman in high school and I remember my friend and I screaming before English class about how Rachel got off the plane. Ah memories. Naturally I was pumped when I read about the Central Perk 20th Anniversary pop up shop and I was not deterred by the hour long wait in line.  It’s too bad I didn’t go on Wednesday because the actor who played Gunther was there taking pics with all the fans.

Central Perk, friends, orange couchLook it’s me on THE couch from the show. Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, and Joey sat here, and probably 1000 other random strangers too.

Central Perk, friends, outfitsRandom outfits from the show and Phoebe’s guitar. I remember that polka dotted coat.

Central perk, friends, dog sculptureThe ridiculous dog sculpture Joey bought after he made it big on Days of Our Lives as Dr. Drake Ramoray.

Central Perk, friends, Chandler's wedding vowsChandler’s wedding vows.

Central Perk, friends, science boyRoss’ Science Boy comic book and the porno Phoebe’s evil twin sister Ursula starred in  using Phoebe’s name.

Central PerkThe pop up shop was also giving out free coffee from 8 O’ Clock Coffee but I can’t give  a yay or a nay on the taste because it was scalding even after I let it sit for 15 minutes.

Central perk, friendsThey were selling merch too.

And finally I leave you with a clip from one of my favorite Friends episode. It’s the one where Rachel and Phoebe found out about Chandler and Monica. “They don’t know they we know they know we know!”

The Central Perk pop up will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends until October 18. Now excuse me while I re-watch the entire series.

Central Perk on Urbanspoon

burger bistro

Burger Bistro: I saw an inexpensive Groupon and decided to give it a try. The burger patty was dry and I expected the cheeses I ordered (gruyere and cheddar) to be gooey and melted together but they were cold and tasteless.

burger bistro1I wish I had ordered endless plates of the deep fried corn instead. Does corn have any nutritional value?

deep fried corn- burger bistroI won’t return, but if the above suits your fancy, check out the full Burger Bistro menu here.

The Burger Bistro on Urbanspoon

ivan ramen slurp shop

I went to Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop with the intention of eating ramen (duh) but I said to myself “Akua the weather is still lovely. Save the ramen taste testing for December when you’re cold and miserable.” So with a quick glance at the menu I ordered the Slow-Cooked Pork Donburi and it was a mistake.

Pork Donburi Rice BowlIt looks tasty, no? The dish would have been fine if it weren’t for the nasty plum sauce that ruined the whole thing. The plum sauce incredibly sour. And like a fool I mixed everything together without tasting the individual elements first. The moral of the story folks, always go with the ramen. I’ll be back during winter to see how this ramen matches up against my beloved Totto Ramen though.

Check out the full Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop menu here. Try the rice at your own peril.

Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop on Urbanspoon

prosperity dumpling

If ever there was a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, Prosperity Dumpling is it. Dingy outer facade? Check. Limited seating? Check. Questionable cleanliness? Check. Cheap and delicious food that makes you overlook all the previous statements? Check.

Prosperity Dumpling Chinatown is littered dumpling shops, but I don’t think any is talked about more than Prosperity Dumpling. It’s on several “best dumpling” lists and rarely gets a bad review. One thing that makes people flock to Prosperity Dumpling are the prices. You can order four fried (or boiled) pork and chive dumplings for a dollar, or a sesame pancake for less than two. Everything on the menu is equally as cheap.

Pork and Chive DumplingsI only tried the dumplings but I’m eager to explore the menu more on another visit. 8 dumplings for two dollars; I don’t think you can buy dinner cheaper anywhere in New York. My only complaint is that the skins weren’t crispy on both sides. Otherwise, they were juicy pan-fried deliciousness.  The dumpling are best eaten with large amounts of sriracha, but Prosperity Dumpling alters their sriracha somehow. It’s thinner, sweeter, and vinegary, but is still served in the signature bottle that everyone recognizes.

Pork and Chive dumplings, close up

Check out the full Prosperity Dumpling menu here. You can even buy frozen dumplings to make at home. And it’s CASH ONLY.  I’ve also read good things about Tasty Dumpling; it’s been added to my New York food list

Prosperity Dumpling on Urbanspoon

73 questions with daniel radcliffe

I’m still trying to catch up on pop culture, movies, basically everything since taking the bar. I recently looked at the iTunes top ten list and I only recognized one song. 73 questions with Daniel Radcliffe was posted a month ago and it made me laugh hard after a pretty rough day–especially the last question.

P.S. 73 Questions with Anna Wintour is good too.