We stopped by Zinc for dinner after seeing it recommended several times. It was a very nice atmosphere, and we didn’t have any trouble getting a seat for two at dinnertime. I was very impressed by my cocktail, but unfortunately, our entrees weren’t anything special. I wonder if we just happened to order the wrong dishes, because it seems like Zinc gets so much love everywhere we look. Dessert was quite lovely; I’m fascinated by how often the arepa makes an appearance in New Haven dishes. Maybe we’ll give Zinc another try someday.
One of the places we go the most often, this cafe that’s super close to our apartment, a great stop for a pastry for breakfast or a nice space to study as well. Opens nice and early at 7AM, with a wide variety of baked goods and also prepared on-the-spot goodies like this amazing avocado on toast tartine. Also tasty was the brie with arugula and honey, and you can’t go wrong with a smoked salmon tartine. There are seats outdoors for those nice sunny days as well. Check them out on Yelp or at their website!
We walked past Skappo a few times before deciding to try it out. The restaurant is run by a family; at one point, Mama, frequently referred to on Yelp, came out and talked with everyone; she was so welcoming and warm! Everything we ate was great, from the figs to the dark rice. Unfortunately, they were waiting for a shipment of mozzarella from Italy, so I couldn’t get my go-to caprese dish. The dark rice was certainly interesting, and lent a more complex flavor than regular rice would have. Certainly a fantastic spot for a meal, and again, a great, warm and welcoming atmosphere! Check them out on Yelp or at their website!
Words don’t really convey how amazing it is to have craved hand-pulled or knife-shaven noodles for years in between opportunities to get it. There are a few places in Chicago with good hand-pulled noodles but it’s been years since I’ve had knife-shaven noodles. I’m pretty sure the last time was when I was back in China several years ago. Lam Zhou is literally a hole in the wall, and there’s barely enough room to get in and sit down. The counters are super narrow and it’s a rather claustrophobic experience. You get to hear the slap as a big roll of dough is slammed down onto the board as the hand-pulling process begins. It is mesmerizing to watch as the noodles are folded and pulled, each time doubling in quantity and thinning out until you get a fantastic, doughy experience that land steaming onto the wobbly counter in front of you. Also, the dumplings were an unexpected amazing surprise, absolutely bursting with flavors and juices, and a ridiculous bargain at $3 for 10! The dumplings were so fantastic that I’d come all the way back to New York just for more. Overall, an excellent experience, and one I’m hoping to repeat soon! Check them out on Yelp!
We also walked around the city a bit and hit up Chelsea Market, where even more wondrous food options awaited us. Then we walked along the high line and saw everything from Lego towers to free-for-all painting!
It was Comic-Con, so there were tons of people dressed up!
After getting snacks from Bunn and noodles from Dadam, we got dessert at Spot, also located on the third floor of Food Gallery 32, a food court type building in Koreatown. We went for the signature chocolate green tea lava cake, which came in a rather fancy plated presentation. The chocolate green tea oozes out of the lava cake, and the green tea ice cream is the perfect accompaniment. I also wanted to try their macaroons and The Harvest, which comes in a little pot that is filled with oreo crumbs, but was simply too full. I wish the location was little bit nicer and less crowded, but it definitely speaks to the tastiness of the treats that everyone still comes here despite the location. (Apparently, Spot also has another, much cuter location out in St. Marks.)
We originally got pulled into Food Gallery 32 because of Bunn (separate review to come), with delicious soft red bean fish that were simply fantastic. However, once we stepped in, we were delighted by the vast array of offerings in this food court style building. We had seen rave reviews for Dadam on Yelp, but hadn’t known where to find it – turns out it’s on the third floor of this building. Despite being a cafeteria-type restaurant, Dadam had quite high production value photography of their food, which was displayed on loop on some of the monitors. We sat, eating our red bean fish, and watched photo after photo of beautiful noodle dishes and then had to try one.
We got the three color handmade noodle soup (these noodles were absolutely fantastic in texture, chewy and thick, with the added bonus of being three colors). Hungry City had a great article about another spot by the same owner, and described noodles as being colored with carrot and beet juice. You also get a side of two kimchis, which cut through the noodles and perilla seed broth. I’ve never had perilla seed broth for my noodles before, and found it probably a little too nutty for my taste, although Fred liked it a lot.
Overall a great spot to stop and grab some food. If I lived close to this place, I’d be in here every day. We saw lots of people grabbing lunch, and one order is more than enough to fill you up. Check them out on Yelp or at their website!
These delicious buns in the window are what pulled us into Food Gallery 32, a food court type building in Koreatown. We also ended up eating at Dadam and Spot on the third floor, both of which were quite food. We went for the pocket buns, which are the open version, rather than the traditional closed buns. The meat was super flavorful (spicy pork and marinated beef), and the slaw was crisp and stringy. These buns are a great snack, coming out fluffy and savory, but perhaps even better are the taiyaki (the baked fish-shaped cakes). You can watch these being made in the Delimanjoo machine, and you can get fillings such as red bean or custard. I recommend eating it as soon as it comes off the grill – it’s like a waffle filled with mild sweet goodness. What a fantastic snack! Check them out on Yelp!