Dim Sum Palace in NYC Midtown

We stopped by this little basement dim sum spot while in Midtown, before going to the very cool Spyscape interactive museum.  To my great disappointment, because it wasn’t the weekend, they didn’t have my favorite rice noodle wraps.  The xiao long bao were delicious, as they always are. They have high-quality color menu with photos, which is always helpful for when we’re feeling adventurous.  Check them out on Yelp or at their website!
DimSum Palace Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Agora in NYC

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Chicken Shish Kebab with garlic yogurt

Chicken Shish Kebab with garlic yogurt

A nice restaurant, were able to get seats on a Friday night without problem.  Fantastic yogurt garlic sauce.  Really friendly wait staff, offered me the pumpkin lamp when they noticed I was taking photos. Grandma’s ravioli was delicious with great yogurt garlic sauce. Unfortunately, my chicken was bad in several places, ruining the dish for me. I brought this to the attention of one of the waiters who was apologetic and nice about everything. Check them out on Yelp!

 
Agora Turkish Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
 

Mezcal in New Haven

Just opened! BonChon in New Haven

After many months of painful waiting, with several delays holding up their opening day, BonChon has opened its New Haven doors! One of my students told me about the exciting news this week, and first day off I got, I went to check them out. Though it was Saturday night, we were able to get in without a wait by snagging a seat at the bar. Wood ceilings, painted brick, and music set the atmosphere. We went straight for the fried chicken, though some of the appetizers (salmon avocado ball) were certainly tempting. It comes in drumsticks, wings, or strips, and you can go from soy-garlic to the (impressively hot) spicy sauce. Even the half/half sauce was a little too spicy for me. I always love pickled radish and biting into the crunchy skin of the chicken brought me back to the good old days of Seoul Street in Ann Arbor. Korean Fried Chicken always has a place in my heart for late nights and beer with friends. Things were just a tad slow but it is only their first week open, and everyone was super nice. Check them out on Yelp or at their website!

Penrose | New York

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LITTLE JACKPOT: Botanist Gin, Lemon, Lillet Rouge, St. Germain, Maraschino, Orange Bitters, Absinthe Rinse

LITTLE JACKPOT: Botanist Gin, Lemon, Lillet Rouge, St. Germain, Maraschino, Orange Bitters, Absinthe Rinse

Oyster sliders

Oyster sliders

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We stopped by this bar on a late wandering evening in New York; it was unfortunately a little more crowded and loud than we would have liked, but the drinks were amazing. Check them out on Yelp or at their website!

The Penrose Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Michelin kick: Per Se in NYC

We had the most amazing time at Per Se in the city last week. We booked our reservation more than a month in advance and basically planned our rotation around this monumental event.  Fred has been on a Michelin kick ever since we experienced Eleven Madison Park two years ago, with the goal to hit all of the three Michelin star restaurants in NYC while we’re in New Haven.  While he believes the food at Per Se was even better than at EMP, I have to say I like the playfulness of EMP more.  We both agreed that the lubina fillet was the best fish either of us have ever had, and really has changed my opinion of the genre.  The black winter truffles were well worth the 125 supplement, but the most worth-it upgrade was definitely the foie gras; at only 30, it far outshone the radish salad.  Everything was perfect, only I think we overdid it on the ‘candies’ after the generous dessert spread.  We’ll have to moonlight more this upcoming year, but this was such a treat. Check them out on Yelp, or at their website!
Per Se Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Voodoo Doughnut | Portland

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Lucky for us they are open 24hrs a day because we went around midnight and there was still a line filling up the store but then we passed by it during the day and the line was insane, going all the way down the block. The doughnuts were good but probably not worth waiting in that huge line during the day.  Check them out on Yelp or at their website!

Voodoo Doughnut Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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