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Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

that looks amaze. canned meat is the best.

May 12, 2015
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Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

Spam, such a polarizing protein. I grew up eating a lot of it, as my Korean parents used it in their fried rice or as a side dish. I told some of my Western friends about this and they were horrified.

May 07, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

I don't know if you guys have ever had Side Street Inn, but if it's a refined version of that, that would be phenomenal.

May 06, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

it's also interesting that oiji opened up in the former dok suni space, another korean restaurant. i was surprised to hear that noreetuh was also korean owned and the name is a korean term for playground. i wonder if the hawaiian food there slants korean. one of my japanese friends was expecting hawaiian food with more japanese flavors and found that wasn't the case. he wasn't really a big fan, but he did like oiji

May 06, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

My husband and I have average appetites, i would say, and we ordered 5 dishes, and we were EXTREMELY full. We probably could have done without the oxtail stew and the honey butter chips. That would leave us with the beef tartare, the ssam platter and the jang jo rim. The ssam is pretty substantial, even if visually it looks small, and it comes with rice, and we also ordered an extra side of rice, so that created a lot to eat. The jang jo rim also looks appetizer sized, but it is so rich (buttered rice!) that a little goes a long way. the beef tartare was appetizer sized, and honestly we probably could have done without that too.

if you don't do the ssam, then i would say 4 dishes would be enough.

May 04, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

No, you're totally right. I'm being unfair to my people's restaurants. I was anchored to the places I usually go to, like Kunjip and Kangsuh. Obviously places like Kristalbelli or Hanjan are very serene and beautiful.

May 04, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

I had dinner at Oiji, the new Korean restaurant in the EV run by chefs who trained at Bouley and Gramercy Tavern, and was pretty impressed by my meal. With this pedigree, Oiji's Korean food is fancier than what you'd get in Midtown, but for the ambiance and the presentation, and the good service, I didn't mind paying up for my dinner.

The space inside is beautiful and quite romantic, and didn't feel Korean at all. I felt like I was inside a very nice lounge. The presentation of the food is also very refined, but the kitchen very much preserves the strong, traditional Korean flavors, which I appreciated.

The jang-jo-rim rice was a standout, which featured thin slices of beef shank, garlic, kimchee and mushroom on top of a bed of buttered rice. Butter isn't a common ingredient in Korean cooking, but this bit of culinary creative license was key in making this dish work. I also loved the stewed oxtail, which tasted like a sweet and juicy galbi jjim (short ribs). The ssam platter looked very pretty and fancy, and the pork is extremely spicy and tastes very similar to what you'd get at a traditional restaurant. Ssam usually comes with some deonjang mungbean paste which you can dab onto the pork, and it's something I hate because the funkiness of the fermented beans is too much for me, but the way they prepared it at Oiji had me spooning out every bit.

The beef tartare was extremely instagram worthy, but flavor wise I thought it was just okay. We were intrigued by the presence of honey butter chips on the menu, which is apparently all the rage in South Korea, so obviously we had to order it. The chips tasted similar to warm buttery movie popcorn, except sweeter, and while they were interesting, I probably wouldn't order them again.

The wine menu is very interesting, as are the craft beers that are available. We ordered a lot of the heavy items for dinner, so I'm looking forward to trying some of the lighter things like mackerel or buckwheat noodles on my next visit. But obviously i'll save room for the buttered rice!

http://bit.ly/1bP86oZ

May 04, 2015
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Eleven Madison Park (Chase Sapphire Dinner Series)

the pastrami was pretty fantastic, i can't believe i forgot to call that one out specifically! i wished they had more, those were gone in a hot second. less gougeres, more pastrami would have been ideal. :)

Apr 20, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park (Chase Sapphire Dinner Series)

We did get some passed hors d'oeuvres as well during the cocktail hour. Some gougeres, a pastrami bite, carrots on top of a cracker, and maybe something else. are these also part of the amuses?

Apr 20, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park (Chase Sapphire Dinner Series)

that bread is so awesome. they say not to fill up on bread, but we couldn't help ourselves and took an extra roll.

Apr 20, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park (Chase Sapphire Dinner Series)

I definitely tasted some cheddar, which was why it reminded me of a Ritz cracker cheese sandwich (although 10x better!). I don't think ours had anything sweet in there, wish I had kept my notes.

Apr 20, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park (Chase Sapphire Dinner Series)

EMP gets plenty of love on this board, and now I can see why, having recently enjoyed a fantastic five course tasting dinner at the restaurant.

My experience at EMP is a little unique in that I attended a special dinner series for Chase Sapphire cardmembers. I'm sure things were tweaked slightly for the event, and some might say it isn't completely representative of a true dinner there, but paying $210 a person for five courses and wine pairings, tax and tip included, is a pretty phenomenal deal. Plus, we got to mingle with Daniel Humm beforehand, who seemed like a cool, low-key guy. Chase throws similar events like this throughout the year, so if you're a cardmember, take advantage!

We were served two pre-dinner bites: a savory black and white cookie and a smoked sturgeon sabayon in chive olive oil. I was blown away by the smoked sturgeon, and the cookie tasted like a fancy cheese cracker sandwich. I'd be curious to know if these amuse-bouches are the norm at the restaurant. We were also served this amazing bread that resembled a croissant roll. It was buttery and flaky, and it tasted even better as you peeled away the layers. Of the five courses that followed, I loved the striped bass and the roasted beef. Obviously everything tasted great, even the foie gras, which I'm actually not the biggest fan of.

I like how the cooking is very clean and classic. There's nothing overly complicated or elaborate about the presentation. I noticed some French influences, but overall something about the food seemed very new American. If you need a special occasion restaurant to splurge on, I can't really think of a better place.

http://bit.ly/1O68W2h

Apr 19, 2015
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Dinner in West Chelsea -- near Sleep No More

i would highly recommend Friedman's Lunch, which is on the corner of 10th Ave and 35th St. Very reasonably priced American classics like burgers, fish tacos and grilled cheese sandwiches in a cute, rustic setting. Only a couple blocks north of the Sleep No More venue.

Apr 06, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Help with my Morning Muchies

i need to finagle a workweek trip to tribeca during 9-5 pm. this is not an easy task!

Apr 05, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan
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Help with my Morning Muchies

i would definitely recommend el rey, although they don't start serving food at 11 am. that might be too late in the morning for you. however, they probably serve their amazing pastries (the sweet potato bread is awesome) as soon as they open

an interesting option could be one of the breakfast sets at hi-collar, a japanese coffee shop in the east village.
http://gabandgobble.com/japanese-coff...

also highly recommend the vietnamese breakfast at mission cantina
http://gabandgobble.com/mission-canti...

black seed bagels is doing some fun collaborations with other chefs and is currently selling danny bowien's squid-ink bagel, although that ends today i believe and on monday missy robbins' sesame bagel with burrata will be for sale

i've also been very intrigued by arcade bakery in tribeca, which is located in an office building but sells apparently the most amazing bread and pastries

Apr 05, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Kiin Thai Eatery

I like Lan Larb in Soho, if you want something in manhattan and pretty authentic. I believe the chef used to work at larb ubol in midtown, which you mentioned as having visited and enjoyed. it is a very informal atmosphere, you can reference my post for more context

http://bit.ly/1E4xoZ3

Apr 02, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Kiin Thai Eatery

Thanks for sharing your perspective. I'm sure that the omelette wrapped pad thai and the seasonings on the side is a thing there, but even so, they should be well-seasoned to begin with, and then perhaps customers can make the decision to season to taste. At Kiin Thai, this was not the case.

Apr 02, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Kiin Thai Eatery

those are some great pictures!

Apr 02, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Anyone been to SRO pizza speakeasy?

oh my. that paccheri. that burrata! it sounds so good. i definitely want to return and try it.

it's too bad the eggplant parm wasn't hot on her visit. ours was definitely warm and delicious.

Mar 29, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan
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Anyone been to SRO pizza speakeasy?

I never made it out to SRO, and probably never will, but I did stop by Prova. I had the uni pizza, and I was surprised by how much I liked it. I was a little apprehensive of this pairing, like when someone swears by dipping french fries in their ice cream, but it worked. The uni was cold and briney, and there was a lot of brightness from the lemon that really made things pop. also really enjoyed the eggplant parmigiana appetizer. really solid all around.

Mar 26, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Ramen Lab in Nolita

i went tonight at 8 pm, and there was no line! I had a bowl of the shoyu ramen this time, and it really hit the spot. i love the clear, simple chicken broth. we also had the gyozas this time, which i would recommend. the filling was super fresh, and i liked the thin, crispy skin of the gyoza wrapper.

a line 8 people deep did form at 8:30, which probably made my ramen taste 10x better

Mar 25, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Acadian Cuisine at King Bee, East Village

I made it more explicit that the Acadians were essentially kicked out in my blog post, sorry if that wasn't clear! I've only been to New Orleans, but would love to go back and explore the backcountry for more Acadian eats. It'd be great to get to the bottom of "what is Acadian vs. Cajun" debate, if it's even possible

And that video is hilarious, almost up there with some of the best School of Rock videos

Mar 24, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Kiin Thai Eatery

I also thought my meal at Kiin Thai was very average. Maybe I ordered the wrong things, but we had the pad thai, the grandma's grilled pork and the royal seafood omelette, and the grilled pork was the only dish I enjoyed.

The royal seafood omelette was horrible, there was nothing regal about it. It had this unappetizing, gray color, and I'm pretty sure the crab in there was not fresh, probably canned. Even the egg felt like it came out of a can, like the powdered stuff the industrial cafeterias serve people.

We ordered the pad thai, which curiously came with the sugar, peanuts and chili flakes on the side. I'd prefer that the restaurant confidently season a dish fully as opposed to playing it safe and letting the guests season it to taste. It came wrapped in a thin egg omelette, which was novel to me, but I don't think it added anything to the noodles. It wasn't bad, and definitely better than takeout quality, but not something I'd order again.

The grilled pork was the only dish I actually enjoyed. The meat was seasoned well, and the spicy dipping sauce was really key in bringing a lot of flavor to the meat. I'd maybe do take-out from here, but it's really more of a nice NYU, college-date type place.

Mar 20, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Acadian Cuisine at King Bee, East Village

Hi all,

I had dinner at King Bee in the East Village last week, and I was a little leery of having "Acadian" for dinner, even though I didn't really know what that was, and I'm glad that I took the gamble. As a quick reference, Acadia was actually a French colony in Eastern Canada, and when the British took over, a lot of the Acadians moved to Louisiana. So there's a lot of similarities to Cajun/French Canadian food in Acadian cuisine.

The dishes here are rich and hearty, but they’re presented in a much more refined way. Chef Jeremie Tomczak trained at Aquavit, so the fine dining background really shows.

Absolutely loved the boudin ball and grilled oyster appetizers. Thought the pork cracklings were solid, although a little rich and chewy depending on the piece you get, and the louisiana crawfish and brioche was just okay. The roasted cod and duck breast were amazing, the salt pork confit lobster was solid, and even the vegetarian buckwheat risotto was good. And of course, the doberge cake for dessert is a must. The gateau de sirop, on the other hand, tasted a little like chinese medicine, unfortunately.

My only issue was the service, which tended to be slow, and things dragged out between meals. But the food was good so I got over it. I have pictures and more detailed description on the blog.

http://gabandgobble.com/king-bees-aca...

Mar 20, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Ramen Lab in Nolita

I was a big fan of the shoyu, but yes, an hour outside in the cold is a bit much. If I had to do it again, 30 minutes in pleasant weather.

Mar 18, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

El Rey Coffee Bar

i agree, it does get pretty packed during the day, but at night, there's significantly less people and it becomes the mellow place that it was meant to be. we sat in the back counter and talked to Gerardo for awhile, such a nice guy.

Mar 09, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

El Rey Coffee Bar

I know, how do they manage to shave those almonds?? Do they soak them first and dry them out? Even chopping them can be a struggle (for me). I'm impressed by your attempts to recreate the salad, sorry to hear about your fingernail!

I can never say no to a kale salad...

Mar 09, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

El Rey Coffee Bar

One of the things I love about NY is that you can find good food anywhere--even in the quirkiest and tiniest of places, such as El Rey Coffee Bar in the LES.

The place does very brisk brunch/lunch business and just recently started offering dinner. I had heard very good things about the AM menu, especially the kale salad and the baked goods, and it really lived up to expectations. There are so many kale salads out there, but El Rey's is in a league of its own--it's the bright, sweet almond vinaigrette and the almond shavings that really do it. It's one of the top 2 kale salads in my book, the other being Northern Spy Food's. You can't go wrong with any of the baked goods, but the sweet potato bread is especially moist and delicious.

I also returned for dinner service, where the restaurant assumes a distinctly Latin vibe. The menu offers a selection of small plates with a lot of heat and spice. I tried the papas bravas, the shaved cauliflower, the green mole burrata, the sardines tostada and the chorizo. I was very impressed by the sardines, and generally preferred the plates with more subdued flavors (cauliflower, green mole, sardines).

The place has about 15 seats, and it's first come first serve, but tables turn very quickly. If you're lucky, you can speak to Chef Gerardo Gonzalez in the back booth, who is the nicest and chillest guy on earth. And of course, you should walk on over to nearby Morgenstern's for some raw milk ice cream.

You can check out my blog for more pictures and detail, but seriously, the kale salad, sardines tostada and sweet potato bread are amazing.

http://bit.ly/1F52i67

Mar 09, 2015
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Anyone been to SRO pizza speakeasy?

https://www.theinfatuation.com/new-yo...

wow the infatuation basically ripped it apart

Mar 09, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

review of Batard in Discussion

Yes, older would be accurate--on the night I went, the crowd was mostly well-dressed men and women in roughly their 50s. The handful of times I've been to the Metropolitan Opera, I remember the audience looking very similar.

Mar 08, 2015
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