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Soy Frozen Yogurt

Glad you enjoy it as much as I do! I used to live in the west village and would walk two miles roundtrip multiple times per week just to have it. Sooooo good.

Jul 08, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Which "nice" restaurants in NYC post calories on the menu?

Not necessarily "nice", but more expensive than super casual places and actually quite good, is Le Pain Quotidien. I personally love their seaweed salad with smoked salmon, which happens to be super low in calories! What I save on the calories there allows me to indulge in a chia seed muffin afterwards :) Their cappuccinos are also pretty tasty.

Jul 07, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Soy Frozen Yogurt

My favorite soft serve in the city is made from soy. It's the cake batter soft serve at Lula's Sweet Apothecary, on East 6th street between A and B. Everything there is fabulous-they always have 2 soft serves (cake batter + one rotating, usually chocolate), plus many flavors of hard ice cream that are all vegan. Some are made from soy, some are cashew, some are coconut. All are amazing!!! Love that place.

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Lula's Sweet Apothecary
516 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Jun 26, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

$1.00 pizza slices

The 99 cent pizza place on 6th and 8th is my favorite-I used to live in the neighborhood and would walk past all of the other pizza places (Pizza Booth, Pizza Box, Ben's, Joes, etc) and go straight there because I actually LIKE the pizza (on top of saving money). They have all of the seasonings you could want right there on the counter, so it's flavorful, and I really like the consistency of the crust-crunchy, but chewy.

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Joe's Pizza
7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Pizza Booth
165 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Pizza Box
176 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Ben's Pizzeria
123 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Jun 20, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Best Grilled Cheese in Manhattan

Murray's Cheese in Greenwich Village has a bunch of varieties and all that I've tried are great.

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Murray's Cheese
254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Jun 17, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

FroYo: why does 16 Handles outperform all the rest?

I've tried out almost all of the fro-yo places in the city (self-serve and non self-serve), and find myself constantly going back to 16 Handles. It's not because it's cheap, or healthy, or the toppings/flavor selection-it's because its the best texture/flavor of yogurt I've found so far. This does not include any of the "tarts" that resemble Pinkberry/Red Mango...those I put in a separate category all together. I'm talking Red Velvet, chocolate, cookies n cream, peanut butter, etc. Phileo SUCKS, the flavors are just not well balanced and the texture is too runny. Tasti Delight is the same way-sometimes they're overly sweet, but most of the time they taste like they're trying to be healthy. At both of those places I end up getting one sample and leaving because the yogurt just isn't good. Same goes for that place that's a tasti delight clone on 14th near 6th, they have a bunch of other locations too, something like diet lite yogurt? Anyway, I really just prefer the consistency and flavor of the 16 handles flavors. Even the do it yourself place on St. Marks isn't nearly as good.

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16 Handles
153 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Jun 16, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Veniero's is Pathetic/Shame on Another NYC Institution Gone the Way of the Tourist Trap

Veniero's just plan sucks. I gave it two tries, once alone doing take out and once with a friend dining in. I'll post my review from a different website on here:

2 strikes and you're out, Veniero's. No incentive to give them a third shot because I've tried five things on their menu at this point and nothing is even good enough to want to finish...and I have the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know!

The first time I went, I ordered a slice of the famous ricotta cheesecake, hoping to be transported back to my favorite bakery in Roma where I would indulge in this treat weekly. At the very least, I expected a decent slice of cheesecake. Not even close...I ate maybe five bites and couldn't make myself eat more. Also, the night I ate this was the night Passover ended and I hadn't eaten bread or bread products in over a week-if cheesecake doesn't taste good then, then it's just bad.

That first time I went, I got counter service which took for-everrrr...like they were purposely ignoring me for some reason. Last night I tried again, this time going with a friend and trying four more things on the menu, but this time I got sit down service. The service sucked just as badly, if not moreso, when dining in. The waters were never refilled, took forever to place our order, and took a while to receive it as well.

Between the two of us we tried: the mini chocolate cream cannoli (not chocolate shelled, just chocolate inside), millefoglie (again, hoping for at least a decent replica of the ones from Italy), some fruit/whipped cream cake thing, and the chocolate mousse cheesecake (half chocolate, half cheesecake).

The cannoli was bad, and it was probably the best thing out of the four. The millefoglie was pretty much all whipped cream (which I should point out is one of my favorite foods of all time! but they somehow screwed it up here by making it overly sweet) and not many layers of pastry. The fruit pie thing was the same, gross sponge cake and layers of whipped cream and fruit that they decided to ruin by dousing in some weird glaze.

The chocolate mousse cheesecake really wasn't that at all. For something to be called "mousse", it should be light and airy...this was neither. it was like a brick of fudge, but not good fudge. The cheesecake wasn't good either, and I told my friend that even Cheesecake Factory (my mortal enemy) had better cheesecake.

Seriously, I don't know what the hype is about...if you want a good Italian bakery in the city, walk a bit to the village to Bruno's or Rocco's, both of which are vastly superior to this place.

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Veniero's
342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

May 04, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Red Bamboo review: Not very good

Inspired by this thread, I paid a visit to Red Bamboo last night. I'd been to the sister restaurant next door, Vegetarian's Paradise 2, a few months back and was disappointed. Can't remember what I ordered, but it wasn't good. I'm not by any means a vegetarian, but I'm always up for something new.

The chicken satay was pretty decent, but my entree was horrible-spaghetti and soy meatballs. The fake meat was bad, but the sauce on the pasta was even worse. However, they were very nice and let me get another entree. I chose the bourbon chicken (overheard another table raving about it) and it was FANTASTIC! A delectable sauce, good fake chicken, steamed veggies, brown rice, and some salad. I would go back and get this again and again.

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Red Bamboo
140 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

Vegetarian's Paradise 2
144 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

May 01, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Best iced coffee?

Updating my post to say that Porto Rico's iced coffee is as good as ever-and I recently discovered that if you bring your own cup it's only 65 cents!!! My insulated cup is probably 16 oz, so I think that's a fabulous deal!

May 01, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Best Bread Bakeries?

I haven't been in a while, but I love the chocolate cherry sourdough bread from the Phoenician's bakery. You can buy loaves at the hotel, or at some farmer's markets around the valley (though I no longer live here and haven't had the bread since last summer, so I'm unaware of it's availability).

Apr 18, 2011
Jess321 in Phoenix

in search of amazing espresso and vegetarian food

My favorite espresso in the valley is definitely Lux, on Central in downtown Phoenix. I don't live here anymore but whenever I'm back in town, I make the 30 minute drive (each direction) almost every day I'm back for a visit. A real highlight is that Pane Bianco (Chris Bianco's sandwich shop) is right next door (closed Mondays and/or Tuesdays I think?) , and my favorite sandwich there is the tomato, basil, and mozzarella on delicious focaccia (?). AMAZING! You can order your sandwich, and go to Lux and get your coffee, then either sit at the tables outside or eat in Lux. If you do get coffee from Lux, make sure to ask for their whipped cream-it really is the best I've ever had. They put a bit of espresso in it to add some flavor!

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Pane Bianco
4404 N Central Ave Ste A, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Apr 08, 2011
Jess321 in Phoenix

Fun Birthday for Quarter Life!

I just celebrated my 25th two days ago at the Mermaid Inn in the East Village with a group of 10. They gave us the table at the very front so we had a view of the passerby and it was a lovely evening. I LOVE their lobster rolls and have converted all of my friends into huge fans, and everyone had a great time. The grilled cheese with short ribs in also good, for those who don't eat fish in your party. The chocolate pudding dessert comes for free for each person, which is a nice touch. The best part was that because it was a Monday, they have a code on Facebook for 20% off (social media monday deal), so every person in our whole party got 20% off of whatever they ordered-including alcohol! And the staff were very gracious despite our raucousness.

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Mermaid Inn
96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Mar 23, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Fast Pass Now On Sale-- This Year they have added a $25 "service" charge

Last year my friends and I ended up sitting on benches or indentations of buildings wherever we could find! The most hilarious place was sitting in front of the gym, to the North side of the park, watching people work out while we gobbled up as much meat as we could handle.

Mar 17, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Mocktails?

I've had fabulous non-alcoholic beverages at Little Branch. While their alcoholic drinks are great, I've asked what they had that was non-alcoholic and they did the same thing they do when you order a regular drink-ask what you like and they whip it up. I told them I wanted fruit and ginger, and they made me a delicious blackberry bramble with candied ginger, yummy!

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Little Branch
22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

Mar 04, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Best Non-Pork Banh Mi SAndwiches

I love the chicken bahn mi at Bahn Mi Saigon-I order it every time. It's only $4.25, and it's huge! I always split one with a friend and then go down the street for bubble tea :)

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Saigon Banh Mi 1
369 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Mar 03, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Shake Shack March 2011 Flavors - Any Must-Haves?

I happen to remember that last March the Saturday flavor was the same as it is this year, only because I remember REALLY wanting to try it and I was out of town every Saturday in March last year. It never came around again in the year since then, to my knowledge, so I'm excited to try it this March-though it will have to wait a week, as I will be out of town this weekend. I'll review once I try it!

Mar 01, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Just had an awesome pastrami sandwich

I went to 2nd ave deli a few weeks ago for the first time and also found it superior to Katz's and Lansky's (both of whom I really like). So tender and juicy!

Feb 20, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Chinatown: Hop Kee and Ten Ren Tea Time

I like Ten Ren, although I normally go to the location on Lafayette, it's much less crowded. The lychee green tea is my favorite there, and they use mixology-type measuring things so it always tastes the same. It is more expensive than other places, though (like Quickly), so it's not my go-to.

Feb 16, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Valentine's Day Treats

It's not on their website for some reason, but it is on their Facebook page. Strange. I agree that $45 is steep when normally it's around $7 for a Brussels or Liege with the Wafel of Massive Deliciousness (every topping you could want). But I'm guessing it's a lot bigger? If it doesn't include delivery it's not worth it in my opinion.

Feb 11, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Valentine's Day Treats

I just noticed on the Wafels & Dinges website that they're doing a Valentine's Day heart shaped waffle that looks AMAZING! I don't know if they'll be selling it at their trucks that day, but they listed an email address for inquiries about it (ellen@wafelsanddinges.com). It's pricey, though, at $45. Maybe that includes delivery? Either way, it looks bigger than their normal waffles!

Feb 11, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

French Macaroons

I used to LOVE Bisous Ciao, but my last visit unfortunately was similar to yours-none of them were good. Which was such a bummer, and a very big disappointment because my sister was in town visiting and had just gotten back from Paris and I promised her that these would stack up to Laduree (which they used to, in my opinion!). I figured it was just that one time when I was with her that they weren't good, but I just haven't been interested in going back since then to confirm this.

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Bisous Ciao
101 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

Feb 08, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Banh mi requirements: Good, cheap, with seating, in Chinatown

Third!! I'm actually currently chowing down on my leftover half of a chicken bahn mi from there, the sandwiches are so big that I can usually only eat half at a time! The prices can't be beat either, $4.25 for a chicken bahn mi, and I think the pork version is cheaper. I like their summer rolls as well, and the papaya salad with shrimp is also good.

Feb 06, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Please critique my first NYC dining exp!

I am a HUGE fan of Alice's scones...that's what they're known for (aside from their tea). They change the flavors daily but always have buttermilk, ham&cheese, and pumpkin (pumpkin is great), plus three or four more. The cupcakes have never wow-ed me there. However, since you'll be at the UWS Alice's, I'd also recommend grabbing chocolate chip cookies from Levain which is very close by, on 74th.

Jan 27, 2011
Jess321 in Manhattan

Red Velvet & Carrot Cake suggestions

As I type this, I'm enjoying a deliciously moist slice of carrot cake from Amy's Bread (Bleecker st. location). The frosting is really sweet and cream cheesy, but not grainy or fake tasting. The slice is HUGE also! They have other locations but can't vouch for the quality. Also-I picked up this slice as they were closing on a Sunday and the quality was still great, not one of those places where if you go at the end of the day it's all stale or bad.

As for red velvet, as much as I love Two Little Red Hens for their Brooklyn Blackout cupcakes, I'm not the biggest fan of their red velvet cupcakes. I don't know what it is about them, maybe it's that they're too sweet or something? I'm not sure, but they actually do have a lovely carrot cake bar type thing which I just remembered-they have cupcake versions of it, but the bar is cheaper AND has more frosting!

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Two Little Red Hens
1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

Amy's Bread
250 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Dec 19, 2010
Jess321 in Manhattan

if you HAD to go out on NYE

I love Little Branch, but it is TINY...so if you're planning on going to this (which is an amazing deal seeing as how their drinks are usually at least $12-15 each and are incredibly well-made!), you should probably get there on the early side.

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Little Branch
22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

Dec 15, 2010
Jess321 in Manhattan

Frosting good, cake dry

If you've got a cupcake craving in the WV, I'm gonna recommend sweet revenge on carmine. Excellent cupcakes with interesting flavors, and they serve wine!

Dec 08, 2010
Jess321 in Manhattan

Frosting good, cake dry

Second TLRH, I too feel similarly about Magnolia sucking. Also...I recently discovered they are putting in a Sprinkles on the UES (near 59th/lex)!!!! Not sure on the opening date, but I'm a big fan of their cupcakes and always get some when I go home (Arizona).

Dec 08, 2010
Jess321 in Manhattan

Whoopie pies

The chef at Flex Mussels makes great deep fried whoopie pies. Don't know if they're still on the menu but I tasted them at last year's Chocolate Show and they were amazing!

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Flex Mussels
154 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

Dec 07, 2010
Jess321 in Manhattan

Lotus of Siam in NYC

I recall reading somewhere that the owner of LoS would drive each week to farmer's markets in LA or specialty stores to pick up noodles and other things, and I'm assuming they can't get those same ingredients in NYC, maybe that's why the menu is different? I haven't been to the one here yet, because it's wayyy out of my price range, but I LOVE the original location and can't wait till my next Vegas visit to enjoy some quality khao soi.

Dec 06, 2010
Jess321 in Manhattan

Philly Cheesesteaks

My favorites are Wogie's on Greenwich st. in the West Village and 99 Miles to Philly in the East Village (I think it's off of 2nd ave?). Wogies has good waffle fries, and both deliver (to Greenwich village, at least). I order mine with American cheese and onions, though, no peppers and no whiz, so can't comment on those. The bread at Wogies is a little better than 99 miles, but both are decent stand-ins when you can't go all the way to Jim's in Philly!

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99 Miles to Philly
94 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Wogie's
39 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

Dec 04, 2010
Jess321 in Manhattan