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Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts. This is actually my first time on a computer since last Monday. I’ve been out of power for almost 6 days ūüė¶ It sucks but at least that’s the worst of my problems. We didn’t have any damage and everyone in my neighborhood is OK. I live in North Jersey so it wasn’t as bad as the shore.

I hope everyone is staying safe and warm! I hope to have some new recipes soon!

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My NYC Favorites

I have the luxury of living 20 minutes outside of Manhattan and I plan on living there sometime in the near future. So I thought I would dedicate a post on my favorite restaurants/things to do in The Big Apple.

Restaurants:

Tartine
253 West 11th Street

I have been coming to Tartine with my family for at least 10 years and it is just as good as day one, if not better. The food is great and the service is consistently friendly and upbeat. The best part: Tartine is a BYO with NO CORKING FEE. That’s almost unheard of in NYC!

Barbone
186 Avenue B

The food at Barbone is incredible. They serve an Italian cuisine with a new American twist. My favorite part of this place is the back garden eating area. I’m usually against eating outside but this outside area was so serene and beautiful that I didn’t care. If you go here and the weather is nice, sitting in the back is key!

Kuma Inn
113 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor

From the outside, Kuma Inn is very deceiving. It’s a little hole in the wall, but once you walk up the stairs to the restaurant, it is a cute little place. The food is mouth-watering. The cuisine is Filipino (It’s a lot like Japanese) and I come here often for the amazing food. Enjoy!

Other Restaurants to try:

Tortilla Flats Р767 Washington Street
Vero Р1004 2nd Avenue
Magnolia Bakery – 401 Bleecker Street

Things to Do:

Shopping in the Village

Whether it’s the East or the West Village, the shopping is amazing, a little pricy, but amazing. If you find yourself with some extra cash and need a place to spend it, The Village is the best. Even if you are short on cash and just want to have fun, this place is great for that too. They have high end stores like¬†Marc Jacobs,¬†Cynthia Rowley, and¬†Juicy Couture. But they have cheaper stores as well.

Go to a Mets Game

Unfortunately, I am the daughter of a DIE HARD Mets fan. It wouldn’t be so bad if the Mets were actually good, but we all know they suck. The bright side? Tickets are super cheap to the games. Towards the end of the season (when there is no hop whatsoever for the Mets to make the playoffs) tickets on Stubhub drop down to mere pennies, literally. I’ve gotten tickets for $.25 each in the past. You read that right, TWENTY-FIVE CENTS.

Walk the Highline
519 West 23rd Street

The Highline walkway was just finished and it is beautiful. It is a mile and a half of amazing views and sights. It is hard to explain without seeing it with your own eyes. Go for a stroll and see for yourself.

Other things:

Bar hopping Рyou can bar hop anywhere in NYC
Museum Row – MoMA, The Met, Museum of Natural History

There are so many more amazing things in NYC but these were the ones that come to mind right now. If I think of anymore, I will keep you posted!

Mesa Grill NYC

I am lucky enough to live 20 minutes outside of New York City and I am there all the time. I have a great passion for the shopping, the culture and, of course, the amazing culinary scene. I have tried everything there is to offer at least once (unless it has goat cheese, it’s the only cheese I don’t like). Last Saturday I got the pleasure of dining at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill as a treat for my 23rd birthday. I am a huge Bobby Flay fan so this was a very special meal for me.

The place was incredible. High ceilings, dark lighting and a great buzzing atmosphere.

There were 16 of us so bear with me, there was a lot of food.

Drink:

Mesa Grill Margarita: Not too sweet and perfectly tart.

Bread:
To start they brought out a bread basket with, not only, great warm rolls, but these amazing jalapeno corn muffins and thyme rolls. All served with butter. Really, how could you go wrong?

Appetizers:

Rough Cut Tuna Nachos – This dish was amazing. The tuna was lightly seared and served with a great avocado cream and homemade tortilla chips.
Blue Corn Pancake – This was like a pancake wrap with marinated duck in the middle (my first experience with duck). Love it!
Cremini Mushroom Quesadilla РMy favorite app. There was a fried egg on top. YUM!
Goat Cheese “Queso¬†Fundido” – I will admit, this was the one app I didn’t eat. I don’t like goat cheese.
Baby Romaine Salad – A very nice refreshing salad to go along with some heavy guilt ridden appetizers.

Entrée:
The portion sizes were on the smaller side, just the way I like them. If you are looking for a big entrée, go elsewhere.

I ordered the Cornmeal Crusted Chile Relleno (pictured below) and in my opinion, it was the best dish of the night. I shared with my mom who ordered the Mango & Spice Crusted Tuna Steak  which was also fabulous. I tried a little of a bunch of other entrees as well, including New Mexican Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin and the Ancho Chile-Honey Glazed Salmon.

Dessert:

Chocolate Pretzel Tart: This was far and beyond the best dessert of the night. It came with a peanut butter ice cream that had this really great spicy kick to it.
Apple Pie Sundae: This wasn’t my favorite. I usually LOVE an apple dessert but something about the nutmeg ice cream didn’t work for me.
Toasted Coconut Layer Cake: Dee-lish! They brought this one out with a candle on top and sang me Happy Birthday :). It was about 7 layers high and so good!
Sticky Toffee Pudding: Another one that I didn’t love. It was good but not great.

Overall, the meal was amazing! It certainly wasn’t cheep but worth the price. If you are ever in NYC check it out. He also has a Mesa Grill location in Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.