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I got to meet with my little sister for the first time in months! We decided to go to an Italian restaurant called Noodle Pudding located in Brooklyn Heights.

I usually look forward to the bread and the olive oil and I thought their sauce was extremely tasty. My little sister ordered salmon with lentils while I decided to go for the gnocchi and al pomodoro (tomato) sauce (There was also an option to choose butter and sage sauce instead). I personally thought that the tomato sauce in my dish made the gnocchi taste like ravioli straight from the Chef Boyardee can. However, the gnocchi itself tasted very homemade and it filled my appetite. My little enjoyed her salmon but thought the black barley was too dry.

Overall, it was a descent Italian restaurant. Good price and ambiance. Would stop by again if I lived in the area.

38 Henry St.
(between Cranberry St & Middagh St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 625-3737

My family and I dined at Pacificana Chinese Restaurant, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. My relatives and I usually attend this restaurant every year and I think their food is overrated. The setting is nice- very lavish inside and a pleasant environment. The food looks great but tastes average. The lamb was overcooked, bok choy was bland, and the chicken was too salty. My favorite dish would have to be the lobster. I wouldn’t come here unless I was forced to. Maybe they’re most known for their dim sum which I have yet to try.

813 55th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 871-2880 ‎

I cannot believe that I turned 24 this past weekend. Where did all these years ago?

John took me out to eat at Mantra, an Indian restaurant located in Paramus, New Jersey. Food was great!! We started off with the shrimp appetizer and samosas (fried pastry shell which consists of various fillings such as potatoes, onions, peas, meat, etc). John ordered the spicy lamb (the most spicy dish on the menu) while I ordered the tandoori mixed grill (chicken, lamb, sausage, and shrimp). Tandoori is definitely a taste that I am not used to. Very exotic to me!

Then John surprised me with a small cake with assorted fruits, from Tous Les Jours, a Korean bakery. They tasted exactly the same as Chinese birthday cakes- very spongy with soft frosting. What’s great about these cakes is that the frosting is not as sweet as American cakes. It’s very fluffy like whipped cream. Thanks John! 🙂

The next day, my parents wanted to take me out to eat for my birthday. So we decided to go to Dai Wah Yummy City, located in Brooklyn. We ordered: mixed vegetables with chicken, lobster, sizzling chicken, bok choy, and fried fish with string beans. This is also a great Chinese restaurant. And their lobster wasn’t scrawny at all.

Got to eat lots and felt extremely gluttonous over the weekend. 🙂

 

Mantra Restaurant
275 New Jersey 4
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 342-8868

Dai Wah Yummy City
7218 18th Avenue NY
11204-5632
(718) 837-8818

We originally went to the Brooklyn bowl to attend the third day of the Pitchfork Offline Festival. We got really hungry and ended up eating at the place which featured some great eats. I ordered the fried catfish with corn tartar on ciabatta. The catfish was fried really well having a very crunchy exterior which complimented well with the hard texture of the ciabatta bread.

Cindy had the bbq beef with slo-roast brisket, pickles, and sweet-n-spicy gravy. The sweet and spicy gravy gave it a unique flavor which was also very good. We finished the food off with some tasty pale ales on draught.

61 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-963-3369

After craving for some Italian, my friend Gloria and I decided to go to Scottadito Osteria Toscana, which was located in Park Slope. It’s a very cozy Italian restaurant and perfect for dates! Service was quite attentive and the environment was very pleasant.

Gloria ordered the handmade spinach gnocci with sage and butter sauce and I ordered a dish of penne with plum tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant. All the ingredients were organic and fresh. Along with our dishes, we also ordered a couple of glasses of rosé wine (totally forgot the name but it was awesome).

I would definitely come back again next time. Perhaps for their brunch special on weekends– unlimited mimosas, champagne, and coffee! Yum.

788A Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 636-4800

One of my sorority sisters, Bonnie, whom I haven’t seen in a very long time, had lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Hoai Restaurant which is located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I ordered a bowl of pho. If you aren’t familiar with pho, it is a popular Vietnamese noodle soup, cooked with lots of spices and is usually garnished with bean sprouts, basil and other vegetables. The flavors weren’t that strong but it still tasted good with my beef brisket, which was cooked well done. Bonnie ordered a rice dish with beef.

What I love about living in New York City is that there are so many places that serve cheap, yet delicious food. Food here was descent and the portions were okay; even though I think I can definitely eat more than this! You get what you pay for.

8616 4th Ave.
(between 86th St & 87th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 745-1640

My family and I decided to eat dinner at a Chinese restaurant called 86 Fu Kee Restaurant in Brooklyn. We arrived a little late- around 7pm and it was still crowded. It seems like a pretty popular place but we waited for only a couple of minutes before we were seated. There are also butchers in front of the restaurant chopping up roast pork, chicken, and other meats for customers.

It was a bit awkward having people who were waiting to be seated, stare at you while you eat. The restaurant was cramped but the food was good. The dishes were also authentic. My favorite dish would have to be the luscious bok choy. It was a very hearty and healthy dish. I also enjoyed the bean curd dish with the jumbo shrimp and scallops.

One dish I wasn’t too keen on was the fried chicken with the weird sweet and sour sauce (consisted of pineapples and assorted vegetables). It was dry and the sweet and sour sauce tasted like medicine. The portions were very generous. The lobster on the other hand, didn’t have as much meat as I expected. We ordered a lot of food and I was surprised on how quickly it came out.

Overall, I was very pleased with this restaurant. 🙂

2211 86th St
(between Bay Pky & Bay 31st St)
Brooklyn, NY 11214
(718) 232-6083

After hearing a lot of good things about Marlow & Sons, which is located south of Williamsburg, Cindy and I decided to check it out. It’s a bit pricey but the food that they serve is locally grown and very fresh. The restaurant is also a bar and they have quite a selection of different kinds of wine and beer.

We decided to share everything we ordered. First we started the night off with some white wine (since we ordered chicken and fish). Our first glass of wine was the Francois Cazin 08 and the second glass we ordered mid meal was the Domains de la Pepiere 09. I am no wine expert but the second glass was more suitable to my taste which had a drier finish.

For appetizers we ordered 2 different kinds of oysters which were the Blue Point Maine Oysters and the Oysters from Virginia. The Maine oysters were much more sweeter and better tasting than the Virginia ones. We also ordered the meat plate which came with slices of: Gentile, Soppressata, Coppa, Toscano, and Prosciutto. Although in the picture it looks pretty similar to one another, each of the meats tasted very different and was easily discernible with the first bite. I enjoyed this dish very much which also came with a sliced golden raisin baguette. Highly recommended with a glass of your favorite wine!

Our entrees consisted of the brick chicken and the swordfish. The brick chicken had a crunchy and flavorful exterior and the chicken was cooked very well. The chicken came with a side of brussel sprouts and crunchy potatoes which Cindy enjoyed very much. The swordfish was incredibly flaky and had a wonderful crust with a dijon mustard based sauce. The acidity of the tomato salad which came as a side balanced out the fish wonderfully.

Expect to spend some money to fully enjoy the experience, and don’t worry, it will be worth it.

81 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-1441

After trying out a slice of almond cake from Ikea the other day, I figured that if I bought a regular box from Ikea and eat it at home it would taste exactly the same. Boy was I wrong! It was extremely dry although you have the option of heating it up. The cake in the box was enough to serve 4 people.

I highly recommend eating a slice from Ikea’s restaurant rather than purchasing it from a box. It looks exactly the same but the taste is rather bland and not as creamy as I thought it would be.

1 Beard St
(between Halleck St & Otsego St)
Brooklyn, NY 11231

If you ever happen to stroll around the long maze in Ikea, you should grab a bite of lunch while you’re there. It is delicious and cheap! I consider it to be cafeteria food suitable for kids and adults. My pasta marinara w/ Swedish meatballs & slice of garlic toast and a bowl of salad came out to around $5. I also had a slice of almond cake which was amazingly scrumptious. There are also a whole bunch of other options to choose from. There are free re-fills which is a plus. The salads are also fresh…I didn’t see any signs of wilting.

The restaurant at Ikea looks and feels exactly like a cafeteria. You wait in line, grab a tray, plate, & utensils, order your food, serve your own salad if you happen to order one, and cash out. Then after you’re done eating, you put your tray away. It definitely felt like middle school all over again.

1 Beard St
(between Halleck St & Otsego St)
Brooklyn, NY 11231