Taos Restaurant, NYC (http://www.taorestaurant.com/)
Its claims to be the largest and most popular Asian restaurant in NY. They also claim their most popular dish is Chilean Sea Bass which is an endangered species. According to the seafood watch list (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seafood_Watch) Chilean Sea bass is threatened by ovefishing and contains high levels of mercury. Taos was crowded and noisy on a Tuesday night. The Thai Temple Salad was unimpressive and unmemorable as was the vegetable egg roll. However the spicy Hoi Yin Eggplant was quite tasty.
Benash Deli - for a cheesecake dessert. Good light creamy cheesecake with a hint of sourcream, but be forewarned its almost $10 for a slice.
May 28, 2011
Ma Soba, Boston, MA (http://www.waldorfnewyork.com/dine-in-style/restaurants.cfm)
I have been here before the and sushi is good. So on top of sushi I ordered the tofu and Chinese eggplant stew. The stew was wonderful though much too hot. I still have blisters on the top of my mouth. Its served in a hotpot which keeps its steaming hot for a long time after everyone was finished eating.
May 29, 2011
Waldor Astoria, NYC (http://www.waldorfnewyork.com/dine-in-style/restaurants.cfm)
The Waldorf claims to be have created the Waldorf salad as well as Eggs Benedict. So I tried the Waldorf salad, as well as the red velvet cake and some pasta. While the food was quite delicious it was a little underwhelming given the celebrity status as well as price of these items.
The Waldorf's Waldorf Salad
The Waldorf's famous cake
May 30, 2011
Bar Americain, NYC - Owned by Bobby Flay (http://www.baramericain.com/new-york-city-restaurant/)
The cornbread served before the meal is worth trying. The creamed kale side was delicious. The entrees and appetizers were solid, but the prolifertoles were a bit disappointing with a bit too much ice cream making the pastry soggy.
May 31, 2011
Vice Versa, NYC (http://www.viceversarestaurant.com/index2.htm)
Nice lunch menu with choice of two items for $22 and has outdoor seating. The eggplant cannoli as well as the vegetable risotto were lacking flavor but the strozzapreti with duck ragou was quite good. They serve a nice sampling of small biscuits after the meal.
Avra, NYC (http://www.avrany.com/)
The homemade tahini served with the bread before dinner was very good.
The green homemade dip served with the fried calamari was full of flavor and helped add zest to the plain tasting calamari rings. We tried the Barbounia fish served by the pound. The fish was a delicate white fish. The stewed spinach was also quite nice.
June 1, 2011
Lemoncello, Boston, MA (http://www.ristorantelimoncello.com/)
The food was mediocre at best. The eggplant parmagiana was undercooked and lacking in flavor. The past was also lacking. They also mixed up the order and the chicken was also lacking. I ordered at 2:05PM and was charged the dinner price because apparently dinner starts there at 2PM but is almost double the price for portions that did not look any bigger than the lunch portion. This was a complete ripoff!
Food Market - Grand Central Market (http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/go/dirlisting.cfm?currcat=2138210767)
This is a fun market to walk around if you like food, they have fruits, vegetables, cheese and prepared foods. I also sampled a cheesecake from one of the counters here, I think it was Corrado Bread & Pastry but the Cheesecake at Benash deli was better. Murrays counter was by far the busiest.