Nom Wah Tea Parlour

Nom Wah Tea Parlour 3 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013 http://www.nomwah.com Nom Wah is hidden in the nooks and crannies of New York’s Chinatown. Even after walking through these allies in daylight several times, I still get lost and rely on extra time to get me there. They boast to be Chinatown’s first dim…

Congee Village (Allen Street)

Congee Village  100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002 http://www.congeevillagerestaurants.com There’s nothing more comforting than congee, scalding in temperature, for when you’re feeling sick. Cantonese congee is boiled for such a long period of time that each millet of rice has melted into a porridge state. The balance of the rice’s earthiness and salt is…

Via Quadronno

Via Quadronno 25 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021 viaquadronno.com I never thought there’d be a day when I’d say “I hate this sandwich.” But today might be that day. Unfortunately, it cost me $16 and I ate it on the bench outside the tiny cafe. I’d like to think sandwiches are the universal…

Balthazar

Balthazar 80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 http://www.balthazarny.com If I couldn’t afford to eat at Balthazar’s, at least I could get a drink from their to-go shack, I thought to myself. Although shack isn’t quite the appropriate diction to describe a place like Balthazar. To preface this place, this famous SoHo French patisserie serves…

Urth Caffe (Santa Monica)

Urth Caffe 2327 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 http://www.urthcaffe.com On my trip to LA, there were a handful of places I had FourSquared and Yelped. Like any trendy New York cafe, I needed to try Urth Caffe. (I believe I read on the menu that things were organic and locally sourced.)

A Group of “Us”

I wonder if there’s really a group of “us”? (No pun intended on the title, of course.) I came across a bunch of blogs and websites for “life after new york”. Aside from the Thought Catalogue pieces written by 20-somethings that already are smitten by this city, the nostalgic trap of leaving New York City…

Juice Press (E 1st store)

Juice Press 70 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003 http://www.juicepress.com Everyone’s juicing these days. I see green juice like I see tomatos. I eat tomatos because I know they’re good for me. Likewise, I drink green juice when I’m not feeling 100% and want to feel like my gut is getting the flora it…

Russ & Daughters

Russ & Daughters 179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002 http://www.russanddaughters.com For a while, I was scared of bagels. Breakfast was most of the time, bagel with a fried egg. (Mother&Co. had to make breakfast and lunch for 4 kids — I can’t blame her.) Then I started really liking bagels once I discovered…

Bao Haus (14th Street)

Bao Haus  238 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003 http://www.baohausnyc.com I really wanted to like this, I really did. The combination of Bao Haus being a Taiwanese second gen thing through Eddie Huang, the owner, and his family, made it kind of a motherland connection. This wasn’t my first time at Bao Haus. I’ve probably been…