Churro ice cream sandwiches and more at Playa Betty’s

Continuing from my last post’s Upper West Side-ish theme, we have Playa Betty’s.  A trendy, casual Americanized-Mexican joint that does it well. We started with an order of “Tot” Chos – tater tots topped with cheese, guacamole, sour creame, pico de gallo, and chili (choice of vegetarian or beef), $12. We got beef. This was…

Finding West Africa in Harlem

I spent a week this month catsitting for my friend while he went to Europe on spring break. I stayed in his Morningside Heights apartment near Columbia University, where he is a student. Right next to Morningside Heights is Harlem, which is a much more interesting neighborhood, at least in terms of culinary matters. The…

10 Corso Como brings Milan to New York

10 Corso Como is an aggressively fashionable network of concept stores combining art, design, fashion, music, culture, and cuisine. Each 10 Corso Como is unique, but inspired by the consumer culture of Milan, Italy, where the brand was founded. Stores are expansive and can be divided into different sections. It’s not just shopping, it’s an…

Happy Halloween from Sleepy Hollow

A couple weeks ago I took the train up to Westchester County. Westchester isn’t very far from New York City – thousands commute between the two on the daily – but it looks really different. It’s classified as suburban, but there’s enough nature exposure in the Hudson Valley it might feel rural at points. So…

Earth, wheat, and fire at Michelin-starred Faro

Who says a Michelin-starred New York restaurant has to be expensive? Not Faro. Located in a former MoMA art storage space (seriously, how hipster-Bushwick can this get), the casual nighttime hangout puts out plates of handmade fresh pasta made with locally-sourced grains priced around $20. The menu is constantly changing to reflect seasonal ingredients, but…

The Osprey

For visitors to Shanghai, the Bund is a must-visit attraction. It’s a waterfront area on the historic side of Shanghai (Puxi). Across the Huangpu river is the newer half of Shanghai, Pudong (literally administered as Pudong New Area). Pudong is home to the modern skyscrapers featured in the famous Shanghai skyline; to get the best…

Style over substance at BoCaphe

For my friend’s birthday, we went to BoCaphe in SoHo. All of New York’s SoHo area is trendy, and BoCaphe’s location, mere meters away from Jack’s Wife Freda and down the block from the mothership Supreme store, may have reflected in its menu too much. Visually, the place was stunning. The atmosphere of the light-filled…

Queens Comfort – absolutely disgusting

I dislike stunt food, which is that Instagram-nurtured trend of people taking all the unhealthiest, greasiest, fattiest foods and combining them, because if things taste good on their own then the whole is greater than the sum of its parts right? WRONG. Queens Comfort is such a place. It has a sizable Instagram following for…

Mochi pounding

At the beginning of this month, I saw a post on Facebook about mochi pounding at Ootoya’s Greenwich Village location in NYC. Ootoya is a authentic Japanese izakaya chain. By authentic, we mean that there isn’t anything particularly interesting on the menu, although it’s all very good, in the way you’d expect Japanese food to…

“Eating Bitterness” art exhibition

Last week I attended the opening of a new art exhibition at Chashama in New York. The exhibition, which includes modern art installations using a variety of media, as well as performance, deals with the contemporary Asian-American experience, intensely marginalized and misunderstood. “Eating bitterness,” or 吃苦, is a frequently  used saying in Chinese. “She deserves…

The Inn at Cooperstown review

Staying at the Inn at Cooperstown was a wonderful experience. I had so much fun exploring the bed and breakfast, which is a historic landmark designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh, famed architect of the Plaza Hotel. The inn, built in 1874, feels more like a home than a hotel. There are a lot of little…

Cooperstown NY, the birthplace of baseball

Ok, so Cooperstown being the birthplace of baseball is really a marketing thing that is not exactly true. The situation is complicated and, not being a baseball fan, I don’t care to recap it here, but there’s a detailed write-up on Major League Baseball’s website you can read. I came to Cooperstown (AMTRAK from New…