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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NYC Eats

View from Brooklyn 
Terriyaki Balls at Smorgaburg 
Making Terriyaki Balls 
Miso Ramen at Chuko 
Kale Salad at Chuko 
Lamb Wrap at Zizi Limona
Chicken Sandwich at Zizi Limona 
Falafel at Zizi Limona
Lox Bagel 
Chinese Food at Joe's Shanghai 

Last week I flew to NYC to visit my siblings and see a play at the Carnegie Hall a family friend was in. I stayed with my sister the first night in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She took me to a few fantastic restaurants. Believe it or not, the food I had while in Brooklyn was way better than the food in Manhattan! 

To name a few, we chose Zizi Limona for lunch the first day, a Mediterranean/Israeli restaurant in Williamsburg. We split the falafel appetizer served with pickles, smoked tomatoes, and a curry-yogurt tahini. The falafel were fluffy and delicious. I could taste an earthy quality to the spices, bringing me back to my travels in Israel. For the main meal, I chose the lamb kebab wrap made with koftas (ground lamb balls), black babaganoush (charred eggplant) and roasted veggies. My wrap was again earthy, with a depth of flavor from the lamb and roasted vegetables. My sister ordered the Moroccan sub with chicken and veggies in a spicy yogurt sauce with a side of potatoes. She enjoyed her sandwich as well. If you are looking for fresh, earthy, Mediterranean flavors, this is your spot! 

For dinner that night, she took me to a well-known ramen spot called, Chuko in Prospect Heights. We shared a fresh kale salad prepared with crispy sweet potato, raisins and miso vinaigrette. We also split a bowl of heart warming miso ramen served with scallion, pork belly, egg and sweet potatoes. The broth had an intoxicating buttery aftertaste and rich deep flavors of miso and pork. The noodles were cooked al dente and appeared to be freshly prepared that very same day. The restaurant is small, so expect to wait in line if you arrive during peak hours. 

The following morning, my sister took me to a small coffee shop near here apartment in Bushwick for their lox bagel. I am a huge fan of lox and bagels, and their version did not disappoint. After all, New Yorker's really know how to bake a decent bagel! 

On Saturday, we ventured back into Brooklyn from our hotel in Time Square to sample the food at Smorgasburg, an outdoor food market near the water in Williamsburg. The market features several local, unique food vendors serving everything from a ramen burgers to s'mores. I tried a glazed donut from the vendor, "Dough" which was amazing! Fluffy inside with a crispy outer shell. I also tried the terriyaki balls, dough balls filled with shrimp, minced carrots and onions. The balls were drizzled with a spicy mayo and terriyaki sauce. I liked the balls, although they could have been cooked a bit more in the center. If you are in Brooklyn, I highly recommend trying out this fun food market. Go with a group and sample many small bites to maximize your foodie experience! 

For dinner in Manhattan, we decided on Joe's Shanghai for Chinese. I was unimpressed by their high prices and mediocre food. I expected more out of a Chinese restaurant in the heart of the city. Next time, I'll stick to the soup dumplings in Chinatown.  

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