I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I know I sure did! This past weekend I had the pleasure of vacationing with four inspiring & diverse women whom I have had the opportunity of connecting via the online publication: Masala Mommas. It was a wonderful experience that was filled with lots of shopping, new experiences, and AMAZING food!
I had to share some foodie experiences that I had the pleasure of indulging in. Some of these places were new to me and some were already etched onto my favorites list. So here they are, some of my favorite lunch and/or dinner places in NYC that you absolutely MUST try (+ a delicious recipe to top it off!)
Overview: This Zen meets vintage European venue will have your mouth watering from the ambiance alone. You are greeted by a modern concierge/host desk which leads you to a casual chic waiting and bar area. You can choose to diner here or move on to the dining rooms. There are two dining “room” ahead, one that wraps around the main dining room which consists of red glowing cave like areas or the main dining hall downstairs which encompasses European draping and gorgeous gold and cream chandeliers. Remember Carrie & Big’s rehearsal dinner in SATC? Yep, this is the place.
- Edamame Dumplings in a shallot-sauternes broth
- Broken Chili Chicken with Chinese pepper and Thai basil
- Mongolian Lamb Chops with a crystallized ginger crust
Address: 75 9th Avenue New York, NY 10011
Overview: Indoor and Outdoor grill serving New American fare. This bar/grill is nestled in Bryant park behind the New York City Public Library. A wonderful outdoor eating area offers you fresh food with New York City as a backdrop. They offer brunch, lunch, dinner, and cocktails.
- Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad
- Panko Crusted Chicken Sandwich on Grilled Brioche
- Baked Rigatoni with Imported Sheep’s Milk Ricotta & Broccoli Rabe, sun dried tomato pesto, roasted cherry tomatoes, & shaved Pecorino Romano
Address: 25 West 40th Street New York, NY 10018
Overview: As you enter this graceful oasis you are welcomed by a host/hostess area with a birdcage goldfish tank. The bar area is filled with jars of floating orchids and tea candles. The dining area wraps around a centric pond which is filled with Coy fish, lotus flowers, and floating candles. This romantic tranquil restaurant specializes in refined Thai cuisine. They serve brunch, lunch, dinner, and cocktails.
- Marinated chicken schnitzel, mango salsa, thai birdi chili, and cilantro
- Organic chicken in green curry, Thai eggplant and sweet basil
- Mixed Berry Mojito with fresh lime and sugar cane
Address: 60 Thompson Street New York, NY 10012
4. Max Brenner
Overview: An all time favorite spot of mine for years! The “bald man” will have anyone believe that Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, does in fact exist. The smell of chocolate fills the air as you enter this decadently rich restaurant where you see pipes of chocolate suspended above. A haven for any dessert/chocolate lover. With locations popping up all over the US, Max Brenner has become quite the hot spot for brunch, dinner, and random sweet treat fixes.
- Classic European Chocolate Fondue: choice of two chocolate sauces (pure milk, dark or white) served with toffee sauce, bananas, strawberries, chocolate chunks cookies, marshmallows and fluffy chocolate sponge cake for dipping
- Spicy Chicken & 3 Cheese Pizza with black beans, jalapeños, cilantro, mozzarella, cheddar & goat cheese
- Chocolate Chai infused with warm white chocolate sauce blended spicy thai leaves
Address: 841 Broadway New York, NY 10003
These restaurants are sure to please any food lover! What are some of your favorite restaurants in NYC?
As for the recipe, the Edamame Dumplings at Buddakan left our mouths watering the entire weekend. The silky soft dumplings just melted in your mouth, with each flavor complimenting the other. Even after our third order of this savory delicacy, we were still craving more! Once I got home I did a little research on this dish and was able to find the recipe from Chef Michael Schulson of Buddakan New York himself!
Michael Schulson, Executive Chef, Buddakan
- 3 cups edamame
- ½ pound butter
- ½ cup cream
- 25 store-bought wonton wrappers
- ⅓ cup chicken broth
- splash of white wine
- In water, cook the edamame until tender. Strain and puree with the other ingredients. Refrigerate the filling overnight until firm.
- Put a teaspoon of the filling on a wonton skin; brush with water and fold in half to seal. Steam the dumplings, 5 at a time until tender, approximately 5-7 minutes. For the broth warm the chicken broth and add white wine, once hot serve the dumplings in the broth.