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Gourmet Journey in New York

A December 2004 trip to New York by Louisa W. Hansen

East Buffet Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: Returning to New York--the city I once called home--is like finding an oasis in the desert. My craving for the joy of dining out in quality restaurants whenever I wish was fulfilled. Join me in my week-long gourmet odyssey in the restaurant capital of the world.

Gourmet Journey in New York

Overview

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There is a saying that if you go to one restaurant in New York City per day, you will never have to go to the same restaurant for a second time during your whole lifetime. Having lived in New York for a couple of years before, I know this statement is true to its spirit! After a 3-year absence, I was like an exile on a desert looking for an oasis. I craved for the joy of dining out in quality restaurants whenever I wish—at the spur of the moment—without any pain in the planning. And New York gives you the possibilities of doing just that.Quick Tips: If time is short and you are lost in the jungle of eateries, it is best to consult the locals. Ask someone in the streets, ask friends if you hav...Read More

East Buffet

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Restaurant

East Buffet Photo, New York, New York
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In the jungle of Chinese restaurants in New York, East Buffet, in the humble neighborhood of Flushing, really stands out. And I am talking from a native Chinese's experience. First off, this place's clientele is mainly local Chinese immigrants. So you can be sure that the dishes are not made to cater to American taste buds. If you don't know what to order among the hundreds of dishes available, I recommend going straight to the buffet bar, which serves everything from dim sum to Chinese desserts to soup and congee, fried noodles and pork chops, to name but a few. On the side, there is a lady slicing steamy hot, newly baked Peking duck for people standing in a long ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

East Buffet
4201 Main Street
New York, New York 11355
(718) 353-6333

Typhoon

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Restaurant

Typhoon Photo, New York, New York
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This is a very festive restaurant with native Japanese chefs and Japanese waiters/waitresses. It is very popular among the young and trendy. The clientele is predominantly Japanese and Asian. As with any authentic Japanese restaurant, there is a sushi bar where three chefs are constantly making fresh cuts. The selection of sushi and sashimi is huge. There are also a large number of appetizers. We chose boiled endaname (soy beans) and wasabi octopus for appetizers. The endaname has a mildly salty taste and are nice to chew on. The octopus has a slightly slimy texture, which some may find strange. But I enjoy experimenting with all sorts of food, so this definitely enriched ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Typhoon
79 Saint Marks Place
New York, New York 10003
(212) 979-2680

Jackson Diner

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Restaurant

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This Indian restaurant is an "institution," as I was told. One simply cannot go to New York without having a meal at Jackson Diner. To get there, take the no. 7 train to 74 St. Broadway and it is only a block away. When you step inside, the restaurant looks like a fast-food hall, not too shabby but very simple and unpretentious. Big jars of water with ice readily stand by on the tables— which is used to cool off your tongue as we came to realize later on in the evening. The clientele is mainly Indian immigrants living in the neighborhood, which is a big area shared by South Asians and Colombians. They often come in groups or families. So we knew that this place is authen...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Jackson Diner
37-47 74th Street
Queens, New York 11372
718-672-1232

Dos Caminos

Restaurant | "Dos Caminos SoHo"

Dos Caminos Photo, New York, New York
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This is a Mexican restaurant in the medium price range with a modern and trendy look. The location in SoHo is perfect for those who wish to do some shopping in the nearby exclusive boutiques after the meal. We had lunch there and started off with a big bowl of nachos with guacamole dip and some Mexican soft drinks, which are wonderful starters. I hadn't eaten nachos for years, so this was a big feast for me. The dip was fresh and creamy. The guava drink that I chose has a tangy and refreshing taste. Then we each ordered a taco: chicken taco, mahimahi taco, (fish) and pork taco. Each plate is colorfully decorated with vegetables and dressing and served with rice and beans....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Dos Caminos
475 West Broadway
New York, New York 10013
(212) 277-4300

Ceci Cela Patisserie

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Restaurant

Ceci Cela Patisserie Photo, New York, New York
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A small French patisserie in the Nolita area, Ceci Cela has more delicacies than you can ask for. Just browsing through its assortment of pastries and cakes takes a good couple of minutes. Located discretely on the side of Spring that's closer to Little Italy, this little café is a gem in the city filled with standardized cafés like Starbucks. It is one that has an authentic Parisian feel, from the details of each petit four, the gold leaf on top of chocolate cakes, to the look of the interior, which, with its exposed bricks, has a typical New York apartment feel at the same time. I smiled at the street sign on the wall that says, "Avenue de New York." There is also a nice little detail...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Ceci Cela Patisserie
55 Spring Street
New York, New York 10012
(212) 274-9179

Jaya Malaysian Restaurant

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Restaurant

Jaya Malaysian Restaurant Photo, New York, New York
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While it's called a Malaysian restaurant, Jaya actually serves both Malay and Thai cuisine. Located on a small side street where there is a gathering of Southeast Asian eateries, this one is the prettiest budget restaurant thanks to its simple but elegant decor of rattan and wood. However, since we were there at Christmas season, the Christmas decoration added a tacky touch in this tropical ambience. At the entrance you can find a big aquarium with the fish that are used for the daily dishes. I had been there a couple of times before when living in New York and remember how delicious and truly spicy some of the dishes were. During this gourmet trip in New York, I was on the hunt for fre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Jaya Malaysian Restaurant
90 Baxter Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 219-3331