EATAKU

I travel for work. I eat for fun.

Posts tagged NYC

76 notes

Sakamai’s New Late Night Menu, NYC

Special “late night only” menus at popular restaurants and bars are nothing new. However, Chef Takanori Akiyama at Sakamai on Manhattan’s Lower East Side has taken things to a whole new level with his new after-midnight offerings! Here’s a look…

Wagyu beef and uni (sea urchin) rolls…

House cured duck speck with sansho pepper…

Torched uni and Parmesano Reggiano crostini…

A killer teriyaki burger with a four cheese “tartar sauce”…

While it may not look like much as my picture here sucks, this quickly became one of my favorite new burgers in the city after only a few bites!

Eighteen Spice Curry Rice, blending Thai curry paste and a Japanese curry roux with beef brisket…

And the pièce de résistance… Uni and Bone Marrow Mazemen!

Akiyama-san takes a bowl of ramen noodles topped with sea urchin, bottarga and anchovy miso…

He adds roasted bone marrow…

And there you go…

Mix it all up and savor this incredible eating experience!!

In addition to what you see above, there are still a few old Sakamai favorites like “Egg on Egg on Egg” and “Skate Wings” also available after hours.

The Sakamai Late Night Menu is available Friday and Saturday nights ONLY, from 11pm to 1:30am. Chef Akiyama’s insane edible inventions are definitely worth waiting up for!!

SAKAMAI

157 Ludlow St.

New York, NY 10002

646-590-0684

http://www.sakamai.com

Filed under NYC Manhattan LES uni bone marrow ramen curry rice wagyu beef sushi duck spec prosciutto

94 notes

Hell’s Chicken, NYC

Korean cooking finally comes to Hell’s Kitchen…

image

I actually read about this place while I was in Japan, and as fried chicken and Buffalo wings are my favorite foods, I knew I had to try it!

Located right next to The Pony Bar, which specializes in American craft beer, it appears Hell’s Chicken is pulling inspiration from their neighbor as they have a wonderful selection of not-so-common beers in cans and bottles. I started with an ice cold Anderson Valley Gose…

image

While we came for the chicken, we also decided to try a few of their Korean appetizers while we waited.

Japchae noodles…

image

And kimchi jeon pancake…

image

To be honest, neither of these dishes were anything to write home about. A bit bland, actually. I expected bolder flavors and these seemed toned down on the taste department.

But their chicken….

Their chicken is excellent!

We started with Hell’s Chicken’s plain fried chicken. And it was perfectly fried! The breading was light and oh so crispy and the meat was tender and juicy. Some of the best I’ve had in NYC! Get some gochujang on the side as well!

image

We then moved into their spicy soy garlic chicken…

image

Equally delicious! Just the right amount of heat to amplify the garlic, and not overly sauced so the chicken stayed crisp. Beats Bon Chon or Kyon Chon any day!

A nice, new international addition to the ever-expanding list of eateries in our neighborhood!

HELL’S CHICKEN

641 10th Ave.

New York, NY 10036

212-757-1220 

http://www.hellschickennyc.com

Filed under NYC Manhattan Hell's Kitchen Korean fried chicken jap chae kimchi pajeon pancake beer noodles

50 notes

Beer & Buns Burger Bar, NYC

One problem we New Yorkers often have is that come summer and the onset of beautiful weather, we have a hard time finding a place in the city to barbecue. Well, one new East Side establishment is trying to help…

image

Beer & Buns Burger Bar, located inside the St. Giles Hotel - The Court, just debuted a spacious, new patio lounge…

image

Complete with a grill…

image

Having opened their doors earlier this year, Beer & Buns has quickly become known for its menu of internationally-inspired sliders and selection of global craft beers, all offered at affordable prices for midtown Manhattan.

They’ll also be launching new seasonal sliders going forward, like this tasty lamb gyro option that just hit the menu…

image

And of course, their famed “Indulgence Burger” is still creating plenty of buzz…

image

A Kobe-style beef patty topped with foie gras sauteed in Sauternes wine, Beluga caviar and white truffles…

image

Be warned, this is the one burger they offer that is going to set you back a bundle, but a “cheaper” option at $100 will be available shortly! (10% of proceeds go to City Harvest!)

Now back to that patio and grill… It’s a lovely space that’s now open. They offer their full menu outside and will be having themed events, starting with an Asian-themed BBQ on July 24th. The space and grill are also available for rental for private events and parties by contacting the restaurant.

The Beer & Buns backyard is a cool, new location where city dwellers can go to feel like they’ve escaped NYC without ever leaving the island!

BEER & BUNS BURGER BAR

St. Giles Hotel - The Court

130 East 39th St.

New York, NY 10016

212-592-8888

http://www.beerandbuns.com

Filed under NYC Manhattan Midtown East Side St. Giles beer burgers cheeseburger grill wagyu foie gras caviar gyro seasonal

71 notes

Resto, NYC

After a few drinks and snacks at Roof at Park South, my friends and I headed up to Belgian gastropub RESTO for dinner…

While the service left a little something to be desired, some of the incredible dishes that hit the table more than made up for it! So here’s a look…

Tete de Cochon hot dogs…

Why not use all the parts of the pig’s head rather than just mystery meat?! Makes perfect sense and tasted delicious…

Their famous Belgian frites… (Apologies for the blur!)

The selection of nine dipping sauces that come with that pot of fries!

Old Bay, sriracha and lime & pickle were my three favorites.

Grilled radishes…

Their ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE lamb tartare…

So pissed I didn’t get a clear picture of this gem…

My pork shoulder steak with peas, fava beans and scallions, which most people felt was probably the best entree of the evening…

Resto also has a great Belgian beer list. I started with a can of saison then moved to their tap list…

With a constantly changing menu of different cuts of meats and seasonal vegetables, Resto is full of surprises each visit!

Oh, and for adventurous eaters, they offer a large format nose-to-tail dining experiences that are worth checking out!

RESTO

111 East 29th St.

New York, NY 10016

212-685-5585

http://www.restonyc.com/

Filed under NYC Manhattan Belgian beer fries gastropub tete de cochon head cheese pork lamb tartare

54 notes

Roof at Park South, NYC

Enjoyed a wonderful evening with friends at family at the newly-opened Roof at Park South last night…

It’s a lovely, large space…

With spectacular views of Manhattan…

Cool cocktails and cold beers, I enjoyed a draft Peepers Ale from Maine Brewing Co…

Plus, they have a kitchen serving up amazing eats from Tim Cushman of Boston’s award-winning O YA restaurant….

Warm hummus with smoked paprika and cumin…

Piadine alla Funghi with shiitake & hedgehog mushrooms and truffle oil…

(I don’t even really like shiitake and these were incredible!)

And his Sweetbreads Fritto with pecorino and lemon zest…

Their prices may be a couple bucks higher than other NYC bars, but given the location, the outstanding views and the quality of the food and beverages they’re offering, Roof is well worth the price!

ROOF AT PARK SOUTH

125 East 27th St.

Between Lexington and Park Aves.

New York, NY 10016

212-204-5222

http://www.parksouthhotel.com/roof-at-park-south-new-york-city-en.html

Filed under NYC Manhattan rooftop bar O Ya Cushman hummus sweetbreads pizza cocktails beer