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Mikkeller Bar, San Francisco

The Mikkeller Bar here in San Francisco is always one of the first places I hit when I visit. And look, they got a spiffy new sign…

While their beer selection is tremendous, it really is their sausage I come for, all made in-house by Chef Mike O’Brien. Bar none the best sausage I’ve had outside of NYC. Today, I was thrilled to find chicken and fennel back on the menu…

Made with chicken thighs, the sausage has a wonderful texture and consistency and stays incredibly juicy…

I was also pleased to learn that Mike will soon be launching Mikkeller Sausage Co. to supply restaurants and home cooks around the Bay Area with his incredible encased meats!

And of course, I couldn’t go to Mikkeller and not have a beer…

A Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery, in this case!

The perfect pick-me-up after my long flight!

MIKKELLER BAR

34 Mason St.

San Francisco, CA 94102

415-984-0279

http://www.mikkellerbar.com/

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Hell’s Chicken, NYC

Korean cooking finally comes to Hell’s Kitchen…

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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…

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

Japchae noodles…

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And kimchi jeon pancake…

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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!

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We then moved into their spicy soy garlic chicken…

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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

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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…

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

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Complete with a grill…

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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…

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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Ganchan, Tokyo

Sometimes the best meals are the unexpected ones. And our impromptu visit to Ganchan in Roppongi was an outstanding one!

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As soon as I book plane tickets to Japan, I also book restaurants, making reservations at all the places I want to eat at. However, I always leave a few afternoons and evenings open to spontaneity; to talk to people and find out where they’re eating and what new places they’re enjoying. Worked out pretty damn well on my "Ask A Stranger" Ramen Tour a few years back!

And that’s how we ended up at Ganchan.

Our flight landed late, we got to the hotel around 8pm, checked in, unpacked, showered and found out stomachs grumbling. So we went down to the concierge to ask what was close and open. After recommending a few high-end Roppongi Hills eateries, we told her we wanted down and dirty, more simple Japanese food. That’s when she brought up Ganchan… a name I had heard before. I remembered my friend Shibata-san, owner of Yopparai and Azasu in NYC, once recommended the place. He used to eat and drink there! Sold. So she called, and they had a few counter seats opening up, and we went.

As Ganchan was only a few blocks away from our hotel, we got their before the diners occupying our seats had paid their bill. But the friendly staff gave us a couple free beers while we waited…

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Ganchan is a small place, a comfortable hole-in-the-wall, if you will, specializing in “yakitori”, or grilled chicken. This is where they cook your meal…

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We only got a few sips of beer down before we were told they were ready for us…

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Fresh vegetables with salt & miso for dipping came out right away…

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Followed by an amuse bouche of “saba no miso”, a type of fish braised in miso…

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The first thing we ordered that hit the table was mozuku seaweed…

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Maybe the longest mozuku I’ve ever seen…

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Then the chicken started hitting the table! Here we go…

Chicken heart…

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Seseri, or chicken neck…

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My new favorite part of the chicken, bonbonji, which is my beloved bonjiri (chicken butt) with the cartilage still attached!

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The most amazing grilled chicken wings…

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A little refreshment…

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Before moving into the chef’s sake recommendations…

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They don’t mess around with the pours here either!

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I needed a second overflow cup to catch the spill from my initial overflow cup…

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Ginnan, or ginkgo nuts…

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Tsukune, or chicken meatball…

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Nankotsu, or chicken cartilage…

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Chicken gizzard…

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One of the things Ganchan does that I have not seen at other yakitori places is use not just direct heat, but also indirect heat…

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They let the grilled chicken rest and smoke on a second level they built on their grill, imparting added moisture and flavor…

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Then, as we ordered more sake to help us get over jetlag….

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…we noticed there was a list of special, limited chicken parts on the back of the menu! We quickly ordered whatever they had left…

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Like seigimo, a special part of the liver…

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Uchimomo, a smaller cut from the thigh…

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Chicken tendon…

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And saezuri, another part of the neck with some of the throat attached…

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Then some final favorites, more seseri and bonbonji…

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And another order of uchimomo…

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Some house made tofu to make up for the lack of vegetables…

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We ended our meal with a final pour of sake from the chef “to help you sleep”…

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These are three people you MUST go and see when you’re in Tokyo!

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Ganchan offers an English menu and is open until 2am!

We could not have asked for a better start to our trip! This was a truly wonderful meal, some of the best yakitori I have ever had anywhere in Japan, served by a fun-loving staff who take pride in their food and sake, and are happy to share the evening with you!

GANCHAN

6-8-23 Roppongi

Minato, Tokyo 106-0032

Japan

+81-3-3478-0092

Filed under Tokyo Japan Gancahn yakitori chicken sake beer

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Given the Avengers’ popularity in Korea, with the second film, Age of Ultron, having just recently finished filming there, a Seoul BBQ joint has painted this mural on their wall in their honor!
Thanks to Dan Gray at Seoul Eats for the pic

Given the Avengers’ popularity in Korea, with the second film, Age of Ultron, having just recently finished filming there, a Seoul BBQ joint has painted this mural on their wall in their honor!

Thanks to Dan Gray at Seoul Eats for the pic

Filed under Seoul Korea Avengers BBQ beer