Woo Lae Oak @ NYC

20090717 Yook Hwe @ Woo Lae Oak, NYC 02

Yook Hwe (Sesame and Soy Marinated Steak Tartare

Details: 148 Mercer St New York, NY 10012-3256 (+1-212-925-8200)

Alta @ NYC

20090716 Crispy Brusell Sprouts Granny Smith Apples @ Alta, NYC

Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Granny Smith Apples, Crème Fraîche, and Pistachio Nuts

I’m the sort of person who enjoys doing research before dining, and I’ll admit that a treasured  Monday morning ritual is to get on the phone and on Opentable.com to make the week’s reservations. I find it extremely comforting and not weird at all that I know exactly where I at least could eat every night for the next month or so. Because of this and because they like to humor my foodie hobby, I am usually the meal organiser within my group of friends. Every once in a while though, I take a chance and accept an invitation without doing any background reading, and in the case of the unobtrusive Alta, am completely blown away! The $400 Whole Shebang option recommended for parties of 9 or more, entails being served all 46 dishes on the menu!!! It only has a food rating of 23 on Zagat, but in my humble opinion, the dizzying array of inventive small plates with such cosmopolitan and confusingly complementary components such as Danish Pork Ribs Roasted with Kecap Manis and Coriander, places Alta within the highest echelon of practitioners of the art of tapas. For your next team dinner or group celebration be sure to stop by for unforgettable feasting. Special thanks to Jay for the recommendation.

Details: 64 W 10th St New York, NY 10011-8702 (+1-212-505-7777)

La Sirene @ NYC

20090716 Whole Oven Roasted Barramundi @ La Sirene 002

Filet of Oven Roasted Barramundi with Garlic, Evo, and Thyme

Details: 558 Broome St New York, NY 10013-1508 (+1 212-925-3061)

Mercer Kitchen @ NYC

20090712 Tomato Soup @ Mercer Kitchen

Red and Yellow Tomato Bread Soup with Olive Oil and Basil

Details: 99 Prince St New York, NY 10012-3218 (+1 212-966-5454)

Kuma Inn @ NYC

20090710 Pork Buns @ Kuma Inn

Pork Buns with Sesame Peanut Sauce

Details: 113 Ludlow St New York, N.Y. 10002 (+1 212-353-8866)

Madam Geneva @ NYC

20090709 Pickled Watermelon Rind @ Madam Geneva 009

Pickled Watermelon Rind

I’m not such a frequent patron of bars. This is mainly because I’d rather be eating food! However, The New York Times’ Frugal Traveller recently did a feature on bar snacks which inspired me to venture out, reassured that I would get my nightly fix of RGF despite the lack of a formal dining setting. The pickled watermelon rind on the menu at Madam Geneva immediately stood out- who ever eats rind? For a refreshing treat, don’t be afraid to order something out of the ordinary, but do be forewarned that a high tolerance for cilantro is a prerequisite.

Details: 4 Bleecker St New York, NY 10012 (+1 212-254-0350)

Momofuku Ko @ NYC

20090706 Grilled Trout with Dill Potatoes Radish and Swiss Chard @ Momofuku Ko NYC

Grilled Trout with Dill Potatoes Radish and Swiss Chard

Details: 163 1st Ave near 10th St New York, NY 10003 (+1-212-500-0831)