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Entries in My favorites: Restaurants + bars + hotels (7)

Sunday
Mar252012

In NYC, where are the best...?

Appetizer

Bacon

Bagel

BBQ

Biscuits

Bread basket

Brunch

Brunch cocktail

Burger

Cheese enchiladas

Cheese plate

Chilaquiles

Chile con Queso dip

Chips & salsa

Chinese "tapas"

Chongqing Chicken

Cinnamon rolls

Comfort food

Cookies

Corn bread

Creamiest caffe latte made with *skim* milk

Create-your-own-salad

Creative egg dish

Croque Monsieur

Cupcake

Desserts

Drinks with a killer view

Dumplings (Chinese)

Entree

Falafel

Free bar snacks

French fries/frites

French onion soup

French toast

Frozen margarita

Gelato

Gnocchi

Gnudi

Greek salad

Grilled cheese sandwich 

Guacamole

Hidden gem

Homemade sausage

Horchata

Hummus

Latkes/potato pancakes

Lasagna

Mac & Cheese

Macaron

Meatballs

Most breathtaking space

Mozzarella

Onion rings

Osso bucco

Overall restaurant experience  a kick-ass meal from start to finish, dine-in only and service excluded

Pan-fried pork dumplings

Pastrami

Pate d' Fruit

Peanut butter indulgence

Pie

Pizza pie

Quesadilla

Queso fundido

Quiche

Salted-caramel ice cream

Sandwich 

Sangria

Service

Side dishes / small plates 

Spanish rice

Stuffed pide

Tex Mex-style taco   fried outer shell, shredded cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, chopped tomatoes

Tuna tartare

Whole wheat pizza

Monday
Feb282011

NYCs best TexMex-style tacos

Believe it or not - I wouldn't have believed it until I was dragged there for a birthday dinner, recently - Arriba Arriba's Hell's Kitchen location has the city's best TexMex-style tacos.  Why?

  • Their taco shells are *FRIED ON PREMISES*
  • They use moist, shredded meat (beef was my protein of choice)
  • ...which sits atop a mound of melted, shredded, cheese
  • and is finally crowned by crisp, fresh lettuce and tomatoes
  • Arriba Arriba also has really good salsa for dipping and dunking
  • With every bite you take, a hearty blend of juices grease drips out from the opposite end

Now, for all of you fellow Texans out there, I want you to give this taco a try and report back to me.  I'm willing to bet that you, too, will fall in love.  For NYC, this is pretty damn good.

See for yourself!  GET. HERE. NOW.

~

Read it & eat,

The Lunch Belle

Tuesday
Jul132010

A mid-summer night's fling

Since there are so many small treasures that I'm crushing on this summer, I thought that it would be best to consolidate everything in to one list.  From cocktails and bites to hair accessories and beach bags, these are a few of my favorite things:

Headbands, bandannas, and scarves: I love how a simple headband or bandanna - or Pucci scarf - can completely transform an outfit.  A bold pop of color will breathe life in to any all-black business suit.  And in my case, these hair accessories aid in lengthening my rather-large, heart-shaped face.  Wouldn't you agree?

Sour-cherry bellini at ABC Kitchen: I ordered this brunch cocktail while I was waiting for two of my girlfriends to arrive.  Sour-cherry puree, brandy-macerated sour-cherry juice, and champagne was delicately blended together, creating an orgasmic trinity of effervescent flavor. 

Since ABC's market table and ingredients frequently change with the seasons, I would advise going ASAP, as this cocktail masterpiece makes ABC Kitchen destination-worthy.  *As embarrassing as it is to snap photos at restaurants, I'm kicking myself for not capturing this beverage.  Sorry, folks!

Shopstyle.com: what doesn't this website carry?  From Christian Louboutin heels to the swankiest interior decor for your home, you can't help but spend hours skimming through this amazing website.

My Other Bag is Hermes: can't afford a Birkin?  Well, neither can I; so instead of maxing out my AMEX, I chose to save $6,430 by picking up the next-best-thing at Colette.  Hell, for $70, let everyone think that "my other bag really is Hermes!" 

City Limits Magazine: a bi-monthly investigative journalism publication on (New York) city-wide civic issues

Esperanto's spiced oil: served alongside freshly-sliced bread at Esperanto, I fell in love with this bold and fragrant spice-infused oil...so much so, that I purchased a bottle to take home.  I use it so often that once the bottle becomes half-full, I refill it with my own olive oil.  My favorite things to make using Esperanto's oil include: sauteed scallops, fried eggs, Brussels sprouts, and drizzled over sliced avocado.  Click *here* to purchase your own bottle of this liquid gold!   

Sour Patch Kids Fruit Salad: now if there's one candy that I never tire of, it's these sweet n' sour morsels.  The original SPK's are tasty, but trust me when I say that the "Fruit Salad" version reigns supreme.  Unfortunately, if you're located outside of NYC, they're pretty hard to find, at least in my experience.  Luckily, Amazon.com sells 5-lb. bags!  

Ben & Jerry's Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream: if you've been following my website for a while, you may recall how devastated I was when Haagen Dazs decided to discontinue their "Reserve" line of ice creams.  The departure of my beloved "Fleur de Sel Caramel" was a blow on par with breaking up with someone.  I wasn't quite sure if it would ever become replaceable.

While strolling past my grocer's freezer with baited breath, I decided to "man up" and give another ice cream flavor a try.  And there it was, Ben & Jerry's Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream.  I was surprised by my choice because a) I rarely purchase anything from Ben & Jerry's because they use so many preservatives and additives, and b) I typically shy away from fruity ice cream. 

Imagine rich and creamy, strawberry-laden, not-overly-sweet ice cream swirled with salty/sweet ribbons of graham cracker.  Even texturally, this dessert bomb will do numbers on your tastebuds.  And I promise you this: you will finish the pint in one sitting.

Monday
Mar082010

"The Best of New York 2010," according to New York Magazine

Click *here* to read about the winners in each category