Mokbar’s Korean Ramen

mokbar at chelsea market

I was feeling very nostalgic this weekend. I was craving a bowl of spicy korean ramen noodles, specifically the instant kind like Shin or Neoguri ramen. The bad thing about instant noodles is that they are full of sodium and MSG, which take all the fun out of eating them, so I had to come up with a plan B. When I browsed through the Instagram feed of Mokbar and saw page after page of ramen noodles in a bright and fiery red broth, I knew I had found the solution.Read More

Shu Jiao Fu Zhou, A Fujianese Hole in the Wall

pork and chive dumplings at shu jiao fu zhou

There are a lot of hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Chinatown that you wouldn’t think twice about. Shu Jiao Fu Zhou, however, is one you should actually step into, despite the misgivings you might have about its dingy signage and furniture. The only one with second thoughts will be you, because inside there will be a ton of people, mostly consisting of Chinese locals and a few in-the-know diners, happily eating their way through a bowl of noodles and dumplings.Read More

A Weekend in Mexico City

a vivid mural on display at chapultepec castle
the palacio de bellas artes

With a burgeoning food scene, good weather, and a density of museums that surpass New York and Paris’, Mexico City is really having a moment as a must-see travel destination. Its huge size and urban sprawl makes its layout similar to Los Angeles’, where a car is necessary for travel and maddening traffic is par for course. Plan on visiting several spots in one neighborhood rather than jamming everything into a day. Culture buffs will love the historic charm of Centro Historico, the well-heeled will feel right at home in Polanco and Condesa, the romantics will love San Angel, and the hipsters can hang in Roma Norte. The following weekend itinerary is very food-driven, but there’s enough cultural detours and plenty of walking involved to help you work off those tacos and churros.Read More

Handmade Pasta at Faro in Bushwick

a grown up restaurant in bushwick

Add Faro to the long, growing list of Brooklyn restaurants that specialize in seasonal, farm-to-table ingredients. But aside from the familiar converted warehouse aesthetic and a hip clientele, Faro stands out from the rest with its focus on handmade pasta, and more importantly, its newly earned Michelin star. Neighborhood restaurants in Brooklyn are a dime a dozen, but Michelin-vetted ones are harder to come by. And an affordable one at that, in which most of the items on the menu are priced at $20 or below.Read More

Hanoi House in East Village

what’s on the menu at hanoi house?

The trend of new wave Vietnamese food continues with the opening of Hanoi House, a Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village run by two alums of the Stephen Starr restaurant empire (Buddakan and Upland) and chef John Nguyen. As you might expect, a meal at Hanoi House will be a slightly more elevated experience compared to one at the more traditional Vietnamese places. It certainly has a stylish “Indochine” look and feel about it, in which old school dark wood and palm fronds coexist with whitewash brick and other modern design elements. The space is already generating buzz and tables were hard to come by late on a Wednesday night. Luckily there were some seats at the bar, although even those went quickly.Read More