Spicy Thai at Ugly Baby in Carroll Gardens

ugly baby in carroll gardens

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen at Ugly Baby, which cranks out some of the spiciest Thai food you will ever eat in New York City. Chef Sirichai Sreparplarn intentionally keeps the spice levels high to authentically reflect how food is seasoned in Thailand, and guests must accept the dishes as is with no modifications. There’s heat in almost every single item, so get ready to sweat it out and down pitchers of water if dinner here is in the cards in the near future.Read More

Ikinari Steak in East Village

getting our steaks made to order at ikinari

Have you ever been to a Fry’s Electronics store? Back when I was in high school, Fry’s was a place for geeks to stock up on computer parts. The typical customer was probably a single dude who liked to play Counterstrike in his spare time and did not have a girlfriend and probably did not care about that. To me, Ikinari Steak in the East Village is like the Fry’s of steakhouses. You’re essentially surrounded by a lot of single dudes who are happily eating their reasonably priced thick-cut steaks while standing (there are no seats at Ikinari, although they recently added a few booths). Some of them might get aggressive and even order two steaks each, like the two men next to us who essentially had a Louis CK-style dinner bang bang and ate four steaks total and did not give a crap about anyone witnessing the gluttony.Read More

Isebähnli in Zurich

isebähnli restaurant

The restaurant Isebähnli is a real gem in a city that charges top dollar for what is essentially a plate of hash browns and roast meat. Tradition may define many of the restaurants in Zurich, but at Isebähnli, every day the menu starts fresh, depending on what’s available at the market and which cultures might be the sources of inspiration. The cozy, old school bistro setting might suggest you’re getting more of the same, but what comes out of the kitchen is quite unexpected and very rewarding. It’s made an impression on a lot of people, including Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park, who recommended Isebähnli in a WSJ guide to Zurich.Read More

Bar Moga, Japanese Speakeasy in Greenwich Village

If you like your bar food as interesting as your cocktails, then you might want to pull up a chair at Bar Moga, a retro, Japanese-inspired bar run by alums of Milk & Honey in Greenwich Village. You won’t find the typical plate of french fries or chicken wings on the menu. The space is far too elegant to allow for greasy pub grub like that. The word “moga”, after all, is a term used to refer to Japanese women in the 1920s who followed Western fashions and lifestyles, and she probably would want bites more consistent with her tastes, like kani crab croquettes or caesar salad.Read More

abcV = very expensive vegetables

sweet greens and the fitness & protein smoothie

All you need to know about abcV, the new vegetable-driven restaurant in Jean-Georges’ abc empire, is that they make their fresh organic juices with a Juicero machine and charge $15 for one. It serves overpriced vegetarian meals packaged as some sort of revolutionary “cultural shift towards plant based intelligence” (this is from their website) but really, like the Juicero machine, you’re paying mostly for the pretty packaging.

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