Chinese BBQ at Hao Noodle in Chelsea

Certain Asian cultures are known for their bbq, but Chinese has never been one of them. Grilled skewered meat, however, is actually a very popular street food in many parts of China. The new outpost of Hao Noodle in Chelsea devotes a portion of its menu to this relatively unfamiliar but very tasty Chinese bbq tradition. The cuts of meat are small and delicate, but the flavors are anything but. The lamb with cumin explodes with heat, while the pork shimmers in a sweet marinade. Once in awhile the flavors venture too far out into the deep end, as was the unfortunate outcome with the gloppy eggplant in fish-flavor sauce, but in most instances, the boldness hung comfortably by a thread. The most successful dish, in my opinion, was the one with the most restraint, which in this meal was the grilled steak. There were minimal seasonings and the meat was accompanied by just a side of garlic and salt and pepper, a less is more approach that was very effective.Read More

Ho Foods in East Village

Taiwanese food is trending in New York City. I’m aware of famous dishes like lurou fan, three cup chicken or bubble tea, but otherwise my knowledge of the cuisine is pretty minimal. A recent meal at Ho Foods introduced me to the world of Taiwanese beef noodle soup, which is very much its own thing. The broth is extremely flavorful and pungent, dark and brown with powerful notes of star anise resonating throughout. You can choose from either round, udon-like noodles or thick-cut, wide ones, and I preferred the latter, as there was more texture and body to them. A bowl of this will leave you feeling warm and well-insulated for the night ahead.Read More

Manhatta in FiDi

Why is it the case that a meal at a rooftop restaurant often involves a fabulous serving of city views with a side of mediocre food? These spots are lovely occasions to commemorate a special event (the Prudential Center for my sister’s Wellesley graduation comes to mind) but never the palate. Danny Meyer’s Manhatta, however, is an exception to this rule. Set on the 60th floor of a commercial building in the Financial District, Manhatta offers up stunning views of the Lower Manhattan skyline while serving equally impressive plates of refined, crowd pleasing dishes.Read More

Best Asian Breakfasts in NYC

Asian breakfasts are the new avocado toasts. Anyone can make scrambled eggs and pancakes, but the real pros are the ones making bo ssam or nasi lemak in the AM. You’ll usually find these in an Asian kitchen, which were few in number in NYC but those numbers have grown to represent a diversity of countries like Japan, Malaysia and Korea. If you’re willing to branch out from a bagel and lox, you should stop by some of my favorite Asian breakfast spots in the city. These places embrace authentic flavors rather than trying to water things down with matcha pancakes or something like that. And nothing wakes you up quite like a bowl of fried anchovies or kimchee in the morning!Read More

Where to Eat in Maine: Camden, Bar Harbor, Rockport, Rockland, Portland

Every road trip to Maine involves lobster. And while there are certainly many seafood shacks to choose from, a meal in Maine can be so much more than lobster rolls and chowder (although those are very, very good). For our Labor Day weekend trip, we made our way through Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Bar Harbor and Portland, and our food itinerary was surprisingly diverse. We had fantastic plates of Asian food in lily-white Camden, hand rolls and omakase in Portland, and delicious blueberry pancakes in Bar Harbor. If you’re looking for a hit-list of places to eat that include a little bit of lobster and a whole lot of something else, check out the recommendations below.Read More