Spanish Diner at Hudson Yards

Operating a diner serving classic Spanish dishes seems like the best of both worlds. Who doesn’t love eating fried eggs with a side of chorizo and churros? That’s the aim of the Spanish Diner at Hudson Yards, a project backed by Jose Andres and the famous Adria brothers, a Who’s Who in Spanish cooking. The all-day restaurant sits on the ground floor of Hudson Yards in a sparkling new dining space that looks like it would be the cafeteria of a well-funded tech company. The menu reads like a dream of the food you ate on your latest Spanish getaway. Unfortunately, the food probably tastes better in your dreams than the real life Spanish Diner Spanish breakfast on your plate.

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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

Vinho Verde Wine Experience 2018 Recap

Portugal, a country that used to live in the shadows of more popular European peers like Spain, is suddenly the hottest place on the continent. As everyone jet sets off to Lisbon for a week of perfect weather and good food and wine, New Yorkers were lucky enough to have Portugal come to them at the 2018 Vinho Verde Wine Experience in Chelsea. Various Portuguese winemakers flew in and provided generous pours of their wine, which were paired with delicious bites and commemorated by attendees via photo booth and rooftop selfies.

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Los Tacos No. 1 and Los Mariscos in Chelsea Market

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adobada (marinated pork) and carne asada (grilled steak) tacos

Everyone likes to bash Mexican food in NYC, but you can actually get very good tacos at the Los Tacos No. 1 stand in Chelsea Market. That, of course, involves having to be at Chelsea Market and shoving elbows with the tourists for space and seating. And speaking of which, there really are no seats at Los Tacos No. 1, so you have to make do with the standing booths that are scattered throughout the market. It’s not going to be a comfortable experience, but the spectacular adobada marinated pork tacos will make you feel better about dealing with the chaos. Everyone likes to pair their tacos with guac and chips, and while the guac at Los Tacos No. 1 is very good, the chips aren’t hot and fresh.Read More

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