Kimpenguin

Below are restaurants that I consider "MISS", so if you come across them, don't bother!


niu noodle house

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

I should really read up on the history or ramen, but as usual, it’ll probably take another year or two before I am motivated enough to do so. Continuing our quest to find the top 5 ramen shops, Panda discovered this restaurant. “Chinese ramen,” he said. Of course, I found it intriguing. Whenever I think Read more…


regional

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Free Bloody Mary and Mimosa refills during brunch! Intrigued? Well, you should be especially if you love drinks with a kick to start your day right. Obviously, the free refills are a big draw, but so is everything else like the complimentary basket of muffins. You almost don’t  need to order anything else. But seriously, Read more…


umi no ie

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Across from a now bookmarked thrift shop in East Village is this small restaurant in which the setting is dim and the ambiance is soothing for a quiet evening with loved ones. The walls are lightly decorated with pictures of the beach, surf boards, and christmas lights reminiscent of the beach life on a small island in Read more…


ulysses folk house

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Once I got a sense of which direction to head after exiting on the Wall St. stop, I met my friends for a little reunion. Initially bewildered by the fair-like picnic table arrangement outside the rear entrance in what I will assume is a usually quiet alleyway, I found my group and rushed to sit Read more…


danji

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Kimchi was like “Annyeong haseyo!” and pasta was like “Bonjourno!” and those two foods, along with a few others, made the dishes on this menu. That’s right, another take on East meets West; Korean-Italian-French style. Located on the same block as my beloved Totto, this modern joint draws in the urban city dwellers with its Read more…


japadog, part two: dessert

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Don’t come here for the dessert! Blargh! Panda and I were wandering around St. Marks, looking for our next ramen joint when I noticed a sign for Japadog’s newest invention: age ice in a bun. It didn’t look amazing, but I can’t resist trying something new and innovative. But oh, what a horrible idea! The Read more…


minca

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

There was something very amiss about this ramen shop. Although panda would disagree, I feel like this shop lacked ramen authenticity. I felt lousy Japanese influence, from the atmosphere of the place, down to its Vietnamese pho-text menu. And what bothered me even more was the missing passion when the ramen was being made. It Read more…


il violino

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

My stomach was growling throughout Les Miserables, so when we got out of the theater, Panda chose this Italian restaurant for brunch. Fatigued from hunger, we walked in to be greeted rather rudely by the hostess. She practically ignored us and didn’t even tell us she was taking us to our table. A big no, Read more…


bettolona

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

I’ve had a lot of pizza in New York and it’s really hard to say that pricier pizzas are any better than the $1 slices I can get in Times Square. I still have yet to find the stand-out. Bettolona in West Harlem has a variety of pizzas, all baked in a brick oven, giving Read more…


breezy hill orchard

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

One thing’s for sure, the popup holiday shops nested outside of NYC’s parks aren’t cheap. It’s hard to find anything decent below 20 bucks. Except for the food. After making my rounds through the booths, I started to get hungry and was drawn to the ginger/cinnamon smell from this little stand. They sold packages of Read more…


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