Kimpenguin

"People who love to eat are always the best people."

- Julia Child


Read through my reviews of hit and miss restaurants as I travel around NYC and the world in this wonderful journey called "life".

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bonchon on john

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

What a stark contrast to the K-town Bonchon! Situated on a narrow street in the Financial District, this Bonchon seemed out of place. Rather than a chic facility, this restaurant was like an American bar with a neglectful bartender. On top of that, the service in general was very slow. Wings (10 Mixed) – Compared Read more…


club a steakhouse

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

When you walk into the restaurant, it’s like you’re stepping back in time to the peak of jazz and swing. The decor dominantly red, with lit candles centered atop elegant tables. Fried Calamari – Crisp from touch to bite, but a little too greasy. Mushroom Soup – This was delectable; very creamy and strongly mushroom Read more…


momofuku noodle bar

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Oyster bun – old bay, pickled celery, iceberg lettuce, fried oysters For the price you pay, you get very little from these buns. Two small fried oysters nestled in some crunchy veggies. As a Marylander, I appreciate the use of Old Bay, but if you’re going to do a version of an oyster po’boy, be Read more…


bonchon, koreatown

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Scallion Pancake – It wasn’t nearly as crispy as I would have liked, so I tried to savor the crisp outer edges that I got. The pancake came with a serving of sweet soy sauce that helped dull out the onion taste on the tongue. Garlic Soy Chicken Drumsticks – The skin was crispy and Read more…


torrisi italian specialties

Monday, September 5th, 2011

The interior of the restaurant screams “ITALY!” The shelves were riddled with empty Italian ice cups, boxes of pasta, and other Italian goods. With the dim lighting, it’s both intimate and transporting. There’s not much choice over the menu. It’s a “you get what you get and you don’t get upset” kind of place, where Read more…


jade asian restaurant and caterer

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The restaurant was well packed, and the setting was favorable for a wedding banquet or an important engagement. Dim Sum – The bite-sized portions were fairly non-greasy and enjoyable. There were no standout dishes, which should go to say that the food was as expected. The servers wheeling the carts around were very friendly, helping Read more…


riverpark

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Squid Ink Chitarra – This plate contained black ink pasta, sprinkled with pieces of shrimp, squid, chilies, and just a pinch of herbs. The sauce was zesty with lemon juice; it was a very refreshing appetizer. The pasta was soft, perfectly cooked, and everything else was stir-fried to perfection. The only fault I could find Read more…


vine

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The restaurant it conveniently located by Columbia, but don’t always make the mistake of going for convenience over quality. I think there is a struggle here in identifying itself as either Thai or Japanese. I’ll not waste too much time reviewing. The rolls are all right, but over-priced. The names are far more appealing than Read more…


naruto ramen

Monday, August 8th, 2011

*No, I know what you’re thinking and it’s not. This is not a ramen shop based off the popular anime, Naruto. Although, how nice would it be if it were? Perhaps the food would taste better. Gyoza – It was really hard to identify the meat and other ingredients in these dumplings. Pork? Scallions? Chives? Read more…


peking duck house

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Peking duck – with pancakes, scallions, and cucumber The duck was delivered to us in a cart, wheeled over by a certified duck-cutting master (he could have easily been the chef). The full-sized duck was cut with such precision; each piece was circular and even. The pancakes were delicate in thinness, slightly thinner than store Read more…


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