All posts tagged: New York

A Lavish Lunch Affair at Per Se

New Yorkers are spoiled by amazing food, whether it’s a simple bagel sandwich from the fantastic Tompkins Square Bagels or the endless restaurants nestled in Hell’s Kitchen. But a dining experience at Thomas Keller’s iconic three-Michelin establishment, Per Se, really sets the bar high for all my future meals. Located on the 4th floor of the Time Warner Center by Columbus Circle, Per Se has a gorgeous view of Central Park. Considered the East coast counterpart of Keller’s French Laundry, it is one of the few New York restaurants that boasts an impressive three Michelin Stars. Oh but the best part of it all — Oysters and Pearls, French Laundry’s signature dish, opens the prix fixe menu at Per Se as well. Sabayon of tapioca, oysters, and sterling white sturgeon caviar… Just writing about this dish feels luxurious! As we visited for lunch, we opted for the five course menu which still left us feeling very satisfied (my vegetarian friends/vegetable lovers: apparently Per Se has an impressive vegetarian prix fixe menu that wows even more than the regular!). Dessert really takes the cake at …

Freshly Brewed Matcha at Ippodo Tea House 一保堂茶舗

A piece of Kyoto in New York City Ippodo (一保堂茶舗) is a venerable Kyoto tea house that has specialised in Japanese green tea for more than 300 years. In other words, Ippodo is heralded as the Japanese tea industry’s crème de la crème. From matcha to hojicha, Ippodo sells a variety of loose-leaf teas; although I haven’t tried all of them yet, I’ve been told each boasts strikingly distinct flavors. Anyways, when Ippodo finally decided to open a store outside of Japan, tea enthusiasts were ecstatic (check out another blogger Alexis’ post here!). Ippodo NY offers freshly brewed teas of your choice, alongside seasonal drinks such as Matcha Slushies and Green Tea Lattes. A short post because I haven’t done one in a while. Moving to NYC is a whirlwind of fun but it just keeps me so incredibly busy. Hope you get a warm cup of Japanese tea to-go because it’s getting cold now! love, eatprayjade x. Ippodo Address // 125 East 39th Street, New York, New York 10016 Website // http://www.ippodo-tea.co.jp/ Tel // (212) 370-0609

Afternoon Tea in West Village: Bosie Tea Parlor & Patisserie Claude

Hello Spring! In the words of Taylor Swift, “nice to meet you, where you been?” Now that it’s finally warming up, spring days with beautiful sun hats, nice walks in the park, and afternoon tea dates don’t feel that far away. So, to celebrate the upcoming spring blooms, here are two cozy afternoon tea places in New York City’s West Village. After all, where better to await spring than tea parlors and patisseries? Bosie Tea Parlor Bosie Tea Parlor has been a New York staple of mine for a while–it’s low-key, has an artsy vibe, and serves great finger sandwiches. The traditional afternoon tea set isn’t over the top, and comes with a wide range of fresh macarons you can choose from. The table’s favorite was the salted caramel macaron, but the lavender macaron was also really lovely. Plus, Bosie’s Earl Grey Mille Crepe is just delicious! If you like subtly sweet desserts, you’ll definitely enjoy the fluffy layers of earl grey creme. And since Bosie is first and foremost a tea parlor after all, remember to pair your desserts with a cup of perfectly brewed tea before settling in for a relaxing afternoon. So next time …

Holiday Brunch at Clinton St. Baking Co.

Happy New Years! Top of my 2015 New Years Resolutions List was exploring more popular food spots so in the spirit of that, I squeezed in a holiday brunch with my family at Clinton St. Baking Company recently. This popular Lower East Side shop is known for its delicious blueberry pancakes, Belgian waffles, and brunch overall. I first heard about Clinton St. Baking Company in Tokyo this summer actually. But I also quickly learned that Tokyo’s pancake craze means delicious pancakes only if you can endure enormously long waits–after all, lines can go for hours at this popular brunch spot! But, what girl doesn’t love a delicious stack of pancakes? I seriously appreciate brunch with great pancakes, especially if they fit my golden rule: fluffy on the inside with slightly crispy sides. So this time, despite the hour wait (which was much shorter than the one in Tokyo I’m sure!), I persevered. A new year means renewed strength to wait for good brunch right?                             Hands down, Clinton St. Baking Company is delicious–the …

Alice’s Tea Cup: “it’s always tea-time”

Alice’s Tea Cup is not too far from the magical world Alice stepped into. With a wide selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and mixed teas, this cosy tearoom is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. My brief stop in New York–before visiting my family for Thanksgiving Break–consisted of a satisfying brunch at Friedman’s, a great spot for homemade comfort food, followed by high tea at Alice’s Tea Cup. I met up with one of my classmates from university who is in the process of finishing her dissertation. Now, when I say classmate, I mean more of an older sister I look up to. In the year and a half I was gone in London, she got married to a wonderful guy and gave birth to the most precious baby girl. I was ecstatic to meet her family so where better to have a reunion than over high tea? I loved all the Alice in Wonderland-themed tea sets at Alice’s Tea Cup. Between The Nibble “a lil bit hungry?”, The Mad Hatter “hungry?”, and The Jabberwocky “famished?”, we ended up getting …

Fall Weekend Holiday in New York

Gourmand (one who takes great pleasure in food) is a word I’ve been called by some of my close friends and it’s most definitely the best word to describe my recent long weekend. After all, Fall Weekend holiday was the perfect excuse for a girls getaway in New York City! Luckily, with a lovely airbnb booked in East Village, my best girlfriends and I were ready to start on a long list of delicious places to visit. Unsurprisingly, right at the top of our list was The Fat Radish, Ippudo Ramen, and Chelsea Market. The Fat Radish was the newest addition to our list of must-try brunch spots–curtesy of my friend Ellie who constantly scouts out amazing finds for me! As for Ippudo–I just couldn’t wait for a bowl of their spicy Tonkotsu ramen. It sounded like the perfect throwback to Tokyo’s noodle shops I miss so dearly (oh but of course, Ippudo’s Hirata pork belly buns are to die for too!). And last, but definitely not least–Chelsea Market. Does it need any explanation? Oysters, donuts, crepes, beef pies, anything and everything. We were even lucky enough to grab a table …