Sfoglia – Friday Dinner Series

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This week on Friday Dinner Series we’re featuring our favorite Italian restaurant in New York City, Sfoglia!  Located in the upper Upper East Side (92nd and Lexington), Sfoglia is a neighborhood spot that feels like a hip, downtown restaurant.   The food is universally excellent, especially their homemade pasta.  The restaurant has a cool, rustic decor and the staff is very personable.  It’s definitely a great date spot and worth the trek uptown…. 

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Ramen Throwdown: Momofuku Noodle Bar vs. Ippudo (Friday Dinner Series)

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One of the best things about living in New York is having access to incredible food from all different parts of the world.   Although Italian food is still our favorite, we’ve started to really branch out and try new things.  Most recently, we’ve been on a huge Asian kick.  Like a Yao Ming sized Asian kick.  Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian – I want them all, all of the time.  The flavors are just so unique and intense.

But today we’re talking about ramen.  Authentic Japanese ramen – not instant ramen, the dorm room staple that I’ve never actually seen in a dorm room – consists of noodles in a flavorful, (usually) meat based broth that is topped with a combination of meat, veggies, and other accouterments.  It’s comforting, it’s delicious, and no one will judge if you slurp your noodles – actually it’s encouraged!  So for the second installment of our Friday  Dinner Series, let’s take a look at two of New Year’s finest ramen spots – Momofuku Noodle Bar and Ippudo.

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Gramercy Tavern – Friday Dinner Series

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As you may have noticed, 2014 is shaping up to be a big year at ChezCateyLou.   In addition to making some aesthetic changes to the site, we’re going to be posting a weekly restaurant review.  New York City is home to some of the best restaurants in the world and Cate and I try to get to as many of them as possible.  We’re going to post a review each Friday to give our readers some dining suggestions for the weekend.  First up in our Friday Dinner Series is one of our absolute NYC favorites – Gramercy Tavern (Tavern Room).  … 

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St. Anselm – Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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One of my favorite parts of Danny Meyer’s Setting the Table was when Meyer said that he felt an entrepreneurial spark whenever he discovered dining concepts that don’t exist that should exist.  And though I’m far from the first person to discover it, St. Anselm is an exciting twist on the traditional steakhouse experience.  It’s the answer to anyone who has ever wondered who wrote the rule that upscale steakhouses had to have a stuffy atmosphere, gigantic portions, and high prices?  … 

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Momofuku Ssäm Bar – NYC

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Somehow CateyLou and I have managed to live in New York for several years without eating at a David Chang restaurant. Sure we’ve been to Milkbar on numerous occasions to try their exotic soft-serve flavors (I applaud the ingenuity but does anyone really want celery flavored ice cream?) but our recent trip to Momofuku Ssäm Bar was our first legitimate David Chang experience.  And it did not disappoint.  … 

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