Gitano NYC

Gitano in NYC is a pop up restaurant inspired by Gitano Tulum in Mexico. Their idea was to bring the Tulum Jungle to the Concrete Jungle of NYC.

Make reservations via OpenTable or else you will have a long wait to even get in the place!

When I stepped inside Gitano I felt like I was on vacation. I was surrounded by lush palm trees 🌴 and beautiful people.

We sat by the bar which has a big disco bar at the center of it.

Cocktails 🍹

We ordered the:

Jungle Fever 😝 consists of Gem and Bolt, chili, lime, and cilantro. It had a great kick to it. 🌶

Gitano Margarita Montelobos, lime, cucumber, and rosemary. It was very refreshing. 🥒

Food

We ordered the Guacamole which was very tasty and fresh.

The special of the night was Carne Asada. It was extremely tasty 🥩 with chimichurri sauce and shishito peppers 🌶

There are several seating areas spread throughout the restaurant and garden area where you can sit, drink, and lounge. It starts getting very loungey in the evening. Lots of people hanging out and sipping on cocktails.

Dekalb market – BK

The Dekalb Market in Brooklyn is super cool. It’s kind of like an indoor Smorgasbord.

As soon as you take the escalator down you see the famous Kats Deli. 😍<< ey also have a Fortina located in the Hall. Lots of choices so I had to narrow down my options. After a quick walk around this is what I chose: Potato Pierogis @ the Pierogi Boys topped with sour cream bacon and scallions ..cuz everything is better with bacon. 🥓 I've had my share of pierogis since my mom is full blown polish. But, these pierogis are super fresh and in a league of their own. Boiled to perfection. 👌 Icecream from Ample Hills Creamery 🍦 ooooey gooooey buttercake deliciousness. The word butter cake says it all! I was so tempted to take home a pint of it. However, we had a long drive home and I was afraid it would melt. Arepas de choclo from Arepa Lady came highly recommended. This was the main reason I stopped to try one. The corn tortilla and cheese melts in your 👄 mouth! Extremely filling ! Staff was super helpful and friendly!

I went into a food coma on my way home. 🏡😴

Burger Joint- Le Parker Meridian

Great no thrills lil speak easy fast food joint inside the upscale Le Parker Meridian in New York City. Cash Only. You seat yourself .. ya gotta be quick to snag a table here! Lines are typically long and didn’t move as quick as I thought it woul.

Burger was super juicy and tastey ..I wanted another but didn’t want to be greedy.. French fries were also fresh and delicious. This place is zagat rated and comes up on a bunch of lists as best burger in NYC. Is it the best burger I ever had ? Nah. but it was up there and I loved to look around at all the old posters and scribbling on the walls.

For more info click here:

Da Burger joint

Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant

My love for good BBQ extends beyond the typical NY BBQ season. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, parks and backyards all across the state are full with hungry families wanting their fill of smoky good food. Luckily, in Portchester there is a BBQ joint that will satisfy your hunger all year round. It is named “Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant & Bar”. This place does come across as a typical hole in the wall style BBQ joint. However, it is a nice restaurant with plenty of seating and a full bar for you to enjoy your meal. I have tried several items on their menu. The stand-outs for me personally are the Chicken Wings and the Grilled Chicken Club sandwich.

Also, I have rated the items that I have tried on a scale of 1 to 5.

The ribs – 4/5

Collard greens- 4/5

Brisket- 3/5

Corn bread- 4/5

French fries- 4/5

Chicken wings- 5/5

Banana Pudding-3/5

Grilled Chicken Club-5/5

Mac-N-Cheese-2/5

House Smoke Sausage- 4/5


Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant and Bar

112 N Main St

Portchester, NY

-Ant Green

Miami

I was in desperate need of a vacay. So I headed out to Miami for some fun in the sun. Perrrect Weather awaited me in South Florida. We stayed at the Eden Roc hotel after a coworker told me how amazing it was. I agree. 🌊 Ocean view balcony with spacious rooms and friendly check in made the trip seamless. We did not rent a car so we Ubered everywhere .. 🚗uber everywhere 🚗

A few of my fav places i visited on my trip to Miami..

For My Love of Latin food I checked out:

Versailles ..Excellent Cuban restaurant in Lil Havana 🌴  They boast that they are the worlds most famous Cuban restaurant. I was given this recommendation from Dr. Rodriguez fellow foodie and Latino! (ha!)The churasco was excellent and so was the Cuban sandwich 😋 This restaurant gets very busy but the line to sit and eat moves quickly! So don’t let that discourage you from trying this place out. FYI not much English is spoken here so brush up on your espanol. 

For Culture :

Wynwood Walls 🎨 Free admission 🎨🌴Here you Stroll around and admire the grafitti and street art splattered across the wynwood walls. Street and Grafitti Artists from all over the globe 🌎 have their art displayed here.


For a fabulous dinner:

Lure Fish 🐟 Bar located inside The Loews Hotel .. Amazing dranks and Sushi! Yes Bae got me into Sushi 🍣 Crispy Rice Cakes were amazing and so was the Lazy Lobster Special (lobster off the shell). There’s a location in NYC too! A bit pricey but def worth the splurge.

For a Drank:

Broken Shaker Bar located inside the  freehand hotel. They have a large outdoor sitting area to enjoy a cocktail. Great Ambiance and no cover charge.  🍹 I had the walk down Alameda. 🍸 They also serve food if you are looking for a bite to eat with your drank. Click here for menu

2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33140 | 305-531-2727

For Brunch:

Yard 🐦 Bird Southern Table and Bar in Miami has to be one of my favorite Brunch spots. This is a very popular place! However, we got lucky and we were seated outside pretty quickly. The Fried Chicken 🍗 Spicy  Watermelon 🍉 and Cheddar Waffles 😋 for two was ahhhmazing. The Eggs Benedict was also a big hit. 🍳 The poached egg was crumbled with a biscuit and bacon 🥓 😍.  Let’s not forget the cocktails 🍹 I had a tipsy debutante monster because I liked the name of the drink and I like tequila 💃 My bf got a Bloody Mary with bacon 🥓 in it !They are located at:

1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Cellar 49- Spring HVRW 2017

I made a Last minute decision to check out Cellar 49 in Tarrytown, NY for HVRW… and I’m sooo glad I did . Food and service is top notch 👌🏻

Reservation booked on OpenTable

This restaurant is a hidden gem. It is located on the grounds of the Tarrytown House Estate 🏡 As I walked down the stairs to a wooden door entrance and sat at the bar…I def got a speak easy vibe. Which I love ❤️. It was the “original” Cellar in the historic Biddle Mansion.

I started with the Truffle Burrata. It was drizzled in balsamic with pistachios and flatbread on the side. Delicious! 

🍽For Entree I chose the Flat Iron Steak that was cooked perfectly . It was paired with mashed potatoes and charred asparagus in a savory sauce. It was so tasty and one of the best steaks I have had in a while!

🍰The Dessert was a toffee almond cheesecake drizzled with caramel😋 (the main reason I chose this restaurant). It was heavenly! 

Everything was so amazing..I definitely recommend trying this place out. They have a three course pre-fix menu year round Mon-Thurs.

Tarrytown House Estate – Cellar 49

49 East Sunny Side Lane

Tarrytown, NY 10591

tel:(914)591-3143

Momofuku Noodle Bar – NYC

Momofuku Noodle Bar : Between 10th and 11th St on 171 1st Ave New York, New York 10003

I love me some Ramen and Pho.

Here you can have both.

Along with tasty buns and sake slushies.

No reservations. Be prepared to wait.

Wait times can exceed an hour.

Food comes out fast and delicious.

Chicken Pho


Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps.. I like pork belly.. who knew


Momofuku Bar

 

Spicy Lychee and Apricot Sake Slushie


Blueberry and Cream Cookie


Momofuku Ramen with Pork Belly


Shrimp Buns ..Best Buns Everrr


Pork Bun

Tarry lodge – A Mario Batali Restaurant in Westchester

 

tarrylodge

 

Mario Batali (a big named chef)has a restaurant in Westchester County and I’m just checking it out.. I guess i’m late. However, I’m glad I finally got to sit and enjoy a great meal in this lil Portchester eatery.

clampizzaburrata

 

Great wine selection.. I love a bottle of red wine along with my Italian food.I highly suggest the Clam, Garlic, Chilis, and Oregano Pizza.. the crust reminded me of Burratta’s in Eastchester (my fav pizza place in Westchester). The service was excellent along with everything that was served. I had to order the  Creamy burata with butternut squash and Walnut Pesto (Burrata is bae)!.. . burrata

 

The big hit of the night for me was the Pollo Francese with Artichokes and Capers.

chickenfrancese

Pollo Francese is one of my fav go to dishes.  I am always a lil leery of ordering it because it seems to be a hit or miss dish. It’s Chicken cutlet in a wine, lemon, and butter sauce and sometimes restaurants can get a lil crazy with the lemon. The chicken was incredibly tender and the sauce it was in was just perfect! I loved it.

tiramisu

For desert we had Tiramisu and ended our night with after dinner dranks at the quaint lil bar. After doing some research I came across that this restaurant was once a speak easy, and a dive bar.

bar

 

dranks

They are also open for Lunch and they serve Brunch on the Weekends! They are also participating in HVRW this Fall.

TarryLodge

18 Mill Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
Tel: 914 939 3111

I booked my Reservation using  Opentable.

Looking for another Mario Batali restaurant that is amazing?! I mentioned this restaurant several times in my older blog posts.Try Lupa Osteria In NYC. Get the Bucatini All’ Amatriciana and the Tartufo. You won’t be disappointed!

BK’S Smorgasburg

stuffed

Beasting at Brooklyn’s Flea Food Market

Bring your appetite and your Cash…(ATM is Provided)

Smorgasburg is Open Every weekend, Rain or Shine with 75-100 food vendors

Saturdays:  Williamsburg, East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7th)

Sundays: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill (at Lincoln Rd.)

What I stuffed my face with:

Mofongo: OMG I’m a big fan of PR cuisine. One of My fav dishes is Mofongo (mashed green plantain (tostone) with garlic.. This one was delicious with fried pork and drizzle of spicy chipotle sauce on top.

.mofon

Ramen Burger: A yummy burger with a ramen noodle in place of a bun with soy sauce…i had to try it and I’m glad I did.. very tasty..

ramenburger

Doughnut from Dough: I’m not a big doughnut person but I make an exception for Dough.

Thai inspired Rolled Ice cream from Roll and Chill.. made on the spot.

rollchill

C Bao Asian Buns.. pork chicken and duck bao buns  .. yum

Other things I wanted but was too stuffed to eat:

Sober Papusas: Because I have never had a Pupusa and I’m eager to try one.

Big Mozz Pizza and Mozzarella sticks

Federoff’s South Philly Cheese steak

Sunday Gravy

Wowfulls.. These fully loaded waffles look amazing

Rainbow Drop Cake this jelly cake made from gelatin looks pretty interesting.

 

Sabbia at La Birreria in Eataly

Looking to get away to the Italian Coast without leaving NYC? Look no further than the beachy Sabbia  (means sand in English) located in Eataly. Follow the Parasols to the retractable rooftop bar/restaurant that is transformed to resemble the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast. This is a pop up restaurant around until October where Gelato carts, an oyster bar, and retractable roof set the mood in this upper scale eatery. Extensive beer, wine, and cocktail list. I went with a Rose Wine Spritzer along with Formaggi, you can choose 3 for $13 or 5 for $16 served with an apricot mostarda (sort of like a marmalade). Many dishes to choose from ..Seafood, Meat, and Vegetarian options all available. We started with The Gambaretti alla Bagnara seared shrimp, oregano, parsley, garlic, and lemon. I ordered the Tagliata DiManzo which was a grilled Wagyu bohemian steak with Arugula and Parmigiano Reggiano.  My date ordered the Polpa all Griglia, grilled octopus with cannellini beans!  After your meal you can shop in Eataly’s market. They conveniently are on Opentable for online reservations.

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