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Rayuela Brunch, NYC

Rayuela Executive Chef: Máximo Tejada Cuisine: Estilo Libre Latino, contemporary Latin American and Spanish Neighborhood: LES Price: $30-50 pp brunch Phone: (212) 253-8840 Address: 165 Allen Street, NYC 10002 Kitchen Hours: Mon – Thur 5:30pm – 11pm / Fri – Sat 5:30pm – 12am / Sun 5pm – 10pm Lounge Hours: Mon – Thur 5:30pm … Continue reading

What Happens When, NYC

What Happens When Executive Chef: John Fraser Cuisine: Global, Fusion Neighborhood: Nolita Price: $58 prix fixe dinner, no alcohol is served pending a liquor license Address: 25 Cleveland Place, NY, NY 10012 Phone: 212-925-8310 Hours: CLOSED The dining scene in New York City, much like its residents, is capricious, competitive, and ever-evolving. It seems sometimes … Continue reading

Respite, NYC

Respite Cuisine: American Nouveau, Asian Fusion, Global Eclectic Neighborhood: Midtown East Price: Appetizers under $15, Entrées $15-$30 Phone: 212-755-2470 Address: 247 East 50th, NY, NY 10022 Hours: Kitchen Daily: 5pm-12am Bar Daily: 5pm-2am In the spirit of adventurous eating and meeting new people, Jen, Herman and I signed up for a dinner at Respite through … Continue reading

Sushi Azabu, NYC

Sushi Azabu Chef: Mikio Yoshida Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $65 per person Azabu course (cheaper options available as well as an à la carte menu) Phone: (212) 274-0428 Address: 428 Greenwich Street, NY, NY 10013 Sushi Azabu has been on my to-try list for a while. Not only is it another neighborhood Tribeca restaurant, … Continue reading

Alexander’s Steakhouse, CA

Alexander’s Steakhouse 10330 N Wolfe Rd Cupertino, CA 95014 http://www.alexanderssteakhouse.com/ Alexander’s Steakhouse is a fine dining restaurant that pairs the tradition of American steaks with Japanese influence throughout the menu. Tim took me to the Cupertino location, which is nearby a shopping mall. Besides the amazing food, the service was outstanding. The servers are all very friendly … Continue reading

Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas, CA

Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas Cuisine: Japanese Fusion, Tapas/Small Plates Price: $15-30 per person Phone: 408-725-0542 Address: 19980 E Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014 Gochi is a really nice place to take your friends or family, just be sure to make a reservation beforehand or be prepared to wait a while for a table because this place is very … Continue reading

Harissa Salsa

When I attempted my first “Kei Kurobe” recipe, Roasted Beets with a Curry Vinaigrette, I had to buy a lot of spices that I had never used before, such as whole cumin seed and coriander.  When I asked him when I would ever use these spices again, Kei sent me this recipe in response.  Of … Continue reading