The Hungry Wanderers

Eating and exploring our way through the world

Posts Tagged ‘New York’

2010 NYC Michelin Restaurant Guide

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on October 21, 2009

While at the Food Network’s New York Food & Wine Festival a few weeks ago, I signed up for a lot of contests 🙂 Unfortunately, I didn’t win any.  However, I was contacted by the Michelin Travel & Lifestyle group about their 2010 New York City Michelin Restaurant Guide.

According to their website, The Michelin Guide provides information on about 600 restaurants in New York City for a variety of budgets and cuisines.  It would be a great present for friends and family living in New York City or those who frequent the great city!

In their email, they offered me a promotional code to share with you!  Until December 31st, if you purchase the 2010 NYC Restaurant Guide online, use the code NYFOOD30 to receive 30% off your order.

As we learn of more online specials related to restaurants and travel, we’ll be sure to let you know! We’ve added a new category to help your search on our site in the future for these great discounts and specials 🙂

Posted in Discounts & Coupons | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

New York Food & Wine Festival

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on October 19, 2009

To end our food and drink filled New York girls weekend, we got to attend the Food Network’s 2nd Annual New York Food and Wine Festival Grand Tasting! When we were originally planning our weekend, the tickets to events were just too much ($150 per person for this one event alone).  Jaclyn luckily won two tickets from Serious Eats and then we found one more ticket for $90 from Goldstar.  What a huge savings!

IMG_0878

The event was scheduled to be at Pier 54 in Hudson River Park.  We headed first to 10th and 15th to pick up the Goldstar ticket from will call.  Good thing we did as this was the entrance to the actual event! A lounge area with swag bags and a lounging area.

IMG_0879

Based on Jaclyn’s previous experience with lines at New York events like this, we didn’t stay long in the lounge area so we could go get in line for the Grand Tasting.  It was a gorgeous day along the pier.  Look how big the event was!

IMG_0952

After waiting about a half hour in a reasonable line, the event started and we headed in 🙂 We each received a full size red wine glass (for tastings!) and began our exploration of the vendors.

IMG_0881

The first table I stopped at was Resto.  It was quieter at this point in the event so I asked the chefs if I could take a photo.  They were quite nice and their food was good!

IMG_0884

I first tried their belgian waffle and then a savory tart.  (I don’t remember what was in it, but it was GOOD!)

IMG_0885 IMG_0886

The next stop was South Gate.

IMG_0890

IMG_0888

Here I tried a Frozen Honey Nougat Parfait with Roasted Plums (although they were labeled as apricots, the girls and I decided they were definitely plums).  Very good!

IMG_0889 IMG_0891

Next we found ourselves in front of the Next Iron Chef mini competition between Holly Smith and Jehangir Mehta.  I don’t generally watch the Iron Chef or any of its iterations but we actually watched an episode of the Next Iron Chef the day before so it was fun to recognize these two!

IMG_0893

The secret ingredient (is that what it’s called?) was apple I believe.  Holly made an apple sorbet with crab and parmesan. We were not fans of this 😦 It was very bland.

IMG_0892

Jehangir, on the other hand, made something very good! It was another savory tart.  Unfortunately I don’t recall what was in it 😦

IMG_0894

Next up – the Del Grosso pasta sauce.  The owners were quite friendly!

IMG_0897

There were 3 options to choose from.  I went with the Vodka sauce and was very impressed.  Apparently you can find them at Whole Foods among other grocery stores.  Unfortunately, they don’t sell them at Harris Teeter 😦 (my grocery store of choice in Charlotte)

IMG_0896 IMG_0898

Next we found cupcakes! at Kyotofu

IMG_0902

IMG_0900

They had 3 flavors to choose from.  I went with their green tea cupcake.  Yum!

IMG_0901 IMG_0903

After a sweet treat, on to another savory bite at Trattoria Cinque.

IMG_0905

Here I believe I had a prosciutto quesadilla.  Very good!

IMG_0904

Finally something to drink! (Though there was water and diet coke every where)  Pom Wonderful had two flavors to try: blueberry and original.  Having had the original flavor before, I decided to try the blueberry.  Like the other Pom juices, it was quite sweet but I liked the taste of blueberry mixed in.

IMG_0907

They also had hummus martini cups with pom seeds and pita.  The pom seeds was an interesting touch to the hummus.  I think I would have liked it better with softer pita (this was more like a pita chip).  I’ll think I may try this recipe again in the future.

IMG_0908

The next restaurant we checked out was La Fonda del Sol.  They offered oysters on little shells.  Cute and refreshing!

IMG_0909

IMG_0911

Recently, I became a bigger fan of tea so I was excited to see a tea brand offering samples.

IMG_0913

Mighty Leaf Tea had three flavors to try.  I tasted the Chocolate Mint Truffle.  It was good! I grabbed a sample tea bag as well as one of the Vanilla Bean.  I look forward to trying these at home, especially as it starts to get colder!

IMG_0912 IMG_0914

At this point in the tasting, I was starting to get full! But there were so many good foods still to try!  I found myself at Delmonico’s Restaurant next.

IMG_0915

Here they were making meat balls.  They had the cutest little forks to go with them!

IMG_0916 IMG_0917

Aldea was next with an oyster soup.  While I tasted it, I recognized that I wasn’t in the mood for soup so I wasn’t able to judge it very well 😦 I think I would have liked it if I were in the mood for soup…

IMG_0918 IMG_0919

Although I was getting full, I love Barilla and was very excited to see their stand!  They had two pastas to try and I had a tasting of both.  One was a rotini with a tomato sauce.  The other (which was quite good) was the cheese tortellini with a cream sauce with asparagus.  Yum!

IMG_0922 IMG_0924

As we made our way around the stands, one in particular caught our eye.  It was food or drink, but a product.  The ActiFry is a deep fryer that uses only 2 tablespoons of oil to cook a pound or two of potatoes.  Being skeptical (as many probably were), we tasted the french fries they were making.  They were good! Light but tasty and so much less fat than normal fries.

IMG_0929 IMG_0930

A little over an hour in to the tasting, we had made it all the way around the food vendors and the wine, beer, and liquor vendors had opened.  While we weren’t really looking to drink since we’d had our share the night before 🙂 we decided to try a few unique ones that caught our eyes.  (We were amazed at how many vendors there were to try and we weren’t expecting liquor at all.)

First up – Castries, a St. Lucian peanut rum creme.  Wow! It was really, really tasty 🙂 It’s served slightly chilled all by itself or can be mixed into other drinks as well.

IMG_0937

This table caught my eye with two of my favorite wines to have in stock – Blackstone Merlot and Toasted Head Chardonnay.  The rep recommended I try the third wine at her table – Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir.  I was impressed.

IMG_0938

The first time around, the Blue Moon Harvest Moon had caught my eye but wasn’t being served yet (it was before noon on a Sunday).  Our second time around, an artist was painting the below scene.

IMG_0941

I then grabbed myself a sample of the Harvest Moon.

IMG_0942

As our time at the tasting was winding down, Colleen wanted a small dessert.  We split ginger snaps with Dickinsin’s Lemon Curd and Country Pumpkin Butter.  Yum!

IMG_0945 IMG_0943

This festival was a great way to end an amazing girls weekend of food, drink and fun in New York 🙂  Have any of you tried any of the restaurants I saw at the grand tasting?

Posted in Festival | Tagged: , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Milk ‘n Honey

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on October 17, 2009

The next stop after our amazing dinner at Degustation was a secret bar! What’s a secret bar, you ask?  Apparently New York (and London, among other cities), have bars where you need to be a member or be friends with a member.  A few months ago, Jaclyn had visited one of these secret bars, Milk & Honey, with a friend who was a member.  She recently learned that they take reservations for non-members now so she booked one as soon as she knew we were coming to visit.

If I thought Degustation was nondescript, I was wrong! There is incredibly little markings to show you where the bar is without knowing the address (makes sense – if you knew when walking by that it’s Milk & Honey, it wouldn’t be a secret :-p)  There was a hidden doorbell and we rang it right about the time of our reservation.  The door opened and after confirming who we were, we made our way to our booth.

IMG_0842

The bar was dark and cozy.  A small handful of booths and a small bar.  It’s a great bar for a small group and not for mingling.  In the bathroom, they have a list of “bar rules” – one of which is “gentlemen will not introduce themselves to ladies” 🙂

IMG_0833

Milk & Honey does not have a set menu.  You tell the waitress what you’re in the mood for and the bartender makes you a drink based on the fresh ingredients they have in stock!

No flash in this bar! (from left to right) Jaclyn had a fizzy ginger gin drink… I had a fresh strawberry rum drink… and Colleen had a creamy amaretto drink.

IMG_0838

Attempts at showing the drinks in the candlelight 🙂

IMG_0839

IMG_0840

IMG_0841

Colleen’s first drink didn’t hit the spot, but the second one, which she and I split totally did! We ended up with a “Japanese cocktail.” It was cognac, sweet vermouth, bitters, and one or two other ingredients.  I am generally not a fan of cognac, but this was amazing.  It seems strong at first but was quite smooth and enjoyable.  The bartender did a great job on this drink!

Overall, we were impressed with our drinks but loved the experience even more! It was a great opportunity to enjoy drinks and good conversation (in a place we could actually hear each other!)  We’ll definitely be going back as well as hopefully checking out a “secret bar” that uses a British telephone booth as an entrance 🙂 Can’t wait!

P.S. Happy birthday Jaclyn!

Milk 'n Honey on Urbanspoon

Posted in Bar | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

Degustation Wine and Tasting Bar

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on October 16, 2009

On Saturday night of my girls weekend in New York, we kicked off the evening with an amazing meal at Degustation in the East Village.  We almost missed it as we walked by as it’s tucked away with a generally nondescript door.  The restaurant is small and popular so Jaclyn made reservations weeks in advance!

IMG_0816

The restaurant has a small waiting area (as most diners have reservations and don’t need to wait long).  We were able to peruse the menu and see the goings on of the restaurant as it consists of essentially a bar around the kitchen – you get to watch everything being made in front of you!  There’s room for maybe 20 dining guests!

IMG_0817

Once seated, since it was so quaint I felt slightly uncomfortable taking too many photos but felt better when I realized the couple next to us was also taking photos of their food!

IMG_0831

The main waitress runs everything from the “kitchen” area.  We looked over the menu and decided to go with the $50 5 course tasting menu which the chef chooses.  We knew we wanted a bottle of wine and asked for a recommendation.  Unfortunately, I was unfamiliar with most of the wine, but the waitress did a wonderful job selecting one for us!

IMG_0819

Our first course was assembled right in front of us 🙂 It was a salad with quail eggs, tomatoes, bacon, a blue goat cheese, a sweet nut, and  a vinaigrette.   The nuts were quite sticky and eaten individually stuck to the teeth, but eaten with the rest of the salad was wonderful.  A great start to the tasting menu!

IMG_0820

The second course I believe was a fried oyster squid ink risotto (possibly incorrect about the seafood).  I heart risotto and the squid ink was a great touch! It made our mouth black which was funny 🙂

IMG_0823

The third course was quail.  I wish I had taken notes on what we ate 😦 As you can see in the picture, there were a lot of touches with this one but I don’t remember besides the quail…

IMG_0824

Our fourth course was an ox tail.  Delish!

IMG_0827

And last but not least, the dessert course! These were fun to watch being made all night 🙂 We had a carmelized bread pudding with berries.  SO. GOOD.

IMG_0828

As expected (especially if you read all of the reviews on line), this meal was amazing! So very worth the price!  They had a 10 course option for $75 which we might have selected if we had had more time.  We had drink reservations at Milk & Honey and unfortunately couldn’t stay longer.

IMG_0830

Degustation is a great option for a romantic dinner or a small group of friends (small group as you sit next to each other).  Definitely a big recommendation!

Degustation Wine and Tasting Bar
239 E. 5th Street, New York, NY
212-979-1012

Degustation on Urbanspoon

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »