Entries Categorized as 'LOWER EAST SIDE'

NYC Lower East Side Filipino & Vietnamese Food: Brunch at Pig & Khao Kind of Blew My Mind

Date November 5, 2013

So apparently Pig and Khao, the newish Lower East Side restaurant from former Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen (Remember? Cute brunette who made out with Hosea? Who? Right.), is serving “Filipino-inspired” cuisine.  I guess that just means they get to serve dishes from other Asian cuisines and not have to explain why. Works for me. [...]

Sugar Sweet Sunshine: Home of my Favorite Cupcake and Banana Pudding, Plus Seasonal Chocolate Chip Trifle

Date November 14, 2011

I like playing favorites, especially when discussing banana pudding and cupcakes.  Thanks to sugar Sweet sunshine, my two favorites are under the same roof.  I’ve praised their banana pudding before, and after a visit last week, I’m happy to report that copious amounts of ripe banana and Nilla wafer ensconced in rich, creamy pudding are still the [...]

The Meatball Shop’s Spicy Pork Meatballs: Celebrating a Classic

Date April 29, 2010

Brian De Palma has Scarface.  Jimi Hendrix had “All Along the Watchtower.”  And Daniel Holzman has his meatballs.    Remaking a classic is never easy, but when it’s done right, it’s so sweet you forget there was ever an original version.  This is the case with Holzman’s spicy pork meatballs (4 for $7) at his [...]

NYC Best Doughnuts: A Pilgrimage To Doughnut Plant

Date January 4, 2010

If you like doughnuts at all, then you haven’t lived until you’ve made the pilgrimage to Doughnut Plant, the holy land of sugar-coated fried dough in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  And like any cultish New York City institution, the lines can be long and the hours can be short but if you manage to secure [...]

sugar Sweet sunshine at Union Square Holiday Market until December 24th

Date December 10, 2009

sugar Sweet sunshine, home to NYC’s best banana pudding and some of its finest cupcakes is open at the Union Square Holiday Market until Dec. 24. You’ll find the sliver of a stall on the west side of Union Square between East 14th & East 15th street, near the Gandhi statue.  Special iced sugar cookies [...]

Eating Shopsin’s Menu One Item at a Time: Treif, Moe II & Feather-Fried Potato Shreds w/ Jack & Hatch Chile

Date June 29, 2009

DISCLAIMER: There’s nothing like eating at Shopsin’s General Store and that’s because most people feel awkward, uncomfortable and offended upon merely entering the vicinity of the place. One thing that holds true is that if you don’t feel any of those three undesireable emotions upon arrival, or at any point during your meal, then you [...]

Shopsins General Store: Spending $19 on Breakfast Never Felt So Right

Date December 4, 2008

Decisions, decisions. Sometimes you make a risky breakfast decision and it turns out to be the best choice you’ve made all day. And decisions are central to the Shopsins’ experience where both sides of the single page paper menu (pdf) are jam-packed with well over 100 unique options.

So study up because seating is sparse [...]

Sugar Sweet Sunshine: Best Banana Pudding in NY?

Date November 28, 2007

“F*ck Magnolia.”  Yes, I said it. “F*ck Magnolia and their entire crunchy buttercream, Sex and the City, Rockefeller Center, tourist-pleasing operation.”  Now I don’t know if Deb & Peg, owners of sugar Sweet sunshine (and former Magnolia employees) share my distaste with the sell-out sweet shop, but they should take immense pride in the fact [...]