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J&J Bar-B-Que

To Mike’s delight, BBQ joints have been popping up all over the city. I have to admit, I rarely crave BBQ so we haven’t tried too many of them. But Mike’s been pretty persistent so I finally gave in and we dropped by J&J Bar-b-que one Saturday afternoon.

[NYC] Le Coucou

When Mike and I were in Paris a few years back, Chef Daniel Rose’s Spring was a restaurant we were dying to dine at. But I guess it wasn’t meant to be as it was unfortunately fully booked during our visit. Fast forward several years and Chef Rose has partnered with restaurateur Stephen Starr to open up Le Coucou in New York.

[NYC] Jack’s Wife Freda

I have a love-hate relationship with brunch. I love brunch but I hate the lines. Most brunch-only restaurants don’t take reservations and if they are worth checking out, you’ll most likely find yourself waiting in line for an hour plus during prime brunch hours which is typically the case at Jack’s Wife Freda. But since we were flying out on a Monday morning, we were able to avoid the crowd. 

[NYC] Le Bernardin

Flawless. That’s how I’d describe the food at Le Bernardin. With a menu featuring impeccably cooked seafood paired with the most delicious sauces, the restaurant is so deserving of all its accolades including three Michelin stars and being named one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants (#24 to be exact).

[NYC] Xi’an Famous Foods

Back in 2005, Xi’an Famous Foods began as a food stall in Golden Shopping Mall in Flushing, NY. Fast forward a decade and they now have over ten locations throughout New York. It’s a true testament to their delicious and affordable food.