Boyfriend Made Me Try Kimchi

…and I liked it. A lot actually.

Kimchi Fried Rice & Steak

Osamil’s Kimchi Fried Rice & Steak

I’ll be honest, sometimes I don’t want to go out of my comfort zone. That includes running past 4.5mph on the treadmill. And when it comes to food, I’m no different. So when my boyfriend asked me to go to Osamil NYC for Korean food, I was slightly hesitant.

Its a chic, swanky NYC spot in K-town with fancy light fixtures, art, and wine bottles in a grand book case. Intimate and cozy, with an awesome mix of music, its a great place for drinks after work or date night dinner. The interior is almost as unique as the cuisine. Items are mostly to share, so each time I’ve gone we’ve ordered the same exact thing (because those items are just THAT good):

  • Korean Market Fried Chicken
  • Kimichi Fried Rice & Steak (featured ->)

P.S. – Kimchi is spicy pickled cabbage. Remember what Mom told you: don’t judge a book by its cover.

Menu here!

Check that egg on top.

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Festivus for the Rest of Us (San Gennaro)

Catch my Seinfeld reference? So this isn’t exactly an anti-Christmas celebration but the Feast of San Gennaro is one you DO NOT want to miss out on. Being half Italian and only to this festival twice in my life (how sad, right?), needless to say, it is an incredible experience. A taste of authentic Italian cuisine, and fun twists on classic delicacies – like this DEEP FRIED RAINBOW COOKIE! Phew…

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DEEP FRIED RAINBOW COOKIE!

Deep fried ravioli, giant meatballs, fresh pasta. The possibilities (pastabilities?) are endless. This 11 day event is held annually in Little Italy each September. Packed streets and crowded restaurants aside, I highly recommend checking it out next year. The proof is in the pudding. Or Nutella in this case.

Looking to pretend you’re in Italy? Check it out for yourself here: the feast.

Grey Dawg.

Visiting friends who attend NYU, I was brought into The Grey Dog right near campus. The place was packed with college students, and the lines began to go out the door. Happy hour is the prime time to visit–a bottle of wine for $10! I had a panini, filled with chicken, pesto, roasted red peppers, and mozzarella. Every dish comes with potato chips. Heaven.

For more food and fun, check out bitesandbrewshv blog.

Best. Waffles. Ever.

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Beans and Leaves on Staten Island has taken Instagram by storm, coining the hashtag #postyourbeans where customers can earn rewards by posting pictures of their meals. Beans and Leaves is a coffee shop located at 422 Forest Ave. They are famous for their decadent waffles, where the toppings range from nutella and fresh fruit, to Cap’n Crunch. Another favorite of mine is their frozen vanilla chai.

Looking for more good eats? Check out this awesome blog post from welcome2nuevayork.wordpress.com!

Caprese makin’ me crazay

Shrimp Scampi Caprese

After a long weekend of dancing in four different shows on campus at SUNY New Paltz, my family visited and took me to Coppola’s on 9 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Walking into the cozy restored house were tributes to Italian specialties and customs, equip with a warm fireplace and rustic antique accents. I ordered the Shrimp Scampi Caprese, in a garlic sauce filled with jumbo shrimp, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, atop a bed of fettuccine pasta. Their garlic bread was an added bonus.

The menu is pretty extensive, so before arriving I would glance through it: Coppola’s menu.

Mother of All Melts

P & G’s is a “cornerstone” of New Paltz, NY, offering some of the best grub in town. A personal favorite of mine is the “Mack Truck Burger” which features an 8 oz. angus beef burger (cooked medium, preferably), atop with mac and cheese, all inside a grilled cheese. It is to die for! Pair it with their ahmazzzinggg eggplant fries for the ultimate meal.

The rest of their menu can be found on pandgs.com.

 

A Poor Man’s Breakfast

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2 eggs, hash browns, and toast. (Sausage not included)

Any college student can vouch for me when I say we love a great deal. At just one dollar and ninety-five cents, Main Street Bistro in New Paltz, NY offers a hearty breakfast of two eggs, hashbrowns, and toast—and no, that was not a typo: all for $1.95! Which means you can have the perfect breakfast plus coffee for less than five dollars. Not to mention, they brew the best coffee in town.

They even cater. Check out mainstreetbistro.com.