Culinary delights for New York’s tourists

Those with an appetite for culinary adventure will not be disappointed in the city of New York. On the dinner plates of the Big Apple, we find an enticing blend of the familiar and the strange – so buckle up and prepare the taste buds for an exciting tour of a great tasting city.

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Operation Dining Out: The Three-Legged Approach to Restaurant Appeal

Restaurants are often referred to as a three-legged stool. Each leg is part of the experience: the food, the service and the ambiance. Dining out is so much more than just eating, it’s an event—or at least, we believe it should be. For a truly memorable dining experience, patronize places that incorporate all three legs. Excellent food and outstanding service aside, you also have to grade a restaurant on whether the vibe fits the menu. Depending on whether you’re a breakfast, lunch or dinner connoisseur, here’s what to look for.

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i8NYC Catering – email i8feed@gmail.com – Sample Fall Menu

Since our i8 Supper Club days, we have been busy partnering up with a few Companies to share our love of food with the masses. Here is a Sample Fall Menu below to whet your appetite. We can also cater Cocktail Parties and Dinners as well as Corporate Events, Weddings.

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Truffle Hunting Redux: Say Goodbye to Your Little Piggies

A rare gourmet delicacy may be just below your feet, but unless you own a truffle-hunting pig, you probably haven’t had much luck hunting these valuable fungi. Man’s best friend may be able to help. The dog is the modern truffle hunter, and while they may require some training, canines can become masters. Continue reading

Blogger’s Event at @Felice_83

Undoubtedly one of the best (if not THE best) meals we’ve been invited to write about. @Felice_83 is definitely a sleeper since there is a plethora of Italian Restaurants to choose from in NYC. Don’t be fooled like we were though! At first we were skeptical going in thinking that this was just another chain restaurant trying to push their weight around and collect money while they pass GO! with little/no attention to the food. Boy, were we wrong…

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Blogger’s Pizza Making Class at 180 w/ @GoVimbly


Chef Chris Nirschel aka @CulinaryBadBoy & Nicole

We were invited to take part in a GoVimbly Blogger Pizza Making Class at 180 on Little Italy. We literally wined and dined our way through an authentic experience. We had taken a pizza class at Pizza A Casa prior so we knew what to expect. This was less formalized in the sense that portions were given and recipes were not handed out. This was more of a tactile class, one which you go by feel instead of measurements. Also, at 180, everyone made 1 thing and 1 thing only: True Neapolitan Pizza. No fancy stuff! Continue reading

Event – i8 Supper Club JUL27 (Southern Holy Grail)


The theme for our next i8 Supper Club dinner was inspired by a trip down South to North Carolina. During our week long stay there, we not only ate our way through it, but we also visited a family farm and took a few cooking classes in a Southern home. The fruits of our labor and newly acquired knowledge will be showcased on July 27 when we bring you the best of Tarheel Country (with a twist as always). We have been busy with gigs outside of this realm, but we are especially excited about our comeback dinner from Hiatusville since February. Has it really been that long already? Anyway, here’s a Sweet Tea cheers to hoping you can join us! We will have a Southern guest chef and we may even get a food sponsor or two. BYOB as always :)

P.S. Yes, the Amuse is an entire biscuit, not a bite. We don’t skimp here!

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Event – Scentgasm: Cool Summer at a private SoHo loft JUL13

Join us at a Private SoHo loft for Scentgasm: Cool Summer
with the i8 Supper Club.
Three food pairings will be served cold.

Your admission will include all of the following:
3 scents & cocktails via Mindy Yang (@godolcevita)
3 savory food tastings via Jeff Chin (@i8and8)
1 dessert via Hazel Sy (@tastypursuits)
1 dessert via Lysa Chen (@chezlysa)
1 dessert via Josephine Son (@JoJo_Son)

*** Suggested Donation: $20 (Max: 30 guests) ***

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Come mingle with awesome food, awesomer people,
listen to great beats and make new friends!
Note: Party crashers will be denied entrance

Review – Mission Chinese Food NYC (Grand Opening)


Chef Danny Bowien is quickly rising amongst the transplant Chef world, making his presence known with tons of media coverage. We picked up an issue of Bon Appetit to check out the latest ongoings in the food world. Low and behold, there’s Danny again headlining the magazine with Andrew Knowlton reflecting on their recent trip to eating up Chengdu. They even have a book out publishing their recipes. With much fanfare surrounding the opening, we wanted to satiate our need to know why the SF mainstay is much heralded…. Continue reading

First Look – Atera

Credit proprietor Jodi Richard for hand-picking Chef Matt Lightner for Atera, the former the Compose space at 77 Worth St in TriBeCa. Even more props for convincing him to come to NYC from Portland. This guy is the real deal, having worked at the highly revered Mugaritz, and it shows. When it comes to textures, temperature, and technique, the execution is practically flawless. None of the food is coerced or phony. Even their butter is intentional. The flavors? Well, read on…

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2011 RESTAURANTS – OUR GREATEST HITS/MISSES

After 1500+ check-ins in 2011, here is a compilation of Jeff’s most notable eats, both good and bad. Take note that the lists below are not necessarily new establishments, but ones we went to for the first time last year, aka newly visited. All price ranges were taken into consideration and the lists are sorted in alphabetical order for your viewing pleasure. We are hopeful that to avoid bad eats but we already kicked off 2012 with 5 misses in a row. Not promising but we are keeping our tongues brushed and fingers crossed. Here are the lists…

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Review – ACME Restaurant and Bar

No, this is not a review of Cajun food, Po’ Boys and/or Hush Puppies. Instead, we are focusing on the newly reopened ACME with San Pellegrino’s #1 Restaurant in the World, Noma Co-Founder Mads Refslund a the helm. For the 2 smart people that read this blog, you will recall that we did an article on Mads, deemed the ‘other’ Golden Child,  last year. In case you didn’t here’s the Recap: 2011 Omnivore Professional Master Classes. We were no less impressed with the food this time around. Since the demo, we have been longing to fly to Denmark, but work beckons. Luckily, Mads came to us, and in strong form. I mean, just look at that picture. Continue reading

Restaurant Review – L2O

Michelin-rated restaurants, if personified, remind me a bit of family. All restaurants in the “3 Star Michelin Family” have slightly different “personalities,” so to speak. You have the glamorous and impeccably put-together aunt (Daniel in NYC), the humble and wise grandfather (Le Bernardin in NYC), and the super-cool, at times advant- garde cousin who probably curates at the MoMA (Alinea).

Yeah, we had fun with the souffle...

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Restaurant Review (International Edition!): Tapeo de Cervantes (Málaga)

Apologies in advance for my hiatus from life.  I’ve been in Spain, studying away, with a temperamental 56k internet connection.  I know, I should be out and about and NOT surfing the ‘net (but I need to research places to eat!).

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Restaurant Review: ilili

Would you take your dad to a restaurant that blasts only the finest in Top 40 hits (that Barbra Streisand song) and has a clientele that resembles Pascha circa 1998?  Cut me some slack.  It was Dad’s idea to come to ilili.

Photo courtesy of Citysearch

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Restaurant Review: Alinea

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

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It was a year ago when I discovered I was going to be one lucky lady and dining companion at Alinea.  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be able to experience the work of Grant Achatz, one of the pioneers of molecular gastronomy.

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Steph C’s Recommendations

Steph C.’s Restaurant Recs

So, if you read my little bio, you’ll know that I love: tapas, homemade Italian (pastas, really), anything that comes from bread, and Southeast Asian food. So, here’s my best of the best in those categories… in the greatest city I call home, New York. (See my Yelp page for other city lists: http://www.hedonista.yelp.com, as well as more restaurant reviews in detail.) Continue reading

Review – 1or8


Live sea urchin in shell

This place lies in an exploding culinary neighborhood, Williamsburg. White everywhere is the first thing you will notice when you step inside. Yes, even the plants and its branches are painted white. We loved the fact that even the plates were mostly white, for this provided for an awesome backdrop for contrast in our food pictures. Just when we had almost lost hope in hidden gems for sushi, 1or8 reinstilled our faith. This place has been on our bookmarks for quite some time now, but we ended up here randomly, thanks to a late night suggestion from a friend. Boy, do we love kismet like that. Continue reading