1. The Smith
Where: Multiple Locations (East Village, Midtown, Lincoln Square)
Why: I love hanging out at the Smith. This week I visited The Smith for drinks and appetizers at the bar. A Dirty Martini, their delicious Salmon Tartare and some Mac & Cheese made for a satisfying meal. Read more about my Brunch experience at The Smith here. Also, read about my post about the five items that you must order at the Smith for Brunch.
2. Asia De Cuba
Where: 420 Lafayette (Noho)
Why: Me and Asia de Cuba met over 7 years ago, when I just a newbie to NYC. It was love at first sight. I eventually declared that Asia de Cuba was in fact my favorite NYC restaurant. Our bond stayed strong until they closed a couple of years ago. I, of course was devastated. Well, I can now dry my eyes because Asia de Cuba is back! I had the opportunity to visit last week during Summer 2015 Restaurant week; and just as I expected the food is still delicious! The service was fabulous and the ambiance is romantic, trendy and fun. I highly recommend the Casabe cakes, which was my favorite dish this go around.
Here’s what we ordered:
(Guava bbq pork, onion mojo, fresno pepper)
THE CRISPY CALAMARI
(Banana, chayote, cashews, hearts of palm, orange-sesame vinaigrette)
CHILI RUBBED SCALLOPS
(Black rice, black beans, roasted cauliflower, japanese aioli)
SEVEN SPICE CHICKEN
(Snow peas, shiitake mushrooms, creamy congri, maduros, pan jus)
TRES LECHES DE CHOCOLATE
(Chocolate Szechuan peppercorn ice cream)
(Vanilla bean, coconut cream, dulce de leche ice cream)
3. The Cheesecake Factory
Where: Multiple locations (I went to the one in Westbury, New York)
Why: My dining partner and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for one reason, and one reason only; it was National Cheesecake Day! My favorite Cheesecake on the menu happens to be the Pineapple Upside Down Cheese Cake and I was dying for a slice. However, guess what? We ate so much that we didn’t even save room for some cheesecake.
Nevertheless, besides ordering my usual (Salmon with Spinach + a Dirty Martini stuffed with Blue Cheese Olives); we also order these delicious Loaded Baked Potato Tots (pictured below), which I highly recommend during your next visit to the Factory.