Posts Tagged ‘Momofuku Noodle Bar’

My Top Five Dishes

February 16, 2010

I agree with Wendy – picking your top five dishes is hard! I struggled with this for a few reasons – first, I went to so many amazing restaurants across the country this year that I was a little overwhelmed by where to begin; next, I was tempted to only pick things closer to home (comfort food factor?); and finally, because what makes something a dish? Does a scoop of ice cream count? If so, I’ll need to revise. 🙂

1. Miso Marinated Black Cod – Heathman Restaurant & Bar, Portland
As a frequent visitor to the Heathman Restaurant, I’ve always seen this on the menu but never tried it. One taste and I knew that overlooking this dish had been a critical error. The miso glaze on the cod is almost sweet – combined with the slightly garlicky buckwheat soba noodles this dish is close to perfection.

2. Heirloom Beets– Eleven Madison Park, New York
“Salad” may be a loose term when describing these beets. The presentation is gorgeous – it’s a little work of art. The Lynnhaven Farm Chevre Frais an almost an ethereal foam, the rye crumble adding the needed crunch and contrast, and the nasturtium leaves just the right amount of pepper.

Image: Food in Houston

3. Poached Eggs & Toast – Blue Bottle Café, San Francisco
I know this is a really ordinary dish to put on my top 5, but this is SO good. A thick slice of Acme toast, a local / organic poached egg, local creamery butter. I can’t explain what BB does to set this dish apart – but I would fly to San Francisco just to have it. Their coffee is good, too. 🙂

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4. Crispy Gnocchi – Lovely Hula Hands, Portland
I hesitated to even put this on here, considering Lovely Hula Hands closed 12/31. But seeing as how this dish inspired many a visit, I had to add it to the list. The menu at LHH changed weekly, which meant the variations on the gnocchi did as well. I’ve had it with chicken sage sausage, with short ribs, with seasonal vegetables. In any incarnation, it was just incredible. Now that their pizza joint, Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty, is open I’m hoping they’ll add it to the “salads and such” portion of the menu.

5. Steamed Pork Bun – Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York
Again, another really simple thing done well. Pork belly, pickled cucumbers, scallions, hoisin sauce – all wrapped taco-style in a soft, spongey bun. YUM.

Image: Snackish

A Taste of Fall in New York

September 17, 2009

I’m just about done with a whirlwind week in New York and San Francisco.

On Sunday, clients and I had dinner at Park Avenue. This restaurant, located on the Upper East Side, reinvents itself with every season. We happened to dine there on the second day of autumn.

Photo by Park Avenue Autumn

Photo by Park Avenue Autumn

The menu is just a lovely foray into fall – roasted  chicken with pumpkin pie, venison with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds;  carrot cake and brie fritters with  chai ice cream and warm pumpkin molasses cake with sour cream and praline.

Despite a truly frightening cab ride there, we had a fantastic meal. The definite standout of the items ordered was the lamb shank – it came with saffron infused cauliflower, mint and pistachio. Yum!

Day two, I stopped by Momofuku Noodle Barwith a colleague.  I’ve been wanting to go there for quite a while,  and the restaurant definitely lived up to its reputation. 

Photo by Momofuku Noodle Bar

Photo by Momofuku Noodle Bar

We started with the steamed buns – slices of pork belly, wafer thin cucumbers and hoisin sauce. Amazing. I would go back just for these. We also each ordered the ramen (which we definitely should have split).  It was a huge bowl of house made noodles, pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg, green onion and seaweed. Again, the best ramen I’ve had (and I’ve had an obsession lately).

The restaurant is teeny and if you’re seated at the tables on the side of the restaurant, you’re literally back to back with the person behind you.  A little cozy, but the food is so worth it.

Day three was Mercer Kitchen.  We went with a large party and service was definitely  inattentive for a Wednesday night.  Appetizers  were great – Hamachi, tuna spring rolls, black sea bass carpaccio, house made mozzarella with peaches. Main courses were average. The dessert was incredible, though – their fresh fig brown butter tart with pomegranate sorbet was out of this world.

Any recommendations for future New York dining?