Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Momofuku Milk Bar - midtown

Momofuku invades midtown! I associate Momofuku restaurants with East Village so it's a little strange seeing the little peach symbol in midtown. I guess David Chang is on a hot streak, not only did he open a new restaurant (má pêche) in midtown, he also opened Momofuku Milk Bar in the space adjacent to má pêche. I am not complaining, anything that adds variety my midtown lunch option is a blessing.

A few weeks ago, I checked out midtown Momofuku Milk Bar with my colleage B, who is a Momofuku virgin. I remembered trying the salty pistachio soft serve before and liking it, but I taste-tested it and thought it was way too heavy. So I ended up with the cereal milk soft serve and I was in my little happy place with an imaginary happy dance.

Momofuku Milk Bar midtown basically inherited a slightly smaller menu from the East Village location. The space is also smaller but it is well-organized. There is a wall just for cookies (see second photo below)! I noticed the pork bun was missing from the menu and they confirmed that it was not available and probably will never be. *groan*

Address: milk bar midtown , 15 W56th Street (between 5th and 6th).
mon – fri / 9 am – 11 pm
sat – sun / 9 am – 5 pm

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Yesterday, my coworker B excitedly showed me the red velvet cupcake he bought from the Cupcakestop truck. Subsequently, the only thing I could think of all afternoon was cupcakes. Seeing how nice the weather was, I gave myself a good excuse to go out and grab two mini cupcakes. I got the pineapple one and the red velvet one for $1 each.

The pineapple mini-cupcake was extremely mini, the base was just a tad bigger than the size of a quarter). It was a little bit too sweet and the cake part was a little bit clumpy. I did however taste little chunks of pineapples in the cake so kudos for using real pineapples. The red velvet mini was slightly bigger, it had the chewy top that I like but the icing was also too sweet. My cupcake-loyalty is still with Chikalicious, sorry cupcakestop truck! If you love mini cupcakes, Baked by Melissa is better than Cupcakestop truck, in my opinion.

Cupcakestop.com website, you can check out their daily location & daily flavors on their twitter.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Colicchio & Sons

Last weekend, I brunch-ed at Colicchio & Sons. I was really excited because rumor has it that Colicchio actually puts on his apron and works in the kitchen instead of just parading his name on the marquee. When I was there, I didn't see Colicchio and I wasn't expecting to, it's Sunday brunch afterall.

The restaurant is big, lofty and "cool", all the things I expected of a meatpacking district restaurant. We ordered the pastry basket and all the patries were tasty. Funn & I got the peekytoe crab omelette while T & S got the duck with poached egg. The food was decent, it didn't wow me and the portion was a little small.

When we got seated, the restaurant wasn't even crowded and the service was already spotty. At some point, they raised the shades and we were sitting directly next to the large window. It got really hot and we asked for them to lower the shades but they just ignored us. We didn't bother to linger, and I downed my coffee so that we could get out of there. The service completely fell apart, and I walked out with a bad taste in my mouth (metaphorically). That said, after reading various reviews, I will still like to try the dinner at Colicchio (probably at the Tap Room, which is more affordable). What can I say, I am a believer in second chances.

And oh, am I am the only personwho didn't realize Tom Colicchio is on Top Chef? Apparently besides succesfully building his food "brand-empire" with the Craft restaurants, he is also a tv man now. I don't know why but it's a total turn off for me. I like mysterious, temperamental chefs....so alluring. ;)