Eating my way through NYC – Day 4

Day 4 was filled with tons of eats! Prepare yourself and your belly…

Starting in East Village!

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We put our names down at Clinton Street Baking Company and headed to Boba Guys! They’re SF based and recently opened shop in NYC. Please come to Seattle.

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Blueberry pancakes are a top choice here. Oh so fluffy and their warm maple butter on top really makes it. Gosh this was scrumptious.

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Of course we also had to get the fried chicken and waffle. Their chicken wasn’t dry at pretty juicy. Also topped with warm maple butter. Droooool. I can see why this place is worth the wait.

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We made reservations at Mission Chinese. I would describe this place as hipster Chinese. I’m not sure if it was the things we ordered, but sadly I did not dig it. The decor is pretty retro – with pink napkins, dragon wall displays, and Buddha statues. This first dish was thrice cooked bacon and rice cakes. WHOA SPICY. Like tongue numbing spicy. I think I would have enjoyed this if it weren’t so spicy.

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No this is not a soup. This was my drink! Chili oil, coconut milk and gin. Frankly it was not my cup of tea :/

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Dumplings on the house! Pot stickers with a nice crunchy outside. To be honest, probably my favorite of the dishes we tried.

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Salt cod fried rice. Interesting with the chips – I can see that they’re trying to add texture to the dish. A little too salty though :/ Overall, I don’t really understand get the dishes but maybe we ordered all the wrong things. Service was totally fine. Maybe I’m just too used to the traditional Chinese styles and it was a little too hip for me.

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Of course we had to cap the night with some ice cream. This was at Ice and Vice. This is the classic milk money with a blue corn cone. Yes super fancy schmancy cones. Too many flavors and cones to choose from. Would come back!

 

Belltown brunch

In the heart of Belltown, we went to Local 360 for brunch. Our usual spot is Lola, but the wait was a little too long for our liking. Local 360 is pretty much your ideal new-American style that specializes in brunch.

Atmosphere: It was a nice day so the windows were open, which made the restaurant seem more spacious. There are a few booths in the middle of the room that can accommodate large parties like ours (we had a party of 8). I really liked the decor. There’s a rustic feel with all of the booths made of wood and high ceilings.

Pricing: Moderate pricing $8-$13 for entrees.

Service: Average service, but our server did well with our large party.

Food:

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Latte. Delicious! My cousin ordered the macchiato, not expecting that it came as a shot (which is the European way that it’s done. Starbucks just adds a ton more milk!). So just be aware of that when ordering at many places.

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Appetizer – PB&J bon bons with a side of milk. $5. I wasn’t really wowed but it was still worth trying.

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House made chorizo, sharp cheddar, scramble, and biscuit. $13. The chorizo was excellent! A very healthy serving that needed a take home box.

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Chicken fried steak with sherry mushroom cream, over easy eggs, and a biscuit on the side not pictured. $14. I’ve had a few chicken fried steaks in my time and this was a pretty good one. The chicken was quite crispy and cooked to perfection. I just wish there was more of the sauce!

Overall: They had a lot of items to choose from and it was a pretty hard decision for brunch. Needless to say, I’ll be back to try their other dishes. This restaurant is pretty much a Seattle staple that everyone should try.

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