Category Archives: Manhattan

MANGO MANGO 許留山: HK Hui Lau Shan Dessert Chain in NYC

mango mango 許留山 in Chinatown NYC

Dear Food Diary:
Anyone with who’s been to 許留山 Hui Lau Shan in HK or any of their franchises in Asia will tell you about their amazing desserts. Specially the mango options (my favorite). Sweet, perfectly ripen mangos are almost buttery. With a dollop of coconut icy, black sticky rice and or some mango on mango action with mango puree and pudding. Very balanced and not overly sweet.

In NYC however, we’ve been seriously deprived of that. A few years ago, a short lived version of it popped up on Centre St. It has since turned into a Japanese style Maid Cafe *rolling eyes*.

But now, we’ve got Mango Mango 許留山. This famous Hong Kong dessert chain finally has a little spot in NYC. Bayard St. in Chinatown to be exact. Sweet!

YAKINIKU GEN: Carnivore Happy Hour

Yakiniku Gen

Dear Food Diary:
My ability to hold alcohol has gone down dramatically in these past years, so the words Happy Hour usually just means a glass of wine – two if I want to be wild. But a Carnivore style Happy Hour? Sign me up! This Chubby can eat her weight in red meat (the Argentinean in me is giving myself a hi-five).

Last weekend, my friend W introduced me to Yakiniku Gen’s Happy Hour at Midtown East (my old stomping ground). $2.50 sake, you bet I went crazy and got another round. Plus, lots of grilled meat, meat side dishes, ramen and more.

Now that’s what I call “happy hour”.

UMAMI BURGER: Ohhh yes! Truffle Burger

umami burger - truffle burger

Dear Food Diary:
Some bites are able to leave a lasting and tasty memory. Umami Burger did just that with their Truffle Burger at the last Googa Mooga. Since then, I’ve become a follower, addict, fan  – whatever you want to call it.

Ohhh yes! that Truffle Burger.

EL COLMADO at Gotham West Market: Tapas y Vino

El colmado - gotham west market - jamon iberico de bellota

Dear Food Diary:
El Colmado at Gotham West Market has been on my list from the minute they posted a photo of percebes. Before their Instagram post, I had only seen these intriguing sea creatures on t.v.

Last Saturday, I was all excited, only to be told they weren’t in stock. With that, I proceeded to eat and drink my disappointment away with tapas y vino. And boy, was I glad we stayed.

BCD Tofu House: 24hrs Korean Comfort Food

BCD tofu - Banchan

Dear Food Diary:
Not too long ago, I had to trek all the way to Jersey for my BCD Tofu House fix. Thankfully, they’ve reopened in K-town.

On a crazy snow day like today, this would really hit the spot. But then again, spicy Korean comfort food comes in handy any day and you never know when you might desperately need it.

Open 24hrs is such a a perk.