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NY Restaurant Week (yet again… *sigh*)

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Dear Food Diary:
It seems inevitable at this point that Restaurant Week Month arrives twice a year. You know how I feel about it, but like I’ve admitted in the article, if friends want to go, I would tag along. Over the years I’ve had mixed experiences. Some were decent and others simply not worth it. Dinner with wine+tax+tip usually comes to $60+ (I wouldn’t call that a steal). I still prefer spending my money and tummy on regular menus. Regardless, here’s my favorite from Winter Restaurant Week 2011:

MASAK: Tiger Beer, Fish Head Curry and more (CLOSED)

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Dear Food Diary:
StalkerBoy (a born and raised Singaporean) have described mouth watering meals from his visits back home, but a Singaporean restaurants in NYC? We’ve been out of luck. Because Singapore is such a melting pot of Asian flavors and influences, it’s hard to define what is truly 100% Singaporean. The closest we’ve come to are labeled Malaysian, places like Nyonya and Penang… Until Masak showed up a couple months ago.
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Masak which means to cook, is a “Singapore influenced” small joint in the East Village. Open kitchen, friendly staff and a full bar.

Smith & Wollensky: Old school steakhouse

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Dear Food Diary:
The carnivore in me feels right at home when I step into a steakhouse. Smith & Wollensky has its old school charm, an army of male staff and USDA Prime Beef, dry aged on premises working for it. Sure, I can appreciate sauces and marinates but nothing enhances a good piece of meat like a dash of salt cooked rare to medium rare. 

David Burke at Bloomingdales: after shopping fuel

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Dear Food Diary:
There’s nothing better than finishing a great shopping day with great food. I guess I work close enough, that making the trek up for lunch isn’t so bad either. There’s always room in my closet for more shopping, just like there’s room in my tummy for yummy food.

BAR BASQUE: Tapas at a chic and futuristic spot (CLOSED)

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Dear Food Diary:
A couple weeks ago, I was invited to Bar Basque’s Summer Menu Preview. This hip new tapas joint resided on the 2nd floor of the Eventi Hotel.

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Predominately red right off the elevator, it felt like getting into a spaceship, a rather chic one. It was pouring outdoors, but indoors, the open dining room was covered and well lit by the natural light. So remarkably spacious… ahhhh, such a change from all the cramped eateries in this city.