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Have Your Coffee and Danish All in One

Sugar Rush Niko Triantafillou 2 comments

Coffee and Danish lovers rejoice. Paris Baguette has you covered with their new all-in-one Coffee-Danish ($2.50). The lightly sweetened pastry combines an almond flour dough and a thick coffee coating. More

Paris Baguette Has a New Midtown Location (and a New Green Tea Sweet)

Sugar Rush Niko Triantafillou 3 comments

This dessert is really a cross between a verrine (parfait) and a fruit tart. Two layers of green tea sponge cake are surrounded by a delicious green tea pastry cream with just a hint of sweetness. More

Paris Baguette's Unconventional Canele Still Satisfies

Sugar Rush Niko Triantafillou 3 comments

This decidedly unconventional canele has a lot going for it for less than $2 a pop, including real vanilla beans and a delicious custard-like interior. More

An Oversized Cream Puff at Tous Les Jours

Sugar Rush Max Falkowitz 4 comments

If you have preconceptions about Asian bakeries selling nothing but cheap, low-quality cakes and buns, Tous Les Jours is there to change your mind. More

Luxury, if You Know Where to Look, at La Vie en Szechuan

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At La Vie en Szechuan, they work to take care of you. And a look around the dining room says why: The young, smartly dressed, nearly all-Chinese clientele look ready for their night out in K-Town, not for slumming it on Mott Street. Like Cafe China up north a few blocks, the restaurant aims for something more upscale, and in setting, presentation, and quality it largely succeeds. Many Sichuan classics, the dishes we often look to as benchmarks for a restaurant like this, are the weakest parts of the menu. But if you order strategically around them you'll bear witness to some of the more interesting, unexpected, and yes—upscale—Chinese cooking in the city. More

La Vie en Szechuan's Fried Mushrooms, Dressed with Salted Egg Yolk

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If La Vie en Szechuan has a specialty that sets it apart from all the other midtown spots, it's their ever so slightly unconventional versions of more classic dishes New Yorkers have gotten used to, such as these mushrooms. More

Sugar Rush: Ho-Dduk, Korean Doughnuts, from Grace Street

Sugar Rush Niko Triantafillou 12 comments

Nothing about the Ho-Dduk is over-the-top. It doesn't have to be. The dessert is successful because it's a yeasty, flavorful dough-pocket served hot off the griddle—and what's not to like about that? More

Sugar Rush: Paris Baguette's 'Tiramisu Pastry,' a Cream-Filled, Chocolate-Dusted Croissant

Sugar Rush Niko Triantafillou 11 comments

The heart of the Tiramisu Pastry ($2.50) is essentially a very well executed croissant, with plenty of buttery laminated dough layers that are filled with mascarpone cream and topped with cocoa powder. More

Where to Eat Near Penn Station, NYC (Our Updated Guide)

Sam Bresnick 4 comments

Two years ago we shared our picks for where to eat near Penn Station, one of New York's transit hubs in a...let's say challenging food neighborhood. But there's plenty of good food if you know where to look, and much more if you're willing to walk a little bit. To help, here's our updated field guide with everything from quick bites to a full-service meal. More

The Vegetarian Option: Koreatown's Cho Dang Gol Specializes in Fresh Homemade Tofu

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 8 comments

Cho Dang Gol's flavors are exemplified by its extraordinary homemade tofu: clean and understated, but wonderfully satisfying. It's a great vegetarian option for midtown diners. More

A Late Night Korea Town Food and Bar Crawl

In the Midnight Hour Max Falkowitz 25 comments

Korea Town is one of Manhattan's most exciting food neighborhoods at any time of day, but it really comes alive late at night, when the crowds build and the soju starts flowing. Some late night specialties on our trip: spicy noodle stew with cheese and hot dogs, stir fried blood sausage, Korean fried chicken, and more. Follow along with us after the jump. More

The Vegetarian Option: Hangawi Gives a Vegan Edge to Koreatown

The Vegetarian Option Howard Walfish 1 comment

Hangawi isn't the place for an everyday meal, to be sure, but as an occasional destination, it's a transporting treat, and one of the best places to eat in K-Town. Totally vegan to boot. More

Gaonnuri's Korean Fare Doesn't Reach The Heights Of Its Digs

J. Kenji López-Alt 5 comments

A handsome bar and pretty hostess meets you when the doors open on the 39th floor. If there's one thing you can say about it, Gaonnuri sure is a looker. I'm not used to being treated this nicely at a Korean restaurant I think to myself as the hostess asks us if we'd like to proceed straight to our table, or perhaps enjoy a drink at the bar first.

A long-term, multi-million dollar project. Gaonnuri's goal is to elevate the Korean food of Manhattan—figuratively and quite literally—serving spruced up, high-end renditions of all of the Korean classics in a spacious and modern dining room that floats high above midtown, the Empire State Building so close you can almost make out the staplers on the office desks. It's the Korean version of the Rainbow Room, and every bit as classy.

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First Look: Gaonnuri in Koreatown

Chris Hansen 4 comments

Gannouri, a new Korean restaurant on the 39th Floor of 1250 Broadway in Koreatown, seeks to offer a fine dining atmosphere but its menu isn't jockeying for space with the new wave of high-end Korean restaurants. In fact, the eclectic selection of Korean pancakes, hearty stews, and meats grilled at your table may remind you of other ground floor K-town staples. More

Slurped: Of Far-Out Korean Rice Cakes

Chichi Wang 11 comments

This week I thought I would share with you a story of two very different Korean rice cake dishes, at two very different restaurants. I don't know what the moral of the story is, only that the dishes could not have been more different: one makes Korean rice cakes the subject of culinary art; the other smothers them in melted cheese. More

Sugar Rush: Castella Cake at Tous Les Jours

Sugar Rush Kathy YL Chan 2 comments

Tous Les Jours, a chain of French-Asian bakeries from Korea, recently replaced Koryodang on 32nd Street. There's a significant amount of overlap between the types of pastries and sweets offered at this new bakery, and one of my favorites is the Honey Castella ($3.75). More

Slurped: Of Noodles at Arirang and Rodent Home Invasions

Chichi Wang 19 comments

Last week I ate lot of white to yellowish foods, like bananas, oatmeal, white bread, and congee. The blander, the better. The highlight of my week of hue-less, toothless eating was without question the noodles I consumed at Arirang, a noodle shop in Koreatown. More

Kristalbelli, Showy Korean BBQ Without Smoke or Soul

Chris Hansen 4 comments

Kristalbelli, the new upscale restaurant in Koreatown, is Korean barbecue that has been elevated to theater. In the attempt to create the perfect Korean barbecue experience, nothing was left to chance. More

How to Treat a Tourist Right Near the Empire State Building

Max Falkowitz 12 comments

Here's a four-stop afternoon-into-evening walking and eating tour for you and your tourist that shows off the full range of the food and drink around the Empire State building. It includes a new hot spot, a tiny hole in the wall, and a champion of high class carnivory. In other words: the New York your guest really wants to see, but doesn't know to ask for. More

Good Bread: Paris Baguette

Good Bread Andrew Coe 3 comments

Koreatown, the block of 32nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, is a densely packed smorgasbord of Korean food. With restaurants lined up side by side and stacked on top of each other, the competition for your stomach and your wallet is intense. You can choose from Korean cafeterias, tiny kimbap joints, Korean-Chinese restaurants, multi-level eateries with elaborate waterfalls, and on and on. And among that glorious hodgepodge, you find Korean bakeries stuffed with over-the-top sweet and savory specialties. If you want to understand what makes a living, morphing fusion cuisine, Paris Baguette is a good place to start. More

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