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NYC Hotspot Find: Flinders Lane

NYC Hotspot Find: Flinders Lane | meltingbutter.com

FLINDERS LANE, EAST VILLAGE It took dinner at Flinders Lane to realise how much I’ve missed the food back home in Australia. If you’re lucky enough to have travelled there, you’ll know modern Australian cuisine as a beautiful multicultural collision that takes the best from South East Asia, Greece, Italy and even India with British … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Hi-Collar

NYC Hotspot Find: Hi-Collar | meltingbutter.com

HI-COLLAR, EAST VILLAGE I keep saying “this is my new favourite restaurant” but this time it really is, promise. Hi-Collar is one of those no-details-spared Japanese hotspots. It’s a Parisian-inspired cafe by day and restaurant/sake bar by night. The place literally transforms as soon as the barman stealthily slides the wall-to-wall cabinet door to reveal … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Saxon + Parole

NYC Hotspot Find: Saxon + Parole | meltingbutter.com

SAXON + PAROLE, NOHO Saxon + Parole is a solid NoHo restaurant where you can expect an excellent meal with a memorable bottle of wine. You’ll even enjoy all of it in the restaurant’s lively atmosphere with its sophisticated NoHo crowd. Meat-lovers’ ears will prick up when they hear the specials because there’s bound to … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

NYC Hotspot Find: Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken | meltingbutter.com

BROMBERG BROS. BLUE RIBBON FRIED CHICKEN, EAST VILLAGE NYC’s cult fried chicken favourite now has its own outpost where hungry Manhattanites can indulge in deliciously crispy birds in the bright, low-key, cafeteria-style space. If you’ve not tried Blue Ribbon’s fried chicken before, expect umami galore when you feast on the Chicken Dinner with chips and … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Ramen Setagaya

NYC Hotspot Find: Ramen Setagaya | meltingbutter.com

RAMEN SETAGAYA, EAST VILLAGE NYC probably has more ramen restaurants than any other city outside of Japan so I think I can forgive myself for letting this one slip my mind for a year. I revisited Ramen Setagaya recently (this time with a lot more NYC ramen experience under my belt) and I was majorly … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Luke’s Lobster

NYC Hotspot Find: Luke’s Lobster | meltingbutter.com

LUKE’S LOBSTER, EAST VILLAGE Luke’s lobster has all the simple elements of a good lobster roll lunch covered: 1)   A toasted, buttered New England roll 2)   Not over-mayoed 3)   Filled only with the sweet lobster parts – the knuckles and claws 4)   A dash of celery salt and lemon infused butter 5)   A cool hip … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Hester Street Café at the New Museum

NYC Hotspot Find: Hester Street Café at the New Museum | meltingbutter.com

HESTER STREET CAFÉ AT THE NEW MUSEUM, BOWERY This New Museum X Hester Street Fair collaboration sees the two partners creating a platform for some of NYC’s most creative local artisans to present and sell their food inside a museum environment. Inside you can enjoy baked goods from Café Grumpy, an espresso from Intelligentsia Coffee, … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Beyond Sushi

Enoki Nigiri | NYC Hotspot Find: Beyond Sushi | meltingbutter.com

BEYOND SUSHI, EAST VILLAGE When I read there was a place in NYC serving up the most creatively constructed vegan sushi, I knew I wanted to try it. I also knew I’d have to fail to mention the vegan part to my man and just hope for the best when we got there. The two … Continue reading

New York City guide: 10 new restaurant obsessions

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It’s been about 6 months since our last NYC restaurant round up… in New York time that is worth at least a year’s worth of restaurant research! So, it’s time for a new round up of 10 of our favourite meltingbutter.com restaurant haunts. Some of these restaurants are new, some are old, some are hotspots … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Degustation

NYC Hotspot Find: Degustation | meltingbutter.com

DEGUSTATION, EAST VILLAGE Spend the evening watching each dish from your degustation menu being prepared especially for you. You get everything you’d expect from a degustation here – creativity, delicacy, surprising and memorable flavours – except you pay $80 for 7 courses instead of $200. Best Bit: At Degustation, every table is a chef’s table. … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Sobakoh

NYC Hotspot Find: Sobakoh | meltingbutter.com

SOBAKOH, EAST VILLAGE As soon as you walk into Sobakoh you will know you’re in good hands when it comes to Soba noodle authenticity. Not only are about 50% of the patrons and 100% of the staff Japanese, but you can also see and feel that fanatical Japanese sensibility everywhere from the service, the ingredients … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Robataya

NYC Hotspot Find: Robataya | meltingbutter.com

ROBATAYA, EAST VILLAGE Robataya hails as my proudest restaurant find in NYC. It’s a 9th Street Japanese restaurant that can easily be overlooked with all the others on the same street vying for your attention but if you are lucky enough to stumble in you’ll be rewarded with the mouth-watering smell of Japanese BBQ and … Continue reading

New York City guide: Top 10 bars for frequenting

It’s been just over a year living in NYC now and admittedly; it’s been the drunkest year of my life. I’m not really sure who I should be blaming for this… Myself? My friends? The plethora of watering holes in the city? Probably all three (not that there’s even anything wrong with some responsibly drunken … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Elsa

NYC Hotspot Find: Elsa | meltingbutter.com

  ELSA, EAST VILLAGE Bright and airy with a stylish balance of old and new. Think clean white walls, Edison bulbs and vintage sewing machines. Best Bit: Start early when it’s still light out and enjoy sitting under the big beautiful skylight https://www.facebook.com/elsabarnyc 217 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009 (917) 882-7395     … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Angels Share

NYC Hotspot Find: Angels Share | meltingbutter.com

ANGELS SHARE, EAST VILLAGE I’d say with conviction that they make the best cocktails in the city. Hopefully you score a seat in one of the booths by the big beautiful windows but if not, the handsome Japanese bar men make sitting at the bar a pretty good consolation prize. Remember the only way in … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Von

NYC Hotspot Find: Von | meltingbutter.com

  VON, EAST VILLAGE A low key East Village local with rustic all-wood interior that could be reminiscent of an old bar in the South of France. The bar attracts a well-dressed downtown crowd that skews creative. Best Bit: There’s a small-room club downstairs where you can dance off all the wine you’ve consumed. http://www.vonbar.com/ … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Sake Bar Decibel

NYC Hotspot Find: Sake Bar Decibel | meltingbutter.com

SAKE BAR DECIBEL, EAST VILLAGE Located in what I like to call Little Tokyo on 9th Street East Village, this place could easily be named best sake bar in NYC. Look out for the illuminated “On Air” sign (it’s the only way you’ll know you’ve arrived) and walk down the wooden stairs into what feels … Continue reading

New York City restaurant guide: Fifteen Favourites

It’s probably impossible to distil all NYC restaurants down to the best 15, but I’m ambitious so I’m going to go ahead and do it anyway.  Besides, it’s my blog so I can take it back if I change my mind. These restaurants are the top-15 that really impressed me in the 10 months I’ve … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Zabb Elee

NYC Hotspot Find: Zabb Elee | meltingbutter.com

ZABB ELEE, EAST VILLAGE Zabb Elee scores major points with me because I haven’t eaten such good Thai food since I last visited Sydney. You won’t find the usual Pad Thai here, what you will find is very authentic north-eastern Thai food that you can guarantee is very spicy (so be prepared). I don’t think … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Ippudo

NYC Hotspot Find: Ippudo | meltingbutter.com

IPPUDO, EAST VILLAGE My first love in New York is Ippudo. I’ve only ever ordered 2 things on their menu and been there at least 20 times. Those 2 things are so satisfying that all of my friends and I are not tempted to even try anything else (see proof in the picture) Best Bit: … Continue reading

New York City guide: The coffee snob’s guide to NYC

Italians and Australians in my experience are two of the fussiest coffee drinkers in the world. And it just so happens that most of my friends living in NYC are either Australian, Italian, or people who have lived in Italy for a substantial time – basically; my friends are a bunch of coffee snobs. Since … Continue reading