Cafe Habana – East Village Spanish Joint

During my trip to New York we hit up a few, ok I lied, MANY restaurants. We chose Café Habana a small yet popular Cuban / Spanish joint in East Village. Café Habana is known for their corn and Cuban sandwiches.

Cafe Habana - East Village Spanish Tapas

During lunch time it was packed and we were seated in a cramped corner. Once I tasted their Cuban sandwich they could have sat me on a bus stop for all I cared. It was that good!

Cafe Habana cuban sandwich

The Quesadilla de Pollo was typical and the intensity of the flavours was dull.

Chicken Quesadilla

Next trip back I will be trying the corn.

Café Habana on Urbanspoon

Del Posto – Michelin Star Restaurant Lunch Deal

Michelin star restaurant, Del Posto Lunch Promotion. New York, USA

I asked for restaurant suggestions in New York, almost everyone recommended Del Posto for lunch. I can see why, it was delicious. Del Posto décor was stunning. A two level restaurant that reminded me of opulent Victorian homes with the gleaming cherry oak. They had a personal stool to rest your designer bag. I thought it was a foot stool, that’s how cultured I am.


The service was impeccable, the FOOD was amazing.

Sorry guys it’s been a while since my trip. I can’t believe I forgot to blog about it. I still do have some pics though.

Tomato Consume, prosciutto wrap appie and I forgot what type of tea sandwich it was.

Amuse Buche

Veal and Tuna
Veal and Tuna
warm cortechino
warm cortechino

This was the best Orecchiette dish I’ve ever had. It was so creamy it just melted in my mouth. It was one of my favourite dishes of the meal. Not part of the set lunch menu.


I was obsessed with skate for a while. This was phenomenally cooked.


Damn! Chocolate pistachio was sooo good. I am just salivating thinking about it.

chocolate pistachio
chocolate pistachio

Sour Cherry Ice cream was surprisingly refreshing.

Sour Cherry Icecream
Sour Cherry Icecream

Amazing Chocolate Platter, the chocolate covered grapefruit peel was so intense and my friend’s favourite

Amazing Chocolate Platter
Amazing Chocolate Platter

Tip: If you show them 4square you receive a complimentary flute of Champaign.

Del Posto on Urbanspoon

Burger Joint at the Parker Meridian Hotel

Parker Meridian Hotel Lobby Midtown, east, New York, USA. Popular burger joint. Part of Food Persuasion taking on NYC.
burger joint

You need a freaking map to find this burger joint but it’s worth it.

Burger Joint is situated behind curtains in the corner of the Parker Meridian lobby, right beside the concierge desk. There is large sign and you have to walk through a dark makeshift path.

Inside the decor reminds me of a midtown local dive bar, although I doubt anyone here was a local. Most look like tourists. Furnished with wooden bar benches and booths and, celebrity photos and autographs and strewn throughout the walls.
packed house

It was packed, so we decided to take it up to our rooms. (Special thanks to Eman for hooking us with a gorgeous 1 bedroom suite on the sub-penthouse floor at the Parker Meridian)

The burger was juicy, so much more than I expected that the juice squirted all over the front of my shirt. The fries are norm, not anything special the patty itself is a must try.


Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien on Urbanspoon

Sarabeth’s – Velvety Cream of Tomato Soup

Very popular tourist brunch cafe in New York, Central Park. Part of Food Persuasion taking on NYC series

Sarabeth’s a very popular restaurant for brunch, situated across from Central Park, New York. On the weekends expect a long line but, it does move quickly.

You do feel rushed, they kept on coming back to check whether we were finished even though we clearly were still in the middle of the meal.

The highlight of the meal was the highly sought after Sarabeth’s velvety cream of tomato soup. Hot Damn! I can’t stop raving about the soup. Even my cousin who hates tomatoes loved the soup. It was an indulgent creamy soup with just the right amount of seasoning. I loved it so much I requested it for Thanksgiving. We had some homemade cheddar biscuits on the side and we were in heaven. Ahem, Marian, could I have some more please?? 🙂

I found Sarabeth’s velvety cream of tomato soup on their Blog, Goddess of Bakedom
tomato soup

Farmer’s Omelets, a medley of vegetables and multigrain toast. As a warning, don’t eat anything before, the portions are huge. The omelet was nice and fluffy and if you wanted an old fashion omelet, this is it.
famers omellete

Popeye eggs, scrambled eggs on an English muffin with Black forest ham and sautéed spinach. This was old school. It was nicely cooked and very simple
popeye eggs

Classic eggs benedict, Canadian bacon, Hollandaise sauce and chives with a bed of salad. This was exactly as described, “classic”. No frills eggs benedict.

When I go back I would only order their velvety soup. I was full when I finished and licked the last drop from my bowl. I mean just looking at it I’m salivating.

Recommend you go early on the weekends, it’s first come first serve. I believe they also have it on their dinner menu.

Sarabeth's on Urbanspoon

Manzo at Eately – Black Truffle and Foie Gras Heaven

I love this restaurant, by far one of our best dining experiences in New York, Wall Centre. Part of Food Persuasion taking on NYC series.

Manzo was definitely my most memorable experience in New York. The restaurant is situated inside Eately, an upscale Italian market. Manzo, is the only restaurant inside the market that accepts reservations. Trust me, advanced reservations will be required.

Manzo at Eately New York
Manzo at Eately New York

With Chris Rock sitting only a few meters away and, Foie Gras and Truffle in my tummy, I was in heaven.

My first dish Seared Foie Gras with Figs A smashing 5/5, I had a mini orgasm. This dish was ordered a la carte off their 7 course tasting menu.

Foie Gras
Foie Gras with Figs

Seared Striploin with Foie Gras & Cherry Aceto Balsamico, was rich and decadent. As expected the Striploin was seared to perfection. The Cherry Aceto Balsamico complimented very well with the meat and created a well rounded explosion of flavor. 5/5

Seared Striploin with Foie Gras
Seared Striploin with Foie Gras

Carne Cruda al Coltello with Enoki Mushrooms & Black Truffle Bruschetta (Carne Cruda, steak tartare. 4/5

 Carne Cruda al Coltello
Carne Cruda al Coltello


Guinea Hen with Chanterelles, Foie Gras Sugo & Black Truffles, was phenomenal. Don’t let the white meat fool you, this dish is rich. With the 3 shared courses down, I was dying half way through my entrée.  Yet I couldn’t stop! This dish had all my favourite ingredients. 4.5/5

Guinea Hen with Chanterelles Foie Gras and Black Truffles
Guinea Hen with Chanterelles Foie Gras and Black Truffles

Tagliata with Sweet Potato, Funghi Misti & Bone Marrow Agrodolce. (Tagliata, thinly sliced beef) Suck my fingers kind of succulent. Again, cooked to perfection and the bone marrow gave the dish a melt in your mouth finish. 5/5

Tagliata with Funghi Misti and Bone Marrow
Tagliata with Funghi Misti and Bone Marrow

Lamb Loin with Belly Confit, Cranberry Beans & Green Onions. Indulgent dish, think about it, belly confit with loin, I was rolling in fat and deliciously happy. 4.5/5

Lamb Loin with Belly Confit
Lamb Loin with Belly Confit

Yukon Gold Crocche, a potato side dish. If you have a limitless belly I suggest you order this side. Luscious potato croquette covered with crispy breadcrumbs. 4.5/5. I was delirious by this point, I could only frustratingly eat one.

Potato Croquettes Manzo at Eately
Potato Gold Crocche

If you are looking for restaurants to try in New York I recommend Manzo. For the ingredients alone it is very affordable. The bill came out to be $100 each between the three of us and, that includes 3 glasses of wine.

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