Grace Street

Merry Christmas everyone! It’s cold outside, perfect weather to curl up with warm blankets and…some piping hot Korean desserts?

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Grace Street is a coffee shop in Koreatown that has a beautiful interior of luxurious couches and wooden tables. Plenty of natural light streams in from the glass enclosing in the front. Lots of people were here catching up with friends or studying. Their specialty is Korean doughnuts (ho-dduk) which they explained to me were filled with brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts.

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I almost burned my mouth not realizing that the doughnut comes out really hot. It’s crispy on the outside with a ooey melty center. Yums! This was quite sweet, which was unexpected for an Asian dessert. You can also order it with ice cream, which sounds like an amazing combination.

Grace Street
17 W 32nd St (btw 5th and Broadway) New York, NY 10001

Paris Baguette

Happy New Year!

Here is something sweet to wish everyone a sweet sweet 2014, filled with love and laughter.

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Paris Baguette’s strawberry shortcake is super light and fluffy. Layers of cake and whipped cream with slices of strawberries in between make a lovely dessert that hits just the right amount of sweetness. Not too cloying, and it satisfies that dessert craving.

Paris Baguette
6 W. 32nd St (btw 5th & Broadway) New York, NY 10001

You are the Dancing Queen! Young and Sweet! Only Seventeen! (NYC Part 3)

We went to meet CS in Chinatown today, so we had breakfast there as well, trying a different bakery. Unfortunately, I was so hungry that I devoured the food before realizing that I didn’t take a single picture. 😦 Stupid me. But I can tell you that the pork and preserved egg congee and the sticky rice bun were both heavenly. I’ve never had a sticky rice bun before, but I really liked it. The sticky rice was like how it would taste in a zong zi, so it had a great savory flavor to complement the slightly sweet tang of the bun.

I was watching the Travel Channel one day, and they did a program on the weirdest bathrooms around the world. One of the places was Peep, a Thai restaurant in Soho, where the bathroom walls are all 2-way mirrors, so that they look like mirrors on the outside, but from the inside, everything’s transparent. You can “peep” at all the people in the restaurant from inside the bathroom! I thought this was hilarious, and I was determined to find this place while I’m in NYC. Goal accomplished. We went there for lunch, and I had a blast. It’s kind of ridiculous how excited I was to eat here. Not only were the bathrooms just as I imagined, but the food was delicious.

Thai Ice Tea

Thai Ice Tea

Grilled Teriyaki Calamari

Grilled Teriyaki Calamari

My first plate was Grilled Teriyaki Calamari. It was very tasty with just the right amount of chewy-ness. I loved it!

Panang with Tofu

Panang with Tofu

My second plate was the Panang with Tofu. The spices took some getting used to, but it’s one of those dishes that taste better as you eat more of it. I was very satisfied.

Peppered Spinach Dumplings

Peppered Spinach Dumplings (AN's first plate)

Turmeric Saffron Fried Rice with Chicken (AN’s 2nd plate)

Turmeric Saffron Fried Rice with Chicken (AN’s 2nd plate)

Horseradish Caesar Salad (SS’s 1st plate)

Horseradish Caesar Salad (SS’s 1st plate)

Grilled Vegetables Salad (CS’s 1st plate)

Grilled Vegetables Salad (CS’s 1st plate)

Chicken Pad Thai (both SS and CS’s 2nd plate)

Chicken Pad Thai (both SS and CS’s 2nd plate)

I loved the atmosphere of the place. It was very trendy and hip and looked way more expensive than it actually was. The service was great, which cannot be said for any of the previous restaurants that we’ve been to this weekend. Plus, I was extremely entertained by the bathrooms…I love this place so much!

It's Peep!

It's Peep!

View from inside the bathroom!

View from inside the bathroom!

For dinner, we went exploring in Koreatown and went to Shilla Korean BBQ. They had an extensive menu, and I had such a hard time deciding. I really wanted to try their barbeque since they actually cook it in front of you, but I wasn’t in the mood for so much meat. Many of the soups looked delicious as well, but my poor stomach could only hold so much. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had bottomless stomachs and could just eat and eat and eat and never have to worry about getting full and getting fat?

Gol Dop

Gol Dop

Gol Dop – I loved it. It reminded me of the Chinese bao zai fan (clay hot pot rice). I only got a picture of it after I mixed all the parts together because I was too eager to dig in and completely forgot about my camera until CS reminded me. I only wished that the sides of the bowl had more of the crispy, burnt rice. That would have made it perfect. Also, it seems to me that the spicy sauces often used in Korean cuisine are never as spicy as they look. The spicy sauce and the kimchi are all such a bright red but really not that spicy. Here is what everyone else ordered:

Bulgogi Gol Dop

Bulgogi Gol Dop (AN's order)

Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice (CS's order)

Side Dishes

Side Dishes

More Side Dishes

More Side Dishes

We went to Red Mango, which was right next door, afterwards. I’ve never had Red Mango before, but AN positively raved about it, so I had to try it. Red Mango is basically fro-yo using real yogurt, and they have a ton of different toppings. I thought it was adorable how they had the calorie count next to every topping. We got the original with mochi and kiwi. I discovered that I really like mochi, but the yogurt was not my favorite. The sourer, less sweet taste was really different. Maybe it’s one of those things that’ll grow on me. Sadly, I have no picture of the yogurt because we just stood on the side of the street and demolished it within 5 minutes.

Addresses

Peep

SoHo
177 Prince Street
(between Thompson St & Sullivan St)
New York, NY 10012

Shilla Korean Barbeque

Murray Hill
37 W 32nd St
(between 5th Ave & Broadway)
New York, NY 10001-3804

Red Mango

Murray Hill
39 W 32nd St
(between 5th Ave & Broadway)
New York, NY 10001