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| Me, myself and I | A slightly crazed food enthusiast, with an ever growing list of restaurants and dishes to try 🙌🏼 📍NYC

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Please ignore the legs in the background, and focus your attention on the beauty of this ice cream! It’s a scoop of burnt butter caramel on top of a toasted marshmallow cushion. It’s definitely sweet, but so worth the calories. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Burnt Butter Caramel & Toasted Marshmallow

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Hoppers are a Sri Lankan dish of a crepe-like base with a fried egg in the middle. They’re paired with side dishes, like seeni sambol (onion relish) and pol sambol (coconut relish). It’s hard to find authentic hoppers, so the restaurant name should assure you that here they’re legit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Egg Hopper Seeni Sambol Pol Sambol

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Finally came to try out Nishi! We got a ton of dishes, but here are the two pastas we ordered. The pork tagliatelle was flavorful and light. And the ravioli was interesting - it was filled with ricotta and topped in a chili and honey sauce. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pork Tagliatelle Ricotta, Chili Honey Ravioli

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Such a cute find in the West Village. The grilled octopus comes with squid ink and pea coulis; the octopus was tender and just crispy enough on the outside. The mushroom flatbread is a must! It comes topped with arugula, truffle oil and balsamic vinegar - what could be better?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pieuvre Grillée Fougasse Forestière

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One can never have enough cheese! Cheese it up with the Jambon Cru, which is raclette over ham, dijon and onions on a baguette. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Jambon Cru

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The wait is usually pretty long, so be sure to get here early! The portions are also quite hefty, but that didn’t stop us from ordering three dishes. Everything was tasty; the fried chicken and pancakes are a staple, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen bigger pancakes. The buffalo chicken mac & cheese was extra cheesy, and the tacos were a good break from the heaviness of the first two dishes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fried Chicken & Pancakes Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Catfish Tacos

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I was a little hesitant to try, but it’s well worth it. All pastas are under $10 and taste amazing! We got the pesto fusilli and meat ragu rigatoni; both were cooked perfectly al dente. And because two pastas aren’t enough, we tacked on eggplant parmigiano and garlic dots. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pesto Fusilli Meat Ragu Rigatoni Baked Eggplant Parmigiano Garlic Dots

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Happy weekend, y’all! This means drinks, so check out the cocktails here. We stuck with more of the fruity/flowery flavored ones that had grapefruit and elderflower. Second round was fun - the drinks came in a pretty tea set for an adult tea party! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Grapefruit & Friends Cucumber & Elderflower Spritz South Village Tea Party

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Obviously had to have ice cream on #NationalIceCreamDay! Here you have the option of having scooped ice cream or popsicles. I opted for this season’s blueberry & Maria cookie. As the name suggests, it’s a vanilla base with frozen blueberries and bits of cookie, which was so good! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Blueberry & Maria Cookie

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Only managed to get a picture of two out of the three pizzas, cause the hunger kicked in. All the pizzas have fun names - pictured here are the Ricotta Be Kiddin Me and Hellboy. The first is a white sauce with ricotta, bacon, and sausage. Crowd favorite was the Hellboy, which was topped with pepperoni and hot honey! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ricotta Be Kiddin Me Hellboy

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Bing waiting for @junzikitchen to open their Bleecker location, and they finally have! The soft opening menu featured lots of goodies: tomato pork noodles, jiajiang fried chicken (pictured here), and pork & scallion bing. This is a definite must-try to either create a noodle bowl or bing! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tomato Pork Noodles Fried Chicken Pork Bing

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It was a bit of a daring choice to have ramen on such a hot day, but still worth it! We ordered a fair amount: Karaage, Pork Belly Buns, Pork Dumplings, and Butter Miso Ramen. The karaage and dumplings were crispy but not oily. The Butter Miso Ramen is one of their specialties; the broth was a little too thick but still full of taste and the pork was really tender. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Butter Miso Ramen

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Happy #pride everyone! You gotta come prepared with an empty stomach here cause there’s a lot to choose from. The dumplings are a must - fillings are all good and the bottoms are crispy. The elote was sweet and soft but could have used more chili. And what can go wrong with mozz sticks?! The teas were interesting; you can mix tea bases with natural sweeteners. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @maosbao: Chicken & Pork Bao @the_base_co: Raspberry Charcoal & Hibiscus Tea Elote (with Mayo & Cheese) @bigmozz: Mozzarella Sticks

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If you want to escape to Italy for a meal, this is place! Bar Pitti is no frills, but the pastas are absolutely delicious. They have a changing specials menu - highly recommended trying. We got the ravioli special, which had a spinach/ricotta filling and sage/butter sauce. The meat sauce penne was perfectly al dente and comforting. Sit outside with these and a glass of wine - perfetto! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Penne Strascicate Sage Ravioli

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Dat deep dish doe! This one’s the Gabe Froman, which comes with spinach and pepperoni on one half and sausage on the other. What’s great is that the crust is just crispy enough and every slice is extra cheesy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Gabe Froman

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This is one of my favorite Chinese restaurants - both the food and decor are on point. Two of the many dishes we got were xiao long bao and dan dan noodles. In a lot of restaurants, the dumpling skin is too think, but they get it right here. And the noodles have just enough spice, which prepared us for more spice to come! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Xiao Long Bao Dan Dan Noodles

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Oiji is a must visit! They do a modern take on Korean food. The oiji bowl was my favorite - it’s seaweed rice with sea urchin and shrimp. We also got the homemade tofu (topped with roe, trout and kimchi) and fried chicken. For dessert, we had the signature honey butter chips, which paired perfectly with vanilla ice cream. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Homemade Tofu Fried Chicken Oiji Bowl Honey Butter Chips with Vanilla Ice Cream

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This is a great brunch spot if you’re able to snag a table. They have an $18 prix fixe brunch for an entree and juice/coffee; we got the grilled chicken sandwich and corned beef hash. I had the sandwich, which came with arugula, guacamole, jalapeño and bacon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Grilled Chicken Sandwich Corned Beef Hash

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