I have been to Kyotofu countless times and I was even mayor on Foursquare at one time. I have decided to write about this hidden gem located near my office. LTR and I stopped by Kyotofu for the first time after a boozy brunch in Hell’s Kitchen. We were actually on the way to Red Mango. Anyhow, we were intrigued by their outside sign which mentioned soymilk soft serve. LTR who is lactose intolerant was excited to try it. I’m not a huge fan of soymilk, but I did have a bite of her soft serve and it was actually pretty good.
My matcha green tea cupcake
Since then, I have been back with MM to enjoy their cupcakes to go. I usually get the Matcha Green Tea Cupcake which is so tasty. I am a green tea fiend. A couple of weeks ago, MM & friends and I actually sat down for dessert. They have a special dessert menu, and I was sad to see that my green tea cupcake wasn’t on it. I asked our waiter if I could still get this delicious cupcake and he said yet. When it came out, he mentioned that he had given me some chocolate soft serve soymilk ice cream. So good! The following week, MM and I sat down for dessert and after some convincing, I agreed to share the Kaiseki dessert with her. It was three courses: black sesame sweet tofu, green tea creme brulee, strawberry shortcake, soft serve soymilk ice cream and green tea chocolates. Everything was really delicious. We also shared two drinks: the pomegranate shiso mojito and the ginger margarita. Please note that they have a happy hour special from Tuesday-Friday 5:30pm-7:30pm where all their cocktail drinks are 50% off. What a great deal. I preferred the pomegranate mojito and I hope to order the passion martini next time I go. Currently, Kyotofu never gets too busy and that is another thing I love about Kyotofu. I have never waited for a table and I hope I never have to. During our last visit, our waiter was a bit slow in getting us our check, but he gave us a small bag of mini cupcakes as an apology. It was great. I definitely will be back again soon.
705 9th Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets)
New York, NY 10019
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HungryLTR here!! After hearing about Dos Toros from a couple of blogs, HTG and I had put it on our list of places to try. So a couple of Saturdays ago, we made our first visit for lunch (I’m predicting that this visit was one of many in the future). HTG scored a table while I waited in the pretty long line of people waiting to order. The ordering process is pretty much the same as other fast service joints like Chipotle and Qdoba. You watch your burrito/taco/quesadilla/plato being made right in front of you while you have your choice of toppings.
HTG went for the carnitas plato while I chose the carne asada burrito (both with black beans and hot salsa and cheese). The burrito was sooper tasty and filling. The steak was tender and well seasoned. Everything tasted fresh and I’ll definitely be back again. In my opinion, this place was one of the best burritos I’ve had in nyc. I also had a taste of HTG’s carnitas – yummm! But I’ll let her tell you about that!
Hello! It’s HTG here. I ordered the carnitas platter because I instead of having a burrito, I wanted to carb it up with some chips and salsa. The carnitas were very juicy and flavorful. The pork almost melted in my mouth. It came with guacamole and pico de gallo. Lynne even had them put some hot sauce on it. For $7.35, I am definitely down to have some organic Californian Mexican food. The chips were a bit salty, which is just the way I like them. All in all, the portions were very generous. I honestly was expecting tiny portions because it’s all healthy/organic, but I was pleasantly surprised. I am definitely going back!
Dos Toros Taqueria
137 4th Avenue (between 13th and 14th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
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I have heard a lot about Gyu-Kaku. I’m not much of a meat eater. If you haven’t been able to tell, I much prefer stuffing myself silly with bad carbs! Anyhow, Gyu-Kaku specializes in Japanese BBQ. I am always open to try Japanese restaurants, so I met MM at the Cooper Union location.
Ooh, you get to cook your meat on the hot BBQ grill!
We both already viewed their menu online and I already knew I would be ordering the Chicken Garlic Noodles. MM took care of the meats we’d be BBQing. Lucky for us, they are celebrating the Sakura Festival so there were some items on “sale”. We both had a glass of champagne for $3.99/glass. I believe we ordered two types of beef, duck, boneless chicken wings and garlic cloves for the BBQ. We also shared the Tofu Salad. The tofu was very soft and tasted fresh. I quite enjoyed the salad! We received our BBQ items from our very informative waiter and then we started to cook our meats. I liked the beef the best because there was less visible fat. The duck was also very tasty. The Chicken Garlic Noodles were garlicky and flavorful. It’s just what I wanted! Also, it came out in a sizzling bowl and then our waiter split it into two smaller bowls. Yummy. I just read MidtownLunch’s review about Gyu-Kaku’s Korean bim bim bap, but I’m more of a noodle girl, so I didn’t want to waste my time with rice.
I finished these delicious noodles very quickly. I love garlic!
After Minnie and I finished up our plates of meat (the noodles disappeared quickly), we decided to order dessert. I have heard a lot of about the famous Lady M Mille Crepes Cake, and to our luck, Gyu-Kaku serves their Green Tea Crepes Cake. We decided to end our very filling dinner with a bang. Why not order cake? I have a soft spot for green tea and baked goods (please refer to my previous entry). Our slice of came out very quickly and it looked perfect. It even came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I am partial to Japanese ice cream. I feel that it’s less icy than regular ice cream for some reason. Anyhow, the crepe cake was delicious. We tried to guess just how many crepes were in the cake, but it was really hard to tell. The crepes were so thin. There could have been at least 100 layers! We left the restaurant happily full. The check was a bit higher ($42/person) than our usual weekday dinners, but I think it was worth it. The next time I do go back, I’ll probably skip the BBQ and focus on the soups and noodle dishes. Oh yeah, I will definitely leave room for cake!
Green tea crepes + vanilla ice cream = AWESOME!
34 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003
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