• Making Little Italy proud- Gelso and Grand

    In the heart of Little Italy at the intersection of Mulberry and Grand street we found this beautiful restaurant with red brick walls and wooden furniture which will teleport you right to Italy. 

    The servers were very welcoming and polite. With some suggestions from our server we were all set with our order. We started off with their Special Forbidden Fruit Sangria and the Rosé Sangria. Both the drinks were top notch and just perfect to sip on with a side of their marinated olives. For appetizers, we got the Truffle Honey Bruschetta and the Burrata Bruschetta. Honestly, we were really skeptical about the combination of Truffle Honey and Cheese but we were sold on the idea right when we took the first bite of this beauty! The Burrata, the tomatoes, the cheese and the bread were absolute perfection with the perfect balance of flavor. 

    For mains, we had our eyes set on the Pistachio Pesto Pasta as soon as we got the menus in our hands. Firstly, let me tell you this Pistachio Pesto Pasta is a gift from the Italian food Gods and we were blessed to have this here! It is a MUST TRY for every pesto lover. The pasta is served in a huge quantity sufficient for two and it is loaded with deliciousness!

    After discovering that crazy combination of Truffle Honey and Cheese, we just couldn’t resist not trying the Quattro Formaggi Pizza. This pizza is loaded with goat cheese, fontina, mozzarella, fig, truffle oil and aleppo honey. Yes, the figs in the description is sure to make you iffy about this pizza but trust us, this was a magical combination of flavor and we’re never getting over it! 

    Our dessert was obvious and we had been waiting to try it out ever since we saw it trending all over our Instagram! The Holy Cannoli isn’t just a dessert, it’s the main event before the end of a show! The presentation was on point with the huge cannoli filled with pumpkin cheesecake and peanut butter and of course a wooden hammer to smash it. If you think smashing the cannoli with the hammer was the fun part then you’re totally wrong! The real fun begins when you get to devour the epic taste of the cheesecake and peanut butter. 

  • Best Chicken Fingers in the city- Sticky’s Finger Joint

    Ever since we moved to the US, Sticky’s has been our go to place for amazing food. Fried chicken(chicken fingers) is a predominant dish in American cuisine and restaurants all over New York strive to achieve perfection in it. With signs all over the restaurant saying “the best damn  chicken finger you’ve ever tasted” you know they mean business. With an extensive array of dips they make sure every customer’s taste buds are satisfied. We visited the Hell’s Kitchen outlet and the staff here are the sweetest and friendliest! Being stingy is not their policy at all; whenever a customer wants to taste a dip they’ll hand them a chicken popper along and would rather ask them to try some more. 

    Moving on to the food here’s all that we’ve tried(or overdosed on) over all our visits here. 

    Truffle Parmesan Fries- THE BEST FRIES YOU’LL EVER HAVE IN YOUR LIFE! Crispy, crunchy, delicious, fresh and consistent. 

    S’mores Fries- We were really curious to try this one and it did taste pretty weird. S’mores and fries are not a combination for our us. 

    Vampire Killer- Be careful, you’ll get addicted to their Vampire Aioli. The Chicken Tenders were absolutely top notch, the Fries were absolute perfection and the generous amount of sauces and Parmesan on top just makes this dish a total banger! We are completely obsessed with this and we recommend it to all! 

    Chicken n Waffles- The classic American combination of Fried Chicken and bite size pieces of waffle drizzled with hot maple. Definitely worth a try! 

    Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich- This is not for the faint hearted. The juicy chicken is drenched in their Nashville Hot sauce which packs a punch of heat on every bite of this goodness. 

  • Tacos with an Indian Twist! – Tac n Roll

    NYC is know for its diversity and it can be seen through the food scene as well. Tac n roll came up with this ingenious idea to fuse Mexican tacos with Indian parathas to give us a delicacy which is a treat for our eyes and taste buds. The owner and the mastermind behind the dishes, Chef Eric Wong, a super humble and kind person prepares the dishes himself and makes sure his food matches your taste. The restaurant is a quick grab and go kind of a place but also has some seating space for you to sit and relish those tacos with a beer.

    The concept is simple and clear, choose your taco shell(Corn tortilla or Paratha), choose your protein(Chicken, Shrimp, Pork, Beef, Tofu) and choose your flavor style. Of course, we got the Paratha and for flavor styles we tried the India, Egypt and Vietnam.

    Firstly, in terms of presentation they all looked absolutely sensational with the bright colorful veggies. The “India” consisted of delicious chunks of Chicken Tikka, green chutney, kochumber and white sauce which blended together to give a burst of flavors in our mouths on each bite. Next one was the “Vietnam” with Shrimp which has a lemongrass marinade, sriracha mayo, cucumber, onion and daikon radish. All these combined are an absolute delight to your tastebuds. Lastly, we tried the “Egypt” which is the latest addition to their menu. This is the only one served without any protein but we’re not complaining. Possibly our most favorite one and it was loaded with hummus, falafel, onions and lettuce. The hummus and falafel were simply stellar and we are totally their number 1 fans! The parathas they use are more like the Pratas found in Singapore than the Parathas from India but we still loved this flaky goodness which really compliments each of the flavor styles offered here.

  • Beer Garden with Sharable Food Platters- Clinton Hall

    Clinton Hall takes it’s inspiration from Castle Clinton located in Battery Park. The main goal for the owners to have a American beer hall was to get people together away from their phones and laptops. This can be clearly seen with their communal tables, a wide variety of games offered and huge shared dishes. The bar has a bewildering array of specialty beers served on tap. The servers were warm and welcoming but with so many tables to attend they do get quite busy. With a laidback and chill vibe, this place is a perfect after work spot for drinks and food. 

    With some recommendations from our server we were all set with our order. We got the Dipper Trio, Truffle Parmesan Fries and the Famous Doughnut Grilled Cheese. The dipper Trio consisted of Guacamole, Spicy Feta, Squash Hummus along with Pita Chips. All three dips were pretty average and missed the oomph factor. The Truffle Parmesan Fries which was again nothing special and we thought could have been better. Next was their Famous Doughnut Grilled Cheese and it totally lives up to the hype! The Doughnut has a crisp on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. The tomato dip goes so perfectly well with the Doughnut and cheese. Each bite of this was simply heavenly!

    We ordered the Crispy Chicken Stack for entrees. This sandwich was loaded with Fried Chicken, Fried Pickles, Cole Slaw, Pickles and a lip smacking Hot Honey Sauce. It’s not just a sandwich, it’s a monstrous sandwich and definitely a contender for the recently trending Chicken Sandwich Wars. 

    For dessert, our choice was obvious. If there’s anything with Red Velvet on the menu, we want it! So we got the Red Velvet WTF Waffle and we had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into. This one dessert is good enough as a whole meal for three/four people. There’s no adjective to describe how ginormous this dessert was. It includes three stacked Waffles, a big slice of Red Velvet Cheesecake, Vanilla Icecream, loads of whipped cream, crushed Oreo, Sprinkles and M&Ms. The Red Velvet Cheesecake was extraordinarily delicious and we hope they put it up on their menu separately too. The waffles were soft they escalate slowly on each and every taste bud and make you close your eyes. Perfection.

  • Mabruk

    Mabruk, which is an Arabic word literally translates to “blessed” and we second that Sahara Star is truly blessed to have this fine dining mediterranean heaven under their roof. Dining here is like an experience that one would remember all their life. As soon as you enter your attention is straight up grabbed by the majestic grandeur of the lagoon area. The arabic tunes playing in the back and the gorgeous sheesha pots placed around sets the middle eastern atmosphere perfectly. The flowing water from the lagoon gives a really soothing and calm vibe to the place which literally makes you feel like not leaving at all. 

    A big shoutout to the most welcoming and polite staff ever. Our servers Mr. Lalit and Mr. Niraj were well versed with the menu and suggest you the best dishes as per your taste. 

    We started off with Koshaf and Lemon Maa Ward which are two really cool and refreshing mocktails with a base of Mango and Rose Water respectively. Just the right drink to beat the Mumbai heat. 

    Just like the Arabs we were served with a Cold Mezze Platter and a Hot Mezze Platter. The Cold Mezze features various dips and the one’s which stood out were the Mou’Hamara (Walnut, Tomato and Chilli relish) and Hummus (Chickpea purée with Garlic, Lemon and Tahina). Dip the warm and soft Pita bread or Zatar into these dips and rejoice. The Hot Mezze on the other hand featured various appetizers and our favorites were the Shish Touk (Chicken Skewers) and the Safi’Ha B’Jibneh (Holloumi and Zatar stuffed mini open pie). A pro tip would be to dip the Shish Touk into the side Harissa sauce if you like that extra kick of spice in your food. 

     

     

    Cold Mezze Platter

    The man behind this ingenious restaurant, Chef Jihad personally comes up to your table to make sure you’re enjoying your meal and gives you a few tips on eating Mediterranean cuisine just like the Arabs. 

    For mains we got the Tagine Khodar and the Manakeesh Zatar. Menakeesh was an absolute winner of a dish. Basically a middle eastern pizza with a base of Zatar bread. The thyme, seasame and olive oil topped on the bread makes it just so flavorful. 

     

    Manakeesh Zatar with Chicken

    Ending our meal with the Classic Baklava was like a cherry on icing for our experience here at Mabruk. Crispy phyllo pastry filled with dry fruits and beautifully glazed with honey.

     

    Baklava