Artichoke - Basille's Pizza

/ Wednesday, November 30, 2011 /
If there's one thing New York is famous for, it's pizza. In movies, television, and media, the New York pizza is almost as popular as the city itself. With a plethora of pizzerias in the city, several in a single block, most of them serve the typical trifecta of cheese, pepperoni, and plenty of tomato sauce. Although some people argue that the original New York style pizza is best, Artichoke Basille's Pizza creates a unique delicious twist to the classic New York Pizza. With different flavors such as spinach artichoke, crab, margherita, and sicilian, this tiny pizzeria keeps its customers lining up and coming back for more. Every pie is made freshly every hour and never sits around so each slice you get is guaranteed fresh and delicious.

Artichoke- Basille's Pizza and Bar
328 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003
Price Range: $4-4.50 slice
$30 pie

Dean and Deluca

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A place to go for a quick bite with all the flavor and taste of a meal cooked by experienced chefs, Dean and Deluca has everything from exotic and imported foods to home-cooked comfort food. Along with every ingredient that any chef would want in his arsenal, Dean and Deluca has a bakery would a wide variety of breads, pastries, and desserts, a counter where the freshly-cooked food is prepared and can be packed to go, a deli where sandwiches and soups are hand prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients, a corner where meats and cheeses flown from different parts of the world are accessible to anyone. Dean and Deluca is a dream for any food enthusiast and a great experience to any who is interested in food.

Dean and Deluca
560 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
Price Range: varies

Rice to Riches

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If you're looking for something different for dessert, then Rice to Riches is the place to visit. Located in the neighborhood of NoLita in New York City, it is the only place where you can get over 20 flavors of of delicious rice pudding. The flavors are given quirky and playful names such as "sex drugs and rock and roll," "chocolate chip flirt," "fluent in french toast" etc. The location is easy to find; it can be found on Spring St. between Mott and Mulberry, along with plenty of other restaurants that are located on the street. The interior is furnished with modern designs and bright lights adding a playful feel of the place. If you've never had rice pudding or ever considered it, Rice to Riches is the best place to give it a try.

Rice to Riches
37 Spring St.
New York, NY 10012
Price Range: $7-$30 (sizes vary)


/ Friday, November 25, 2011 /
Located in the NoHo neighborhood of New York City, this chic restaurant and part nightclub has been getting attention from foodies as well as television producers. Alexandra Guarnaschelli, a food network personality and well-known figure in the culinary world, has brought this place incredible media attention being featured on shows such as the CW hit Gossip Girl
Upon entry, the wood paneled hall leads to a simple yet elegant high-ceiling dining room. You will find yourself attended to rather quickly and presented a enticing menu of appetizers, entrées, and appetizers. It is also accompanied by an extensive wine selection and specialty cocktails that compliments the dishes. To start off, the chef gave me and my friends a complimentary appetizer of chicken liver pâté and it was sweet and surprisingly delicious. I then ordered the Braised Colorado Lamb Shank spiced almond with braised turnips, truffle, and arugula which was satisfying. I wish the lamb was not as cooked but it was easy to take off the bone. Overall the experience and ambience alone was worth the trip. And with delicious food and drinks, I would highly recommend a visit if you're ever in the city.

Butter Restaurant
415 Lafayette St # A
New York NY 10003
United States
Price Range: $30-50

New York City

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A melting pot of different cultures and cuisines, New York City is a foodie's dream. From Michelin Starred restaurants to hole-in-wall places that still use grandma's recipes. New York City has catered to the food obsessed for many years and is a destination for those who want to discover and try something new. I'm staying in the city for 4 days and I plan on having the famous eats of New York and hope I discover hidden treasures as well.

Cooking from home

/ Tuesday, November 15, 2011 /
Although some of us don't have access to white truffles from Alba, it doesn't mean we can't indulge ourselves once in a while. I found this recipe online ( and it truly captures the aroma and flavor of white truffles and reminds you of a sandwich that can be consumed in a cafe found in the luxurious part of Manhattan. I must say it is a delight. It works with eithera white truffle concentrate or even white truffle infused oil ($20-$100); the effect is not that different. If you have some spare time I highly recommend this dish. It's simple, easy, and delicious.

(can be purchased at some local grocery stores and specialty stores)
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