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Celler Bar @ Bryant Park Hotel

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* Pic from Bryant Park Hotel site

Celler Bar (Bryant Park Hotel)
40 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 896-0100
M's Survey: ★★★☆☆

One of my coworkers farewell party was taken place at Celler Bar. I believe the venue was selected coz our company is located at midtown and we are reluctant to go outside the neighborhood.

Anyway, you are required to check in your coat in front (and they expect you to leave tips, of course), which is a bit annoying. I was about to join the crowd with my coat on and a bouncer who is probably over 200 pounds with a scary face approached me with attitude. I obviously got disturbed and said “whaddya looking at!” with a disgusted face. After that, he suddenly changed the way he treats me. Obviously, the guy was not expected to see an Asian girl to be so vocal. Yup, we have to fight back as we need and of course I kindly checked in my coat, hahaha.

Sorry for being cheap, but it was a farewell party and I presumed I can get free food and drinks. However, disappointingly, I was told that the place does not offer any food (although I just found out that they do carry appetizers and snacks!) and I had to drink, well I did not have to, but you know…, with an empty stomach.

On positive notes, the décor was pretty nice, a vaulted gray brick ceiling, medieval chandeliers, leather couches, etc. There were a variety of wine to choose from. Also, the place played great music, lots of 90s songs, which made me feel a bit nostalgic.

It would probably be a good choice if you go there before/after dinner. Chic with a good vibe and music.

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by moondiva | 2008-01-30 00:00 | 食べるの大好き

Rosa Mexicano @ Midtown East

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*Pics above from Rosa Mexicano site.

Rosa Mexicano
1063 First Avenue at 58th Street
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 753-7407
M's Survey: ★★★☆☆

NYC is having “Restaurant Week Winter 2008”, Jan 21 – 25 and Jan 28 – Feb 1. During “NYC Restaurant Week”, you can have three-course prix-fixe dining for $24.07 (Lunch) / $35.00 (Dinner) at a selected restaurants.

A very good friend of mine from San Francisco was in town and we decided to take advantage of the event and went to Rosa Mexicano on 1st Avenue. I had missed chatting with my gals, btw my friend from SF used to live in NYC and she, another good friend of mine here and I used to dine out regularly and update one another, so it was so much fun catching up with both of my girls finally.

The restaurant was pretty packed due to the restaurant week, but we did not have to wait too long once all 3 of us were in present. (Thanks to Y for booking the place in advance!) Re food, there was nothing outstanding, but their guacamole was pretty good. I guess the restaurant was anticipating rotating their customers ASAP so the servers were kinda aggressive. and one of the servers had an unforgettable face. I don’t know how to best describe his face, but it was as if he has a black hole between his eyebrows and you feel like your energy was sucked into the spot…u just cannot take your eyes off…Honto Koino! do you know what I mean?...oh well…

Anyway, although these aggressive servers were trying to push us out of the place by attempting to take dishes quite a few times, we were so into so called “girls talk (?)” and ended up staying there for 4 hours! To conclude, I love my girls!!

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by moondiva | 2008-01-29 00:00 | 食べるの大好き

Landmarc @ Columbus Circle

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*I got the pics above from landmarc site. I bring my new lovely digital camera with me, but just cannot take appealing pictures…man, someone help!

landmarc [at the time warner center]
10 Columbus circle [3rd floor]
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 823-6123
M's Survey: ★★★★☆
…it seems my scores have been consistently 4 stars, but believe or not, the places I recently have been are all pretty good!

According to my lovely roommate, landmarc offers fabulous bloody mary. Oh boy, I loved it, loved it and loved it. In fact, both my roomy and I had 2 big glasses of it although it was still early in the afternoon.

Considering the location and occasion, brunch on a sunny Sunday, I was expecting to see a crowd lining up at the entrance, but actually it was not too bad. We waited for a table approximately 10 mins or even less. Also, the place seemed to be very family friendly coz there were a bunch of kids/babies seating with their parents.

I had brunch with 2 girls, my roomy and buddy. Besides the bloody mary, I had eggs benedict with French fries on side and a cup of cappuccino, which was very appetizing. We were all fully stuffed after the meal and had to take a walk for a half hour to digest and feel like a human being again.

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by moondiva | 2008-01-27 00:00 | 食べるの大好き

Provence @ West Village

I know my blog is turning into one of these gourmet blogging sites out there now…I’ve been dining out a lot lately and just don’t wanna forget where I went. So I’m posting these restaurant reviews for the sake of me tracking/remembering a list of restaurants I’ve been as I have a short-term memory…
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*Please note that I got the pics above from Provence Site

Provence
38 Macdougal (At Prince)
New York, NY
Phone: (212)475-7500
M's Survey: ★★★★☆

I went to Provence with gals from work since one of them recommended the place. They have a garden-like space inside of the restaurant, which was quite nice. I had mushroom baked eggs with house housemade pork sausage on the side, a glass of sparkling lyon which is made out of Plymouth gin, sparkling Beaujolais and lemon and a cup of cappuccino.

Overall, the food and services were pretty good…okay, I have to confess that I was so into chit chat with my girls, mainly gossips and complaints about our company, so that I did not pay too much attention to my food as I should have…

Having brunch with good friends at a nice restaurant is priceless!

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by moondiva | 2008-01-26 00:00 | 食べるの大好き

Club 40C

「Club 40C」と題した、ホテルのようなおしゃれでステキなお住まいで開催されたパーティーに乱入してきました。

ちなみに、ブラのサイズが40Cの人の集まりではありませんYO。
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※写真は主催者、Rさん撮影。

お料理は、実際にPrestigiousあるレストランでプロの料理人としてお仕事をしているKちゃんが担当。

デザートは、プロ顔負けの料理の腕前を持つYちゃんが担当。

っていうか、Yちゃんも、Chefの卵か。

そして主催者のRさんはワイン通ということで、Long Islandをはじめ、選りすぐりの美味しいワインをご用意してくれました。

こう見えましても私、今までの人生、津々浦々、数々のホームパーティーに乱入してまいりましたが、今回のパーティー、史上1、2を争う位、料理&デザートの味&プレゼンテーションが素晴らしかったです。

ちなみに私の中で、今回と1、2を争っているのは、高校時代のお友達@東京で開催されたホームパーティー。

お友達の旦那が赤坂の超有名レストランの料理長をしていて、その彼のお家で振舞っていただいたフルコース、そりゃもう、腰が抜けるかと思うくらい、おいしかったのですよ。

今回のパーティーのお料理、デザート、ワインも、それはそれは、おいしゅうございました。

やっぱりプロって違うのね…。


さらに、きちんと、レストランもびっくりのメニュー表まで用意してあって、感激しました。

心遣い最高。

というわけで、飲んで食べて、しゃべって、いい感じに出来上がって、気が付けば夜中2時過ぎ。

Special Thanks to Rさん、Kちゃん、Yちゃんということで、楽しい時間を過ごさせていただきました。

…実は今週末、もう1つ、お友達のHouse Partyに御呼ばれいただき、そちらのパーティーでも相当、飲んで食べて、話しまくって、それはもう、とてもとても楽しかったのですが、その話はまた別の機会に。
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by moondiva | 2008-01-25 11:10 | 遊ぶの大好き

Sushi Yasuda

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*Please note that I got the pics above from Sushi Yasuda site

Sushi Yasuda
204 E. 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212)729-3000
M's Survey: ★★★★☆

I went to Sushi Yasuda with my friends from college who are not Japanese. Actually, it was the first time for one of my friends to eat Sushi and he had never eaten raw fish. Given that, we stayed away from authentic NETAs, such as sea urchin, eel, octopus and squid, and sticked with very simple ones like tuna, salmon and yellowtail.

Each portion of Sushi was relatively small, a Japanese size if you know what I mean, which I appreciated although my friends were all complaining how tiny it is. All of Sushi I had were not eye-opening but luscious. The menu items were a bit confusing since there was a different list of Sushi you need to choose from for each pre-fixed item such as “8 pieces Sushi “and “12 pieces of Sushi”.

The décor was simple, mainly made out of wood…One of my friends said “it’s so IKEA!”

Anyway, we were expecting that our bill would be a huge $$, but it was not as expensive as we thought. I want to go to Sushi Yasuda with my Japanese friends next time so that I can eat more authentic stuff.

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by moondiva | 2008-01-24 00:00 | 食べるの大好き

InternetBack!

If Justin Timberlake can bring sexy back, then why can't I bring internet back?

何のこと?
単なるヒトリごとだよ。


とにかく、先週末から家のインターネットが繋がらなかったのですが、本日、やっと無事復旧致しました。

先週末は、Time Warner Cableのコールセンターと戦うこと、約5時間。

途中、インドのコールセンターにまで、あれよあれよと私の案件は回りまわされ、「あ、その問題はケーブル会社にお願いします」ってインド訛りの英語(…あ、インド在住のインド人だった。)で言われたときには、「いや、そもそもあんた、ケーブル会社の人じゃないの?」って逆に驚きましたが、どんなにたらい回しにされても、電話ではこの問題を解決できず。

結局、後日、改めて修理の人に来てもらい、「モデムが壊れているようなので、新しいものに交換します」ってことで、ようやく決着。

はじめから誰かを送り込んでくれれば、コールセンターの人達と戦わずに良かったのに…。

おかげでHP、100くらい減りました。

ベホイミ、求む。


何やかんやありましたが、今のところ、ワイヤレス・ネットワークの方も順調に動いております。

というわけで、これからは従来通り、日本語でもBlogをアップデートできそうです。

相変わらずくだらないことのオンパレードですが、お暇の際にはお立ち寄りくださいませ。
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by moondiva | 2008-01-22 11:11 | 徒然なること

Park Avenue Winter @ Upper East

Since I have a short-term memory, I need to keep up with posting my blog entries regularly to remember where I went.

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* As you can see, I used a pic from Park Avenue Winter website... I just cannot take any picture when I dine out...

Park Avenue Winter
100 East 63rd Street (at Park Avenue)
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 644-1900
M's Survey: ★★★★☆

The moment you walk through the doors you know it is decorated for Winter. There are white lights and candles everywhere, clear color vases filled with branches. In fact, the name, menu and decor change to highlight each season, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter!

I went to Park Avenue Winter with my girl friends because we wanted to have a nice dinner over a holiday. I had seen quite a few good reviews about the restaurant and I expected Park Avenue Winter is an experience for all of the senses!

As a matter of facts, we had to wait for 15 – 20 mins to get a waiter’s attention to order a first round of drinks and they initially charged us for a bottle of wine we ended up with canceling because it was out of stock and we had to point that out, but other than that, it was a pleasant experience. The food was not remarkable but solid and filling. The staffs were very accommodating, and the atmosphere was nice, not too quiet/loud, just comfortable to chat with your friends.

Now, I have to pay the price…geeez…you can see why I keep telling my Engel's law (=Engel Keisuu) is super high!

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by moondiva | 2008-01-20 00:00 | 食べるの大好き

Ceviche @ Midtown East

Thanks to Time Warner Cable, I don’t have internet access from home since last Friday. Thus, I am posting this entry at work…
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*Please note that I got the pics above from Ceviche website.

Ceviche
946 2nd Ave, New York
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 355-6565
M's Survey: ★★★★☆

Ceviche is located in our neighborhood and my roommate and I always passed by and wanted to try this place…oh boy, glad we did!

This is a restaurant dedicated to the cured specialty known as Ceviche which is a form of citrus marinated seafood, popular in many Latin American countries, although the restaurant also offers some citrus marinated meat dishes. That being said, you would not be surprised to hear that a half of their main dishes are served rather cold. I would not recommend you to go to Ceviche if you are craving for something hot, but if you are a Suppai Mono Zuki as I am, this is a place to be.

We went to the place a couple of days ago, and I will be honest that I don’t remember exactly what we had (…short-term memory), but I do remember I enjoyed all the dishes I had.

The décor is very sharp and gray, which appears to me quite stylish. The ambiance was nice and the waiter was very generous (and cute!).

One thing I need to mention, please be reminded that it’s a tiny place and you cannot make a reservation in advance… I will definitely go back to the place!

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by moondiva | 2008-01-19 00:00 | 食べるの大好き

Just Wondering...

Believe me, I am a patriot, but I simply cannot help wondering why this news can possibly become one of the top news on a major portal site…

愛子さま急性結膜炎に
2008年01月18日01時49分

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宮内庁は17日、皇太子ご夫妻の長女愛子さまが右目の急性結膜炎にかかったと発表した。
この日は通っている学習院幼稚園を休んだ。18日も休む。


Source: Asahi.com

"18日も休む。"

...Good grief! The loyal family indeed has no privacy...

...can't we leave them alone??

I guess people love the family so much that would love to know everything about them.

Well, I hope the princess will get better soon...
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by moondiva | 2008-01-17 00:00 | 徒然なること