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Cosmic Cantina – Burrito Bar – New York

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Cosmic Cantina

(1) 212 –  420  0975
101 3rd Avenue
(bet 12th & 13th Sts)
New York, NY, 10003

www.cosmiccantina.com

OPEN HOURS:
Unfortunately closed

At first you think ‘another college burrito bar’, and as Cosmic Cantina is nestled in the midst of a myriad of NYU dormitories, in a sense you would be right.  What sets Cosmic Cantina apart, is that all the ingredients are organic, the tortillas freshly made and everythnig is topped with a broad variety of fresh herbs.

The still warm tortillas come made with spelt, corn, whole wheat and white flour.  The menu is basically a mix-n-match type  as you create your own burrito or quesadilla from the extensive list of choices.  The mole sauce is delicious and any combination you choose has the wholesome feeling of what it is: Quality.

There are a handful of preselected combos on the menu, but the nice touch is that you can add your own personal creations to their database, making for easier ordering of your favorites when you surely return!  Combine all this with a nice selection of juices, beers and organic coffee, it is not surprising that Cosmic Cantina is a hit with many outside of the college crowd.

Another interesting item is that you can ask to see the accounting of the restaurant.  Taking open-source to the next level, the owner has opened his books for all to see.  Fare trade, Organic and transparent.  All this along with their late closing time, you can be sure to get an honest burrito fix when you need it most!

 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York, NY

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

(1) 212 423-3589
1071 5th Avenue
(Btw 88th – 89th Streets)
New York, NY 10128

www.guggenheim.org

OPEN HOURS:
10:00am – 5:45pm   Sunday – Wednesday
10:00am – 5:45pm   Friday
10:00am – 7:45pm   Saturday –   ( 5:45pm – 7:45pm – almost FREE)

 

The cutting lines and sweeping circles of New York’s Guggenheim Museum give us one of Frank Lloyd Wright‘s architectural masterpieces of the 20th Century.  If you find yourself in New York, even for just a brief visit, go.

There were 15 years of discussions on the design of this jewel, and sadly Mr. Wright was not alive to attend the opening in 1959.  However his ability and deftness with lines and space gives us a museum that is as much about the structure itself as it is viewing the collection inside.

Although there is an ‘almost free’ entry on Saturday afternoons when it is donate-what-you-wish, we highly recommend visiting the museum on a sunny morning. On these magical New York days, when the light is crisp and the air pure, one feel to the fullest how the design was meant to be experienced.  The natural illumination filtering through the skylights and the geometric shadows it creates.  Wander around the exterior to the secret corners on every floor, and the stop to relish the varied views from every angle,

Upon entering, take the elevator directly to the top floor and wind your way down through the spiral path of galleries.

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Public – New York, NY

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PUBLIC

Restaurant
(1) 343-7011
210 Elizabeth St # 1A
(Bet. Prince and Spring)
New York, NY. 10012

www.public-nyc.com

OPEN HOURS:
Brunch:
10:30am – 3:30pm    Saturday & Sunday
Dinner
6:00pm – 11:00pm    Monday – Thursday
6:00pm – 12:00am    Friday & Saturday
6:00pm – 10:30pm    Sunday

With its exposed brick walls,  oil lamps, postal boxes, a wooden library, high ceilings and a room hidden by white drapes, Public gives an overall industrial feeling while still feeling friendly.  Situated in a former muffin factory, Public was designed by the Avroko group, who were awarded ‘Best Restaurant Design’ and ‘Best Restaurant Graphics’ by the James Beard Foundation for this striking restaurant with its polished rawness.

Public has earned one Michelin star for what may be the most creative brunch in New York; offering truly global fusion cuisine.  The serving staff is usually quite friendly, but the hostesses can be off putting.  They are usually a bit young and seem to be hired for looks over experience, but that is nitpicking.  The real star is the wonderful food, which always has us coming back.

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Turkish eggs

The perennial go to dish is the Turkish eggs.  Which I believe is one of the top two egg dishes in New York.  (the other being the Truffle Egg Toast at ‘Ino).  Two perfectly poached eggs resting in pure Greek yogurt surround with a spicy melted butter, infused with kirmizi biber (Turkish red pepper flakes).   Accompanied with a soft in the middle, crispy on the crust grilled sourdough,  the only issue with this dish is the addiction it creates and the lengths you will go to for satisfaction.

Each plate is its own entity, with a menu designed as carefully as the space.  From the Lentil and avocado salad with with pomegranate molasses to the Coconut Pancakes with Fresh Ricotta, Mango Salad and Ginger-Lime Syrup nothing is amiss.

Another item definitely worth a try is one of the top best Virgin Mary’s.  With just the right amount of spice and a deep tomato flavor and cilantro. It certainly helps that they make their own vegetable juice and use a mix of salt with fresh black pepper to rim the glass.


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Coconut Pancakes with Fresh Ricotta, Mango Salad and Ginger-Lime Syrup

 

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Lentil and avocado salad with with pomegranate molasses

 

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JB Prince – Chef Supply – New York, NY

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JB Prince

Best Chef Tools Store
(1) 212 683-3553
36 East 31st Street – 11th floor
(Btw Madison – Park Av)
New York, NY 10016

www.jbprince.com

OPEN HOURS:
9:00am – 5:00pm    Monday – Friday

Located next to Korea town in the center of Manhattan (near HanGawi), hidden high on the eleventh floor, JB Prince is an utopia for any chef or cook.  Always up to date with the latest tools and equipment and a loving staff that supplies excellent guidance to to any non-professional cooks.

JB Prince carries all the shapes and sizes of molds using different kinds of silicon and flexi-pans for tarts, cakes, terrine rings and including chocolates!  There is every type of cookware and wooden disposables, an small but high-end book selection of hard to find industry publications.  They also carry uniforms and knives and juicers and food processors and mandolins and sous-vide apparatus and utensils and ceramics and  smokers and and and …  well you get the picture.

Founded in 1977, mainly as a catalog sales, JB Prince has blossomed into the go-to place in New York.  Keeping to their ethos of knowledgeable service, wide selection and competitive prices, JB Prince will be here for many more years leading the way.

 

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HanGawi – New York, NY

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HanGawi

Korean Vegetarian Restaurant
(1) 212 213-0077
12 E 32nd St
(Btw Madison – 5th Av)
New York, NY 10016

www.hangawirestaurant.com

OPEN HOURS:
Lunch:
12:00m – 2:45pm    Monday – Friday
1:00pm – 3:00pm    Saturday
Dinner
5:00pm – 10:30pm    Monday – Friday
3:00pm – 10:30pm    Saturday
5:00pm –   9:30pm    Sunday

Just on the southern edge of Korea town, hidden behind a large wooden gate one encounters HanGawi, an elegant oasis for balanced, healthy, delicious, MSG free Korean food.  HanGawi has been awarded with two stars by none other then Ruth Rachl  at the New York Times.

From the moment you walk into the restaurant, exchanging your shoes for slippers, you start to relax as the city street energy gets left behind and you enter another dimension of amber light and awaking aromas.  The low tables and raw silk cushions combine with the display of tea pots and tea canisters complete your transference to a different mental place.

All the dishes served at HanGawi are exquisite and beautifully plated.  The sesame-leaf tofu patties arrive perfectly crispy on the outside and easily lend themselves to ordering a second serving!  The different dumpling options, leek pancakes and the kimchi-mushroom pancakes all come with the traditional sweet chili pepper dipping sauce.  Each Korean restaurant worth its salt has its own proprietary blend for the dipping sauce, and HanGawi is no exception with their own delicious blend that has you reaching for your spoon and continually asking for more.

The winner appettizerss for us were the stuffed shiitake mushrooms and the silky tofu clay pot.   Like every Korean restaurant, only better, HanGawi offers a large selection of bibimbaps (translates: mixed meal), a rice base served in a sizzling hot stone bowl which is then topped off with different ingredients.  The bibimbap is served with kimchi and Gochujang (fermented chilli pepper paste ) sides, and the idea is to mix all the ingredients together at the table.  As HanGawi is a vegan restaurant the difference from the traditional bimbimbap is the option of meats and the inclusion of a raw egg topper which is cooked in by the hot stone.

The most outrageous dish is the Mongolian hot pot.  A stew of tofu, vegetables and herbs.  While the bibimbap is served in a hot stone bowl, the hot pot is served in a bowl that is so hot it arrives at a rolling boil that will last through the end of your meal!  I wound up finding mine edible as others were contemplating dessert.  Worth ordering just for the sheer spectacle!

HanGawi is a must on any vegetarians list in NYC and certainly diverse and tasty enough for all but the most meat-dependent.  The lunch specials are complete and well priced and there is an organic-only menu option as well. The korean health herbal wines are very special, and a wide tea selection rounds off another NYC dining gem.

 

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