Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Totto Ramen

Totto spicy ramen, Totto Ramen

No, we didn't wait two hours (or more!) for Totto Ramen. And, no, we don't think waiting that long for this particular version is justified. It's not that Totto Ramen isn't good -- it is. Great, in fact, especially the spicy vegetable ramen (bottom), complete with pepper, zucchini, and exuberant lettuces. The Toto spicy ramen got its kick from oodles of chili sauce, which cut through the pork, tolerating zero nonsense. Just like the waitstaff. 

So, how long did we wait? About 30 minutes. We jotted down our names at about 11.30 on a Saturday morning (first ones on the list kept clipped to the door), took a spin up to the Time Warner Center, then got back just as they were getting ready to let the initial set of diners into the tiny space. (If you're not there when your name is called, you get bumped to the bottom of the list.) We did feel bad nudging through the crowd of about 50 waiting in the foyer, along the steps, and on W 52nd, although some might say that a dash of schadenfreude occasionally makes for a delicious, all-purpose seasoning, particularly in 20-degree weather.  
 
Spicy vegetable ramen, Totto Ramn

Monday, February 25, 2013

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

Vault

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty's 14th art exhibition, on view through March 13, examines value, worth, exchange, and commerce. Fittingly, How Much Do I Owe You? takes place inside the abandoned Bank of Manhattan's Clock Tower, the first skyscraper in Long Island City, and it's free.



No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Taboonette

Pulled pork pita, Taboonette

"Fill your pockets," says Taboonette's website, an exhortation relating more to pitas and less to thievery. We filled ours with pulled pork (top photo) and salmon with cucumbers (bottom photo), and they were both delicious, if not at all photogenic (sorry). We got a side of roasted corn too, rolled in sesame seeds and Parmesan, and a sandwich punch card, because, as the super friendly cashier said, "once you have a bite, you'll be back." And she was right.

Roasted corn with sesame, Taboonette

Salmon laffa wrap, Taboonette

Friday, February 22, 2013

Northeast Kingdom

Blueberry French toast, Northeast Kingdom

This is how they sometimes do French toast at Northeast Kingdom, a contemporary American, forager-friendly restaurant in Bushwick.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Baked by Melissa

Peanut butter and jelly, mint chocolate chip, and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, Baked by Melissa

Baked by Melissa serves wee cupcakes from a wee storefront in Soho. And by "wee cupcakes" we mean approximately 1.5 bites, and by "wee storefront" we mean shoebox size. From left to right, peanut butter and jelly, mint chocolate, and chocolate peanut butter cup. We could have eaten about 37 more.
   

Monday, February 18, 2013

Xi'an Famous Foods

Spicy cumin hand-ripped noodles, Xi'an Famous Foods

Xi'an Famous Foods celebrates the food of Xi'an, once the easternmost starting (or ending) point of the Silk Road. The dish to get is the spicy and tingly lamb face salad, but, ever the iconoclasts, we went a different way, and tried two versions of hand-ripped noodles: spicy cumin lamb (top photo) and Mount Qi vegetables (bottom photo), spicy, rib-sticking food, fortifying food, the kind of food you want to eat before you head out into the cold, or down a very long road.

Mount Qi vegetable hand-ripped noodles, Xi'an Famous Foods
  

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Wolfgang Laib's Pollen from Hazelnut at MoMA

Wolfgang Laib, Pollen from Hazelnut, MoMA

On view at MoMA through March 11, Wolfgang Laib's Pollen from Hazelnut. Since the mid-1990s, this German artist has been harvesting pollen from his home in southern Germany, then creating works of meditative beauty that express the purity of nature. You might not think that a bunch of pollen, yellow as joy, strewn on the floor would be moving, but it is, somehow, if only because there's just so much buttery radiance. Just make sure to turn away if you have to sneeze.


Wolfgang Laib, Pollen from Hazelnut, MoMA

Wolfgang Laib, Pollen from Hazelnut, MoMA

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Nick Walker in the Meatpacking District

Nick Walker

We always come away from pieces by Nick Walker with the sense that he loves this city. So, how better to say Happy Valentine's Day, dear readers, than with two of his oldies-but-goodies.

Nick Walker
  

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

How & Nosm at Jonathan Levine

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery

How & Nosm, Late Confessions, Jonathan Levine Gallery
  

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