Laduree, Sarabeths, Le Bain and more

Good evening everyone! I’m back with another recap of my amazing NYC trip last weekend. I literally ate my way through the city and I have some iPhone photos to prove it.

My Saturday morning began at Sarabeth’s with my freshman roomie, Cameron! It was such a cute little brunch spot–we brunched at their South Central Park location. It was busy but it didn’t take too long to get seated. I had their veggie frittata with a pumpkin muffin and coffee. Filling and tasty.

I loved how we sat next to this little garden area. It really brightened up the damp and humid morning.

Next up was Laduree. Of course!

The store front was enough to melt my heart.

The inside was so cute. At $2.75 per macaron, I decided to get 4 to make the trip up there worth it, right? I got pistachio, salted caramel, coconut and chocolate. Mmmm…

For dinner we headed to the Meatpacking District with a few goals in mind: Biergarten at the Standard and a rooftop bar. We started out at Sea Thai–my prosecco, his Stella. I had pad thai and he had a green curry noodle dish. My pad Thai was too rich and left me feeling a little unsettled.

After dinner, I was dying to walk the high line. I practically stared at it all through dinner. We walked up and down the high line and were happy to see greenery and the Jersey shoreline. We also ran into a few food trucks up there…but I was too full to even think about food (not until 2am did I get my gelato). It was a romantic spot to walk around sunset time.After our walk, we had pint sized beers at the Biergarten at the Standard Hotel and enjoyed the people watching and the overall atmosphere. It was a fun place, but we were ready for a rooftop. We gulped those things down and headed up the elevator to Le Bain.

That would be a hot tub in the club. We were expecting a bar not a club, much less a club with a hot tub! We were shocked, but mostly in awe of the view.

After staring out the windows, we got drinks, sat down on a couch near the hot tub and enjoyed pure people watching entertainment on that Sunday night. Sorry for missing half your face in this photo, Ryan.

Things got wild and we got to be spectators. A hot tub in a club!? Still shocked.

Have you ever been to a club like that? Ever been to Sarabeths?

Bon Appetit,

That Foodie Girl

Tamarind: a sexy New York Indian eatery

Dum Aloo Gobi

Tamarind

Where: Flatiron District, NYC

What: Indian

Coming in at number two on my list of favorite restaurants in New York City (Extra Virgin being number one), Tamarind has me really turned on to Indian cuisine.

I have to start by giving props to my dad. He chose the restaurant by searching Zagat (?) and because of his love for Indian food, decided on Tamarind, an upscale authentic Indian dining experience.

I’ve always enjoyed Indian food, but I don’t usually even consider it when deciding on where to eat in Dallas. Maybe there’s a lack of Indian places here, or perhaps I just haven’t been looking hard enough.

Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted by friendly staff members and your nose gets the royal treatment. I nearly melted when we first stepped in. The garlic and curry and all the delicious spices wafted through the air and made me even hungrier than I already was. Then, you walk a little further through their dining room and pass the open kitchen complete with tandoori ovens. And if you weren’t already convinced of the authenticity of the place, I noticed most tables were occupied by Indians and Indian-Americans alike. The food has to be good.

Chicken Shahi Korma

And it was. Although the menu was sort of confusing for a not-so-regular Indian food eater, the waiter was kind enough to explain everything. Before I go any further, I must preface the rest of my review with a warning: prepare to be extremely full.

To begin, I had the mango caipirinha (a fruity take on the traditional Brazilian cocktail) and my friend had the tamarind margarita. My drink was tasty, but not cold enough. They used freshly blended mango that was probably not refrigerated, so at least it was fresh. The tamarind margarita was delicious. Don’t even try to miss out on their innovative drink menu.

For our appetizer we ordered the Dum Aloo Gobi. Bear with me on these names. It was a potato and cauliflower dish simmered in onion tomato sauce. If you enjoy cauliflower, this dish is for you. I love cauliflower, so the crunchy texture paired with a mildly spicy and smoky flavored sauce was incredible. I’ve never tasted anything like it.

For my main dish I ordered the Chicken Shahi Korma. A roasted chicken in a saffron cashew sauce. Ok, I’m craving this right now just typing this. It came served in a deep silver dish with plenty of extra curry-like sauce. On the side, we all shared lemon flavored basmati rice. The waiter served the rice on my plate and topped it with my chicken dish (as you can see in the photo). I loved the friendly service. The chicken was cooked to perfection and the sauce was slightly creamy, but not too overwhelming. The mixture of spices made for a very exciting, but not too spicy dish.

Majjiga Pulusu

My dad ordered the Majjiga Pulusu. A large dish with green plantain, yam, radish, white pumpkin, carrots and okra with buttermilk, mustard seeds and curry leaves. The large bread-looking things in the center of his dish are kind of similar to an Indian equivalent of a popover. Because my dad doesn’t eat meat, this was one of many great vegetarian options.

Although your table will be full of food, the roti breads are not to be skipped. We ordered a basket of garlic nan. It was a delicious accompaniment to the meal, not to mention you can dip the nan in your extra sauces, or in my case, my curry.

Overall, insanely delicious flavors, a sexy dining experience and a staff that treats you like royalty. A hands down win on all fronts.

Bon appétit,

ThatFoodieGirl

Popsicles & Ice Cream Sandwiches in NYC

People’s Pops

What: gourmet popsicles

Where: Brooklyn/NYC

This weekend was filed with awesome food…a little too much eating went on on Saturday, but it’s all in the name of the blog, right? We headed to Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon to check out the flea market. There was a lot of junk, a lot of vintage clothing, but also a lot of really pretty jewelry. But besides all that, there were tons of delicious looking food stands. Since it was a sunny and hot day, we went for People’s Pops, a cute little popsicle stand. They were one of the food trucks that I had been following on Twitter–a couple of food trucks that travel around the NYC/Brooklyn area.

I ordered the rhubarb and chamomile. I had just been getting over a cold, so the chamomile really appealed to me, and I absolutely love the flavor of rhubarb. It looks ugly, but tasted awesome. At $3.50 a pop (ha, literally), it was a bit overpriced for a little popsicle, but this IS New York City.

Milk & Cookies Bakery

What: cookies, ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, baked goods

Where: West Village

YUM. We went a little overboard on the sweets that day, but would you just look at this ice cream sandwich!? You can choose two different cookies or two of the same, and then a flavor of gelato for the inside. I went with two dark chocolate toffee cookies with mint gelato inside. It was really good, really messy, and wayyyy too much sugar for one girl. I could only get through half of it and I felt uncomfortably full afterwards. I’d highly recommend the cookies, though. Just pop in and grab a cookie. Leave the ice cream sandwich to share with a friend.

Bon appétit,

ThatFoodieGirl

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Shake Shack > In-N-Out


Shake Shack

What: burgers
Where: Upper West Side

I went there. Although I could’ve been slightly biased because of my high level of hunger at the time, I think it’s safe to say Shake Shack. was. delicious. Better than In-N-Out (which I stood in line for an hour just to get my burger at one of the new DFW locations).

We went to the Upper West Side location, which is right on the west edge of Central Park. With all of the pretty greenery around and a significantly quieter area of Manhattan (a good thing), it was only natural to want to sit down for a burger and a shake on a sunny Friday afternoon.

I had the Shack Burger (burger with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and Shack Sauce). It was love at first bite. The patty was juicy, flavorful, and reminded me of a home cooked burger. It was like eating a burger right off the grill at a backyard grill-out. As a side, we ordered their fries. They were perfect and crispy as well.

We ordered shakes too–it was too much to handle for lunch. I got the chocolate shake–it was really good, but I might need to save that as a dessert option.

Only downside? It’s really crowded and there’s limited seating. My suggestion would be to order it to go and take it to the park! Good thing this place is far from my apartment…

Bon appétit,

ThatFoodieGirl