Quick Chop! Tastes of NYC Part 3

Tastes of New York City - Part 3

Here is the final instalment of my food journey through NYC. Read part one and part two if you haven't already!

Brisket sandwich and tater tots at Pork Slope in Park Slope
After a NBA game at the Barclay Centre, my cousin took me to a favourite spot of hers in Park Slope, Brooklyn named Pork Slope (love the play on words). Pork Slope is best described as a quasi sports bar serving up simple dude food. The food is simple, tasty and filling. The brisket melted in my mouth and the tater tots were crispy with soft innards. Definitely a great place to meet friends and have a few beers. Only annoying thing - the couple next to us making out for an hour non-stop...totally cringe worthy!

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Chicken and Pork Belly Bao at Baohaus
Rather than trying to visit Momofuku for their Bao, I was directed to Baohaus which has similar items at a cheaper price point. The location I went to was a little hole in the wall location in the East Village serving up these delicious morsels of goodness with hip-hop beats in the background - love!

The pork belly melted in my mouth and had a mild hoi sin flavour. The Korean fried chicken (KFC) had a crunchy outside with a tender inside and a very mild spicy flavour. The KFC was definitely my favourite of the two, but I would easily order either again.

Read about Adelaide's own Bao location - Mamachau

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Cheesecake from Eileen's
When it came to cheesecake, Eileen was the place for me. Another well known, hole in the wall location, Eileen's probably has dine-in room for about 15 people. The cheesecake was not overly sweet, smooth and creamy with a crumbly biscuit base.

Eileen's Special Cheesecake on Urbanspoon
12 course degustation at WD-50
I visited WD-50 for a molecular gastronomy 12 course degustation. Awesome! All the dishes were presented exquisitely with very subtle flavours in all dishes. Great service with staff that were well educated in the dishes presented to us. Definitely the most expensive meal I had whilst I was in NYC, but hey - when in NYC. The really good thing about this place was its casual feel. No requirement for 'smart-casual' or 'formal' wear, jeans and a jumper was fine.

WD-50 on Urbanspoon
Matcha and Traditional Mille Crepe Cake from Lady M Bakery
The Mille Crepe Cake is essentially a crepe layer cake. I was expecting some very sweet, overpowering flavours however I was pleasantly surprised. The cakes themselves are works of art with layer upon layer of delicate crepe and cream. Both the Matcha and Traditional cakes were also very subtle in flavour. The line up of people waiting for this bakeries treats shows how popular this item is.

Lady M Cake Boutique on Urbanspoon
Filipino food at Jeepney NYC
Being of Filipino descent, I could not pass up the chance to visit Jeepney NYC, sister restaurant to Maharlika. Here in Australia, and especially in Adelaide, there is very little known about what Filipino food is, so it's great to see establishments such as Jeepney and Maharlika taking a modern spin on traditional food and making it more mainstream. From top left clockwise we ordered the Manila Clams with Pan De Sal (sweet bread), Batangas roasted bone marrow and with garlic rice and patis (fish sauce), Sisig tacos with pig's ear, snout, cheek and belly with kalamansi (citrus fruit) and avocado dressing, Binakol na Manok (chicken soup in young coconut) with papaya and patis and Halo Halo (mix-mix) dessert.

All items were delicious and I urge people to try the dishes of the Philippines if they get a chance. Maybe not in Adelaide as the one place that we do have is terrible!

Jeepney on Urbanspoon

Now, whilst the food journey through #NYC may be over, watch this space for more on Asia and the Middle East!

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