Food, New York

Aburiya Japanese Izakya

No matter where I go, I have to have my japanese food fix. That’s why I decided to check out Aburiya – A japanese owned Izakya located on the upper east side. It was more of a restaurant than Izakya but served all kinds of tapas and robatas (japanese style bbq). The reason I don’t consider this place a true “izakya” is because and Izakya is a drinking establishment that serves small plates and tapas to accompany the drinks but this place is more food focused and not as rowdy. In other words, you have servers who take your order and don’t scream your order to the chef – it was all very proper. As I walked in, the hosted with a blue tooth head set abruptly asks me if I made a reservation. I told her I hadn’t and she looks apologetic and tells me it may be a bit of a wait and starts talking on her blue tooth head set. After 2 minutes, she comes back and brings me to a table. The atmosphere is of a typical izakya/restaurant style – a very wooden interior with wooden table booths separated by curtains.

** Please excuse the quality of photos (taken with the iPhone 4s), I left my camera at the hotel that day!

Food: 4/5 – Authentic with japanese chefs.
Atmosphere: 3/5 – Clean but nothing special.

Food, New York

Jean-Gorges: Perfect lunch-date location

So for my first lunch in New York, I made reservations to Jean-Gorges. It was surprisingly easy seeing as though it was so hard to make reservations at many other restaurants in town. They had a $38.00 lunch menu that included your choice of 2 courses and a complimentary dessert. I loved the fact that the menu had so many options! If you wanted to choose an extra course, you could add $19.00. For the portions (which was the same as their dinner portions), the price was well worth it!

After we got seated, we were presented with a selection of bread. The atmosphere was very spacious and minimalistic. I was surrounded by shades of white, grey and silver, they even had a silver Fiji water holder that was a perfect fit for the bottle.

Afterwards, they served their summer Amuse Bouche: Watercress sorbet with almonds & fresh cream. Fluke sashimi, cured goat cheese with raspberry

What I recommend:

  • Parsnip soup with coconut lime and mint: 5/5 
  • Goat Cheese Gnocchi, caramelized baby artichokes: 5/5
  • Sea Scallop Caparccio 5/5

Service: 5/5

  • Everyone was genuinely polite and courteous. Great service from beginning to end. They even escorted me to the bathroom.

Ambience: 5/5

  • Comfortable chairs, big windows with a lot of natural lights.

Verdict: Definitely would come back for lunch!


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