Chinatown Ice Cream
Manhattan’s Chinatown, NY
Parades sure do work up an appetite and the annual Chinese New Year celebration in Chinatown will do just that… it’s practically designed to do that!
Okay now, just hear me out…
TeaIcecream & #LycheeIcecream from the #ChinatownIcecreamCompany…. Ay que rico… The best! (at Chinatown, Manhattan)
Upper West Side, NYC
What every NYC gal wants after a night of drinking:
Tube of Meat.
Ok, maybe that’s erroneous… they want TWO Salty, Hot, Tubes of meat! Hahaha!!!
But seriously, Gray’s Papaya is just one of many NYC institutions you can always count on. What sets it apart from the rest is its price: 2 dogs for $3 on the fly can’t be beat.
…you could even say this meat can’t be beat…
Alright enough d!ck jokes…
(between 72nd St & 73rd St)
New York, NY 10023
So for the past three years, I have been experimenting with different coquito recipes during Christmas time.
I have been trying to recreate the first coquito I ever had and man it’s so hard to get back to that memory…
Anyway, throughout my research I have come to see more and more recipes calling for rum other than Bacardi Superior.
So I want to know, what is your favorite rum to use in your coquito?
In the meantime, check out these recipes calling for Brugal Añejo and Don Q:
- Daisy Martinez’s Coquito:
- Michi Wichi’s Coquito:
Still want more coquito action? Check out my first coquito piece I did about 2 years ago right here on Ay Que Rico NYC!
Washington Heights, NYC
My first encounter with the infamous yaroa was full of mixed feelings…
Yaroa is a relatively new member to Dominican cuisine. Originally created in Santiago, Dominican Republic, yaroa came up on the scene a little over 10 years ago as a popular late night food among young club-goers hungry for something quick to eat after a long night of dancing.
Made up of a mélange of ingredients, yaroa a casserole dish assembled to order and heated up in a microwave oven making it an ideal fast food item.
There are two foundations to choose from when ordering yaroa: french fries or a mangu of mashed sweet plantains (maduros).
After a base is laid out, cooked and seasoned ground beef or minced chicken is layered over.
Ketchup, mayo, and queso fundido (melted cheese spread) are then crosshatch-drizzled over the meat.
Lastly, a thin slice of mozzerella is laid over the top and off to the microwave it goes in its own to-go container.
A small yaroa at Empanadas Monumental is just under $4. I ordered mine with platano maduro and carne molida (ground beef) and it was quite delicious. The sweet and mild flavor of the maduros really compliment the salty beef. The ketchup, mayo, and cheese drizzle kept the casserole moist however, I would ask for a lighter hand on it next time since it did over salt the dish.
The itus after eating yaroa is a true and serious phenomena and should come with a warning. Have a friend with you if you’re gonna hop on the train afterward- you could wake up at the last stop in Brooklyn… just sayin’. :D
Manhattan, NY 10039
East Village, NYC
Ask any New Yorker what they crave and need around 12 o’clock and they will say “Coffee!” We all run on that God-given fuel in the morning, but by when lunchtime rolls around, we need an extra hit of the good stuff before we enter a trance-like state of the brain fog and channel David After the Dentist…. “Is this real life?!”
In between jobs on a Sunday, I had a little time to go out for lunch in the East Village area. I was craving a dessert but knew I needed a caffeine jolt to kick-off a long shift…. and that’s when I found the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Shop…
I knew their ice creams are great having tried them off their yellow truck by the Union Square area, so walking into their brick & mortar was a no-brainer.
I ordered their “Affogato” which is a scoop of your choice of ice cream drowned (that’s where the Italian “affogato” comes from) in freshly brewed espresso. Oh my goodness, it is so worth the 5 bucks!
This is a coffee that you eat with a spoon! The espresso is so rich and luscious alone that when you spoon up a smidge of your ice cream with it- it’s like the heavens sing and your body comes alive. The creamy coldness of the ice cream and the hot richness of the espresso compliment each other so beautifully making this a perfect after lunch treat. Where else can you get dessert and a true coffee boost all in one other than in this affogato?
Go and try it for yourself- you won’t be disappointed.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
48 1/2 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003
It’s time to eat pho!
Well, anytime really is a good time to eat pho.
Truly pronounced /fə/, like the fu- in f#!k,
pho is a Vietnamese rice noodle soup consisting of fresh veggies, fresh herbs, and meats all nestled in a light and flavorful broth of simmered bones-n-spices.
The pho over at Saigon Shack is bomb and not to be missed this winter. After a day of shopping, meeting su gente after finals, or even for a cheap dinner date with your boo, getting together over a steaming hot bowl of pho may become your new NYC holiday tradition.
Just think of that hot steamy broth, whiffing over your face with the fragrance of ginger, star anise, and basil… it’s the cure to thaw out your head from the winter cold- and you KNOW how brick the winters are in the city!
Their “Saigon Pho” is the total package with meatballs, thinly sliced strips of beef brisket and pork, and fresh crunchy garnishes of crisp bean sprouts and Serrano chilies. That with one of their banh mi sandwiches will run you up just under $20, which is a pretty nice indulgence if you’re on a CUNY student budget, like I am. ;)
114 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012