Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chicago Restaurant Week 2011

Well, I can't believe I missed restaurant week in Chicago every year even though I have been living here for a while...  so as I was researching about NYC's restaurant week, I also looked up Chicago's and I realized how little I know about the good restaurants in Chicago... (so yeah, I am NOT the person you want to ask about dining options if you ever visit Chicago)

I did my homework and I have my list now... I guess I should also make a wishlist some other time based on Urbanspoon / Yelp / Chowhound recommendations...
  1. Cafe Des Architectes (just made my reservation - the weekends are filling up fast!  I am excited!)
  2. Chizakaya (don't want to go during RW but a good place to check out)
  3. HUB51 (again, just thought the place look cool, but... not worth to pay $33 for what they are offering in my opinion)
  4. Japonais (hmm... I think I prefer ordering a la carte)
  5. Le Colonial (another fun place to check out outside of RW... the decor is seriously too cool for a vietnamese restaurant)
  6. Mercat a La Planxa (made my reservation - have been wanting to try this restaurant since I enjoyed Chef Garces' other restaurants in Philadelphia so much!)
  7. Piccolo Sogno (has been on my urbanspoon wishlist for a while now)
  8. Vermilion (the chef is an iron chef contender and I have been craving good Indian food lately)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NYC Restaurant Week 2011

Going to NYC for work next week and it so happened it's restaurant week!  Totally excited to try 1 or 2 of the restaurants out and just eating at the fabulous places in general...  some of the places I have in mind or places I know my co-workers are dying to go / return...

I feel like a pilgrim :)

1. Spotted Pig - 314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014 - (212) 620-0393
2. Peter Luger - 178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211 - (718) 387-7400
3. Joe Shanghai - 9 Pell St, New York, NY 10013 - (212) 233-8888
4. 21 Club - 21 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019 - (212) 582-7200
5. Yakitori Taisho - 5 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003 - (212) 228-5086
6. Rice to Riches - 37 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 - (212) 274-0008
7. Magnolia Bakery - 401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 - (212) 462-2572
8. Lombardi's - 32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 - (212) 941-7994
9. Nobu - 105 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013 - (212) 219-0500
10. DBGB Kitchen and Bar - 299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003 - (212) 933-5300
11. Ippudo - 65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003 - (212) 388-0088

I wonder if I have missed any "must-try" restaurants... the next thing is to plan the routes and try not to break the bank :)

Monday, January 10, 2011


Walked over 2 hours today and almost got myself in trouble... was thinking of going to a coffee shop and enjoy some coffee and dessert but obviously that didn't happen... oh well, thanks to, I will have my dessert tomorrow... but seriously, Chicago needs more high-tea places... /sigh...


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