On a budget but still want delicious food? Are you a noodle lover? Need a great place for when your parents visit? Need a drink when your parents leave? Check. Check. Check. Check.
Here are the IITK Sandwich Board restaurants and bars for this week and weekend. See you there!
Nom Wah Tea Parlor: dim sum done right
If you’ve been searching for the best dim sum in New York, look no further than Nom Wah in the heart of chinatown and one of New York’s oldest; tucked in the corner of doyers street, it first opened next door to its current location, on 11 doyers street, in the ‘20s. Not only is it authentic, they even have their own handmade tapioca starch, wheat and wonton wrappers for the dim sum, but you can eat like a king for $12 or less.
IITK Favorites: the house special roast pork bun with caramelized onions had the perfectly sweet and fluffy bun, the shrimp dumplings in homemade wheat paper (har gow) scallion pancake., chinese broccoli in oyster sauce and the soup dumplings.
Nom Wah: 11-13 Doyers Street, Chinatown; 212-962-6047 www.nomwah.com
Pie Face: Give Pies A Chance, at any hour
In America when you think of pie, you normally think dessert but the owners, by way of Sydney, of Pie Face on 58th and Broadway want to redefine that, starting with New York. Across the pacific, meat pies to aussies are like pizza pies are to New Yorkers. Think of it as a revamped, delicious gourmet pot pie; they even have faces on the pies that make you smile, and that’s before you even take a bite. Savory pies range from $3.95 to $5.95 or you could get a variety of the mini pies for $2.95 a pop. The coffee is also australian and excellent. Oh, and did we mention it’s 24 hours?
IITK Favorites: Breakfast pie, mince beef pie, tandoori vegetable pie, and chicken and mushroom pie.
Pie Face: 1691 Broadway @ 53rd street; 855-444-3388 www.piefacenyc.com
Ippudo- Rockin’ Ramen
Lines start forming around 5 pm for this walk-in only ramen oasis so be sure not to show up hungry when you find your spot amidst the populated block on east 10th street. But it’s worth the wait, especially if you’re a pork lover. Most of their ramens and dishes are pork based, but they make veggie version of everythings so it’s safe for every ‘tarian and ‘vore.
IITK Favorites: While the Akamaru Modern and the Hakata Classic get the most press, definitely go with the Miso Ramen (recently switched to lunch menu only) if you want something less porky. The blackened miso is a seasonal special and if you’re into the smoky flavor, you should give it a shot. Other favorites are: pork buns, samurai spare ribs with an orange dipping sauce, and japanese cucumber with sesame oil.
Ippudo: 65 Fourth Avenue at 10th street; 212-388-0088 www.ippudony.com
Cocoron- Soba Sanctuary
This small LES noodle shop is a cool joint when you’d rather have a refreshing noodle dish. Focusing more on the cold buckwheat noodle, soba, they are limited in space with only 8 counter seats and 3 two-tops. Their menus are a reason to go in itself- they have comical soba loving characters preaching on the healthiness of soba. If you order the cold soba with warm dipping sauces you’re in for a treat. After finishing your soba they pour warm soba cooking liquid into the sauce to make a soup. Added bonus: cocoron means “heartwarming” and trust me, these dishes will warm your heart.
IITK favorites: cold soba noodles with warm dipping sauces [sauces to try: stamina soba (thick broth of scallions, chicken meatballs, and pork) and japanese style curry], chicken meatballs wrapped in cooked rice, and yuba sashimi (vegetarian).
Cocoron: 61 Delancy Street, near Allen; 212-925-5220 www.cocoron-soba.com
When we’re feeling fancy…
Il Buco Ailmentari & Vineria- Rustic Italian
Il Buco Ailmentari & Vineria is the casual sister of Il Buco, but we actually love ambiance and rustically authentic interior more. With both a market, wine bar and open-kitchen and communal table restaurant all in one, makes it perfect for a gathering of friends or a sit down dinner. We definitely recommend the house wine if you’re drinking.
IITK favorites: crispy artichokes, salumi, salt roasted branzino, and organic umbrian beans.
Il Buco Ailmentaria & Viniera: 53 Great Jones Street near Bowery; 212-837-2622 www.ilbucovineria.com
The Daily: SoHo’s Neighborhood Gem
Once The Monday Room inside the michelin rated restaurant, Public, The Daily is officially open for business since March 28th and will be serving both food and drink, with an extensive wine menu. Unlike its former persona, The Daily is an entirely separate entity from Public and even has its own entrance. The new space was designed by the fashionable and sharp eyes of AvroKo.
The Daily: 210 Elizabeth Street, near Prince; 212-343-7011 www.thedaily-nyc.com
NomWah- Kitty Katz
The Daily- Melissa Hom