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You might be wondering why you see things like chicken, beef and pork on this vegetarian menu, but it's all mock, of course. The chef has experience of over 17 years cooking only the best of Chinese cuisine. The mock squid in black bean sauce and the turnip cake is something you just can't miss. If there's one thing this restaurant can proudly boast of, it is value for money.
Fondue is a European delicacy that originally consists of molten cheese eaten with bread. This classic dish is celebrated in Taureau, a fondue joint in East Village. One can feast on a variety of cheese fondues like Alpine made with cheese and hazelnuts and Pyrenees with white wine and nutmeg. Dessert fondue or fruits dunked in warm chocolate, or marshmallows covered in melted chocolate are other treats that can be relished. Another offbeat fondue that is served here is the Fondue Bourguignon where marinated meat is dipped in oil and eaten. Here one can choose the meat as well as the oil and set out on a gustatory journey. This fondue place is a dream come true for diners with its plethora of fondue ideas that must be explored at least once.
In just a short time since its establishment in 2012, Dominique Ansel Bakery has managed to garner rave reviews and a slew of awards. It's not surprising, considering chef and owner Dominique Ansel is regarded to be one of the best pastry chefs in the country. From a delectable array of cakes and tarts to signature creations like the Dominique's Kouign Amann, and not to mention, the famous Cronut, the bakery has more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. For a savory contrast, the menu also offers a selection of light bites like salads and sandwiches. Enjoy it all in the glass-enclosed patio at the back.
Melt is an ice cream shop and bakery that offers its customers rich, creamy ice cream sandwiched between fresh, crunchy cookies. Using only fresh, seasonal and sustainable local ingredients, these delicious treats are prepared from scratch daily at the ice cream shop itself. Although the selection changes regularly, some delicious regulars include the Morticia with malted chocolate rum ice cream and chocolate cookies, the Lovelet with cream cheese ice cream and red velvet Meltcakes, and the Cinnamax with cinnamon ice cream and snickerdoodles. Available in regular and mini-sized varieties, Melt ice cream sandwiches are a great choice for an after dinner treat, or to sweeten a party.
After a fire so unceremoniously evicted this fry shop from its original space in the East Village, Pommes Frites has risen from the ashes to open again, this time in the West Village. Some say the shop offers the best frites in all five boroughs and according to some, even better than the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg). However debated this may be, the fries here are completely authentic in the way they are made, where the potatoes are fried twice to get the perfect golden color and crispiness. Then the fun starts; here you can select from over 25 different types of sauce, and though the options may seem daunting, the mango chutney or the Mexican ketchup are local favorites and reliable picks. Diners have the choice of three sizes, regular, large and the double, which is a monster mound of tubers!
Although the ownership has changed several times along the way, this old-fashioned coffee and tea shop has continued to peddle its goods for over a century. Located on historic Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, McNulty's Tea & Coffee Company stands out among the newer bars and shops there and serves as a reminder of what this neighborhood used to be. In addition to over 90 different types of coffees and over 100 teas, the store sells coffee accessories, candy and gifts.
Sticky's Finger Joint has taken the humble chicken finger to a whole new level with a menu that offers a rotating selection from over 30 different flavors and styles. The General Tso, salted caramel, wasabi and Bada Bing are just a few all time favorites. Every serving is prepared to order and served with a ridiculously large selection of delicious sauces like wasabi aioli, balsamic ketchup, soy ginger and Thai peanut, and sides like hand-cut Idaho truffle fries and fried green beans. If this is your first visit then trust the guy at the counter and his suggestions, and you surely won't go wrong. With service that is as friendly as the food is delicious, Sticky's Finger Joint will soon become your go to choice for a quick, tasty snack.
The ancient city of Xi'an makes its presence here in NYC with this chain of eateries that focus on the Western Chinese kitchen. The cuisine here is a fusion of American and Chinese, with signature dishes like Spicy Cumin Lamb Burgers and Stewed Pork Burger being served along with traditional Chinese options like hand-ripped noodles, noodle soups and cold skin noodles. The cozy little place in East Village, with its whitewashed brick walls, seats 13. The pocket-friendly prices makes this the perfect spot to grab some food when you are on a tight budget.
The name of this restaurant comes from the founder Brian Shebairo trying to say the name of his friend and co-founder Chris, while eating a hotdog. An absolute must for those who love franks, Crif Dogs has upped the ante with its handmade, naturally smoked wieners. They also serve some amazing burgers and shakes, but most come for the dogs. Try the Spicy Redneck, a bacon wrapped masterpiece topped with cole slaw and jalapenos.
For those feeling a bit magical, this small but friendly East Village shop will fulfill all their mysterious needs. Check out their ample selection of candles, incense, books, music and spell ingredients. Whether you are a novice, an advanced practitioner or just an interested party, the staff will help you find what you need. Astrology and tarot readings are also available. Just mind the black cat, and make sure no one is trying to cast a spell on you.
Find rare comics, manga, and more at Forbidden Planet, the ultimate shop for science fiction. Star Trek fans will find much to love among toys and other items relating to the show. Toy aficionados will love the KISS and Batman dolls sold here; they even have a Buffy the Vampire Slayer figurine. Located at 12th Street and Broadway, there's a lot to discover at this eclectic shop.
For a decadent and refreshing trip, those who take the trek out to Red Hook will not be disappointed with Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies. Buy them by the slice or the whole pie, grab a seat at one of the colorful picnic tables and dig in. If you're looking for something a little more original, try one of the chocolate-covered pies or one of the specials like the raspberry key lime pie dipped in white chocolate. Hours vary a bit, since they close once they run out of pies, so your best bet is to show up earlier.