Cherry Izakaya

I challenge you to dine solo during NYC Restaurant Week because waiting on your friends to join you is not the key to success. Sometimes you have to do it on your own. 

Here are a few places you can try:

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1. Zuma 

Honestly the price point here is really $$$$ so why wouldn’t you catch this deal? Besides, I’m standing by the food here, it’s a tastebuds party. 

Type of restaurant: Japanese

Perfect for: Your Sex and the City lunch date or even a double date. 

What you need to know: They do shared plates here so just know you’re ordering for the table.

2. Baan 

Who knew there was even another restaurant near mother burger and blockheads? When you’re too thirsty for margaritas, you may not even peep. 

Type of restaurant: Korean

Perfect for: This is first date or second date material 

What you need to know: The Bulgogi is a must. You get to cook it yourself, eat good and get this experience at the same d*mn time. 

Tuna Sashimi Baan

3. Miss Lily’s 

Who Jah bless, no man can curse. Need I say more? 

Type of restaurant: Caribbean 

Perfect for: Good vibes

What you need to know: There are two locations, but the Soho location is my favorite!

4. Raymi

Type of restaurant: Peruvian

Perfect for: Any occasion 

What you need to know: The sangria is normally delicious and you can get a free Pisco early in the week when you check in on yelp.

5. Bodega Negra

Type of restaurant: 

Perfect for: Intimate date night

What you need to know: It’s “hidden” at the Dream Hotel, don’t mistake the outside cafe for the real location.

Bodega Negra Maduros

6. Cherry Izakaya

Type of restaurant: Japanese

Perfect for: Any occasion

What you need to know: The spicy tuna crispy rice is a must!

Cherry Izakaya

7. Fonda

Type of restaurant: Mexican

Perfect for: Catching up with friends

What you need to know: The place is really laid back. So don’t try for anything serious.

I also plan to visit The View, Hakassan NY, and Cafe D’Alsace for the first time. Maybe, just maybe, they will make the list next year of must visits. 

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Bodega Negra Tacos

If secret restaurants intrigue you but haven’t made the true speakeasy plunge yet, it’s time for Bodega Negra. 

Literally tucked away at the Dream Hotel, Bodega Negra, makes for an intimate atmosphere with a fun staff. Choosing to eat in the outside cafe left room for my next visit to be a date night on the inside of the restaurant. Not wanting to keep the noise level at a minimum for a dinner full of black girl magic – it was perfect that they were able to accommodate us.

Bodega Negra Fresca Hermosa

The drinks are pretty pricey here, reaching the $16 mark but it was really worth it. I ordered the Fresca Hermosa twice with no regrets. I have an affinity for a great cocktail and that was the least of my worries at Bodega Negra. 

Bodega Negra Oxtail Empandas

As an entree, I requested the braised oxtail empanadas, green rice and plantains topped with cheese. The empanadas with it’s thick crust and warm center was more than enough to share. My favorite was the plantains with the cotija cheese which was the perfect pairing to the sweetness I’m use to. But if you’re into spicy, the green rice will win you over. 

Bodega Negra Maduros

Bodega Negra Green Rice

There ended up being a fair share of guacamole at the table and a few more than filling carne tacos too.

All in all, I’m looking forward to my next visit.

Bodega Negra Tacos

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Streets BK Brazillian Cheese Bread

Streets BK RobleFriendships are rewarding – and so is brunch. I was a guest of my friend, Renee, who won Chef Roble’s #NowThatsRewarding instagram challenge, sponsored by Complex and the Marriott.

Renee and I had been meaning to check out Streets BK for some time now. So this amazing opportunity was right on time.

The pleasant staff and our super sweet waitress, Gigi, made sure we had an amazing time. We even had the chance to meet the man himself when Chef Roble popped in to say hello.

Streets BK Pain Killer

The Streets menu consist of street food from around the world. It’s literally like taking a trip to different land when trying a delicacy off the menu. With bags packed, we were ready to go.

To start I had the Pain Killer. It is like a Pina Colada with a twist and made to absolute perfection. I almost didn’t want a Mimosa, because I wasn’t quite sure how it would compare.

Streets BK Pork Belly

Streets BK brunch menu consist of small plates items and main courses. We ordered the Peri Peri Wings, Doubles, and Pork Chunks to share. The Pork Chunks were my favorite. They were crunchy and juicy even before you dip them in the accompanying sauce.

The Doubles, still warm by the time they reached the table, had all the flavors that could make one think they right in the middle of Trinidad. What was even more enjoyable, were the sauces that accompanied to enjoy them with.

Streets BK doubles

Streets BK Peri Peri Wings

Although,  we were starting to get full, we ordered the Costa Rican breakfast before starting on our wings. We even had the Brazllian Cheese Bread. The bread had a thick texture on the outside but was just as soft and warm as buttered bread. The food coma was beginning to ensue.

Streets BK Brazillian Cheese Bread

Streets BK Costa Rican Breakfast

Sorrel Mimosas were brought to our table and I am glad I didn’t opt for the Classic Mimosa. The Streets BK sure know how to make cocktails because the Sorrel Mimosa was delicious.

I ordered the Costa Rican breakfast with steak, however one could choose to have shrimp with it instead. When that came out to the table it reminded me of a party wheel, where you can DIY with tortilla’s and all the amazing fillers it comes with.

Streets BK Sorrel

The Streets BK is also very laid back, with an semi open kitchen and clean restrooms. If you’re looking for a rewarding and enjoyable experience, this is a great place to find it.

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