The Chef burger Korzo

The last best burger I had was at Korzo. Buried away in Brooklyn. I first learned of this decadence in our Facebook Group. Wanting to give it go, I went by with a friend to see why this was featured on the Chew. I’ve since been back for our monthly bite at nite series where we each indulged in a different burger and enjoyed a few appetizers as well. We made early reservations on both occasions which is really important because Korzo gets packed. The front of the restaurant has plenty of room to maintain the crowd but everyone is trying to get a seat at the tables in the back. Each table is adorned with condiments, including beets which I mistook for BBQ sauce. Luckily for me, we realized this before I poured it all over my fries or burger.

Korzo Chef Burger

We chose the pierogie’s, fried cheese platter and mussels to start and share. This was the perfect idea and helped us keep the bill under $50 for each guest, with drinks. On my initial visit, we also tried dessert which was overwhelmingly delicious. They served us a fried dough plate topped with whipped cream and fruits. Korzo is the place for any glutton.

The Chef burger Korzo

The burger I had both times with no regrets was the chef burger, cooked medium. The burger consist of a dry aged ground steak blend, with Monterey jack, smoked bacon, spicy Hungarian peppers and cognac spiked berry gastrique. The art of the burgers at Korzo is that they deep fry it a Hungarian dough. Instead of being met with a heavy burger bun, you’re biting into a soft, semi-sweet dough that holds all the juices inside. There’s just the right amount of room to squeeze your condiments in and the heat of the peppers stands out immediately. They make about 4 other burgers in this style but the chef burger is my favorite so far. I’ve had a chance to bite two others on the menu and they still don’t compare. If you’re looking for an amazing NYC Burger then Korzo needs to be the next place you go.

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nyc dinner meetup

We have every reason to start a monthly dinner meet up like Bite at Nite.

There are so many NYC restaurants to choose from, that even if you went to a new one every single day for a year, it would barely make a dent. So you wonder, where do I even start? That’s the foundation for Bite at Nite, a monthly dinner meet up for NYC food lovers.

This intimate dinner experience, kicks off with a oppurtunity to discover a restaurant with strangers who will become friends by the time the check swings around. Bite at Nite is the perfect club for the everyday foodie who’s interested in having bomb conversations and a delicious dining experience. Each month, 6 new diners will have access to the club and together, we’ll try a new restaurant, rant or rave about it, and share our very own favorite dining experiences. After all, you’ve always wanted to be apart of a monthly dinner meet up where the conversation is yummy.

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Get on our list to find out when the next Bite at Nite will happen and secure your spot at the table.

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Cocktails at Dream Hotel

A few weeks before I was able to dine at Cherry, I had the opportunity to visit their sister location, Cherry Izakaya .  Being in the up and coming area of Williamsburg, I was surprised to find Cherry at Dream Hotel. Although, both locations give off different vibes and this one was just plain sexy. I was lucky enough to bring a date because this is exactly the kind of place you should bring one, too. It’s also perfect for a very important business meeting as Cherry is intimate and upscale.

Tuna Tart at Dream Hotel

Though I wasn’t too crazy about the Tuna Tart, the almond shrimp and sushi were delicious.

Almond Shrimp at Dream Hotel

I could order the almond shrimp for days and there was plenty of sushi to go around.

Sushi at Cherry in Dream Hotel

The Cherry Bomb Cocktail also peeked my interest and complimented most of the meal. You will feel relaxed during your entire experience here as the staff is equally accommodating as the menu is satisfying.

Cocktails at Dream Hotel

The real pleasure here was the Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, which was plain decadence. I live for desserts and they sure know how do chocolate cakes the right way. So if you’re staying at the Dream Hotel, or just in the area, check out Cherry for dinner. You won’t be disappointed.

Dessert at Dream Hotel

 

 

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bus boys and poets
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After hearing so much about Bus Boys and Poets over the years, it just didn’t feel right to visit DC and not take the time out to dine here. I was in for the earlier half of dinner over at the K street location. I’ve been told to prepare for a different experience depending on the location you visit but I’m sure the core values are the same across the board, so I had no concerns regarding what the people’s favorite might be.

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The staff at Bus Boy’s in Poets were all so pleasant, accommodating and honest. The restaurant is full of artwork and of course, a small book store/library when you first walk in that catches your eye. I was at a rather large location, so there was much to see and plenty of customers that had the place buzzing. It was happy hour and I was excited so I tried DC Tap Water for the first time. I am referring to a cocktail by the way for anyone who thought I was excited to try actual DC Tap Water.  I’ll take a cocktail over water on any day; that’s how I roll.

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The hummus on the menus interest me since I wanted to start light but the waitress insisted on the foole dip, which she claimed was the upgraded version of hummus that included jalapeños, tomatoes, and a fava bean dip. It wasn’t spicy and I wasn’t too impressed but everything deserves a try. Besides, it was still happy hour and sangria was on the menu.

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I wasn’t taking any suggestions as my heart was set on the shrimp, chicken and chorizo pasta smothered in a cajun cream sauce.  This was a spicier dish but it wasn’t overwhelmingly hot and there was plenty of shrimp and chicken to keep a girl happy. I would only go back here for a quick bite with friends or maybe for drinks if I had time to kill. Dessert was pretty good to say the least but I’m not sure if the place has won me over just yet.

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Cherry Izakaya

Cherry Izakaya

It’s not often that I go to Brooklyn any more but when I do, it’s for the eats. As I got myself comfortable at Cherry Izakaya in Williamsburg, their Shiso Tipsy drink caught my eye. I ordered it immediately as I stared at all the menu options they had. The bartender, Jake, was filling me in on all the favorites and he was sharing a little history lesson on sake that added to my experiences. By the time I was ready, my Shiso Tipsy had came out which was rather strong but pretty sweet. Cucumber seemed to be a huge part of this drink so I looked at it as my healthy drink of the day, ha!

Cherry Izakaya

Though the Tuna Tarts seemed to be a crowd favorite, I couldn’t resist ordering the spicy tuna crispy rice. I am so glad I went with this decision because this starter dipped in the soy sauce was phenomenal. It really elevated the flavors I originally had without it. As expected, the outside of this dish is crunchy but the middle was surprisingly soft. The tuna also helped soften up the crunch but then again, the soy sauce took it through the roof. The Salt -n- Pepa shrimp was up next, which also had a crunch to it but needed an accompanying sauce. Though the shrimp was cooked well, I love a good dip and was searching for one to pair here.

Cherry Izakaya

Cherry Izakaya

I sat in front of the bar since it was a beautiful day and the doors are left wide open but the restaurant also has an upstairs area to accommodate other parties. I took a peek at this section, which was hosting larger groups, families and a great view of all the sake they offer. My waitress was also very attentive and knew a great deal about the menu. She’s the reason I tried the Izakaya Steak frites, which consisted of a dry ages rib eye, ponzu sesame dressing and Izakaya fries. The fries reminded me of yucca fries because they were very thick and similar in consistency. I didn’t prepare myself for the sriracha ketchup they paired them with and felt like I was going to turn into Shiso Tipsy myself because I needed a drink and bad. Yes there was water but, so what, you’re missing the point. Though the steak was cut into thin strips, there was plenty to fill you up and it was not only juicy but also well seasoned.

Cherry Izakaya

Cherry Izakaya

The experience couldn’t end here so I went for dessert. Jake had mentioned the cheesecake being deconstructed which had me curious. The blueberry delight was another amazing plate of perfection and it being deconstructed added to the experience considering you could try what you wanted whether together or apart. I was busy mixing all parts together and would come back plenty times over just for this.

Cherry Izakaya

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Soulo Culinary Ambition
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Considering I’ve been buried in my work that doesn’t involve blogging, I’ve been having a hard time getting these posts to you guys. Yikes. Though nobody said it would ever be easy, I would like to apologize for that, especially to my faithful readers. Thank you all for being so patient.

Now can we get onto the food? Because last month, I was invited to the Soulo Culinary Ambition Dinner in Washington D.C and can’t even begin to explain what a delight it was to meet Chef Soulo in person and enjoy his food. I went down there with 5 courses in mind, only to receive 8 and a food induced coma. They sure knew how to show my hungry self a good time. I was in love with these cards by the way marking everyone’s seat.

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The event was BYOB so I brought down some sangria I made at home but the Chef’s right hand, V, was also offering a spiked strawberry basil lemonade and a lavender iced tea. It was definitely the time to start double fisting.  The Soulo Culinary Ambition team was relatively attentive to our table which was full of interesting foodies that I had no idea I was about to fight over biscuits with. I say that in jest but Chef Soulo started us off with a batch of sour cream and onions biscuits that we couldn’t keep our hands off of. They were fresh out of the oven so the biscuits were warm and buttery with a thick consistency but still light and fluffy; to die for! Someone at my table even took some home.

Soulo Culinary Ambition

Soulo Culinary Ambition

Before we had a chance to finish, the chef surprised us with black-eyed pea fritters with a jalapeño aioli. While I didn’t enjoy the fritter as much on it’s own, the aioli carried it to the next level. However, I was interested in the Parmesan flan the chef prepared as a starter because I am accustomed to flan as a final course so this was a first; no pun intended. I will say that Chef Soulo, if full of creativity because each of his dishes intrigued me from reading the menu alone and boy do I love an interesting menu. While it was likely to be the most interesting of the evening, the flan was far too cheesy for my liking but I was able to enjoy the pickled grapes that accompanied it. Seriously though, it was Parmesan flan so you had to be a cheese head for this one.

Soulo Culinary Ambition

Considering everyone’s tastebuds were having a party, the Soulo Culinary Ambition team shocked us with a pineapple mimosa granada to cleanse our palettes. It was absolutely refreshing and I felt prepared for the frog legs that were to come. It was my first time trying frog legs and I found them rather salty but they were over a bed of grits, which I have a newfound love for.

Soulo Culinary Ambition

I also learned something new when it was brought to my attention that trout is basically cousins with salmon because the two look like twins! Chef Soul made the trout with a pretzel crust over the top and I started to reconsider how many more plates I could handle. There were still two courses left and the trout was gone before I could blink or breathe again.

Soulo Culinary Ambition

Well into my fourth drink, the most beautiful piece of lamb was brought out. The Lamb had been seared so it was extremely juicy and meaty which everyone seemed to be appreciating. If dessert was going to be anything like this, Chef Soulo just might have to come up to NYC to cook here! He surely didn’t disappoint with the layered carrot cake  that was served with some of the best ice cream I’ve had in a while. It was a buttermilk ice cream and I don’t think buttermilk can ever go wrong. I really appreciate Chef Soulo’s invitation to the Soulo Culinary Ambition dinner and would love if my DC peeps checked him out for any events you may be having or if Chef decides to make this a regular event, you should check it out.

Soulo Culinary Ambition

Soulo Culinary Ambition

You can find him on instagram @chefsoulo or on their Website so get #souloreloaded

Soulo Culinary Ambition

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