Daily Life Food New York

Happy New Year!

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I hope everyone is slowly recovering from the blissful gluttony that accompanies the holiday season and time with family. My holidays began in New York just two weeks ago. Just as I began wrapping up my first semester at Columbia University, Taurin flew into the city from San Francisco. I was really excited to host his brother, Derek, and his girlfriend, who came to visit from Virginia. It’s all the more reason to wake up early to grab some bagel and lox, walk around the park, and spend all day re-experiencing my favorite spots around the city.

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Bistro Petit is a small restaurant in Brooklyn that serves hearty French-inspired Korean food. The chef, Sung Park, came out to say hello, which was really nice.

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Grilled artichoke heart with saffron aioli, served with toasted baguette

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Cassoulet: duck leg, smoked bacon, pork shank, beans, and kimchi

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Kimchi Bouillabaisse: mussels, scallops, pollack, shrimp, tofu, rice gnocchi, and kimchi

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My mom recommended stopping by this Korean cafe in Times Square. Taurin and I got really nostalgic talking about all the ice coffee we drank in Korea last summer.

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And it was a perfect afternoon break at Caffe Bene. We got some savory bacon waffles topped with goat cheese, fig jam, and walnuts + misugaru latte!

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Derek took this photo of me and Lauren.

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Freshly baked everything bagel with lox and cream cheese.

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Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem!

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Everything you see here is part of one single entree, lovingly named Sweethearts. Needless to say, we had a lot of delicious leftovers to take home.

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For Taurin’s first evening back in the city, we attended Robert Glasper’s sold-out show at the Harlem Stage.

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All Stevie Wonder covers, all night long!

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The next day, we stopped by the Mary Boone Gallery on Fifth Avenue to catch Ai Weiwei’s closing exhibit featuring porcelain river crabs.

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Taurin and I were strolling around West Village when it started pouring rain. Cold and exhausted, we walked into Hakata Tonton without a reservation at peak dinnertime. I can hardly believe we lucked out with a table right away. We warmed up over some Sapporo on draft, appetizers, and a hotpot for two.

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The hotpot before and after cooking! They are all about Fukuoka and collagen-rich food here. They also cooked some ramen in the leftover broth at the end of the meal.

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And icing on the cake: The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop was right next door!

13 Comments

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    kelly
    January 3, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Happy New Year Sewon!! Your food photo’s always make me smile!

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      Sewon
      January 7, 2013 at 12:27 am

      Thank you, Kelly! 🙂 Happy New Year to you, too.

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    ねこちゃん
    January 3, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Thank you~ Happy New Year to you too Sewon! Your pictures are lovely and the food looks too good! I’ve never been to NY but I want to go there so badly 🙂 Everything seems so authentic! … love the first picture of you guys~ such a nice bunch of people =) and the cam you’re holding is awesome~

    Thank you so much for the lovely giveaway. Your talent is really admirable! Looking forward to do something to send you back 🙂

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      Sewon
      January 7, 2013 at 12:27 am

      I’m so happy to hear the package arrived in time for the first day of the year! 🙂

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    Luo Fei
    January 3, 2013 at 7:31 am

    SO COOL of Weiwei’s krabba=河蟹/krabba=Harmony! very Chinese internet argot and symbol!

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      Sewon
      January 7, 2013 at 12:28 am

      It’s even cooler to hear from you, Luo Fei! I miss 昆明~

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    Our Strange Nature
    January 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

    hmm the grilled artichokes looks amazing!

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      Sewon
      January 7, 2013 at 12:29 am

      I think they must have been lightly marinated. Yum!

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    meds
    January 3, 2013 at 10:04 am

    swings just bring you back to the fun days as children, right? happy 2013 🙂 glad you got over that bad patch of flu.

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      Sewon
      January 7, 2013 at 12:30 am

      I can’t believe I was so, so sick just week ago. 🙁 Thanks, Meds!

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    Bianca
    January 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    nothing beats a bagel with lox, seriously your blog makes me so hungry! might I add I love your outfit in the first photo!

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    Veronica Fish
    January 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Happy New Year!

    My old painting prof used to work at the Mary Boone gallery – what nostalgic feelings this brings back!

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    Trix
    January 7, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Happy New Year Sewon! 새해 복 많이 받으세요 🙂

    That bagel looks amazing. Wish there was Caffe Bene here in Singapore, it would definitely be a great place to relive memories of Korea.

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