Tuesday, May 19, 2009

NYC Food Porn #2, another Get Sconed! Travel Post

Welcome to the second Spring 2009 NYC Food Porn Post!  The first one is here.  I'm specifically labelling it spring because there's always the hope I'll visit my siblings again this winter before the year is up. Actually, it's their turn to visit, hint hint!

Spread of Dim Sum featuring Amanda's hand.

My first and last sit sit down meals on this trip were at Vegetarian Dim Sum House.  I used to go here during my college years since it was a)vegetarian! and b)so close to the bus stop! but I didn't fall in love with their cheap, expansive dim sum menu until I moved to Portland, silly jess.  I went twice on my vacation last spring as well.  On day one, it was not only my first meal of the trip, but my first meal of the day after the bus from Boston.  Between my sister, her boyfriend Mike, and myself, I think three orders of the Roasted Pork buns were eaten!  It's their favorite, and of course I'm a fan.  My other favorite dim sum are the spinach dumplings and Chinese kale rice rolls, but gelatinous blocks of grey can attest, I'll try anything there.  My last meal of the trip was with my friends from the PPK, Amanda and Gory, heart! 
Treasure balls

Pineapple Chicken entree

The entrees here are on the pricey side.  Jenny and Mike wanted fruity chicken after seeing the Mango Chicken on our first visit.  This chicken is actually tofu wrapped in yuba.  It was tender and soaked up the sauce - and they ate it, but it really confused them and my sister noted how she's tried every type of fake chicken there is, and she's never had anything like this.

Classic spring rolls - classic, and spring rolly.

Steamed sesame buns.  Sweetness.  I've tried these fried, and prefer the steamed.


Steamed Spinach Dumplings


Next top on this photo tour, to Teany!  Co-founded by musician Moby (who I saw there once a few years ago!), it's a vegetarian tea house with some sandwiches and a bunch of Vegan Treats desserts.  It's where I fell into the sweet embrace of Teanychinos - my trip featured three visits, two teanychinos, two shared slices of cake, and a pot of Smoked Russian Black tea.

Earl Grey Teanychino 


Exterior


Red Velvet Cake - 
we gave my sister the flower, because you know, younger sisters have that natural right.

Carrot cake

They exist!  Here's Jenny, my sister, and Mike, looking like two cool cats in their leather jackets, waiting for the subway. They're the best.


My brother, Rick, the perpetual smirker.

The Rick smirk.

Rivington Street - we hit up Economy Candy for...candy.

Little Italy 


Pommes Frites

I gotta say, Potato Champion! kicks their ass, as fun as a late night stop here with my crew was.  I'm not complaining, just pointing this out!  PC's fries are just tastier.  I do like Pommes' peanut sauce more, however, but that's because PC's sauce is loaded with fresh cilantro.

Frites and peanut sauce - brings me back to my semester in the Netherlands... 



We also continued our tradition of hitting up Milon
one of the intensely festive Indian restaurant on 1st ave.  

Daytime:



And inside the restaurant, come nightfall:

Milon.
The last stop on today's recollection is Buddha Bodai in Chinatown for more fulfillment of my vegan chinese cravings.  aka - painful to look at now in the future.  I've never been during the afternoon dim sum hours, but I have cherished their entrees and appetizers.  Fried noodles smothered in sauce and sauteed, flavorful veggies?  Yes!  Vacation indulgence!!



Pan fried dumplings - again, filled with flavorful vegetables!

Buddha's Delight Pan Fried Noodles.  
What I described above.  It may not look like much, but I could eat this for days.  Buddha's also has a lunch special that's a great deal.

Okay - come back for pizza and to moan over vegan ice cream with Bazu, Panda & myself!

20 comments:

Sarah said...

so nice!! i didn't get nearly enough time with vegans while living in b'lyn. so sad!

herbstsonne said...

Oh my GOD. That all looks so good. Especially that dim sum!

Chelsea said...

New York needs to move closer so I can drive there within a day. Well, since I am dreaming, we don't all those places find a special little spot in Portland. So yummy looking!

Chelsea said...

That meant to say WHY don't all those places find a special spot in Portland. : )

esme said...

omg! my hands are teh famous!!!!!!

bazu said...

I want an Earl Grey teanycino right now!!!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Gah! So much greatness!

Vegyogini said...

I'm most definitely a Teany fan. I haven't been to the other restaurants in this post, though.

bjorkedoff said...

that's a great picture of rick.i hope you let him know how bomb he is.

and last time i went to teany they had a myriad of gingerbread people and things.

Erica said...

this all reminds me that it's been awhile since I made potstickers.

Bianca said...

That yuba wrapped chicken sounds delightful! And if I ever make it to New York, Teany is my first stop. I've had such a huge crush on Moby since high school...my boyfriend even looks kinda like him (tiny, skinny, bald).

Mary said...

This post makes me so hungry! It's still morning and I just had breakfast, but now I totally want spring rolls and tofu smothered in spicy sauces. The Teanychino looks delicious! Pommes frites and peanut sauce? Yes!

Elyse said...

Looks like such a great trip!! Yay for family reunions. And that carrot cake looks divine! Man oh man, you're making me want to plan a visit to see my friends in NYC. Amazing!

saveyrgeneration said...

I'm so glad you went to Teany! the peanut butter chocolate bomb cake was just sinful and their Earl Grey tea is some of the best I've ever had.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Can you believe I've never been to Dim Sum House?! Aw, look at your cute siblings!

Cafe Cyan said...

Milon at night? CRAZY! I want to go!

So jealous of your Teany visit and your earlier Moby sighting. Did you ever see that episode of How I Met Your Mother where they saw "fake Moby"? It was great.

Waverley Kitchens - Varun Bhargava said...

Wow the dim sum house and pan fried dumplings place look awesome. Definitely gonna need to try them the next time im in NYC.

Latayy said...

I just came back from New York about a week ago and I wanted to get the general tso but my husband wasnt interested as he was worried about the spice. I am sorry I did not get to try the other icecream shop other than Lula's as I walked hours to find this place I could not enjoy the icecream as much. Great NYC post I wil go back very soon I do not think my 5 days was enough. I did a blog post similar to yours on my blog but nearly not as exciting..

Wolf said...

I am excited to make some spinach dumplings..thanks for the idea. I think it will really suite my palate!

Abby Bean said...

Just a warning, even though Pommes Frites' peanut sauce is listed as vegan, if you actually read the ingredients on their chart it shows fish sauce :-(

http://www.yelp.com/user_details_review_search?userid=yVAAzVOXrnfVG5n0wlwong&q=pommes+frites