Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 8 New NYC Restaurants Openings!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life!

8 New NYC Restaurants Openings!

Sofrito Lovers,

It should be no surprise that I'm always on the hunt for the next great restaurant  to enjoy a meal in!  As always, makes my life much easier with their handy dandy lists and guides!  I can't want to try out some of their recommendations.

Yesterday, posted a listing of 8 new restaurants that are opening downtown!  I wish they had included at least 1 or 2 uptown openings, if any of course!  For the full list, click the link below!

Hopefully this weekend, I'll be able to  visit 1 or 2 of these places!  I think I might go to Mew Men in the village ( you guys know I'm a Ramen fanatic, right?) or Wok Chi in Midtown- I love stir fry!  Let me know, if you visit any of these places and what you thought of the food!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Mew Men, Bar Fortuna, Maison Kayser East Village, and More NYC Openings

Vital info on eight new restaurants


1) Greenwich Village: Fabio Raffaelli is a former Daniel bartender who is now leading the program at Bar Fortuna, a new cocktail bar on the second floor of Casa Apicii. Casa Apicii, which LA chef Casey Lane opened in July, is providing a short list of bar snacks, including local charcuterie, bagna cauda with vegetables, and arancini. All the Italian-influenced cocktails on the list are $18. Bar Fortuna is closed Sunday and Monday. Status: Certified Open; 62 West 9 Street, 212-353-8400

2) West Village: Mew Men is a new ramen restaurant that opened last week from the team that previously opened Her Name is Han and the new Korean small plates restaurant Atoboy. At Mew Men, the theme weighs heavy on music and sound, where a sheet music stand at the entrance holds the restaurant's menu; music cases are used as legs for the dining tables; and the ceiling is lined with stage light fixtures. The signature ramen is Shoyu Chintan, a variation of chicken soup. Mew Men is closed on Mondays. Status: Certified Open; 7 Cornelia Street

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Sushi Burrito Recipe!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Sushi Burrito!


Sofrito Lovers,

I love Sushi and burritos, therefore the sushi burrito must be delicious: AND IT IS!

Posted below is an amazing sushi burrito making tutorial from Emmymadeinjapan!  I love Emmymadeinjapan's videos, because they're fun to watch, easy to follow, and very entertaining!  I think she's a brilliant teacher and really knows how to convey a creative process.

If you're skeptical about sushi burritos, watch this video and give it a try!  Watch, prepare, and taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Chinatown's Bassanova Ramen

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life. 

Chinatown's Bassanova Ramen/Mini-Review!

Sofrito Lovers.

This weekend, I had a wonderful bowl of ramen at Bassanova Ramen in Chinatown and I couldn't wait to blog about it!

Located at 76 Mott St., Bassanova Ramen may occupy a small space, but has a huge following with its reputable foodie awards and countless raving reviews. The restaurant space is sparse and simple; it features bare white wooden walls with a few seats at the sushi bar, a large family style table, and a few smaller tables for two.  It's not much to look at, but it's clean, simple, and uncrowded.

I stumbled onto this gold mine completely by accident; I was walking aimlessly down Mott St. trying to find a nice place to have a late lunch and suddenly Bassanova's simple black white lettered sign caught my eye.  Being a ramen fan, I decided to give it a try and as the old saying goes, "Fortune favors the bold!"

The first thing I ordered was the Minced Beef on Japanese Cucumber!  I loved its simplicity and bold flavors; it was simultaneously salty, spicy, and refreshing. The pairing of salty and piquant beef on a cool earthy cucumber was utter genius!

After my wonderful appetizer, I enjoyed the Tondaku Ramen, which is made with Berkshire pork, Kikurage mushroom, fried ginger onion, crushed sesame, nori, and scallions.  The flavors melded together perfectly; the earthy mushrooms, salty nori, and tangy ginger truly made this ramen a masterpiece.

The soup noodles had a delightful aldente chew and the portion size was excellent!  Some ramen places can be really stingy with the noodles, but not Bassanova! It was a pleasure to slurp up those long strands of noodles! It's okay to slurp your noodles in Japanese culture, it's considered complimentary! 

Folks,  I love Bassanova Ramen and can't wait to visit again.  I hope you do the same; I'm sure you'll love it!  Now, get your butt to Chinatown and enjoy an amazing bowl of ramen!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 60 Cheap Eats Destinations You Should Know About in NYC!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

60 Cheap Eats Destinations You Should Know About in NYC!

Sofrito Lovers,

Robert Sietsema, of, has put together another incredible list of Cheap Eats throughout NYC!  I've eaten (and loved) about 40-something of them!  If you're looking to have a great meal this weekend, then check out the list, find a spot, and have an amazing meal.

I recommend Equatoriano in Harlem, Cafe la Mercato in the Bronx, Casa Adela in Loisaida, and KoKo Wings in Harlem.  As always, I encourage you to go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

60 Cheap Eats Destinations You Should Know About in NYC

As restaurant prices continue to soar, finding a cheap restaurant meal becomes more of a priority. And if the inexpensive feed is not only delicious but also interesting, and maybe even outside your previous dining experience, all the better. 
From time to time, I post about cheap restaurantsI’ve stumbled on in the five boroughs and adjacent metropolitan areas, devoting a paragraph or two to each and making a few menu recommendations. Here is a collection of those restaurants, listed by location, beginning with Lower Manhattan.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Sun Chip Tasting Video

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Sun Chip Harvest Cheddar Tasting Video

Sofrito Lovers,

Check out my Sun Chip Harvest Cheddar tasting video from Facebook!  Will I like the chips?  Are they good?  Check it out and then go taste for yourself!¡Buen Provecho!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Cheap Sushi reviews!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life!

Cheap Sushi reviews!

Sofrito Lovers,

The second I saw the video posted below, I knew I had to re-post it here.  Many people I know love to eat cheap sushi from 7 Eleven, Trader Joe's, and other convenient stores; that stuff just grosses me out.

Don't get me wrong-I LOVE SUSHI!  Real Sushi from a restaurant, where it was freshly prepared and seasoned to perfection.  Sushi is a delicate art form crafted by chefs that have studied the art for years.  They use the freshest and most amazing ingredients and prepare it for you right then and there!  The idea that prepackaged sushi is made in a factory and then delivered by the ton in the back of a truck is both insulting and disgusting.

I'm not being a snob, it just scares me.  Sushi can be touchy and if it's prepared improperly or insufficiently refrigerated, then you'll get really sick.  I don't think convenient stores and huge supermarket chains have the best conditions for such a delicate cuisine.  Whenever I visit these stores, I look at the sushi and get really concerned; it always looks weird or funky!

Check out the BuzzfeedVideo below and look at the facial expressions of the master chef!  It's priceless!  I wonder how bad his diarrhea was afterwards!  This time: don't taste for yourself and if you do be careful!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Dominican Food NYC!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life!

Dominican Food NYC!


Sofrito Lovers,

Dominican food is incredibly underrated and underappreciated!  If you've never had Mangú con salami frito for breakfast, then you haven't lived!  Dominican fare merges African, Taino, Spanish, and Middle Eastern culinary influences together to form a unique and truly delicious Caribbean cuisine. 
Unfortunately, Dominican food in NYC isn't always prepared properly.  Too often, we're served greasy, salty, and overcooked versions of dishes that are a pathetic shadow of the real dishes they're trying to replicate.  

In order to stimulate your appetite and curiosity, I've posted a video from PeroLike titled, "Latinos Try Dominican Food for the first time."  It's informative, hilarious, and shows you the response well prepared Dominican food generates. 

If this post has put you in the mood for good Dominican food, then visit Malecon in Washington Heights!  Check out their website for directions!