more tacos and booze

Since I was in the Chelsea neighborhood, I thought I’d stop by Chipotle for a drink and try their menu. You might be wondering why I would be eating at Chipotle at all places when I’m in mothereffing New York City. Well Nate Appleman, James Beard Award winner and of Food Network (Next Iron Chef, Chopped, etc) was hired by Chiptole to work at this location and to use it sort of as a test Kitchen. For one thing, this location is one of the few that serve margaritas. Another difference is that they have a flaptop instead of a grill that is standard at other Chipotles. I would presume that since Nate Appleman has a hand in the operations, the meats at this place might undergo a different preparation. When I went, they had chorizo as an option in addition to their regular menu. The chorizo had nice char and spice but I thought it was way too salty. That was the thing that killed it for me. Then again I might have been overloaded from salt with the Patron margarita.

Tasty margarita but the salt killed the tacos.


By the way, if you are a fan of Chipotle, you should move to Manhattan. There are dozens of them there! I could’ve sworn I saw a Chipotle on every block. I think Denver might have Manhattan beat on the number of locations but Manhattan has to have the highest Chipotle-per-area density in the US.[see Figure 1]

Figure 1. Chipotle locations in Manhattan


Bo Kho!

Here’s some Bo Kho I had at a noodle shop in Chinatown NYC. I was originally hoping to get a nice bowl of ramen at Ippudo (rated one of the top ramen shops in NYC) but my aunt took me here instead. I can definitely say it was well worth it at only $5 for the bowl, while ramen would’ve cost me $15. This was my first time eating Bo Kho as well. I wasn’t sure what sort of flavors to expect but it was kind of like a french beef stew with Vietnamese flavors. I liked that the noodles were freshly made as opposed to dried.

Tender beef tendons. Yummy.

Vietnamese egg rolls and fried stuffed bean curd.

So goooooood. I’m going to try to make this very soon. I think the wide rice noodles are a perfect fit for this dish. My aunt says she prefers egg noodles but I never like egg noodles in anything but wonton soup.