My family and I went to a Brazilian festival on Sunday at Hester Street Fair. We had an amazing time. There were delicious food and drinks, beautiful merchandise, talented Batala New York drummers and Samba dancer. Everyone at the fair was enjoying themselves. The environment was very welcoming. I always loved Brazilian culture due to its’ festivities, music and proud culture. My family is also from the Caribbean (Barbados and Panama) so attending Caribbean events were always a must. We ate amazing food from Beija Flor and had authentic Brazilian drinks such as Palma Louca and Guarana Antarctica soda. For pictures of the food and you can check my Instagram “Eats” stories and click right until you see the name of the restaurant.
There was a performance by Batala New York which is an all-women Afro-Brazilian drummer group. Everyone at the festival danced to the beat and even joined Batala New York’s performance. The Brasil Summerfest street fair was very engaging! We stayed at the festival till the end yet we didn’t want to leave. It was such an unforgettable moment. This year we plan on attending all Brazilian events, for more information follow my instagram: mostlikely_reese.
A friend and I were on the lookout for our next food adventure. We traveled to Union St, Brooklyn. There were an unlimited variety of restaurants around. We picked an Indian restaurant called Namaste to fulfill our food temptations. The dim lit restaurant was cozy and tastefully decorated. We were greeted by a waiter and handed menus with a glass of water. We were overall impressed by the quick service. It seems as if we had the whole place to ourselves. It was 10 pm and after skimming the menu we settled on our entrees. I requested Fried Crab Cakes and she ordered Tandoori Wings with Mango Lassi. The evening was going well. We were filled with smiles and laughter. Our server kindly handed us the plates. We couldn’t wait to sample the delectable meals. The crab cakes seem overcooked but they were tender and quite flavorful. I had some of my friend’s Tandoor Wings and they were amazing! As we continued to enjoy our meals, we realized that we were being watched. The waiter and the manager were eyeing us from a distance. Despite their presence, we continued to dine. The waiter asked if we would like to order more but we politely declined. A couple of times the waiter would pass us with his eyes looking in our direction. We started to not feel welcomed. Once we were done with our meals we paid the bill. I paid with cash and she paid with her credit card. We both carefully counted the money and placed it between the booklet. The waiter opens the booklet and counted the money three times in front of us. We were not only uncomfortable but disappointed. We gathered our things, with both meals fully paid and mannerly said goodnight. Namaste’s Indian food was delicious but they lacked proper service. I guess it explains why the restaurant wasn’t full of people so namasgo (now I must go).
A group of my friends and I were craving Ethiopian food. We finally got together and planned to eat at a restaurant called “Abyssinian”. The Abyssinian restaurant is located at 268 W 135th street in Harlem, New York. Ethipioa is in the horn of Africa. Traditionally, Ethiopian cuisine consists of vegetables and very spicy meats. It is usually served with injera bread which is a large sour-dough flatbread that’s made out of fermented teff flour. The low-lit atmosphere of the restaurant was quiet and filled with traditional Ethiopian music. It was tastefully decorated with a bar and friendly staff. You’re quickly seated depending on the party of people and served water. The menu was filled with a lot of lunch and dinner meals with wines and authentic Ethiopian beers. A friend and I decided to share a meal which is the picture of a big plate. Furthermore, my other friend decided to get a separate one due to a difference in order. To share a plate cost $38 and a separate one was $19. I ordered a Lamb Awaze Tibs which was cubes boneless lamb marinated with spicy sauce and served with tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and split peas. My friend ordered Lamb Lega Tibs which was a mild version of the Awaze. We all finished our meal with a delicious Ethipioan Honey tea wine which was very smooth. For those who may not want to order any meat, there is also vegan Ethiopian food at this restaurant. I encourage anyone who’s interested in trying Ethiopian food to go to this eatery! It’s an experience you will enjoy!
My friend and I went to a beautiful, cozy Japanese restaurant called, “Misoya”. It is located in New York City on 129 2nd ave. Misoya is a great place to visit with friends or a significant other. The staff is very friendly and the food is beyond delicious! Once we entered the door we were quickly greeted, seated and offered menus. There are tons of cuisine to try whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a full meal. The atmosphere was filled with laughter and lively music. Misoya is the perfect place to not only escape the cold but to try something new. The menu was filled with many foods and drinks such as hijiki (homemade simmered seaweed), gyoza (homemade pork dumpling), sake and more! My friend ordered, “Mame Miso Ramen” which contains beans, dark-colored miso, beef with fried breaded shrimp. I ordered, “Kome Miso Spicy” which includes half of a boiled egg, corn, beautifully sliced pork, potatoes and beef marinated in a broth. The dishes were affordable and ranged from $11- $15. We were very pleased with our meals and made plans to visit again.
The fresh and natural flavors of a poke dish compel me to buy it every weekend. It’s safe to say that I am obsessed with this Hawaiian delicacy. Poke to me was a quick escape from reality. As you continue to read this post, you’ll discover all about poke and local poke restaurants in New York. Join the craze!
What is poke?
It’s a native appetizer or main course that consists of diced raw fish such as salmon or tuna in Hawaii. In other words, it’s one of the main dishes to many native Hawaiians. The word “poke” (poh-kay) means to slice or cut. Hawaiian poke is heavily influenced by Japanese and other Asian cuisines. Therefore, it represents the diverse culture of Hawaii. A poke bowl is made up of a base; rice, cubed sushi-grade raw fish, vegetables and Asian toppings such as seaweed or soy sauce.
Is poke healthy?
Yes, it is! Poke is one of the healthiest current food trends. It contains salmon and tuna which offer lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Four ounces of poke is under 150 calories. However, it should be eaten in moderation due to mercury poisoning but that’s with all seafood/fish!As
You must be hungry and thinking, “Is there poke near me?”.
Here are my top places for a delicious poke bowl or dish in New York.
The regular signature bowl is $10.95 + and the large is $13.25. There are many sides to choose from such as miso soup or a kani salad. The Poke is also a great spot for vegans! Also, you can order Asian-style hand rolled ice cream with toppings!
A very nice trendy and cozy environment to go with friends or family. You have a huge variety to create your poke bowl. Additionally, the staff is very friendly! They even have a “nacho supreme poke plenty bowl” for people craving spicy poke.
104 FULTON STREET ( NY, 10038 ) 386 CANAL STREET (NY, 10013) 840 8th ave between 50 & 51 east side (NY 10019)
This modern Hawaiian restaurant elegantly prepares brunch and dinner poke cuisines. They offer authentic poke Hawaiian food and meals such as mochiko chicken wings, grilled octopus, truffle gnocchi, mentaiko spaghetti and more! Lets’ not forget dessert!! You can also order a pineapple upside down cake, chocolate haupia sundae and SO much more! There’s even a wine list! Everything at this restaurant is under $40.