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Upper East Side – Plate Of The Day http://www.plateoftheday.com Food Blogger - Adventures in Beijing, New York, Brooklyn and more Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:22:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 Two Little Red Hens Bakery NY – Red Velvet Cake http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=425 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=425#respond Sat, 10 May 2008 18:16:43 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/425/ Two Little Red Hens Bakery NY – Red Velvet Cake

two little red hens bakery ny - red velvet cake

1652 2nd Ave # 1 New York NY
(212) 452-0476

This month’s workplace birthday cake (how I love my job) is from Two Little Red Hens Bakery located on the Upper East Side. They created a very elaborate and beautiful spring flower decorated red velvet cake. Now as you know, I am quite critical when it comes to red velvet cake. My favorite in Manhattan is Harlem’s Make My Caketwo little red hens bakery ny - red velvet cake and my favorite overall in all 5 boroughs is Cake Man Raven out in Brooklyn. So given those heavyweights, how did Two Little Red Hens Bakery fare? I have to give them the props for the presentation, just look at it – it’s amazing! The frosting was dead on, but the only issue was the cake itself wasn’t as moist as Cake Man Raven’s but at least it wasn’t overly sweet either. To give it credit, the cake arrived refrigerated so it needed time for the frosting to melt down and this definitely improved the overall flavor given an extra 20 mins at room temp. Nevertheless there were absolutely no leftovers this month. I definitely need to visit the Two Little Red Hens and see what else they have to offer. Enjoy!

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Lili’s Noodle Shop & Grill – Chinese Upper East Side New York http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=354 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=354#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2007 20:12:51 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/351/ lilis noodles, upper east side chinese ny, chinese restaurant ny, taiwanese restaurant ny

Lili’s Noodle Shop & Grill – Chinese Upper East Side New York

1500 3rd Ave @ 85th
Tel 212 639 1313

Who says you can’t get great Chinese food north of Spring Street? Actually I did. But I correct myself, there’s a plenty of options spread across Manhattan on the East and West side. For example there is Cafe Swish up on 116th and Broadway where you can get lilis noodles, upper east side chinese ny, chinese restaurant ny, taiwanese restaurant ny excellent hot pot and pan asian dishes including Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese. Then there’s Joe’s Shanghaiand Grand Sichuan that both serve great soup dumplings / xiao long bao. Recently a friend of a friend introduced us to Lili’s Noodle Shop & Grill located on 3rd Ave between 84th and 85th. We were quite impressed by the menu. Lili’s Noodle Shop has a great selection of noodles of course such as the Niu Rou Mian 牛肉面 (The spicy level has been appropriately decreased for the clientele but you can ask to raise it lilis noodles, upper east side chinese ny, chinese restaurant ny, taiwanese restaurant ny back up). The noodle dishes, by the way are enormous and can be split between 2 people. Lili’s also has fresh roast duck & soy sauce chicken (see them hanging off above the chopping blocks in the kitchen?), and a great selection of SiChuan/Northern dishes such as Lion’s Head Meatballs (狮子鋀 I think). Lion’s Head Meatballs is a great dish – the meatballs are made of marinated pork and fried with a light cornstarch batter to produce a crunchy lilis noodles, upper east side chinese ny, chinese restaurant ny, taiwanese restaurant ny exterior skin and are served with bok choy. We didn’t order it here though cause it was like $12 vs. $7/$8 at Joe’s Shanghai Chinatown. Here’s a recipe from Habeas Brulee nevertheless. Finally, we ordered a plate of the Soup Dumplings / Xiao Long Bao to compare and here the difference between authentic Chinatown dishes and Uptown restaurants comes into play. The dumplings were much smaller and not very fresh – I suspect they were previously frozen. Ok, so yes you can get great Chinese food outside of Chinatown. You’ll pay a little more and maybe not all the dishes are 100% authentic, but overall the convenience of the location makes up for that. Check out Lili’s Noodles!

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