It's been way too long since Michelle's last blog post. There are too many places that I've eaten at and not blogged about. Some places are "meh" while others are worth sharing about.
The #1 place that I've been too so far in recent months? SHANGHAI CAFE DELUXE! This hole-in-the-wall in the heart of New York Chinatown never has an empty table. On any given day, people wait diligently for a free table just to sample the Siu-Long-Baos/Xiao-Long-Baos/Soup Dumplings that made this joint famous. I don't have any pictures of these famous dumplings, but a quick search on Yelp proves that people who have eaten here absolutely love them. Check it out: http://www.yelp.com/biz/shanghai-cafe-new-york
Another tasty venue is Yatenga French Bistro & Bar in Harlem. Their creme brulee is buttery heaven -- flavorful, yet light and fluffy! Also, the decor looks really swanky. People sit at the bar with their laptops, listening to Spotify and just hanging out. The furniture is cute as well, shabby chic wooden chairs with huge windows that are conducive to people-watching.
Here's a glimpse of their website if you want more information:http://yatengabistro.com/index.php
Feel free to Yelp Yatenga to see other reviews! http://www.yelp.com/biz/yatenga-french-bistro-and-bar-brooklyn
Of course, there's Nikko Asian Fusion in Morningside Heights/Harlem. This new restaurant does Hibachi well. Waiters cook your food in front of you, so you're essentially paying for the frills and ribbons of having chefs work their magic on the stove in front of you. It's a great place to take your friends for their birthdays, which is what we did. Happy Birthday, Sarah! I like Nikko's because it sets itself apart from other "fusion" restaurants because of it's hibachi angle. To be honest, I don't really care for Asian Fusion, I just like a good dinner and show. :D
If you're interested, here's their website: http://harlembespoke.blogspot.com/2011/07/eat-nikko-hibachi-restaurant-opens.html
Lastly, I must blog about Ellen's Stardust Diner in Midtown. This restaurant is close to the Gershwin Theatre -- home to "Wicked"! "Mamma Mia" and "Sister Act" are around the corner, as is Conan O'Brien. Or David Letterman? I can't remember, and in any case...I'm not blogging about them right now. Stardust is excellent because it has SINGING WAITERS. Because of the 1950s decor, neon-infused, futuristic uniforms, and over-the-top ambiance, this place gets five stars from me. The singing waiters are no joke; they belt out Broadway tunes and serenade the guests. Most of the waiters are waiting tables here until their talent whisks them away to bigger stages, like the Broadway venues within walking distance. A few alums have gone onto "Sister Act" and the L.A. rounds of American Idol. Em, Ana, and I invited Crys to this place for her birthday dinner because, honestly, where else do you take a working actress in New York who's got a voice that could double as Adele's? :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CRYSTAL!