Third Floor Cafe Bar and Lounge

September 27, 2009 · Posted in Good for Groups, Korean Food, Korean Lounge · 1 Comment 

Third Floor Cafe
315 5th Ave
(Between W. 31st and W. 32nd Street)
3rd Floor
(212) 481-3669

After dinner at Lips, my friends Sarah and Katherine decided to bring us to a Korean bar and lounge for a few drinks since the night was still early.  I apologize for not taking a lot of photos, but I can say is that this lounge is very fancy and definitely a hidden gem in the city!  The atmosphere is very chilled and relaxed with low lighting and couches everywhere.  The crowd was filled with young sophisticated and good looking Koreans between the ages of 21-35 and the music was half Korean and have hip -hop r&b.   There’s this sleekness and modernness about the lounge that I loved so much.  There are tables for dining and the Korean waitresses are very nice and accommodating.

Katherine decided to order a watermelon soju for everyone which I have never had before.  But just the thought of it sounds so exciting and delicious to me!

Watermelon Soju at Third Floor Cafe

Watermelon Soju at Third Floor Cafe

Even though I pretty much sworn off of alcohol, I wanted to have a taste of this.  Sarah, who’s hand is in the picture with the little shot glass, was so adament on getting everyone to drink.   This soju tastes like sweet fresh watermelon juice with a hint of soju which tasted great.  I’m sure a few of these will get you buzzed, like two of our girls, and I will definitely recommend it!

Fruit Platter

Fruit Platter

Don’t forget to order a delicious fruit platter to help dilute the alcohol in your system!

Virgin Mango Daiquiri

Virgin Mango Daiquiri

What I love about this place is that they cater to people who don’t drink alcohol.  I jumped at the chance of getting this mango daiquiri because it is my all time favorite!  It is delicious as it looks!

Overall, if you want to have a good time with your friends, definitely come visit this Bar and Lounge.  It does not get too packed, like how so bars are, and it is very chilled and enjoyable to be in.  The music isn’t pumping loud, so you can definitely hold a conversation with your friends!

Until next time,

- FCG

Ultimate Drag Dining & Cabaret at Lips NYC!

September 27, 2009 · Posted in American Food, Good for Groups · 3 Comments 

Lips
2 Bank Street
West Village, NYC
(212) 675-7710

Entrance of Lips NYC

Entrance of Lips NYC

Lips Bar and Restaurant is located in the diverse neighborhood in West Village where high fashion run wild and people are free to express themselves [perhaps sexually].  How did I end up or learned about this fancy establishment?  Well it all started with an idea of having a bachlorette party for my dear friend Victoria whom I am the maid of honor for.  She did not wanted a boring shi-shi dinner where a bunch of her friends exchanged gifts and talk about her future.  Rather she wanted somewhere along the lines of exciting and fun, like having Chippendale dancers which I am definitely not a fan of.  She did express interest about Lucky Cheng’s, but I heard that place is overrated and not as entertaining.  So, while googling a place similar to Cheng’s, I came across to Lips!  There are many good reviews about the entertainment value of this restaurant so I thought that I should give it to try!

Inside of Lips NYC

Inside of Lips NYC

When I told my co-workers that I was coming to this fine establishment, they thought that I was going to a drag-revue strip club.  Please let me inform you that this is a restaurant and there are no stripping at restaurants, at least to my knowledge.  Lips is a bar and restaurant that has drag queens as waiters/waitresses who also give you a show, which means lip-syncing to the song of their choice and dancing.   You need to make reservations to see this “show” which is located on the floor of the restaurant that starts at 7pm, 8:30, and 11:30 so make sure you book fast.  There is a cover charge fo $7/person and this show lasts about 30-40 mins.  The drag hostess goes around the restaurant asking about the names of one or two people in each party and pretty much joke and tease them.   Then afterwards each drag waitress lip-sync and dance to the song of their choice and touch and tease people at the restaurant.  It’s quite entertaining.

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Bukhara Grill Indian Restaurant, NYC

April 10, 2009 · Posted in Good for Groups, Indian · 3 Comments 

Bukhara Grill
217 E. 49th St
(Btw 2nd and 3rd Ave)
(212) 888-2839

Reservation: In my experience it isn’t necessary unless you have a large group.  There are two floors and when I went at 7pm, there wasn’t a lot of people.

Price: Expensive

After hearing such rave reviews about Bukhara Grill, I decided to bring my friends here for dinner to celebrate Sally’s birthday!  I know Sally loves Indian food and I figure why not bring her to the “best indian city in the city for it’s value”  as my Indian co-worker would say.  I will later learn that good reviews don’t necessarily reflect a good experience every time!

Bukhara Grill Restaurant

Bukhara Grill Restaurant

Bukhara Grill Menu

Bukhara Grill Menu

Bukhara Grill Apron

Bukhara Grill Apron

Complimentary Bread and Indian Chip

Complimentary Bread and Indian Chip

I have no idea what this is called! Can someone help me?  The “chip” almost tastes like corn chips but with a different texture.  This is strangely addictive to eat! The best part is that it’s for free! Instead of giving bread like at most restaurants, you get this!

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Debasaki Japanese Style Chicken, Flushing, NY – Part 2

My apologies for the delayed post! I will continue from part 1 and show you some of the dishes that I have tried at Debasaki.

First thing you must keep in mind when you’re seated is there is a red button, shown below, that you must press in order to call the waitress.  If you don’t do that, you’ll end up sitting forever until you wonder why no one is showing up.  I think that is unique because sometimes I don’t want to be rushed and want to call the waitress when I’m ready.  Already this is a good sign of a good restaurant experience!

Debasaki Call Button

Debasaki Call Button

When you’re seated, the waitress will immediately bring you their complimentary Coleslaw which has honey mustard and mayo for the dressing.

Complimentary Coleslaw

Complimentary Coleslaw w/mustard and mayo

Kimchi Fried Rice w/egg

Kimchi Fried Rice w/egg

This kimchi fried rice has spam in it!  Yes spam and I was definitely excited!  I know it might sound disgusting, but it actually went very well with this spicy dish! Sometimes you need that soft texture to balance out the hard texture of the fried rice.   The egg made the dish even better, so I would highly recommend to try this!

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Debasaki Japanese Style Chicken, Flushing, NY – Part 1

Debasaki
33-67 Farrington St
(Near Prince St)
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 886-6878

*Opened til 2AM, last call for seating at 1:30AM on Saturdays.

Debasaki Japanese Style Chicken Restaurant

Debasaki Japanese Style Chicken Restaurant

When my fellow Xangan, Azriha wrote a post on Debasaki, I KNEW, just knew that I have to come here.   The number one reason being that this restaurant makes fried chicken with stuffing in it!! Just the concept alone is enough to win me over. Now, I have tried different kinds of fried chicken in which I classify by geography.  American fried chicken is satisfying, but Korean fried is gourmet and very addictive.   I have yet to try Japanese fried chicken, and I made it my mission to go there right after my gym work-out on Saturday.  Yes, this is how passionately I feel for asian fried foods!

Understand that just because the restaurant advertised that it is Japanese Style Chicken, doesn’t mean it is runned by the Japanese.  In fact, this place is runned by koreans!  I don’t know where they got the recipe for Japanese fried chicken, but all I know is that it’s a great idea.

When Finechinaguy and I walked into the restaurant at 10pm, I thought I walked into a trendy lounge.  It is dimly lit in there and there’s a stretch that you have you walk down in order to find the waitress.  I felt like a model when I walked down that stretch because the whole room was pumped, literally pumped with clubbing music.  Ok, Akon’s Dangerous was on, but later on there was other hip-hop, r&b, and pop! As I was walking down with ‘Guy, I noticed that there are booths, just like what my fellow Xanga mentioned.

Debasaki Interior Stretch

Debasaki Interior Stretch

Seating in Debasaki

Other Seating in Debasaki

Debasaki Booth

Debasaki Booth

Debasaki Menu

Debasaki Menu

Debasaki Main Menu

Debasaki Main Menu

Yes this is a teaser post.  I just want to post this up before I go out! I will return to do the second portion!

So please stay tune!

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