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April 01, 2015 by Tiffany Chou

Food Series :: New York City

 

Anyone that knows me will tell you the only thing I love more than my cat, is food.
I moved to the city right after college in Chicago (don't worry I'll be doing a post on my favorite Chi Town spots as well) in 2008 and have had my fair share of darn good eats. Below is a list of places I love and would highly recommend to anyone. Bon appétit!

 

I don't drink coffee or alcohol so unfortunately I am of no use in those areas, but I think I have pretty good taste for everything else food related:

 

HANGAWI
$$$
My absolute favorite restaurant in the city.
Vegetarian Korean food. That might sound a bit off-putting, but the food and experience as a whole is unlike anything else. It makes me feel right at home because they make you take your shoes off, so be sure to wear some cute socks :)
If you don't want to make a reservation I suggest going for lunch. They book up quite quickly for dinner. 

 

To Try:
  • Avocado Stone Bowl Rice - A twist on bibimbap. Rice in a hot stone bowl with avocado, veggies and miso sauce.
  • I have no idea what it's actually called on the menu, but in Korean it's Tteokbokki (pronounced Dukboki) - Soft rice cake in a spicy sauce with mushrooms and tofu.

Hangawi | 12 East 32nd Street | New York, NY 10016 | (212) 213-0077

 

TOTTO RAMEN

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I'm on a vegetarian roll, but Totto Ramen makes the best vegetarian ramen (trust me I've tried them all in the city!). Everyone I've taken there who does eat meat hasn't complained either. 

There are no reservations at Totto, so the line can be extremely long, an average of 30-45 minute wait. SO, I always get there at 11:45ish to put my name in for when they open at noon. 

To Try:

  • Veg Ramen - Seaweed and mushroom based soup topped with veggies, seasoned avocado, lime and yuzu paste! (I order mine with wavy noodles and bamboo shoots)
  • Miso Ramen - Miso and ground pork topped with a marinated egg. 

Totto Ramen | 366 West 52nd Street | New York, NY 10011 | (212) 582-0052

 

IPPUDO

$$-$$$

Last Ramen recommendation I swear! I'm not a huge fan of their veg ramen, but when I was eating meat, their lunch set and pork buns can't be beat.

They also don't take reservations, so again I suggest trying to go for lunch for a shorter wait time, and you get the option of the lunch set.

To Try:

  • Hirata Buns - Pork or Eggplant versions are equally divine! Each order comes with two and you can even ask for one of each. 
  • Any of their ramens with the lunch set (I loved the fried chicken rice bowl)

Ippudo | 65 Fourth Avenue (212) 388-0088 & 321 West 51st Street (212) 974-2500

 

BUDDAKAN

$$$

If you're looking to really treat yourself Buddakan is the spot. I've never had trouble getting a table here because the place is gigantic, two huge floors. The food is family style, the decor is crazy and it was in Sex and the City the movie, why would anyone not want to go there?

To Try:

  • Edamame Dumplings - If I ever get married it's only going to be these at the reception! Edamame and, I think parmesan filling, in a light shallot broth.
  • Vegetable Rice - Veg fried rice with pineapple and coconut curry foam!

Buddakan | Chelsea Market 75 9th Avenue | New York, NY 10011 | (212) 989-6699

 

CARACAS AREPA BAR

$$

They make the best arepas and their chips and guac aren't bad either. Again I'd recommend lunch or an early dinner, no reservations and long waits, sigh..

To Try:

  • La sureña - Grilled chicken, chorizo, avocado and chimi-churri sauce.
Caracas Arepa Bar |  93 1/2 East 7th Street | New York, NY 10003 | (212) 529-2314

 

TORTARIA

$$

It's just like Google says, colorful, bodegalike eatery serving hearty Mexican sandwiches, taquitos and fresh margaritas. I love this place for it's charm, location and duh, food.

To Try:

  • Crispy Eggplant Torta - Panko-crusted fried eggplant, chihuahua cheese, avo, tomatoes and chipotle BBQ sauce

Tortaria | 94 University Place | New York, NY 10003 | (212) 776-1830

 

MESKE ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT

 

$$

Meske, is a hidden gem, and I know it looks like it. I only discovered this place because it was at the end of my old block in Hell's Kitchen. My dad later told me that a friend of his who lives in the city swears this is the best place for Ethiopian food in the city, and I couldn't agree more.

To Try:

  • Avocado - Avocado mixed with tomatoes, green peppers and onions. Pretty much a thicker quac but with yummy Ethiopian bread, injera
  • Vegetarian Combo - A mix of all the best veg dishes with injera

Meske Ethiopian Restaurant | 468 West 47th Street | New York, NY 10036 | (212) 399-1949

 

PERBACCO

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One of the very first restaurants a friend took me to my first week in NY. They're highly rated by the NY Times, and all I have to say is that they have parmesan cheese Crème brûlée...

To Try:

  • Crème Brûlée Di Parmigiano Reggiano - Made with 18 month aged Parm with an aged spicy balsamic crust. Woo!!!

Perbacco | 234 East 4th Street | New York, NY 10009 | (212) 253-2038

 

PYLOS

$$

Take advantage of the fact that they take reservations! And they are right across the street from the Big Gay Ice Cream shop which is also on my list. Some of the best Greek food I have ever had, even though I have never actually been to Greece.

To Try:

  • Anginares Moussaka - Artichoke heart casserole-type appetizer with onions herbs and cheese. 
  • Horiatiki - A classic Greek village salad. 

Pylos | 128 East 7th Street | New York, NY 10009 | (212) 473-0220

 

 THE PLAZA FOOD HALL

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Whenever someone is visiting I usually take them here. It's underneath the Plaza Hotel and there are many individual food shops and restaurants. Everyone can get what they want.

To Try:

  • In the Food Hall - Crepe Cake from Lady M
  • In Todd English - Risotto tater tots, with fontina and truffle aioli

The Plaza Food Hall | 1 West 59th Street | New York, NY 10019 | (212) 986-9260

 

CAFE CLEMENTINE

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When I was interning in Tribeca my boss would always order from here, and I would always try to sneak a cookie for myself. I'm rarely in Tribeca these days but when I am I always make a point of stopping by. I would eat here everyday for lunch if I could. They are only open Monday - Friday. 

To Try:

  • Anything really
  • Tuscan Vegetarian Sandwich - White bean puree with oven-dried tomatoes, arugula, onion, garlic, black pepper and parmesan on pizza bianca bread.

Cafe Clementine | 227 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013 | (212) 965-0909

 

ALICE'S TEA CUP

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I'm not 12, nor do I have a 5 year old daughter. I'm 28 and have been going here since I first moved to NY and was living on the Upper West Side. Besides the good food, it was the only place to talk to someone about Lost. The waiter was just as obsessed with the show as I was, as I AM! I've also taken fully grown men here and they've said their scones and burgers are the best things they've ever eaten, so ha! It's also a favorite of Katie and Suri Holmes. 

Don't bother going for brunch unless you live on the same block, get there right when they open, or feel like waiting an hour. I suggest going during the week to avoid the crowds.

To Try:

  • Pumpkin Scone - Pumpkin scone with a caramel glaze
  • Alice's Hamburger ***only at the Chapter II & III locations on the East side

Alice's Tea Cup | Check their website for all three locations

 

TEA & SYMPATHY

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So maybe I am 12...I also love afternoon tea. The best afternoon tea I've ever had was at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, for anyone who cares? But as for New York, Tea & Sympathy is the best in the city. I've been to fancy high teas at fancy hotels and at Bergdorf Goodman, just to know, who offers the best afternoon tea service. It all came down to T&S, maybe because everyone that works there is actually from the UK, who knows.

To Try:

  • Victoria Sponge Cake - Sponge cake with cream and berry jam.
  • Cheddar and Branston Pickle Sandwich

Tea & Sympathy | 108 Greenwich Avenue | New York, NY 10011 | (212) 989-9735

 

THE HEATH

$$$

The newest to my list. I recently went to the Heath for the first time to celebrate a friends birthday and was blown away by the interior. The Heath is connected to the Sleep No More show and is entirely set in the 1920s. There are live performances and even fake smoke to make it feel like you are on a train platform. You can even eat in the train cars. There is a rooftop bar - the only bar recommendation I can make, although I have no clue if the drinks are good.

The Heath | 542 West 27th Street | New York, NY 10001 | (212) 564-1662

 

BIG GAY ICE CREAM

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My spot for a sweet treat! I love this place so much. 

To Try:

  • Mermaid (go figure): Vanilla ice cream, key lime curd, crushed graham cracker and whipped cream 

Big Gay Ice Cream | Check out their website for all locations

March 20, 2015 by Tiffany Chou

#TIFFANYCHOU

 

 

We're kicking off the new year with love for our customers!

 

Starting this January you can tag any new photo featuring a TC product with #TIFFANYCHOU on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win one (1) piece of your choice from our Giveaway Picks selection. 

 

We will pick a new winner at the end of each month!
***Must be a new photo & your profile must be public

 

December 27, 2014 by Tiffany Chou

TC XMAS GIFT GUIDE

A few things we love and a few things on our wish list. 
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December 04, 2014 by Tiffany Chou

Black Friday

Your guide to TC Black Friday!

 

We've got discounts all over the site just for you.

 

If you're shopping here be sure to checkout the Black Friday Collection 
where you will find everything on the site that has been discounted.
You've got until Cyber Monday to grab some goods.

 

If you're interested in some TC Tech, click HERE where you'll find
all of our phone cases and skins, even for the new iPhones!
Discount details below:
 

 

Thank you for stopping by and happy shopping!

 

 

November 27, 2014 by Tiffany Chou

Honolulu Fashion Week - Opening Day

 

 

Thankful to have been part of Honolulu's first-ever Fashion Week!
Take a peek at our embroidered one-piece opening the first show.
A few of our XL Tassel Necklaces are sprinkled
throughout as well!

 

November 08, 2014 by Tiffany Chou

Giveaway Winner!

 

Congratulations to Kimberly Pinuelas!

 

Rebecca loved your answer
and "wants to see a photo of her snowman; it sounds awesome!"

 

Thank you to everyone who entered and for all your comments,
we loved reading each and every one! 

 

 

 

November 06, 2014 by Tiffany Chou

Holiday Giveaway

We're celebrating this holiday season with a giveaway!
Enter to win a Dawn till Dusk earrings & necklace set,

 

How to Enter:
Comment on this blog post with your answer to the question:
"What do you love most about the holidays?"
(yup, that's it!)

 

Details:
Giveaway is open from October 27th 2014 - November 3rd 2014
One entry per person
Open to US and internationally

 

Winner:
One winner will be chosen by one of our favorite people,
Life&Style's Rebecca Fontana!
Winner will be announced on November 6th 2014.

 

Good luck and thank you for entering!

 

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October 27, 2014 by Tiffany Chou

Urban Luau

 

 
 

 

Introducing the FW2014 jewelry collection:
 

 

October 20, 2014 by Tiffany Chou

DIY | triangle glitter garland

I've been prepping for the first TC Sample Sale and want everything to be extra special. For a little decoration I made an adorable sparkly triangle garland. It was so fun and easy to do I thought I would share the how to.

 

Supplies I used:
Sewing Machine
Scissors
Ruler

 

Instructions:
1. Cut squares out of paper and fold in half to make a triangle, glitter side up. I cut mine 3"x3"
2. Leaving a long tail at the beginning and end, sew triangles together (see video here)

 

And that's it! You can change up the pattern however you want, single triangles or only doubles or triples. You could even do different shapes - hearts would be super cute! 

 

September 16, 2014 by Tiffany Chou