Xie Xie – CLOSED

Xie Xie

I visited Xie Xie for lunch one day to try their famous  Asian fusion sandwiches.  I was happy to see Top Chef Angelo Sosa in the kitchen and took a couple of really poor iPhone shots.  He took my order and did all of the table service single-handedly.  He was extremely pleasant to his customers.  He actually noticed I was waiting a long time and caught that the guy making the sandwiches had overlooked my … Continue reading

Social Eatz – CLOSED

Cheap Eats, Asian Fusion, Notable Chef, Burgers http://socialeatz.com/ 232 East 53rd St – Midtown East Social Eatz is a moderately priced Asian Fusion/Comfort Food eatery owned by Top Chef contestant Angelo Sosa.  They recently won Eater’s Top Burger in America with the Bi Bim Bop Burger. The decor was pleasant.  The space was well laid out for a small space.  Tables had long padded benches and it had a nice-sized bar. But Sosa’s spot was … Continue reading

Mono + Mono – CLOSED

Mono + Mono

Mono + Mono bills itself as an ‘Analog Music Pub & Eatery’.  The walls of the restaurant are a huge library of vinyl and records are actually moving on a suspension wire around the top perimeter of the room.  The bar, similarly, is filled with jars of infused fruits.  Overall, the vibe is very warm and inviting.  Since we did not have a reservation, we were seated in the bar area, which has great high … Continue reading



Korean BBQ http://www.madangsui.com/ 35 West 35th St. – Midtown My friend Maria and I discovered this place when we wanted to eat at Han Bat next door and it was overly crowded as usual. This was a few years ago, long before the Adam Platt review! It’s been a lunch spot staple for us. And I highly recommend it. It’s nothing fancy for a dinner, but it is far better than the usual Koreatown spot. … Continue reading