RAMEN.Co

Back for more ramen deliciousness at RAMEN.Co! This time I had the Original Ramen Burger with cheese. It was so good! And the ramen “bun” was super crispy, which made it even better. I loved the Wakayama Shoyu ramen last time, but wanted to switch things up a bit so I ordered the Hakata Shio (tonkotsu + salt). Very tasty with a nice, light broth. I have to say, that pork belly is simply divine. (Next time I need a double — OK, maybe triple — portion with my ramen. ;) ) I also snagged a bite of my friend’s Brooklyn Blend ramen (tonkotsu, black garlic oil, soy sauce) — really digging that black garlic broth. After devouring everything, we were in the mood to sample one more ramen burger, so we went for the Yakitori (chicken thigh + teriyaki sauce). The chicken was super tender, but the ramen bun was not as crispy as before. Still yummy, though. Three ramens and three ramen burgers down; many more tasty items on the menu still to try!

RAMEN.Co: 191 Pearl Street (between Liberty and Cedar)

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Hakata Shio Ramen (tonkotsu + salt)

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Brooklyn Blend Ramen (tonkotsu + black garlic oil + soy sauce)

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Brooklyn Blend in action

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Original Ramen Burger with cheese

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Yakitori Ramen Burger (chicken thigh + teriyaki sauce)

International Wings Factory

Popped into International Wings Factory and grabbed a bacon cheeseburger to go. It was fantastic! Got a great shot of this beautiful burger before scarfing it down on a bench near Central Park. Chef Deepak kindly let me sample one of his newest creations: a deep fried panko-crusted brownie. I loved the mix of sweet and savory. Thanks so much, Chef D!

International Wings Factory: 1762 First Avenue (between 91st and 92nd Street)

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Bacon Cheeseburger 

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New dessert in the works:  deep fried panko-crusted brownie

RAMEN.Co

Finally made it to RAMEN.Co by Chef Keizo Shimamoto. So excited to try the ramen and the infamous ramen burger! I decided on the Wakayama Shoyu ramen with Kurobuta pork broth (tonkotsu) and soy sauce. The pork belly was luscious, savory, and super satisfying. I also tried the Original Ramen Burger for the first time — it was much smaller than I expected, but really tasty and very filling! I liked the crispy ramen “bun” a lot and the burger was delish. I will definitely be back to try everything else on the menu. :)

RAMEN.Co: 191 Pearl Street (between Liberty and Cedar)

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Wakayama Shoyu Ramen (tonkotsu + soy sauce)

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Original Ramen Burger (certified Angus beef patty + arugula + secret shoyu sauce + scallion)

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Inside the Ramen Burger

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RAMEN.Co

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Inside RAMEN.Co

Dem 2 Brothers And A Grill (Charleston, WV)

Just landed in Charleston, West Virginia and I’m headed straight from the airport to Dem 2 Brothers And A Grill. I’m super hungry and ready for some tasty barbecue! Dem 2 Brothers started out as a food truck and became so popular that they opened their own restaurant. My awesome friends from WV ordered up a storm — pulled pork, a whole rack of baby back ribs, beef brisket, more pulled pork, chicken, and a bunch of tasty sides. They also brought a few six packs of beer. It’s on! The ribs were my favorite — super juicy and falling-off-the-bone tender. I specifically requested fatty cuts of beef brisket and they gave me some nice pieces that I enjoyed. (I have to admit, the brisket bar is set extra high for me because of what I’ve experienced at North Main BBQ in Texas. It’s insane.) Overall, everything was delish and we had a lot of laughs. Thanks so much to my WV besties for a great meal!

Dem 2 Brothers And A Grill: 426 Virginia Street West, Charleston, WV

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Pulled pork sandwich with collard greens and cabbage

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Whole rack of baby back ribs

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Chicken with cabbage and dirty rice 

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Beef brisket

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Pulled pork sandwich with mac and cheese 

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Enjoyed some refreshing wheat beers with our barbecue dinner

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Inside Dem 2 Brothers

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International Wings Factory

So glad that one of my very good friends introduced me to this awesome spot just a block away from her apartment: International Wings Factory! It’s a tiny space with a few tables and a simple, mouth-watering menu that includes chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fries. They also offer a selection of thirteen unique dipping sauces that you can mix and match with anything that you order. I went for the boneless chicken wings with garlic parmesan beurre blanc (how can you go wrong with butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese?) and the mini Swedish meatballs with classic barbecue sauce. Both were delicious! We also shared french fries dusted with masala spices and sweet potato fries. Totally loved them. We had the great pleasure of meeting Deepak Ballaney, the executive chef and owner, who shared a sample of his new mac & cheese before it officially hits the menu. Looking forward to returning to IWF again soon!

International Wings Factory: 1762 First Avenue (between 91st and 92nd Street)

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Boneless Chicken Wings with Garlic Parmesan Beurre Blanc

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Mini Swedish Meatballs with Classic Barbecue Sauce

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Sweet Potato Fries

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French Fries with Masala Seasoning

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Vegan Soy Nuggets

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Tasty dipping sauces

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New menu item in the works: Mac and Cheese

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IWF’s dipping sauce selection