My second visit to Catch, one of two restaurants in Manhattan by Chef Hung Huynh (winner of Top Chef Season 3), was even better than the first. I had back-to-back dinners planned for the evening, so I started early with a 5:30pm res at Catch. Within 15 minutes of being seated, the entire second floor was filled. The meal kicked off with a crisp bottle of Abraxas from Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa — a delicious blend of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Gewurtztraminer. The hints of Asian pear and lychee in the wine went really well with the seafood we ate. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the raw fish dishes (salmon belly carpaccio, hamachi tartare, tuna tartare, ceviche), the sauteed snapper (the fish was cooked perfectly and the lobster mash is to die for), and the desserts (the warm apple pie & chocolate brownie cake blew my mind and I’m not usually a big dessert fan). Hands down, the best dish of the night was the dungeoness crab spaghetti — one of the best seafood pastas I’ve ever eaten!

Catch: 21 Ninth Avenue (at West 13th Street)


Abraxas Vin de Terrior – Robert Sinskey Vineyards


Salmon Belly Carpaccio (Watercress, Sweet & Sour Onion, Yuzu)


Hamachi Tartare (Pear, Avocado, Potato Chips)


Ceviche (Shrimp, Snapper, Orange)


Tuna Tartare, Crunchy Rice Cakes, Wasabi Tobiko


Dungeoness Crab Spaghetti (Tomato, Scallion, Flying Fish Roe)


Sautéed Snapper (Lobster Mash, Truffle, Lemon Brown-Butter)


Jean-Georges Steakhouse (Las Vegas, NV)

I love steak and I love Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. When I found out that he opened a steakhouse in Las Vegas, needless to say, I was thrilled! I had one thing on my mind, and one thing only. BONE-IN RIB EYE. It lived up to all of my expectations — nice char on the outside, perfect medium rare on the inside. That piece of meat was tender and fatty, just the way I like it. I sampled a few other dishes (tuna tartare, bone marrow, surf and turf) — they were all great. I’m obsessed with the image that is plastered all over the dining room and menus at JGS (see photo below). Can you guess what it is? :) (The answer is in the full photo album underneath this image!)

Jean-Georges Steakhouse: 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV (Aria hotel)


Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Puffed Rice, Soy-Ginger Dressing


Broiled Bone Marrow, Parsley-Lemon Gremolata


Char-Grilled USDA Prime Beef 18 oz Rib-eye


Char-Grilled USDA Prime Beef 12 oz NY Strip


Can you guess what this image is?

Jean-Georges Steakhouse (Las Vegas, NV)