We stopped here before 11:00 am and was told they were not open yet. Then lock the door!! Thankfully there was a park across the street so we waited there for a few minutes. Once we walked in, someone who looked like a manager, asked us if we have been there before and if we wanted a sample. I said yes, I would like a honey saffron sample in dark chocolate. A staff member mentioned that they only had milk chocolate samples!! What? My husband sampled the salted caramel and I tried one of the macarons. I picked a custom box and enjoyed every one of the flavors. The problem was there was no picture guide describing the flavors in the box or online.
Made Nice is a casual restaurant by Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad. We picked up our food about one hour before we ate it. The portions were generous considering the price and tasted pretty good. Service was friendly. I talked to the guy who was taking the order while the staff was holding their meeting and he even gave us two mini muffins on the house. A very nice gesture.
Khao Salad Hanger Steak a la Plancha, Roasted Broccoli, Cilantro, Crispy Rice, Parmesan, Lime, Chili & Crispy Shallot
I loved this dish. The hanger steak was still good considering we ordered it an hour before. There were plenty of roasted broccoli. The crispy rice and crispy shallots provided a lot of flavor and crunch.
Chicken Rice Braised Chicken Thigh, Basmati Rice, Parmesan, Marinated Tomatoes, Scallions, Rosemary & Lemon
My husband’s choice. He likes his rice and was happy with the dish. There were plenty of tender chicken.
They were both pretty good.
Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery was on my list of bakeries to try in Manhattan. We stopped here on the 3rd of July and sadly they were closed. There was no info online about it being closed. Even their voicemail had no info about it being closed. Thankfully, Dominique Ansel Bakery was nearby to ease the pain!! So we had to stop here on our last day. By the time we got there late in the afternoon they were out of a few things. Service was friendly.
I don’t know if it was my husband’s cool hat or the fact that it was towards the end of the day that we received three doughnuts on the house. I guess that made up for the fact that they were closed without a notice on the 3rd and Fourth of July. Even though I warmed it up in the oven the next day, it still tasted pretty good. It had a vanilla pastry creme in the middle.
This cheesecake was highly recommended by a foodie online and I am glad it lived up to the hype. It was light and airy with a hint of lemon and had a chocolate crust. They only had one slice left so it was meant to be mine.
My husband’s pick. It was good but he could have picked a more interesting treat.
Danish Bread and Sourdough
The Danish bread was decadent and I was savoring every bite. Very hearty and buttery. Our waiter told us that it was a very labor intensive process and they make just enough for the daily basis.
Black Bass Ramp
The fish was cooked perfectly and tasted great.
Scandinavian Bouillabaisse Seafood, Fennel Aioli
My husband picked this dish and it was really good. It had a bit of everything. Fish, scallop and shrimp all cooked perfectly. A total comfort food.
Who would not like to indulge in these goodies?
The cookies were even more impressive than the desert we ordered!
Cherry Crème fraîche, Cocoa, Lemon Thyme
It was a good dessert but less impressive than the complimentary cookies. It was sweeter than we preferred.
Breads Bakery is famous for their 100% rye bread so we went there to pick up a couple of loaves before leaving the city. Unfortunately they only have the 100% rye out to sell after 12 PM.
They had all these bread except the 100% rye!!
Their croissant was the least expensive croissant we bought in Manhattan and considering the price, it looked good and tasted fine.
100% Rye Bread
We had to come back to get this but it was worth it. It has a nice sour taste but unfortunately my blood sugar is not happy with this bread.
Arcade Bakery was highly recommended and because of the holiday weekend they were closed for a few days. Luckily it was open on our final day in Manhattan. After eating our goodies, I googled the pastry chef, Roger Gural and realized he used to be the head baker for Bouchon bakery in Northern California.
Pain au Chocolat
It was a good chocolate croissant with a nice texture and dark chocolate filling.
Ham and Cheese Croissant
The ham and cheese croissant was less successful. Not enough ham to make a good impression.
Chocolate Hazelnut Danish
The best item we tried was this Danish. The texture was amazingly crisp and buttery. The hazelnut and chocolate made it even more decadent. The earl grey tea was very fragrant.
Morgenstern’s was supposed to be our second ice cream stop but unfortunately the Ice and Vice was closed. So we walked to Morgenstern’s and waited in the long line for at least 10-15 minutes. After all this wait, they only gave out two samples per person. That would not be a problem had they offered less flavors. I sampled their very popular Black Coconut Ash and found it nothing special. Their Lychee Raspberry was more lychee than raspberry. The burnt sage was the other sample I tried.
Dizengoff is a branch of a Philly hummus place at the Chelsea Market in NYC.
Tehina (Hummus), Marinated Peppers and Marcona Almonds
It was a good hummus enhanced with the flavorful peppers and crunchy Marcona almonds.
It was a refreshing cucumber and tomato salad but on the salty side.
The Moroccan carrots were a good balance to all the salty sides.
Twice Cooked Eggplant
This dish was my favorite. A very flavorful eggplant dish but a touch salty.
Pops Pastrami Buttermilk-fermented cucumber kraut, caraway, cracked rye berry, anchovy mustard, fresh dill
Harry & Ida was highly recommended for their Pops Pastrami (half a pound of meat). I am happy to report that the hype was well deserved. Pastrami was very flavorful and went very well with the delicious and refreshing kraut. It was enough for two people to share.