Over Thanksgiving break, Sparker and I went to Carbone, a restaurant that we both had been reading/hearing tons about (and after waiting two months for our reservation).

Carbone was definitely worth the wait - we started the meal with whiskey sours (and made a friend at the bar who sent over some bourbon, natch) and then had baked mussels, sizzling pancetta with sea urchin, and Caesar salad that they mixed at the table for us, down to the anchovies in the dressing. For our main course, we had rigatoni (perfectly al dente) with a vodka sauce - perfection! And although we were stuffed, we had to have the lemon cheesecake for dessert.

The restaurant and the waitstaff were plucked straight out of Vito Corleone’s world, complete with a Frank Sinatra filled playlist (that is, until midnight, when it was straight up Jay Z and Biggie). By the time that the check came, SP and I were in such a blissful food coma that we weren’t nearly as alarmed by the steep bill as we should have been. 

Now Carbone has been named the best new restaurant of 2013 by Bloomberg’s Ryan Sutton. Mangia!


This year, we hosted a “Friendsgiving” potluck at our house; everyone brought a dish to share and I roasted a chicken in lieu of the more intimidating turkey. Moriah made an amazing cranberry tart and we all ate ourselves silly. Happy Thanksgiving!


Whenever Sarah visits from the city, it’s always a reason to celebrate! She came up for alumni weekend, and we tried one of the restaurants on the Ithaca Commons that I’ve always wanted to try for happy hour - Mia. They had great drinks - I had a very delicious, very strong blood orange mojito, while Sarah had a gimlet. We also got amazing calamari and tuna tartare - cheers!


My friend Shaza recently moved to the city for grad school (she’s at the New School studying International Relations) so we met up for brunch this weekend - it was so good to see her again! Shaza studied abroad in Paris, so I knew that she would love Casimir. Casimir is my favorite place to get beouf tartare (raw chopped steak topped with raw egg) in the whole city - it’s fresh, delicious, and exquisite! Plus, this little hole in the wall makes you feel like you’re in Paris, not the East Village. We got beouf tartare (obviously) and frites and fresh squeezed orange juice - parfait!

My friend Shaza recently moved to the city for grad school (she’s at the New School studying International Relations) so we met up for brunch this weekend - it was so good to see her again! Shaza studied abroad in Paris, so I knew that she would love Casimir. Casimir is my favorite place to get beouf tartare (raw chopped steak topped with raw egg) in the whole city - it’s fresh, delicious, and exquisite! Plus, this little hole in the wall makes you feel like you’re in Paris, not the East Village. We got beouf tartare (obviously) and frites and fresh squeezed orange juice - parfait!


Greetings from the Made in America music festival, where the Babiez who Brunch have been sampling all the culinary goodness that Philly has to offer. So far, in between seeing our girl Beyoncé and the other amazing acts here, we’ve had some amazing soul food - WE LOVE PHILLY!

Greetings from the Made in America music festival, where the Babiez who Brunch have been sampling all the culinary goodness that Philly has to offer. So far, in between seeing our girl Beyoncé and the other amazing acts here, we’ve had some amazing soul food - WE LOVE PHILLY!


As much fun as living in the city is, we are BROKE. Lately, we’ve been operating on the $5 or less for a meal rule - a fun challenge in a city where a drink will set you back $15. One of our favorite hole in the walls is by Union Square and is always filled with NYU students - Vanessa’s Dumplings. Soup, milk tea, and lots of dumplings for under $5 - now that’s a delicious deal!

As much fun as living in the city is, we are BROKE. Lately, we’ve been operating on the $5 or less for a meal rule - a fun challenge in a city where a drink will set you back $15. One of our favorite hole in the walls is by Union Square and is always filled with NYU students - Vanessa’s Dumplings. Soup, milk tea, and lots of dumplings for under $5 - now that’s a delicious deal!


If there’s anything that SP and I love, it’s a good raw bar. That’s why were ecstatic when we found Thalia - a great theatre district bar that has $1 happy hour from 7 pm - 1 am. Drafts and 20 Blue Point oysters later, we were happy girls.

If there’s anything that SP and I love, it’s a good raw bar. That’s why were ecstatic when we found Thalia - a great theatre district bar that has $1 happy hour from 7 pm - 1 am. Drafts and 20 Blue Point oysters later, we were happy girls.


The long weekend that we have for 4th of July weekend has meant more opportunity for brunching; today, I went to one of my favorite restaurants on the Upper West Side - Good Enough To Eat - with my good friend Rachel. Rachel got pancakes and I got an amazing Greek/gyro inspired omelet (appropriately named the “Astoria” omelet) - all accompanied with fresh biscuits and strawberry butter. 

The long weekend that we have for 4th of July weekend has meant more opportunity for brunching; today, I went to one of my favorite restaurants on the Upper West Side - Good Enough To Eat - with my good friend Rachel. Rachel got pancakes and I got an amazing Greek/gyro inspired omelet (appropriately named the “Astoria” omelet) - all accompanied with fresh biscuits and strawberry butter. 


Today, we celebrated Pride weekend by going to Cafe Jules after the parade. This tiny French café on St. Mark’s plays live jazz and has a great boozy bottomless brunch deal for under $20! We got amazing mimosas and then had eggs benedict and eggs florentine, respectively. Happy Pride!

Today, we celebrated Pride weekend by going to Cafe Jules after the parade. This tiny French café on St. Mark’s plays live jazz and has a great boozy bottomless brunch deal for under $20! We got amazing mimosas and then had eggs benedict and eggs florentine, respectively. Happy Pride!


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Before. During. After.

Thanks to our good friend Sarah Parker of SP in NYC for the amazing photos - basically, we had the best dinner/reunion of our lives at Flex Mussels on a cold, drizzly day in Soho.

We started out the meal with great IPAs and a round of oysters - my favorite were the West Coast ones (sweeter and smaller) and Dina and Sarah liked the East Coast ones (brinier and larger) - but hey, go figure - I’m a California girl. Then we each had a pot of mussels and shared with each other - Sarah got the Italian special with calamari in it, Dina got dijon and I got thai. My favorite flavor of mussels that we ordered was the thai mussels (last picture of the set, with no mussels left because we ate them ALL), which tasted just like a really creamy, decadent yellow curry. They also had some of the best parmesan truffle frites I’ve ever had (and if you know me at all, fries are my weakness). But the best part was seeing Dina after being apart for so long (really, like three weeks. But still.) I also greatly appreciated our very, very good looking and charming waiter. We ended the meal with peach tequila donuts and I couldn’t deal with my life because it was the perfect ending to the perfect meal with the most perfect people…that is, until the perfect waiter brought us the check and then it was back to reality. But anyways - Babiez not only brunch, but BABIEZ FLEX MUSSELS. - C