UPDATE – Aoki is now permanently closed.
Aoki is a lovely Japanese restaurant just north of Times Square in New York. We just popped in for a light evening meal and were surprised by the variety available on the menu.
We chose a Spider roll – Soft shell crab, mayo and caviar, and a Pink Panthers Roll – crunchy spicy tuna, tempura eel, avocado, wasabi, caviar. Both were delicious and beautifully presented – they held together well.
Spider Roll and Pink Panthers Roll
We also chose gyoza – pan fried pork dumplings – again succulent and delicious.
Our fourth dish was tuna tataki – seared tuna with ponzu sauce and salad.
All of the dishes tasted really good, the ingredients were good quality and the service was excellent.
They also have an extensive drinks list which contains cocktails including the delicious Lychee Mojito.
Will I return to Aoki ? Definitely, next time I am in New York I will be taking my friends there for a wonderful Japanese treat.
We went to Pure Thai Cookhouse on a Sunday lunch time. It is on 9th Avenue between 51st and 52nd Street, a small cosy establishment. When we walked in we were greeted with a cheery ‘sawasdee’ and secured a table within 5 minutes.
The menu was traditional Thai and between three of us we chose chicken satay and beef dumplings/buns to start.
Both plates were absolutely delicious – the buns packed full of shredded beef and succulent without being too stodgy. The satays were authentic and tasty, accompanied by a dish of cucumber, onion and chilli as well as satay peanut sauce.
For main course we chose pad thai with shrimp, curry paste with shrimp, chicken with holy basil and chilli, and steamed brown rice.
Wow every dish was superb, quite spicy, but so tasty that the spiciness was overtaken by the deliciousness of each mouthful.
Pad Thai with shrimp
Curry paste with shrimp
Chicken with Thai basil and chilli
Fresh coconut juice
The service was polite and efficient and the whole meal was around $60 with soft drinks.
This restaurant is a neighbourhood gem and a must-try for anybody in NYC who loves authentic, delicious Thai food.