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Komeeda brings you an all encompassing dining experience where-ever 

you decide to dine out!

 

Whether it's brunch, lunch or dinner, restaurants cater prix-fixe five

(or more) course meals for you to taste new cuisines and dishes with old

and new friends.  

 

Your dining experiences with Komeeda will be unique from restaurant to

restaurant, with each having a story and style of their own. Your job is to

come with an open mind and empty stomach. 

 

Restaurant Rave: Eastern European Cuisine at Onegin

Photo credit: Forgotten New York

Photo credit: Forgotten New York

I'm always up for exploring new cuisines -- I might not be able to travel to international locales in real life, but I can travel around the world in New York alone hopping from restaurant to restaurant. You've got Chinatown, Little Italy Indian food in Murray Hill (nicknamed Curry Hill) and Jamaican in Crown Heights!

Lately, I've been on an Eastern European food kick! I'm slowly working my way through cooking favorites such as stuffed cabbage and perogi at home. And I finally have an excuse (and craving) to try such New York institutions as Veselka, which if you haven't been to, run do not walk!

Perogies & some dipping sauces.

Perogies & some dipping sauces.

Recently, I stumbled upon Onegin, a Russian restaurant in the West Village. The restaurant is modeled after the literary works of Alexander Pushkin, the founder of modern Russian literature. One of his most famous works is Eugene Onegin (after which, you guessed it, the restaurant is named), which tells the story of a cynical aristocrat in opulent St. Petersburg.

I don't know about you, but I enjoy when my meal comes with a little literary education! And siting in Onegin, you really do feel like you should be wearing a decadent fur while sipping vodka and discussing Anna Karenina or Crime and Punishment. My high school English teacher would be so proud!

As expected from the Russians, the vodkas here are amazing! They have infused vodkas to drink straight -- I recommend the pear and ginger and the spicy horseradish. And their cocktails are fun and inventive. I couldn't refuse a "Son of a Peach," a cocktail with Jameson, Combier Peach, White Peach Puree, Muddled mint and lemon, topped with Russian cream soda.

The words Russian and Vodka are synonymous. 

The words Russian and Vodka are synonymous. 

The menu is expansive and is filled with hearty Russian favorites such as smoked fish and herring, meat stews and chicken Kiev. We only sampled a small portion of it and my favorites were our two appetizers, which I highly suggest. If you're looking to break into Russian cuisine, these are great gateways!

I sampled the Blini with salmon caviar which are classic Russian pancake, served with chopped hard boiled eggs and sour cream. These are a must have!

Blini- Russian Pancakes

Blini- Russian Pancakes

We also tried Pelmeni, which are Russian dumplings, with a filling of pork and veal or just veal. These are delicious!

Pelmenti- Russian Dumplings

Pelmenti- Russian Dumplings

If you're looking to be transported to 19th century Russia, or just sample a different cuisine, I highly recommend Onegin. It's perfect for fall and winter with hearty, rich flavors of Eastern Europe that will warm your mind, body and soul. Embrace your inner Ruskie and head over to Onegin!

Restaurant Rave: Brunch at Paradou

As a 20-something, one of my favorite things about living in New York are boozy, fancy brunches! Little beats unlimited mimosas and eggs Benedict after a fun night out. Let’s be honest, fighting a hangover with a cocktail never hurt anyone right?!

Anyway, one of my favorite brunch spots – Paradou – is in the Meat Packing district. It’s a cute little restaurant with a lovely back patio perfect for spring and summer and boasts a charming Provence-inspired menu. They are known for their champagne cocktails, which are included in their brunch menu.

For $30, they do a great prix fixe brunch menu -- the food is delicious and unlimited champagne cocktails are included in the price! 

I've had both the Eggs Benedict and the Duck Reuben Sandwich - both which are heavenly though the latter is probably on my top five best eaten dishes list which is saying something!  

Poached Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Sautéed Spinach with Hollandaise

Poached Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Sautéed Spinach with Hollandaise

The Height of Decadence!!! The Roaylty of Sandwichdom!!!  Duck Confit, Duck Magret, Choucroute, Arugula Served on Grilled Country Bread with Salad & Baked Fingerlings

The Height of Decadence!!! The Roaylty of Sandwichdom!!!

 Duck Confit, Duck Magret, Choucroute, Arugula

Served on Grilled Country Bread with Salad & Baked Fingerlings

And while I recommend going for brunch, I've also been there for dinner and once again, the food can't be beat. They have an outdoor patio in the back which is opened in the summer (for a little dining under the stars) and in the winter, it's covered and insulated. 

So if you're looking for a boozy brunch in the city this upcoming weekend, head over to Paradou. You won't be disappointed. The crisp fall air pairs nicely with seasonal champagne cocktails and hearty brunch dishes and it's a couple blocks from the High Line, which is one of my favorite spots in New York.

The High Line

The High Line

Drink and dine to your heart's content and then walk off those calories and hangover around the neighborhood! 

Lunch List: SoHo

Post by Cristina Nogueras of Peace, Love & Diet Coke


This list should actually be called: “Best places to have a delicious and “ok” priced lunch around my old office in SoHo”. I’m no expert, but I know what I like and I know what my wallet doesn’t.  Below are my favorite places to have lunch in SoHo, this list has been in development since I started working in SoHo almost two years ago. Some places are cheaper than others, but one thing they all have in common is they can provide a delicious lunch in less than an hour. This list has been evolving since I started the post, since sadly some places closed.

La Esquina

My all-time favorite is the “Pepito” and fries with chipotle mayo. Note that the fries do not come with chipotle mayo, but I highly recommend you order it for the ultimate experience, you can thank me later. If you can’t really sit down they also have the option to order to-go on the outside, slightly different menu, still amazing.

Delicatessen + MacBar 

Every time I go to Delicatessen I fight the urge to order cheeseburger mac and cheese, because why not, right? Their special mac and cheese plates are to die for and honestly, totally worth it. If you are feeling like going against your heart’s desires, then I recommend the award winning pan roasted chicken thigh sandwich with cerignola olive pesto, sweet pepper aioli, burrata cheese & french fries.

Some of the delicious mac and cheese plates offered on the menu! Photo fromDelicatessen Facebook

Some of the delicious mac and cheese plates offered on the menu! Photo fromDelicatessen Facebook


SoHo Park

I’ve been here over 10 times and I always order the same thing, classic cheeseburger. It’s that good. The extra fun thing about SoHo Park is they have an amazing selection of dipping sauces for the fries, roasted pepper aioli is my dipping sauce selection. This place is also fun for outside seating and actually feeling like you’re in a park, so creative of them, right?

Photo by Cristina Nogueras

Photo by Cristina Nogueras

Salud

This place recently opened and although I have only been there once, I’m planning to return soon. I love their tagline, “a Latin-take on organic”. It’s really what Salud is all about. I had the quinoa veggie burger and I never expected it to be that amazing. The owner was very nice and even treated me and my friend to some homemade brownies that I believe were made with a chocolate he prepares himself. Salud also has a brunch menu, which obviously, I need to try.

Photo from the Salud Instagram, the veggie burger I had at Salud looked so delicious, I totally forgot to take a photo!

Photo from the Salud Instagram, the veggie burger I had at Salud looked so delicious, I totally forgot to take a photo!

Cafe Habana

I’m Puerto Rican, so I love everything our neighbors in Cuba have to offer in terms of food. Cuban food hits close to home and always makes my soul happy. This spot offers a variety of Cuban food, with some other Latin American touches as well, including tacos. If I could, I would always go for the skirt steak, but their Cuban sandwich is also delicious and rumored to be one of the best ones in the city. See for yourself!

Grilled corn, so delicious. Photo from Cafe Habana’s Facebook

Grilled corn, so delicious. Photo from Cafe Habana’s Facebook

Emporio

If you don’t like pizza don’t bother coming here, or being my friend, for that matter. With a nice selection of brick oven pizzas, this place is a great place to go with a few coworkers and share some slices during your break. You can also eat the pizza all by yourself, no sharing required.

My choice of prosciutto and cheese, classic & great – Photo by Cristina Nogueras

My choice of prosciutto and cheese, classic & great – Photo by Cristina Nogueras

Bread

This cute Italian restaurant is as charming during lunch as it is during dinner. I’ve been able to make my way through the menu and I must say, I can’t get enough of it. If you are having lunch there, the tomato soup is a must. Oh, and in case you were wondering, they do have bread and it is very delicious.

Photo by Cristina Nogueras

Photo by Cristina Nogueras

Parm

If you go to Parm, you get the parm. The folks there are extremely good on making these chicken parm sandwiches, so ordering anything else seems like a crime. I have, however, ordered the garlic bread knots and they were very good… followed by a chicken parm sandwich, of course.

Parm from parm – Photo from Parm’s website

Parm from parm – Photo from Parm’s website

Grey Dog

Looking for a quick, yet nice place to sit down and have lunch? I’ve only been here once, but I had a very delicious sandwich that left me feeling satisfied.

Quite frankly, I forget what this sandwich was all about, but the pesto was absolutely amazing. – Photo by Cristina Nogueras

Quite frankly, I forget what this sandwich was all about, but the pesto was absolutely amazing. – Photo by Cristina Nogueras

Spring Natural

To be honest, this one is making the list because I wanted to reach to 10 and I figured I had to get in a place that was healthy overall, just to ease my guilt. It may be a little overpriced for certain simple items, but after all, it’s SoHo. Their salads are really good (yes, I said that) and the bread they start you with is really good as well.

I’ve tried to kept my photos to what I have tasted, but this looks delicious, could not overlook it! Photo from Spring Natural Facebook

I’ve tried to kept my photos to what I have tasted, but this looks delicious, could not overlook it! Photo from Spring Natural Facebook

What are your favorite SoHo spots? Share them with me below!

¡Buen Provecho!

Follow Cristina on Instagram @peaceloveanddietcoke for more tasty visual treats.