March 1, 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Xi’an Famous Foods

In this solo dining adventure, Gary visits the first Xi’an Famous Foods not located in a Chinatown.

Ever since I first saw the Xi’an Famous Foods stall in the basement of a Flushing mall, featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, I’ve occasionally visited them before and after Mets games. When they announced they were opening a location in Manhattan’s Chinatown, I was excited since that meant I could eat their food without having to first see the Mets lose (tough times, these past few seasons). Not long after, they opened up a location in the East Village and with my Eater internship located conveniently close by, it was only a matter of time before I’d wander over. […]

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October 29, 2010 ~ 2 Comments

No. 7 Sub

In this solo dining adventure, Gary finally makes it to No. 7 Sub, only six months after he had planned to go the first time.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve essentially set up shop in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. Also having set up shop in the Ace Hotel is No. 7 Sub, a sandwich shop that Kate and I had actually intended on visiting during Foodie Call #8, only to be rebuffed by a “closed” sign shortly after 5 pm. This time around, I would not be rebuffed, opting instead to come here for lunch instead of a late afternoon meal. Getting there a little before 1 pm did indeed mean that the lunch rush would be in full swing so there’s the matter of whether a 15-20 minute wait for your order to be ready is worth it. […]

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October 22, 2010 ~ 1 Comment


In this solo dining adventure, Gary visits social media-friendly 4food.

One of my first assignments for Eater was to take photos of the still in construction 4food in Midtown. Until then, I knew nothing of the place. It wasn’t until the door swung open to let a construction worker pass that I was able to get a good glimpse inside at the giant digital leaderboard which is when everything became clear to me – this was gonna be a futuristic, tech-savvy place. Over the next few weeks, I read up on their embracing of social media as well as their commitment to the environment and I was pretty stoked to eventually try the food here. […]

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October 19, 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Book Bindery

In this solo dining adventure, Gary has dinner at Book Bindery, a new restaurant from Per Se alum Shaun McCrain.

The story of where I had dinner on my final night in Seattle is an interesting one – well, at least to me it is. I had made a reservation for Olivar in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. It was one of the suggestions i got from the Chowhound thread I started and the menu of Spanish tapas looked like it’d be a winner. On my second to last night in Seattle, I stopped in at a restaurant after a Mariners game for their late happy hour $1 oysters special. While I sat at the bar, happily slurping up my oysters, I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation two ladies at the end of the bar were having with the bartender. […]

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September 21, 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Tamarind Tribeca

In this solo dining adventure, Gary is treated to lunch at Tamarind Tribeca for his birthday.

I love my birthday – since it falls in the middle of August, it’s essentially a three-week celebration from the weekend prior and extending all the way until Labor Day. Why the lengthy celebration? Well, it’s near the end of summer so I never manage to have a real party until many weeks later (usually around Labor Day weekend) and the celebrating always starts a few days before it since that’s the way my family likes to do it. Add in all the different friends who want to take me out to a nice meal and it’s hard to argue that I don’t live a somewhat charmed existence. […]

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