Summer in NYC: Butcher’s Daughter & Cocoron
Hello my dearest readers! It’s been almost a month since I updated my blog! How negligent of me!
But no! I promise that this will be the last time I am apologizing for not updating my blog, because I am sure that Façhion Coma will be lively again starting this summer!
I am planning on opening a “story” section for Façhion Coma too, uploading all my writings for journalism classes, school newspaper, freelancing…
So after finals, I finally went shopping and taking photos with my dear friend Emily. It’s been long since I ate out, but we tried Butcher’s Daughter, a vegan restaurant, and Cocoron, a Japanese soba noodle restaurant. Photos are taken with my dad’s camera, Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-70mm lens, which I will keep.
The first stop was Butcher’s daughter. The chic ambiance, well-decorated interior, and the smell of fried garlic attracted us. The restaurant includes many 2016 hipster elements; daisies, mint leaves in a water bottle and wooden surfaces. Went in without knowing that the restaurant was vegan, we were surprised that vegetables can actually be that good!
We ordered two dishes to share. The Avocado Tartare with avocado mousse on top of marinated vegetables, such as red pepper and white carrots. The avocado mousse was smooth but not too thick like guacamole, and the marinated vegetables added a tip of chewiness and crunchiness to the bite. Dipping the tartare with toasted baguette was the perfect way to enjoy the smooth avocado mix.
The second dish was the Angel Hair Carbonara topped with a sunny side up egg. This is not the normal angel hair pasta as you think, because they used shredded spaghetti squash as the pasta. Pretty shocking, right? But the “pasta” was actually pretty satisfying to eat though it was vegetable-healthy. Sunny side up egg yolk mixed with cashew ricotta cheese with bread crumbs added thickness and texture to the bite. Wilted arugula adds a little chewy greens but still compromise with texture of the angel hair. It was a little chewy and a little more crunchy than an al dante pasta. You don’t consume too much carbs in this dish.
Lastly, my friend Matthew introduced me to Cocoron, the Japanese soba noodle restaurant. I was too full to eat anything at that time, but I drank a beer and had a mochi ice cream. Nothing to say about the mochi ice cream as they are good as usual, but the touch of ground peanut added the nutty flavor and powdery texture in contrast to the melty ice cream. My friend had a green tea that came with a really cute filter. The soba noodle looked really tasty but I could not finish one!