My first meal in New York was at Very Fresh Noodles. My mom and I hopped off the plane, checked into our hotel, and walked 40 minutes from our hotel to Chelsea Market in 100° weather for it... I have zero regrets (ok, maybe some regrets about not taking an Uber) because it was worth it!
We got there around 1 pm and there was still quite a long line but it moved quick (as long people didn't take 5evar figuring out what they wanted). The food came out shortly after we ordered and thank goodness for that because we were starving.
We ordered the La Mei & Dan Dan Mian. Oh my goodness, the flavor and noodles were ON POINT. Their noodles are hand-pulled and made fresh for every bowl, right in front of you! It definitely lives up to its name.
We also ordered a Thai Milk Tea but I wasn't super impressed by it. I just really appreciated that it was a cold drink because I was sweating.
I would definitely come back.
Bibble & Sip was one of my favorites places that we visited! It was the cutest little shop with the most delicious looking pastries and desserts!
My mom and I came here on a Friday morning around 11 am and it was perfect timing! There was no line and the cream puffs had JUST come out. The crowd did start to pick up a bit around noon so keep that in mind.
We ordered a latte and Hong Kong Black Milk Tea which tasted exactly how you would think they would. I enjoyed sipping on them while eating the pastries to balance out the sweetness.
In terms of pastries/desserts, the matcha and earl grey cream puffs were my favorites. They were rich but had a subtle sweetness. Basically, it was perfection! We also got the character macarons. They were so cute, I couldn't resist! To be honest, it was a little too sweet for my liking. However, I also don't have much of a sweet tooth. I still enjoyed them though!
If I'm ever back in New York, I'll definitely visit again!
I'd give it a 3.5 of 5 stars for food but 4 out of 5 for the experience. The first time I had conveyer belt sushi was in Japan and so I was VERY excited to hear that this place opened up in Downtown Minneapolis.
I think that it's a really cool concept. There are sensors on the plates that allow the chefs to know when to pull the older ones which is awesome technology!
In my opinion, the sushi quality was good but not top tier.
The price per plate range from $2 to $6 and they add up quick so be careful. I think between Nora C and I, we racked up an $80 bill.
I would come back again but considering parking situation isn't the best, probably not very often.
First things first: it's located in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus so parking is tricky. They supposedly have free parking in a nearby ramp (next to Target Express) but I've never been able to find parking there. There's one block of free parking directly in front of Le Pot but otherwise it's mostly paid metered parking.
Onto the food... Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan the first time I went here but it has definitely improved!
I chose the House Spicy Broth with the Beef Combo all three times, and each time was better than the last. The broth itself doesn't have a lot of flavor but what really makes it bomb is the sauce - which you get to make yourself from the make-your-own sauce bar! I definitely put a ton of garlic and chili oil in mine and there are never any regrets.
Bonus, you get free dessert at the end, gotta love that! And even better, it's connected to a Kung Fu Tea so it's the perfect after-dinner drink if you're not too full.
Oh. My. GOODNESS. Everything at The Lynhall is SO aesthetically pleasing - from the decor to the food, even the BATHROOM is beautiful. I AM IN LOVE WITH IT ALL. And there's so much more to love.
They have a private parking lot. There's really nothing that makes me happier than not having to find street parking (although that's free too), especially in Uptown Minneapolis. HOWEVER, since they first opened, it has gotten a lot busier during the day and it has been difficult to even find street parking. Ugh.
The space is HUGE. I mean it's called Lyn-HALL, that's why it's called that right? The space is kind of split into three different sections. There's a "formal" dining area, the main common area, and the bar.
There's free wi-fi so it's a great place to do work, if you can find an outlet or don't need one. It's more ideal to just meet with friends and hangout.
Now the food, I love that they have both pastries and breakfast/light lunch options. They have classic drink options such as hot cocoa, lattes, americano, in additional to some unique ones - I love their blood orange mocha.
Overall, I love Lynhall but unfortunately the parking situation keeps me away most of the time :'(
Tii Cup has definitely improved since I first started coming here. First of all, they've added more drink options and even bubble waffles!
My favorite drinks are:
- Jasmine Milk Tea - I order this with less sugar and no toppings. It's probably my favorite Jasmine Tea in the Twin Cities
- Avocado Shake - I recommend getting the regular because the larger it is, the more diluted it will be
I've only had the bubble waffle once. I tried "The Hulk" which is the Pandan Waffle with toasted coconut. You can't really go wrong with a traditional bubble waffle.I love that there's another bubble tea place in the south suburbs! Making it way too convenient to… Read more
Can Martina do any wrong? The answer is absolutely NOT. Every single dish and drink I've tried so far has been amaaazing!
We'll start with the usual info. It's located in the Linden Hills area (they took over the old Upton 43 space) and parking can be tricky. They have a small private parking lot but it's almost always full. If you have the patience to find parking, I promise you it will be worth it!
I've been there to brunch twice now but I'm dying to go back a third and for dinner. I highly recommend making a reservation, I'm not sure you'll get in without one - or it's an extremely long wait.
The interior is absolutely GORGEOUS. Pictures would not do it justice. I absolutely love the wooden decor and rustic feel. The only downside is that there aren't a ton of windows towards the back that would allow natural light to come through.
Now that we got that out of the way, onto the food and drinks. If you know me, you'll know that I don't drink alcohol most of the time. I'm a lightweight and I'm always the driver so I try not to. However, I couldn't resist because Martina's cocktails are like works of art. They're delicious and the presentation is on point (see for yourself)! They do have really great mocktail options though. I recommend the Egg (cocktail) and Masala Chai (mocktail).
As for the actual food... Like I said, you really can't go wrong. I've tried a little bit of everything from others. For myself, I've ordered the potato churros which were on the saltier side but so crispy and so good. The Double Cheeseburger is a simple burger but they do it so well! It really doesn't need anything but the bun and burger patties - it's so juicy and flavorful. Lastly, I've ordered the Lobster Toast which absolutely melts in your mouth -drools-
Overall, it's a wonderful experience. Their service is great and I recommend everything on their menu.
I came here for lunch with some colleagues on a Wednesday afternoon. There wasn't a crazy lunch rush which was nice but parking was still a pain because it's in Dinkytown.
I would call this place the Asian Chipotle. You choose either a burrito or bowl. You choose your type of burrito or bowl - which ranges from Korean to Thai to Japanese. And then you can add whatever toppings you'd like at no additional cost. Unless you want an egg, that's $1 extra but WORTH IT.
I ordered the Bokkeum Bowl with a fried egg and it was delicious! The pork was so tender and juicy! And the egg looked deep fried but yet it was still runny on the inside, absolute perfection. Overall, the whole dish was so flavorful. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience!
The boyfriend and I had our anniversary dinner here. He made reservations so getting a table wasn't a problem. However, it didn't look that busy considering it was 7:30 PM on a Friday evening.
The restaurant was split into two different sections: bar area and fine dining. The interior was decked out in holiday decor *heart eyes* I wish I could have taken a picture but it was evening and therefore dark.
Our server, Lynn, was friendly and very knowledgeable about the whole menu. She gave us a run-down of it as well as her recommendations, which I appreciated because I was a little overwhelmed by all the choices.
I ordered the Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry Aged NY Strip with Shallot Butter (per Lynn's suggestion), he ordered the Bone-In Ribeye, and we shared a half order of Parmesan Truffle Fries. Both steaks were cooked perfectly and absolutely delicious. However, the ribeye was my favorite - luckily the boyfriend was kind enough to share, haha. We weren't even that hungry (we may or may not have eaten a whole pizza earlier in the day) but we completely devoured our meals!
Overall, our experience was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed it. 10/10 would recommend. This was definitely a special occasion type of place though because it also cost an arm and a leg...
I've attended a handful of classes now and I think I've found my new favorite studio! Not to mention it's close to my house so I really have no excuse to not workout anymore haha.
The studio is small but I've never had a problem with the classes filling up to the point where I didn't have space. All of the instructors are really fun and their music choice is fantastic!
I love the variety of classes that they offer - everything from hot yoga to barre to cardio dance! I leave sweating and sore every time.