Potato Heaven (Updated)

Update on 12/7/18: All Potatopia locations have been closed. The closest one is located in Edison, NJ. The other two are in Florida and Toronto.

I went to Potatopia for the second time, and it was amazing. After standing in the terrible cold to catch a bus and waiting for what seemed like forever for a train, seeing the menu made me feel like I was in potato heaven. One of my good friends and I made this trip just because we were craving tater tots, which were added to the menu not too long ago.

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This is only the front of the menu. There are a lot more options on the back.

The menu might be overwhelming at first because of the amount of options you have. You can either order a signature meal or create your own. Curly fries, shoestring fries, smashed potatoes, au gratin, baked sweet potato, and more! Not only are there tons of options for types of potatoes, but they also have a lot of options for toppings and sauces, and you can have as many veggies as you want!

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My view

First, you choose a cut of potato: tater tots, shoestring fries, curly fries, baked potato, and more. Then you choose your protein (extra cost), if you’d like to have one. You can add as many veggies as you’d like at no cost. I decided to get tater tots with bacon, cheddar cheese, and broccoli. The tater tots were perfectly fried, and the toppings complimented the dish well. It was AMAZING! I highly recommend it.

Until next time.

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S’MAC (Updated)

Update 12/7/18: S’Mac closed this location but still has one in the East Village! The address is 197 First Avenue on the corner of 12th St.

Often, I find myself searching for restaurants I’ve never been to/heard of in this great city. I’ve been meaning to go to S’MAC for a few months now, and I finally got the opportunity to go!

S’MAC (taken by me)

S’MAC is a restaurant that has different macaroni & cheese dishes. When I stumbled upon this place on the ‘net, I looked at the menu and thought, “I NEED to go to this place!” Macaroni & cheese is one of my favorite foods, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try it. I invited my good friends, Felicia, to join me on this adventure.

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Being the plain Jane I am, I ordered 4 Cheese macaroni & cheese with breadcrumbs. It was amazing! I’m definitely going again.

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After we finished our wonderful food *tear*, we decided to head over to Central Park. I had never seen the fountain or the beautiful place in picture below. I have no clue what it’s called, but it was beautiful.

Photo creds to Felicia. My phone just didn’t want to take this picture, but I think it looks cool.

Here are a few other pictures taken that day:

The tunnel in Central Park (taken by me)

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Me in the Columbus Circle subway station. Photo creds to Felicia.

 

Until next time.

Put Some SOUL In It!

I’d been craving soul food for weeks, so when my friend asked me if I wanted to go to Amy Ruth’s, I had to say yes! Another trip to good ol’ Harlem for the books blog. I had never been, so I was excited!

Amy Ruth’s menu (taken by me)

I ordered the Reggie Harris, their Southern honey-dipped fried chicken dish, which comes with 2 sides. I chose the mashed potatoes and macaroni & cheese. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. I also thought it was interesting that Amy Ruth’s menu named all of their daily entrees after people. I’m not sure how each dish got its name though.

Screenshot of some of Amy Ruth’s online menu.

Amy Ruth’s and Sylvia’s are both great restaurants. Both restaurants give off great vibes and have comforting atmosphere. Amy Ruth’s has more cheap food options than Sylvia’s does. I highly recommend both restaurants! So if you’re ever in Harlem and want to get some soul food, you can’t go wrong with either one of these restaurants.

Sweet Everythings: Yooglers

Hello all! Apple of My Eye is back in action. Bringing you more NYC adventures!

I’ve decided to use this opportunity to introduce a new series, “Sweet Everythings.” When I’m running around the city, I don’t always have a lot of time to explore and find new things to try/places to see. When I’m on the go, I try to get food or a treat from a place I’ve never been to. I came up with this series to share the different sweet treat shops I find in NYC. So without further ado, I present to you the first blog post in the “Sweet Everythings” series!

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Yooglers is a frozen yogurt shop I stumbled upon while I was roaming around the Union Square area. It’s one of two in the world. *Sigh* Sorry to break the news to you folks. The one I went to is on Broadway and the other is in Madrid, Spain. If you are in either area, I encourage you to try it! Especially if you’re a frozen yogurt fan.

My frozen yogurt concoction (taken by me)

Everything is self-serve, and they have 20 flavors!!! I’ve never seen so many frozen yogurt flavors at one time. They ranged from fruity and tangy to sweet and creamy. 

I enjoyed the short time I had to take in the atmosphere. I’m sure Yooglers’ interior was decorated with kids in mind but is also for the kid at heart. The bright colors helped create a happy, playful vibe. I hope you get the chance to try it!

But wait! That’s not all!

Since I walked around the Flatiron District, I was able to see the Nighthawks display at the bottom of the Flatiron building. It’s one of my favorite paintings, so I was excited to see it. I took pictures of it in the daytime, so they don’t look as great as night pictures of the display. Unfortunately, the exhibit ended on October 6th. I hope this becomes a trend!

Nighthawks display at the Flatiron (taken by me)

Until next time.

Sylvia’s Harlem Restaurant

On March 9, I went to Sylvia’s Harlem Restaurant, which is a restaurant in Harlem, with a friend of mine. The area reminded me of various areas in Washington, D.C. It was not my first time going to Sylvia’s, but I enjoyed it just as much as I did when I first tried it.

Sylvia’s is a soul food restaurant with a great menu. If you like or love soul food, this is the place for you! I decided to have glazed salmon with macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes. The food was wonderful.

I think the atmosphere in Sylvia’s is what helps make it a good restaurant because it’s (atmosphere) very calm and welcoming. The waiters are very nice, patient, and good with refills. I highly recommend Sylvia’s.

 

Sylvia’s glazed salmon, macaroni & cheese, and mashed potatoes

Pure Thai Cookhouse

This past week, I went to Pure Thai Cookhouse in Hell’s Kitchen with a few of my friends. I’m not an adventurous eater, but I decided to try something new. This was the first time I had ever eaten Thai food. I still played it safe with my food. I ordered fried rice with lump crab meat and pineapple juice.

Fried rice with lump crab meat (taken by me)

Even though it might sound weird, I was really excited when I found out that they had pineapple juice. (I’m going to go a little off topic). The first time I had pineapple juice was when I was in southern Italy for a spring break trip. I didn’t like a lot of what was served for breakfast in the hotels where I stayed. When I tried the pineapple juice, I was thankful to have something other than water with my meal. (My rant is over).

 

Pineapple juice (taken by me)

If you ever want to try new food and want to eat at a sit-down restaurant that makes their food quickly, Pure Thai Cookhouse is the place for you. Our food was ready in 15 to 20 minutes, which is pretty fast. The food is presented well, and the waitress and chef got our orders right. One thing I found interesting is that the giant bottles of water they use to pour for customers say “tap water” on the label. That was the first time I’d ever seen that. The food, the pineapple juice, and the tap water were great. I definitely recommend this restaurant.