In my constant pursuit to bringing you the best bites in an area I call Hell’s Kitchen, I present to you this most pressing update. Two in, two out
Out: We fare adios to Bis.Co.Latte who lost their battle with the rising rent monster. This means we are saying goodbye to over 50 flavors of Biscotti, but more importantly Hell’s Kitchen best soups. Best of luck to Holly & Antone with the next venture. Hopefully a soup truck right at my doorsteps.
Out: Co Ba 53. While I wouldn’t be so quick to remove a place closed by the health dep’t, the last couple of meals helped with the decision. I wish them the best, and please if you do reopen, get rid of the stupid tablecloth. It makes you look fancier than you are, and it doesn’t fit the place and the neighborhood (Update: Just passed by them and they already reopened. Oh Well)
In: Otto’s Tacos. The first addition I didn’t even need to try. I’m already well too familiar with their East Village spot, and those shrimp tacos (hmmm, how you doing). But I did of course had my fix on day two of this most important Hell’s Kitchen opening since Gotham West. I’ll be seeing more of them
In: Mocu Mocu. More Japanese goodies in the hood, though there’s really nothing like this in the area. Artsy, nifty but very casual spot that is still trying to find its bearings. Essentially all sorts of Japanese street food and snacks. Takoyaki (octopus balls), Oshinko (homemade pickles), soups like the terrific white bean and Sausage Miso, Okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), Obanyaki (dessert pastries), decent wings. I’ve been here three times already and each time I discover something new. This project is a collaboration of two sisters and Hiroko Shimbo, an acclaimed cookbook author. Unlike the new atrocity across the street El Original, this place hasn’t spent a day on any hot list, while flying under everyone radar. Its all in the marketing, and word of mouth. That’s why I’m here