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Herringbone - La Jolla, CA

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While we were staying in the San Diego area last month for my little sister's wedding, our family, along with the new in-laws, went to dinner at Herringbone restaurant in La Jolla. Herringbone is the fifth restaurant in "Top Chef" Brian Malarkey's San Diego restaurant empire. Herringbone is housed in a "vintage warehouse" and is absolutely breathtaking on the inside. The high warehouse ceiling remains, but throughout the dining room are 100-year old real live olive trees. Extremely unique art and lighting installations line the walls, giving the restaurant an industrial, warehouse-meets-enchanted-forest feel that is really captivating. The exhibition kitchen is located at the back of the restaurant, behind a huge glass window so guests can watch the chefs prepare the food.


Luckily, the food at Herringbone lives up to the awe-inspiring atmosphere. The menu theme is "Fish Meats Field," with a focus on line-caught seafood, farm-fresh vegetables and &…

Kaji Sushi & Lounge - Garden City, NY

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Kaji Sushi & Lounge opened just a few months ago on Franklin Avenue in Garden City, practically next door to Sushi Ya, a popular, family-friendly sushi and hibachi joint that has been there for years, and right across the street from Kinha Sushi, a more serene and upscale sushi restaurant that has decent food but horrendous service. So when we saw that Kaji would be opening soon, we were a little perplexed. Why would anyone want to open a third sushi restaurant within a few feet of the other two? That takes serious guts. Now that we have visited Kaji twice, once at dinner and then yesterday for lunch, we see that Kaji will do just fine and the other two spots, especially Kinha, should really be worried.    


Kaji is one of the latest modern sushi restaurants in Long Island that takes the old-school, quiet, serious, unassuming sushi bar vibe and turns it completely on its head. Kaji is splashy and flashy and goes all out with dramatic decor, colored lights and popular Top 40 music to…

Plancha - Garden City, NY

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Ever since we first visited Plancha's sister restaurant, Salumi Tapas & Wine, the subject of my first-ever blog post, and learned that they would soon be opening a place in Garden City, I've been eagerly awaiting Plancha's opening. For the past few months, every time I drove down Franklin Avenue in Garden City, I would take a peek at the space, which was formerly Upper Crust Cafe, to see how close they looked to opening. Finally, about a month ago, Plancha made its debut. From our first visit, we knew that this would become a regular spot for us. We love it so much we've been there three times in the past month!


Like Salumi, Plancha is a casual, rustic tapas and wine bar. Plancha's distinguishing feature is its namesake grill, a "Plancha," a flat-top grill, which sits right behind the bar so you can watch the chefs prepare most of the cooked menu items. In fact, nearly all of the food preparation takes place behind the bar, which makes dining there a b…