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Zain's Top 5 Moments of 2012 - Moment #4

This is a multi-post series highlighting what I think were my top moments / events in 2012.

Moment #4 - Eating

Disclaimer: Chipotle Is Not On This List
This one is a bit unconventional since it is a collection of different moments that all roll-up into what I've called "eating" in this post. Clearly I use the term moment loosely, but just go with me on this because if nothing else, you at least get a list of awesome restaurants to try.

I am a believer in investing in experiences over goods, which is why dining makes this list. To some, these experiences may seem too trivial to classify as a "top moment," but I am very grateful to have had them. They have contributed to my personal growth, given me some awesome stories to tell and encouraged me to go to the gym more often by way of expanding waistline.

So without further delay my top dining moments of 2012 (sorry I don't have pictures for all of them):
  • Gotham Bar and Grill - 5th Ave. and 12th Street, New York, NY - Fantastic New American restaurant with a great selection of dishes. It is a bit on the pricier side, but I thought the food and service was worth every penny. My Favorites: Mushroom Risotto, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, Free Range Chicken
  • L'Artusi - 228th West 10th Street (West Village), New York, NY - A great Italian restaurant in the West Village by a couple of guys that know a thing or two about Italian dining. I have only been here once, but I've been to its sister restaurant more than a few times. Both are fantastic, but I have to give the edge to L'Artusi for atmosphere and menu items. My Favorites: Brussel Sprouts
  • Bohemian Restaurant - 57 Great Jones Street (NoHo), New York, NY - You'll never guess by looking at it that this place is a high-end Japanese restaurant. It is located behind a butcher shop and the number is unlisted. If you can get a reservation, the burgers are fantastic as is the steak and basically everything else. This was a very different kind of dining experience for me, but one that I hope to repeat some day. My Favorites: Burgers, Steak
  • La Herradura, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico - I can't find a website for this place, but it is hands down one of the best Mexican restaurants that I've ever eaten at. I'm not sure what I ordered, but it was served boiling hot in a large pewter dish with tortillas on the side. As good as the food is, the service was even better. These guys genuinely enjoy life and make sure that their customers have a happy and exciting dining experience. See the video to get an understanding of how awesome this place is.


I've got a separate list of restaurants that I still need to eat at, so this list will certainly expand in 2013

Also, stay tuned for Moment #3 tomorrow

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  1. Have you had Serendipity's Frozen Hot Chocolate yet?
    Or Joes's Pizza in West Village? Delicious! (Might be overrated though...)

  2. I have not. Both sound awesome, and I've heard of Joe's for sure.


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