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Restaurant Reviews: Fried Chicken, Hand-Pulled Noodles, Chili-Oil Fish

April 6, 2018

Hi all! Hope you’ve had an amazing week! Today I’m sharing some restaurant reviews with you all! It seems like such a long time since I’ve written a post on food and the places I’ve been eating at. These three places I’m talking about today range from noodles to fried chicken, so there should be something for everyone to try if you are in NYC. Also, just wanted to add a disclaimer that these are my own personal opinions and opinions can differ!

1.Red Rooster

During this year’s winter NYC Restaurant Week, Alex and I ventured up to Harlem for the first time since living in NYC to try out a place that is very well known for their fried chicken. Alex first heard of this place via a Buzzfeed Worth It episode, thus we had to go. We went during lunchtime because it was cheaper than the dinner options, even though the menu/options were relatively the same. While Alex started his meal with a fennel soup, I opted for a salad. Both were so delish!! For the main course, we both decided on the fried chicken thigh with gravy and veggies. The dish was overall very good, but personally, I would have liked my chicken to be crispier. If you do go here, I beg you to get the corn bread…it was DELISH! And for dessert, the only option was a cupcake. The food was good, but not phenomenal and the cupcake was kind of a sad ending. I’m usually a cupcake lover, but those cupcakes weren’t meeting any expectations. The frosting was hard and the cake was dry. I would still recommend that you try this restaurant out because of the amazing interiors and mood.

2.Chow House

After class late one night, we decided to grab some dinner near school. We were craving Chinese and found this place on Yelp. Every time I go to a Chinese restaurant, I always share everything with the people I am with, just a Chinese tradition. Alex and I ordered a few dishes and one of them has to be fish in chili-oil, which is a favorite of ours. We were first introduced to this dish at an amazing Chinese restaurant in Florence, Italy and have been trying to find a replica ever since. This restaurant made it pretty good and was generous with the serving sizes. We also ordered chicken lettuce wraps and of course rice. The chicken lettuce wraps were delicious!! The flavors blended together so well and I am craving that meal again as I am writing this. We didn’t get a change to try more dishes, but I would totally go back just to get those two dishes again!

3.Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles II

Lastly, this hand-pulled noodle place is a must-go. Alex and I have been trying to eat out more in our area of town to get to know the area better. Noodles are both of our weaknesses! I’ve shared another hand-pulled noodle place before that was in Chinatown, but this one is so convenient cause it’s only a couple streets away from us. I ordered a bowl beef brisket glass noodles and Alex went with a bowl of house special egg noodles (has chicken, beef and shrimp). And it was sooo good, I ended eating all of it, which is rare! I also was sick that day so the beef broth was so delicious. They have so many different combinations of noodles, toppings and broths that there HAS to be a bowl for you. Even if you don’t end up going to this place, I highly recommend going to a hand-pulled noodle spot.

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These are the three restaurants I wanted to share with you today. Let me know your favorite spots in NYC or elsewhere in the world. My love for food is borderline unhealthy, but I don’t think that’s something I need to curb haha. Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

A million and one thanks for reading — until my next lil’ thought then!

xx Jen

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84 Comments

  • Reply Bianca April 6, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    This all sounds so yum! ~ Bianca, BiancaBlogs.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 7, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      they all were delish!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Nidia Serrano April 6, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    All of these places sound amazing. I’ve been wanting to go to red rooster for some time, but haven’t. Bookmarking!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 7, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Yesss you should definitely go! Thanks for reading!
      xx Jen

  • Reply yaramel April 6, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Lovely photos! It all looks delicious 😀

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 7, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      they all were! thanks for reading!
      xx Jen

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 7, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      🙂
      xx Jen

  • Reply sophi clickn April 7, 2018 at 1:24 am

    I wish I could visit this place, everything looks so delicious..!
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 7, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      you should if you’re in nyc or are in the future!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Anna April 7, 2018 at 10:48 am

    NYC has so many wonderful restaurants and unique foods! Must try those hand-pulled noodles one day!

    Anna / http://atlifestylecrossroads.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 7, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! there’s always a new place to try here! And you have to try those noodles–they are the absolute best! Thanks for reading!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Brooke (@pumpsandpushups) April 7, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Such a bummer the cupcake wasn’t the best! I’m always disappointed if I get a dessert and it’s not good. But, at least the entrée was good!

    Brooke

    pumps and push-ups

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      I agree!! The dessert is suppose to be the part that sums up the whole meal! thanks for reading babe!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Dominique April 7, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Mmmm you had me at fried chicken! Looks delicious hunny xx

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 7, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      The chicken was the best part of the meal and you def have to try if you’re ever in the area!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Courtney Hardy April 7, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    That place sounds so good.
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 7, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      They all were amazing in their own ways!
      xx Jen

  • Reply vanessa April 8, 2018 at 9:38 am

    looks yummi

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 8, 2018 at 11:27 am

      it was delish!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Minal Patil April 8, 2018 at 10:12 am

    That sounds like a great place!
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 8, 2018 at 11:26 am

      You def have to try one of them out if you’re ever in the city!
      xx Jen

  • Reply bonjourchiara April 8, 2018 at 10:57 am

    it’s dinner time in Dubai, you are making me feel so hungry lol xx
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 8, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Haha hope you had something delish to eat!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Deborah April 8, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    This post made me hungry lol. All the food looks so yummy! I prefer my fried chicken to be super crispy too so i would’ve probably had the same problem as you in that place. And I’m sorry to hear the cupcake was a rather sad ending, they should probably add a few more dessert options hehe.
    I’d love to go to a hand-pulled noodle place as I love noodles too. That last place sounded awesome!
    xx

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 9, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Haha I am hungry just looking at the photos too and girl I totally get you on every part! Thanks so much for reading!
      xx Jen

  • Reply busyandfab April 8, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I miss NYC and its food scene, nice to know there is Red Rooster there. They’re in Sydney too but they are not performing well I guess and not many branches left. I would like to go to Chinatown the next time I visit New York, I heard a lot of good food around the area.

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 9, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Yes there are always so many places to try here! And I totally recommend going to Chinatown (my fave) because of all the options + how inexpensive it is!
      xx Jen

  • Reply districtofchic1 April 8, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Those noodles look so so yummy!

    District of Chic

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 9, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      they were definitely the highlight of my day!
      xx Jen

  • Reply notjessfashion1 April 9, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Their food looks delish! I’m from NY too, I gotta check out this place. Thanks for sharing dear!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 9, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      Yes babe you have to go! The noodles are a must!
      xx Jen

  • Reply LianaLaurie April 9, 2018 at 3:43 am

    Amazing post, dear! A big hello from Germany!
    Hugs ♥
    LianaLaurie

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 9, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you!!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Indian Eagle April 9, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Thank you for sharing your amazing reviews on amazing restaurants.

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 9, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      thank you so much for reading!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Olivia Poncelet April 9, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Oh wow, looks so delicious!
    Nice pics too 😉
    Happy Monday <3
    Olivia Poncelet
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 9, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      thanks so much babe! happy monday!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Allie / Joy and Ivy April 9, 2018 at 10:50 am

    All of that food looks so delicious and thank goodness it’s almost lunch time!!!

    Allie / Joy and Ivy
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 9, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Hahaa yesss hope you get to eat something yummy!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Reine April 9, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    those pulled noodles look delish! I’ll keep these in mind when (if) I go to NYC, I want to visit and explore the city so badly!

    Reine | The Blush Luxe

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 10, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      They were the absolute best! I highly recommend when you get to come to NYC!
      xx Jen

  • Reply didieryhc April 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    OMG you’re making me so hungry right now! I seriously want to try out all this food haha

    -Didier
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      haha I feel the same way every time I look back at the pics!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Mademoiselle Coconath April 9, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    It all looks so good! Great post dear!
    xx
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      thank you!
      xx Jen

  • Reply hellohilloryrenkema April 9, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    These places all sound amazing!!

    xo,

    H

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      they are girl!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Jane Fitfabfun April 10, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Everything looks so yummy!
    xo, Jane
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      They all were delicious in their own ways!
      xx Jen

  • Reply jane April 10, 2018 at 3:01 am

    The foods looks delicious
    I love the ramen

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      the hand-pulled noodles are also my fave!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Whitneys Wonderland April 10, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Sounds super yummy this post makes me hungry!!

    Love from Costa Rica,
    Whit

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      haha I know how you feel! I’m hungry as I am looking at them now!
      xx Jen

  • Reply awayfromtheblue April 10, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I had to do a double take at ‘red rooster’, haha! We have a Red Rooster here but it’s like fast food, so definitely no cupcakes!

    Hope you are having a nice start to your week! After a busy weekend spending time with some friends from Church who flew in from the US, I’m enjoying a quieter week.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 12, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Oh really?? that is so cool how there are so many restaurants out there with the same names haha. And your week sounds so amazing already! Thanks for reading!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Krystel Couture April 11, 2018 at 5:22 am

    Yum!! All this food is making me hungry!! These dishes look super delicious and healthy too! x

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 12, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Hhaha girl I feel you! I am hungry even coming back to the blog to look at it!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Glory of the Snow Fashion Blog April 11, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Great reviews, the food looks delicious!
    Magda

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 12, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Magda!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Valerie April 11, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Oh my gosh, everything looks so delicious! This post is definitely making me crave noodles! 🙂

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 12, 2018 at 11:49 am

      Haha I am craving them again!
      xx Jen

  • Reply justatinabit April 11, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Omgosh yummmm!! The noodles look so bomb. Making me hungry now girl! heheh

    Tina
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 12, 2018 at 11:52 am

      haha girl I am wanting them again!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Nistha Saraf April 12, 2018 at 1:36 am

    The food looks super yummy. Lovely pics!
    Nistha
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 12, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Thanks Nistha!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Codrut Turcanu April 12, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I love noodles with chicken. My girlfriend is not a big fan of this, however I’ll share this link with her and see what she thinks about it…

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      they have a variety of other noodles with any toppings you want so there will def be a choice for you!
      xx Jen

  • Reply ivana split April 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    yummy…everything looks so delicious!

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 12, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      I totally recommend!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Natasha | PALM + PINE April 12, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    YUM! This post made ma hungry! HA!

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      haha girl same!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Kristina April 13, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Aw, you made me hungry now! Especially hungry for noodles hehe

    Love,
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 16, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      haha i always want noodles!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Nina April 13, 2018 at 7:01 am

    It looks great! Nice post!
    Have a great day!
    xx
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 16, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      thank you!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Rach DiMare April 13, 2018 at 7:27 am

    That is a shame that the chicken is not crisper. It looked really crispy. And yum that noodle soup sounds so amazing!

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 16, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      right?? Maybe I have to go back to try it again and yess the noodles are delish!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Emily April 13, 2018 at 9:55 am

    What a cutie! That food literally looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing, girl!

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 16, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Aw thanks babe!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Missy May April 13, 2018 at 10:34 am

    All the foods making me hungry over here. Thanks for sharing. I haven’t been to NYC yet, but thanks for sharing. Might come in handy some day.

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 16, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      thanks for reading! if you ever come, let me know so i can give more recs!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Jessica April 13, 2018 at 11:07 am

    This looks delicious!! Beautiful photos!

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 16, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      thanks so much Jessica!
      xx Jen

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