The French Rendezvouz

The French Rendezvouz

The French Rendezvouz

Excuse My French 

96 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

On the Lower East Side, along Delancey and Orchard St., lies the quaint and sophisticated hallway-esque restaurant, Excuse My French. This French restaurant with the tagline “Bar, Tapas, Atmosphere,” classifies itself as a more sophisticated French bistro. With its gold and green wallpaper and alluring paintings with gold frames, Excuse My French transports you to a chic French apartment. The jaunty owner, Ricardo Valdez, says his inspiration for the decor drew from a family member of his. “The idea is that you’re in an old lady’s apartment in Paris. That reminds me of my grandmother with the paintings and everything,” Valdez said. His business partner and executive chef Johann Giraud, says everything you see in the restaurant is all thanks to Valdez and his creative eye. “I had nothing to do with it. Everything here, the lighting, the paintings, the color, that’s all Ricardo. The food and the menu is my creation,” Giraud said.


The Mexican owner and French chef first met while working together at a previous restaurant. Giraud takes the culinary art very seriously and is always on focus mode to satisfy the customers with his dishes. “I like to serve French food with a smile on the face of the customers. When they leave, they’re happy and they want to come back,” Giraud said. Although the two owners have opposing personalities, Valdez’s eye for decor and Giraud love of French cooking has allowed for this pair to successfully run a restaurant in one of the busiest New York boroughs.

Its tapas menu means everything coming to your table will be shareable. Some of its menu choices include Foie Gras, Duck Confeit Parmentier, Escargot and one of the popular options sauteed Brussel Sprouts. How can brussel sprouts be popular you ask? The chef put a French spin on it and made it extremely flavorful, topping it off with almonds, balsamic and cranberries. However according to the chef, what really makes it whole is adding the secret ingredient of Piment d’Espelette. The reddish pepper powder comes from the south of France and is what gives the dish its intriguing flavor.  

Along with the French inspired menu, is a hefty cocktail list. One of the more popular drinks is L’Antonieta. This cocktail is a mezcal, cointreau, lime and butterfly pea syrup mixture. The butterfly pea causes the drink to change color when it interacts with the lime. With this drink comes a description, “This drink is in honor of Antonieta Rivas de Marcado, who killed herself on the altar of Notre Dame in Paris. She was a Mexican intellectual, writer, feminist and helped finance literary lounges and the Orquestra Sinfonica of Mexico City.”  The purple color of the drink represents her sadness. Once the citrus is added, the drink changes to a purple-pinkish color, representing her bleeding heart for love.

The kitchen, the bar and the seating area are all within a few feet from each other. While the space is rather compact, it allows for a more intimate setting. The fact that everyone is near each other adds to its essence. A great spot for romance or even for a casual solo meal, Excuse My French will leave a lasting impression on you. If you ever want to experience a stylish French bistro, make your way to the LES and try one of their delicious cocktails or meals and soak in the fascinating atmosphere.

Watch the interview there!


The Top Five Deliciously Instagrammable Desserts  of the 2018 Governors Ball

The Top Five Deliciously Instagrammable Desserts of the 2018 Governors Ball

With the end of the weekend, comes the conclusion of NYC’s 2018 Governors Ball. Originally launched in 2011, this multi-day music festival presents a wide variety of performers and genres throughout the first days of June. This year, with an incredible lineup including artists like Travis Scott, Halsey, DJ Khaled, and Eminem, it was definitely an event to remember. However, the real show stealers of the Governors Ball were the food vendors.

Phot credit: Courtsey of

Alongside a star packed musical lineup, the Governors Ball brought in an impressive assortment of vendors. From Roberta’s Pizza to Papermill, the event featured over fifty vendors offering more cuisines than you could possibly imagine. Though you were sure to satisfy your taste-buds with a Venetian Sandwich from Tramezzini or a Jerry Roll from Southernmost Falafel, you had to be sure to go back and finish off the night with the most charming array of sweets to reach your dessert goals of 2018.


HungerPass is delighted to bring you The Top Five Deliciously Instagrammable Desserts of the 2018 Governors Ball.


The CruffStuffed Ice Cream

139 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003; (917) 261-4904

Photo credit: Courtesy of Stuffed Ice Cream


A doughnut baked to perfection and stuffed with ice cream? Yes, please! Stuffed Ice Cream, located in the East Village, offers ice cream, dessert sandwiches, and of course their famous Cruffs! With National Doughnut Day of 2018 passing on June 1, right before Governors Ball, these doughnuts were the perfect way to celebrate. These colorful (and delectable) doughnut creations come in all sorts of flavors including Mint Monster (Andes Peppermint and Cookie Monster ice cream topped with Oreos and Captain Crunch), Thai Kwon Dough (Thai Tea and Vietnamese Coffee ice cream topped with almonds and condensed milk), and Unicorn Poop (White Chocolate Lavender and Thai Tea with Fruity Pebbles and Condensed milk).



The Dozen DoughnutsDoughnuttery

425 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011; (212) 633-4359

Photo credit: Courtesy of Doughnuttery


Try something new at Doughnuttery as they prepare traditional mini doughnuts with a twist. Doughnuttery offers a dozen doughnut box which includes flavors like Paris Time (lavender, pistachio, and vanilla), Urban Monkey (coffee, banana, and coconut), and Flower Power (hibiscus, honey, and rose petal). With over twenty unique flavors, these doughnuts won’t disappoint your sugary baked cravings. Be sure to test out their dipping sauces to create an even bigger flavor explosion the next time you’re in the Chelsea Market!


The Whatever MilkshakeNew Territories

190 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002; (646) 649-4521

Photo credit: Courtesy of New Territories

Take a ride on the wild side with the Whatever Milkshake at New Territories. Specializing in the mixture of traditional Hong Kong sweet treats and NYC artisanal ice cream, New Territories is offering this vibrant milkshake to anyone who is up for a dessert adventure. The milkshake is made out of whatever the employee wishes to put in at the time. Each one is full of multicolored treats and is the only one of its kind.


Crack Cookie DoughDÓ, Cookie Dough Confections

550 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012; 646) 892-3600

Photo credit: Courtesy of DÓ

Not feeling like ice cream? Then DÓ, Cookie Dough Confections is your place. Producing completely safe, gourmet edible cookie dough, DÓ caters to everyone’s sweet tooth by offering a multitude of flavors and toppings to create your perfect treat! Take it home and freeze it, mix it with some ice cream, or eat it on the spot – it’s up to you. Try their seasonal favorite – Crack Cookie Dough. It mixes their original dough flavor with Legally Addictive OG’s Crack Cookies and is topped off with swirls of salted caramel. It’s beautiful sight for your eyes and for your stomach.



Unicorn TaiyakiTaiyaki NYC

119 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013; (212) 966-2882

Photo credit: Courtesy of Taiyaki NYC


Prepare yourself for a boat load of insta likes once you post about the new Unicorn Taiyaki. Famous for their fish shaped waffle cones, Taiyaki NYC is now offering a pretty pastel unicorn ice cream option complete with ears and a horn. The ice cream is a swirl of vanilla and strawberry, topped off with rainbow sprinkles. Make sure to also try their most popular cone – Straight Outta Japan; black sesame and matcha soft serve ice cream topped with mini mochi rice cakes and a wafer.



Written by: Gabrielle Christensen


Top 3 Restaurants In Greenwich Village

Top 3 Restaurants In Greenwich Village

Top 3 Restaurants In Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village, home to indie artists, musicians, New York University students and, of course, what I like to call, the hidden food treasures of the Village. Take a walk around Washington Square Park during the morning, grab a coffee at one of the various coffee shops in the Village, and let me show you the best places to eat when dinner time arrives. MacDougal and Bleecker street are kings of late night dines and guilty-pleasure foods. Like all kingdoms, the real treasures are hidden behind the dark and grimy facades that most restaurants on this street are attributed to. This guide is to help you differentiate the real hole in the wall gems.

Masala Times

194 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 995–5100
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 11:30AM-3AM
Thursday: 11:30AM-4AM
Friday and Saturday: 11:30AM-5AM

Cross the intersection of MacDougal and Bleecker Street and you’ll find one of the most raved about places by customers, Masala Times, a quick and delicious place to find authentic Indian food like their nice and spicy Chicken Tikka, their unique Pav Bhaji, and raved about Paneer Tikka. Opened until the early hours of the morning like other restaurants on MacDougal, Masala Times offers a variety of vegetarian options as well as options for meat lovers. The restaurant welcomes customers with their bright yellow canopy with their slogan, “Very spicy. Very Bollywood” displayed proudly in bright red lettering.



193 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (347) 971–5778
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10AM-11PM
Friday and Saturday: 10AM-1AM

Situated right across the street from Masala Times is Manousheh, a Lebanese bakery that takes its inspirations from Beirut, the capital and largest city of Lebanon. A Manousheh is actually a staple breakfast food, known similarly to a flatbread in the U.S. Aside from traditional toppings like thyme, cheese, and beef, it also offers vegetarian and dessert versions using Nutella and a sesame base spread. Refreshing beverages like cafe blanc, mint tea, and Lebanese coffee are also available to accompany your meal. According to its website, “Our hope is to create a cozy environment where those who have never been to Lebanon leave our space with the goal of visiting, and for those who have been, to leave feeling like they just had a real taste of Beirut”.



216 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (516) 504–3615
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11AM-11PM
Friday and Saturday: 11AM-12AM
Sunday: 12PM-11PM

Travel across the world by just walking down a couple streets to Okinii, a delicious and affordable authentic Japanese cuisine restaurant, known for their use of quality ingredients that result in quality meals. Their delivery option and fast service makes this perfect for the perpetually busy customer looking for a simple lunch or dinner. A nice and cozy atmosphere accompanied with elegant lit up ice sculpture meal displays makes this the perfect destination for anyone!

Hungry yet? Download the HungerPass app to save exclusively at restaurants all over New York!

The Unicorn Frapuccino: A Sweet Obsession and 3 Drinks You Must Try!

The Unicorn Frapuccino: A Sweet Obsession and 3 Drinks You Must Try!

With the very short and limited time drink craze over the Unicorn Frappuccino served by Starbucks locations across the nation, it has us thinking about the sweet obsession we have over coffee and iced beverages.


The Unicorn Frapuccino:

You’ve heard about it, you’ve seen it. It’s hard to miss! This supposed sweet and sour drink is one of the biggest trending topics sweeping the nation. In spirit of the sweet drink, we’ve gone through some of the menus of HungerPass restaurants and found some of the best drinks for you to try. You know, if unicorn frappuccinos just aren’t your thing.

1. The Pomeberry Blast from Igloo Cafe

Located in the heart of Astoria, Igloo Cafe prepares the ultimate comfort food. The best part? They offer a variety of sweet iced and blended drinks with plenty of health benefits. This Pomeberry blast includes Pomegranate, Blueberry, Strawberry, Banana, and Organic Honey! Just the sweet kick you need with your daily dose of antioxidants.

2. The Oreo Shake from Moonstruck Eatery

Moonstruck is local favorite in NYC. And that’s right, vanilla ice cream and oreo blended together in a mix of pure perfection. We promise, you’ll love the oreo shake. Dine and save at all the Moonstruck Eatery locations when you use the HungerPass app!

3. The Classic Cappuccino from Coffeeberry

This Kosher Cafe located on the Upper West Side is notorious for its amazing food, service, and friendly staff! For those of you looking for a sweet kick with a blast of caffeine, this drink’s for you. Whether you’re grabbing it to go, or sitting down for a drink, the classic cappuccino from Coffeeberry is so good you may just make it your usual order. Compliment your sweet tooth by ordering a pastry or sweet treat.

The perfect PB&J

The perfect PB&J

Last week news broke out about the NBA and their addiction to PB&J and not to say that isn’t justified, it’s simple, its classic and ultimately delicious. We are fellow stoolies here and have seen the blogs by Jordie and Feitleberg , and we agree on the fact that grape jelly is not the way to go when making the best possible PB&J.

Grape jelly is delicious and while I am not here to knock it, I’m trying to put the best option out there for the people and grape doesn’t fit program. While I think it could go either way, in my personal opinion, raspberry jelly takes the slight edge over strawberry. One can choose either jelly they prefer, but the key component of the sandwich is it NEEDS to be toasted. A toasted PB&J is the ultimate flavor explosion, but to make it the perfect PB&J one must add Nutella, has to.

I’m not going to sit here and say every time I make a PB&J it do all those steps, I am very lazy, but every time I do not make the “perfect” PB&J I get a little upset knowing a better sandwich is out there. Also I’m not going to sit here and pretend I make PB&J all the time, like I said I am lazy. I move more towards the uncrustables because its easy and convenient. I will microwave it to give it that warm feeling, but its not the same, but it’s still delicious especially because of the fact it required now work at all.

Baseball Season is coming up, and you know what that means. Hot Dogs for days!

Baseball Season is coming up, and you know what that means. Hot Dogs for days!

Baseball Season is coming up, and you know what that means.

Hot Dogs for days!

All of the classic comfort foods including steak, burgers, pizza, and even ice cream are enjoyed year round. That’s right, New York winters have nothing on avid ice cream lovers. However, there is an additional comfort food that really only comes to life during America’s ballpark season. With warmth comes baseball season, and with baseball season comes hot dog season. Yes, you may be able to grab yourself a hot dog on the street corners of midtown or during a Hockey game, but it never has quite the same fulfillment as it does while watching a classic ball game.

The perfect match?

Baseball and hot dogs go together like spaghetti and meatballs or more questionable pairs such as lamb and tuna fish( Big Daddy Shoutout)., they’re a match made in heaven and who doesn’t like hot dogs. While we may enjoy turning our heads when it comes to reading the ingredients that make up a hot dog, we will acknowledge its great taste. In reality, what could possibly be better than heading out to a baseball stadium with a beer and hot dog in hand? Well, it was a long winter and we’re happy to move onto brighter, warmer days. While we may have missed the traditional hot dog baseball season, we’re just glad it’s back!

Food Trend Alert: There’s a Pop-Tarts Cafe in NYC

Food Trend Alert: There’s a Pop-Tarts Cafe in NYC

Food Trend Alert: There’s a Pop-Tarts Cafe in NYC

Pop Tarts is opening a “Pop Tart Cafe” in New York City, and I don’t think anyone can object to that. With creations like a Pop Tart Pizza or Pop Tart Nachos, its something we can all get behind. It’s not often I eat pop tarts, but every time I do I wonder why I don’t eat them more. Now with authority these pop tarts creation, like the Chili nachos which has chocolate and cookies and cream pop tarts crumbled up as the ground beef. With the location being in Time Square, expect the place to be popping. Our advice? Make sure to make reservations in advance if possible, or find a designated friend who will hold a spot in line for you, because something like this is a can’t miss!


However, we can’t help but wonder that with spring break and the warm summer months creeping up, will hungry customers be as willing to dive into these calorie packed treats? With mother nature blessing us with spring-like weather in February, shaping and toning up for sunny days might be on ones mind more than usual, so skipping this marvelous Pop-Tart trend may be a possibility. On the other hand, do calories even exist during a time like this? There’s no way of knowing for sure. But what we do know is that this Pop-Tart craze has people lined up for what may seem like miles. No arguments here, this Pop-Tart cafe is one of the most refreshing and delicious ideas we’ve seen so far this year!


Is Valentine’s Day Chocolate a Sham??

Is Valentine’s Day Chocolate a Sham??

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Every year on February 14th, every girl in a relationship knows it’s her day to shine.

Expensive date, flowers and most importantly, those chocolates in the heart shaped box, a staple to Valentine’s Day. So what’s the deal? What’s the madness behind buying mediocre chocolate in a heart shaped box?

While price isn’t necessarily an object on this genuinely love filled holiday not driven by money whatsoever (am I right?), trying to impress your significant other with Valentines merchandise can cost you a pretty penny. But why the heart shaped chocolate boxes? The main issue I see here is the taste of the individual pieces of chocolate. I mean in a given 20 piece box, how many of the chocolates are actually good? There’s only 3 or 4 pieces of your go-to caramel pieces until you’re left with mysterious pieces, filled with daring, questionable and exotic fillings (who requested the peach cream filling anyways?) After you’ve run out of your favorite pieces, you’re left scrambling around the box daringly biting into each piece to see if it’s any good.

Like Costanza said “Ring Dings are better than anything you’ll ever get at a bakery.” So what gives? A regular candy bar can be better than anything you’ll get in that box of chocolates. Instead of the box of heart shaped chocolate, maybe a Twix, Snickers or Peanut Butter Cup would be better much better fitting. So if chocolate’s her thing, think outside of the heart shaped box this year.

Is Super Bowl Sunday the Greatest Food Day of the Year?

Is Super Bowl Sunday the Greatest Food Day of the Year?

Is Super Bowl Sunday the Greatest Food Day of the Year?

While the Super Bowl takes the cake when it comes to amazing appetizers and party food favorites, there are three other competing holidays that offer mouthwatering bites. The classic food-driven holidays including Thanksgiving, July 4th and Memorial Day include a range of traditional crowd pleasers, including turkey, a variety of BBQ classics, and a variety of different dishes full of vegetables masked with something more appealing such as carbs, and cheese (Seriously though, do those mashed potato bacon bites count as a serving of vegetables?)

The real tie breaker comes down to Super Bowl Sunday and Thanksgiving. But is it fair to compare the two?

Hands down, when we think of Thanksgiving, we immediately think of food. We may also think of the excessive number of calories consumed that day, but hey! Calories don’t count on Holidays, right?  The endless food, the football and sports filled weekend, never ending leftovers, and the excitement of black Friday deals to really kick off the holiday season..what’s better than that? Yet, while Thanksgiving is amazing for all of the above reasons, Super Bowl Sunday has a much more relaxed feel. Instead of stuffing our faces between the first, second, and maybe third course (does anyone actually keep track?) during Thanksgiving, you can eat all throughout the day on Super Bowl Sunday.  Instead of feeling obligated to dress up and to participate in a more formal sit down dinner, Super Bowl Sunday is all about distressing, pairing your favorite chip with your favorite dip, and throwing back wings with your choice of cold beer or drinks.


Fear not, because the best diets always “start tomorrow”. 

But not to worry, everyone knows the “real” diet starts the day after the Super Bowl. So, why not get in a few more servings of your favorite food and snacks before your New Year’s resolutions actually kicks in?

So fall in love with variety this Super Bowl Sunday. Sink your teeth into pizza, wings, sandwiches, artichoke dip, and eat like the king or queen that you are for the entire duration of the game – and then some!

The Final Verdict:

While each Holiday has it’s evident perks, we can easily make room and fit both Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday into our favorite food holiday. Because remember, there’s always room for seconds.

P.S Ranch> blue cheese for wings.

When in New York, eat pizza

When in New York, eat pizza

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza — everyone loves brick oven, toasty Pizza. It’s something that all taste buds are always in the mood for! Ok, well maybe not all, but New York tastebuds do LOVE pizza. Travelers from all over the world travel to the big apple in search of the best slice! The first documented United States pizzeria was G (for Gennaro) Lombardi’s on Spring Street in Manhattan who was licensed to sell pizza in 1905 (that’s a long time!). Pizza has become an American favorite that has turned into a $30 billion industry — approximately three billion pizzas are sold in the United States every year, plus an additional one billion of frozen pizza. That’s insane! It’s all about the pizza my friends! But where can you go when looking for the best pizza slice in New York? We’ve narrowed it down to the top three pizza spots that can be found in your hood.

The margarita pizza with sausage and mushroom at Café Daniellos Pizza on 2nd Ave is something that one MUST try. It is a crispy delicious treat. This mouthwatering pizza known as the margherita pizza was actually named after Queen Margherita of Italy because she enjoyed this variety of soft white cheese, red tomatoes and green basil (this favorite feature are actually the colors of the Italian flag — go figure!) Or try their grandma Sicilian pizza with fresh sausage, roasted pepper and fresh garlic! And to top it off, you won’t feel that bad about eating that pizza because it’s loaded with other vegetables and nutritious meats. At least that’s our justification for loading up on an uneccessary amount of delicious cheese and carbs.

Are you all about stone oven pizza? Joanne Trattoria on 68th street has delicious pizza’s that range from their popular “works” pizza — which include unlimited toppings of artichoke, arugula, eggplant, mushroom, ricotta, bolognese, chopped clam — or you can build your own (which is always nice) and just add spinach, tomato and gorgonzola — you name it but it’s all about you! And last but not least, there is a little spot right in the heart of Long Island City called L’inizio Pizza Bar.  The pizza’s are crispy and delightful and its great to know that you can pair it with a nice glass of selective red wine. I mean really, wine not? So gluten filled menu’s arent’ your thing? L’inizio offers gluten free options!  And yes, they are also known for their garlic knots (you know it can also be about the knots too).

So go treat yourselves already, geeze. Everyone loves themselves some pizza. This can be a yummy treat on a night out with your friends or just have a “me” day and grab a toasty slice after a stroll through the neighborhood. It’s always pizza time in New York! You know you want to munch away on crispy goodness. #pizzaisyummy #pizzasocrispy #yummyfoodie #justpizza