Franchia is nestled between two residential buildings on the bustling Park Avenue in New York City. Sister to the ever amazing and delicious Hangawi, a fully vegan Korean restaurant with a lengthy gluten free menu, Franchia offers a similar zen like atmosphere, with a more casual vibe.
I have been dying to visit Franchia for a while now and finally paid a quick visit after a semi stressful day and enjoyed a cup of Jasmine Green Tea. The tea was so comforting and warm and it lifted my spirits as it slowly warmed my chest. I convinced myself to pop in, have a tea and peruse the menu to see if it would be good for an upcoming special occasion. The menu is very detailed from small plates, noodles, bibimbap, pho, sushi and oh, I could just go on.
Everything looked so good, I ended up getting an order of the scallion pancakes! I would like to blame it on the fact that the tea was too hot and I had time to kill, but in reality the savory pancakes called my name the second I read it off the menu!
I have fond memories of scallion pancakes from high school where my friends and I used to go during lunch for sushi and eat them as we waited for our order, but now I struggle to find egg and wheat free versions, enter Franchia! The savory dipping sauce made me pause to say, mmmm. The crunchy outside and soft center with salty flavors was a satisfying and delicious snack. It definitely has me ready to go back for more!
The warm and comforting green tea, steeped only for a minute or so with fresh tea leaves. I recently read not to steep green tea for longer than two minutes to avoid it becoming bitter. I find this to be true, but best to leave it to the tea experts, Franchia knows their tea and they will not miss guide you.
Korean restaurants can tend to use fish sauce or gluten which is proves difficult for me to eat out, however Franchia has that covered, is cruelty free and one of the best restaurants I have ever been to! I felt like a kid in a candy (vegetable?) store, where I could eat anything off the menu and what a treat it was! I am already planning when to go back for a full meal!
Good food just makes me so happy! Have a favorite eatery near you that you love?
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