Archive | September, 2008

Washoku Tei

13 Sep
Rating: ★★★☆☆
1007 2nd Ave (btwn 53rd & 54th St), New York, NY 10022
(212) 223-8303
Price: $$
Nearest Transit:
Lexington Av/53 St (E, M)
51 St (4, 6, 6X)
59 St (4, 5, 6, 6X)
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$10-13USD gets you stuffed. Decent Sushi at a great value.

This place offers platters that come at a good value. The platter I had was very basic (shrimp, salmon, egg, fluke, etc.). Not comparable to high-end sushi, but it’s definitely one of the better takeout places for raw fish.

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Ippudo NY

13 Sep

Ippudo

Rating: ★★★☆☆
65 4th Ave (btwn 8th & 9th St), New York, NY 10003
ny@ippudo.co.jp
Website
(212) 388-0088
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Sat 11 am – 3:30 pm
Mon-Thu 5 pm – 11:30 pm
Fri-Sat 5 pm – 12:30 am
Sun 11 am – 10:30 pm
Nearest Transit:
Astor Place (6)
8th St-Broadway (R, W)
1st Ave-14th St (L)
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I’m not a huge fan of ramen but, this place Rocks.

We came for dinner at 7 on a Friday night and had to wait about 45 mins. Not sure if it’s worth the wait (they don’t take reservations). The Shiomaru Moto Sji is simply the best bowl of ramen I have ever had. If you’re still starving after one bowl, which most are, you can add a kae-dama (another ball of noodles). Now if you are longing for more after a second round, they also allow you to add a third ball of noddles, in which case they will also provide you with extra soup for free (but I would’t do this too often).

The Matcha Brulee (green tea pudding) is a good ending to your meal. Stay away from the fruit in champagne.

Ippudo

Ippudo

Thai Basil

12 Sep

Thai Basil

Rating: ★★★★☆
467 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X9, Canada
marketingwit@patskingofsteaks.com
Website
(416) 840-9988
Price: $$
Hours:
Sun–Thur 11:30 am – 10 pm
Fri & Sat 11:30 am – 11 pm
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Having been greatly disappointed to find that a particular dim sum restaurant which I was searching for was closed, I came across this gem.

Thai Basil offers authentic Thai food in a very relaxing environment. The host is very friendly and the service is spectacular. I had the chicken pad Thai lunch special and it was super cheep. For $7.95 I got a salad, spring roll, and soup as my starter and the chicken pad Thai as my entree. The Thai ice tea is not bad either.

Beyond being a great value, the food just flat out taste good.

Thai Basil

Sweet N Tart

11 Sep

This venue is closed.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
136-11 38th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354
Website
(718) 661-3380
Price: $$
Nearest Transit:
Main Street (7)

Come here for dessert, not for a full meal.

They are clearly try to mimic a Hong Kong style cafe / restaurant, succeeding in the decor and completely failing with the food. The entreés and dim sum are very disappointing. I had the windmill foie gras dumplings as my starter and the sticky rice bucket as my entreé. Both came out over cooked and did not taste anything like modern Chinese food. Their dessert however, were on par. They have a large selection of Hong Kong Style desserts to choose from, I recommend the hot ginger milk pudding.

This place is also cash only, no credit cards accepted

Pho Bang Restaurant

11 Sep

Pho Bang Restaurant

Rating: ★★★★★
157 Mott St (btwn Broome & Grand St), New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-3797
Price: $
Hours:
Mon-Sun 10 am – 10 pm
Nearest Transit:
Bowery (J)
Grand St (B, D)
Spring St (4, 6, 6X)
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The absolute best place to go for Vietnamese food in the city. Not to be missed.

Pho Bang offers authentic Pho that is very hard to come by outside of Viet-Nam. In addition to the great food, the prices are extremely cheep compared to city standards. My usual order is a small bowl of Pho or Bun, which is actually huge and a order of spring rolls (4 deep fried rolls). Subtotal for both comes out to less the $10USD, now that’s great  value! Remember to bring cash, this places does not take plastic.

Pho Bang Restaurant

Pho Bang Restaurant

Station Asia

11 Sep
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
4390 Steeles Ave, Unit B59, Markham, ON L3R 9V7, Canada
(905) 305-1268
Price: $$
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Station Asia offers awesome set meals, which includes soup, entree, drink, and dessert. The prices are very reasonable, set meals start at $8CAD.

I had a set meal which included a hot & sour soup, chicken and veggies on rice with xo sauce, Almond Green Tea shake, and black jelly dessert.

They offer friendly service but at times a bit slow. Overall, you get good value here but there nothing special in the food.

Bright Pearl Restaurant

11 Sep

Bright Pearl Restaurant

Rating: ★★★☆☆
346 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G2, Canada
Website
(416) 979-1103
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Fri 10 am – 10 pm
Sat-Sun 9:30 am – 11 pm
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This by the far the best dim sum restaurant in Toronto, but don’t go outside of Happy Hour, it’s just not worth it.

Happy Hour:
Mon – Fri 9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Sat, Sun, Holidays 9 a.m.- 11 a.m.

The dim sum here is on par with ones that I have had in Hong Kong, but the selection is very basic / traditional. They don’t offer the creative dim sum like they do in Hong Kong and New York City (i.e. shark fin dumpling), but at the price point of $1.88CAD a pop for authentic dim sum this the place to go for weekend brunches.  Just beware outside of happy hour be prepared to spend anywhere from $4-$7CAD a dish.

Sky Dragon Chinese Restaurant

11 Sep
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
280 Ave Spadina, Toronto, ON M5T 3A5, Canada
(416) 408-4999
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Sun 9 am – 10:30 pm
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A big thumbs down for this place!

This place is completely awful. The dim sum is pushed around in carts that don’t keep them hot and you know how bad dim sum is when it’s served cold. In addition, the dim sum is not prepared and cooked properly. I got a beef dish that was not suppose to have a hint of shrimp taste but did, which lead me to believe they are steam multiple dishes on the same plate. Not good!

Nyonya

11 Sep

Nyonya

Rating: ★★★★☆
194 Grand St (btwn Mott & Mulberry St), New York, NY 10013
Website
(212) 334-3669
Price: $
Hours:
Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am – 11:30 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 12 am
Nearest Transit:
Grand Street (B, D)
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Best Malaysian “cheap eat” in the city! and no they do not accept credit cards. Cash Only!

I can’t get enough of this place. The Roti Canai (Indian pancake – crispy style pancake & curry dipping sauce) is an excellent starter and the Asam Laksa (spicy & sour thick rice noodles served in chef’s special lemon grass broth with fish flakes & veg) and  Nasik Lemak (coconut rice flavored with cloves & screw-pine leaves, served with chili anchovy, pickle, curry chicken with bone and hard boiled egg) is amazingly authentic and very much recommended as your entree.

Nyonya

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16 Handles

10 Sep
Rating: ★★★☆☆
153 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
info@16handles.com
Website
(212) 260-4414
Price: $
Hours:
Sun-Thur 11 am – 12:30 am
Fri & Sat 11 am – 1:30 am
Nearest Transit:
Astor Place (6)
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The frozen yogurt here is not nearly has good as Red Mango or even Pink Berry for that matter, but the ability to control your own quantity and the novelty of be able to do it yourself make this place worth trying (at least once).