Archive | April, 2009

Go Go Curry

20 Apr

Go Go Curry

Rating: ★★★★☆
273 W 38th St (btwn 7th Ave & 8th Ave), New York, NY 10018
Website
(212) 730-5555
Price: $
Hours:
Mon-Sun 11 am – 10 pm
Nearest Transit:
Times Sq – 42 St (7, 7X)
Times Sq – 42 St (1, 2, 3, N, Q, R)
42 St – Port Authority Bus Terminal (A, C, E)
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Go Go Curry is a hole in the wall curry house that offers one of the best deals on quality curry and katsu in the city. Their name is inspired by Yankee slugger, Hideki Matsui. His jersey number 55 can be pronounced ‘go go’ in Japanese. The owner’s obsession with the slugger can be seen in the form of wall to wall memorabilia throughout the store, but that obsession translates into value for the customer because everyday night Hideki Matsui hits a home run, the following day customers are awarded with one free topping of their choice.

The menu is simple, it’s all curry with your choice of katsu (pork), chicken katsu, shrimp or sausage. There are four sizes to choose from: walk ($7), medium ($7.5), large ($8.5), and extra large ($9.5). Additional toppings like fukujinzuke, cheese, and natto range from $1-2. You can also opt to get their Grand Slam Platter with two katus, two sausages, a shrimp and a boiled egg with rice for only $12.50. If your feeling really hungry, try their 5.5 pound World Champion Platter that contains a katsu, chicken katsu, four sausages, two shrimps and a boiled egg with rice ($25). I often order their medium katsu if I’m eating alone or the Grand Slam Platter to share.

Overall, Go Go Curry is a great spot for a quick comforting lunch or dinner and I highly recommend this place if your a fan Japanese curry like me. Remember to bring CASH because this place does not accept plastic.

Go Go Curry
Their Grand Slam Plate – Perfect for 2 to share or one really hungry individual – $12.50

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Single Shrimp Curry – $7.50

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Single Chicken Curry – $7.50

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Single Katsu Curry – $7.50

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Single Sausage Curry – $7.50

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An ad for their World Champion Plate – weighs 5.5 pounds – $25

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Santouka Ramen

16 Apr

Santouka Ramen

Rating: ★★★★☆
595 River Road (Inside Mitsuwa Market Place), Edgewater, NJ 07020
Website
(201) 941-1004
Price: $
Hours:
Mon-Sat 11 am – 8:30 pm
Sun 11 am – 8 pm
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Santoka is well known for its ramen shops in Japan, where they have dozens of locations. Outside of Japan they have only seven, six in the States (one in New Jersey) and the remainder in Hong Kong (Causeway Bay). They’re famous for their delicious ramen noodles in a full-flavor soup. When it comes to ramen, the soup is just as important as the noodles and Santoka has them both. Their noodles are fresh and their soup is amazingly good. They have three serving sizes (small, regular and large) and four soup bases (salt, miso, spicy miso and soy sauces) to choose from. My favorite is the shio (salt) and if your like me who likes an egg with my ramen, I recommend getting the set. For additional $2 you get an egg and your choice of side rice. You can find Santoka in the food court section of the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ. Be prepared to wait on line, this place has a huge following and gets really busy on the weekends. In like-Japanese fashion, Santoka only accepts cash so don’t bank on using the plastic here. Overall, Santoka is great place for ramen, probably the best in New Jersey, but Ippudo is still the best I’ve ever had in the US.

Santouka Ramen
Realistic replicas of items on their menu

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Their menu as of April 16, 2009

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Shio and Shoyu Ramen set

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Shio Ramen set

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Hiyashi Chuka (seasonal – only offered during the summer)

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Sticky rice (special – not offered regularly)

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Natto rice

Paris Sandwich Bakery Cafe

15 Apr

Paris Sandwich Bakery Cafe

Rating: ★★★☆☆
113 Mott St (btwn Canal St & Hester St), New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7221
Price: $
Nearest Transit:
Canal Street (M, Z, N, Q, R, W, 6)
Grand Street (B, D)
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Paris Sandwich Bakery Cafe has a good variety of Banh Mi (Vietnamese) sandwiches. Their baguettes are made fresh on the premises and their sandwiches are served toast hot in a timely manner. I usually order the Paris Special Baguette (Banh Mi Dac Biet – $4) or the Shredded Chicken Baguette (Banh Mi Nem Nuong – $4). In addition to their sandwiches, they also serve a host of Vietnamese appetizers, entrees, drinks, desserts, and snacks. I’ve tried their shrimp ($4) and spring rolls ($2.50), which are decent and I’m a fan of their green tea waffle ($1), but I absolutely hate their mango paradise dessert. It taste like sugar water with a few small pieces of mango and lychee. Even worse, I purchased it after coming across a very misleading advertisement (see pic below). Needless to say, I don’t recommend the mango paradise, but overall Paris Sandwich is a great place for a Banh Mi baguette or a green tea waffle and nothing else.

Paris Sandwich Bakery Cafe
Green Tea Waffle – $1

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Mango Paradise – comparison of the advertised and actual product

Pommes Frites

15 Apr

Pommes Frites

Rating: ★★★★☆
123 2nd Ave (btwn 7th St & St Marks Pl), New York, NY 10003
pommesfrites123@hotmail.com
Website
(212) 674-1234
Price: $
Hours:
Sun-Thur 11:30 am – 1 am
Fri-Sat 11:30 am – 3:30 am
Nearest Transit:
Astor Place (6)
8th St-Broadway (R, W)
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Pommes Frites serves the best authentic Belgian fries in town. Their fries are freshly cut and fried twice to golden perfection. They come in three cone sizes: regular ($4.50), large ($6.25), and double ($7.75). There are 25 creative dipping sauces to choose from, $1 each or three for $2.50. My favorite are the Wasabi Mayo, Roast Garlic Mayo and War Sauce (frite sauce, peanut satay & raw onions). Ketchup, yellow mustard, Tabasco, malt vinegar, frite (traditional European mayo), and especial (frite, ketchup & raw onions) sauce are always free. In addition to fries in a cone, they also serve poutine, which is layers of fries toped with Canadian cured, cheddar cheese and chicken gravy ($5 for small and $6 for large). They only take cash and lanes get pretty long, but it’s worth the wait.

Pommes Frites

Pommes Frites
Regular cone (half eaten) with Sweet Chili and Wasabi Mayo sauce

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Stacks of potatoes in the back waiting to be cut, fried, and eaten

School Zone

13 Apr

The Palisades Park venue is closed, but the Fort Lee venue is still oppen.

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Rating: ★★★☆☆
1635 Lemoine Ave, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
413 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
Website
(201) 944-4888
Price: $
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School Zone is a fairly a new self-service diner in New Jersey with two locations, one in Palisades Park and the other in Fort Lee. They serve Korean style cafeteria food, which is nothing like the cafeteria food in the States. You can order dishes like ramen, spicy rice cake, pork cutlet, fried rice, curry rice, and rolls. There’s a good variety to choose from, the portions are fair and soup is always free. They attracts a lot of youngsters, but don’t be fooled in thinking this place is only for kids, it’s for everyone. Their food is decent, their prices are acceptable and you have the option to can eat-in or takeout. They also have a self-service frozen yogurt counter that’s similar to 16 Handles, only with a lot less favors. I recommend their mango frozen yogurt, it’s my favorite of the bunch. I’ve been to both of their locations and I prefer their Palisades Park branch because there are more seats and it’s often less crowded. Overall, I think School Zone is a good place for a quick no-frills Korean meal.

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Front Counter

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Free soup (fish cake is an addition $1.50)

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Spicy rice cake with sauce $7.95

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Spicy rice cake with cheese $8.75

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Small spicy rice cake with sauce $4.95

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Ramen with seafood $7.00

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Pork cutlet $8.75

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Hamburger w/ Fried Rice $9.50

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Bibimbap $8.75

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Dragon Roll $6.75

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Mommy’s Gim Bob $5.45

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Sundae (blood sausages) $8.75

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Corn Dog $1.75

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Frozen Yogurt Station

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Toppings Table

2 Bros Pizza

13 Apr

2 Bros Pizza

Rating: ★★★☆☆
601 6th Avenue (btwn 17 & 18th St), New York, NY 10010
(212) 206-8656
Price: $
Nearest Transit:
18th St-7th Ave (1)
14th St-6th Ave (F, V, L, 1, 2, 3)
23 St (F, M)
28 St (N, R)
23 St (1, 2)
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2 Bros Pizza is a dirt cheap New York City Pizzeria. They have three branches, two in the City (St. Marks, 17 & 6th Ave) and one in New Jersey (Woodcliff Lake). I’ve only been to their 6th Ave branch and it’s always filled with customers. Their $1 a slice and $2.75 two slices and a soda combo is incredibly cheap. The quality isn’t bad either, slices are made fresh and served sizzling hot. It’s not the best, but definitely one of the better slices I’ve had in the City. They also have a host of other offerings like fried chicken, french fries, and soup that are also recession friendly ($1-2.5), but I don’t recommend trying anything other than their pizza. The chicken looks really dry and the soups are less frequently sold and are usually sitting out for long periods of time.

2 Bros Pizza

Vitamin Water 10 Des10nation NYC Pop-Up Shop / Experience

3 Apr

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Glacéau, on April 3, unveiled their new pop-up brand experience space in the Soho district of New York City. The shop will feature Vitamin Water 10, their new naturally sweetened beverage that yields only ten calories per serving. It was developed in response to the many consumer requests for a more healthy conscious version of their popular Vitamin Water beverage. Vitamin Water 10 comes in four flavors: XXX (triple antioxidants-acai-blueberry-pomegranate), Essential orange-orange (c+calcium), Energy tropical citrus (b+guarana) and Multi-V lemonade (a-zinc). For the next ten days (til April12) every flavor is available for consumers to sample. I tasted all four and will be posting an in-depth review soon.

The Vitamin Water Brand Space is design to have a lounge-like atmosphere were people can hangout, relax and engage with the Vitamin Water Brand. There’s a host of amenities including free WiFi, a laptop bar for checking email or internet browsing, couches throughout, Nintendo Wii game play, a foosball table, and a free instant photo booth. It will be open for only ten days (April 3-12th), so check it out while you can.

To kick things off, Carmen Electra will host the launch party tonight with beats provided by DJ Kiss. Various DJ’s will be rotating throughout the next ten days to provide nonstop partying, during business hours of course.

Vitaminwater10 Des10ation NYC
626 Broadway (between Bleecker and Houston), New York, NY
Open April 3-12th (10am-7pm)

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Vitaminwater10 Des10ation NYC

Vitaminwater10 Des10ation NYC

Flurt

2 Apr

This venue is closed.

Flurt

Rating: ★★★☆☆
110 Broad Ave Ste #4, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
Price: $

Flurt is a froyo joint that serves Pinkberry style yogurt. They have three locations: one in New Jersey (Palisades Park) and two in New York (Battery Park and Gramercy). I’ve only been to their NJ branch and it’s always empty, maybe because it looks very uninviting and much like a Pinkberry Knockoff. In terms of tastes, their yogurt is very similar to Pinkberry, but they offer a lot less toppings and are limited to only one flavor (original). I don’t prefer Flurt over Pinkberry, but I do tend to come here often because it’s a little cheaper and a lot more convenient for me. In addition, they also serve gelato, korean snacks, bubble tea, and coffee.

Flurt

AA Plaza

2 Apr

AA Plaza

Rating: ★★★☆☆
40-66 Main St, Flushing, NY 11369
Price: $
Nearest Transit:
Flushing – Main St (7, 7X)
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AA Plaza is the place to go for dirt cheap Chinese street food. It’s not the healthiest or the cleanest of foods around, but they do offer a good value. For $1.50 or less you can get a stick of fish balls, scallion pancake, dumpling soup (4), an order of fried turnip cake (lo baak gou), chicken wings/drumsticks, rice noodles, or fried noodles. A great option for a quick eat that won’t leave a dent in your wallet.

AA Plaza

AA Plaza

AA Plaza

Cube 63

2 Apr

Cube 63

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
563 Clinton St (btwn Rivington St & Stanton St), New York, NY 10002
Website
(212) 228-6751
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Thu 11:30 am – 11 pm
Fri-Sat 12 pm – 11:30 pm
Sun 2 pm – 12 am
Nearest Transit:
Essex St (J, M, Z)
Delancey St (F)
2 Av (F)
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Cube 63 is a extremely small restaurant that serves Asian inspires entrees and fresh sushi. Their entrees and sushi are not all that appealing, but their rolls are quite good. What make Cube 63 extremely popular is that they offer BYOB without corkage free, it’s hard to find a quality japanese restaurant that allow BYOB in the city. They have two locations, one in Manhattan and the other in Brooklyn (not BYOB). I had dinner at their Manhattan branch and the experience was not the best. Their food was satisfactory, but the way they run their business was not. Their restaurant is small to begin with, but they insist on cram more people than they can properly seat, which made dinner very uncomfortable. I came with a party of four and we were laterality sitting on top of each other. I don’t recommend eating at Cube 63 in the city unless you like to be limited to the amount of body moment you can make during dinner. In addition, I don’t think dinner at Cube 63 is worth it if they don’t allow BYOB, so their Brooklyn branch of out of the question. If you go against my recommendation and decide to dine at Cube 63, reservation and confirmation of reservation on day of dinning is a must.

Cube 63
Soft Shell Crab Appetizer ($13)

Cube 63

Cube 63