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Dessert Truck

28 Apr

Dessert Truck

Rating: ★★★☆☆
3rd Ave & St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
mail@desserttruck.com
Website
(215) 468-1546
Price: $
Nearest Transit:
Astor Place (6)
8th St-Broadway (R, W)
1st Ave-14th St (L)
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Dessert Truck is not your average food truck, their desserts are gourmet and can rival any of the big boys in the industry. They specialize mostly in chocolate treats, but also serve a couple of non chocolate desserts as well. Their truck is usually parked on 55th St. and Lexington from 12pm to 3pm (Mon-Fri) and on St. Marks Place and 3rd Ave from 6pm to 12am (Mon-Sun). Their menu changes from time to time and they tend to run out of the popular items (Chocolate Pread Pudding & Molton Cake) way before the end of their shift. I love their Creme Brulee, Pretzel Barks and Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Dessert Truck
MILK Chocolate, Hazelnut & Pretzel Bark – $3

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Sapporo

21 Apr

Sapporo

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
152 W 49th St (btwn Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Ave), New York, NY 10019
(212) 869-8972
Price: $
Nearest Transit:
49 St (N, Q, R)
50 St (1, 2)
47 – 50 Sts – Rockefeller Ctr (B, D, F, M)
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Sapporo is a “has been” in the ramen market, they’re no longer what they use to be. I came here last saturday hoping to have some decent ramen, but instead I was greeted with watery ill flavored broth, overcooked noodles that taste like cardboard and toppings that were bland. The waiter also forgot to put in my order of gyoza, but I’m glad she forgot. It saved me $5 on flavorless dumplings that I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed anyway, this coming from my friend who previously ate at Sapporo and had the dumplings. In addition to their tasteless ramen, they also enforce a 18.4% service charge on your bill regardless of party size. I can understand enforcing a service charge on large parties, but for a party of two where the waiter does not take my order properly they’re not deserving of a 18.4% tip regardless of the actual amount. Now I’m a fair tipper and I tend to leave a larger than average percentage, but this is just wrong. One can only image why Sapporo started enforcing a service charge, perhaps many left low or no tip because their food/service is so awful. Needless to say, I won’t be dining here again.

Sapporo

Sapporo
Menma Ramen – $7.50

Sapporo
Shio Ramen – $7.50

Baoguette Cafe

21 Apr

Baoguette Cafe

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
37 St. Mark’s Pl (btwn 2nd Ave & 1st Ave), New York, NY 10003
Website
(347) 892-2614
Price: $
Hours:
Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am – 12 am
Fri-Sat 11 am – 2 am
Nearest Transit:
Astor Place (6)
8th St-Broadway (R, W)
1st Ave-14th St (L)
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Baoguette Cafe is a small Vietnamese sandwich and noodle house that looks like your average modern Southeast Asian street cafe. Their store front is retractable and on nice days they leave the complete front wall open. The majority of their customers takeout but they do have seats, either at the bar or on communal tables. Customers also have the option to order online and either pickup or have it delivered. They don’t accept credit cards, CASH only.

In terms of food, their sandwiches are decent, but everything else is very disappointing. Their bread is moderately fresh and they’re generous with the ingredients, but you can get a better Vietnamese sandwich at Paris Bakery or Bahn Mi Saigon for a fraction of the cost. Their Noodles and Rice dishes are to be avoided at all cost. They over season their meats leaving it extremely salty and unbearable to eat. If you want some real Vietnamese noodles (Pho or B’UN) or rices dishes head over to Pho Bang on Mott Street where it’s more authentic and cost effective.

Baoguette Cafe
Baoguette (Classic Banh Mi) – $5

Baoguette Cafe
B’UN BO – $9

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

Go Go Curry
Single Shrimp Curry – $7.50

Go Go Curry
Single Chicken Curry – $7.50

Go Go Curry
Single Katsu Curry – $7.50

Go Go Curry
Single Sausage Curry – $7.50

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

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

Paris Sandwich Bakery Cafe
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

Pommes Frites

Pommes Frites

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

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

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